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Shannon Oliver graduated from Appalachian State University on June 12, with a BS degree in chemistry with a concentration in forensic science and a minor in criminal justice.

She is the daughter of Randy and Brenda Oliver, of Sylva, and the granddaughter of Lois and John Lathrop of Franklin.


REACH of Macon County has a promising new opportunity for the unemployed or underemployed looking to change their lives.

The New Choices program, which offers free classes in both Macon and Jackson counties, provides participants with the skills, knowledge and resources to transition back into the workforce or school.

New Choices Coordinator Ashley Freeman says participation in the program is beneficial in both the short term and long term.

“The New Choices program is about education,” said Freeman. “Education can change lives, it can improve your life and make it so much better than you thought possible.”


At the Macon County school board meeting Tuesday, May 28, Nantahala School recognized two

Vivian Douthit, who is retiring this year, was honored for serving more than
35 years. She received the Support Person of the Year award that is voted on by faculty and staff.


Last October, Nantahala School received a Macon County Academic Foundation grant to build a marine habitat. Through the grant, donations, and support from other classes, we have established a unique saltwater aquarium that has greatly enriched the learning environment at Nantahala School. This aquarium provides many educational opportunities and allows students to interact with marine life in a way that has never been possible at NHS. Initially, I thought that caring for these fish would be a simple task. I soon learned that it was not.


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