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Members of Southwestern Community College’s Health Information Technology Class of 2013 received their pins during a ceremony on May 6 on the Jackson Campus. From left are (back) Jon Martineau, Michelle Dresser, Donna McDaniel, Marta Castanet; (front) Barb Grindstaff, Deanna Swafford, and Jessica Hurst.


Students from the area who are interested in a career as a firefighter now have the option of attending Southwestern Community College's fire academy located at the Jerry Sutton Public Safety Training Facility in the Macon County Industrial Park.

For years, local fire departments have used volunteer firemen to save property and lives in Macon County and the credit for being an effective unit can overwhelmingly be attributed to the certification classes that have been offered through SCC.


Without making any cuts to the school's budget and taking into account multiple factors — including a two percent salary raise for teachers, a 9.5 percent increase in utility costs, and a reduction in board revenue due to federal cuts — the Macon County Board of Education will need $9,567,455 from county commissioners for the 2013-14 school year; an increase of $2,656,455 from this school year.

During its April meeting, members of the Board of Education unanimously agreed to send the preliminary budget request of $9,567,455 to county commissioners for consideration.


Mountain View Intermediate School hosted a Poets' Cafe last Thursday to give budding young writers the opportunity to showcase their talents.

From poems about sports to the changing seasons, students braved the stage to receive “snaps” for their masterpieces.




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