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Students in Macon County were recognized during Monday night's Board of Education meeting for excellence in writing. Macon County's local association, the Western Mountain Reading Council, spearheaded a Young Authors writing contest locally, and submitted the local winners to the North Carolina's Reading Association state-wide contest.

"We are so proud of all of our students and their achievement on the state level," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan.

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One Dozen Who Care Inc. (ODWC) is offering the following workshops:

— Do you know how to use Microsoft Word or do you just know how to type? Knowing how to type and knowing Microsoft Word are two different things. Have you been using Microsoft Word for years, but are still using the space bar to format your paragraphs? Are you typing page numbers at the top or bottom of your page and wondering why they can’t stay where you put them? Proper formatting is not only at the heart of getting the most out of this powerful program, but directly tied to you being an efficient, valuable employee at your place of work. In this three-hour workshop, you will put to use formatting tools that will change you from a “typist” to a Microsoft Word “power-user.” The workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost $20.

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The Western Carolina University community brought the fall semester to a close Saturday (Dec. 15) as commencement exercises were held in Ramsey Regional Activity Center to honor the university’s newest graduating class and a group of Catamount alumni who were awarded degrees in August.

WCU’s fall class includes about 695 students who have recently been completing academic requirements to receive their degrees. A group of graduates who completed degree requirements during summer school and who already have been conferred degrees also joined in the ceremony.

Chancellor David O. Belcher presided over commencement and delivered the charge to the fall semester degree candidates and summer graduates. WCU senior Alecia Lorann Page, a Shelby native who serves as president of WCU’s Student Government Association, delivered the primary commencement address.

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Grant allows all eligible Macon children to participate.

Just three short months after word spread of the possibility of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library being implemented throughout the county, the community has worked together to raise the funds necessary to make the project a reality.

According to Gerry Doubleday with the Literacy Council of Highlands, after partnering with Read2Me of Macon County, a $7,500 donation grant prompted the community to raise $9,700 in additional funds to take the project, which was originally restricted to Highlands, to the rest of the county.

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