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State changes to the school calendar laws will give students three full months of summer this year. Macon County Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2013-14 school year during Monday night’s regularly scheduled meeting. The calendar aligns with North Carolina’s school calendar law passed by the N.C. General Assembly which states schools may begin no earlier than the Monday closest to Aug. 26. With this school year's last day scheduled for May 24, students are in store for a lengthy summer, which will be nearly a month longer than in the past two years.

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South Macon Elementary School recently gathered together its Terrific Kids award recipients for the past two semesters for a group photo.

According to Principal Tolly Bowles, “The Terrific Kids Program was conceived by Kiwanis educators to bring recognition, pride, and self-esteem to elementary school students who want to help their teacher, their parents and their fellow classmates.“

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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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