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State reversions and pay raises exacerbate situation.

Despite making significant cuts to operational costs since last fall, Macon County Schools are in serious financial trouble for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year. The situation is not a complete surprise, as Macon County Schools finance director Angie Cook and Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Duncan announced last September that without a fund balance, the school system would be in trouble by the end of the year.


Construction crews are three months in to the projected 13-month long renovation project to the Smoky Mountain High School gym and performing arts center. The contractor began laying concrete masonry units for the auditorium walls in late January. Jackson County officials held the groundbreaking ceremony in November 2012 and anticipate the project to be completed by the end of this year.


The goal of Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is to support and encourage youth in honoring and preserving local Appalachian heritage. Therefore, this year CSA will provide four opportunities for a scholarship in the amount of $500 each for “Appalachian Studies,” to be presented to four deserving seniors within four Western North Carolina counties: Jackson, Swain, Haywood and Macon. Each scholarship is focused on a different aspect of Appalachian heritage, and established in honor of someone locally who has made a difference.

Scholarship # 1—The Annie Lee Bryson Memorial Scholarship will be presented to a student from these counties who has declared a major or minor in Appalachian Studies or related studies with an interest in “traditional crafts."


In honor of President's Day, Read2Me is teaming up with the Rotary Club of Franklin and the Macon County Public Library for the second annual essay contest. This year's essay theme is “Great Presidents.”

The contest is open to public school and home school student in grades 3-8. Students are encouraged to choose one president from the following list and write an essay on why he was a great president: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan. Each student is encouraged to follow the guidelines for their respective grade level and to do research and use writing skills to convince readers why their choice was indeed a great president.

“Communication is one of the keys to success in your professional and your personal life,” said Gary Dills with the Franklin Rotary Club. “These essays give young people in the community an opportunity to relay their thoughts and in the process, learn about the people who helped make this country great.”


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