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New law will give school districts more options.

After North Carolina Governor Bev. Perdue signed a new calendar law earlier this month, Macon County School System's annual calendar has once again become a topic of discussion.

The new bill, which was approved in the last legislative session that concluded earlier this month, will change the state's calendar law beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. The new law will no longer allow Macon County and other districts to start early to avoid winter weather that often delays the exam schedule that occurs before the winter break. The bill directs all school districts with a regular calendar to begin on the Monday closest to August 26 and districts that receive a weather waiver must start on the Monday closest to August 19.


Teddy Greene, chair of District One of the State Employees Association of North Carolina presented Jessica Mallonee a $500 district scholarship at the district one annual meeting in Sylva.

Mallonee is the daughter of Charles and Teresa Mallonee and a recent graduate of Franklin High School.

Mallonee plans to attend Appalachian State University this fall.



The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts is getting ready to wrap up its summer-long Clown College. Beginning June 5, students who enrolled in the college have been learning the tricks of the trade from mime and juggler extraordinaire, Dr. Doug Egge.

Over the six-week course, which met once a week, students have been learning the history of movement and clowning as it pertains to stage, street and circus performing.


Conrad Burrell, retired Jackson County Register of Deeds was recently reappointed to Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees by Gov. Beverly Perdue. Burrell has served on SCC’s Board for the past 16 years, eight of those as Chairman. He and his wife Juanita reside in Sylva.

“We are honored to have Mr. Burrell serve another term on our Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Don Tomas, President of SCC. “His strong commitment to education and the mission, vision and goals of Southwestern Community College is invaluable, and the Board of Trustees and the College administration are well-served by his depth of knowledge and unwavering dedication. I am pleased to continue our solid working relationship for the future of SCC and those we serve.”


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