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Fourth grade students at East Franklin Elementary put on their thinking caps last week for the 11th annual science fair. Project choices were selected by the students according to their interests and they were asked to follow the scientific method. The students came up with a "big question," created their hypothesis, conducted research and then completed their experiment in order to draw a conclusion.

"The kids were all very excited and a few were nervous but they all had a great time showing off their projects to other East Franklin students and their families," said East Franklin Fourth Grade Teacher Lora Neitz.


The bidding war for the old Cullasaja School property began last December and after bids from four different interested parties, the highest bid on the property has reached $139,700.

The initial bid on the property was first submitted to the school system on December 1 in the amount of $75,000, and now nine bids later, the new minimum upset bid required for the property is $146,735.

The school has long since been listed as a surplus property for the district, and at its last tax appraisal was listed at $1,631,000. Despite the more than a million dollar price tag, the school system has had little to no interest in the property over the last five years.


Free food, giveaways and the opportunity to win scholarships and other prizes will be a part of Southwestern Community College’s 50th-anniversary open house celebration from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, at the Jackson Campus.

Barbecue and t-shirts will be available while supplies last, and visitors will have a shot at scholarships of $1,000 or more and gift certificates to the SCC bookstore through a scavenger hunt.

If needed, a rain date has been set for April 17.


Schools in Macon County are on track to receive $660,000 for Internet connectivity upgrades this year through the federal government's E-Rate Program.

E-Rate (also known as the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries) is intended to make it more affordable for schools and libraries across the country to connect to high-speed Internet – with the goal of making the gigabit speeds seen in cities like Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Chattanooga, Tenn., the norm in schools across the country.

Funds are available for 73 districts across North Carolina, with $660,000 available for Macon County. The use of the funds are specific and as Macon County Schools IT Director Tim Burrell noted during the Monday night Board of Education meeting in Highlands, are earmarked for upgrades to the district's wireless infrastructure.


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