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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.”


The North Carolina Virtual Academy, an online charter school operated by N.C. Learns that planned to enroll students from kindergarten through 10th grade beginning in August was back in court last Friday in Wake County.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones ruled Friday that the online charter school could not begin enrolling students this fall because it did not follow proper procedure which requires all charter schools to go through the State Board of Education before being granted permission to operate. Judge Jones' ruling did not determine whether the virtual charter school, if opened could legally operate, but instead stated that because it bypassed the state board and only got approval to operate in Cabarrus County, the school could not go live this fall.


The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will offer a basic introduction to Microsoft Excel on Wednesday, July 11 from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. The 90-minute class will be taught by retired WCU professor Roger Bacon, assisted by his wife Lisa Bacon and by library staffer Laura Chapman.

This introductory course is appropriate for people with some computer experience who are new to Excel and want to learn how to use this spreadsheet software. The course will cover such basic topics as entering numbers and text, doing simple calculations and using formulas, formatting the elements of a spreadsheet, how to find help when using Excel, and how to use the program for simple personal or professional projects, such as balancing a checkbook or budgeting.


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