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During Tuesday’s continued meeting of the September Board of Education meeting, board members unanimously voted to adopt a board policy, which will become effective in the 2012/2013 school year. The policy will ultimately prevent Macon Early College (MEC) students from participating in sports at Franklin High School (FHS).

After the Macon County School system received notification from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) that there would be a realignment for 2013-2017, Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman charged personnel director Dan Moore with contacting school systems in North Carolina who are in similar situations.


The 2011 Homecoming Queen for Smoky Mountain High School will be named Friday night during the home football game against East Henderson.

Members of the homecoming court pictured above left to right: Madison Lovedahl, Emily Nicholson, Joselyn Barker, Grace Norton, Courtney Clapper, Chassidy Buchanan BACK Mandi Dean, Devan Youmans, Courtney Fish, Lindsay Bowers, Kennedy Ensley, April Parker.

Photo courtesy of Smoky Mountain High School

CULLOWHEE – Myron L. Coulter, chancellor of Western Carolina University from 1984 until 1994, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.

Coulter, known to friends and colleagues by his nickname of “Barney,” guided Western Carolina for a decade characterized by a renewed emphasis on excellence in teaching, strategic planning and goal-setting, service to the Western North Carolina region, and outreach to the international community.

During his tenure as chancellor, the university established the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence, later renamed the Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in recognition of his support of the center’s efforts both as chancellor and, upon his retirement, as chancellor emeritus.


On Friday, Sept. 16, professors from the Health Science and Education departments at Western Carolina University (WCU) and teachers from Cullowhee Valley School (CVS) joined ASAP for dinner—local, of course. ASAP’s goal? To better connect those involved in their multi-year Jackson County Farm to School Education Project.

The dinner was held at Cashier’s Lonesome Valley Community, the site of the original Sunburst Trout Farms. Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro of Sylva catered the event using fresh produce from Balsam Gardens (Sylva), Shelton Family Farm (Whittier), Family Traditions Farm (Cullowhee), and Pomme de Terre Farm (Sylva). Jackson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Murray and CVS Principal Kathryn Kantz were also in attendance.


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