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When the search began in November for a candidate to replace Chancellor John W. Bardo after his 16 years of service to Western Carolina University, the UNC system president, Tom Ross, had one simple request for the search committee—find a “superhero.”

Dr. David Belcher may not be able to see through walls or have superhuman strengths that leave him invincible, but he does have some superpowers to bring to WCU.

MedWest Health System is sponsoring a series of events to introduce the new chancellor, Dr. David Belcher, and his wife, Susan to Western North Carolina.


Macon County Schools stand to lose if federal forest land act expires

Macon County schools, along with many other school districts in counties around the country that have substantial federal lands within their boundaries, stand to lose crucial revenue if a federal act is allowed to expire at the end of the year. Next week, the district will host a meeting of officials from school districts all around the region to inform them of the potential loss of funds if the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act is left to expire.



School board gives parents the choice to opt out.

Macon County schools recently revised the Board Policy to give parents the option to opt out of allowing their child to be subjected to corporal punishment.

The Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) defines child abuse and neglect at a minimum as “any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse, or exploitation, or an act or failure to act which presents as imminent risk of serious harm.” More specifically, physical abuse is generally defined as “any non-accidental physical injury to the child” which can include striking, kicking, burning, or biting the child or any other action that results in a physical impairment of the child.


With Macon County students starting classes Thursday, volunteers in the school system are gearing up to make sure students have all the supplies they need to kick-off the school year.

Macon County’s 9th annual “Fill the Bus” school supply drive will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Franklin Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Big Lots locations.

The event runs during tax-free weekend in order to fully take advantage of the statewide event. Each year, in accordance with state statute, the first weekend in August is designated to give shoppers a break on their purchases. State sales tax will not apply to clothing, footwear, schools supplies, sports equipment and even computers purchased during this time.


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