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CULLOWHEE – The Western Carolina University professor who founded the World Map Project for the Peace Corps is leading WCU students in updating a manual for the initiative, which is responsible for hand-painted world maps in more than 40 countries on five continents.

Barbara Jo White, an assistant professor of computer information systems at Western Carolina, was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic in 1988 when she started thinking about paper maps and how they did not last long in the rainy, humid climate.


Western Carolina University’s College of Education and Allied Professions invites educators from throughout the region to attend a one-day conference focusing on literacy across the curriculum.

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom on the WCU campus.


East Franklin Elementary School announces its A-B Honor Roll for the second nine weeks.




Members of the newly-formed Macon Middle School Interact Club visited the Rotary Club of Franklin recently. The Macon Middle School Interact Club’s formation was led by Susie Ledford and Larry Hollifield of the Rotary Club of Franklin. Rotary Interact Clubs are for young people, ages 12-18, and are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interact members develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of:


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