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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:


Cuts threaten programs, salaries and jobs

Last Thursday, faculty and staff at various schools around Macon County showed their support for public eduction by wearing red. The symbolic dress was part of a statewide action initiated by the North Carolina Association of Educators and meant to raise awareness and send a message to state legislators who had just returned for the new session of the General Assembly.

“We want parents and residents of Macon County to know that public education is under attack,” said Shelley Marshall, a teacher at Union Academy and president of the Macon County Association of Educators, the NCAE’s local affiliate.


On Friday, Jan. 28, the following students received their diploma from Union Academy: Anthony Bryson, Samantha Gravitt, James Mayhorn, Destiney Moore, Kurt Tastinger and Jakob Townsend.

The graduates and guests were welcomed by principal Kris Reis.

Guest speaker was Dr. Dan Brigman, who also presented the graduates with their diploma.


Prospective college students can get a taste of what campus life is all about as Western Carolina University holds Open House on Saturday, Feb. 19.

Open House gives students and their families a chance to tour the campus, including classrooms, residence halls, the library and WCU’s new Campus Recreation Center. Faculty members will be on hand during an information fair to discuss academic opportunities and career interests, and representatives of student groups will be available to talk about extracurricular activities on campus.


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