25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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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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Educational technology expert David Warlick will deliver a free public presentation at Western Carolina University on Friday, Feb. 4, centered on how teachers can use today’s technology and information environment to improve student learning.

Warlick, an international consultant and published author who has been a classroom teacher, district administrator and technology director for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, will present “Harnessing the Perfect Storm” at the A.K. Hinds University Center theater at 2 p.m.

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Every year at Franklin High School, all seniors, except those in AP English, must complete a “Senior Project” for their English class. For the projects, students must write a research paper of five to seven pages plus do an eight to ten minute presentation. The projects can be on any subject the student wants. The only catch, says Katie Alland, a student in Mrs. Susan Allen’s class, is the projects must be about something completely new for the student.

“We’re supposed to learn something new,” said Alland, who chose to do her project on photography. As part of the research for her project, Alland shadowed Macon County News photographer Vickie Carpenter for two days, getting tips and going to news events to get an idea of what the job entails.

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With the start of a new year, Southwestern Community College embarks on a new direction of leadership.

Thom Brooks has been named Vice President for Instruction and Student Services and Scott Baker takes over Brooks’ former position as Dean of Career Technologies.

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