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Catch the Spirit of Appalachia is providing four opportunities for a scholarship in the amount of $500 each for “Appalachian Studies,” to be presented to four deserving seniors in the Western North Carolina counties. Each scholarship is focused on a different aspect of Appalachian heritage, and established in honor of someone in our society who has made a difference.

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Currently in its 50th year, Southwestern Community College serves Jackson, Macon, Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary in such a myriad of ways that its value can be especially challenging to measure.

A report released this week attempts to do just that.

Prepared by Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., a fact sheet demonstrates that the college’s overall economic impact is $126.9 million in added regional income for its service area.

“We are grateful for the information provided in this fact sheet,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC president. “We believe these statistics are a direct result of the dedication our faculty and staff have for serving our communities and helping our students succeed.”


N.C. Cooperative Extension will hold a class on "Growing Shiitake Mushrooms," Tuesday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Macon County Environmental Resource Center. Preregistration is required. A $10 materials fee is due at registration. Each participant should bring two hardwood logs (oak is preferred; no walnut or locust), 4 to 6 inches in diameter and 3 to 4 feet long. The logs should be fresh cut.

This will be a hands on workshop. A classroom session will explain Shiitake growing and participants will then drill their logs and inoculate them with Shiitake mushroom "seed." Participants will leave the class with two inoculated Shiitake logs and the ability to inoculate more. The program is geared toward hobby growers. Most of the program will be outside, so dress warmly. If you have an extra log to donate, we would like to build a Shiitake demonstration area at the Environmental Resource Center. Register at the Macon County Cooperative Extension Center by Friday, Feb. 27. Call (828)349-2046 if you have any questions.

One-hundred-fifty-six graduates earned their associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates from Southwestern Community College in the fall semester.

Among the graduates, 11 earned Cum Laude honors (3.85-3.89 GPA) while 12 were named Magna Cum Laude (3.90-3.94 GPA) and 12 were Summa Cum Laude (3.95-4.00 GPA).

Twenty-three graduates are New Century Scholars, who were identified as “high-potential” students when they were in the seventh grade. After meeting expectations in academics, behavior and service learning, these students were guaranteed the opportunity of an education at Southwestern without the worry of tuition and fees, thanks to the generosity of their respective communities.


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