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Showcases students’ best efforts

On Sunday, May 18, the Macon County Public Library hosted an opening reception for the 5th Annual Macon County Schools Student Art Exhibition, entitled "Small Hands, Big HeART."

More than 300 students participated in the county-wide art project, and their work will be on display in the library's Living Room through Friday, May 23.

The students represent each of the county's public schools and all grade levels.



Teachers across North Carolina rejoiced on Friday after hearing the news that North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood voted down the state’s new teacher tenure law by claiming it was unconstitutional.

The law, which was approved by state lawmakers last summer, was designed to eliminate teacher tenure and the protections that came along with it. After the law was enacted, school districts were given until June 30 to award teachers who haven't worked the four years needed to qualify for career status or tenure, one-year contracts, and four-year contracts, along with a cumulative $5,000 bonus for a select 25 percent of teachers. The law was designed to eliminate tenure completely by 2018.

Teachers across the state, including Franklin High School teacher John deVille, joined the North Carolina Association of Educators in a lawsuit against the state in hopes of overturning the law, and on Friday, a judge ruled in their favor. Hobgood stated in his ruling that abolishing teacher tenure "was not reasonable and necessary to serve an important public purpose."


Representing Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 108 in Franklin, Mike Prodoehl (left) and Kenneth Dishner (right) recently gave $250 to the SCC Foundation for an annual scholarship the organization sponsors.

Accepting the check is Mary Otto Selzer, executive director of the SCC Foundation.

The scholarship is awarded to a Macon County resident who is a veteran or has an immediate family member who’s a veteran. The recipient must also hold a minimum of a 2.5 GPA and be a full-time, degree-seeking student. This year’s scholarship went to Andrea Holland of Franklin.

For more information about the SCC Foundation, contact Kathy Posey at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (828)339-4227.

Mountain View Intermediate (MVI) students participated in Folt Science Night – an initiative named in honor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Chancellor Carol Folt. The nights are funded by an anonymous donor.

Colored slime, rockets, a marshmallow tower challenge and invisible ink were a few out of the 12 activities sixth grade students participated in. The morning was spent rotating through these activities which were presented by fifth grade MVI Connections, students who have been working for the last week to prepare their activity to present to the sixth grade students. The fifth grade students showed excellent leadership skills by preparing and presenting these activities.


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