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Macon County has been overwhelmed with inclement winter weather in the past few weeks, forcing school closures. With schools being closed both Wednesday and Thursday of this week alone, some parents have expressed concern regarding the possibility of students attending Saturday school to make up days. According to Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, even with Thursday's cancellation, Macon County is still on track to be able to complete the 1,025 "in-seat" time hours required by state law.


An administrative decision regarding the student grading process has left some Jackson County parents concerned. At the beginning of the spring semester for the 2013-14 school year, Jackson County administrators made the decision to adopt a “no-zero-grade policy.” The new procedure prohibits teachers from being able to issue any grade below a 55 to students, regardless if a student completes an assignment or not.

The new procedure, which is supported by the Jackson County Board of Education, was considered this fall when central office and school based administrators met and discussed the grading procedures. “We reached consensus on the equity for the “F” numerical range and will implement the procedure beginning with the second semester, [Jan. 2014],” said Dr. Kim Elliott Assistant Superintendent for Jackson County Schools.


Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s mission is to support and encourage area youth in honoring and preserving local Appalachian heritage. This year the nonprofit organization wishes to once again provide 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 who has made a difference.


Leah Gober of Clayton, Ga., and John Young of Highlands have earned the distinction of Faculty Honors for Fall 2013 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This designation is awarded to undergraduate students who have a 4.0 academic average for the semester.

Georgia Tech is one of the nation's leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically based education to more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Institute has many nationally recognized programs and is ranked in the nation's top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit

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