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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.

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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 www.gatech.edu.

Wofford College student Nancy M. Ford, a member of the class of 2016 from Sylva, is studying abroad in Nicaragua during Interim 2014.

Interim permits students and professors to concentrate for the month of January on a single study project of his or her choosing. Interim projects are designed to move beyond traditional classroom courses and teaching methods, to consider important topics in relevant ways and places, to observe issues in action, to develop capacities for independent learning, and to encourage the responsible self-direction of educational development.

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Donations will be collected at Western Carolina University’s home men’s basketball game in Ramsey Regional Activity Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, to assist people who lost their jobs at three Cullowhee businesses that closed after a November fire.

No one was injured in the Nov. 21 blaze that damaged the building that was home to Subway of Cullowhee, Rolling Stone Burrito and the Mad Batter Bakery and Café, but the building and businesses had to close, which directly affected more than two dozen employees.

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