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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.


Mrs. Jane Long's 5th and 6th grade classes at Mountain View Intermediate researched, wrote, and published American history and ancient civilizations books. They presented their books to social studies classes and shared what they had learned about each topic.

Topics included the Stone Age, pyramids, myths, Pompeii, castles, the Olympics, American Indians, the Gold Rush, the American Flag, the Statue of Liberty, and Sacajawea.




Depending on the applicant’s degree level and ability to meet requirements, Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS) can range from $3,000 - $14,000 per year. The priority deadline for fall applications is April 1, 2015. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2015-16 application form and detailed information about program requirements are available at

The Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS) Program was established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 and the first loans were awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year. To date, more than 5,200 loans totaling over $42,000,000 have provided financial assistance to qualified North Carolinians who are committed to working in fields designated as critical employment shortage areas in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers the program.


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