25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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Students from elementary, junior high and high schools throughout Western North Carolina will gather at Western Carolina University on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and Thursday, Feb. 6, as the university hosts the Western Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

In conjunction with 2014 being the 125th anniversary of WCU’s founding, special booths and displays will be presented that commemorate 125 years of science.

Science projects created for the fair by area students will be available for viewing by the public from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

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Last Friday, Jan. 17, friends and family members gathered in the gym of Union Academy to support its graduating seniors.

National Guardsman Matthew Ramey gave the Pledge of Allegiance before the ceremony. Ramsey is a graduate of the first class of students to come through Union Academy. Candidate for graduation Nathan Parrish followed with the singing of the National Anthem.

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With more than 1,000 students from Macon County registering for classes at Southwestern Community College during the 2012-13 school year, President Don Tomas recently spoke to commissioners about the importance of expanding the Macon Campus.

With 488 students from Macon County enrolled for the fall semester, enrollment at the Macon Campus was at an all time high.

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Last summer the Highlands Biological Station (HBS) welcomed to its campus 12 students – 11 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and one student from North Carolina State University – for a semester-in-residence program where students live and learn on the HBS campus.

Now approaching its 13th year, the Highlands Field Site is a program offered by the UNC-CH Institute for the Environment. The coursework includes mountain biodiversity, landscape analysis (GIS), conservation biology, southern Appalachian culture, and research. At the end of the semester, students present the results of their research at a public closing ceremony.

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