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James Lequire of Franklin was among nine graduates from Southwestern Community College’s physical therapist assistant program to be honored during a recent pinning ceremony at the college’s Jackson campus.

Graduates are eligible to take the licensure examination administered by the N.C. Board of Physical Therapy Examiners.

For more information about Southwestern Community College and its programs, visit or call (828)339-4000.








The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum received some special guests from Clay County last Thursday.

The students from Hayesville Elementary have been studying soil and rocks this past year. They took a trip to Rose Creek Mine and the gem museum, followed by a picnic at the Wesley Park before returning over the mountain.

The museum occupies the old Macon County Jail that was built in the 1850s. Local gems and minerals and gems from around the world are on display.

The children seemed to enjoy the “fluorescent” room the most when the hidden rainbows of the rocks and on their clothes glowed under the fluorescent light.


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."


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