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The Macon County Board of Education began its December meeting by thanking members of the Nantahala community who contributed to the construction of a new school sign. After the lack of a sign was brought to the attention of the board, school board members unanimously voted to help fund the purchase of the sign. Members of the Nantahala community donated funds to the project, as well as donated their talents to the development of the rock wall that frames the sign.

“We are thankful for the community and all the work that was done to make sure Nantahala has a school sign, it looks great,” said Board of Education Chairman Jim Breedlove.

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When “Uncle Jimmy” Childress became a founding member of the Southwestern Community College Foundation 40 years ago, SCC offered just two programs: automotive and carpentry.

Today, Southwestern offers more than 70 programs and serves more than 9,000 students every year through its curriculum and workforce innovations divisions.

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Each year, the North Carolina School Board Association holds its annual conference in Greensboro to allow board sfrom across the state to work together for training and to exchange ideas to better the state's public education system.

This year, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin and his administrative assistant Renee Burt, along with Board members Jim Breedlove, Tommy Cabe, Melissa Evans, and Stephanie McCall attended the conference.

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After showing promise, dedication, ambition and a strong academic interest, 15 students were selected by their teachers for the 2013 induction class of New Century Scholars in Macon County.

In a region of North Carolina with a high number of low-income and first-generation students, the New Century Scholars program was formed from an altruistic idea that promising last-dollar tuition-assistance to students in the seventh grade would remove the financial barrier of education and increase the number of high school students enrolling in college after high school. The New Century Scholars Program, which began in 1995, is a collaborative educational effort among the public schools in Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties and Southwestern Community College (SCC).

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