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Hazel Wooten of Franklin was one of six medical sonography graduates from Southwestern Community College to be honored in a recent pinning ceremony.

All six completed two years of coursework and clinicals, earned their associate’s degrees and are eligible to take national certification exams.

Program coordinator is Debbie Eavenson, and Melissa Coker is the director of clinical education for SCC.

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







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.



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