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The next phase of a project on the Western Carolina University campus to build a new mixed-used facility on the site of a structure damaged by fire in November 2013 is expected to get under way this spring, university officials said.

The current timetable for the project, which will result in a 120,000-square-foot building featuring a mix of residential units and commercial and dining establishments on the ground floor with student residential spaces on the upper floors, calls for construction to begin in May. The facility is expected to include a total of about 380 student beds.


Victory Christian School recently celebrated its annual homecoming festivities after both varsity and middle school basketball contests with North Asheville Christian School.

The homecoming court included Jeanilee Fenoglio, Anna Belle Watts, Caleb Stephens, Kasey Maney, James Gergeni, Lauren Taylor, Andrew Gergeni, and Deanah Smith. Back row center are Homecoming King and Queen, Joshua Wolfrey, son of Rusty and Ronda Wolfrey of Sylva, and Joy Wahl, daughter of Weldon and Donna Wahl of Franklin.

Photo by Arlene Jones

High school students from throughout Southwestern Community College’s service area participated in a pair of service projects last month. The students, who are in SCC’s Upward Bound program, made holiday cards that were sent to U.S. troops deployed overseas. They also wrapped small toiletry items that were given out at Sylva’s Community Table.

“Our students had a lot of fun performing these projects,” said Annette Kesgen, director of SCC’s Upward Bound program. “It’s really quite impressive to see these young people who already grasp the value of serving others, looking out for our neighbors and showing gratitude to the men and women in uniform who keep us safe.”


Campus has seen many changes in 63-year history.

Thousands and thousands of students have passed through the halls of Franklin High School since its first day of school in 1952. While the campus has expanded over the last halfcentury, the first walls that educated FHS's very first graduating class in 1952 are still standing today, and have since provided the bricks and mortar for a total of 63 graduating classes.

Generations of families have passed through the halls of Franklin High School. Sitting in the same classrooms, gazing out the same windows, and each adding their own wear and tear on the building's infrastructure.


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