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Debate over teacher tenure changes still raging.

The Macon County Board of Education opened its February meeting by recognizing young writers who have been honored on the state level. Every year Western Mountains Reading Council participates with the North Carolina Reading Association to sponsor the Young Author Writing Project. WMRC is allowed to send in 20 of Macon County’s best local entries.

This year’s theme was "Happily Ever After,” and encouraged students to write a song, poem, story or book that speaks of a bright future or someone who encourages them to keeping working toward a goal, pointing to a "happy ending."


Seventy-nine students from Macon County made the president’s list for the fall semester at Southwestern Community College, and 64 others were named to the dean’s list.

President’s list honorees earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.85 or greater while those on the dean’s list had a GPA between 3.50 and 3.849.

view the full list of honorees after the jump!


Graduates from Macon County number more than 50.

At the conclusion of the fall semester, 143 Southwestern Community College students – including 51 from Macon County - earned their associate’s degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Four Macon County graduates earned academic honors, including one magna cum laude (3.90-3.94 GPA) and three Summa Cum Laude (3.95-4.00 GPA).

Seven others are New Century Scholars, who were identified as “highpotential” students when they were in the seventh grade and were guaranteed the opportunity of an education at Southwestern without the worry of tuition and fees, thanks to the generosity of our community.


As an essential element of the learning experience, cosmetology students at Southwestern Community College are offering haircuts, manicures and nail tech services this spring.

Students provide haircuts on a first-come, firstserve basis from 8-11 a.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays at SCC’s Jackson Campus. Pricing is $12 for women and $8 for men. Shampoo and style costs $10, and other services are offered at discounted rates.

There is limited availability in the afternoons by appointment only. Call Randy McCall, SCC’s cosmetology program coordinator, at (828)339-4238 to reserve a time slot.


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