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This spring, 12 students started Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) classes through Southwestern Community College’s Public Safety Training Center.

Five months and 700 grueling hours of instruction later, only three were still around.

Franklin-resident Tim Broughton, Kyle Efird of Whittier, and Jon Garner of Cullowhee all credited tough training experiences in their respective backgrounds with helping them survive BLET. All three passed their BLET state examinations and graduated as the program’s 70th class in a ceremony at the Public Safety Training Center.

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Students in the 5th and 6th grade at MVI recently had the opportunity to watch, firsthand, the REMAX hot air balloon take flight. The demonstration was part of the students’ heat energy studies through their science classes. Sixth grade students extended their learning by attending a 30- minute program provided by Tom Lattin, the REMAX Program Coordinator / Pilot for the RE/MAX Carolinas Balloon Program.

The lesson covered the story of how the first manned flight took place on Nov. 21, 1783, in addition to the science, history and operation of a hot air balloon, including behavior of the molecules of air, density, and air pressure.

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MMS students take advantage of afterschool program.

The Bascom in Highlands has partnered with Macon County Schools to provide free art classes after school at Macon Middle School (MMS).

The program, which was made possible through an endowment fund set up by Franklin resident Barbara McRae in memory of her late husband Jim, is called Art Adventure, and is taught in sixweek sessions throughout the school year.

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With nearly 15 years of service under her belt, Diane Brendle has made a lasting impact on education in Macon County. Last month, the Macon County Board of Education recognized Brendle for her efforts as a teacher assistant by naming her the 2013 Support Person of the Year.

“Being named Support Person of the Year is a great honor and I am very humbled that my peers think so much of me,” said Brendle. “I love children and working with them – it is my passion. You get to watch children bloom and grow throughout the school year and the years beyond. If you have a child that is really struggling and then they finally start making progress you are so excited and proud of them. They give so much unconditional love each and every day. I really enjoy coming to work each morning and seeing their smiling faces. If you are having a bad day they always have a hug or a smile to cheer you up. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to change the lives of children.”

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