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Pam Shepherd’s first grade at Iotla Valley Elementary had visitors come to their classroom recently to tell about their jobs and how they make a difference in the community.

Sheriff Holland came and talked about all he does within the community by keeping it safe and protected.

Pastor David Powell and Pastor Jason Smith came and talked about how they help families with food, fire wood, they build ramps, and pay power bills.

Warren Cabe talked about his Fire Chief job with Franklin Fire department and also town manager.


College financial aid administrators and specialists will be available across North Carolina on Saturday, Feb. 22, to help high school seniors and families complete and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms online. There will be free FAFSA Day programs in all 100 counties with most sites open from 9 a.m. until noon.

Completing the FAFSA form is required to be considered for all federal and most state financial aid for college, including scholarships and grants. This year’s statewide FAFSA Day is sponsored by College Foundation of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and State Employees’ Credit Union.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. The more than 300 sites that are available include campus sites and State Employees’ Credit Union branches. The Credit Union can assist SECU members in any branch location; however, in counties where there are no campus sites, the Credit Union will serve members and non-members. A list of all locations and registration is available at or by calling 866-866-CFNC toll-free.


The blockbuster hit movie, "The Hunger Games," pits unknowing and unexpected individuals against one another at a chance for survival. At the end of the death defying challenge, only one victor can emerge, leaving the others to suffer a dreadful fate. According to Education Attorney Dean Shatley, as he has visited districts across the state to offer legal advice regarding the legislation changes, teachers have given him the analogy that the legal changes resemble that plot of "The Hunger Games."

With only 25 percent of teachers in any given district being eligible to receive a contract and bonus that could total $5,000, educators are forced to compete again each other in hopes of being recognized by the board as worthy of the contract.


Wearing her cap and gown for Southwestern Community College’s GED graduation ceremony, Tonya Hensley grinned nervously while recalling the moment she decided to turn her life around.

Her son, Calvin, had come to her one evening asking for help with his homework at their home in Whittier. Hensley had dropped out of Cherokee High years ago as a teenager, so she simply had no way to help Calvin with his studies.


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