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Macon County Board of Education hasbeen approved for $1.5 million in state QZAB (Qualified Zone Academy Bonds). QZAB funds is a pocket of state monies that is designated for school renovations. The county has utilized these funds in the past when making needed renovations to East Franklin Elementary and this year, the renovation project at Highlands School. The money is available at a zero interest rate to school districts across the state to allow needed repairs to be made. QZAB funds however, require a local 10 percent funding match.


This month at least, Friday the 13th is shaping up as a lucky day for Jason Wilson. That’s when the Sylva native is scheduled to graduate from Southwestern Community College with an associate’s degree in electronics engineering technology.

Three days later, he’ll start a new career as an industrial technical maintenance technician. He said his starting salary range will be in the range of $50,000-plus. That doesn’t include profit-sharing, which could equal up to 52 percent of base. Not bad for a guy who found himself unemployed just over two years ago.

Wilson will be working in Georgia at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that has more than 400,000 square feet.


The Macon County Board of Education began its December meeting by thanking members of the Nantahala community who contributed to the construction of a new school sign. After the lack of a sign was brought to the attention of the board, school board members unanimously voted to help fund the purchase of the sign. Members of the Nantahala community donated funds to the project, as well as donated their talents to the development of the rock wall that frames the sign.

“We are thankful for the community and all the work that was done to make sure Nantahala has a school sign, it looks great,” said Board of Education Chairman Jim Breedlove.


When “Uncle Jimmy” Childress became a founding member of the Southwestern Community College Foundation 40 years ago, SCC offered just two programs: automotive and carpentry.

Today, Southwestern offers more than 70 programs and serves more than 9,000 students every year through its curriculum and workforce innovations divisions.


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