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Duke Energy recently gave $1,200 to Southwestern Community College’s New Century Scholars (NCS) program.

Each year, seventh graders from throughout SCC’s service area (Jackson, Macon and Swain counties) are identified as New Century Scholars. Students receive last-dollar tuition assistance at SCC so long as they fulfill program obligations throughout their middle- and high-school careers.

The program is funded entirely by annual donations like Duke’s.


North Carolina residents are invited to enter the NC 529 Scholarship Contest from now through April 30, 2014. Information and entry forms are available through 100 winners, one from every county in North Carolina, will be selected by a random drawing from all entries in each county.

Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a $529 contribution to an NC 529 Plan college savings account owned (or opened after the drawing) by the entrant whose name is drawn. The owner of the NC 529 account must be at least 18 years of age and can name a child, grandchild or anyone else in or planning for college (even him or herself) as the Account Beneficiary. Winners will be announced on May 9, 2014 – which is College Savings Day, 5/29.


Teachers invited to presentation on new tenure law.

Ever since the North Carolina General Assembly voted to do away with the state’s teacher tenure law, districts across the state have been riddled with questions about the implementation of the changes. To better help Macon County teachers understand the legal changes, Dean Shatley of Campbell-Shatley PLLC will speak to employees and offer details and information as it pertains to state law and the relinquishment of career status.

The presentation will be given at Franklin High School at the Fine Arts Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. Dan Moore, Macon County Schools Director of Personnel, informed board members that the information event would be streamed live to Nantahala and Highlands.


Macon County has been overwhelmed with inclement winter weather in the past few weeks, forcing school closures. With schools being closed both Wednesday and Thursday of this week alone, some parents have expressed concern regarding the possibility of students attending Saturday school to make up days. According to Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, even with Thursday's cancellation, Macon County is still on track to be able to complete the 1,025 "in-seat" time hours required by state law.


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