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Highlands, Nantahala planning ahead for snow days.

Winter weather has always been difficult for all Macon County students, causing school to be cancelled or delayed several times a year, but for students attending school at Highlands and Nantahala, winter always seems to hit a little harder and disrupt the annual calendar a little more.

With a calendar waiver approved during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, students in those areas of the county will see some relief when it comes to the school calendar next year.

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Driver’s ed, teacher assistants on the line for 2015-16.

The North Carolina General Assembly is expected to spend the next several weeks hashing out the state budget, which may take a while considering the vast differences between the two chamber’s budget proposals.

The Senate voted on their $21.47 billion budget last week, a two percent increase over the current year. Last month, the House approved their version, which weighed in at $22.2 billion, a five percent increase in spending.

Senate Republican and Democrats were split on the proposal, with the basis of contention involving education. The two parties spend five hours arguing the Senate’s education support, or according to Macon County Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin, the lack thereof.

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Franklin High School wrapped up the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday with the annual graduation celebration at Western Carolina University.

FHS’ 204 graduating seniors spent their last hours as Panthers listening to remarks from FHS Salutatorian Kaci England, FHS Valedictorian Lexi Kloeppel, and District Attorney Ashley Welch, who delivered the commencement address.

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The Cowee School’s summer concert series has become known as a regional destination for traditional mountain music. In its second year, the Heritage Center at Historic Cowee School has been attracting some of the best bluegrass, country, and southern folk performances around.

With the help of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Division, the Cowee Music venue will soon be undergoing some much needed improvements, ensuring the facility will continue offering top notch entertainment for years to come.

Macon County Commissioners formally voted to work with Cowee School to utilize a $24,120 “Underserved and Limited Resource Communities” grant. The county agrees to aid Cowee School by providing initial funds for the grant, which will be reimbursed by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

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