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Since Southwestern Community College opened its doors on Dec. 1, 1964, six men have served as president. Recently, four of the six presidents and several trustee members got together to talk about the college and its history. The group of presidents included Norman K. Myers (1981-1991); Barry W. Russell (1991-1996); Cecil L. Groves (1997-2010); and current president Don Tomas, who took the reins in 2011. Richard W. Collings, who served as president from 2010 to 2011, was unable to attend. SCC’s first president, Edward E. Bryson, who served from 1964 to 1980, died in 2002.

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During the past year Southwestern Community College has awarded 303 General Education diplomas and 13 Adult High School diplomas. On Aug. 7, a ceremony was held to honor the most recent graduates. Dr. Don Tomas, SCC College President, congratulated the students and handed out certificates.

The speaker for the evening was Ceretta Davis, SCC Culinary Program Coordinator and Instructor. Davis spoke to students about her own experience earning a GED from Southwestern before returning to earn a Degree in Culinary Arts. She encouraged all graduates to continue their education. “Your education is really important. It helps shape your future and makes you more employable in the job market,” says Davis.

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After a month of classes, Franklin High School Principal Chris Baldwin said that students are adjusting well to the new dress code. Beginning the first day of school (Aug. 9) students were faced with several changes to the school's dress code including new length requirements for shorts and skirts as well as a “no hole above the knee” rule for pants.

Although students were charged with following an entirely new set of rules, Baldwin believes that the implementation process has been fairly smooth. “Students are adjusting to the new dress code,” said Baldwin. “We are seeing fewer and fewer noncompliance violations.”

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I spent last week far away from the clean mountain air in Macon County when I travelled to New York City for a mini-vacation. Although last week marked the fourth time I had travelled up north in the last three years, it was the first time that I really saw the city. I wasn't dazed by the lights and the clutter of the city like I had been during my previous trips, but instead, I kind of had a feel for it all. Instead of walking around with my head thrown back searching for parcels of sky that could be seen for a second between the buildings, I experienced the culture and was able to see a side of the city I think most people miss out on.

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