Educators file suit to guard teacher tenure

A new North Carolina law that removes certain job protections for teachers and replaces them with employment contracts is drawing opposition from educators. A lawsuit was filed last week by the North Carolina Association of Educators against the law passed by the General Assembly this summer that takes away existing teacher tenure rights. “We believe…

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WCU prepares for 125th anniversary events

When the clock strikes midnight and Dec. 31 gives way to Jan. 1, the tolling of the bell won’t symbolize the start of just another typical new year at Western Carolina University. Instead, the first day of 2014 will mark the beginning of WCU’s 125th year of existence, and university faculty, staff and students are…

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Franklin P.D. warns of Craigslist scam

Franklin Police Chief David Adams said there has been a scam targeting Franklin residents involving the popular classified advertisements website Craigslist. “We’ve had some people apply for a local job on Craigslist. The person says they are out of town and needs some housekeeping done in the Franklin area. He will send them a check…

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Local teacher named tops in the region

A local teacher stands out among educators in the state’s 17 westernmost counties. It was announced December 19, that Melissa Faetz, of South Macon Elementary was selected as the Region 8 Teacher-of-the-Year. Faetz has taught at South Macon for the past ten years and was named Teacher of the Year for the Macon County School…

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N.C. jobless rate lowest in five years

New information coming out from the state department of Commerce shows the North Carolina unemployment declined in November. The jobless rate fell from 8 to 7.4 percent—the November rate is 2 points lower than a year ago. The trade, transportation, and utilities sector saw the biggest job gains last month with 2,600; education and health…

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Forest Services announces winter road closings

The U.S. Forest Service Nantahala Ranger District will seasonally close certain roads from Jan. 2 to April 1, 2014. During this period, the roads are susceptible to freezing and thawing, and they become very soft and easily damaged by traffic. The following roads will close during this period: Boardtree (#388), Upper Nantahala (#67), Deep Gap…

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Community Calendar

  • October 10, 2015 10:00 amAL-ANON MEETING
  • October 10, 2015 12:00 pmFREE COMMUNITY LUNCH
  • October 11, 2015 11:00 amOTTO FIRE DEPARTMENT BBQ FUNDRAISER
  • October 13, 2015 3:30 pmCOWEE FARMERS MARKET
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