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Laura Vargas awarded 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award

Each year, Duke Energy works with counties across the state to identify a member of the each community who has worked selflessly throughout the year to help others. In Macon County, Duke Energy works alongside the Chamber of Commerce to solicit nominations from the community identifying an individual who has gone above and beyond to help friends and neighbors. After nominations are narrowed down, one person is selected to be the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On Tuesday night, Lisa Leatherman presented Macon County resident Laura Vargas with the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

Caterpillar closing costs 150 local jobs

After 20 years in Macon County, Caterpillar Precision Seals (CAT) will be closing their doors and moving to Mapleton, Illinois, taking 150 jobs with it.

Since 1995, Caterpillar has operated a plant in Macon County at the county’s Industrial Park off 64W. Generations of family members have worked for the plant and as of Thursday, will now have to find some other means to make ends meet.

The announcement doesn't mean the plant is closing tomorrow, instead it gives a timeline to have the Franklin location closed by 2016. The news was a surprise for local residents.

Union Academy holds mid-year graduation

Way to go, graduates!

Friends and family of the fall 2014 graduating class of Union Academy gathered last Friday to watch their graduates walk across the stage.

“I am proud of these students for having completed their requirements for graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for students, their teachers and also their families. I am excited about what the future holds for these students.”

With a message from guest speaker Terry Bell, long time educator in Macon County, he admonished students to never stop learning.

Commissioners prioritize capital outlay items

Requests considered on basis of safety and dire need.

Each year the Macon County School System asks that principals at all county schools develop a capital outlay request for each school. The school board prioritizes projects based on funds available from county commissioners for capital outlay improvements to the school system. This year, the school board prioritized projects based on safety and dire need. Those requests are then present to Macon County Commissioners, who vote to allot funds for the completion of the identified projects.

Requests are listed by school for the 2015-16 school year. Projects identified by the school system as being a priority for this year are underlined. The priority projects total $413,100.

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Each year, Duke Energy works with counties across the state to identify a member of the each community who has worked selflessly throughout the year to help others. In Macon County, Duke Energy works alongside the Chamber of Commerce to solicit nominations from the community identifying an individual who has gone above and beyond to help friends and neighbors. After nominations are narrowed down, one person is selected to be the recipient of the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

On Tuesday night, Lisa Leatherman presented Macon County resident Laura Vargas with the 2014 Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award.

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After 20 years in Macon County, Caterpillar Precision Seals (CAT) will be closing their doors and moving to Mapleton, Illinois, taking 150 jobs with it.

Since 1995, Caterpillar has operated a plant in Macon County at the county’s Industrial Park off 64W. Generations of family members have worked for the plant and as of Thursday, will now have to find some other means to make ends meet.

The announcement doesn't mean the plant is closing tomorrow, instead it gives a timeline to have the Franklin location closed by 2016. The news was a surprise for local residents.

Read more...

Way to go, graduates!

Friends and family of the fall 2014 graduating class of Union Academy gathered last Friday to watch their graduates walk across the stage.

“I am proud of these students for having completed their requirements for graduation,” said Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for students, their teachers and also their families. I am excited about what the future holds for these students.”

With a message from guest speaker Terry Bell, long time educator in Macon County, he admonished students to never stop learning.

Read more...

Requests considered on basis of safety and dire need.

Each year the Macon County School System asks that principals at all county schools develop a capital outlay request for each school. The school board prioritizes projects based on funds available from county commissioners for capital outlay improvements to the school system. This year, the school board prioritized projects based on safety and dire need. Those requests are then present to Macon County Commissioners, who vote to allot funds for the completion of the identified projects.

Requests are listed by school for the 2015-16 school year. Projects identified by the school system as being a priority for this year are underlined. The priority projects total $413,100.

Read more...

State to choose a plan to implement in pilot program.

In most professions, with experience, comes reward. The longer you are employed somewhere, the more money you make. For generations, that has also been the case in the North Carolina education system. Teachers who have taught longer, are paid more. In 2015, that will no longer be the case. Due to legislation passed over the summer, the state's education system will be moving to a pay-for-performance salary scale. While new teachers will all start with the same base salary, in order to get a raise, teachers will have to be classified as highly effective.

Passed in July, the N.C. General Assembly’s budget for the 2014-15 school year included a section stating that it intended to fund differentiated pay for highly effective teachers.

This section of law also instructed that all local boards of education should submit proposals to establish local programs for differentiated teacher pay by Jan. 15. While boards could opt out of submitting a pay plan, both Macon and Jackson County worked to develop a proposal.

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