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Upset bids ramping up costs associated with the sale.

Cullasaja School has sat empty and on the market for years. When the school system finally received the first bid on the property back in December, they never imagined that in May, they would still be going through the bidding process.

On December 1, the school system received the first bid for the Cullasaja School property in the amount of $75,000. Since the initial bid, 12 upset bids have been submitted from four different bidders, driving the bid up to $161,878.10. Each time an upset bid is received, it has to be advertised for 10 days, and all interested bidders have to be notified by the school system's attorney John Henning Jr., before the next bid can be accepted.

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Western Carolina University will hold three commencement ceremonies over a two-day period – Friday and Saturday, May 8-9 – to recognize the academic achievements of what is expected to be the university’s fourth-straight record spring graduating class.

Commencement for WCU’s Graduate School will be held at 7 p.m. May 8. Commencement for the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Allied Professions, and Fine and Performing Arts will begin at 10 a.m. May 9, and that event will be followed the same day by a 2 p.m. ceremony for the College of Business, College of Health and Human Sciences, and Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology. All the ceremonies will take place at Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

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Foreign exchange program offers students chance to travel the globe

Before arriving in Franklin, foreign exchange students Kristina, a senior, and Toniee and Pam, both juniors, travelled through New York City to begin their journey studying abroad this semester.

The three girls, who each hail from a different European country, signed up for a semester abroad to travel the world and to build a foundation for their futures.

"It has always been a dream of mine to travel and to see as much of the world as possible," said Toniee a teenager from Germany. "I wanted to open as many doors as possible for jobs. I don't really know what I want to be or what I want to do when I get older, so this experience has better prepared me to figure that out. Having to practice my English and improve it will also make me a better candidate for more jobs."

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A new scholarship fund at Western Carolina University being established by the dean of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology and his wife is designed to provide financial support to students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Created through gift commitments totaling $10,000, the Hopkins and Ray FIRST Robotics Endowed Scholarship Fund will specifically benefit WCU students who have participated in FIRST Robotics competitions.

FIRST, an acronym meaning “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is a not-for-profit public charity that designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, while also building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.

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