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Allison Bolt is the 2015 winner of the Arts Council of Macon County’s $1,000 Arts Scholarship.

A senior at Highlands School, she is a member of the Art Club, Interact Club, Quill and Scroll, and Young Authors Writing Project. She has won numerous academic awards, and has studied dance for 15 years. The daughter of Clyde A. and Renee Bolt, Allison will pursue a degree in writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Arts Council members Betsey Gooder and George Andrews presented the award at Highlands School during its Scholarship Awards Day. The Arts Council’s Arts Scholarship is awarded annually to a resident of Macon County seeking a degree in an arts field. Award criteria include talent, commitment, educational goals, and career aspirations.

For further information, contact any Macon County high school guidance office or the Arts Council, (828)524-ARTS or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photo by Betsey Gooder

Victory Christian School recently honored four graduates in its 36th commencement exercises.

Graduating from high school were Joshua Wolfrey, son of Pastor and Mrs. Rusty Wolfrey of Jackson County, Anna Belle Watts, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Kyle Watts, and Jeanilee Fenoglio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terrell Dodgins, both of Rabun County, Georgia, and Mr. and Mrs. James Fenoglio, and class valedictorian from Macon County, Joy Wahl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Wahl.

Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Ed Frampton, former administrator of the school. His wife, the former Mary Lois McMahan, was a graduating senior of the first V.C.S. commencement in 1979.

Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center is offering a free seminar to assist existing and aspiring small craft business owners entitled “How to Sell on Etsy: Turn Your Passion Into A Business on Etsy!!” by Nick Hawks from 2-5 p.m. on June 23 in the Burrell Building on SCC’s Jackson campus.

Etsy is a growing online marketplace for buying and selling craft goods; it has more than 30 million members. Hawks will guide attendees through the process of launching a small business on Etsy and developing a business strategy around selling homemade craft goods.

A resident of Mount Airy, Hawks is a top-rated eBay Power Seller with 16 years of experience selling on eBay and a background in business administration. His classes on eBay are some of the highest- attended in the North Carolina Commuinty College System and have been featured in newspapers and television throughout the state, earning him the moniker “The eBay Guy.”


Each year seniors at Franklin High School are recognized during Senior Awards Day for their accomplishments in academics, athletics, cultural arts, and vocational

Senior Awards Day was held last Friday in the FHS gym.

2014-15 Senior Awards recipients

Distinguished Athlete Award - Holly Sapp and Dalton Cochran

Scholastic Excellence Award - Lexi Kloeppel

Semper Fidelis Musical Excellence Award - Cody Peavy


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