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Macon Early College held its commencement Sunday, May 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Gaitry Aruwani delivered the commencement address.

Aruwani is a graduate of MEC, earning her high school diploma and her Associate in Arts degree. Just two years later, Aruwani graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English, and is currently working on her masters in strategic communication. She hopes to be an advocate for education for those without access.



After an alarming number of attempted suicides were reported throughout Macon County Schools, Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin asked Marci Holland, Students Service Coordinator for Macon County Schools, to develop a report to get a better picture of the situation.

According to Holland, there have been a total of 31 cases where students have exhibited "suicidal ideations" in Macon County this school year. Suicidal ideations refer to cases where students could be having suicidal thoughts, making a plan for suicide, or attempting suicide.

“We have had two almost successful suicide attempts in Macon County Schools recently, and because they happened so close together, and because of the age of the students, I asked Marci to give the board a better look at what is going on in our school system,” said Dr. Baldwin.


North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory visited Western Carolina University on Friday, May 22, seeking support for his proposed $3 billion bond package that would fund state infrastructure improvements and transportation projects, a plan that would include $114.9 million for a new WCU science building.

McCrory told a standing-room-only crowd assembled in a laboratory in WCU’s existing Natural Science Building, which was originally built in the 1970s and is no longer considered suitable for science education, that the time for the bond issue is now because of low interest rates and growing infrastructure needs.


Donation to go to early education scholarship fund.

Throughout his life, Jeff Cloer was always inspired by his mother’s dedication to the young children in her care as a director of Macon County’s HeadStart program and also as a kindergarten and first grade teacher.

To honor Ida Ramey Cloer’s devotion to her profession and the lives she touched, Jeff Cloer made a $1,200 donation to the Southwestern Community College Foundation to create the Ida Ramey Cloer Early Childhood Education Scholarship Fund.

The fund will be used to support an annual scholarship that will go to a deserving student entering SCC’s early childhood education program.


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