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Cheryl Davids retired as Chief Transfer Officer and Chair of the Mathematics Department at Central Carolina Technical College Jan. 17 and on Jan. 23 she plunged right into her new position as Dean of Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus.

“I feel like I left one family and joined another,” said Davids, who immediately liked the feel and atmosphere of the Macon Campus. “In a way, it’s like coming home, too, because my family has owned a house in Maggie Valley for more than 30 years, and it’s always been our second home.”




Macon County’s School System is teaming up with the Sheriff’s Office to bring a national anti-bullying program to students throughout the district in attempt to change the overall culture of the schools. The program will be held at Macon Middle School and Franklin High School on February 15.

Rachel’s Challenge is a program geared toward establishing a safe learning environment for all students by teaching positive solutions to violence and bullying situations. The program works to engage students through a presentation about Rachel Scott, who was the first of 13 students killed by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold during the Columbine High School shootings in April of 1999.


The upcoming Spring intersession has been approved by the Macon County Board of Education, contingent on Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman presenting board members with a revised plan for the week by next Thursday.

After heavy community concern surrounding the cost efficiency of the week-long educational enrichment attempt, board members requested a detailed cost analysis of the Fall intersession during December’s board meeting.


Ashley Marie Crane, daughter of Eddie Crane and the late Cindy Crane, earned a place on the Dean’s List for Appalachian State University for the Fall Semester.

To be included on the list, students must either be enrolled for 12 to 14 hours of course work for which quality points are computed and attain a grade point average of 3.45 or better or be enrolled for a minimum of 15 hours of course work for which quality points are computed and attain a grade poing average of 3.25 or better.

Crane received a grade point average of 3.67 on a 4.00 scale and is senior majoring in Child Development Birth through Kindergarten. She should graduate in May 2013.


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