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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


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.


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