Benefit for Melanie Shell September 3rd


Melanie was first diagnosed with cancer in December of 2012 and she fought a long hard battle which eventually lead to a negative result. She later on passed away. She had underwent treatments and surgeries with no positive results. She traveled back and forth from Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta, Georgia to seek treatment, and as everyone knows, it was definitely not cheap. So we (more)

Morgan Paints Murals for Burnsville Elementary


Artist Crystal Morgan is pictured with the 2 murals she has worked on this summer at Burnsville Elementary School.  She is pictured with the Solar System in the Media Center and the waterfall/river habitat in the cafeteria. She volunteered her time and her craft many long days and hours.  The staff and students are very grateful for her and her willingness to share her talent with us.

Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz Wins Top Mining Safety Award


Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz in Spruce Pine has been awarded a top mining safety award for 2015.  Unimin Schoolhouse held a safety celebration on August 16th for employees as well their families in recognition of the award and to thank them for the achievement.  Sentinels of Safety are awards given annually only to the nation’s safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury free hours and are widely considered to be the top safety recognition from the National Mining Association.   Unimin Schoolhouse also received the award in 2003, 2011, and 2012. Unimin Corporation is a member of the Sibelco Group, which  is North America's leading industrial mineral producer and a technology partner. Their silica, high purity quartz, feldspar, nepheline syenite, calcium carbonate, clay, kaolin, lime and limestone products are the fundamental building blocks of nearly every industrial and manufacturing process.