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Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series


The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series (GCDPS) congratulates the four emerging poets selected to be mentored by Distinguished Poet (DP) Pat Riviere-Seel in 2016-2017:  high school junior Jade Shuler of Bryson City, Mountain Heritage High School senior Mary Coggins of Burnsville, and adult poets Benjamin Cutler of Jackson County and Cathy Larson Sky of Spruce Pine. (more)

Mars Hill University President to Retire in 2018


Mars Hill University President Dan Lunsford announced today that he will retire next year from the position he's held for 15 years. The exact timing of his retirement will depend on the completion of a successful search for a new university president, but Lunsford said it will be in the first half of 2018. Lunsford became president on an interim basis in January 2002, following the (more)

MCC Grad Proves Himself Wrong


Jerry Turbyfill was uncertain he could succeed returning to the classroom. As a nontraditional student at 50 years old, he had doubts. Once enrolled in curriculum work at Mayland Community College, he proved himself wrong. “I always knew that I should finish my degree, but the timing just never seemed to be right,” said Turbyfill who graduated MCC with a degree in Criminal (more)

MHHS Honor Students Organize Food Drive


This holiday season Mountain Heritage High School's National Honor Society (NHS) students partnered with the local Salvation Army to organize a food drive. Students and faculty donated cake mix and icing to be part of Thanksgiving Meal Baskets, in the hopes that every (more)

Mars Hill University Graduates 67


Mars Hill University honored 67 students who completed their graduation requirements during the summer or fall of 2016 during its commencement service Friday evening, December 16, 2016. The graduates included Mars Hill's first students to receive their (more)

Mitchell HOSA Students Distribute Winter Coats


On December 13,  four HOSA officers, Megan Duncan; President, Carrington Boone; Secretary, Graci Pittman; Secretary, and Kaeleigh Buchanan; Chairmen along with advisor Linda Pitman traveled to Deyton Elementary to meet with Ronda Franklin, Mitchell County's (more)

MHU Receives Over $5000 from Bagley/McCollough Charitable Fund


Five western North Carolina nonprofit or charity organizations have received almost $48,000 through a project called the Piggy Bank Project started by the Bagley/McCollough Charitable Fund of Asheville. Representatives from each organization met on December 1 to discuss strategies for creating cultures of giving (more)

Roald Dahl Reading Challenge


Parkway Playhouse was delighted to collaborate with Yancey and Mitchell County Schools alongside Avery, Mitchell, Yancey Regional Libraries for a Roald Dahl Reading Challenge. Elementary students across the counties were challenged to read one of Dahl’s many (more)

SP Rotary Recognizes Mitchell Seniors


The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized the “Seniors of the Month” at its Thursday, Nov. 17, regular meeting. They were introduced by Mitchell High School guidance counselor Grant Sparks. Mitchell High School senior Callie Blevins plans to become a preschool teacher. She has worked as an intern at Roan Child Development and will move to Fort Hood, Texas, after she gets married (more)
(l-r) Jessica Dennison, Amanda Lambert, and Stephanie Shelton recite the Nightingale/Nursing Pledge during their pinning ceremony as graduates of Mars Hill University's Judge-McRae School of Nursing, December 15, 2016.

First Pinning Ceremony at MHU


Friday evening, December 16, 2016, three Mars Hill University students became the institution's first nursing graduates. But on Thursday evening, the university marked their accomplishment with an event unique to the nursing program: the pinning ceremony. (more)

School Bus Rules o New Highway (Details)