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First Annual Mitchell County History Bee


The Mitchell County Historical Society announces its First Annual History Bee, scheduled for Thursday, April 6th, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville.  The goal of the History Bee, and the mission of MCHS, is to help Mitchell County residents, especially young people, become more aware of our rich heritage. There will be two divisions of (more)

TRAC Annual Art Scholarships


The Toe River Arts Council announces the availability of its annual art scholarships. Awards will be given to graduating high school seniors or adults continuing their education, from Yancey or Mitchell County, and pursuing a higher education degree majoring in any of the arts or arts education. The application deadline is April 1, 2017 at 5pm. (more)

Events at Mars Hill University


All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.
For more information, contact Mike Thornhill, Director of Communications, (828) 689-1298mthornhill@mhu.edu  (more)

MHHS Choral Students Selected for State Choir


Three students of the Mountain Heritage High School Music Department were invited to participate in the Mars Hill University Choral Clinic 2017. This past fall, nearly 900 students from across the state auditioned to earn a spot in this prestigious ensemble, and the following MHHS singers were among the selected: Shogo Ohta-Weir, Jessica Duncan, and Olivia Morgan (pictured here along with (more)

David Holt and the Lightning Bolts To Perform at Mars Hill University


Mars Hill University will host a concert featuring popular old-time music performers David Holt and the Lightning Bolts on April 7, 2017. The concert is part of the university's Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. Showtime is 7:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium on the university campus. This is a ticketed event: general admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at (more)

Student Showcases at TRAC Galleries


On Saturday, February 11, the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) will open the first of two highly anticipated exhibits of the year in the Burnsville Gallery with their Annual Student Showcase of work from Yancey County students. One week later, the Spruce Pine Gallery begins an (more)

MHHS Horn Player Ranked First in District


Sebastien Silvers, a junior at Mountain Heritage High School, has been selected to be a member of the 2017 Western All-District Symphonic Band. On Thursday, January 19, he competed against many other fine horn players from the western region, and he obtained the (more)

SP Rotary Recognizes Seniors


The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized Mitchell High School twelfth graders Jamie Jennings and Sarah Jane McKinney at its regular meeting Thursday, January 19, as its January “Seniors of the Month.” Jennings is the daughter of Robert and Jill Jennings. She spoke to the club about how the people of Mitchell County support young people and the importance of clubs such as (more)

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)

Student Artwork at Airport


The Student Artwork Showcase, part of the Art in the Airport program, is the newest exhibit at the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) Art Gallery.  Multiple counties across WNC are represented in this showcase, including students from from East Yancey Middle School. Select pieces will (more)