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Boyd To Serve as Chair for CCA


Mayland Community College President Dr. John Boyd has been chosen to serve as the chairperson for the Community Colleges of the Appalachia (CCA). Boyd will serve in this capacity for a two-year term. The CCA is a voluntary organization of public community colleges who serve the common interests of member colleges and their communities through programs and services beneficial to the (more)

FFA Programs Receive Budget Boost


Future Farmer of America (FFA) programs in  Yancey, Madison and Haywood Counties will receive $12,000 each as part of the state budget signed by Gov. Pat McCrory on July 14. Due to efforts by the House Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources Appropriations Committee, on which Rep. Michele Presnell (R-Yancey) serves, students in FFA programs will receive a program boost. Money (more)

MHU Student Afraid for Turkish Friends and Family


Selin Talay (pronounced like “Celine”), a rising junior at Mars Hill University, has plane tickets to go see her parents at Christmas time. And already, she is afraid. A native of Ankara, Turkey, Selin will be flying in to Istanbul Airport, the site of the recent bombing, claimed by Islamic State militants, which took the lives of 42 people and wounded 239 others. The attack was the (more)

MHHS Marching Band Raising Funds For New Uniforms


It is nearing 30 years since the MHHS Cougar Pride Marching Band has received new band uniforms. In those years, many have been damaged and lost, and of the ones that remain, there aren't enough to cover the growing 62-member band. "It's been hard," says director Heather (more)

Accreditation Review for Nursing Programs at MHU


The Judge-McRae School of Nursing at Mars Hill University will host a team from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) fromSeptember 19 to 21, 2016, when CCNE conducts its on-site evaluation of the baccalaureate degree nursing program (RN-to-BSN and Pre-licensure BSN). Mars Hill University invites its major constituents – students, alumni, faculty, (more)

Professor Receives Choice Award for Book


Dr. David Gilbert, visiting assistant professor of history at Mars Hill University, has received a Choice Award for his book, The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace (University of North Carolina Press, 2015).
Choice awards are presented annually by Choice magazine, a publication of the American Library Association. The (more)

Liberty Hill Back-to-School Bash July 30th (Details)


Caldwell Receives I. Ruth Martin Award


Brent Caldwell, a resident of Marshall, has received the I. Ruth Martin Award for Christian Service from Mars Hill University.  The award was established by I. Ruth Martin, MHC class of 1938, to be given to a Christian individual who has served faithfully without any spotlight recognition. Caldwell, a member of the MHU class of 1995 and an educator with Madison County Schools, is the (more)

MCC Basic Law Enforcement Graduates


Mayland Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) students completed their requirements for graduation. The BLET program provides students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, or municipal governments, or with private enterprise. This program utilizes State commission-mandated topics and methods of instruction. (more)

Bugging Out at Greenlee Primary


Thanks to a collaborative partnership throughout our community, Greenlee Primary School students were bugging out in Spruce Pine last week, learning to excel in school through active engagement ...and having fun. (more)

Mitchell Senior Logan Garland Receives SP Rotary Scholarship


On June 2, at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine, Mitchell High School senior, Logan Garland, received the Rotary Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship. Logan has been an outstanding student. He has been a Rotary Student of the Month, and was a key contributor to the football team during their winning season. He plans to attend UNC-Charlotte and will major in (more)

Harding Nominated for Herring Achievement Award


April was  “North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education Month.” Students from all 58 community colleges were recognized for academic excellence, as well as the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award and the Dr. Dallas Herring Achievement Award.
Mayland Community College Associate in Arts major Aleshia Harding discovered that with (more)

Mitchell Seniors of the Month Honored


On Thursday, May 19, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized and honored three Seniors of the Month from Mitchell High School. They are Julia Miller,Laura Miller and Dalton Beaver, introduced by Grant Sparks, Senior and Sophmore Counselor. Julia Miller's high school life has been full of the performing arts.  She has taken dance classes since the age of three (more)

Local Principal Completes Leadership Program


Michele Laws, principal of Micaville Elementary, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program (DLP), a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s (more)

Mitchell Student Place 2nd in National Debate


Local Mitchell County high school student, Wyly Walker and his partner Caleb Jurkonis from TN placed second in Parliamentary Debate at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday.  They competed against the top 87 teams (more)

TAPS Recitals at Middle Schools


Recently, Ron Powell, the Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS) instructor and his 6th and 7th grade participants from Cane River and East Yancey Middle Schools held a year-end recitals for friends and family in the school libraries. TAPS is a Toe River Arts Council program, free to the students and funded by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Natural and Cultural Resources (more)

Gossett Named New McDowell Tech President


Dr. John D. Gossett has been named by the McDowell Technical Community College Board of Trustees to succeed Dr. Bryan W. Wilson as president of McDowell Technical Community College following Wilson’s retirement on August 1st. Wilson has been with the college since 1983 and has served as president since January, 2004 . Gossett will be the college’s fifth president since it was (more)