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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.

Mars Hill University to Dedicate New Buildings


For over a year now, the sights and sounds of construction at Mars Hill University have created a sense of building excitement, as two new buildings have taken shape that will forever change the face of the campus, and broaden the offerings available to its students. On Friday, September 9, the university will dedicate Troy and Pauline Day Hall and Ferguson Health Sciences Center, home of (more)

Heritage Seniors Fall Events (Details)


Sheriff Offers Safety Tips for Back to School


Sheriff Gary Banks of Yancey County offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school this year. “Parents can teach their children the following safety tips which will inform the youngsters of the danger signs to watch for and avoid when walking between school and home,” Sheriff Banks said. “Drivers should be cautious of (more)

Mike Brown Ford Subaru Teacher of the Year Award Sept 8th


Mike Brown Ford-Subaru of Spruce Pine, NC announced today their Mike Brown Ford-Subaru Teacher of the Year “Ride With Us” Award has been expanded to include Avery, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey counties; all of which represent their assigned area of responsibility for both Ford and Subaru. (more)

Yancey School Lunch Price Increases Slightly


With the beginning of the 2016-17 school year just days away, parents of students in Yancey County will once again see an increase in paid lunch prices.  Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and the Equity in School Lunch Pricing Provision mandate that school systems all across the United States gradually increase the price charged for paid lunches each year to equal the amount (more)

Yancey Schools Annual Hearing Screening


Yancey County Schools will be conducting its annual hearing screening during the week of August   29th thru September 9th.  Students in the following grades will be screened:  Kindergarten thru fifth grade.  All other students will be screened only upon the request of the parent, new referrals to the Exceptional Children’s Program and upon request of special (more)

Annual Back-to-School Bash at Liberty Hill a Huge Success


Liberty Hill Baptist Church, located in the Estatoe community of Mitchell County, held its fifth annual Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, July 30.   Over 250 students from Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, and McDowell Counties received backpacks, a variety of school supplies, New (more)

MCC Honors Meeks and Foxx


Mayland Community College Board of Trustees celebrated community members and alumni who went above and beyond in their work. Trustee and Foundation Board members as well as MCC President Dr. John Boyd honored individuals during the College’s Founders’ Day event.
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Learning New Skills in Applied Engneering


In 2015 William Howell, an employee in the shipping department at Unimin in Spruce Pine, enrolled in Mayland Community College’s Applied Engineering program with the goal of completing a certificate in machining. In May 2016, Howell completed that goal and became the first of several students to complete a degree option in MCC’s new program.  During the last week of (more)

Roger Howell Documentary Wins Gold Award


“A Mighty Fine Memory: Stories and Tunes from the Fiddler of Banjo Branch,” produced and directed by Mars Hill University's Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, has been selected as one of the best independent documentaries of 2016, as determined by Spotlight Documentary Film Awards. Completed in 2015, "A Mighty Fine Memory" was funded in part by a cultural (more)

Welding Graduates Enter Workforce


Zack Gibbs and Aaron Dugger found a career that is satisfying and pays well. The Mayland Community College Welding graduates entered the workforce after receiving training through MCC’s welding programs. Both took classes while in high school and enrolling at the college. Gibbs says he took a hobby that he did with his father and turned it into a career.
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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)

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)

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)