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Two Mitchell Seniors Honored

On Thursday, September 15, at their weekly meeting, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized and honored two Mitchell High School students as Rotary Seniors of the Month, They were Kaylee McMurray and Samantha Fortner, who were introduced by MHS Counselor, Grant Sparks. Each of them spoke to Rotarians about their lives, interests, activities and educational plans. (more)


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Bee Log Elementary Fundraiser "Kathy's Kause" Nov. 5th

Bee Log Elementary School will be holding a Fundraiser for Mrs. Kathy Fender on Saturday, Nov. 5th, 2016.  The event will take place at the Banquet Hall of the Yancey County Senior Citizens Center .    Events will include a BBQ dinner and silent auction.  The festivities will begin at 2:00 pm and will run throughout the evening.  Mrs. Kathy was the secretary at BLES for 30 years.  The year that she retired, she was diagnosed with melanoma.  She has been fighting a very courageous battle with this disease.  It is the desire of BLES students and staff to show their love and appreciation for Mrs. Kathy through this fundraiser known as “Kathy’s Kause”.  We hope you can make plans to attend.  

Kindergarten Academy Prepares Students

Thanks to a partnership between Mitchell County Schools, Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County, the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, Mitchell Transportation, Little Switzerland Homemakers, Mayland Community College Human Services Department and (more)

Get Tickets Now for MCC Dream Home Tour

The Mayland Community College Foundation is hosting the 2016 Yancey County Dream Home Tour welcoming delighted visitors from across the region with fall weather, incomparable homes and gracious, welcoming hosts.  The 2016 tour will be held on Saturday, October 15 with homes open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.  (more)

Mitchell Students Attend Camp Challenge

Before heading back to school, students from Harris Middle School and Bowman Middle School attended Camp Challenge at YMCA Camp Weaver in Greensboro. All students attended on full scholarships provided by the North Carolina Bankers Association Foundation.  The opportunity is made possible through a partnership with the North Carolina Bankers Association, Rural Education Partners of Mitchell County, Unimin Corporation and Mitchell County Schools.  At camp students learn the basics of personal finance, etiquette, and reading, writing and speaking for success, as well as participate in archery, swimming, teambuilding, gardening and hiking. Pictured here are back row,  Jurista Riddle, Madison Moore, Beth Robinson, Austin Greene, Charlene Honeycutt, Noah Kroft: second row, Hannah Wilson, Preston Honeycutt, Gabby Lehnherr, Raine Buchanan, (more)

Teaching About Our Musical Heritage

Friday,August 26th, the Toe River Arts Council’s TAPS instructor and well-known local musician, Ron Powell, gave a Traditional Arts Program for Students introductory concert to 6th grade students at East Yancey and Cane River Middle Schools. His classes are open to (more)

Roan Readers Thrive in Bakersville

 Roan Readers meet once a week at the Mitchell County Library in Bakersville.  Roan Readers is a book club that meets year around incorporating reading one-on-one and reading in groups, reading games, art activities and outdoor time to engage its members in the wonderful world of (more)

Find Out About College Financial Aid 10/29 (Details)

Two New Preschools in Yancey County

On Friday, August 19th, Yancey County School Board and Administrators met with preschool school administrators, staff, and representatives of Woodmen Life Insurance Society to tour the two new preschool locations and celebrate this momentous occasion for Yancey County (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.

Heritage Seniors Fall Events (Details)

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)

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.

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.
 “I figured (more)

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)

Bee Log Elementary Fall Festival 10/14

Bee Log Elementary is once again having their annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 14th   beginning at 4:00pm.  Food will be served from 4:00 until 7:00.  The meal will include Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Chips, Drink and Dessert.  Prices are:   Plates—$6.00 or Feed a Family of Four—$20.00. (more)