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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)

MCC Student Inspired to Take Action


“Giving up,” is not in this Mayland Community College student’s vocabulary. Mitzi Moody is now completing the Medical Assisting Program and getting ready to rock the world! From her home in Spruce Pine, Moody has traveled to India, Mexico and soon, Cuba, as a missionary with her husband of 38 years participating with Mission Explosion International. The mission provides (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)

Mars Hill University Hosts Ash Wednesday Service


Mars Hill University hosted an ecumenical Ash Wednesday service on March 1, 2017, at Broyhill Chapel. The service brought together clergy and congregants from several denominations in and around Madison County, as well as the university community. Clergy members who led the service were (pictured, l-r): Rev. Tommy Justice, Mars Hill Baptist Church; Rev. Glenn Graves, Calvary Baptist (more)

SP Rotary Recognizes Mitchell Seniors


The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized its February “Seniors of the Month” at the Feb. 16 meeting. Maggie Austin, Brinkli Burleson and Davis Sutton were presented certificates by Rotarian Glen DeVos recognizing the Mitchell High School students. Austin told the club she loves art and she was saved in fifth-grade after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She brought several (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)

Fight for the Bluff Exhibit


An exhibit called "The Fight for Bluff: A Community's Effort to Preserve Its Mountain" is on display in Mars Hill University's Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies. The exhibit looks at the history behind the proposed large scale logging of Bluff Mountain in the late (more)

MHU to Review President Trump's First 3 Months


As President Donald Trump's first 100 days draw to a close, two prominent influencers come to Mars Hill University to reflect on his actions and project how the rest of the president's term may take shape. "President Trump's First 100 Days: Perspectives From the Left and Right" will feature Rick Glazier of the North Carolina Justice Panel and John Hood of the John William (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)