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Holocaust Survivor to Deliver Commencement Address at Mars Hill University

Walter Ziffer, noted theological scholar and retired religion professor at Mars Hill University, will deliver the keynote address at the university's spring commencement. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in Moore Auditorium, and will be streamed live on the internet through the university website. The topic of Ziffer's talk will be "The (more)

MHU Theatre Department Cancels Performances of Ruthless! The Musical

Due to illness of a cast member, the performances of "Ruthless! The Musical" by the Mars Hill University theatre arts department scheduled for April 27-30, 2017, have been canceled. The department plans to restage the musical during the fall 2017 semester. Ticket holders may contact the Owen Theatre box office at (828) 689-1239 for refund information. (more)

Mitchell Foods II Tour AB-Tech Culinary

On Monday, April 3rd students enrolled in the CTE Foods II Enterprise course at Mitchell High School had the opportunity to tour the Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality Management programs at AB-Tech.  The students were given a tour by an AB-(more)

Coming Up at Mars Hill University

Coming Up At Mars Hill University, April 24 - May 7, 2017, All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Mike Thornhill, Director of Communications, (828) 689-1298,  (More)

Learning at Bee Log Elementary

Bee Log Elementary students explore radial symmetry, balance and find their centers by creating colorful mandalas during a recent Toe River Arts Council school residency with artist, Cassie Floan. These TRAC programs give students curriculum-based, educational art experiences and are made possible by the NC Arts Council, a division of the Department (more)

Rebecca Willis is Dallas Herring Achievement Award Nominee

Mayland Community College student Rebecca Willis was inspired by others to finish an educational path that would open careers for her to help others. She began her education years earlier at MCC, but left the college to make a move and raise a family. She returned to Yancey County, and after a series of events decided she was ready to enroll at MCC again. Willis’s determination and positive (more)

Martinez to Speak to 2017 Mitchell High School Academic Letter Scholars

Jacob Martinez will speak at the Twelfth Annual Mitchell High School Academic Letter Ceremony of Excellence.  This year’s ceremony will take place on May 11, 2017, at the First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. Martinez is a native of Mitchell County, born and raised under the view of Chalk Mountain.  A 2009 Honors Graduate of Mitchell High School, he is the son of Jorge and (more)

Burnsville Rotary Scholarship

The Burnsville Rotary Club is offering a scholarship to graduating home - schooled students who fulfill the requirements of an application process. For more information please contact Michael Reif, scholarship committee member, by email: application deadline is April 25th.

Mitchell Schools Transition Day and Kindergarten Registration

Mitchell County Schools will hold a Transition Day and Kindergarten Registration on Thursday, May 4th, from 1:00-6:00pm.  The purpose of this day is to give students who are transitioning to a new school for the 2017-2018 school year the opportunity to visit their new school and meet staff at that school.  Kindergarten registration will also be held from 1:00-6:00 at Greenlee Primary and Gouge Elementary. Deyton Primary, Harris Middle, and Bowman Middle will hold Open House from 1:00-6:00 for any student who will be new to the school during the 2017-2018 school year.    Mitchell High School freshman orientation will begin at 5:30, with a parent meeting at 6:00pm. This will also be an early dismissal day for students.  We hope that this event will help ease the anxiety and  answer questions students and parents have when entering a new school. If you have any further questions, please contact your child's school.

Harris Middle School Students Present Holocaust Program

The 7th grade AIG students at Harris Middle School invited members of the community to journey with them as they told the stories of a few Holocaust survivors on Tuesday night, March 28, 2017.  With the help of their peers, they were able to bring these stories of (more)

Go Fly a Kite

The Harris Tinkering Club welcomed spring with some good old fashioned kite flying.  Volunteer Tinkerer in Chief Mark Boyd  rigged made-from-scratch kites with members Daniel Biddix, Phoenix Presnell, and Nick Gunter.  The Harris Tinkering Club was founded by Mark (more)

Federal School Programs Funding Application

Yancey County Schools is beginning to plan the Title I, II, III, VI, and 21st CCLC Federal Grant programs for the 2017-18 school year.  Qualifying private schools within the area may be eligible to apply for these federal funds.  Private School eligibility information is available at the US Department of Education website,, or by contacting Shane Cassida, Yancey County Schools Federal Program Director, P. O. Box 190, Burnsville, NC  28714; by phone at 828.682.6101 Ext. 302; or by email at  

Rise Against Hunger

The Rise Against Hunger food packaging event, is scheduled for Friday, May 12th at 3pm in the Mtn Heritage cafeteria. For more information click here or call 682-6103 ext 116.

11th District Congressional Art Competition

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has announced his annual Congressional Art Competition for 2017. The 2017 Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students who reside in the 11th District. All entries must be original in design, concept, and execution, with open categories such as painting, drawing, print, and more. Winners will be chosen by a panel of art professionals and there will (more)

Help Sponsor Academic Letter Program

Athletes wearing letter jackets and sweaters are common sights at Western North Carolina high schools and we’re all justly proud of their accomplishments.  Mitchell High School was the first school in WNC where scholars join their ranks by lettering in academics.  The Academic Letter Program at Mitchell High School began with grant funding but is now supported by local businesses (more)

Mitchell Schools Programs Highlighted for Rotary Meeting

On Thursday, March 23, members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine at their weekly meeting, received an excellent program by Kristie Autrey, the Curriculum Director for the Mitchell County Schools and Rotarian and Mitchell County Superintendent of Schools, Chad (more)

Students Visit Arts Showcase

Students from Christy Edwards’ Mountain Heritage High School art classes pose in front of some of their work at the recent Arts Showcase in the Toe River Arts Council’s Burnsville Gallery. This annual display highlights the artistic talent of all the students in  (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)

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)

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)

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)