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Mars Hill University Honors Four Retirees

Mars Hill University honored four retiring employees at its annual Faculty-Staff Recognition and Appreciation Luncheon. The retirees are: * Alta Capps of Mars Hill, a housekeeper who has worked for the university for more than 35 years * Sue Collins of Mars Hill, supervisor of the campus mailroom, and a 17-year Mars Hill employee * Malory Presley of Asheville, who worked for the university for (more)

Local Educator Earns Doctorate in Educational Leadership

Cathryn J-C Hughes earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) from East Tennessee State University. She graduated on May 6, 2017 and was joined by her friends and family. Her dissertation was titled: “Perception of Factors that Facilitate or Inhibit Associate Degree Completion at the Community College Level: A Case Study.” Dr. Hughes has been an educator with Yancey County (more)

Missy Toomey Finalist for Golden Apple Award

Missy Toomey from Bee Log Elementary School was honored as one of WYFF-TV's Golden Apple Award Teacher finalists Thursday evening, May 11th at the Westin Poinsett in downtown Greenville, SC. (more)


Mars Hill University Holds Spring Commencement

Mars Hill University conferred 155 bachelor's degrees and three master's degrees during its spring commencement ceremony on May 13, 2017. Social work was the most popular major among the graduates, with 27 students receiving their bachelor of social work degrees. Twenty-two students received degrees in business administration, and 17 in biology. Eight students graduated with dual degrees, (more)

MCC Students Complete Therapeutic Massage Program

Students successfully completed Mayland Community College’s Therapeutic Massage Program at the Yancey Learning Center this spring. These students were recognized during a special graduation ceremony on April 22nd.  This intensive program prepares students to sit for the state exam to become Licensed Massage Therapists. Guest speaker, former graduate, Kim Klein talked about how thankful (more)

Mars Hill University Student Presents Research on Predicting Terrorist Attacks

A Mars Hill University criminal justice major has conducted research that he hopes could lead to better prediction of where anti-terrorism efforts would be most effective. Seth VanDerwerken, a senior from Denver, North Carolina, used  (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)

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)

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)

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)

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)