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Andrew Shelton Hired as Mars Hill University Band Director

Mars Hill University has hired Andrew Shelton as director of bands and instructor of music. He fills the position opened with the retirement of longtime band director Mike Robinson. Shelton is a 2007 Mars Hill graduate, and did his graduate studies at the New England Conservatory and Columbus State University. He comes to his alma mater from North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, North (more)

Sutton Receives Spruce Pine Rotary Scholarship

At its weekly meeting on Thursday, June 15, the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine presented
a $500 scholarship to Davis Sutton, a member of the Mitchell High School Class of 2017. Pictured with Sutton is Rotarian Elaine Percival, who presented Sutton with the scholarship.
Photo and information provided by Rotarian Brandon Roberts.

Emory Receives MHU Baptist Heritage Award

Mars Hill University presented its 2017 Baptist Heritage Award to Rev. Worth Emory of Weaverville, North Carolina, pastor of Ivy Hill Baptist Church. The award was presented April 25, 2017, at the 17th annual North Carolina Baptist Heritage Awards ceremony in Greensboro. The awards are co-sponsored by the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina and the North Carolina Baptist (more)

Miller Recognized as Teacher of the Year at Yancey School Board Meeting

At the regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education on Monday, June 5 the Board voted to approve Karen Banks as the new Yancey County Schools Technology Director.  Mrs. Banks has been serving as interim technology since March 1st of this school (more)

Clay Artist at Mountain Heritage

Toe River Arts teaching artist, Tria Turrou, works with a student in Christy Edwards’ Art class at Mountain Heritage High School during a recent week-long residency that explored the intricacies of handbuilding clay. Students learned how to “build” a mug, properly attach  handles, and finish by applying the correct glazes for those one-of-a-kind pieces. Residencies are made possible, in part, through funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Cultural and Natura (more)

YCS Offers myON Reading Free to All K-5 Students

For the second consecutive summer, all Yancey County Schools students in Grades K-5 will have access to thousands of digital book titles for reading during the summer vacation months.  This is made possible by a partnership between NC Department of Public Instruction and myON Reading, an online literacy program from Capstone Education.  Students will be able to use this tool during the (more)

Gavenus in Naval Academy Summer STEM Program

Gillian Gavenus, a student at Mountain Heritage High School will participate in the U.S. Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program. The Naval Academy Summer STEM Program is an overnight academic camp designed for rising 9th-11th graders who have an interest in math and science. Students must demonstrate superior academic performance to include GPA, class standing, and/or strong PSAT, SAT or ACT (more)

True Kelly Helps Students at Greenlee

Young students at Greenlee Primary School shared time and creativity with Toe River Arts iconic teaching artist, True Kelly, as she brought clown and costuming to the classrooms in a transformative way that enabled  the children to use their imaginations while learning about their own inner clowns. Artist teaching residencies are made possible, in part,   (more)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica Coming to Burnsville

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Burnsville, NC on October 12-15, 2017 at Mountain Heritage High School and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.  The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces in the Vietnam War and it bears the (more)

TAPS End of Year Recital

Toe River Arts Council TAPS (Traditional Arts Program for Students) instructor Ron Powell guides his 6th and 7th grade participants at East Yancey Middle School in an end-of-year recital for parents and friends. Pictured from left to right: Noah Buchanan, Keanna Edward (singer), Brent Buchanan, Gabriel Roman, Matthew Pendley, Chloe Hughes, Griffin Ray, and Logan  (more)

Mitchell Students of the Month Honored

Four Mitchell High School seniors were recognized as “Students of the Month” for May at the Thursday, May 18, regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine. Seniors Megan Townsend, Tivia Clark, Tristen O’Shields and Allie Biddix told the club about their time as students at Mitchell and their plans for life after high school. Biddix is involved in the Future Business Leaders (more)

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)

MCC Early College Students Mural

Mayland Early College High School Students Lillie Adams, Amber Vance, and Katie McMahan are excited about the mural they helped conceive and create under the guidance of Muralist Rhea Ormand, right of the students.  MECHS Principal Stacie Burleson is also (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)

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)