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Workshops for Veterans at Horse Sense of the Carolinas

Veteran’s Immersion Workshops offered to active duty or retired service members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard). Please visit HorseSenseOTC.com for more details.       Fall-In Fridays Veterans welcome every Friday from 10 am to noon at Horse Sense of the Carolinas, 6919 Meadows Town Road, Marshall, NC 28753. Call 828-683-7304 or visit HorseSenseOTC.com. Save

Join Us for EXPO Madison 2017

The 2nd Annual Madison County Business & Community Expo (EXPO Madison) is an opportunity to “Discover Local Resources” in and around Madison County, NC. EXPO Madison takes place Saturday, March 11, 2017 beginning at 11am. We hope to see you there! For more details, please visit www.expomadison.com

8-Week Code Immersion Program

Do you have an amazing app idea but don’t know where to start? The tools to reach your goals may be more accessible than you think. Have you ever dreamed of building your own app? Are you looking to make a change in technology, your community, the world, or building out that crazy idea of your uncle’s? Tech Talent South’s Code Immersion programs are the perfect launching point for those who are passionate, persistent, and eager to learn. Our eight Read more »

Opportunities for Manufacturing, Hospitality and Tourism

There are now some great opportunities for Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality and Tourism via recent grants awarded to the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board. These grants can assist you with finding interns and training employees. If you are interested in learning more about these grants, please contact Norris Gentry at 828-782-2632 or email edwardngentry@abtech.edu. Grants and Programs Advanced Manufacturing Grant and Hospitality and Tourism Grant (expanded funding for local training) Backpacks to Briefcases (internships, must be a college graduate (2 Read more »

New Theatre at Mars Hill University Opens With Cinderella

When the play “Cinderella” opens on Thursday, it will be the premiere performance in Mars Hill University’s new Thomas Black Box Theatre. The black box theatre is in Day Hall, which opened last fall, providing classroom and office space, as well as enhanced facilities for the university’s theatre arts program. The black box theatre is designed as a versatile theatre instruction space and for productions not requiring the full complement of stage facilities of the larger, adjacent, Owen Theatre. “Cinderella” Read more »

Exhibits at Weizenblatt Gallery through March 2017

Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will host two exhibits from February 13 through March 10, 2017. One features the textile art of Laura Ball and clay art of Bill Dale; the other features altered photography by Lydia See. An opening reception will be held Thursday, February 16, 2017. The gallery is located in Moore Fine Arts Building and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Laura Ball is an Asheville artist who uses Read more »

The Fight for Bluff, Exhibit at MHU

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 1990s and the public response to the National Forest Service’s proposal. It examines how the two sides were able to come to an agreement that drastically reduced the size of the proposed timber harvest. Read more »

NCDOL Warns Businesses of Poster Scam

The N.C. Department of Labor is urging businesses across the state to be on the lookout for suspicious correspondence, after the department recently received multiple reports of persons using scare tactics or threatening language in an attempt to sell labor law posters to employers. “These scams surface several times a year and businesses will contact us,” Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “The threats of fines are bogus and should be ignored. The Department of Labor provides free sets of labor Read more »

Mars Hill University Hosts 69th Annual Choral Festival

More than 300 high school students from across North Carolina are expected to attend the 69th Annual Mars Hill University Choral Festival, February 3-4 2017.  Craig Jessop, professor of music and founding dean for the Caine College of the Arts at Utah State University, will conduct this year’s festival. The choral festival will conclude with a concert featuring the festival choir and the Mars Hill University choir, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Moore Auditorium. The concert is open to the Read more »

2017 Young Entrepreneurial Scholars Camp

The Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camp is a North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (NC REAL) Youth Entrepreneurship camp that will run July 31 – August 4, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at A-B Tech Madison. The goal of the camp is to introduce students to the ideas of entrepreneurship, creative thinking, and fun, interactive activities to engage students. Campers will work in teams to develop a business plan, learn how to apply for a business loan and Read more »

Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program is currently recruiting volunteers in Madison and Transylvania Counties.  Foster Grandparents are age 55 and over who thrive on direct interaction with children and believe they can make a difference in their lives. They serve as mentors, tutors, and loving caregivers to children with special needs in local elementary schools, Head Start Programs, and child care centers. They help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Read more »

Labor Department Urges Businesses to Apply for Safety Awards

The N.C. Department of Labor is now accepting applications from businesses that qualify for a workplace safety award. Safety awards are given to companies that have above-average worker safety and health programs. “A safety award shows employees and the community that you are committed to a safe work environment,” state Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “A good safety record is something to be proud of, and businesses deserve to be recognized for their efforts.” Businesses that qualify for the award Read more »

Energy Grants for WNC Farmers

The WNC Energy Cost-share Assistance Program (EnergyCAP) is now accepting grant applications from WNC farmers looking to fund energy projects for their operations. The Small Farm Energy Grants Program is a new program funded exclusively by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. The program offers 25% cost-share grants for energy technologies that reduce farmer operating costs, lower environmental impacts, and increase the farm’s bottom line, such as LED lighting, greenhouse insulation and heating upgrades, and renewable energy generation from solar Read more »

Weizenblatt Gallery Exhibition Features Four Artists

The upcoming exhibition at Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery features the work of four artists, including one who is a Mars Hill student. The exhibit of works by Claire Sordoni, Mark Flowers, Kristy Higby, and Titus Mills runs November 28 through December 16, 2016. The opening reception is Wednesday, November 30, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The gallery is located in Moore Fine Arts Building and is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The drawings of Read more »

A Merry Mars Hill Christmas

Mars Hill University will celebrate the holiday season with “A Merry Mars Hill Christmas.” The following events are scheduled and open to the public: Lighting of the Mars Hill Christmas Tree Thursday, December 1, 7:00 pm, on the Upper Quad (between College St. and NC 213/Cascade St.) Event sponsored by the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and the MHU president’s office. Annual Christmas Concert Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm, Moore Auditorium Event sponsored by Read more »

Be a Super Hero for Youth in Our Community

Junior Achievement is looking for a few good super heroes that want to directly impact the lives of youth in our area! Junior Achievement is currently seeking volunteers for the following schools/days: Beginning the week of November 14 – I still need one volunteer to teach the 8th grade program called “Economics For Success” at Madison Middle School. In early December, I am looking for three volunteers to help me teach 5th graders at Brush Creek Elementary School. After the Read more »

French Broad Community Energy Forum

How can we strengthen our communities and lower energy bills? The event will involve French Broad EMC, our North Carolina On-Bill (Energy Efficiency) Working Group, Community Housing Coalition of Madison County, and many others. It will be held on Wednesday, November 16th from 11am to 1:30pm (lunch provided) at the Madison County Extension Office. We hope you all will be able to join us!

Clothesline Project Scheduled for October 27

The shirts that will hang from lines stretched in front of Mars Hill University’s Pittman Dining Hall this month will not represent poor housekeeping by college students, but rather will represent an awareness of an often hidden problem: domestic violence. Mars Hill holds its annual Clothesline Project on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Students decorate T-shirts to represent individuals who have experienced some type of domestic violence or sexual abuse. The Clothesline Project began in 1990 in Massachusetts when a small Read more »

Van Tour of Historic Barns

The tour will take place on Thursday, October 27 beginning at 2pm and lasting approximately 90 minutes. The barns on the tour are in the Mars Hill area. Taylor Barnhill, our historian and tour guide, will take you out of the van and walk around two different properties — each of which have three barns on them — plus, you will hear about several more as you drive by. Thus, walking is included in this tour. Rain or shine. Cost Read more »

Register for the 2017 Expo Madison

Ready to Showcase your Business or Non-Profit? Join Expo 2017 as a Sponsor or Exhibitor! EXPO Madison is a yearly business expo and community event featuring services available in Madison County. The 2nd Annual Expo will be held on Saturday, March 11 from 11am – 3pm at Chambers Gym on the campus of Mars Hill University. This event is free to the general public. Be part of a Winning Combination: YOU, BBQ from High Ridge Adventures, families and friends from Read more »

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Workshops for Veterans at Horse Sense of the Carolinas

Veteran’s Immersion Workshops offered to active duty or retired service members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard). Please visit HorseSenseOTC.com for more details.       F ...more

Join Us for EXPO Madison 2017

https://youtu.be/FOKQRDhWvU8 The 2nd Annual Madison County Business & Community Expo (EXPO Madison) is an opportunity to "Discover Local Resources" in and around Madison County, NC. EXPO Madison takes place Saturday, Mar ...more

8-Week Code Immersion Program

Do you have an amazing app idea but don’t know where to start? The tools to reach your goals may be more accessible than you think. Have you ever dreamed of building your own app? Are you looking to make a change in technolog ...more

Opportunities for Manufacturing, Hospitality and Tourism

There are now some great opportunities for Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality and Tourism via recent grants awarded to the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board. These grants can assist you with finding interns and trai ...more