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Contact tracing efforts are underway in Madison County after public health officials reported a middle aged resident wit...
Coronavirus: Madison County confirms first case

Contact tracing efforts are underway in Madison County after public health officials reported a middle aged resident with underlying conditions as the first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Just six counties in NC remain without a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus after Madison County reported its first in an April 24 press release.

Madison County Garden Club

Madison County Garden Club

In keeping with the club’s charitable and educational mission, the Madison County Garden Club is launching our first charitable project in coordination with Beacon of Hope and the Madison County Community Housing Coalition (CHC). As people cope with loss of income, they are turning to home gardening. With a current shortage of seed and expertise, we are asking members to dig into their seed reserves and propagate vegetables that will be given to Beacon of Hope/CHC for distribution to those who are most greatly impacted by the pandemic. The club will develop a simple planting instruction sheet to accompany the plants.

Our coordinator will be Ed McNally. If you wish to participate, please e-mail Ed with the types and quantities of vegetables that you wish to contribute. Ed can be reached at [email protected].

Highland Station

Highland Station

Highland Station plant sale was so successful today that we will only be open from 10-2pm tomorrow and closed on Sunday due to rain and lack of starts until next week.

We thank everyone soooo much for coming out today and being supportive!

Next weekend will see even more varieties of plants.

We will open the market on May 1st! Local milk, eggs, meat, and a few staples like rice and beans.

Madison County Schools

Madison County Schools

4/08/20 Superintendent's Update


Madison County Schools will alter the delivery of meals slightly beginning on Thursday of this week.

We will:
Deliver food on yellow buses on Thursday, April 9. In this delivery we will bring to your home an additional amount of food to sustain you for Friday, April 10.

We will not run yellow buses for delivery on Friday, April 10.
On Friday, April 10, from 4 – 6 pm, family food boxes provided by The Lord’s Harvest, with meat and produce will be distributed to any Madison County Schools family, with children ages 0 – 18, who would like to pick one up. Pick up places will be at the Hot Springs Salvation Army, the Spring Creek Fire Department, the Walnut Fire Department, the Laurel Fire Department, the Mars Hill Fire Department (Annex), and the Ebbs Chapel Community Center.

We will not deliver food on yellow buses on Monday, April 13.
We will deliver food with yellow buses Tuesday (April 14), Wednesday (April 15), and Thursday (April 16). With the food delivery on Thursday, April 16, we will again supply you with additional food for Friday, April 17. Yellow buses will not run on Friday, April 17.

Please keep all additional food that is not initially consumed refrigerated.

Monday, April 20, we will resume regular food delivery on our yellow buses daily.

If you have any questions regarding meal delivery please contact your child’s Principal. If you have any questions regarding meal pick up at one of the locations listed above please call Bruce Murray at (828) 380-0807.

Rural Organizing And Resilience

Rural Organizing And Resilience

If you live in Mad. County and cannot leave the house we can deliver food to you. Call 615-628-7439‬ to make a request

Trust General Store & Cafe

Trust General Store & Cafe

Fuel pumps are back up and working!

We also have milk, bread and produce available.

Town of Mars Hill, NC

Town of Mars Hill, NC

New Hours for Town Hall will be 8:30am-4:00 pm until further notice.
Thank you

Madison County NC Economic Development

Madison County NC Economic Development

Notice about the Appalachian Trail from the Madison County Chamber of Commerce:

The U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has temporarily closed trail-head facilities and other access points until further notice in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in NC, including: Max Patch, Lovers Leap and Roan Mountain/Carvers Gap in Pisgah, and Wayah Bald and Cheoah Bald in Nantahala National Forest.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has advised that no one begin a thru-hike.

Those who have started should leave the trail immediately because all shelters along the 2,190-mile trail are closed.
Ridgerunners have been pulled from the trail, and most hostels, hotels, stores, and restaurants in trails towns are closed.

More details can be found at

Spring Creek Community Center

Spring Creek Community Center

This saturday, the 4th starting at 11am, we will be opening our lawn to farm and grocery vendors looking to help folks out by selling their wares. The idea is to help the community out, and prevent trips to town for supplies.

Because this is the goal, and where we need to be careful of being safe. There are a few restrictions we would like to put in place. All vendors must set up at least 10 feet apart. We would prefer this be done as a drive through type of thing where folks dont need to get out of their cars. We would ask that only folks providing farm/grocery or sanitation types items come. So we ask that vendors for jewelry, sculptures, other art, please sit this one out. This helps with not having any crowds, and will help to keep this safe. Dave thomas will be at the restaurant if you have questions, you can call the restaurant at 8286220001. There will be no charge to vendors to come do this.

This is a community service and by members of our wonderful community who want to help others here. Please do not hang out and talk, we really need to not have a gathering happening here. It will get shut down if safety measures are not followed. At the restaurant we will also be selling some essential items as well to help. If interested in selling your items, you can just come, no need to RSVP, however there will be limited space.

If your coming to sell, maybe post here, what items you may have for sale.


Marshall, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30


(828) 649-1075


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