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ACS Teacher of the Year 2012 Hank Hardin, right, and Rep. Mark Meadows talk about new
technologies taught in Avery County Schools, including 3D printing, during the congressman's
visit Monday, Aug. 26.
Photo submitted by Martha Davis

Originally published: 2013-08-29 16:31:17
Last modified: 2013-09-05 15:00:09

Rep. Mark Meadows tours Avery

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Rep. Mark Meadows (N.C. District 11) toured Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties on Monday, Aug. 26, kicking off a packed schedule that included lunch at and a tour of Avery County High School and a meeting with Christmas tree growers. Meadows also addressed the local fire department in Spruce Pine and ended the day with a dual Avery and Mitchell counties town hall meeting at Mayland Community College.

Meadows, a Republican who assumed office on Jan. 3, represents 17 counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey counties. Meadows assumed office on January 3, 2013.

Asked what areas he hoped to focus on during the visit to the district, Meadows answered, “We’re concentrating on what’s happening with schools and celebrating successes there.”

Lunch at the high school was prepared and served by members of the culinary club, who used fresh ingredients grown by the horticulture class. Tables were decorated with plant centerpieces grown in the micropropogation lab. Meadows toured the school kitchens and emphasized the importance of hard work to the students.

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