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Board Celebrates Kaylor’s 90th Birthday

The Board of Trustees at McDowell Technical Community College had a special surprise for one of their own at Thursday night’s monthly board meeting.

90th birthday cake
Joe Kaylor

Mr. Joe Kaylor turned 90 years old on January 30th, so board members surprised him with a special cake and County Commission Chairman David Walker, also a member of the trustee board, led the group in singing “Happy Birthday” as the meeting opened. Dr. John Gossett, MTCC President, and Darren Waugh, Board Chair, thanked Kaylor for his many years of service to the college and its students.

True to his playful nature, Mr. Kaylor, who was one of the first to arrive at the meeting, saw the cake and turned the “9” upside down to suggest he was thirty years younger and joked about it at the meeting. Mr. Kaylor is one of the college’s longest-serving board of trustee members and once served as Chairman of the Board. He was also a longtime member of the McDowell County School Board and served on the board of the NC Department of Transportation for several years, among his many other civic activities.

Julie Padgett Buchanan

Keeping the Faith

A sweet and loving child of God returned to her heavenly father in the still and quiet of a bitterly-cold January morning earlier this week. Julie Buchanan, better known to most of her McDowell Tech family as Julie Padgett, ended her battle with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, on Wednesday, just a little more than 21 months after she was officially diagnosed with the disease.

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