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Union Mills Learning Center is presenting the 2nd annual Box Creek Wilderness 5K/10K Run on Saturday, January 3, 2015. This will be Rutherford County's first race of the new year and one of the few 10K races offered in this area. The 10K trail boasts spectacular scenery, taking runners alongside the Second Broad River, the CSX Railroad, and around the base of Rocky Face Mountain and the area now known as Box Creek Wilderness. 5K participants can walk or run the route that will begin at Union Mills Learning Center. Both races are scheduled to start at 10am. All proceeds from this event will go towards building upgrades and programs offered at UMLC. Box Creek Wilderness is an official sponsor of this event. For more information on Box Creek Wilderness, visit www.saveboxcreek.com.
The Rutherford County Endowment board recently awarded $5,000 to the Union Mills Learning Center to be used for the "Rural Hub" project that will allow UMLC to become a stronger support for small businesses, disadvantiged citizens, farmers, and local citizens seeking educational opportunities. The project includes contracting with PANGAEA to extend the county's existing fiber optic cable that currently ends 1/2 mile from UMLC. Once that line has been extended, UMLC will be able to connect and have access to the fastest and most reliable internet available in the county. Since 2007, PANGAEA's “Speed of Light” fiber network has expanded to nearly two hundred miles, serving the major arteries of Polk and Rutherford Counties in western North Carolina.