Perfect Rose at Radio Station
Empty Bowls Fundraiser August 18th
Painting Our Towers
Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair August 3 & 4th
Bringle Clay at Spruce Pine Gallery

Local News

Water Passes Test, Ban Lifted

Spruce Pine Town Manager Richard Canipe has reported that the results from the water samples taken on July 19th from the North Toe River  have been received and the tests show the samples are below the parameters for  state water quality. Mitchell County Health Department has now removed the restrictions on recreational activity. The sample taken  was in relation to the 20,000 gallon sewage ...(more)

Widespread Outage Notice from Country Cablevision

Country Cablevision currently has damaged fiber lines that feed the west side of Yancey County and Madison County due to an individual shooting the line.  Presently, they have several areas out and Fox 21 (Channel 12) will be out system wide due to the damage.  To completely repair the line, all services (phone, cable, and internet) will be affected in these areas for several hours.  Country ...(more)

Sewage Leak in Spruce Pine, Recreational Advisory Posted

The Mitchell County Health Department has now posted a Recreational Advisory for the North Toe River beginning at the Riverside Park in Spruce Pine and all areas immediately downstream. The Health Department recommends people and pets avoid all contact with the river in that area until after the water has been tested and declared safe. On the afternoon of Tuesday July 17, the Town of Spruce ...(more)

Animal Cruelty Investigation

(Press Release from Yancey County Sheriff’s Office) Lady is a senior horse 31 years and 6 months old. She is the subject of ongoing concern with the Yancey County Sheriff office.  Lady was brought to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office late last year. As a result of the concern an Equine specialist was brought in by the Sheriff’s Office on August 29, 2017.  The Veterinarian ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Office Arrest Blotter 7/11 – 7/18/18

BRADLEY DEAN CARPENTER, 29 of Burnsville, NC was taken into custody on 07/11/2018. Carpenter was convicted in Superior Court; Awaiting transport to NC Department of Adult Corrections AARON JAMAL RICE, 19 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 07/11/2018 Rice is charged with; Defrauding Drug/ Alcohol Screening Test Probation Violation Probation Violation Probation Violation SAMUEL MACIAS GUARDIAN, 55 ...(more)

Dealing with Addictions

At the July 10th meeting of the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force  Dr. Michael Newberry, MD gave a special presentation.  Dr. Newberry is a practicing Psychiatrist known especially for his research and work in the area of addictions. Among several insights were his contention that addictions must be treated as diseases that individuals develop, rather than as choices that they make. ...(more)

Community News

Bruce Green At the Pickin On The Porch August 5 Featuring Yancey County Songs 100 Years Old

The Yancey History Association invites you to attend a special event at the Pickin On The Porch on August 5, 2018 from 2:00 -3:30.  Take time to hear a special musical event that is free under the porch of the 1840 log cabin on the hill behind the Chamber of Commerce Building.  2018 is the 100th anniversary of  a unique event in Yancey County History. In 1918, the renowned musicologist and ...(more)

Tails on the Town Auction Benefits Yancey Humane Society

Yancey County Humane Society’s “Tails on the Town” Annual Benefit  Auction will be held at the Burnsville Town Center, Saturday, September 15th from 6-9 pm. Please join us for an evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres and a live and silent auction while supporting not only the stray and unwanted animals of Yancey County, but also your neighbors and the community. All proceeds from the ...(more)

Empty Bowls Dinner August 18th

Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff will hold its “EMPTY BOWLS” dinner on Saturday evening, August 18th 5:00 pm-7:30 pm, at First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, 125 Tappan St. For a $25.00 donation you will sample some of the best soups Mitchell County has to offer, in addition bread, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts will be served. Each guest will select a hand thrown “empty bowl” ...(more)

Sphere of Influence Glass Exhibit in Spruce Pine plus Guided Tours

At 11 am on July 28, the Toe River Arts Dottie Owen Great Room/Gallery will host display of work from 61 accomplished Western North Carolina glass artists. Not since the 2012 “History of Glass” exhibit have so many glass artists come together in one room in our region. Their stories continue in “Sphere of Influence: Glass Artists of Western North Carolina” with a look back to how their ...(more)

The Classic Movie Club Will Screen “The Yearling” Monday July 23rd At The Yancey Theatre

The Classic Movie Club has selected for their July 23rd showing the 1946 MGM classic “The Yearling”. Based on the 1938 Marjorie Rawlins novel by the same name. “The Yearling” tells the story of a post civil war family and their struggle to survive in the Florida wilderness. It is also the story of their coming of age son “Jody” and his adopted mischievous pet deer “Flag”. The ...(more)

School News

Yancey County Schools Kindergarten Academy

All Yancey County elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Academy on Wednesday, August 15th and Thursday, August 16th.  This is a wonderful opportunity for children to become familiar with their new school, classroom, teachers and friends.  We look forward to seeing all incoming kindergartners at their school during this time.   Transportation will not be provided so please pick up ...(more)

Iconic Mars Hill Educator Receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Virginia Hart, the longtime coach and professor who founded the Mars Hill University’s women’s varsity athletics program, received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine on Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The award, conferred by the Governor of North Carolina, is one of the most prestigious in the state and is awarded for “exemplary service to the State of North Carolina.” Hart was ...(more)

Seventh Annual Back-to-School Bash at Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill Baptist Church will hold its annual Back-to-School Bash on Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 10:00 A.M. (rain or shine) on the church’s softball field.  This is the seventh year that Liberty Hill has collected and will distribute school supplies to students from Mitchell, Yancey, Avery, and surrounding counties.  School supplies such as backpacks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, glue ...(more)

Business News

Burnsville Wine Hosts MY Neighbors Event July 27th

The all-volunteer eldercare network MY Neighbors is collaborating with Burnsville Wine to host a wine tasting from 4-7 pm on Friday July 27th.  This event is free and open to the public over 21 years of age.  Stop by for wine tasting, finger food and to meet some of the MY Neighbors members and volunteers.  You might even be one of the lucky participants to be serenaded by Mary Dart and ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain Joins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

Grandfather Mountain isn’t about moving mountains; it’s about moving people. And the people have spoken. Again. This summer, Grandfather Mountain was inducted into the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame, having received five consecutive Certificate of Excellence awards since 2014, including 2018. In total, since 2012, Grandfather Mountain has received seven consecutive ...(more)

Heritage Lumber Annual Father’s Day Tool Event

Thursday, June 14 Heritage Lumber held their annual Father’s Day tool event featuring Makita tools. Also this year Heritage introduces the new wood-fired Traeger grill. Makita reps were on hand for demo day where people could try out all the tools. The Father’s Day Sale continues with special pricing through Saturday, June 16th. Pictured Michael Ardell of WKYK interviews Heritage ...(more)