Much Loved Mitchell County Resident Passes
Sunset Over Roan Mountain by Lisa Honeycutt
Dinner with a Cause: Town Square Event Supports Local Food
Roan Readers Make the Best of Bad Weather
Empty Bowls Fundraiser August 18th
Wednesday evening sky after the rain, by Calvin Campbell
Bringle Clay at Spruce Pine Gallery

Local News

SBA Loans Available for Yancey, McDowell, Madison

Yancey, McDowell and Madison are among the counties who are eligible for the  U.S. Small Business Administration   Economic Injury Disaster Loans for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in North Carolina as a result of flooding from tropical storm Alberto that began on May 15, 2018.   When ...(more)

Yancey County Republican Party Opens Headquarters for 2018 Election

On Saturday, August 11, the Yancey County Republican Party opened their headquarters for the 2018 election cycle. An energized crowd heard  from special guests speakers including Congressman Mark Meadows, NC Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jackson, Candidate Chuck Kitchen for NC Court of Appeals, Katye Griffin, wife of Candidate Judge Jefferson Griffin for NC Court of Appeals, NC Representative ...(more)

No Price Increase for School Lunches

There will be no increase in the prices for lunch in either Mitchell or Yancey counties this year. Beginning with school year 2011-12, school systems across the United States have been required to comply with the Equity in School Lunch Meals Pricing Provision, under Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  Thanks to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, Congress is giving ...(more)

System Pressure Advisory Rescinded

Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected from Town Of Spruce Pine Water System on 08/10/2018, water users are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water used for human consumption. We appreciate your cooperation during this period.     If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Richard Canipe Town of Spruce Pine 828-765-3000 and/or Don ...(more)

Former Madison School Superintendent Convicted of DWI

A Yancey County Jury convicted Dr. Ernest Holden of Driving While Impaired on August 9th, 2018.  Dr. Holden was driving in downtown Burnsville shortly before midnight on Saturday, February 25th, 2017.  A concerned citizen notified the Yancey County Sheriff’s Department of Dr. Holden’s erratic driving. Dr. Holden was stopped and arrested by the Burnsville Police Department for suspicion of ...(more)

Community News

Need Help Paying for Medicare?

To All Medicare Beneficiaries:  Are you having problems paying for your Medicare Part D drug plan premiums, deductibles, and medications?  Did you know that help is available?  The NC Dept. of Insurance states that there are 190 Yancey County residents that could possibly be eligible for assistance. Please call Vivian Hollifield at NC Cooperative Extension to find out if you qualify for ...(more)

Mitchell County Animal Shelter Needs Your Vote!

Please VOTE for former Mitchell County Animal Shelter shelter dog Gabriel! Gabriel and MCAR are a Top 10 finalist in the Wahl “Dirty Dogs” contest. The dog to receive the most votes will win $5,000 for their shelter! Please help us win these much needed funds – Remember the sad story that Gabriel came from: Gabriel was seized from a horrendous hoarding case, along with 58 ...(more)

Rabies Clinic on September 8th

The Egypt Ramseytown Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a rabies clinic on Saturday September 8th from 10am until 3pm at their main station. The price is $10 per vaccination. Cash only. ...(more)

33rd Annual Music in th Mountains Folk Festival Coming September 22nd

The Annual Music in the Mountains Folk Festival is coming to the Burnsville Town Center on Saturday, September 22 from 5:30 to 8:30pm. The Annual Festival, sponsored by Toe River Arts and now in its 33rd year, includes storytellers, ballad singers, dancers, bluegrass and traditional music on instruments ranging from bass to dulcimer to guitar. This year Toe River Arts honors Betty Smith. Betty ...(more)

Yancey Longshots Sweep Shotgun Tournament

Congratulations to the Yancey Longshots Shooting Sports Team.  On Saturday August 11, 2018 the Longshots participated in the North Carolina Western Region 4-H Tournament held in Polk County.  The Longshots finished the tournament as the number one Senior Shotgun Team.  Seth Fox was the overall senior shooter followed by his teammates as Levi Holcombe finishing second and Blake Wilson ...(more)

School News

MCC Recognizes Faculty and Staff

As Mayland Community College embarks on the 2018 Fall Semester, college administration recognized faculty and staff members for going above and beyond. The MCC Faculty Excellence award was presented to Vicki Caraway who is part of the Nursing Program faculty. Two staff members were recognized for their service to the college Maintenance Technician Mark Custode and the Dean of Pre-College ...(more)

Yancey County Schools’ Parents Receive Break from Increasing Lunch Prices

Beginning with school year 2011-12, school systems across the United States have been required to comply with the Equity in School Lunch Meals Pricing Provision, under Section 205 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.  This required Yancey County Schools to increase lunch prices each year for the past seven years.  Thanks to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, Congress is giving ...(more)

Bald Creek Elementary”Kindergarten Academy”

Bald Creek Elementary School will be holding their annual “Kindergarten Academy” for incoming students on Aug. 15th and 16th from 8:30-11:30 am.  All new kindergarten students are encouraged to attend.  “Kindergarten Academy” provides your child with the opportunity to become familiar with their classroom and school environment before the official first day of school.  All students ...(more)

Business News

Burleson Plumbing’s 70th Anniversary Celebration

Bureleson Plumbing’s 70th anniversary celebration held on August 10th was a huge success! Lots of friends and customers stopped by along with many of the store’s vendors to wish the Burelseons many more years of a successful operation. Over 250 meals were served and lots of prizes given away. Burleson’s was begun in 1948 by Lloyd Burleson. His brother Howard joined him shortly ...(more)

Mountain Community Health Partnership Employees Receive Scholarship

Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP) is proud to announce that two of our staff members are the recipients of the Bernstein Scholarship. Awarded annually, these scholarships help to relieve some of the financial burden on health center employees by helping to pay for both the clinical education of rural clinic staff members and the college education of their dependent in any area of ...(more)

Yancey Hospice Joins Network to Add Specialists; Remains Local and Independent

Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care is committed to providing the very best in hospice and palliative care.  They are LOCAL and INDEPENDENT.  They recently have joined the Teleios Collaborative Network, which is a network of independent non-profit hospice providers across the Southeast. They chose to be a part of the Teleios Collaborative Network to enable them to have access to some of the ...(more)