Photo by Natasha Smith
Final Mtn Heritage Band/Chorus Concert of the Year
MCC 2018 Curriculum Graduation
Double Rainbow from Nick Hensley (click for full view)
Governor’s Volunteer Service Award Winner
Buchanan & Young Celebrates 50 Years!
Glass on Fire at Burnsville TRAC Gallery

Local News

Heavy Rains Close Grandfather Mountain State Park Trails

Two trails at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Avery, Watauga, and Caldwell counties are closed to visitors due to damage sustained from heavy rains May 17-20, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The park received 11 inches of rain in four days and more rain is in the forecast throughout the coming week. Nuwati and Cragway trails will likely be closed for several weeks ...(more)

Western Sizzlin in Burnsville to Close

On Monday, May 21st Western Sizzlin Steakhouse of Burnsville announced the closing of the restaurant as of Thursday, May 24th. They posted the following on Facebook: “Good afternoon on this beautiful spring Monday. We have a official announcement to make. We first want to tell everyone that has dined with us, shared special moments with us and supported us for the last 34 years, thank ...(more)

Man Drowns at Elk River Falls

Avery County officials are investigating a drowning that happened at Elk River Falls on Sunday, May 20th. Emergency services began a search for a man in his 20s from Ohio, who was visiting for a wedding. He apparently went under while wading at the bottom of the falls. His name has not yet been released. Divers searched the waters near Elk River Falls until dark Sunday evening, and requested ...(more)

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Report 5/13 -5/20/18

PAUL WHITNEY FRASIER, age 42, 190 Hamburg Trail Road, Bakersville, N.C. Arrested for failing to appear on no operator’s license and revoked tag by Detective A.D. Beam. Released on a $300.00 secured bond. He is schedule to appear in court on May 16, 2018. DALLAS ARRON STREET, age 30, 105 Twilight Way, Burnsville, N.C. Arrested for probation violation by Deputy W.R. Hobson. Being held in jail ...(more)

Yancey County Ranked 8th in Education According to State-Wide Assessment

In the 2018 Roadmap of Need, an in-depth needs assessment of North Carolina Youth produced by the Public School Forum, Yancey County again ranked 8th highest in the state for education, as compared to 16th in 2014 and 24th in 2013.  This ranking is based on five indicators: AMO (annual measurable objective) targets, ACT composite score, Math I proficiency, 3rd grade reading proficiency, and ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Principal Reassignments

At the regular Yancey County Board of Education Meeting for May, the Board took action to reassign Andrea Allen, current principal of Bee Log Elementary School, to Bald Creek Elementary School as principal for the 2018-19 school year. Sherry Robinson, current principal of Bald Creek Elementary School, will be reassigned to Burnsville Elementary School as principal. Burnsville Elementary’s ...(more)

Community News

Parkway Playhouse Presents Hilarious High Flying Farce: Boeing Boeing

The non-stop comedy, Boeing Boeing, is set to open at Parkway Playhouse on June 2.  Directed by Dwight Chiles (director of last season’s Bonnie & Clyde), Parkway Playhouse’s production features Christine Caldemeyer, Allen Law, Samantha Lebrocq, Myra McCory, Morgan Miller, and Daniel Moore.  Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm through June 16th. This ...(more)

Honoring Our Local Veterans

The Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild honor our local veterans on Hero Day on Burnsville Town Square by presenting the veterans with a quilt pieced in patriotic colors and machine quilted by the members.  The quilt presentation will be on Saturday May 26, 2018 during the Hero Day festivities.  There are 55 veterans invited to be part of this year’s celebration. This is the sixth year that ...(more)

New Music Coming to Burnsville

Chosen Road is an amazing bluegrass/gospel band that will perform at the Burnsville Town Center on May 26th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 with ages 10 and under free.  Local Contemporary Christian trio, The Michael McKinney Blues Band will open the show. Chosen Road was established in 2009 when a group of friends came together to do more than just make music. Being raised in the mountains of ...(more)

Thiele Discusses MAY Coalition Loan Program

Rotarian Reid Duncan presents a locally designed mug to MAY Coalition Director, Eron Thiele, at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine on May 10, 2018. MAY Coalition is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is “to help create high quality employment opportunities for unemployed and underemployed residents of Mitchell, Avery and Yancey Counties.” It started with a $1 million grant ...(more)

Darren Nicholson of Balsam Range Coming to Burnsville

One fifth of the very popular Balsam Range, Darren Nicholson, (mandolin, vocals) will be bringing his band:The Darren Nicholson Band to the Burnsville Town Center Series on June 8. Darren is based inWestern North Carolina. He is a Grammy Award Nominee and a recipient of multiple International Bluegrass Music Association’s Awards. Including Entertainer of the Year (2014), Song of the ...(more)

School News

Syrian Student Continues Education at Mayland and receives Academic Excellence Award

What would make you leave your homeland to live in another country? For Dima (Dee-ma) Jabakji, a student at Mayland Community College, it was the civil war in Syria. Living in the city of Aleppo, it was not unusual to hear bombs exploding and guns firing outside her classroom, or to find bullet casings strewn around the school courtyard.  It was common to be without water and electricity for ...(more)

Entrepreneurship Pathway Class at MCC

Mayland Community College Entrepreneurship Pathway class participants pictured clockwise from top are Marc Linarez, Anzhelika Savelyeva, Rodin Savelyer, Maria Huaroco, Araceli Zamarano, Flor Gomez, Veronica Ramirez, Lady Ortiz, Dominga Ramirez, ESL instructor Yanina Cortes, and SBC Director Allen Cook. Mayland Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) and ESL Program collaborated for ...(more)

Mtn Heritage High School Music Dept. Final Concert of the Year

On Thursday, May 24 at 7:30pm, the Mountain Heritage High School Music Department will present their final concert for the school year. It will be held in the MHHS auditorium, and admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students (with all proceeds going to support the needs of the department). The concert will feature the Symphonic Band and Concert Choir, with additional special performances by ...(more)

Business News

Western Sizzlin in Burnsville to Close

On Monday, May 21st Western Sizzlin Steakhouse of Burnsville announced the closing of the restaurant as of Thursday, May 24th. They posted the following on Facebook: “Good afternoon on this beautiful spring Monday. We have a official announcement to make. We first want to tell everyone that has dined with us, shared special moments with us and supported us for the last 34 years, thank ...(more)

Heritage Finance Ribbon Cutting of New Location

A ribbon cutting was held on Wednesday morning for the new location of Heritage Finance. They have moved to a new location and are now on West Main Street across from French Broad in the former dry cleaners building. Pictured is the Heritage Finance staff  and Yancey Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ginger Johnson watching Co-Owner/Manager Steve Harrison cut the ribbon. for more about ...(more)

Mitchell High Students Visit Altec

Mitchell High School Career and Technical Education students enrolled in Welding and Drafting Engineering courses toured the Burnsville Altec facility on May 7th and 8th.   The visit began with presentations from Jeff Mooney the general manager, Bryan Peterson the human resources manager, Billy Stamey a plant design engineer, and Brian Greene the certified welding instructor.  Mitchell ...(more)