The Calm Before the Storm
Snow & Elk on Grandfather Mountain–more pics
BRP/Evinrude Supports Early Childhood Education
Dancing With the Yancey Stars
Exhibit Uses Cherokee Language As a Foundation For Historical Understanding
Burnsville Metric Bike Race
Grandfather Mountain 2018 Schedule of Events
Grandfather Mountain Presents Adult Field Courses
Cane River 8th Graders Tour MHU

Local News

Names Released in Shooting Incident

The State Bureau of Investigation has released the name of the man shot and killed by a Yancey County deputy on Friday, March 16th.   According to the SBI report,  Bobby Lovin, age 62, was shot and killed by Sheriff Deputy Billy J. Casteel when Casteel responded to a domestic violence call at Uncle Harvey’s Lane in the Jack’s Creek section of Yancey County. An active domestic ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 3/11 – 3/18/18

PAUL SCOTT MARCUS, age 39, 61 Blue Jay Drive, Spruce Pine, N.C. Arrested for failing to appear on driving while license revoked and expired inspection by Sheriff Donald Street. Released on a $400.00 secured bond. He is schedule to appear in court on April 11, 2018. ANTH ALLEN WHORTEN, age 31, 668 Upper Hanging Rock Road, Spruce Pine, N.C. Arrested for failing to pay child support by Lt. ...(more)

Community News

Plant Swap at MCC

Mayland Community College will host a Plant Swap April 28 from 10 am-2 pm in the main parking lot on the Mitchell Campus in Spruce Pine. Free Heirloom tomato seedlings will be given away while supplies last. Bring plants to trade and purchase plants from MCC and local nurseries. All legal varieties of plants acceptable for trade. Free hot dogs/ drinks available on a first come, first serve ...(more)

Free Science Festival at Bare Dark Sky Observatory

Join the Mayland Community College Foundation for a FREE ScieNCe Festival Celebration Star Party at the Bare Dark Sky Observatory on April 21. Free activities for all ages begin at 5:30 PM at the observatory located at 66 EnergyXchange Drive in Burnsville. Food trucks will be on site and tours of the observatory and Earth to Sky Park (ESP) will be available with star gazing through the ...(more)

High Country United Way Accepting Applications for Funding

The High Country United Way will begin accepting applications for programs for the fiscal year 2018-19 in early April of 2018.  We seek proposals that meet the goals and strategies identified by our Community Impact Visioning Councils as well as those that continue to meet basic and emergency needs. These can be found in the application which will be available by March 28, 2018 on our website ...(more)

School News

Historian and Congressman Headline Mars Hill University Lecture Series

Historian Jessica Bandel and U.S. Rep. David Price will present lectures in the spring 2018 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at Mars Hill University. Bandel will speak Thursday, March 22, on the topic of “North Carolina and the Great War 1914-1918,” and Price, a Mars Hill alumnus, will present “From Mars Hill to Capitol Hill” on Tuesday, April 3. Each event ...(more)

Avery County Hires New Superintendent

At the March 6th Avery County School Board meeting the board approved the hiring of a Dr. Bryan Taylor as the new superintendent. He will officially begin his duties on March 26th. Taylor is a native of Mount Airy. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from High Point University, a Masters of Arts from Gardner-Webb University and also completed a doctoral program through Gardner-Webb. Taylor has ...(more)

MCC Agribusiness Program

Mayland Community College’s new Agribusinss Program announces two articulation agreements with North Carolina A&T State University. These agreements allow for a 2+2 program where students have the option in earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education with a concentration in Agricultural Professional Service or a concentration in Secondary Education after completing the ...(more)

Business News

Evinrude Supports Early Childhood Education in Spruce Pine

Evinrude, an industry leader in outboard boat engines, today announced a $3,000 donation to Spruce Pine Montessori School. The donation will help to reduce expenses at the school and make Montessori-based education affordable for more children in the Spruce Pine community. “Access to quality early childhood education plays a key role in developing future generations,” said Melissa Carter, ...(more)

Mission Has New Call Center

Mission Health has a new feature in our patient contact center – the Care Access Center. This new, customer-friendly process will help in maintaining excellent patient care and providing an exceptional experience. No more voice recording or press 1, press 2 options – they are in the past. Patients will immediately speak with a live representative who will listen to their needs. ...(more)

Shoes That Look Good and Are Good for You

You will be amazed how many shoes there are  at Main Street Shoes. You step into the store thinking it is just a small shop but are pleasantly surprised by all the different styles of shoes. You will find that you don’t necessarily have to go to the big city to find a nice pair of shoes. Located on West Main Street in Burnsville,  Denise Collier opened Main Street Shoes in the fall of ...(more)