Apple Blossom by Calvin (Peanut Man) Campbell
Bluegrass Jamming Through TAPS Program
First Play of the Main Stage Season at Parkway Playhouse
Local Beef Coming to TRACTOR
MHHS Students Compete in Western Regions SkillsUSA
New Exhibition at Penland Gallery
Exhibit Uses Cherokee Language As a Foundation For Historical Understanding
Grandfather Mountain 2018 Schedule of Events
Grandfather Mountain Presents Adult Field Courses

Local News

Nix Sentenced to Prison for Embezzlement

Marshall, NC – On Monday, April 23, 2018, Tara Dawn Nix, age 43, was sentenced by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Gary Gavenus to serve between 51 and 74 months in prison for committing the felony offense of Embezzling more than $100,000.00. In March of 2017, during a regular audit irregularities were discovered, consisting of a series of checks made payable to Nix, who was, at that ...(more)

New Program for Rural Communities Kicks Off in Madison County

Governor Roy Cooper kicked off a new initiative for rural communities on Tuesday morning April 24th in Madison County.  The pilot program, called Hometown Strong, will begin in Madison and Burke counties. The goal is to identify  the priorities of each rural area in North Carolina and then how to address those problems. A roundtable discussion was held at the Madison County Library with 50 ...(more)

Voluntary Evacuation As Rivers Rise

High rivers from several days of rain and a forecast of even more rainy weather has people concerned about low lying areas.  People who have campers in the Patience Park Campground on the South Toe River have been notified they may want to pull their campers out due to possible flooding. McDowell County Emergency Management has issued a voluntary evacuation order for Riverbreeze Campground in ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 4/15 – 4/22/18

DEMETRIUS LAMAR BOLDEN, age 41, 419 Allen Drive, Kingsport, Tennessee. Arrested for murder by Chief Deputy J.S. Sparks and Lt. Detective C.C. Hobson. Being held in jail without bond. He is schedule to appear in court on May 23, 2018. SEAN MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN, age 25, 181 Sunrise Drive, Elizabethton, Tennessee. Arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and ...(more)

Former Store Manager Charged with Embezzling

Detective Paul Alkire of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has charged Kayla Nicole Renfro, age 25, of 3616 U.S. 221 North in Marion, with embezzlement. Renfro worked as a manager for Samir’s at Double R convenience store on Sugar Hill Road in Marion. Financial officers for Samir’s noticed discrepancies in the deposits Renfro was making. It is alleged that she stole $16,942.97 from ...(more)

Jason Robinson Elected Vice-President NC Assoc of County Clerks

Jason Robinson, Yancey County Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, has been elected VicePresident of the North Carolina Association of County Clerks. Mr. Robinson was unanimously elected at the annual business meeting held recently in Pinehurst. He is the first clerk from Yancey County to hold an office in the professional clerk’s association which represents all 100 counties. Mr. Robinson ...(more)

Community News

Traditional Voices Group Announces 2018 RiddleFest Artists

The Traditional Voices Group is pleased to announce the program for its 2018 RiddleFest Concert. Madison County songstress Laura Boosinger and master fiddler Josh Goforth will headline the program on June 30 at the Burnsville Town Center. The Griffith Chapel Singers will open the show, which begins at 7 PM, followed by Asheville singer/songwriter Ash Devine. Tickets will be $20. To purchase by ...(more)

Ramp Dinner at Spruce Pine Moose Lodge

There will be a Ramp Dinner at the Spruce Pine Moose Lodge Chapter 1149 at Estatoe Saturday April 28th from 12:00 noon until 4:00pm.  The menu will have taters, eggs, soup beans, pork ‘n’ beans, corn bread, streaked meat, dessert, and peach cobbler. Price is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with those 5 and under eating for free.  Proceeds go to Yancey Hospice & ...(more)

Relay for Life Survivor and Caregiver Brunch

Relay of the Blue Ridge would like to invite everyone who is a cancer survivor or care provider to the annual Survivors’ Brunch at Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Burnsville, NC on Saturday, May 5th at 10 AM.   A special meal and door prizes will be provided at this event.    For more information about the brunch and other upcoming Relay for Life events, please contact Rhonda Buchanan at ...(more)

Yancey Hospice/Moose Charities Spring Fling Fundraiser

Support a good cause while having loads of fun at the Spring Fling fundraiser this Saturday at the Spruce Pine Moose Lodge! Moose Charities has a fun filled evening planned with all net proceeds going to Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care and Moose Charities.  The Rockabillys will be the feature group plus there will be Find the Moose and lots of other fun ways to win. Cost is $10 per person. ...(more)

SEARCH to Meet May 1st

The public is invited to attend the May meeting of SEARCH, scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Burnsville.  The name SEARCH stands for Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare, and in the rapidly changing local healthcare landscape, keeping things as they are is a challenge.  The group formed in June of 2017 around the impending closure of ...(more)

Toe River Arts Receives Grant for Sphere Glass Event

As a regional sponsor of a monumental glass event this summer in Asheville, Toe River Arts has joined with other arts organizations, galleries, businesses and cultural leaders to celebrate glass and the rich history of glassmaking in Western North Carolina. Summer of Glass 2018 is a united effort to highlight both the historical and contemporary context of glass and its talented artists. In ...(more)

School News

Disabilities Education Act Public Notice

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-Part B, Public Law 108.446) Project is presently being amended. The Project describes the special education programs that Yancey County Schools proposes for Federal funding for the 2018-2019 School Year. Interested persons are encouraged to review amendments to the Project and make comments concerning the implementation of special education ...(more)

Nationally Recognized Summer STEM Program Coming to Spruce Pine

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to the following locations: * Gouge Elementary School the week of July 23 – July 27, 2018. Regional program sponsors include Nordson Corporation Foundation and Duck Tape® brand duct tape. * Pleasant Gardens Elementary School the week of July 9 – July 13, 2018. Regional program sponsors ...(more)

Traditional Arts Program Students Jam

A few weeks ago, Gabe and Trey Boone, Brent and Noah Buchanan, Levi Jones, and Jayden Woody performed in a free-to-the-public bluegrass and old-time music concert at Black Mountain. Ron Powell, Traditional Arts Program for Students (TAPS) instructor at the Yancey middle schools, looked on with pride at these current and former TAPS students. Presented by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area ...(more)

Business News

National Tourism Week Luncheon for Businesses

Join the Mitchell County Chamber for the 2018 National Tourism Week Luncheon on Thursday, May 10th at 12 noon at the Cross Street Center in Spruce Pine. The keynote speaker for the event will be Mr. Mark Shore, Director, Tourism Marketing for VisitNC/NC Dept of Commerce. Join with other tourism businesses and learn about the state’s new marketing campaign and how your business can ...(more)

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Celebrates Application to be a Pathway®-Designated Hospital

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital celebrated its application to be a Pathway®-designated hospital April 16th. The Pathway to Excellence Program® recognizes healthcare organizations that achieve and maintain a healthy workplace for professional nurses. Pathway to Excellence® standards range from nurse satisfaction and engagement to patient satisfaction. Involvement in leading quality and safety ...(more)

Coaches vs. Cancer Fundraiser at Subway

 Eleven Division 1 head men’s basketball coaches from North Carolina wrapped up a special Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising campaign and the net result was $18,213 in donations to help fight cancer. The contributions were collected in January and February from generous customers at local Subway® restaurants in Western North Carolina, the greater Charlotte area, and Piedmont ...(more)