What Could Be Better than Bar-B-Que & Bluegrass…this Weekend in Spruce Pine!
Madagascar the Musical Jr. at Parkway Playhouse Friday & Saturday
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

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)

Discharge of Untreated Wastewater

The Town of Spruce Pine has issued a notice of discharge of untreated waste water.  The discharge occurred on Tuesday, July 17th. It was an estimated 20,000 gallons at a leak on Altapass Road. The untreated wastewater went into Beaver Creek. The Division of Water Quality was notified of the event and is reviewing the matter. For more information you can contact the Town of Spruce Pine at ...(more)

Two Arrested Tuesday in Methamphetamine Investigation

(Press release from the Yancey County Sheriff’s Department) Two were arrested Tuesday, July 17th, as a result of an ongoing drug investigation into the illegal sell and use of drugs, being conducted by the Yancey County Sheriff Office.  A search warrant was obtained by Investigators, and because of safety concerns for everyone involved and past activities at the residence, Deputies of ...(more)

Community News

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure JR at Parkway Playhouse July 20 & 21

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure JR, is a Junior musical that will be showing at Parkway Playhouse July 20th & 21st at 6:00pm. Directed by Angie Holtzclaw, Parkway Playhouse Junior’s production will feature children involved in the two week summer production camp. Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends ...(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)

Cynthia Lawing to Perform Free Concert in Burnsville

A few months ago, Cynthia Lawing, a former Davidson College music department faculty, walked into Toe River Arts, introduced herself, and discovered that famed Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus once lived in the area and performed at the First Presbyterian Church in Burnsville. On Saturday, July 21 at 7pm, Lawing will offer a piano recital in the same church and on the same piano as was used by the ...(more)

Spruce Pine Rotary Bar-b-que and Bluegrass This Weekend!

Come chill with the tastiest BBQ in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass, country, folk, and Americana music!  Join us in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains for the 7th Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival in Spruce Pine, NC on July 20 & 21, 2018. Low admission price – single day general admission is only $5/person, children 12 and under FREE. All festival activities, including ...(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)

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)