Beautiful Monarch Butterfly by Natasha Smith
Appalachia History at Toe River Arts Gallery in Burnsville
Sunset Over Roan Mountain by Lisa Honeycutt
Dinner with a Cause: Town Square Event Supports Local Food

Local News

Hospital Foundations to Receive $15 Million Each When Mission Sells to HCA

Mission Health’s Board of Directors has announced that if and when the Mission Health and HCA Healthcare (HCA) transaction is closed, each Entity Legacy Foundation* will receive a distribution of $15 million dollars to improve the health and well being of their community. None of the existing Foundations within the Mission Health system are part of the contemplated transaction with HCA.  ...(more)

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Report 7/22 – 8/20/18

CRAIG ALLEN WISE, age 31, 59 Vaughn Road, Spruce Pine, N.C. Arrested for second degree trespassing by Detective A.D. Beam. Being held in jail on a $1500.00 secured schedule to appear in court on September 19, 2018. JESSICA JILL BURLESON, age 40, 160 High Top Lane, Newland, N.C. Arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon by L.D. Holmes. Being held in jail on a $25,000.00 ...(more)

Grant Recipients for Helping Hands Announced

Helping Hands of Yancey County has announced the intended grant recipients of this year’s annual Fun Flea Sale. The two organizations that are  recipients for this year are Mountain Heritage High School FFA and Southern Reconciliation House.  For the FFA Helping Hands will provide funds for the spring semester cost of a part-time staff person to serve as a secondary advisor to the FFA ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Report 8/8/18 – 8/15/18

ERICA KAYE WILLIAMSON, 27 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 08/09/2018 Williamson is charged with; Driving While Impaired TABATHA DAWN BALLARD, 32 of Marshall, NC was arrested on 08/10/2018 Ballard is charged with; Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor WHITNEY ALLEXES-SHYANN CARPENTER, 20 of Spruce Pine, NC was arrested on 08/10/2018. Is charged ...(more)

Mission Health Announces 2019 Grant Award Recipients

Mission Health’s Community Investment Program is awarding more than $965,000 in funding to a diverse group of 24 western North Carolina agencies, in a joint effort to improve the health and well-being of our 18-county region. The 2019 focus areas for the grants are based on the top priority needs identified through the Community Health Assessment process, which takes place locally in each of ...(more)

Woman Drowns Rafting North Toe River

Jennifer Gail Martin of Dickenson County, Virginia drowned Saturday, August 11th while rafting on the North Toe River. Martin and her boyfriend began the trip on the Yancey County side of the river near Toe Cane. They were taken to the river by a local rafting company which supplied floating tubes, life vests and safety helmets. Apparently Martin’s float overturned and she was swept away ...(more)

Community News

Birthday Party & Prayer Meeting

A Birthday Party for Betty Greene will be held at her home at Ida Deyton’s Saturday August 25th at 3:00pm at 23 Twilight Way on Upper White Oak Road.  All of Betty’s friends are invited.  A prayer meeting will be held at 7:00pm for anyone that will stay on after Betty’s party. They hold this prayer meeting at this residence every 4th Saturday night. Everyone is welcome.  ...(more)

Not to be “Toyed” with Exhibit Opens in Spruce Pine

During the exhibition, several educational components will be available to the public—free educational presentations in the main gallery and one- and two-day workshops in the second-floor classroom. Each workshop has a fee and requires pre-registration. Please visit the website, for more information about dates, times, descriptions, and fees. The Toe River Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about Toe River Arts and its events and programs, please visit or call 828-682-7215.

Gail Godwin Featured Speaker at Carolina Literary Festival

Lovers of reading indulge their inner bookworm at the 13th annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival in downtown Burnsville, Sept. 6-8. The three-day festival includes more than 50 free and ticketed events, such as readings, talks, discussions, book signings and workshops. This year’s Saturday night keynote speaker is Gail Godwin. She is the author of 14 novels and is a three-time National ...(more)

Dial M for Murder at Parkway Playhouse

Dial M for Murder is a play that will begin showing at Parkway Playhouse on August 25th-September 8th. Directed by Michael Lilly, Parkway Playhouse’s production features Andie Morganlander, Strother Stingley, Luke Haynes, Mike Yow, and Alesa Bryant Laws. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm through September 8th. Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected. Following the performance on opening night, August 25th, a complementary Opening Night Reception for the cast and audience will be held. And on Sundays, (more)

Benefit for Mike Hoffman

A Benefit for Mike Hoffman will be held at Bills Hill at 80 Graceland Drive Saturday, August 25th beginning at 5:00pm.  Mike had to undergo a partial maxillectomy, which is the removal of half of his jawbone in order to reach the cancer that was removed.  He will have chemo twice a week for three months following the surgery.  All money collected will go to Mike.  Fresh fish plates with ...(more)

School News

MCC Alumni Austin Wheeler Advances to SECU Headquarters in Raleigh

Austin Wheeler, a previous Mayland Community College high school equivalency graduate reached new career goals as he advanced to the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) headquarters in Raleigh. Wheeler worked for SECU in Spruce Pine for three years, and credits his education as an important part of his career advancements. After the requirements for the high school equivalency diploma, Wheeler ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Annual Hearing Screening

Yancey County Schools will be conducting its annual hearing screening during the week of August 21 through September 7, 2018.  All students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade will be screened.  All other students will be screened only upon the request of the parent, new referrals to the Exceptional Children’s Program and upon the request of the special education teacher.  Any ...(more)

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)

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)