Pickin’ on the Porch Starts June 3rd
Students Remember Bee Log with Mural
Join High Peaks for a Hike June 2nd to See This View
Photo by Natasha Smith
MCC 2018 Curriculum Graduation
Double Rainbow from Nick Hensley (click for full view)
Glass on Fire at Burnsville TRAC Gallery

Local News

Search for Drowning Victim Continues

After five days of searching the man who drowned Sunday at Elk River Falls in Avery County has still not been found.  Crews have worked all week in an attempt to recover the body of a man who was wading near the bottom of the falls when he went under. Even though the water levels have fallen over several days, strong currents and fluctuating water levels have made the recovery efforts ...(more)

Watch Out for Fake $20 Bills

The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office has had numerous reports of counterfeit bills circulating in the area. The bills are marked as $20 dollar bills. They have “replica” printed on the front of the currency and it states on the bill that “This note is not legal. It is to be used for motion pictures.” The Sheriff’s Office has made one arrest in connection with a ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain Open Despite US 221 Flood Damage

Grandfather Mountain remains open, despite flood damage to U.S. 221. Last week’s heavy rains and flash-flooding washed out a portion of U.S. 221 between Linville and Blowing Rock, approximately 2 miles north of the Grandfather Mountain Entrance Gate. According to officials, the damaged section of the highway will be closed indefinitely. Fortunately, the most frequently traveled routes remain ...(more)

Rain Delays Work on Linn Cove Viaduct

According to Blue Ridge Parkway officials repair work on the Linn Cove Viaduct at Milepost 304 has been delayed due to heavy rainfall in the area. It  was scheduled to reopen this weekend after closing in March for a comprehensive road maintenance project to remove and replace the asphalt pavement, waterproofing membrane and joints on the bridge and complete repairs to the supporting ...(more)

American Legion to Honor Those that Died with Service on Saturday

The American Legion will sponsor a Memorial Service paying tribute and honoring the men and women of our Armed Forces who died while engaged in combat, including the War on Terrorism. The service will be held at Faith Baptist Church on Saturday, May 26th at 1:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Holt Whitson, pastor at Halls Chapel Baptist Church. Memorial Day, once referred to as Decoration Day, ...(more)

Community News

Flags In at Arlington

Within four hours Thursday, soldiers placed flags in front of more than 228,000 headstones and at the bottom of about 7,000 niche rows in the cemetery’s Columbarium Courts and the Niche Wall. Arlington Cemetery Web Site            ...(more)

Summer Literacy Program at ATRC

There is still room for 4th and 5th graders from Yancey County in the Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center’s Summer Literacy Program.  Classes will occur one morning a week for 6 weeks during the summer break.  Participants will be selected on a first come first serve basis provided they meet the criteria described below. The Book Club/Pony Club program targets students in grades 4 and 5 ...(more)

Memorial Day Service Friday Evening at Mitchell Senior Center

A Memorial Day Service will be held Friday May 25th at 6:30 PM at the Mitchell County Senior Center in Ledger.  There will be patriotic music, audio visuals, Battlefield Cross with explanation, military flag display and a time to remember those who sacrificed their all for the cause of freedom. All veterans, their families and friends are invited! ...(more)

High Peaks Leads Two Hikes for National Trails Day June 2

Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2 by joining the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two hikes near Mt. Mitchell. A strenuous hike of 4.6 miles will climb 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob as hikers go from Mt. Mitchell Road off the Blue Ridge Parkway to Walker Knob Overlook. This hike will involve a climb of around 1,000 feet but offers tremendous views from the high ...(more)

School News

Historic House Dedicated on Mars Hill University Campus

A small cottage connected to one of Mars Hill University’s founding families was dedicated Thursday, May 24, 2018, following an extensive renovation. The building, known as the Carter-Humphrey Dependency because of its proximity and historical connection to the Carter-Humphrey Guest House, will be used as an additional guest house for visitors to the university.   Renovation began in ...(more)

Nine New Members Inducted Into Mars Hill University Honor Society for Adult Students

Mu Kappa Lambda, the Mars Hill University honor society for nontraditional and adult students, inducted nine new student members during a ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018. New members are: Jennifer Brooks of Weaverville, North Carolina Na Jimah Jones of Candler, North Carolina Kelly Maybin of Flat Rock, North Carolina Zachery Plemmons of Weaverville, North Carolina Tonya Ponder of Weaverville, ...(more)

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)

Business News

Mitchell County Business and Industry Appreciation Event

Tuesday evening, May 22nd Mitchell County EDC and Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce held a business and industry appreciation event at the Cross Street Commerce Center. Local business people mingled and enjoyed a meal, followed by remarks from Keynote Speaker  International Trade Manager Mrs. Elizabeth Isley and  Mitchell County Executive Director Dr, Michael Duvall and Executive Director ...(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)

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)