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Yancey Schools Annual Hearing Screening

Yancey County Schools will be conducting its annual hearing screening during the week of August 29th thru September 9th.  Students in the following grades will be screened:  Kindergarten thru fifth grade.  All other students will be screened only upon the request of the parent, new referrals to the Exceptional Children’s Program and upon request of special (more)

Mountain Heritage Sports Season Passes Available

Mountain Heritage Season Sports Passes are available with the following fee structure:

Family of four - $225.00
Individual - $100.00
Student - $75.00

For more information or to purchase a season pass contact Jennifer Toro at 682-6103.

American Red Cross Blood Drives in August (Details)

Ranger Programs for Week of August 29th (Details)

Yancey County Transportation Trip Schedule

Small Business Roundtable (Details)

Overdose Awareness Day Events

August 31st is international Overdose Awareness Day, a time to commemorate loved ones lost from accidental drug overdose. In North Carolina, drug overdose claims over 1100 lives each year and is on track to surpass motor vehicle fatalities by 2017. The majority of the overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl and almost all are preventable (more)

Make-up Day for Substitute Teacher Training in Mitchell County Schools

The make-up day for Substitue Teacher Training in Mitchell County will be Thursday September 1st at 1:00pm at the Mitchell County Board of Education.  This training is required for all returning substitute teachers in the Mitchell County School System.

Artists Grant Applications Available

The Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The program is conducted by the Arts Councils of the Asheville Area, the Toe River, and Madison County and coordinated by the Toe River Arts Council. Artists working in all disciplines are (more)

Simple Practices for A Healthier Life - Wellness Classes (more)


Spruce Pine Music in the Park (Details)

Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Programs (Details)

You Can't Take it With You at Parkway Playhouse

If you haven’t seen the play, you’ve likely heard the title. You Can’t Take it with You is perhaps one of the most widely produced and popular plays of our time. Moss Hart’s pulitzer winning play premiered on Broadway in 1936, and played for 838 performances. Parkway Playhouse is (more)

Tipton Hill Community Foundation Country Breakfast (Details)

Benefit for Melanie Shell September 3rd

Melanie was first diagnosed with cancer in December of 2012 and she fought a long hard battle which eventually lead to a negative result. She later on passed away. She had underwent treatments and surgeries with no positive results. She traveled back and forth from Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Atlanta, Georgia to seek treatment, and as everyone knows, it was definitely not cheap. So we (more)

Benefit to Honor Memory of Melanie Shell & Help Her Family

Melanie Shell was diagnosed with cancer in December of 2012.   After many treatments and surgeries at Cancer Treatment Centers of America with no positive results, she passed away on Monday August 15th.  A fundraiser to help her family with her medical bills and other expenses is planned for Saturday September 3rd beginning at 1:00pm at the Tipton Hill School Auditorium.  The event will include a car show from 1-3pm with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. Admission is $5 per car.  (**A raffle will take place later in the evening with prizes including gift certificates).  There will also be a cake walk for $1 per walk per person and  face painting for $1 per person.  Gospel singing will be held throughout the event.  Food will be served starting a 1:00pm with a meal consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, chips, chili, and many different condiments as well as dessert and drinks for $7 a plate.  A love offering will be taken up throughout the evening as well.

Dinner on the Square to Support Local Farmers

Long tables covered in white linen will line Main Street in downtown Burnsville, Sunday, Sept. 4, for the first Farm to Fork Dining on the Square event benefitting the agricultural nonprofit TRACTOR. The seated meal will consist of multiple courses prepared by White Falls Catering (more)

Mitchell County Schools Bus Driver Training

Mitchell County Schools will be having a Bus Driver Training on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 6th, 7th and 8th from 8:30am-2:30pm each day at the Mitchell County Board of Education in Ledger.  Please attend if you are interested in driving a bus or just being a substitute bus driver.  For more information call Becky Brannigan at 766-2220.

Carolina Mtn Literary Festival Features Top Writers

 The 11th annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival brings a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a former poet laureate and numerous award-winning writers to downtown Burnsville, Sept. 8-10. This year’s festival includes 28 authors and 50 free and ticketed events under the theme of “Journey (more)

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

As part of the North Carolina Humanities Council Pulitzer Initiative, the Carolina Mountains Literary festival welcomes David George Haskell, Pulitzer Prize finalist for his book The Forest Unseen. The annual festival is held in Burnsville September 8­-10, 2016. Haskell’s appearance is made possible by The North Carolina Humanities Council as part of Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words, a program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prizes in 2016 through Pulitzer’s Campfires Initiative. Journey Out Journey In is the theme for this year’s festival and covers stories of road trips and walks, journeys to self-discovery and identity, drawing from the literary wealth of our region. Festival director Kathy Weisfeld says, “All of this year’s authors take a journey. For example, David George Haskell journeyed most days to a square meter of old growth forest to search the layers to understand the nature of us all.“ In addition to Haskell’s Saturday night keynote, North Carolina’s former Poet Laureate (1997-2002) Fred Chappell will be giving the Friday night banquet talk. Chappell’s literary awards include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Prix de Meilleur des Livres Etrangers, the Bollingen Prize, and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Over 25 authors — 10 from the Asheville area — will give free readings and discussions as well four ticketed workshops. The Festival begins Thursday night with a free concert and presentation of “Wayfaring Strangers: Musical Journey from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia” with musicians and authors Doug and Darcy Orr. Joining them via audiotape from her home in Scotland is Fiona Ritchie, co-author and host of NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock." Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Burnsville, NC is on September 8­-10, 2016. The weekend includes four ticketed events: four ticketed writing workshops ($30), the Friday night banquet ($35) and Saturday’s keynote ($20). For a complete list of authors and events go to ********** The Carolina Mountain Literary Festival is a three-day event held annually in Burnsville, North Carolina. Our mission is to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. We are a festival of readers who appreciate discussing the ideas in literature.

AMY Wee Trade Fall & Winter Consignment Sale (Details)

AMY Wee Trade Sale (Details)

Youth Outright Meetings (Details)

Regional Rally for Recovery Sept 10th (Details)

Harris High School Classes of 1951 & 1953 Joint Reunion

The classes of 1951 and 1953 of Harris High School will hold a class reunion on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Spruce Pine United Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. until . . .
Class members should have received a letter about the reunion but in case some didn't please come if you can.  The church is located oh Highway 226 South of Spruce Pine, next door to the new Spruce Pine Town Hall.

Renfro Family Reunion

All descendants of Dock Dave Renfro and wife Delia Hughes Renfro and Dock Dave Renfro wife Hester Honeycutt Renfro are cordially invited to the Renfro Family Reunion. The reunion will be held at Spruce Pine's Brad Regan Park, Saturday September 10th from 12 noon until 4 pm at Shelter #3. Please bring a covered dish and comfortable lawn chair and join us for an afternoon of food, fun, fellowship and most importantly FAMILY. Please feel free to bring any family pictures or memorabilia to share.  For more information call (828) 460-1314.

Benowitz Exhibit at Arts Resource Center

From August 27 through September 10, 2016, the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine will display the photographic works of H. Allen Benowitz. This special two-week exhibition will catalogue his impressions from his travels in Nepal, Sri Lanki, Singapore, and Bhutan. Benowitz’s passion began as a child snapping pictures of friends. It evolved over the decades with divergent career paths (more)

H. Allen Benowitz Fine Art Photography Exhibit: Asia (Details)

3rd Annual Rollin' 'Neath the Roan Car Show (Details)

Rhododendron Cruisers 2016 Cruise-In Schedule (Details)

Taste of the Blue Ridge September 12th (Details)

9th Annual Taste of the Blue Ridge (Details)

Encore Performance of 'Nance Dude' and 'Coy'

For those of you who were disappointed you missed Elizabeth Westall's performance of “Nance Dude” on the big screen at the Yancey Theatre June 20th. Well we have good news for you. Due to the many requests for a second showing the Burnsville Little Theatre has scheduled a second performance for September 12th. 7:00pm. This Gary Carden monologue is one of Elizabeth's favorite roles. As an extra added attraction the BLT will present live on stage Milton Higgins in his one man show “Coy” also written by Gary Carden. You don't want miss this special night with Elizabeth and Milton two of this areas favorite performers. Proceeds from this BLT production will go to “Helping Hands” Of Yancey County an all volunteer organization that raises funds for local charities. There will be no ticket sales for this event but your donations to this worthy cause will be greatly appreciated. For more information call 682-2609.

25th Annual Overmountain Victory Celebration (Details)

12th bi-annual Pensacola Community Reunion "Coming Home 2016"

The 12th bi-annual Pensacola Community Reunion “Coming Home 2016” has been rescheduled for Saturday September 17th. The Pensacola Community Reunion which began 24 years ago in 1992 and has proven to be be a favorite gathering for past and present residents. This years reunion will feature a BBQ lunch, videos of past reunions, pictures, and lots of memorabillia. Final plans for this years event are not yet completed and will be announced at a later date. Mark your calendars for September 17th and make plans to attend “Coming Home 2016” renew old friendships share memories and just have fun. For more information call 682-2609

10th Annual Newland School Reunion

The 10th Annual Newland School Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 17th at the Rock Gym in Newland.  Doors Open at 1:30 p.m.  At 2:30 p.m. there will be a short program, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing.  Snacks and drinks will be available.  Newland High and Newland Elementary were together until 1968.  This reunion is not just for folks who graduated from Newland, it is for anyone who ever attended, taught or worked there, or had family or friends there.  Please come out and enjoy the reunion.  Everyone is welcome!

Two Exhibits at Spruce Pine TRAC

Join Robin Martindale and H. Allen Benowitz at their combined receptions for their exhibits at the Spruce Pine TRAC facility on Friday, August 26 from 5 to 7PM. Martindale’s sculpture will be on display through September 17; Benowitz’ photography exhibited upstairs in the Arts Resource (more)

Exhibit at Spruce Pine Gallery

The Toe River Arts Council’s Spruce Pine Gallery is pleased to host “My Other Self” a one-woman exhibition by Robin Martindale from August 20 through September 17, 2016. A reception is planned for Friday, August 26 from 5 to 7 pm. Martindale’s work is sculptural in design, experientially meditative in perception and as colorful as a box of crayons. Her pieces vary in size (more)

Mayland Honey Tasting Contest

Help select the BEST TASTING HONEY from Mitchell, Avery & Yancey Counties for 2016! Wednesday, Sept. 21st 6-8pm at the Spoon Cocktail Lounge located at 118 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine, NC.  Sample local honey and cast your vote on the taste that wows you the most. It will be a tough decision as authentic honey flavors are as unique as wines. Winning honey will go on to represent our region in the International Black Jar contest in Asheville. This event is a fundraiser for the Toe Cane Beekeeper's Association. Attendance is free—a donation of $10 is requested to be a judge. Also, enjoy a silent auction and other honey bee delights. Drop by anytime between 6-8pm, just give yourself enough time to taste, bid, vote and enjoy artisanal cocktails & more from Spoon. Contact Leigh Knott at or 678-0329 if you have questions, want to enter your honey, or would like to donate. Toe Cane Beekeepers Facebook Page: Event on Facebook:

Hot Club of Spruce Pine II: Evening of Swing Jazz (Details)

Got Drugs? Turn in Unused or Expired (more)

2nd Annual Indian Summer Dinner Buffet & Auction (Details)

Tour of Comprehensive Care Center

The Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force is sponsoring a tour of the Comprehensive Care Center in Asheville on September 26. The C3356 at 356 Biltmore Avenue provides crisis intervention, response, and stabilization services.  At one location and under one roof, individuals and families can access crisis prevention, intervention, stabilization, and response services (more)

Cancer Challenge Golf Tournament 9/27 (Details)

Yancey History Museum Presents Our Musical Heritage July 1st - Sept. 30th (more)


OCTOBERFEST will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at 20 Summit Street, Burnsville, NC, Saturday, October 8th from 4:30pm - 7:00pm.  Cost is Adults $10.00
Children $5.00 (under 5 yrs. FREE). Menu consists of Brats, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage Slaw, German Potato Salad, Dessert, Tea and Cider.  There will also be Door Prizes (**and 50/50 Drawing).

Trip to Lancaster, PA & Amish Country

The Yancey Senior Center's next exciting bus tour will be October 23 - 29 to Pennsylvania.  The price is $645.00 per person which includes motorcoach transportation; 6 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in the Lancaster area; 11 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners; SAMSON Show at the Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre; tour of Gettysburg National Park; Visit to Hershey, PA; luncheon cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia; visit to Kitchen Kettle Village and a guided tour of Lancaster.  Down payment is $75.00 to reserve your seat and is due upon signing.  Don't miss this once in a lifetime trip!  For more info, please call Vivian Hollifield or Teresa McPeters at 682-6011.

Free Look Good Feel Better Program for Cancer Patients

Mitchell County Historical Society 2016 Schedule of Events (Details)

Upstairs Guided Tours of Cone Manor (Details)

Cone Manor Open House (Details)

Yancey Hospice Volunteer Training

Yancey Hospice will have volunteer orientation on Sept. 12 & 15.  Volunteers are needed to provide companionship to patients and respite to caregivers.  A visit to a hospice patient is simply spending your time listening to their wonderful life stories, holding their hand, reading to them, but mainly being a friend.  You may also be helping an exhausted caregiver take a break to run errands or keep their own medical appts.  No personal care is involved.  We need both male and female volunteers.  To register for orientation please call Angie Higgins, Director of Volunteer Programs at 682-9675 or email at

Sons of Confederate Veterans Meeting

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Col. John B. Palmer Camp #1946 meets at 6:30pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Burnsville Town Center.

Full Gospel Food Pantry for Those In Need

The Full Gospel Food Pantry at South Toe Old Presbyterian Church will be open on Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm for those in need of food.  South Toe Old Presbyterian Church is located just past South Toe School Road. For more information call 284-0375. The Full Gospel Food Pantry is asking for monetary dontations to help them buy the food from Manna Food Bank to help them feed hungry people in Yancey County.  Churches and individuals wishing to help with funding may send donations to Donna Randolph, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1832, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Mitchell Chapter 58 D.A.V. Meetings

The Mitchell County Chapter 58 of the Disabled American Veterans meets on the first Thursday of each month at the School Administration Building in Ledger.  Meal is served at 5:30pm and the meeting starts at 6:00pm.  All disabled veterans and their spouses are invited.  If you have any questions call Dennis or Connie King at (828) 765-1441.

Food Ministry for the Needy of All Counties

 Paint Gap Baptist Church is doing a food ministry for the needy.  The only requirement is that you or someone you know needs food.  All counties are welcome.  Please call ahead for pickup time at 828-689-4841 or 828-206-4841.

Support Group Meetings (Details)

Survivors of Suicide Loss Meeting

Survivors of suicide loss meet at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month in the parlor of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church. Call Jodie at 688-5851 for additional information. 

Free Learning Lab at Mayland's Yancey Campus

Earn your GED, prepare for college, and improve your reading, writing and math skills all for free at Mayland Community College's Learning Lab offered at the Mayland's Yancey Campus Monday and Wednesday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 8:00pm.  For more information call 682-2154. 

Cleaning for a Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing chemotherapy, please pass the word that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - once per month for 4 months while she is in treatment. (more)

Needs at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care

Brookside Rehabilitation and Care is in need of lap blankets and homemade quilts for their residents. If you are interested in donating new or gently used quilts please contact Derek Freeman at Brookside at 828-682-9759.  (more)

Volunteer with Cancer Resource Alliance *

The Cancer Resource Alliance works on behalf of community cancer patients to support them in their cancer journey through complementary medicine services like massage, healing arts exercises, and one on one support and they're looking for volunteers. (more)

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group

 "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren", an educational and support group will meet the third Tuesday of each month at 1:00p.m. at the Yancey County Senior Center, 10 Swiss Avenue. Call 682-6011 for more information. (more)

Addiction Counseling

For families in need of drug and alcohol addiction counseling, Narconon Arrowhead can help. Narconon offers free counseling, assessments, and referrals to centers nationwide. Please call toll-free 1-800-468-6933 or log onto their website at  

Mountain Regional Medical Corps Needs Volunteers

The Mountain Regional Medical Reserve Corps is seeking active and retired physicians, nurses, pharmacists and support staff who are interested in health issues to volunteer for local and state emergencies, disasters, and public health events. (more)

Habitat for Humanity Needs Volunteers

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers for its Habitat Store in Spruce Pine, 4 to 8 hours a day, 1 to 5 days a week.  The days needed are Tuesday through Saturday.  Anyone retired, out of work, school or college students can volunteer.  (more)

Dog Park Available Free to Pet Owners

The Yancey County Humane Society offers a beautiful community dog park at the Animal Shelter off Cane River School Road.  (more)

Mayland Offers Free Basic Skill Classes

Mayland Community College’s Basic Skills program offers adults help in improving their reading, writing, and math skills as well as preparing students to complete the requirements to earn their GED. (more)

Weekday Schedule at Mitchell Senior Center

Lunch is served every weekday at 11:30am.  There is no charge for persons 60 and over: contributions are accepted. Exercise class is held ever Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30am-11:15am: led by a trained instructor from the Physical Therapy Department of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Bingo is played every Monday at 10:00am. (more)

Local History Resource Available

Genealogists, historians, students, teachers and anyone interested in local history in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties will now be able to access bibliographic information about the holdings in the Lloyd Bailey Annex in Burnsville through the AMY Regional Library online public access catalog.  (more)

How You Can Help Save a Life

Narconon Arrowhead is saving lives, reuniting families, and making stronger communities through effective drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn how and why a person becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol and what you can do to help, log on to or call 800-468-6933 to receive free counseling, referrals and assessments. Stop the cycle of addiction today! 

WAMY Community Action Looking for Testimonials

WAMY Community Action is searching for former customers and staff of their non-profit agency. Have you ever participated in any of WAMY’s many different programs? (more)

Mitchell Senior Center

The Mitchell Senior Center needs substitute volunteers for all routes, but for the Bakersville area especially. Substitutes are people who are willing for them to call at the last minute when they need someone to deliver meals. (more)

Shriner's Hospitals

Children with serious medical problems face many challenges in life. That's why Shriner's Hospitals for Children offers help and hope by providing world-class medical care to kids with orthopedic, spinal cord or burn injury problems, totally free (more)

Help for Starting or Expanding a Small Business

Are you interested in starting or expanding a small business?  If so, then W. A. M. Y. Community Action, Inc. may be able to help with funding or other assistance. (more)

Fair Housing is the Law in North Carolina

Fair Housing is the law in North Carolina.  If you feel that you have been discriminated against in housing because of your race, color, sex, religion, national origin, handicap, or family status you have options. (more)

Community Service Workers Available to Non-Profits

The North Carolina Department of Corrections Community Service Program is seeking non-profit agencies who would like to be considered for placement of court-ordered persons to work off community service hours at their location.  (more)

Spruce Pine Kiwanis Club Meeting

For 50 years, the Kiwanis Club of Spruce Pine has been actively involved in projects that make our community a great place to work and live.  They focus on providing services to help children and youth, funded by conducting events such as fish fries and golf tournaments.  (more)

SafePlace Fresh Start Program

SafePlace is working with local agencies to improve lives of the underemployed and homemakers who have lost financial support through divorce or death of a parent or spouse through their Fresh Start Program.  (more)

Domestic Violence Support Groups

Mitchell County Safeplace has a support group for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault.  If you'd like more information call 765-4044. The Family Violence Coalition of Yancey County offers a support group for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.  For information about this group call 682-0056.

Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteers

The Yancey County Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver meals to Yancey County shut-ins, any weekday from 10:30am-noon.  If you'd like to volunteer, call the Yancey County Senior Center at 682-6011.

Health Department's 5 R's of Rabies Prevention

The Mitchell County Health Department encourages everyone to practice "Responsible Pet Ownership" by following the 5 R's of rabies prevention. (1) Rabies Vaccination...have your dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies and keep their vaccination up to date. (2) Remove food from your items left outside will attract wild (more)

To Tutor or Be Tutored

The Yancey County Literacy council is a non-profit organization that gives free one-on-one tutoring to both children and adults.  If you need a tutor or would like to become a tutor with the Yancey Literacy Council call 678-9646 for more information.

Breast Feeding Support

 The Yancey Health Department and WIC Program provide breastfeeding education and support to all women in Yancey County regardless of income.  Breastfeeding counselors are available 24 hours a day to offer one-on-one assistance before and after pregnancy.  This service is made possible through funding from Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for .........

Heritage Adult Day Retreat

 Need help caring for your loved one? Call Heritage Adult Day Retreat at 682-1556.  They're open Monday through Friday 7:30am-5:30pm.  They provide assistance with medications and personal care, social activities, a registered nurse on staff...and transportation and financial assistance is available.  They're located on Highway 19E at Riverside.

Facts About Blood Donaton

* Every 2 seconds in the U.S. someone needs a blood transfusion. * By donating blood regularly, we can be assured blood will be available for an emergency.  * It takes about an hour to give blood (The actual amount of time the needle is in the donors arm is approximately 10 minutes).  * Only 5% of the medically eligible population is willing  to....

Reach to Recovery

Have you just been diagnosed with breast cancer? Do you have questions about recovery, a prosthesis, or reconstructive surgery? Do you need someone to talk to? Reach to Recovery is a peer support program aimed at women who have been newly diagnosed or just treated for breast cancer that helps to answer these questions. If you or a loved one ......

Yancey Meals on Wheels needs Volunteers

The Yancey County Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver meals to Yancey County shut-ins, any weekday from 10:30 am to noon. If you would like to volunteer, call the Yancey County Senior Center at 682-6011.