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High school was a time for discovery for Stephen Pritchard. The2007 Mitchell High School graduate discovered the world of business as a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and never looked back. On May 7, Pritchard will share some of that journey with the 2015 MHS Academic Letter Scholars during the Academic Letter Ceremony of Excellence. (more)
Parkway Playhouse’s 69th Mainstage season will open on May 2, with the quirky and eccentric screwball comedy The Quiltmaker, written by Abingdon, Virginia based playwright Catherine Bush. Performances are all at Parkway Playhouse’s historic venue located at at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville, North Carolina; a mountain community located north of Asheville. (more)
Gouge Elementary School will be hosting My School Color Run on May 30th. This is a 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. This course goes through the town of Bakersville. Registration will begin at 9am and the 5K will begin at 10amfollowed by the Fun Run. Throughout the course, (more)
The Yancey County Senior Center is sponsoring another fabulous trip available to all people ages 18 and over. The trip is to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota. The cost is $945.00 per person and will be from July 10 through July 20, 2015. Deposits of $75.00 per person is due by May 3 and remainder is due by May 31. This trip includes motorcoach transportation; 10 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in South Dakota; 18 meals - 10 Breakfasts and 8 Dinners; Tour of Wildlife Loop Rd. at Custer State Park; Visit to Wall Drug Store and Borglum Historical Center; Admission to the Unique Journey Museum; Guided tour of Deadwood; Visit to the amazing Crazy Horse Memorial; Visit to the spectacular Badlands National Park; Visit to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial PLUS the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN; Des Moines Botanical Center; Corn Palace; the Iowa State Historical Museum and the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity! The bus is already getting filled up - call to reserve your seat at 682-6011 NOW!
Yancey and Mitchell County Head Start is now accepting applications for children who are or will be 3 before September 1st up to Kindergarten. For Mitchell please call Courtney at 828-688-2199 ext. 17 and for Yancey call Casie, Holly or Sally at 828-682-6668 to set up an appointment or come by Head Start on Indian Trail.
Parkway Playhouse, Burnsville’s award-winning theatre company, is set to open its 69th Season. Over 50 performances that range from performances by and for students in the popular Parkway Playhouse Junior education program; to high-energy musical comedies; to a stirring homage to a hometown musical inspiration; to classics of the world stage. Also in 2015, Parkway Playhouse will (more)
A community vigil calling for full LGBT equality will take place on April 27 at 5:30pm until 6:30pm at the Bakersville Creek Walk Pavilion. The vigil is a call for equal protection under the law for LGBT individuals and families. Similar vigils will take place across the country as the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in marriage equality cases on April 28. These cases will (more)
The Burnsville Little Theatre Classic Film Club has selected “From Here To Eternity” as the next offering in their series of films from Hollywood's “Golden Years” Monday April 27th at 7:00pm at the Yancey Theatre. This classic Film, winner of eight Academy Awards including best picture for 1953, stars Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra. The movie is based on James Jones 1952 National Book Award winner and is set against the backdrop of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941.
The BLT Classic Film Club meets once a month at the Yancey Theatre to view and discuss those wonderful movies from the past and the stars that made them great. Everyone is invited to join with the BLT film club to step back in time and enjoy an evening of classic film entertainment. There are no ticket sales for these events but your donations are greatly appreciated and help the 75 year old Yancey Theatre remain open. If you would like to be added to the club's email list and receive information on upcoming films or to offer suggestions send your email address firstname.lastname@example.org or call 682-2609 and we'll see you at the movies. (view trailer)
Parkway Playhouse will hold a class for those wishing to volunteer for usher at performances this summer on April 29 at 4:30pm. The session will be about 60 minutes long and will be held at Parkway Playhouse located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville, NC. For more information please call 828-682-4285. Parkway Playhouse ushers arrive with the cast and crew and join in (more)
Yancey County Cooperative Extension and Dig In! Yancey Community Garden Shared-Use Equipment Demonstration Day will be held Thursday April 30th at 4:00pm at Dig In! Yancey Community Garden on Bolens Creek with a rain date of Thursday, May 7th at 4:00pm. There will be a field demonstration of available shared-use equipment, demonstrating how to use equipment available to rent through Yancey Cooperative Extension that is suitable for gardens and family farms. Equipment that will be demonstrated includes: Plasticulture implements (bedding machine) BCS walk-behind tractor with rotavator, rotary plow and flail mower Mobile irrigation system. DigIn! uses several different bedding systems to grow diverse vegetables. These include a raised bed system with natural mulch, landscape fabric, and black plastic mulch. Irrigation will be set-up on the majority of these beds. They will demonstrate how to prepare and create these different bedding systems that are irrigated with the mobile irrigation system and will also demonstrate the use of their BCS walk-behind tractor. This machine is capable of plowing, tilling, mowing, shaping raised beds and much more. It is better suited to large garden situations or small-scale commercial farming. The diversity of implements offered for this machine is what makes it such a useful tool which can be customized to fit individual farm needs. DigIn! Community Garden will offer a tour of the garden before the demo day beginning at 3:30pm. The tour will cover sustainable agricultural practices and design models of the garden. There is no charge for this event, however, registration is required so that they can properly plan. To register, please contact the Yancey County Extension Center at 828-682-6186.
On Sunday, February 15th, the South Toe Elementary School entrance sign was destroyed by a tremendous wind storm. The damage was irreparable, leaving the school without a proper marker to guide visitors or without a visual venue to share important information with parents and (more)
With Spring advancing up to Yancey County’s higher elevations, the NC High Peaks Trail Association will lead a hike over 6,320-foot Blackstock Knob on May 2. This difficult trek of 5 miles will include a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet, some of it over rough rock steps that can be slippery if wet. Hikers should assemble in the parking lot near the Rose’s store in (more)
Everyone is invited to the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Saturday May 2nd from 10:00am-2:00pm on the Town Square in Burnsville, NC. Ethnic music, tamales, tacos, pinatas for the kids, and great family fun. Free and open to the public. All proceeds will be donated to charities.
The 4th Annual Lisa Haney School Bus Drivers Scholarship Fundraiser Cruise In will be held Saturday May 2 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Mountain Heritage High School. (Rain Date May 9). The Yancey County School Bus Driver's host a Cruise In to raise money to award a Scholarship to a Mountain Heritage Senior attending college. All makes and models of cars - trucks - dune buggies - motorcycles - mud trucks - race cars - etc. are welcome. Sports Cars, Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, Cruise In, Tuner and Sport Compact, Exotics, Low Rider, Motorcycles, you name it. Bring a toy & help fill a "Bus" for the annual toy run. Bring your friend & enter the "Horse Shoe Tournament". Have something to sell, bring it! Vendor $20 per spot. Cake auction! Gift Basket Auction! 50/50! Bring your family & have "Lunch with us & Bubba's Goodeats". For more information call Travis at 284-8855, Angie at 208-5047, or Annette at 284-3102.
Burnsville’s Mountain Air Country Club has been described by Links magazine as “one of the most dramatic and naturally conceived courses in the country.” It is now living up to its reputation by partnering with the historic Parkway Playhouse to hold a Golf Tournament on Saturday May 2, 2015. Registration will take place from 11:30 to 1:00 followed by a shot gun (more)
Come enjoy a good meal and support Yancey County Relay for Life, for “TIP NIGHT” at the Western Sizzlin Steak House in Burnsville. Tuesday, May 5th, from 4-9pm. The Bald Creek & Pensacola United Methodist churches Relay Team will be waiting tables in support of cancer awareness and fundraising for their team. All tips donated will go towards Yancey County Relay for Life. The 2015 Yancey County Relay for Life will be on Friday, June 19th from 6-12 midnight at Mountain Heritage High School. For more information or to register a team go to www.relayforlife.org/yanceync. You many also contact local Community Manager, Sandra Dennison at 828-342-4931, or email@example.com.
Family, friends, and the community at large are invited to join the students of
Tri-County Christian School (207 Pinebridge Avenue, Spruce Pine)on Friday evening, May 8th @ 7:00 pm as they present Tapestry of Praise. Tapestry of Praise is a musical showcase of individual, as well as group acts, which display the unique gifting of students ranging from 6-18 years of age. Throughout the program there will be reminders of the awesome handiwork of our Creator, as the students offer up all that they have for the glory of the One who made them! Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken to help support the ministry of TCCS.
There will be a Benefit for Caitlin Carroll held Saturday May 9th from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the Burnsville Town Center. Caitlin is a freshman at Mountain Heritage and suffers from Leukemia. She has been in and out of the hospital several times since December and is currently taking Chemo. So please join Mountain Heritage High and surrounding churches and businesses and friends as they join together to help one of their own. They will be selling BBQ from Bubbas for $10 for adults and $5 for children, and will have face painting, a silent auction and live entertainment. The entertainment will include the Mountain Heritage Show Choir,M-Y County Line, Dylan Wilson, John Stallings, and The Narrow Way Quartet will be reuniting for this special little girl. There will be a love offering taken. For more information call 682-9445.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 16 and prepare for a fun day in Burnsville. For the 9th year in a row, the Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild sponsor the Plein Air Paint Out. Anyone who paints or draws is invited to participate. Following an early morning (more)
How do you get the word out about your nonprofit organization? Do you know how to write compelling press releases? Do you have an up-to-date website, a communications plan and a consistent message? If not, you are probably not reaching the people who will help you in your efforts, either with volunteer time or good will or financial contributions. WNC Nonprofit Pathways will present(more)
An exciting new venture has been formed between the Yancey Humane Society and Mountain Heritage Cross Country Team. This venture is the 2015 YHS Hound Hustle & Cougar Country 5K. On May 23, 2015, the groups will join together to bring to our community a professionally (more)
It happens twice a year. And folks from all over the southeast look forward to it—the Toe River Studio Tour—the first weekend in June, the first weekend in December. This year’s June tour will be the 5th through the 7th with 100 artists and galleries opening (more)
Deyton Elementary School in Spruce Pine will hold a Color Run on Friday, May 22. The event will last from 5:00pm-8:00pm, with the 1.5 mile run/walk beginning at 6:00pm. Participants will be doused with colored powder several times throughout this fun and non-competitive run. In addition to the run, there will be food and lots of fun on the school playground. Registration is $20.00 per participant before May 7th and includes a race t-shirt. After May 7th, the price increases to $25 per participant and race t-shirts are not guaranteed. Registration may be completed online at www.deytonmscr.eventbrite.com or a paper registration can be found under the school information tab on our school website and returned to the school office. If you are unable to participate but would still like to help, you may sponsor a child in the race. This event is open to the entire community. All proceeds from this race will help our school to purchase new playground equipment. For more information please visit our Deyton Color Run Facebook page or contact Jennifer Gregory at 765-2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new exhibition, “Qualla Arts and Crafts: Tradition and Innovation” organized by Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, is now through May 29th at the Rural Heritage Museum of Mars Hill University. This is the first venue of this travelling exhibition. It will (more)
This year, Gouge Elementary School will be hosting their own school color run! This is an exciting new program that will help create awareness for healthy living, raise money for their play ground, and is sure to be fun for all! The Gouge Elementary School Color Run will be held Saturday May 30th from 10:00am-1:00pm at Gouge Elementary School, located at 134 Laurel Street in Bakersville. Entry fee is $25. For more information call Victoria Justice or Misty Hughes at 828-766-2260 or email Victoria Justice at email@example.com. Please join them for the 5k run or 1 mile fun walk.
The Harris High School Class of 1965 "50 Year" Reunion will be held Saturday May 30th from 1:00pm-6:00pm in the new Spruce Pine Fire Department on Willis Street in Spruce Pine. There will be no charge but donations are appreciated and can be sent to Peggy Biddix Riddle, Paul Pritchard, or Kay Ellis Pollard. For more information call 765-7960 or (828)724-9671 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 31st Annual Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday July 25th through Sunday August 2nd on the grounds of Parkway Fire and Rescue, located at 12966 South Highway 226 South, with 60 vendors from all over the world. Anything that can be made from stones is probably there. Jewelry, gemstones, mineral specimens, fossils, and more are waiting to be found. For more information call 765-5519 or email Donna Collis at email@example.com.
Plans are being made for the East Yancey High School Class of 1965's 50-Year Class Reunion on Saturday, October 17th at the Town Center in Burnsville. Postcards were sent out the last of February. If you didn't get one, please contact us. Call 336-993-3431 or contact us at our email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out our Facebook pace "EYHS Class of 1965 Reunion". If you attended during years 1961-1965 and would have graduated with the class of 1965, but didn't due to moving away, family circumstances, illness, etc., you are welcome, just contact us.
The American Cancer Society's Community Health Advisor Program reminds woment that early detection saves lives, and is offering free and easy mamograms. For the woman who does so much for so many...it's time to do something for you. Schedule a mammogram today. For those women who are 40+, uninsured or under-insured, financial assistance is available, we can help. For more information call Kathlene Stith at 828-284-2088 or email Kathlene.Stith@cancer.org.
Yancey County DSS will be offering Foster Parent Classes on an "as requested" basis. The time and day can be flexible. It can be during the day or evening, whatever will fit your schedule. There is no fee for the classes. Check out our Facebook page at Yancey County Department of Social Services Foster Care Program for more information on fostering. Contact Cindy Ledford at 682-2470 ext. 1029, if you are interested in becoming a foster/adoptive parent for Yancey County DSS or if you have any questions.
The Yancey County Humane Society is offering Yancey County residents Free cat/kitten spay/neuter surgeries. This includes rabies vaccination (if needed). Call the animal shelter at 682-9510 for more information. Additional information is also available at the Yancey Humane Society's Barkin' Basement Resale Shop on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am - 3:00pm during store donation drop-off and sale hours.
Coffee and Conversations, a support group for anyone who has lost a loved one, meets from 5:30 until 6:30 PM on the first and third Tuesday of each month at Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge (Formerly known as Hospice of Mitchell County). All are welcome. Speak with Ruthie Styles, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, for more information at 765-5677.
The Town of Burnsville's Design Review Committee has established a schedule for it's regular meetings as follows: all regular meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm at the Burnsville Town Hall.
Penland School of Crafts will host an auction of student and instructor work onThursday, April 30 at 8:00 PM at the Northlight building on the Penland campus in Mitchell County. The auction will feature student and instructor work in clay, glass, metals, books, wood, and other media. No admission charged. For directions and a map visit www.penland.org. For more information, call 828-765-2359.
The Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity Re-Store needs your donations! You can donate anything: building supplies, furniture, books, household items of all kinds, you may even donate clothing. All clothing donations should be placed into the new clothing box in the front of the Re-Store building. Habitat will even pick up donations. Call Misty Evans at 766-9000 for more information. Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity Re-Store is located on Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine. Remember all donations are tax deductible.
A Bingo fundraiser will be held at Tipton Hill School on the 2nd and 4th Saturday night of every month at 6:00pm. The fundraiser is sponsored by and supports the Tipton Hill Community Foundation and Bradshaw Fire Department and they invited everyone to join them for good fun, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.
Compassionate Friends, a support group for those who are recovering from the death of a child meets on the second Monday of each month at First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. For more information please call 766-8083.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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", 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)
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 www.stopaddiction.com.
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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 www.stopaddiction.com or call 800-468-6933 to receive free counseling, referrals and assessments. Stop the cycle of addiction today!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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.
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.
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 yard...food items left outside will attract wild (more)
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.
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 .........
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.
* 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....
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 ......
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.
W.A.M.Y. Community Action's Micro-Loan Program is established for women, minorities, low-income entrepreneurs, small business owners or other interested persons. Contact Catherine Bare in the Boone office at (828)264-2421 or David Wiseman in the Burnsville office at (828)682-6618 ext. 15, or in the Spruce Pine office 828-766-9150.