Parkway Playhouse Box Office Open

The Box Office at the historic Parkway Playhouse has opened for the 2014 Parkway Playhouse Season, which runs from April through the end of September and includes 6 Mainstage productions, several classes and camps for students and youth, and 3 productions presented by the students from Parkway Playhouse Jr.   Box Office hours at Parkway Playhouse for 2014 are Thursdays, (more)

Drug Take Back Day April 26th


High Peaks Tackles Jump-off Gap April 19

For an unusual view of the northernmost section of the Black Mountains, join the High Peaks Trail Association for a hike to Jump-off Gap on April 19. This 8-mile hike is rated as difficult, with a climb and descent of more than 1,000 feet. Hikers should assemble at the Burnsville Town Square at 8:30 a.m. The group will carpool to the trail head. Leashed dogs are welcome. Bring lunch, plenty of water, rain gear and warm clothes. Be sure to check the club’s website,, or Facebook page for last-minute changes due to weather. For more information, contact hike leader Dennis Smith at 675-9459

Yancey Humane Rabies Clinic April 26

The Yancey Humane Society will hold a rabies clinic Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 962 Cane River School Road. Cost of the vaccination will be $8.00 per pet. These are one year vaccinations. Kittens and puppies must be a minimum of 12 weeks old to be vaccinated and vaccination is required by NC law by 4 months of age. Failure to (more)

April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Yancey County Department of Social Services encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Yancey County a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s (more)

Blacksmith Festival in Spruce Pine April 26th (more)

MCHS Season Opener - Gaylord Perry!

After a long winter's nap, the Mitchell County Historical Society is back in the ballgame with a big Season Opener! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 26 for a fun day of baseball games and a Double Header Evening -  a very special program and auction featuring Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, then a showing of everyone's favorite baseball movie Field of (more)

Mitchell Chamber To Host Primary Candidates Forum

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates’ forum on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville, NC. All candidates seeking office in the District have been invited to attend.  Those seeking the offices of the NC State District Attorney Judicial District 24, the NC State Senate District 47, the NC House of Representatives (more)

Vote for Dig In! Yancey Community Garden

Dig In! Yancey Community Garden has entered the Seeds of Change Grant Program in hopes of receiving $20,000 for its mission. There are two phases in the grant process: public voting and final judging. The public voting has begun and continues until April 21. After that, only the top 50 applications that receive the most votes will move on to the final judging phase. On May 5, Seeds (more)

New Playground Opens, East Egg Hunt April 19

Springer Speaks to Spruce Pine Rotary

On Thursday, March 13, members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine received a very informative program, provided by Assistant District Attorney, Britt Springer, from Boone, who was introduced by Rotarian Bill Sweetser. She spoke of her office’s efforts to reach the youth of Mitchell County, as well as those of Avery, Madison, Watauga, and Yancey counties. As the chief prosecutor, (more)

New Artists, New Exhibit at TRAC Gallery

A new exhibition is opening up at the TRAC Burnsville Gallery on April 5. Some of the artists you may know, most of them not. But all are accomplished in their art. The Toe River Arts Council has accepted 12 new artists into their Burnsville and Spruce Pine gift shops. (more)

Civil War Era Weapon Donated to Yancey History Museum

Palma L. Bennett, left, of Hendersonville, is a native of Yancey County and the great grandson of Civil War veteran Samuel Bennett. Last week he presented The Rush Wray Museum in Burnsville with a 32 caliber flintlock rifle owned by his great grandfather to be displayed by the (more)

Helping Preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway

On Thursday, March 6, at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine, Rusty Painter, Land Protection Director for the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, shared information about this Raleigh-based non-profit organization. He was a guest of Rotarian Bill Carson of the Orchard (more)

Resolving Conflict Workshop

"Resolving Everyday Conflict" is coming to Burnsville!!  What is Resolving Everyday Conflict?  It is an eight-week DVD study that unpacks the amazing things the Bible has to say about conflict and relationships.  Throughout this study, you will find the powerful and practical answers you are looking for as you dig into topics such as:  when to overlook an offense, (more)

Field Trip to Train Shop

Toe River T-Trak took a field trip to The Train Shop in Marion to explore details available commercially to model train builders.  Student members of the club and their families went along with members of the Toe River Model Railroaders, the mentors who make (more)

Parkway Playhouse 68th Season Lineup

Burnsville’s legendary Parkway Playhouse’s 68th Season is a lineup of plays and musicals that include classics, comedies, premieres of NC classics, and  a wild swashbuckling adventure; all to take place in the the historic Parkway Playhouse theatre building located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville.  Artistic Director, Andrew Gall, announced six productions, two of (more)

Grand Ole Opry Comes to Burnsville (Details)

TRAC Arts Apprentice Program Gets Underway

Through grants from the Yancey Fund and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Toe River Arts Council is offering nine young adults in our two counties an opportunity to learn the “back end” of the art world while being paid to participate. (more)

Project Challenge Partners With MCC

Pictured from left to right are Project Challenge of NC Bookkeeping Assistant Donna Laws, MCC Recruiter Joyce Boone, Data Entry Specialist Marsha Gardner, Chief Financial Administrator Linda Zulfer, and Office Assistant Lib Randolph accepting the "Partner-in (more)

Local Musician Barry Stagg Performs

On Thursday, Feb. 27, musician and playwright, Barry Stagg, was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine. He sang his program stating "my music is my journey." Barry is originally from Montreal, Canada and lives in Spruce Pine with his wife, Dr. Barbara King Stagg. (more)

Confederate Railroad in Burnsville April 25th!

150th Commemorative Battle of Burnsville & Civil War Re-enactment (more)

Penland Kids Camp

Warm summer days will be here before you know it!  So start imagining the fun because Kids Camp at Penland School of Crafts is going to be art-rageous with camps like Out of this World! with Christine Henry, Jumpin Jax!: Music from Around the World with True Kelly, and Let’s Make (more)

Fund for Mitchell County Celebrates 15th Year

There was green all around at the St. Patrick’s celebration kick-off of the Fund for Mitchell County’s 15th anniversary year.  Green auctions items, which brought in green to enrich the Fund; green food, and Irish music by Patrick and Cathy Sky all enhanced the festivities, which (more)
Brooke and Adam Burleson with Holland

5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run for Down Syndrome Awareness

A 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run for Down Syndrome Awareness. Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 @8:00AM, Riverside Park 200 E Tappan Street Spruce Pine, NC  28777. The story behind the race written by Adam Burleson :5 months into our pregnancy my wife and I received a test result stating that there was a 99% chance our baby girl would be (more)

Spruce Pine Housing Partners With MCC

The Spruce Pine Housing Authority is participating in Mayland Community College’s Adult Education/GED® program Partner-in Education and Employment Program. The College appreciates the dedication and professional partnership developed between the Spruce Pine  (more)

BRRH Dietitian Describes New Program to Rotary

Pictured is Rotarian Bill Carson presenting the locally handmade Rotary mug to Sydeena Isaacs. On January 30 members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine received an excellent program provided by Sydeena Isaacs, Clinical Dietician of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, who was introduced by Rotarian Oscar Weinmeister. A graduate of Appalachian State University (Go Mountaineers!), Sydeena holds a (more)

First International Dark Sky Park in the Southeast U.S. Designated

The Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina have stood as silent witnesses to the un-interrupted, nightly rain of starlight for nearly a half-billion years, but artificial light now threatens this nightly show. In honor of notable local efforts to preserve the natural nighttime landscape (more)

TRAC Announces Grant Recipients

The Asheville Area Arts Council, the Madison County Arts Council, and the Toe River Arts Council are pleased to announce the 2013/2014 Regional Artist Project Grant recipients. The Regional Artist Project Grant is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The selection (more)