The Nonprofit Leaders Guide to Planning and Action

Nonprofit organizations are continually faced with questions, “Are we doing the right thing?  Will this event or that program be consistent with our mission?  What should we be focused on in the short term to get to our long-term goals?  What are our long-term goals?” Consultant Judy Futch is an expert in helping nonprofits assess their goals and plan for the (more)

Mitchell County Historical Society Document Scanning

The Mitchell County Historical Society has begun scheduling its Scanning Days for the beginning of the new year.   (We will have others later in the year.) We will be happy to scan your pictures, documents, letters, maps, by computer scanner, so you will have an electronic copy of these treasures for your own computer.  You can then send them to all your friends or family to (more)

Arts Scholarship Deadline

The Toe River Arts Council announces the availability of its annual art scholarships. Awards will be given to graduating high school seniors or adults continuing their education from Yancey or Mitchell County. They must be pursuing a higher education degree majoring in any of the arts or arts education. The application deadline is April 1, 2018 at 5pm. (more)

Want To Be on American Pickers TV Show? (Details)

Outstanding Achievement from WNC History Association

A packed house was on hand as Dan Pierce, UNC Asheville’s NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, received the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Western North Carolina Historical Association. Pierce, surrounded by family, friends and colleagues as the trophy was presented, stated “I am (more)

Police Chief Alerts About Scams

Spruce Pine’s Chief of Police, Bill Summerlin, has a word of caution for local residents: Be alert for scams! Introduced by Rotarian Cindy Lindsey, Chief Summerlin presented an informative program on the Art of the Con to the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine at its weekly meeting on (more)

Miller Visits Radio Station

Country music fan Dave Miller of Yancey County came by the radio station on Thursday. He is pictured here with Mark Media Group CEO J. Ardell Sink. Miller is a Special Forces Green Beret  Vietnam vet, serving 2 tours back to back. Thank you Dave for coming by but more importantly Thank You for your service!

Bus Trip to The Ark Encounter

The Mitchell County Senior Citizens Center is planning a bus trip to the ARK and Creation Museum April 2nd through the 5th. The price is $450 and includes transportation, 3 nights lodging at a Cincinnati area hotel, 6 meals including three breakfasts and three dinners, admission to both the Ark and the Museum and of course lots of fun times with friends.  Seats are filling up fast, call to reserve your spot now at 688-3019.

Toe River Arts Deadlines

Deadline to apply for the Toe River Arts Studio Tour June 1-3 is Wednesday, March 7 at 5pm, at either gallery (102 W. Main in Burnsville/269 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine). Artists must show in a participating Mitchell or Yancey county studio and be current members of Toe River Arts. Applications and information are available at the (more)

Community Chorus Looking for Singers

The Toe River Arts Community Chorus is looking for singers. They have just started rehearsal for the Easter presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Especially seeking tenor and base vocalists. If you love to sing and be part of a dedicated group of volunteers, come join in at the First Baptist Church (on the Town Square in Burnsville), Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Please with any questions.

Yancey History Association Events (Details)


Yancey History Association Newsletter (Details)


Spring/Summer Consignment Sale (Details)

Apply Now for Arts Grant

Artists in North Carolina have until Thursday, March 15 to apply for the Mary B. Regan Community Artist Residency, a $12,500 grant designed to support innovative art projects that impact communities. The funds will support the selected artist’s planning and implementation costs related to the proposed project. The grant honors Mary Regan’s four decades of leadership as executive director at the N.C. Arts Council and her long-held beliefs in the importance of artists and the transformative potential of creativity to community life. (more)


Spruce Pine Rotary Women

On Thursday, December 28, at the weekly meeting, women from the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine shared reasons why they joined the club. Carole Arthurs (pictured third from left) was the first female Rotarian in the state of Florida. Three Rotarians pictured have served as President of the (more)

Grandfather Mountain 2018 Schedule of Events

An elk, a Girl Scout, two cougars and a bagpiper walk onto Grandfather Mountain…
The punchline? It’s 2018 at the Linville, N.C., nature preserve and attraction. No joke.
With a mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, (more)

Angie Vance Discusses Fraud Awareness

Rotarian Angie Vance, City President of United Community Bank, was the presenter for the January 18 weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine. Angie has been managing financial institutions for 25 years, including institutions in Mitchell, Buncombe, and McDowell (more)

Mitchell Historical Society First Qtr Newsletter (Details)


Where Have All the Bees Gone?

By Rick Harty, NCSBA Master Beekeeper
It’s winter. The days are shorter, cold, at times well below freezing and wet with snow or rain. In addition there are no flowers to be found, for pollen and nectar for food. So what happens to the bees? Do they die, hibernate or move to a warmer climate? Some will die, some will hibernate and some will create a warmer climate. During late (more)

Dr. Stagg Speaks at Spruce Pine Rotary

The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine welcomed Dr. Barbara Stagg to their meeting on January 11, 2018. Introduced by Rotarian, Gordon Shurtleff, Dr. Stagg spoke of her current medical practice, following her thirty-two years as a family physician in Mitchell County. She explained that (more)

Owolabi Visits Spruce Pine Rotary

On December 21 members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine welcomed a special Visiting Rotarian, Dr.Isaac Owolabi, District Governor-Elect, 2017-18, for Rotary International District 7670 and a member of the Asheville- Biltmore Rotary Club. He presented his club banner to (more)

TRAC Announces New Board Members

At the December annual meeting, the Toe River Arts Council nominated and approved six new board members. TRAC welcomes painters Rhea Ormond and Robert Crum, and ceramists Andy Palmer and Linda Powell. From the business sector, current board members voted in Sandy (more)

Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program

The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine received an informative program about Mitchell County SafePlace from Dr. Dan Barron and Kellie Biggs when the club met on December 21. Introduced by Rotarian Elaine Percival, Dr. Barron spoke about the numerous agencies that receive grants (more)

Burnsville Christmas Parade 2017 (more)

Poverty Simulation Event (Details)

Local Food Pantries (Details)