NCDOT Employees Take Part in Division 13 Roadeo

05/23/15 03:47 PM
Morganton— It’s a friendly competition where inches and instincts make a difference on the scorecard, as participants maneuver large machinery on the course. When the challenge ends, everyone's a champion. (more)

Spruce Pine Police investigating 2 Year Old Girl Injury

05/21/15 07:12 AM
The Spruce Pine Police Department is investigating the incident after a 2-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries. Law enforcement and paramedics were called Tuesday afternoon to the Fairground Street Apartments.  The call reported that the child fell off the bed and hit her head. Police say the child was unresponsive. She was taken to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital by ambulance, then airlifted to Mission Hospital. Police say she is stable but are fearful of whether she'll recover from the injury. The Spruce Pine Police Department, the SBI, and the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office are investigating how it happened. Spruce Pine Chief Bill Summerlin said they are obligated to investigate. No charges have been filed and no one arrested. 

Click it or Ticket

05/20/15 07:41 AM
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) launched its Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” education and enforcement campaign Monday morning. It runs through the Memorial Day holiday weekend, ending on May 31. (More)

Health Department Encourages Residents to Protect Themselves from Stomach Illnes

05/19/15 03:47 PM
A number of people have contacted the local health departments in the past few weeks concerned about outbreaks of the “stomach flu”.  While not a true flu, widespread outbreaks of stomach and intestinal illness are often caused by viruses, with Norovirus of cruise ship fame, being one of the most common.  Most often these illnesses resolve on their own after a few (more)

TRAC Announces Scholarship Winners

05/19/15 01:20 PM
The Toe River Arts Council is pleased to announce the annual award of two art scholarships. Taylor Hutchison and Richard Isaac Boulter will each receive $500 towards furthering their careers in art or art education. Taylor has plans to attend East Tennessee State University where she plans to major in Theatre and Spanish with a minor in dance. Her short term goals will lead her back (more)

Info From Creating Prosperity Now Forum (Details)

05/19/15 12:14 PM

Search and Rescue Operation

05/18/15 04:25 PM
The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department conducted Search and Rescue operations Monday on the north end of the county around John Sparks Road. K9 was used on the ground and a helicopter from Salisbury searched the area from above. The search apparently is in relation to the disappearance of Justin Miller, who was last seen March 28th at his parents’ house near Loafers Glory. Miller is thirty years old about 5"11,  250 lbs. with prominent scars around his right eye from a car accident. He was wearing a black jacket, ball cap and brown work boots when he was last seen. As the search continues, if you have any information please contact the Mitchell County Sheriff's Department.

Man Charged for Shooting at Yancey Humane Society Shelter

05/18/15 03:39 PM
On Saturday May 16th shots were fired toward Yancey Humane Society employees as they were unloading animals from an adoption event they had attended. Yancey Humane Society Executive Director Tim Tipton and four other employees were outside with the dogs when the shots came close to hitting them. According to Tipton, a neighbor of the shelter had been shooting guns around the shelter for several months. He said the shooting had become progressively worse and that they found bullets in the kennels, under the roof line last week. The Yancey County Sheriff’s Department has arrested 59 year old Veniamin Grebenchichikov and charged him with Assault by pointing a weapon. Sheriff Gary Banks said the arrest comes about 5 years after he came to the Sheriff’s office complaining about the barky dogs. According to the Sheriff’s Department the investigation is ongoing.

Gates and Robinson Receives Governors Volunteer Service Awards

05/18/15 09:23 AM
The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is honored to present the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award to two recipients from Yancey County. This year’s award recipients recognized by the Yancey County Board of Commissioners were Hope (more)

NC D.O.T. Survey

05/15/15 03:18 PM
The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun mailing out the department’s first-ever customer survey.  Randomly selected citizens will receive a paper copy in the mail to help NCDOT find out what North Carolina residents think about various services. Additional citizen feedback will be collected online. This survey’s purpose is to gauge how the department is doing in their effort to provide good customer service. Participation can help NCDOT identify ways to make North Carolina transportation services safer, more efficient and customer focused. The survey will be conducted annually with the results used as the basis for measuring the department’s performance in the area of customer service. Mailed surveys must be returned by mid-June. The online survey will close June 12. If you’d like to participate by taking the survey, please visit: It takes about 15 minutes to complete, and the survey link is mobile friendly. The results will be available to the public on this September.

Data Collection Taking Place to Improve Health

05/14/15 11:27 AM
Mitchell and Yancey Counties are two of sixteen counties involved in telephone surveys that are underway across western North Carolina to gain better insight into the current health of the region. This survey is part of the community health assessments for Mitchell and Yancey Counties.  Data collected during the health assessment represents a broad look at health including: demographics, (more)

Moving Company Man Pinned by Truck

05/13/15 07:26 AM
A moving company man has died after he was pinned by a truck against a house on Monday morning in Madison County. 28 year old Curtis Hartis was watching for the driver as he backed toward the home on Wilds Branch Road in Marshall.  The highway patrol reported that the driver took his foot off the clutch, which is when the vehicle rolled backward into Hartis' chest and pinned him. Curtis Hartis, of Arden, was transported to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 

Mitchell/ Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force Meeting

05/12/15 02:20 PM
The Mitchell/Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force meeting on Tuesday, May 12 in the Holtsclaw Boardroom at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine included a “Drugs 101” presentation given by Donna Bruce, CSAPC from Addiction, Recovery & Prevention. This presentation talked about current drug trends that are being seen in Western North Carolina with a focus on youth from grades six (more)

Local Youth Receives Governors Medallion Award

05/12/15 10:23 AM
On Tuesday, May 5, Hope Milbry Robinson from Yancey County received the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service in the Youth category. Medallion recipients are nominated at the county level then evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the (more)

Graham Children's Health Receives $25,000

05/12/15 10:04 AM
The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s Ribbon of Hope Program supports community projects designed to have a positive impact on the lives of North Carolina’s Citizens. Graham Children’s Health Services was recently honored as the recipient of a $25,000 award from The Ribbon of Hope Program.  These funds will be used to support a strong foundation for healthy, (more)

Unidentified Body Found in Mitchell County

05/11/15 01:32 PM
An unidentified body was found Saturday, May 9th in the Buladean community in Mitchell County. The decomposed body was located at a camper in the Shootout Mountain area off Beans Creek Road near Melton Branch Road and Big Ridge Road in an area only accessible by four wheel drive. The body was badly decomposed and the person’s sex could not be determined. No foul play is suspected at this time. According to Sheriff Donald Street, the body has been sent to Chapel Hill for an autopsy. 

MHU Receives $500,000 in Golden Leaf Funds for School of Nursing

05/11/15 12:16 PM
Mars Hill University has received $500,000 in grant funding from Golden LEAF Foundation to support patient simulation equipment and other costs for the university's new Judge-McRae School of Nursing.The university was one of nine organizations across the state to receive (more)

Audubon NC Conducting Roadside Bird Surveys

05/11/15 10:46 AM
Audubon North Carolina staff and volunteers will be conducting roadside bird surveys in Yancey, Madison, and Mitchell Counties May 15-June 15. Counts are conducted by documenting species heard and seen within a 17-minute period from a fixed location. Be aware of this in case you see an unfamiliar car parked along the side of your road and a person looking skyward with binoculars and holding a clipboard. For more information or to get involved with bird research in the mountains, contact Aimee Tomcho at or check out

Yancey Hospice Named 2015 Hospice Honors Recipient

05/08/15 01:27 PM
Yancey Hospice has been named a 2015 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta, an industry leader in data-driven management. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of satisfaction as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
“This is the third year that we are presenting this award to top performers, and it’s very rewarding to (more)

McDowell County Looking For These Two

05/07/15 01:36 PM
McDowell County authorities are looking for these two men who have actively avoided probation and parole supervision. Officers with the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Adult Correction are searching for Joshua E. Benge is 33 years old and is on probation for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. He is a white male who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 171 pounds. He (more including pics)

Mitchell Commissioners Take Over Historic Courthouse

05/07/15 01:15 PM
Due to a request from the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse Foundation, the Mitchell County Commissioners have agreed to take over the historic courthouse property. According to Dr. Daniel Barron, chairman of the Foundation, even though the first level offices are leased the operating expenses exceed the income. The Foundation had been supplementing with grant funds which are now depleted. The Foundation also still owes the county over $44,000 it had borrowed to complete renovations. Commissioners saw no alternative but to take back the Courthouse.  

Burnsville Allows Hens But No Roosters

05/07/15 12:29 PM
The Burnsville Town Board says yes to the hens but no to the roosters. Rachel Lewis had requested at last December’s town board meeting to keep chickens at her home in the town limits. The Board decided in a 4 to 1 vote that five hens are allowed, but no roosters and they must be kept at the back of the property and housed within specified chicken coop regulations. The coop also must be 20 feet from all property lines. Ron Powell voted against the ordinance since he felt it should be a part of the whole animal control ordinance which is currently under review by the Planning Commission.

NC House Passes Sunday Hunting Law

05/06/15 01:52 PM
NC House Bill 640, co-sponsored by Rep. Michele Presnell of Burnsville, has been approved by the House and awaits an NC Senate vote.  House Bill 640, the Outdoor Heritage Act, includes the controversial Sunday hunting provision. Since 2010, bow hunting has been allowed on private lands. House Bill 640 would extend this to hunters using firearms. A hunter would need to get permission from the property owner before hunting on Sunday on the landowner’s property. Hunting would be prohibited on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of worship or within 500 yards of a residence not owned by the landowner. Sunday target practice with firearms, is permitted under current law. There are hikers, fisherman and others who oppose the law. Presnell believes the bill affirms an important point regarding property rights, insuring that a landowner can use his private property as he chooses. Under the bill, Sunday hunting would be allowed statewide for two years. Beginning in October 2017, counties would have the option to pass ordinances prohibiting Sunday hunting countywide. 39 other states allow hunting on Sundays.

Lil Smokey Drive-In

05/06/15 01:17 PM
A customer apparently in a hurry for biscuits and gravy Wednesday morning drove right on in to the front of Lil Smokey's on East Main Street in Burnsville. No one was injured and the restaurant is open for business!

$2000 Award Offered

05/06/15 12:56 PM
A $2000 reward is being offered for credible information about the Mach 28th disappearance of Justin Glenn Miller. Miller, age 30 was last seen at his parents’ home in the Loafer’s Glory section of Mitchell County.  He is described as 5 ft 11 inches, weighing 250 pounds with a distinctive scar near his right eye and another scar on his right arm.  When he was last seen he was wearing a black jacket and work boots. Miller does not own a car and apparently left the house without money, phone or his prescription medication. However Mitchell County Sheriff’s detectives do not believe he was taken by force. If you have any information contact the Sheriff’s Department at 828-688-3982.

Solicitation Not Local Hospice

05/06/15 12:04 PM
Apparently residents are receiving a request for donations from The Hospice Support Fund, 2015 Burnsville Area Appeal. This is not a solicitation on behalf of Yancey Hospice and is in no way connected to the local hospice. If you desire to donate to a hospice, you can be assured that a donation directly to your local community hospice, will be utilized to provide compassionate end of life care to area residents. To donate to Yancey Hospice you can mail your donation directly to Yancey Hospice, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville or call 682-9675  to talk to them. 

Pilot Over Shoots Runway on Mountain Air

05/05/15 07:41 PM
A Pilot landing at Mountain Air on Tuesday Afternoon escaped serious injury when he overshot the runway.  He landed too far down the runway and slid off the end into the grass just above the road. The Pilot was the only person on board and walked away from what could have been a deadly crash. The West Yancey Fire Department responded to the emergency call. 

Letter Carriers Food Drive

05/05/15 06:59 AM
Saturday, May 9th is the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Western North Carolina who need help. Asheville Branch 248 and Associate Offices collected over 185,000 lbs. in 2014.  The food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need. Participating in this year’s Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non- perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9th and your letter carrier will do the rest. 

Marion Man Charged with Rape

05/04/15 07:19 AM
A Marion man is in jail charged with four counts of statutory rape. 41-year-old Larry Fox was arrested after an investigation into a report of a sexual offense against a minor. Fox is being held in the McDowell County jail under a $400,000 secured bond. His first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday.

An Increase in the Number of Foreign-Born Residents

05/04/15 07:18 AM
Like most of the United States, Mitchell and Yancey Counties saw an increase in the number of foreign-born residents over the last decade. From 2000 to 2012, the number of Mitchell County residents who were born in a foreign country grew by 270 people to an estimated 542, according to U.S. Census data. (more)

Habitat Helping in Nepal, Donate Here

05/01/15 12:05 PM
Habitat for Humanity International is assisting families affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which struck Nepal April 26th, resulting in widespread damage. The Nepali government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. According to Nepali police reports, more than 1,700 people have been injured and over 1,900 deaths have been confirmed. Those numbers are expected to grow as (more)

Creating Local Prosperity Session Held in Burnsville

04/30/15 07:24 PM
Around 60 people participated in the "Creating Local Prosperity Now", information and planning session held at the Burnsville Town Center Thursday evening, April 30th. The event was sponsored by The Town of Burnsville and The Yancey Chamber of Commerce. (more)

Dr. Carolyn Cort Memorial Service Saturday

04/30/15 02:32 PM
A celebration of the life of longtime beloved Yancey County pediatrician Carolyn Ray Cort will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville, followed by a time of fellowship with the family at the Burnsville Town Center. Dr. Cort lost her battle with leukemia on April 22nd. Carolyn Cort served on the boards of High Pastures, the Parkway Playhouse, the Reconciliation House and the Yancey County Library. She was recognized recently by both the County and the Town for her lifetime of service to the community. In honor of Dr.Cort, The Parkway Playhouse Mountain Air Golf Tournament scheduled for Saturday has been changed to May 9th. The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta scheduled for the Burnsville Town Square Saturday will be ending at 1 pm, an hour earlier than planned out of respect for the Dr. Carolyn Cort Memorial Service.

Yancey County Silver Alert

04/30/15 05:23 AM
UPDATE: 12:10 p.m. According to the Yancey County Sherriff's Department, Mr. Fuller has been found and is safe. The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered man, Roger Daniel Fuller. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Roger Daniel Fuller, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Anyone with information about Roger Daniel Fuller should call Det. Brian Shuford at the Yancey County Sheriff Office at 682-2124. (more)

Avery Deputy Injured in Crash

04/29/15 01:41 PM
Avery County Deputy Ridge Phillips, age 22, was driving his patrol car when he hit a heavy rain shower around 2:30 a.m. Sunday April 26th on NC 105 just south of Tynecastle, near the Linville Ridge subdivision. Apparently the vehicle hydroplaned,  left the highway, spun  around going off an embankment and struck a tree.  In the patrol vehicle with Deputy Phillips was 20 year old Walker Carswell, who has been attending Basic Law Enforcement Training at Mayland Community College.  According to Sheriff Kevin Frye, Carswell reached over an unconscious Phillips and turned on the blue lights, which led to the discovery of the vehicle by a Watauga Medics unit which had just left Cannon Memorial Hospital to return to Watauga County. Johnson City Medical Center staff are monitoring Deputy Phillips’ condition to determine the need for an operation to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a head injury sustained in the accident.  Walker Carswell was released from Cannon Hospital around noon on Monday. 

Creating Local Prosperity

04/29/15 01:01 PM
The Town of Burnsville and the Yancey County Chamber of Commerce are joining together Thursday night in an effort to re-ignite our local economy. The event will feature Ben Hitchings, Past President of the North Carolina Planning Association with an interesting presentation and an open discussion of ideas for our area. The evening is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Burnsville Town Center.  Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served. 

Operation Drive to Live Ends

04/29/15 08:21 AM
RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live after a week-long education and enforcement campaign.  The campaign, which began on Monday, April 20th and ended on Friday, April 24th, was focused on promoting safe driving awareness to teenage drivers.  (more)

Positive Economic Impact of Tourism

04/28/15 02:05 PM
The second annual regional tourism conference was held Tuesday at Western Carolina University and a customized county by county tourism economic fact sheet was presented. The fact sheets are designed to illustrate the impact of spending of tourists and travelers on the tax base and job creation in counties. The analysis showed that the spending by tourists has a direct impact on the tax (more)

Budgets and Chickens

04/23/15 04:45 PM
The Yancey County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room in the Yancey County Courthouse. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and begin the 2015-16 Budget Planning and to make adjustments to the current budget.  Also on Monday the Burnsville Town Council will conduct a Public Hearing at 10 a.m. to consider an amendment to the town’s Zoning Ordinance to include provisions allowing backyard chickens and establishing regulations for the keeping of domestic chickens within the city limits. 

Double Break-in at Bakersville Pharmacy

04/23/15 03:35 PM
The Bakersville Pharmacy is the victim of two break-is within a seven hour time period. The first occurred around 9:30 Wednesday night. The second came early this morning around 4:30 am. Deputies from Mitchell and surrounding counties searched the area after the first call but were unable to locate a suspect. Apparently around 4:30am the suspect returned and smashed the drive-thru window to get into the pharmacy. Deputies found tools which the suspect possibly used for the break in and in an attempt to cut the electrical lines. At 6:30  this morning, deputies arrested Adam Beaver, after they had questioned him and discovered   narcotic medication valued at more than $26,000, along with other items from the pharmacy, in his apartment, which is next door to the pharmacy. Beaver is charged with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny. According to the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department, there may be additional suspects, the investigation is still pending. 

Toe River Home Health Sold

04/22/15 12:11 PM
On April 14th Toe River Health District sold their Home Health Services to PruittHealth of Norcross, Georgia. The Toe River Health District Board approved the $2.9 million sale due to declining revenues. The declining revenues have come about due to increased competition from private-owned companies and declining reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid, leading to projected losses. In the past the Home Health Services have been able to contribute to the Health Department’s costs whereas now there are projected losses which would have to be made up by the counties. The new contract states that PruittHealth must offer employment to all current Toe River Health employees for at least six months and cannot deny services because of a person’s inability to pay. PruittHealth says they have offered a better benefit package to current employees and a 3 percent pay increase. They will officially take over on May 1st.  PruittHealth serves communities in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

Boone Hotel Case Delayed

04/22/15 11:40 AM
The criminal case against the former manager of a Boone Best Western Hotel where three guests died of carbon monoxide poisoning has been delayed. On Tuesday, April 21st Prosecutor Matt Rupp asked a judge in Boone to delay the case against Damon Mallatere until July 6. Rupp said prosecutors and defense attorneys need more time to discuss the case. (more)

Supreme Court Orders Review of NC Redistricting

04/21/15 01:06 PM
The US Supreme Court on Monday threw out a North Carolina court ruling that upheld Republican-drawn electoral districts for state and congressional lawmakers. The justices ordered the state Supreme Court to consider again whether the North Carolina legislature relied too heavily on race when it redrew voting districts following the 2010 census. The new boundaries increased minority representation in Raleigh but also strengthened Republicans. Election and civil rights advocacy groups and Democratic voters in North Carolina sued over the maps and argued that lawmakers created oddly shaped districts to create clusters of Democratic-leaning black voters. The redrawing of the map had the effect of benefiting Republicans elsewhere in the state. Republicans said the districts were lawful and designed to protect the state from legal claims under the federal Voting Rights Act.

Tri County Health Report

04/21/15 12:31 PM
According to the Toe River Health State of the County Health Reports for Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey counties, the leading causes of death in 2014 were cancer in Yancey and Avery and diseases of the heart in Mitchell. And according to the State Center for Health Statistics, North Carolina, Life Expectancies report for 2011 through 2013 the life expectancy of people in North Carolina is around seventy eight years old. There are a couple of trends showing when it comes to the health priorities in Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey counties. All three counties have substance abuse prevention and increasing access to mental healthcare as a health priority while Mitchell and Yancey also have healthy living behaviors and lifestyles. The third health priority for Mitchell is access and assistance for low income households, Access to dental care services is the third priority for Avery County and cancer is the third for Yancey. (more)

Bakersville Comm Health Ctr Earns National Recognition

04/21/15 11:58 AM
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Bakersville Community Health Center of Mitchell County has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of (more)

Operation Drive to Live

04/21/15 08:07 AM
RALEIGH - With the beginning of prom season, North Carolina the Highway Patrol will conduct Operation “Drive to Live” during the week of April 20,  2015.  The operation will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. through5:00 p.m. each day. (more)

Toe River Health State of County Health Reports (Details)

04/20/15 10:31 AM

Newdale VFD Building Dedication (more pics)

04/18/15 12:48 PM
The Newdale Volunteer Fire Department invited the public to the dedication of the new fire station Saturday morning. 

McDowell County Teen Missing

04/17/15 04:03 PM
McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating a local runaway teen. 
Allyson Marie Comar, 17, left her residence at 78 Comar Forge Drive in Marion on Wednesday, April 8 and was supposed to return on Thursday, April 9. Her father reported her missing on Monday, April 13. She is described as a white female who stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. She has medium-length, straight brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information concerning Comar’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 or the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000.

Fire Chief Charged With Embezzlement

04/17/15 12:58 PM
On April 14th Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Dwayne Byrd, age 39, was charged with five counts of Embezzlement by Public Officer or Trustee after an investigation by Lt.Det. John D. Robinson. These offenses took place between July, 2010 and March, 2015.  A total of $79,465.19 was mis-used. On March 31st the Board of Directors of Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department Inc. met with Yancey County Sheriff Gary Banks and reported that their Chief had been using the fire department's debit card for his own use.  The Sheriff advised them that it needed to be investigated and if it was found to be true, then the person or persons responsible would have to be charged due to the fact that the funds of a volunteer fire department are generated from local tax monies.  These funds are different than those of a private business in that these are the public's monies not an individual's.  These funds could not just be replaced by the person or persons who committed the act nor can they be accepted back by the Board of Directors.  Byrd cooperated and assisted in the investigation.  Byrd has 21 years of service with Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department.  A spokesman from Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department said that this will in no way affect the fire department's service or their ability to respond to calls and that the fire department is financially stable.

Operation Drive to Live 2015

04/16/15 05:18 PM
With the beginning of prom season, North Carolina the Highway Patrol will conduct Operation “Drive to Live” during the week of April 20,  2015.  The operation will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day. (more)

NC Wildlife Plan To Restock Trout

04/16/15 03:45 PM
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout for the 2015 season. The trout should have come from the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in Marion however over 168,000 trout were killed over Easter weekend when three men tampered with the water intake at the Armstrong Hatchery.   The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s plan to meet stocking goals includes transferring 9- to 10-inch trout from the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County. This will offset part of those fish that were scheduled for stocking this year. The remainder will be made up by maximizing growth on fish that were being grown for 2016. 

Last Day of School and MHHS Graduation Date Set

04/14/15 12:24 PM
At the April 13th regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education, Yancey County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton announced the last day of school for Yancey County students and the date for Mountain Heritage High School Graduation. Friday, June 12, 2015, will be the last – half-day – of school for Yancey County students.  Inclement weather in January and (more)

Anspach Awarded the Long Leaf Pine

04/14/15 06:03 AM
North Carolina Governor pat McCrory was in Burnsville yesterday for the grand opening of the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing Center, located at the Mayland Community College Yancey Learning Center.  At the cermony the Governor also presented Dr William Anspach with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. The new Center offers a degree program in Applied Engineering with skill tracks in CNC programming, machining, robotics, mechatronics, and design. 

Commissioners Honor Jobe, Cort

04/13/15 09:48 PM
 After 30 years and winning eight elections Willoree Jobe retired March 31st as Yancey County Register of Deeds. A large crowd, which included family and friends along with county, district and state officials, filled the courtroom Monday night, April 13th at the regular monthly (more)

Lake James Body Identified

04/13/15 02:27 PM
The human remains found near Lake James in March have been identified through dental records as belonging to a Pennsylvania man, Walter Edward Shirey IV, age 35, who had been living in a makeshift camp on the shore near the spillway. Shirey was reported missing on Feb. 5. Local hunters uncovered what turned out to be Shirey’s skull on March 16. Rescue workers later uncovered several more bones in the area. The remains were sent to the N.C. State Medical Examiner’s Office. On April 10, the medical examiner, after matching dental records from the Shirey’s family confirmed the remains found belonged to him. No sign of foul play was discovered during the investigation.

Governor Cuts Ribbon at Anspach Advanced Manufacturing Center

04/13/15 01:27 PM
MCC President Dr. John Boyd and State Representative Michele Presnell and the Mayland Board of Directors look on as Dr. William Anspach (left) and Governor McCrory cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the new Anspach Advanced Manufacturing Center.

NC Governor in Burnsville

04/13/15 07:07 AM
NC Governor Pat McCrory will be in Burnsville today to speak at the The grand opening of the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Mayland Community College Yancey Learning Center at 11 this morning.   The Anspach Advanced Manufacturing Center is a 13,000 square-foot addition at the Mayland Yancey Learning Center. The new Center offers a degree program in Applied Engineering with skill tracks in CNC programming, machining, robotics, mechatronics, and design. 

Duke Energy Gives MCC $250,000

04/13/15 06:00 AM
Duke Energy and Mayland Community College announce a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology for the college’s newly opened Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School. This 3D metal printing equipment will assist students in creating projects from concept to reality by printing 3D (more)

New Legal Role for Bob Hunter

04/10/15 04:38 PM
Longtime NC Court of Appeals Judge Robert  “Bob” Hunter has become an Associate Justice with the Supreme Court of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Hunter retired from the NC Court of Appeals at the end of his term at the end of 2014. He had been on the Court of Appeals since 1998. Hunter represented the 49th District in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1980 to 1998, which at that time included Yancey and McDowell counties.  At age 71, Hunter still has his law license and will be able to work from his home in Marion most of the time. He was approved unanimously by the Tribal Council. Hunter does not have Cherokee ancestry but he is familiar with the Eastern Band and its laws and issues.

Three Arrested in McDowell Hatchery Incident

04/10/15 07:11 AM
Earlier this week we told you about 150,000 rainbow trout killed at the Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County over the weekend. Yesterday three men were arrested and charged with causing the damage.  21 year old Jack Brown and Gabriel Miller and Adam Mitchell, who are both 20 years old are charged with injury to personal property, averting water flow to a hatchery or aquatic center and pollution or damage to a hatchery or aquatic center.  Detectives  say the men were "messing around" and had no idea the damage they had done before it was too late. The rainbow trout would have been used to stock area streams and rivers for both this year and in 2016. Armstrong Fish Hatchery stocks fish for 12 counties in western North Carolina. Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission say they will do whatever they can to minimize the effects upon anglers in western North Carolina despite the loss of so many fish.

Anspach Grand Opening Monday

04/09/15 04:27 PM
The grand opening of the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing Center will be held at the Mayland Community College Yancey Learning Center on Monday at 11:00 am. NC Governor Pat McCrory will speak at the event and tours of the facility will be given after the ceremony. The Anspach Advanced Manufacturing Center is a 13,000 square-foot addition at the Mayland Yancey Learning Center. The new Center offers a degree program in Applied Engineering with skill tracks in CNC programming, machining, robotics, mechatronics, and design. The facility will house Direct Metal Laser  technology as well as provide advanced training in welding and basic blacksmithing. The $2.5 million to build the center is all private funding with Altec and BRP investing heavily in the project.  

Unemployment Rates Decrease Slightly

04/09/15 04:24 PM
Unemployment rates decreased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties, increased in five, and remained unchanged in six according to employment figures recently released by the state. Graham County and Hyde County both had the highest unemployment rate at 14.2 percent while Orange County had the lowest at 4.2 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. The February (not seasonally adjusted) statewide rate was 5.7 percent. Yancey’s dropped slightly to 6.4percent, Mitchell dropped to 7.5, Madison dropped to 5.6, Avery remained steady at 6.4 percent and McDowell dropped to 5.8.

Crackdown on Sex Offenders

04/08/15 03:02 PM
Mitchell, Avery and Watauga deputies were part of a three county crackdown April 1st on the area’s registered sex offenders. Joined by U.S. Marshalls, SBI, ATF and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, deputies executed simultaneous searches looking for pornography, firearms, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia and other items prohibited by state and federal law and court orders. SBI agents did electronic searches on computers while deputies, US Marshalls and parole officers located and seized drugs and drug paraphernalia. The aim of Operation “No Foolin” was to ensure that registered sex offenders were in compliance with state and federal laws. 

Mitchell DSS To Add Positions

04/08/15 02:26 PM
Mitchell County Department of Social Services will be adding three and a half positions to fulfill state mandates. Mitchell County Commissioners unanimously agreed to funding for the positions plus laptop computers, per a request from Mitchell DSS Director Paula Holtsclaw last Thursday. Mitchell County DSS workers are currently overloaded on both foster kids and in home children’s services. A portion of the salaries is paid by the state. Mitchell County’s part for the year beginning July 1st will be slightly over $78,000.

Mitchell EDC Hires The Goss Agency

04/08/15 01:53 PM
Mitchell County Economic Development Commission has hired The Goss Agency from Asheville to distinguish it among all the other counties in the Western North Carolina region, as well as within North Carolina and the Southeast. Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce and Development Foundation Director Patti Jensen said, “Mitchell County’s selection of The Goss Agency was based on the incredible amount of experience, success and genuine understanding of our needs that Goss brought to their presentation. We appreciated their enthusiasm to partner with us to ensure that the project succeeds and that our results move Mitchell County ahead.” The Goss Agency has been tasked with reaching and exceeding Mitchell County’s objectives in all the areas of economic development opportunities. The Goss Agency, headquartered in Asheville is a full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency with over 19 years in the travel/tourism industry. 

Mitchell County Man Missing

04/08/15 09:51 AM
A Mitchell County family is asking for help in locating a family member that was last seen March 28th.  Justin Miller was last seen at his parents’ house near Loafers Glory. He is thirty years old about 5"11,  250 lbs. with prominent scars around his right eye from a car accident. He has numerous health problems and is on a lot of medication. He was wearing a black jacket, ball cap and brown work boots when he was last seen. He does not have a car, his cell phone, money or his medication.  If you have any information please contact the Mitchell County Sheriff's department.

Sand at The Masters Is Spruce Pine Quartz

04/07/15 04:21 PM
According to an article published April 6th on, the unique “sand” that lines the famous Augusta National bunkers is actually quartz from Spruce Pine.  Golfers like the beautiful, white “Spruce Pine sand” because it is so pure that it prevents golf balls from burrowing in and its consistent, soft on top with a firm base. Augusta starting using the “Spruce Pine sand” in 1975.  At first the sand was viewed as a cheap byproduct of feldspar but now the quartz is used in manufacturing computer chips and continues to fill the 44 bunkers at Augusta National. Click here to read the article.

150,000 Trout Killed

04/07/15 01:18 PM
Someone apparently diverted the fresh water away from the hatchery at Armstrong Fish Hatchery in McDowell County over the weekend, which resulted in an estimated 150,000 rainbow trout being suffocated.  Investigators with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office are trying to determine who tampered with the equipment sometime late Saturday afternoon, April 4th. These rainbow trout would have been used to stock area streams and rivers for both this year and in 2016. Armstrong Fish Hatchery stocks fish for 12 counties in western North Carolina. Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission say they will do whatever they can to minimize the effects upon anglers in western North Carolina despite the loss of so many fish.

White-Nose Bat Syndrome at Linville Caverns

04/07/15 01:07 PM
Linville Caverns, the only cave in western North Carolina that is operated as a commercial tourist attraction, is doing its part to control the spread of white-nose syndrome and protect the bats that live inside Humpback Mountain and elsewhere in the state. Linville Caverns is home to the tri-colored bat. White-nose syndrome poses no health risks to humans, however, it is important to help minimize the spread of the disease.  People who visit Linville Caverns are asked to disinfect their footwear after their tour by stepping onto a special decontamination mat outside the cave. The mat has a solution with 10 percent bleach. In addition, visitors are asked to thoroughly wash all clothing that they wore into Linville Caverns with Woolite. If an article of clothing is not washable, then they are asked to apply a cleansing spray such as Formula 409 or wipe it down with Clorox or Lysol wipes before going into other vulnerable areas like other caves or mines. Linville Caverns has a special brochure informing the visitors about controlling the spread of white-nose syndrome and the need to protect the bats of western North Carolina.  Just a few years ago, scientists and cave explorers found as many as 200 bats living in the caverns. But recently only seven could be found living there. Bats are essential to the natural control of insects and pests.

State Funded Driver Education Ending

04/07/15 12:33 PM
After June 30, 2015, North Carolina will no longer fund Driver Education for public, private, home or charter schools, yet, Driver Education will still remain a requirement for anyone under age eighteen to get a permit or license. Funded since 1977 with funds from the Highway Trust Fund, NC Legislatures have opted to make Driver Education funding a non-recurring expense as of June 30 (more)

Yancey Commissioners To Honor Retiring Register of Deeds, Appoint New

04/03/15 02:07 PM
Yancey County Commissioners will meet Monday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom of the Yancey County Courthouse to recognize the public service of Register of Deeds Willoree Jobe as she retires from 30 years as Register of Deeds for Yancey County.  Commissioners also plan to consider the appointment of Susan Jobe as the nominee selected to complete the unexpired term set to expire in December 2016.  Susan Jobe will take the oath of office immediately following the commissioners appointment.   Following the meeting, the public is invited to a reception in their honor.  

Total Lunar Eclipse Will Be Shortest in a Century

04/02/15 05:12 AM
The total lunar eclipse set to take over the skies on Saturday will be the shortest in a century, lasting five minutes and turning the moon red, according to NASA. The sky spectacle will be visible from all parts of the United States, with people in the eastern part of the country seeing the beginning stages of the partial eclipse before sunrise at 6:16 ET. The total eclipse will be visible to people in the Western United States at 7:58 PT. At this time, the moon will turn a shade of blood red as it skims the outskirts of Earth's shadow. The eclipse is the third in a tetrad, a series of four eclipses. The fourth is set for Sept. 28, 2015. The best part of all for Saturday's phenomenon: No telescope is needed. If you're in an area with visibility, all you'll need to do is step outside to enjoy the view -- that is, if you can catch it in time.

Fire on Unaka Mountain

04/01/15 04:23 PM
Fire crews are continuing to battle a fire burning on Unaka Mountain, near the North Carolina/Tennessee state line. Mitchell County firefighters responded and worked the fire on Tuesday. On Wednesday, about 40-50 firefighters and Forestry service members worked to contain the flames. Officials say the cause of the fire is arson. As of Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. fire crews estimated the fire is at 300-500 acres. Tuesday night, officials closed down State Route 395, which is Hwy 197 North on the North Carolina side.  The road was reopened Wednesday morning. 

Mitchell EDC Plans To Hire Fulltime Director

04/01/15 10:58 AM
The Mitchell County Economic Development Commission decided Friday, March 27th to hire a fulltime Director. The Commission will begin looking for a replacement for part time interim director Bill Slagle, who resigned last month to accept a regional job in the state’s commerce department. The Commission will be asking the county to increase funding to cover the cost.  Under Slagle the EDC secured $2.3 million in tax incentives and $600,000 in grant money., most of which is going toward the industrial site at Altapass. 

Watch Out For Bears

04/01/15 10:06 AM
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is advising residents that black bear sightings will become more common across the state as temperatures rise. According to the commission, while black bears are not inherently dangerous and rarely aggressive toward people, it advises caution and common sense to reduce the potential for problems. People are urged not to approach or follow bears, or get between a bear and its possible escape route. Also, the commission advises people not to feed bears, whether intentionally or by leaving food and garbage where they can get into it. Bears accustomed to feeding on pet food, table scraps, garbage and birdseed can lose their fear of humans, leading to property damage or more serious problems.

McDowell Man Charged with Underage Tattooing

03/31/15 04:17 PM
The McDowell County Sheriff's Office has charged David Earl Dalton, age30, with one count of tattooing a person under 18. Dalton had allegedly tattooed his 14 year old niece. In North Carolina, you have to be 18 to get a tattoo. The teenage girl's mom did give her permission for her daughter to get three tattoos.  Even with the mother’s consent the tattoos are illegal.  The Sheriff’s Department was contacted by the McDowell County DSS. The Sheriff’s Department is still investigating whether or not they will charge the girl's mother. 

Area Counties Would Benefit from Sales Tax Change

03/30/15 03:46 PM
A measure introduced into the N.C. General Assembly to make the sales tax distribution fairer for rural and struggling counties is causing a split between large and small counties. Small counties want the sales tax distributed by population, as it used to be, whereas larger counties oppose going back to the old system. Under the current system all sales tax monies are distributed to the county   where the sale occurred. Small counties lose out when residents go to larger nearby towns to spend money.  The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Ralph Hise and would see Yancey County getting approximately 67 percent more revenue, Mitchell 32 percent , Madison a 109 percent gain and McDowell a 46.53 percent gain. Buncombe would lose about 11 percent.  The bill proposes a three-year phase-in to a per capita sales tax system.

Grandfather Mountain gets the Google Trekker Treatment

03/30/15 07:14 AM
Grandfather Mountain’s iconic Mile High Swinging Bridge and Grandfather Trail are now among the newest sites available for 360-degree virtual viewing on Google Maps Street View. (more)

Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School Opening

03/27/15 09:55 AM
The grand opening of the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School on April 13 begins at 11:00 AM at Mayland Community College's Yancey Learning Center.  (more)

Mitchell School Board Puts Auxiliary Gym On Hold

03/26/15 01:20 PM
At a recent Mitchell County Board of Education meeting the proposal for an auxiliary gym was postponed indefinitely. The proposed 14,900 square foot facility would have provided additional gym space and classroom space to expand the CNA program at Mitchell High School. It was determined that the projected $1.6 million cost , of which $400,000 had been raised in grant funds, was too much to raise given the tough economic times, the lack of full public support and other more pressing budget priorities. Superintendent Dr. Rick Spurling issued a statement emphasizing that he was the one that had been pushing for the facility not the Board of Education, as he felt it would be a tremendous benefit for the students of Mitchell High and would keep the grant money in the community.  Other groups in the community are still working, hoping to find funding for the facility. 

Yancey Register of Deeds Retires

03/26/15 07:15 AM
After winning eight elections and serving the people of Yancey County for 30 years Willoree Jobe has announced her retirement as of March 31st from the office of Register of Deeds. According to law, since Jobe is a Democrat the Yancey County Democratic Party Executive Committee recommends a nominee to fill the vacancy. They have recommended Susan Jobe to fill the unexpired term for Willoree.  The commissioners will take this matter under consideration and will have official action at the April 13, 2015 regular meeting.

Metcalf Cousins Plead Guilty

03/25/15 12:51 PM
Calvin and Phillip Metcalf, cousins from Mitchell County, who were arrested July of 2014 for an assault of an Avery County Deputy and escape from custody have pleaded guilty to Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a law enforcement officer and robbery and have been sentenced to at least 14 years in prison.  Calvin Metcalf, age 21, of Bakersville, and Phillip Metcalf, age 25, of Spruce Pine, also admitted in court that they were habitual felons.  The two men were under arrest for breaking into Bonnie and Clyde’s Restaurant.   Avery Detective Frankie Catalano checked the two Metcalf cousins out of the Mitchell County jail after they told the investigator they could lead him to the stolen property stashed at their grandmother’s house in Avery County. They jumped and assaulted him, stole his sidearm and the county owned truck.  They were found in Calhoun, Georgia July 30th.   Calvin Metcalf fought with lawmen after the truck was found outside a convenience store.  Phillip has already been taken into custody at the truck, but when Calvin came out of the store, he bolted for the truck, managed to get in the passenger’s side, and while struggling with the officers, he started the truck and put it in reverse.  Another lawman managed to knock the truck out of gear while Calvin Metcalf was pepper sprayed and taken into custody. Both were taken to the Gordon County Jail and may still face charges there.

National Work Zone Awareness Week

03/24/15 06:15 AM
This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week through Friday, March 27.
In 2014, more than 4,000 crashes occurred in work zones, killing 22 people and injuring almost 2,000. The National Work Zone Awareness Week campaign aims at preventing work zone fatalities and accidents by encouraging safe driving through highway work zones and construction sites. (more)

McDowell Man Charged with Child Abuse After Wife Dies from Overdose

03/23/15 02:58 PM
Danny Ray Pinkerton, age 29 of Caraway Drive in Marion was arrested Friday, March 20 by McDowell County Sheriff’s Officers. He is charged with three misdemeanor counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and child abuse. After being called to the residence, deputies found 28-year-old  Megan Elaine Pinkerton  deceased, apparently from an overdose. The victim’s husband, Danny Pinkerton, and their three children – 2-year-old twins and a 3-year-old were there. There were used and unused syringes containing controlled substances near the children. The children were unclothed and unbathed and were sleeping in their own urine and feces. Pinkerton was released on $10,000 bond with an April 6th court date. 

Dameron Named Assistant D.A.

03/20/15 01:37 PM
District Attorney Seth Banks has announced the hiring of E. Penn Dameron Jr. as Assistant District Attorney for the 24th Judicial District. The 24th Judicial District covers Avery, Mitchell, Madison, Yancey and Watauga counties. Dameron was born in Marion, graduated UNC Chapel Hill and practiced law in Marion before being appointed as a Superior Court Judge in 2003. After his retirement he served as President of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. His primary responsibility as Assistant D.A. will be to prosecute criminal cases in both District and Superior Courts primarily in Avery County.

Burleson Named to Spruce Pine Town Board

03/18/15 03:11 PM
Roger Burleson has been selected to fill the open position on the Spruce Pine Town board. Burleson fills the vacancy created when board member Rocky Buchanan was chosen to replace Mayor Phillip Hise who resigned to accept the town’s position of public works director. 

Country Cablevision Service Out

03/18/15 02:57 PM
Customers of Country Cablevision are without service at this time in parts of Yancey and Mitchell Counties. The outage involves 2 French Broad EMC Fiber Lines  located at the Asphalt Plant (above the old OMC Building) in Burnsville.  A dump truck driver raised the bed of his truck underneath the lines and broke both of them.  French Broad EMC and Country Cablevision are both on site making repairs but these are large lines and it could take up to 8 to 10 hours to repair all fibers and get all areas of the counties back on.

Wreck Injures Four

03/18/15 02:39 PM
Four people were injured in a two vehicle wreck this afternoon around 12:45 pm on Hwy 226 near Snow Hill Grocery.  Rescue personnel responded to free the victims from the accident. Three people were flown to Johnson City Medical Center and another person was transported to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

County To Sell Wolf Laurel Property

03/18/15 02:16 PM
Sixteen tracts of land in the Wolf Laurel Development will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on April 22 at 2 pm at the Yancey County Courthouse front doors. Yancey County acquired the land  through tax foreclosures. The highest bidder on a parcel must be present at the auction and make a five percent deposit with cash or certified check.  The money will be held until the County Commissioners either accept or reject the bid.  More information about the property can be found in the Yancey County deed book at the courthouse. 

NC January Employment Figures Released

03/18/15 10:02 AM
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, remaining unchanged from December’s revised rate of 5.4 percent. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.7 percent in January. North Carolina’s January 2014 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 22,658 over the month to 4,397,927, and increased 65,854 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 1,161 over the month to 248,866, and declined 57,145 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, remained unchanged at 4,203,100 in January. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Leisure & Hospitality Services at 5,200, followed by Manufacturing, 3,400; Construction, 2,800; Other Services, 1,700; Financial Activities, 800; and Professional & Business Services, 600.  Major industries experiencing de- creases were Trade, Transportation & Utilities, 11,700; Government, 2,000; Information, 400; Education & Health Services, 300; and Mining & Logging, 100.

Affordable Care Act Consumer Alert

03/13/15 04:50 PM
The IRS urges taxpayers to choose their tax professional carefully as reports are coming in from around the country describing unscrupulous preparers who instruct their clients to make individual shared responsibility payments directly to the preparer. (more)

Day Booze It & Lose It Campaign Kicks Off

03/13/15 04:44 PM
RALEIGH – St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns and good luck. But not even the luck of the Irish can protect you from the risks of driving after drinking. The N.C. Department of Transportationand the Governor’s Highway Safety Program encourage those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to ensure they have the best good luck charm of all – a sober designated driver. (More)

Third Big Lottery Winner from McDowell

03/12/15 03:40 PM
Russell Guffey, a sales representative from Nebo won $1 million to become the third McDowell County player to win $1 million or more this month. On Wednesday evening, March 11th,  Guffey stopped at Samirs on U.S. 70 East in Nebo and bought a $20 ticket for the $200 Million Blowout game. He scratched it off in the store – and was shocked to win $1 million. Guffey could have claimed the $1 million prize in 20 annuity payments of $50,000 but opted for the $600,000 lump sum, leaving him $415,506 in after-tax winnings. Guffey said he would take his time in deciding how to spend the amount. The 47 year old doesn’t plan on retiring but hopes to take a year off. Last Wednesday, Jack Piercy Jr., a retired locomotive engineer from Old Fort, won $1 million on a ticket for the $1,000,000 Jackpot game. Two days later Carl Hooper, a manufacturing worker from Marion, won $4 million playing 100X The Cash.

Can You Identify These Men?

03/12/15 09:13 AM
On 02-28-2015 a debit card was stolen, and was used at P&R Grocery in Bakersville, NC. The suspect vehicle appears to be a Dodge Durango (1998-2003). Video surveillance was obtained of the transaction and investigators are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the (more)

One Killed in a Single Car Accident

03/11/15 02:18 PM
The Highway Patrol has reported that one person was killed in a single car accident in Yancey County. 57 year old Patty Street of Bakersville was traveling on Highway 197 North when the vehicle she was driving left the road.  The accident occurred around 11:30am Tuesday.  We will have more details as they become available when a full report is filed by the Highway Patrol. 

U. S. Textiles in Newland to Close

03/11/15 10:59 AM
U.S.Textiles Corporation has announced the closure of its Newland facility. U.S. Textile bought the plant from Glen Raven in 1978 and has continued manufacturing women’s hosiery and shaping products since then. U. S. Textiles main office is in Pennsylvania. The company stated that foreign competition and diminishing product demand forced the action. They will also close the Lancaster, SC plant. The Newland facility was dedicated to knitting and sewing while Lancaster was a dying and packaging unit. The company produces both Silkies and Sculptz brands along with private label national brands. 

Yancey To Begin Countywide Property Imaging Project

03/11/15 10:38 AM
A countywide property-imaging project will be underway in Yancey County beginning March 23, 2015.  Yancey County has contracted Tyler Technologies, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio to provide detailed, high-resolution street level images for the county’s 2016 general reassessment. Tyler (more)

Mt Heritage Earns Lowest Dropout Rate in School History

03/11/15 09:53 AM
In a press release on March 5, 2015 – the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction reported the dropout rate for NC public schools hit a record low of 2.28% for a statewide average.  Mountain Heritage High School can claim a new record low - for the second year in a row – at 1.45%. Last March, the release of the dropout report was certainly a proud moment for the (more)

Waterhouse Indicted

03/10/15 04:31 PM
Kris Ann Waterhouse of Bakersville was indicted on two counts of reckless aggravated assault March 2nd by a Unicoi County grand jury.  According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol the collision that injured 6-year-old Austin Smith and his grandmother, Katherine Bryant, occurred at around 6:30 a.m. on March 6, 2014. A school bus, which was traveling southbound, had stopped to pick up Smith. The bus had on its yellow flashing lights, stop bar out and red lights engaged. The SUV driven by Waterhouse was traveling northbound and continued through the bus' stop signals, striking both Smith and Bryant.  Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries. Several court hearings leading up to Waterhouse's move last month to waive her preliminary hearing had been postponed, as attorneys on both side of the case were awaiting the results of a blood test taken they day of the alleged collision. Waterhouse is scheduled to appear in Criminal Court on April 6.