Yancey Sheriff Report 1/12 - 1/19/17 (Details)

01/20/17 09:32 AM

Juvenile Crime Prevention Proposals (Details)

01/19/17 03:34 PM

Senior Employment Grant

01/18/17 12:50 PM
The High Country Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging has received  $172,410 to  provide temporary employment to low income older adults living in our area. This is the first year that High Country Council of Governments has received the Senior Service America grant.  The purpose of the grant is to assist unemployed older adults seeking to rejoin  the workforce through on-the-job training at public agencies and local nonprofits. This will also help keep these seniors from feeling isolated from the community. High Country Council of Governments  covers Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Ashe, Alleghany, Watauga and Wilkes counties. 

Special Meeting Yancey Commissioners 1/23 (Details)

01/17/17 11:56 AM

Special Meeting for Burnsville Town Council

01/16/17 01:03 PM
There is a special meeting tomorrow at 3 of the Burnsville Town Council. During this meeting they will discuss, among other agenda items, proposed updates ot the zoning ordinance for permitted uses and for sidewalk dining and merchandising. Also to be discussed is using creativity, art, parking etc to revitalize the town.

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 1/8 - 1/15/17 (Details)

01/16/17 10:09 AM

Baxter Healthcare to Pay $18 Million to Resolve Charges

01/13/17 03:01 PM
According to the Department of Justice, Baxter Healthcare Corporation has agreed to pay $18.158 million to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from their failure to follow current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) when manufacturing sterile drug products  at its North Cove facility .  The government charged that, between July 2011 and November 2012, Baxter introduced (more)

Yancey County Agricultural Task Force Report

01/13/17 02:28 PM
Yancey County Commissioners received a report from the Yancey County Agricultural Task Force at their regular meeting on January 9th that provides an action plan to increase local food production and farmer income in Yancey County. This report is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of work for the task force funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. (more)

Raising Your grandchildren? Help is on the Way!

01/13/17 01:36 PM
If you are among the thousands of grandparents in the U.S. currently raising your grandchildren, you don’t need anyone reminding you that yours is a challenging and often stressful situation. However, you do need to know that you are not alone, and more importantly, that help is on the way. (more)

Respiratory and Stomach Viruses, Flu Widespread

01/12/17 04:11 PM
Influenza is now widespread throughout most of North Carolina. State health officials encourage all residents to protect themselves and others against the flu.   The best way to stay healthy and combat a respiratory (flu) virus, stomach virus and other viruses is through preventive measures.  Getting the flu vaccine,  washing your hands frequently, especially after (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 1/5 - 1/12/17 (Details)

01/12/17 03:48 PM

Annual Count of Homeless January 25

01/12/17 10:17 AM
Wednesday, January 25, marks the annual Point-in-Time Count. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, coordinated by the Northwest Continuum of Care, is the annual documentation of the extent of homelessness in our region, which includes Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey Counties. The information from the PIT Count provides a valuable snapshot of the state and extent of (more)

Mitchell Receives $30,000 Demolition Grant

01/11/17 03:33 PM
The NC Department of Commerce has approved a $30,000 grant to help pay for the demolition of a vacant building behind Grassy Creek Shopping Center.  Formerly a T-shirt factory and known as the Phillips building the removal would make room for the 4.2 acre site to be developed. The Phillips family would have to pay any additional costs over the $30,000. A stipulation in the grant is that the site cannot be for public use, which means for parking lots or parks and recreational facilities. This grant program is for encouraging site rehabilitation and site availability for economic development purposes. 

Public Meeting on Carolina Theatre

01/11/17 03:18 PM
Thursday afternoon, January 12,  from 4 to 7 pm there will be a public meeting about reviving the iconic Carolina Theatre in downtown Spruce Pine. Ron Cohen will share his vision of how to purchase and renovate the theatre through crowdfunding, fundraising and grants. Cohen hopes the project will become a community space for performance arts, movies, community events and forums.  The meeting will be held in the upstairs room of the TRAC Gallery on Upper Street in Spruce Pine. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Fund for Mitchell County Announces $50,000 in Grants

01/11/17 02:46 PM
The Fund for Mitchell County is pleased to announce $50,000 in People in Need grants to local nonprofit organizations providing critical services for economically disadvantaged people. The grants were made in partnership with The Community Foundation of Western (more)

Mitchell Detectives Stop 3-County Crime Spree

01/10/17 12:48 PM
(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff's Department)
Mitchell County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Monuel Nicodemius Johnson, age 39, of Mollies Branch Road, Newland, Shawn O’Brian Riddle, age 43, of 49 Loggy Hollow Road, Bakersville, and Haley Brooke Renfro, age 21, of 938 Plum Branch Road, Burnsville. All three individuals face numerous felony charges in Avery, Mitchell, (more)

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 1/1/17 - 1/8/17

01/10/17 09:53 AM

Magana-Velasquez Sentenced for Rape

01/06/17 01:46 PM
On January 3rd, 2017, Heriberto Magana-Velasquez, 21 years old, was convicted of First Degree Forcible Rape, First Degree Burglary, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. During the early morning hours of December 19th, 2015, Mr. Magana-Velasquez left his home and drove around Yancey County to hunt for the victim’s residence.  While Mr. Magana-Velasquez had (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 12/29/16 - 1/5/17 (Details)

01/05/17 01:21 PM

ScaleUp WNC Looks for Small Businesses

01/04/17 11:56 AM
ScaleUp WNC is currently seeking applications from our area of growth-oriented small businesses to begin programs in February and June.   Mountain BizWorks and its partners were selected as one of eight teams in the nation who are a part of the Small Business Administration's ScaleUp America. There are 15 such communities across the country. ScaleUp WNC is the organization in our area. They will provide intensive growth strategy development and implementation assistance to two groups of 15 small businesses annually through 2019. In total, 150 Western North Carolina businesses with strong potential for growth and job creation will have the opportunity to participate.  Applications are due by January 29. Fifteen businesses will be selected for each program this year. If you are interested in applying for your small business click here

Mitchell County Man Accused of Shooting another Man

01/04/17 07:09 AM
A Mitchell County man is accused of shooting another man. Gaylon Byrd is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of meth. Byrd is being held on a $500,000 bond.  Investigators say that Byrd got into an argument with the victim at Byrd's home on Shady Lane in Bakersville and Byrd shot him.  The victim is listed in stable condition at Mission Hospital.

Mother and Son Arrested for Fraud

01/03/17 02:05 PM
An Avery County mother and son were arrested for trying to return unsold products at Wal-Mart in Marion. Annette Pagano Wallace, age 62, of 417 Licklog Road, Newland, was charged with misdemeanor larceny obtaining money under false pretense and conspiracy to commit obtaining money under false pretense. Her son Anthony Charles Wallace, age 40,  was charged with aiding and abetting to obtain money under false pretense and conspiracy to commit obtaining money under false pretense. Apparently Annette Wallace and her son entered Wal-Mart of Sugar Hill Road, Marion on Dec. 22 and attempted to return items that were previously unsold. (more)

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 12/25 - 1/1/17 (Details)

01/03/17 09:44 AM

Yancey County Man Charged for Shooting into a Residence

01/02/17 01:18 PM
Mitchell County Sheriff's Department
Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputies arrest Stephen Scott, age 55, of McCurry Road, Burnsville for shooting into a residence on Renfro Road, in Green Mountain. (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 12/22 - 12/29/16 (Details)

12/30/16 03:39 PM

Weaverville Man Wins Half of Cash 5 Jackpot

12/29/16 01:43 PM
Norman Rogers of Weaverville is the first player to claim one of two winning tickets for a $435,216 Cash 5 jackpot. Rogers beat the odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the Dec. 21 drawing. He’ll split the jackpot and get $217,608. He claimed his prize Wednesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $150,693.  He bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Handy Mart on North Main Street in Weaverville.  The second winning Cash 5 ticket was sold at the Murphy Express on North Howe Street in Southport.  

Bear Attacks Yancey County Man

12/29/16 01:33 PM
Mike Wilson of Yancey County was attacked this week by a bear. Wilson was in the woods in Mitchell County,  bear hunting with dogs when he came face to face with a 390 pound bear.  The bear swiped Mike Wilson's face and neck, just missing his jugular vein. Wilson shot the bear and while trying to reload his gun was overrun by it. The bear hid in a hole, but not before injuring two dogs and killing another. Another hunter in Mike's group arrived and put the bear down. Wilson was able to get up and get out of the woods, and friends took him to Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. He was released after nearly receiving 30 stitches. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises when you see a bear, face it and slowly walk away. You don't want to turn your back to a bear.
Piece by Michael Kline

Regional Artist Project Grants

12/28/16 03:19 PM
The Toe River Arts Council, Asheville Area Arts Council, and the Madison County Arts Council are pleased to announce the 2016/2017 Regional Artist Project Grant recipients. The Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) is an annual grant program that (more)

Yancey Sheriff Department Apprehends Fugitive

12/28/16 02:42 PM
Joshua Dale Garland, a fugitive from Unicoi County, Tennessee wanted on felony offences was apprehended by Yancey County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday December 28th and is being extradited back to Unicoi County  today. Garland was apprehended on Toe River Road  near North Bee Branch. 

Spruce Pine Boil Notice Cancelled

12/28/16 12:10 PM

High Peaks Awarded $60,000 Grant to Rebuild Mt. Mitchell Trail

12/28/16 10:19 AM
State officials have awarded the NC High Peaks Trail Association a $60,000 grant to rebuild a badly-eroded section of the Mt. Mitchell Trail, one of the most popular and iconic hiking trails in the Eastern U.S. Along with the grant, the club announced a fund-raising campaign to create a permanently endowed fund to cover short-term expenses for the project and other future projects like it. (more)

Stay Safe and Healthy Through The Winter Season

12/27/16 07:09 AM
RALEIGH, N.C. – State health officials encourage North Carolinians to take health and safety precautions during the winter months. (more)

Mission Limits Visitors

12/26/16 02:07 PM
Mission Health has  implemented  its Visitor Limitation Policy due to increase in reported influenza-like illnesses. Patients’ family members and friends are asked  to limit their hospital visits. Those under  age 12 and those who do not feel well are encouraged to call patients rather than visit them in the hospital.  This precaution is being implemented at Mission Hospital in Asheville and all their affiliates including Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine and  McDowell Hospital in Marion.  All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after their visit to help prevent the spreading of any influenza.  In addition, hand sanitizing stations are available at hospital entrances and throughout the buildings.

Special Session House Update (Details)

12/26/16 10:42 AM

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 12/18 - 12/25/16 (Details)

12/26/16 10:09 AM

Yancey Sheriff Report 12/15 - 12/22/16 (Details)

12/26/16 10:07 AM

FEMA/SBA Registration Center Opens in Gatlinburg

12/23/16 03:42 PM
KNOXVILLE, TN –The State of Tennessee, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have opened a joint Registration Center to help residents affected by the recent wildfires in Sevier County register for federal assistance. (more)

Yancey County School Board Purchases Land for New Elementary School

12/20/16 12:36 PM
At the special, called school board meeting on Monday, December 19th, the Yancey County School Board voted 5-0 to purchase a 30-acre tract of land near the Cane River Middle School. The school board has completed all required tests for the land, including a boundary survey, topographical survey, and soil boring and rock tests, all of which came back with excellent results. (more)

Special Session NC House Update (Details)

12/19/16 10:47 AM

MHU Receives Over $5000 from Bagley/McCollough Charitable Fund

12/19/16 10:43 AM
Five western North Carolina nonprofit or charity organizations have received almost $48,000 through a project called the Piggy Bank Project started by the Bagley/McCollough Charitable Fund of Asheville. Representatives from each organization met on December 1 to discuss strategies for creating cultures of giving (more)

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 12/11 - 12/18/16 (Details)

12/19/16 09:37 AM

Mayes Sentenced to 21 Years for Making Meth

12/16/16 12:52 PM
On December 15th a Mitchell County Jury convicted Patrick Michael Mayes, age 33, of Manufacturing Methamphetamine, Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine, and Possession of Precursor Chemicals with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine.  Additionally, Mr. Mayes was identified by the District Attorney’s Office as a Habitual Felon, which enhanced his sentence. At the time of the (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 12/8 - 12/15/16 (Details)

12/15/16 01:47 PM

Burnsville Town Sign Ordinance Back in Effect January 1st

12/14/16 01:08 PM
Beginning January 1st the Town of Burnsville will once again enforce the Town Signage Ordinance. Last January the Town Council placed a moratorium on signage restrictions inside the city limits to help businesses that were affected by the four lane construction.  The Town will remove any signage that does not meet the requirements beginning January 1st . Copies of the ordinance are available at Town Hall or click here  or call Jon England, the Zoning Administrator at 682-2420.

Christmas For The Smokies

12/14/16 12:21 PM
A special Bluegrass event  to raise funds for victims of the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area fires, is coming up this Sunday at Buck Stove in Spruce Pine. Christmas for the Smokies will be hosted by Nu-Blu, joined by Sideline, Tim Shelton and Rob Baker, The Garret Newton Band with Lorraine Jordan, and Darin and Brooke Aldridge. The event begins at 1:00pm at the Buck Stove Factory, 200 Ethan Allen Drive in Spruce Pine. Artists who are not able to attend the event have generously offered merchandise for silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Dollywood Foundation, for  the  wildfire assistance fund. For more information email sphillips@buckstove.com or call 828-765-6144.

Sex Charges against a 65 year old Mars Hill Man

12/14/16 08:30 AM
A 65-year-old Mars Hill man was arrested yesterday after authorities say he confessed to sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy. Danny Henderson is charged with two counts of statutory sex offense with a child. The child's father spoke out and said it was a horrifying experience for his son who now can’t sleep alone and won’t go outside by himself. According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Henderson is in jail on a $250,000 bond after confessing to the crime.

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 12/4 - 12/11/16 (Details)

12/12/16 10:03 AM

Yancey Sheriff Report 12/1 - 12/8/16 (Details)

12/09/16 10:51 AM

Yancey County Schools Rank High in the State and Region

12/08/16 02:01 PM
At the December 5th School Board Meeting, Angie Anglin, Director of Accountability and Exceptional Children, presented the Yancey County Board of Education with the results of the 2015-2016 EOC/EOG, regarding how Yancey County Schools rank among our Northwestern and Western Regions, and the State of NC.  Until recent years, YCS has belonged to the Western Region, but economic redistricting (more)

Yancey School Board Meeting

12/08/16 10:07 AM
At the regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education on Monday, December 5, 2016, Yancey County Clerk of Court, Tammy McEntyre, conducted the swearing-in ceremony for incumbent school board member, Norb McKinney, and newly-elected member, Edwin   (more)

Auditor Recount

12/08/16 07:18 AM
The Election was a month ago and the recount continues. Yancey and Mitchell Counties are a part of the state wide recount for NC Auditor. The recount is going on today and is open for the public to view.  The NC Auditor race was between Democrat Beth Wood and Republican Chuck Stuber. With over 5 million votes cast there is a difference of less than 6000 votes between the two candidates. 

Yancey Sheriff Office Makes Heroin Arrests

12/05/16 02:50 PM
On November 24 Deputies with the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Angelina Josephine Rigney of Asheville with Possession of Heroin, Simple Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released from jail after posting a $8,000 secured bond. Then on November 29 Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office arrest and charged (more)

McDowell Women and Children Confirmed Dead in Fires

12/05/16 01:57 PM
In an update to the Gatlinburg fires from last week, on Saturday the former McDowell County woman, Constance Reed, age 34  and two of her children were confirmed dead.  The two daughters, Chloe, age 12 and Lily, age 9 were found by the mother's side as they attempted to flee from the flames making it part way up a hill.  If you would like to make a donation to Parkway Church of God, 1103 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862, Attention Fire Victims Fund. As of Monday afternoon a total of 14 people have died and 134 injured  in the Gatlinburg fires.

Yancey County Swearing In Cermony

12/05/16 01:48 PM
The recently elected Yancey County Board of County Commissioners and the Yancey County Register of Deeds candidates were sworn in during a ceremony in the Courtroom of the Yancey County Courthouse on Monday, Dec 1st at 11am.  The honorable F. WarrenHughes District Court Judge, 24th Judicial District presided. 

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 11/27/16 - 12/4/16 (Details)

12/05/16 09:16 AM

McCurry Sentenced as Habitual Felon

12/02/16 02:27 PM
On December 1st, 2016, Linda Gail McCurry was convicted of selling a schedule II controlled substance, selling a schedule III controlled substance, delivering a schedule II controlled substance, delivering a schedule III controlled substance, possession with the intent to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with the intent to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled (more)

Unemployment Rates Remain Steady

12/02/16 12:28 PM
Unemployment rates  increased in 44 of North Carolina’s counties in October, decreased in 22, and remained unchanged in 34. Robeson County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent.  The October  not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.9 percent. In our area rates remained steady with only slight changes. Avery rate for October  was 4.5, Madison 4.4, McDowell 4.5, Mitchell 5.6 and Yancey 4.7 percent. All rates not seasonally adjusted.

Yancey Sheriff Report 11/23 - 12/1/16 (Details)

12/02/16 11:56 AM

Commissioners To Be Sworn In Monday

12/02/16 09:46 AM
Yancey County Commissioners will be convening on Monday, December 5 at 11:00am and re-elected Commissioner Jeff Whitson and newly elected Commissioners Mark Ledford  and John Stallings will be sworn in. The meeting will take place at the Yancey County Courthouse.  Mitchell County Commissioners will meet before their regular 6 pm meeting to swear in new commissioner, Keith Holtzclaw. 

Former McDowell Woman Still Missing in Fires

12/01/16 03:03 PM
Constance Allen Reed, who is missing since fast moving fires ripped through her neighborhood near Gatlinburg Monday night, is formerly of McDowell County. She is a 2000 graduate of McDowell High School.  As of Thursday afternoon, Constance Reed and her two daughters are still missing and her husband, Michael Reid continues the search for his wife and two daughters, 9-year-old Lily and 12-year-old Chloe. Reed and his son - 15-year-old Nicholas - drove away from their home to see if the fire was approaching. By the time they tried to turn around, it was too late - the pair was stuck in traffic and later blocked by authorities. Reed  last spoken to his wife at 8:15 p.m. Monday and she told him she could see flames across the street from the family's home and she didn't know what to do. Reed told her to call 911 and get out. When Reed finally made it back to his street it was completely on fire and his home was engulfed in flames. Reed said there were signs that the family escaped but so far has been unable to locate them. 

Help People in East Tennessee

12/01/16 02:42 PM
Many people in our area spend  a lot of vacation time in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area. If you are looking for a way to help those people after the devastating fires, one of the best options for donating money is to give to the American Red Cross of East Tennessee.  You can make a $10 donation to them by texting "REDCROSS' to 90999. Or follow this link. Also The Gatlinburg Relief Fund has been established at SmartBank. Donations can be mailed to: Gatlinburg Relief Fund, SmartBank, P.O. Box 1910,Pigeon Forge, TN 37868.

Farm-City Week Awards - 2016 (more)

12/01/16 01:39 PM
The Farm-City Week award breakfast was held at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Thursday, December 1st. Outstanding Achievement Awards were presented in eleven categories. 

Former MHU President Max Lennon Dies at Age 76

11/30/16 04:04 PM
A. Max Lennon, former president of Mars Hill College (now Mars Hill University), died Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Funeral arrangements are not yet complete. Lennon was a 1960 graduate of Mars Hill College, receiving his associate's degree in agriculture. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in animal science from North Carolina State University and operated a farm for several years (more)

Smoky Mountain Wildfires

11/30/16 07:11 AM
All around Western North Carolina people are in shock with the news of the devastating wildfires in Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. (more)

Young Named New Mitchell County Manager

11/29/16 04:19 PM
After several months  of taking applications and interviewing several well qualified applicants, Kathy Young was chosen to take over as Mitchell County Manager on December 1st. Young has worked for Mitchell County for 36 years and previously served as interim County Manager. She plans on continuing an open-door policy for county employees and all Mitchell County citizens. Young has been serving as County Clerk and will continue to do so until a new clerk is appointed. Young is also a member of the Mitchell County Board of Education.  

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 11/20 - 11/27/16 (Details)

11/28/16 09:00 AM

Yancey Sheriff Report 1116 - 11/23/16 (Details)

11/25/16 12:22 PM

Yancey Sheriff Office Awarded Two Grants

11/25/16 08:52 AM
The North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission has awarded two grants to the Yancey County Sheriff Office. The $18,000.00 Technology Grant is funded by the Federal 2016 Byrne Justice Assistance grant to North Carolina. The current Server supporting the Yancey County Sheriff Office and Detention Center has been in used since new portion of the Detention Center opened eight years ago. The current Server is taxed to capacity and well past the average time required for replacement. This Grant will provide much needed advanced support software and a CAD system that will provide more capacity for the offices. The $20,000.00 Internet Crimes Against Children Grant is a State appropriated grant funded from the State 2015 HERO/Internet Crimes Against Children Program. This grant will be used to fund the hours required to train a second part-time Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator as well as fund travel and attendance at specialized training events. In addition there are funds to purchase updated equipment as needed to conduct ICAC investigations. This could include, but not be limited to laptop computer, hard disk drives, thumb drives, CD’s/DVD’s, and other computer hardware or accessories. These products could be used to set up a second work station for the new ICAC investigator as well as used to process and store evidence generated in these cases to avoid possible “cross contamination” of cases.

Wildfire Information Center

11/24/16 07:07 AM
The U.S. Forest Service has set up an information center in Asheville to help people in the area deal with the many wildfires across the mountains. On Wednesday they were helping people with travel related questions, like road closures and air quality. (more)

Heavy Smoke from Fires

11/23/16 07:25 AM
Mitchell, Yancey and several surrounding counties got a taste of the smoke Tuesday afternoon from the large Clear Creek fire burning in McDowell County.  Smoky conditions continue today with a code red air quality alert in effect. The wildfire has burned around 1,200 acres so far. About 100 people who live in and around the Clear Creek area went to Greenlee Baptist last night for an update on the fire. An incident management team from Montana is helping with the fight, having just worked fires in Tennessee.  Firefighters believe they are making progress on the blaze. No Structures have been lost at this time in the Clear Creek fire. There was a structure fire in the South Toe Area yesterday at Winterstar Loop off Hwy 80 South.

Smoke Is in the Air

11/22/16 04:52 PM
There is lots of smoke in the area coming from a variety of sources. Heavy smoke in the air in the South Toe  area of Yancey County  is apparently coming from a structure fire on Winterstar Loop off Hwy 80 South.  There is also smoke in the area coming from over 1100 acres burning at Clear Creek in McDowell County and toward Lake Tahoma.  Anyone traveling NC 80 in McDowell County is urged to use caution due to flames near the road.  There are also over 400 acres on fire in Blowing Rock. As far as the heavy smoke in the Spruce Pine area it is probably coming from the McDowell County fire.  

Small Business Saturday This Weekend

11/22/16 11:14 AM
Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, November 26th.  It is the nationally recognized day to support local independent merchants. For every dollar spent locally, 45 cents stays in the local community. For every dollar spent at a chain store, only 15 cents remains in the area. It is also  a great way to escape the traffic and crowds of the major chain stores.  Support  the local small businesses that provide economic vitality and jobs and taxes to our communities. Remember to shop all the small towns in our area this Saturday. Spruce Pine is having special events all day Saturday with merchants   offering special sales and merchandise plus  a treasure hunt , activities and prizes throughout the day, a free performance by the Appalachian Dance Theater “Rockettes” in Central Park, Christmas Tree lighting with cocoa and marshmallows, and the annual Kiwanis Christmas parade on Oak Avenue at 6 pm. There will also be extra stores with Christmas items that will be inside the Spruce Pine visitors' center. 

Low Income Energy Assistance

11/21/16 02:58 PM
The Yancey County Department of Social Services will be taking applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program beginning on December 1.  This will be only for household that contain someone who is age sixty years and older or receive assistance through DAAS.  Applications will be taken from 8:30 am until noon at Bolens Creek Baptist Church on Bolens Creek Road off of Pensacola Road.  Then back at the office at 2 pm to take applications.   Bring the social security numbers for everyone in the household, verification of November income for all household members and bank statements for all household member for November if available.If there is money left in January, they will take applications for all households on January 3, 2017 from 8:30 until noon at the First Baptist Church on town square.  Then back at the office at 2 pm to take applications.

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 11/7/16 - 11/13/16 (Details)

11/21/16 12:39 PM

Yancey School Board Chooses Architectural Firm

11/18/16 12:09 PM
The Yancey County Board of Education held a special meeting on November 14th to review and discuss qualifications' packets received from architects from across the state interested in designing the new West Elementary School. Of the four architect packets of qualifications received, the school board unanimously selected Architectural Design Studios, LLC, as the architect for the new school. “We are very excited to work with Amy Dowty and Mike Cox of ADS,” stated Superintendent Tony Tipton.  “This firm is very familiar with our system, our needs, and the pride and heritage of our county.  They know what is important to us as a school system – but also as a mountain community.” Superintendent Tipton and the School Board look forward to beginning the design process with ADS.

Parkway Playhouse Receives Challenge Grant

11/17/16 02:19 PM
Parkway Playhouse is excited to announce that it has been offered a Challenge Grant by an anonymous donor. With this grant Parkway Playhouse will receive $30,000 if it raises $15,000 for the Operating Fund between October 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017. The grant will match $2 for each $1 donated by new donors (those who have not previously donated to Parkway Playhouse) and lapsed (more)

Summer Food Program A Success (Details)

11/16/16 12:42 PM

Yancey Sheriff Report 11/10 - 11/16/16 (Details)

11/16/16 12:38 PM

Special Meeting of Burnsville Town Council 11/17

11/15/16 10:43 AM
The Burnsville Town Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss a business plan for the Burnsville Town Center.  Also they will discuss a contract for removal of a barn on the Fire Department property and review a proposed ordinance of provisions for sidewalk dining and sidewalk merchandise including displays and furniture. 

Six Charged in Mitchell County Murder Case

11/15/16 07:22 AM
A total of six people are now charged in connection with the murder of a man in Mitchell County. 26 year old Joshua Buchanan went missing on Sept. 22. His body was found days later in a shallow grave on private property. (more)

Forest Fires Battle Continues

11/15/16 07:21 AM
Firefighters from 21 different states are continuing their battle with numerous fires around Western North Carolina.  (more)

Burning Ban in Effect for Yancey County

11/14/16 12:06 PM
A burning ban has been issued by Yancey County Fire Marshal Neil McCurry.  Yancey County prohibits all outdoor open burning across Yancey County, including within 100 feet of an occupied dwelling. The ban applies to all open burning regardless of whether a permit was issued. The open burning ban is  to help prevent the potential for increased wildfires due to extremely dry conditions (more)

Western State Parks Closed To Assist Firefighting Effort

11/14/16 10:03 AM
Several state parks in western North Carolina have been closed to allow additional staff and resources to be deployed to fight wildfires in South Mountains State Park and in and around Chimney Rock State Park, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced today. In addition to those parks, where fires have burned approximately 1,000 acres in both locations, the division has closed New River, Gorges, Elk Knob, Lake James and Mount Mitchell state parks and Mount Jefferson State Natural Area. People planning to visit other state parks in the western part of the state are advised to check the division's web site at http://www.ncparks.gov/ before making the trip. The parks will reopen when the fires are contained or extinguished and staff are able to return to their assigned parks. A handful of staff will remain on duty in the closed parks for security purposes.
 "It is never an easy decision to close parks, but our utmost priority is the protection of life and property in the parks and the surrounding communities," Mike Murphy, director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, said. "The dedicated park rangers, maintenance staff and other staff from our agency are working diligently and cooperatively with partner agencies and the local communities as part of this effort." The division has also expanded its burning ban on all fire, including charcoal, to all parks west of Interstate 95.

Fire Fighting Progress

11/14/16 07:12 AM
According to the National Forest Service higher humidity helped teams suppress fires on Sunday. (more)

State of Emergency in 25 Counties

11/11/16 07:36 AM
A state of emergency is in effect for 25 western North Carolina counties where active wildfires are burning, and a burn ban is in place in all piedmont counties because of the persistent drought and gusty winds. Yancey, Mitchell and Madison Counties are all included in the state of emergency. Evacuations have been ordered in Clay, Graham, Macon, Rutherford and Swain counties. (more)

Spruce Pine Icon Passes Away

11/10/16 02:05 PM
Spruce Pine icon, O.D. Calhoun passed away Wednesday, November 9th.  O’Barron Delaney Calhoun was 106 years, 10 months  and 4 days on the day of his passing.  Mr. Calhoun was a charter member and past president of the Spruce Pine Lion’s Club, a former member of the American Heart Association’s state board of directors, and a founder of Mitchell (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 11/3 - 11/10/16 (Details)

11/10/16 01:04 PM

Yancey County November School Board Meeting (Details)

11/09/16 02:58 PM

The United Way in Mitchell County Has New Life

11/09/16 01:31 PM
All has not been lost when it comes to the United Ways positive impact on Mitchell County. Following the dissolution of the Mitchell United Way in March 2016, which was voted into effect due to lack of funding, United Way Worldwide made the decision to assign the High Country United Way, based in Boone, to Mitchell County. Prior to disbanding, Mitchell’s Untied Way raised $32,411 in 2015, $44,332 in 2014, and $52,264 in 2013. Those numbers represent a 38 percent decrease in contributions within three years. High Country United Way, which serves Avery and Watauga Counties, is currently in the process of expanding into Mitchell County. The High Country United Way raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year according to available tax documents. $446,000 was raised in 2014 alone with $335,000 of that being given away in grants. High Country United Way has two full time employees and a 20 member strong board. Tom Hughes who works as the director of the Watauga County Department of Social Services is the current chairman of the High Country United Way Board of Directors. The High Country United Way Boone Office can be Reached at (828) 265-2111.

Campfire Ban at NC State Parks

11/09/16 10:41 AM
Due to an extremely high risk of wildfire, 14 state parks in western North Carolina have placed temporary bans on campfires, according to North Carolina State Parks. Restrictions on campfires and cooking fires could be expanded to other parks on short notice, depending on local conditions. Wildfires of less than 100 acres have erupted at Chimney Rock State Park in Rutherford County and South (more)

November 8th Election Results

11/09/16 05:25 AM
In Yancey County election returns two new commissioners were elected.  Mark Ledford received 4,480 votes and John Stallings had 4,212 votes. Incumbent commissioner Jeff Whitson was the top vote getter with 5,262 votes.  Those three along with Johnny Riddle and Jill Austin will make up the commissioner board. In the Yancey County Register of Deeds Race the Incumbent Susan Jobe was the winner with 4,608 votes. Rachel Austin had 4,017 and Veronica Murphy Gilley had 1,279. In Mitchell County the Unexpired term for County Commissioners was won by Keith Holtsclaw with 5,688 votes over Bruce Koran with 1,643.  
Two seats were up for grabs in the Mitchell County Board of Education race. Sam Blevins had the most votes with 2,993 and Sherry Bell was also elected with 2,425 votes. In other races involving Mitchell and Yancey county voters.. In the US House of Representatives District 11 race Incumbent Mark Meadows was the winner.In the NC House District 118 race Incumbent Michele Presnell was the winner. District 47 in the NC Senate Race was won by Incumbent Ralph Hise.

Burning Ban Issued

11/08/16 06:00 AM
Because of increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for 25 Western North Carolina Counties, including Yancey, Mitchell and Madison. The burning ban went into effect at 5 p.m., Monday, and will be in effect until further notice. (more)

Election Day is Finally Here

11/08/16 12:01 AM
The long awaited and talked about Election Day is finally here.  Voting polls are open from 6:30am until 7:30pm.  Most of the poll locations are at the schools in Mitchell and Yancey Counties.  There are some exceptions. You can check our website and select the "Election 2016" button for a list of Yancey and Mitchell County voting locations. (more)

Bakersville Comm Health and Celo Health Join Forces

11/07/16 02:48 PM
Bakersville Community Health Center and Celo Health Center are working together to improve access to health care in Yancey county.  The plan, recently approved by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), permits Celo Health Center to provide their services under the umbrella of the Bakersville Community Health Center. Celo Health Center will retain its name and location. (more)

Drug Charges Filed Against Two in Avery County

11/07/16 02:24 PM
On the evening of Oct. 29, a traffic checkpoint on U.S. 221 near Land Harbor brought in a large find for deputies at the Avery County Sheriff’s Office as deputies and K-9 units discovered large quantities of cash and drugs in one of the vehicles at the stop. After a K-9 unit alerted, deputies proceeded to search the vehicle where they discovered approximately 30 grams of cocaine along with over $10,000 in cash, leading to charges against two individuals. William Lontz Wilkinson, age 69, of Seven Devils, has been charged with trafficking in cocaine, felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, simple possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance and possession of marijuana up to 0.5 oz. Tamara Jean Parnell, age 46, of Boone, has been charged with driving while impaired, felony possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance and criminal contempt.

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 10/30 - 11/06/16 (Details)

11/07/16 09:06 AM

Yancey Sheriff Report 10/27 - 11/3/16 (Details)

11/04/16 09:06 AM

Additional Notice on Wastewater Discharge (Details)

11/03/16 09:42 AM

NC Forest Service - Fire Risk Press Release

11/03/16 05:22 AM
The N.C. Forest Service is joining forces with the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to warn people in Western North Carolina that the lack of rainfall in the area has increased the probability of wildfires. (more)

School Bus Rules o New Highway (Details)

11/02/16 09:48 AM