McEntire Appointed Chief District Court Judge

12/19/14 11:27 AM
Chief Justice Mark Martin has appointed Judge Ted McEntire as Chief District Court Judge for Judicial District 24, effective January 1, 2015. Judge McEntire will succeed Judge Gregory Horne, who will become a Superior Court Judge. District 24 includes Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey counties. Judge McEntire has served District 24 as a District Court Judge since 2009, and was an Assistant District Attorney from 1997 until being elected. He was a private attorney from 1995 to 1997, and graduated from University of North Carolina School of Law in 1995.

Mitchell High Plans New Multipurpose Gymnasium

12/19/14 11:23 AM
Mitchell High has announced plans to construct an auxiliary gymnasium on the campus in Ledger. The proposed 14,900 square feet facility would provide classrooms and athletic space for students and serve as a community area after school hours. The new gym will feature a basketball court surrounded by a walking track as well as a multi purpose room to be used for wrestling aerobics and other exercise classes. The building would also house a clinical area for the high school health and science program. The entire project is expected to cost $1.6 million.

Spruce Pine Town Board Takes Look at Pool Hall Ordinance

12/19/14 11:21 AM
The owner of a Spruce Pine Restaurant that opened back in October has asked the Town Board to take another look at an old ordinance which prohibits consumption of alcohol of any kind on the premises of any business with pool tables or a billiard hall. The owner of the Lower Street Tavern, Roy Ledford, has several pool tables in the family oriented business and was not aware of the ordinance until the issue recently came to light. Spruce Pine Mayor Phillips Hise told Ledford that the Board would look into the situation before making a decision.  

Police Investigate Habitat Home Break-In

12/18/14 11:29 AM
Last Saturday morning officers from the Burnsville Police Department responded to a call of a breaking and entering at 127 Celo Street, a home under construction in the new Mitchell-Yancey Habitat Neighborhood.  Officers met with two individuals with Habitat who were working on the home and were missing a number of tools that had been left inside.  Officers investigated the residence and found evidence in the form of a credit card dropped on the floor that officers believe was used to gain entry. The credit card led the officers to a residence near Depot Street where they quickly recovered the stolen property and returned it to the group working on the Habitat home. The department expects to file charges after the investigation has been finalized, according to the Chief Brian Buchanan. Burnsville officers quickly recovered a truckload of equipment stolen from the nearly completed Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity home.

Yancey County Gets Approval for Additional Ambulance

12/17/14 04:48 PM
Susan Odom from Mission Health told commissioners at their December meeting that Yancey will get badly needed expanded ambulance service, something the county has been requesting for several years. Odom told commissioners that she had been working on the expansion of EMS services in the county for nearly two years and that with the help of Yancey EMS director Clay Carroll, she was able to gather enough data from neighboring Mitchell and Madison EMS to show that the requested expansion by Yancey’s commissioners was necessary. Figures Odom presented to the commissioners show that since 2012 to date ambulances from the two neighboring counties accounted for some 524 transports of patients from Yancey County. On a regular basis, Mitchell or Madison EMS is on standby at the county line because all of Yancey’s ambulances are out on calls. With this data in hand Odom was able to convince Mission Health to expand a unit in the county to 12 hours per day, seven days per week. County manager Nathan Bennett told commissioners that since the increased expense for EMS service is already figured into the current budget the county can go ahead with the contract without a budget amendment. The board directed Bennett and county attorney Donny Laws to work on a contract amendment to allow Mission Health to extend services beginning Feb. 1, 2015.

County Hires McIntosh as New Tax Assessor

12/17/14 04:46 PM
Yancey commissioners at their meeting last Monday approved the appointment of Danny McIntosh as the new tax assessor for the county. He will replace Jeff Boone who is leaving the position he has held for four years to return his previous job in the county mapping department.  Boone has agreed to help the new tax assessor/administrator learn the job as the department prepares for the upcoming property tax revaluation in 2016. Property values are appraised every eight years. Commissioners said it was urgent to replace Boone quickly because the property revaluation process will get underway in January 2015. McIntosh, former Burnsville mayor and town employee in public works, police, and was fire chief. A businessman, McIntosh since 1986 has been managing partner and treasurer with GWP Inc., a locally based interstate trucking company. 

Yancey Man Charged with Shooting Dog

12/17/14 04:44 PM
A 30-year-old Yancey County man was arrested last week and charged in the shooting death of a neighbor’s dog. Jonathan Killian of Simms Fork Road in Burnsville is accused of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The family that owned the dog says they found their pet “Bandit” dead in the woods, near where Killian had been hunting in a deer stand. Bandit was a two-year-old Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix. Killian told deputies that he shot the dog on purpose because he thought the animal was a stray, stating that he had seen several dogs that week running through the property where he was hunting. The property is owned by his father-in-law. The dog’s owner, Delane Ponder, told officials that the dog escaped through a gate when he went to feed and water the animal. It ran off into the woods and he soon heard the sound of a gunshot. The case will now go to the district attorney who could decide to raise the misdemeanor charge to a felony. Killian posted a $1,000 bond Saturday night and was released. He is set to make a court appearance on January 13.

Burnsville Man Sentenced 21 Years for Child Pornography

12/17/14 05:17 AM
A Yancey County man charged with federal production of child pornography has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison without the possibility of parole. In August 2013, 28 year old Brian Wayne Moore, pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. According to court documents, a family member reported Moore's production of child pornography to law enforcement in May 2012.  Court records indicate that after producing the child pornography, Moore distributed it to another person he met on the Internet who he believed to be a 16-year-old. Moore has been in federal custody since February 2013. He will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. Moore was also ordered to register as a sex offender and to serve the rest of his life under court supervision after he is released from prison. 

Mars Hill University Acts to Preserve Ginseng

12/15/14 03:33 PM
Ginseng has been harvested for medicinal and commercial purposes in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina for as long as human beings have lived in the area. Due to this cultural and natural history, Mars Hill University attempts to grow a small amount of ginseng (more)

Yancey County Christmas Tree Recycling & Holiday Schedule

12/12/14 01:32 PM
Don’t throw away your natural Christmas tree!  Yancey County recycling and convenience centers will accept Christmas trees to be recycled.  Trees must have all ornaments, tinsel, lights, hooks and wires removed prior to disposal at the center.  Residents are encouraged to drop off trees in the designated areas at any of the county’s community recycling centers until (more)

Altec Ribbon Cutting for New Expansion

12/12/14 01:07 PM
County and Town officials gathered at Altec on Thursday for a celebration ribbon cutting for the plant’s new addition to the design engineering department. The 8600 square foot addition will accommodate 45 employees and allow the company to keep expanding its work force that has (more)

Improvements to McDowell County Rail Crossings

12/12/14 08:16 AM
The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Rail Division has made crossing safety improvements at two intersections near Marion. (more)

Holiday Booze It and Lose It

12/12/14 08:13 AM
The N.C. Department of Transportation and theGovernor’s Highway Safety Program will kick off the Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign today, December 12th, at a news conference in Asheville.  (more)

Local Unemployment Rates Drop in October

12/11/14 07:03 AM
Unemployment rates decreased in 98 North Carolina counties in October, including several in Western North Carolina, according to data released by the N.C. Department of Commerce Tuesday. Yancey County experienced a 0.6-percent decrease to its unemployment, rate down to 5.6 percent in October. The county had 418 unemployed in its labor force of 7,455, according to the data. Mitchell had a 0.7-percent decrease with an October rate of 6.0 percent, There were 400 unemployed in the county’s labor force of 6.715 people. Avery County had a 0.5-percent decrease with an unemployment rate of 6.2 percent. The county had 429 unemployed in its labor force of 7589.
Madison County had an unemployment rate of 4.4-percent in October, a 0.4-percent decrease. Madison had 444 unemployed in its labor force of 24,147.
McDowell County showed an unemployment rate of 5.7-percent, a 0.7-percent decrease. The county had 1,146 unemployed in its labor force of 20,070.
Buncombe County ‘s rate fell from 4.6 to 4.0-percent with 5224 unemployed in a labor force of 130,848. Graham County had the highest rate at 11.2 percent while Chatham County had the lowest at 3.8 percent, according to the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Judge Horne Appointed to Superior Court Seat

12/11/14 07:02 AM
Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Chief District Court Judge R. Gregory Horne to the Superior Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge C. Philip Ginn in Superior Court District 24. Judge Ginn will retire December 31. The 24th District covers, Yancey, Mitchell, Avery, Madison and Watauga counties. Judge Horne has spent most of his legal career in public service, first as an assistant district attorney, and for the past 10 years, as a district court judge.  

New Zoning Rules Adopted in Burnsville

12/11/14 07:01 AM
The Town of Burnsville adopted new zoning rules during the council’s regular meeting last week. The Planning Board had worked for over three years to update the outdated ordinance and redefine commercial districts around town. The amendments are consistent with the 2004 Burnsville land use plan and meet recommendations from NCSTEP and Small Town Main Street programs as well as recommendations from the Planning Board whose chairman said that the new plan protects peoples’ property and investments now and for the next 25 to 50 years. The zoning amendment hopes to establish quality commercial development as well as provide citizens with a clear and understandable set of guidelines and standards to follow while promoting tourism and protecting residential neighborhoods from inappropriate commercial development. Copies of the new zoning amendment and zoning maps are available at Town Hall during business hours.

Burnsville Fire Department Finds Land

12/11/14 07:00 AM
The Burnsville Fire Department has found a new location to expand after a year of working with the Town Council and new Mayor Theresa Coletta on the problem of not having enough space and easy assess for firefighters. The Council has set in motion the process that will finalize negations on a 4 -acre track of land inside the town limits off the Hwy 19 Bypass. The fire department has paid down its debt and has been saving for a number of years to make the move to a better location and should have no problem purchasing the property they have in mind after negotiations have been finalized. The Burnsville Fire Department is currently located on North Main Street.

TRAC Announces New Projects Coordinator

12/10/14 11:20 AM
The Toe River Arts Council is pleased to announce Robert Heffron as their new Projects Coordinator for the Toe River Arts Branding Project and Arts Resource Center [ARC].  Through grant funding, Rob will be working with professional consultants and local artists, coordinating efforts to improve the quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, and foster economic development in (more)

Mitchell County Ranked as One of Top Ten Best School Districts in NC

12/09/14 11:35 AM
Best Public School Districts ranks 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents.  A high ranking indicates that the district contains great schools with exceptional teachers, sufficient resources, and a diverse set of high-achieving students who rate their experiences very highly.  Congratulations to the Mitchell County Schools who rank number #9 out of  100 districts in NC through this study.  more

Sheriff Banks Offers Reminders for Safe Shopping

12/08/14 12:58 PM
“The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Sheriff Gary Banks. But what shoppers are neglecting is their safety. According to Sheriff Banks. “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and the extended store (more)

Henderson County Man Arrested on Drug Charges

12/05/14 12:38 PM
(New Release from Mitchell Sheriff's Department)
Mitchell County Deputies have arrested a Henderson County man on drug charges. Michael Tyson Gibson, age 45, of 5909 Green River Road, Zirconia, N.C. faces several felony drug charges. Captain R.V. Wiseman said just after midnight on December 4, Deputy J.B. Masters stopped a vehicle for erratic driving in NC 226 in the Ledger community. Gibson had pulled out of a driveway in front of (more)

Results from I-40 Challenge

12/04/14 07:47 AM
RALEIGH - – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and law enforcement organizations that participated in the “I-40 Challenge” during the Thanksgiving travel period, has released the results from the eight-state high-visibility safety campaign. (more)

Fire Marshall Conducts Drills in Yancey

12/04/14 07:03 AM
If you are wondering about all of the fire whistles going off around Burnsville over the past couple of weeks, don’t panic Yancey County is not burning down. The Yancey Fire Marshall, Neil McCurry, has been conducting quarterly fire drills at area business and all county schools. The fire drills, mandated by the state, are randomly done to test the response of the various fire departments and the reaction of the community to the surprise emergency situations as they arise. Emergency Management said that the drills have gone very well so far and that the exercises have been a good training tool for both the fire departments and the public. The drills are expected to last the rest of this week according to Emergency Management.

Yancey Board of Ed Sworn In

12/02/14 01:56 PM
Monday night, December 1st the new and reelected Yancey Board of Education was sworn in.

Mitchell Board of Ed Sworn In

12/02/14 01:33 PM
On Monday, December 1st Kathy Young, Angie Burleson and Gary Moore were sworn in to their new positions as Board of Education Members for the Mitchell County Schools. This ceremony took place at the Mitchell County Courthouse as Janet Cook facilitated the session.  The first (more)

Commissioners, Clerk of Court and Sheriff Take Oath

12/02/14 01:23 PM
The new and re-elected Yancey County Commissioners, Yancey Clerk of Court and newly re-elected Sheriff were sworn in Monday at the courthouse. (more)

Estatoe Man Arrested for Break In at BP Station

12/02/14 09:29 AM
Mitchell Sheriff’s Detectives arrested a man for breaking into the BP Station on US 19E in the Estatoe Community. Timothy William Hyder, age 22, of 573 Golf Drive, Spruce Pine faces a felony breaking and entering charge. (more)

Highway Patrol Reports Seventeen Fatalities

12/02/14 07:42 AM
RALEIGH – The Highway Patrol announced a preliminary number of seventeen (17) motorists who died on North Carolina highways during the Thanksgiving holiday period.  The holiday period officially began at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26 and ended at midnight, Sunday, Nov. 30. (more)

Zoning meeting scheduled for Dec. 4 at Town Center

12/02/14 06:56 AM
A hearing to receive public input on proposed town wide rezoning and amendments to the zoning map for the Town of Burnsville is scheduled for 6pm on December 4th at the Burnsville Town Center. The zoning map currently being used along with a map showing the proposed changes will be on display at the Burnsville Town Hall during regular business hours until the hearing. Copies of the maps are also available. The Town Council has ask the Planning Board to make changes and fine-tune old ordinances to fit changes that have taken place in the town over the past 45 years as the current zoning ordinances date back to 1969. The Town’s Planning Board has worked for the past three years on new zoning maps looking at making three commercial zones instead of the current two. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Mitchell County Designated a Tier 2 County by NC Commerce Department

12/01/14 01:16 PM
Mitchell County was raised from a Tier 1 to a Tier 2 designation for 2015 by the North Carolina Commerce Department. Mitchell was one of nine counties across North Carolina to change Tier designations. Tier 1 counties are the most economically distressed and Tier 3 counties are the least. Eligible businesses that are located in the lower tiered counties may qualify for some grant programs and larger tax credits than those located in the higher tiered counties. The rankings are based on an assessment of each county’s unemployment rate, median household income, population growth, and assessed property value per capita. Mitchell now joins Yancey, Madison and Avery Counties in the Tier 2 ranking. 

Oath of Office Ceremonies at Courthouse on December 1

11/27/14 07:01 AM
December 1st is the swearing in date for local officials who won office in the November general election. In Yancey County the sheriff, two county commissioners, the clerk of court and soil and water supervisors will be sworn in at 10 a.m. on Monday Dec. 1 in the courtroom at the court house. A reception is planned after the ceremonies. Board of Education members who were elected will be sworn in on the same date at 6:30 p.m. at the office on School Circle.

Small Business Saturday

11/27/14 07:00 AM
This Saturday is National Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday encourages people to shop at our local hometown businesses before heading out of town and fighting the crowds and traffic. Merchants in our local area have a lot more to offer at more reasonable prices than most people realize and keeping the money locally not only helps the local economy but sales tax dollars fund the schools and county services. So think locally before you head out to do your Holiday shopping over the next few weeks. Take advantage of special sales tomorrow on Small Business Saturday.

Local Nonprofits Receive Grant Monies

11/27/14 06:59 AM
The Yancey Fund and the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina have joined forces to award several grants to local nonprofits in Yancey County. This year the two organizations combined to provide a total of $67,500 to the following organizations: Dig In-Yancey Community Garden-$17,500 to begin a Mobile Kitchen Demonstration project, Toe River Health District-$15,000 for their children’s summer food program, The Southern Reconciliation Ministries Inc.-$15,000 to further its food ministry program, AMY Regional Library/Toe River Food Network-$10,000 to conduct a needs assessment study to bring together agencies to work on food insecurity in the Toe River region and Penland School of Crafts which was awarded $10,000 to support its SuitCASES program which provides trained teacher artist to local schools to allow teachers time to conduct state mandated one on one reading assessments. Since its inception the Yancey Fund has awarded grants totaling more than $726,000 to 39 organizations and agencies working in Yancey County.

Town of Burnsville Considers Allowing Backyard Chickens

11/27/14 06:59 AM
The Burnsville Town Council is considering a request that chickens be allowed in the town limits of Burnsville. The Planning Board recently discussed guidelines and came up with regulations for backyard chickens in the Town of Burnsville. The criteria for use by single-family residents in areas zoned C-2. C-3 and R-10 only state that five hens would be allowed per household, no roosters and the chickens must be raised for private consumption only. The chickens must be kept 20 feet from all property lines and be located in a rear yard in a coop that must meet specific guidelines. Applicants must present drawings of the coop, exercise yard and distance from the property lines with their permit application and meet inspection criteria each year to keep their permits renewed. These guidelines will now be presented to the council for approval.

Zoning Meeting Scheduled for Dec. 4th

11/26/14 12:47 PM
A hearing to receive public input on proposed town wide rezoning and amendments to the zoning map for the Town of Burnsville is scheduled for December 4th at the Burnsville Town Center. The zoning map currently being used along with a map showing the proposed changes will be on display at the Burnsville Town Hall during regular business hours until the hearing. Copies of the maps are also available. The Town Council has ask the Planning Board to make changes and fine-tune old ordinances to fit changes that have taken place in the town over the past 45 years as the current zoning ordinances date back to 1969. The Town’s Planning Board has worked for the past three years on new zoning maps looking at making three commercial zones instead of the current two. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the meeting.

Thanksgiving - Click It or Ticket - Underway

11/25/14 02:41 PM
Every year, thousands of people travel on North Carolina’s roadways to spend time with loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. For most of them, it’s a trip full of family, food and fellowship. But, for those travelers that don’t buckle up, the trip may not have such a happy ending. (more)

Buladean Man Faces Identity Theft Charges

11/24/14 05:03 PM
Deputies from Mitchell and Yancey County have arrested a Buladean man for identity theft involved in purchasing pseudoephedrine. Jonathan Webster Jenkins, age 40, of 317 Hughes Road, Bakersville   faces numerous felonies in Mitchell, Yancey, and Tennessee. (more)

NCDOT Awards Contract to Resurface 7 Miles of Madison County Roads

11/24/14 05:37 AM
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract for resurfacing along several roads in Madison County. (Details)

NCDOT Awards Contract for Yancey County Road Resurfacing

11/24/14 05:21 AM
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a resurfacing contract that will improve nearly six miles of Yancey County roads.  A $780,000 contract was awarded to Rogers Group of Nashville, Tenn., for the project. Work can begin as early as March 15, 2015, with final completion scheduled for Oct. 15, 2015. (more)

Second of Two Escaped Inmates Captured

11/24/14 05:14 AM
Correctional officers captured escaped inmate Frankie Noles Friday afternoon in Marion, about 24 hours after they picked up Jacob Pilkington, his fellow escapee. (more)

Meth Bust in Mitchell County

11/21/14 02:45 PM
Two people were arrested at their home on Natural Trail Lane off Mine Creek Road and charged with drug crimes on Tuesday November 18th. Elijah Stroade Biehl and his wife Julie Goforth Biehl who recently moved to the area from Florida, have each been charged with endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling to manufacture the drug. Deputies (more)

Forest Fire Shuts Down Hwy. 226

11/20/14 05:26 PM
A 15-acre forest fire that temporarily shut down Hwy. 226 from Hughes Gap to the Tennessee state line on Tuesday also engulfed the old Butler store in Buladean.  Fire crews from Bakersville, Buladean, Fork Mountain and Bradshaw Fire Departments responded to the emergency call. Together with help from personnel from the U.S. and NC Forest Services , the blaze was contained after several hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Spruce Pine to Join Overmountain Victory Trail System

11/20/14 05:25 PM
A recreational greenway trail is scheduled to be built behind the Spruce Pine Shopping Center in Grassy Creek as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail system. The trail traces the same path used by the famous Tennessee frontiersmen who crossed over the North Carolina Mountains during the Revolutionary War to face British forces in the Battle of Kings Mountain. The new portion of the trail will run from the shopping center to Carters Ridge Road with eventual plans to extend the greenway to connect with the trail at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine.  The trail will also connect with 87 miles of walkable pathways currently designated as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. The projects are being funded through grants from the U.S. and N.C. governments and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Fish America Foundation. Construction of the trail, which will be handled by the national Park Service and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, is set to begin next spring.

Town Approves New Store Location for Dollar General

11/20/14 05:20 PM
The Dollar General Store has received approval for a conditional use permit to build on a large lot off Hwy 19 at Cooper Street and West Main. Venture Properties VII. LLC received the go ahead from the Town of Burnsville zoning administrator and planning board last week. The company has agreed to comply with the town’s new development guidelines which will include building a structure that be in line with the appearance of other commercial structures in Burnsville as well as attractive landscaping for the parking area and sidewalks along the street. Dollar General, which has provided generous literacy grants to all Yancey County elementary schools over the years, has earned high praise from local officials who have stated that they expect the new store to be a real asset to the town.

Great American Smokeout November 20th

11/19/14 01:56 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2014 will be the annual Great American Smokeout. On November 20th (only), anyone who enrolls will qualify for 8 weeks of nicotine patches by calling or registering online with the North Carolina Quitline. (more)

Grandfather Mtn Baby Otter Passes Away

11/19/14 10:26 AM
Grandfather Mountain is deeply saddened to announce the unexpected death of 9-month-old Emmy, one of the mountain's newest North American river otters. Emmy and her brother, Oscar, arrived at Grandfather Mountain from a wildlife rehabilitator in August after being orphaned as pups, and they debuted to the public on Nov. 3. (more)

Sunday Morning Fire Destroys Mobile Home

11/17/14 12:45 PM
A fire Sunday morning on Country Meadows Road off Cattail in Pensacola completely destroyed a mobile home, according to Yancey Emergency Management. The 911 call came in at around 9:50 a.m. and when fire fighters arrived the structure was fully engulfed in flames, according to Mark Thomas at EMS. Personnel from Burnsville, Pensacola, Clearmont and New Dale Fire Departments responded to the call and were on scene until the fire was completely extinguished at around 1 p.m. There was no one home at the time of the incident and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Marshall.

Yancey County Deputies Arrest Three in Crime Spree

11/17/14 05:21 AM
(From Yancey Sheriff's Office)
Sheriff Gary Banks reports that on the evening of Saturday 11/15/2014, his office received information from Unicoi County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office to be looking for a brown van with a broken rear window. (more)

Lunsford Sentenced to Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter

11/15/14 01:39 PM
Marshall, NC - On November 14th, 2014, Jackie Brook Lunsford, age 43, was found guilty by a jury of one count of Involuntary Manslaughter after a trial in Madison County Superior Court. (more)

Breaking and Entering in Spruce Pine

11/14/14 03:33 PM
Two Spruce Pine men are behind bars after a Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputy caught the pair stealing items from a vacant home. Seventeen year old Jillian True Buchanan and Twenty year old Caleb Wayne Robinson, both of Fortner Road Spruce Pine, were arrested for breaking and entering a vacant house located at 157 Jims Drive in Spruce Pine. One of the men confessed to breaking the door open and taking a few small items. Buchanan was charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny and breaking and entering and was placed on a $75,000 bond . Robinson was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering.  

Beware of Dumping Hot Ashes From Stoves

11/14/14 03:30 PM
A series of fires sparked by the dumping of hot ashes and coals from wood stoves have damaged two structures in Mitchell County recently and have prompted officials from the NC Forest Service and local fire departments to issue warnings. An eight acre fire near Altapass damaged two homes but no one was reported injured. In spite of a thin layer of snow on the ground the cause of the fire was determined to be the dumping of fireplace ashes outside one of the houses. Officials say that low humidity and dry fuels like leaves and other forest litter are very flammable and that homeowners’ should always dispose of hot materials from their stoves in a safe manner. The NC Forest Service and four local fire departments arrived on the scene on Halloween night and found one of the homes on fire. Firefighters from Spruce Pine, Parkway, Bakersville and Green Valley Fire Departments were able to save both structures with damage to only one of the buildings. Officials say that hot ashes should be soaked and stirred in water contained in a metal buck and placed in an area where the wind cannot cause them to become combustible.  

Elk Knob State Park to Host Search & Rescue Exercise

11/13/14 02:20 PM
Search-and-rescue exercise planned for Elk Knob State Park. Agencies from across the region will participate Nov. 15 in a search-and-rescue training exercise at Elk Knob State Park, the first of its kind held at this park. (more)

State Implements Plan for Emergency Preparedness

11/13/14 02:16 PM
Raleigh – Work is underway to ensure that the needs of North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations are addressed during disasters. (more)

Body of a Bakersville Man left at Mission Still a Mystery

11/13/14 06:45 AM
Asheville City police still do not know the cause of death of 26 year old Logan Michael Pitman of Bakersville. An unidentified person dropped off Pitman's body at Mission Hospital in Asheville Saturday morning and fled the scene. Authorities have now located that person but have not released a name. Autopsy results were inconclusive but they are still waiting for results on a toxicology report hoping that will shed more light on this mystery death. 

Nearly 600 Halloween Drunk Drivers

11/12/14 03:44 PM
Raleigh— During this year’s Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, law enforcement officers from across the state arrested 583 drunk drivers before they could create real life nightmares on North Carolina’s roadways.  (more)

Registering for Job Search

11/12/14 07:02 AM
The Division of Employment Security is reminding claimants that Employment Security Law requires registering for work in order to receive unemployment benefits. Claimants may do so through NCWorks Online. Claimants are required to complete a full registration for work by logging onto ( in order to meet their work registration requirement for unemployment insurance benefits. The work registration must include the completion of the Resume Builder tool, which allows claimants to input their employment history and occupational skills and keep them up to date. The claimant must also maintain an active NCWorks Online account by accessing the system every 90 days to update and/or validate their resume. If you don't have intenet access remember you can go to your local library for help.

Madison County Brush Fire

11/11/14 06:54 AM
Late last night crews from 12 departments were still battling a brush fire that burned around 9 acres after it was noticed around noon yesterday.   It is still on the move up the steep mountainside in the French Broad Crossing Gated Community of Madison County.  Around 50 Firefighters were working the blaze from the ground along with a helicopter that was bringing in water. Officials say that no structures are in danger as that fire continues to burn. 

Body of a Bakersville Man left at Mission Hospital

11/11/14 06:52 AM
Asheville City police still have lots of questions about a man that dropped off a body at Mission Hospital and then fled the scene. The dead man has been identified as 26 year old Logan Michael Pitman of Bakersville. Investigators and hospital staff were unable to determine how Pitman died. An autopsy was been planned. The incident occurred around 1am Saturday. According to the ER staff, a burgundy Ford pickup pulled in front of the emergency room and a man came in asking for help. The ER staff loaded the body onto a gurney and then they told the driver to park and come in. But the driver drove off and left the hospital property. Detectives are continuing their search for the driver of the vehicle. 

Two Minor Earthquakes over the Weekend

11/10/14 05:41 AM
The United State Geological Survey is reporting that two separate minor earthquakes rattled Western North Carolina this past weekend. One on Saturday night around 8:30pm registered 2.4 the Richter Scale. It was centered about 7 miles north of Mars Hill and 22 miles north of Asheville. The shaking was felt in the Wolf Laurel area, no damage was reported. A separate earthquake earlier Saturday shook an area about six miles north of Grimsley, Tennessee. It was 2.5 on the Richter scale. It usually takes an earthquake of around 5.0 magnitude to do structural damage. 

Telephone Lines Down

11/10/14 05:40 AM
All Landlines in Yancey, Mitchell and Madison Counties were out of service late Saturday afternoon.  The telephone service interruption included the ability to call 911 for emergency.  All fire departments were on standby with personnel available at each local fire station in case emergency services were needed by the public.  The outage was blamed on a telephone switching problem by Frontier in Buncombe County. Service was restored overnight Saturday. 

Three Yancey Schools Recognized for High Performance

11/07/14 11:40 AM
Three Yancey County Schools are among only 78 other schools from around the state that have been recognized as Title I Reward Schools for High Performance for 2014-15, based on results from 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years according to the NC Department of Public Instruction.

Area Christmas Parade Dates Announced

11/06/14 06:57 AM
The Burnsville Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 beginning at 3. pm. The theme this year is “Christmas Bells are Ringing.” Stop by the Visitor Center/Chamber Office for entry forms. Entry is free before Friday Nov. 21 and after that date a $10 late fee will be charged. For information call the Chamber office at 682-7413. Spruce Pine will have its Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 29th at 6:00 pm.  The theme for this year's parade is "Christmas Around the World." You can contact the Spruce Pine Kiwanis at 765-1711 for more information. The Annual Bakersville Christmas parade will be held Saturday, December 6th from 6 to 8 pm. 

Three Yancey County Residents Arrested on Drug Charges

11/05/14 04:28 PM
(News Release from Yancey Sheriff's Department)
Three Yancey County residents have been arrested on drug charges. Susan Marie Jenkins, 58 of 949 Sam Robertson Road Burnsville, NC was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession with the Intent to Sell and Deliver Schedule II (Oxycodone), 4 counts of Possession of Schedule IV (Alprazolam, Phentermine, Diazepam ,(more)

Search for Escaped Inmate (update)

11/05/14 01:47 PM
The Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement are searching for an escaped inmate from Greene Correctional Institution, a minimum security prison in Greene County.At approximately 5:30 this morning, correctional staff discovered that Jeffrey Olds (0305860) had escaped when some clothes were discovered near a facility fence.Olds, 41, is serving 2 to 4 years for robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was due for release in February 2017. He is from Cumberland County and may attempt to travel there.Anyone who has seen Olds or has knowledge of his whereabouts should contact local law enforcement or Greene Correctional Institution at (252) 747-3676 .

Election Returns

11/05/14 05:02 AM
Polling places were packed all across NC yesterday as 44% of citizens turned out to vote. One of the closest races in the state was the NC House of Representatives District 118 which is made up of Yancey, Madison and Haywood Counties. Republican Incumbent Michele Presnell received 13,781 votes or 51% and Democrat Challenger Dean Hicks had 13,057 votes which represented 49%. (more)

Voters Take to the Polls Today

11/04/14 06:06 AM
Voters across the country are taking to the polls today to cast their votes in the general election. (more)

French Broad Worker Injured

11/03/14 07:24 AM
An employee with French Broad Electric was seriously injured during a storm related accident in Madison County is now listed in good condition.  First Responders reported that Larry Rogers was trying to repair a power outage when he came in contact with a live wire and was burned. He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist hospital in Winston Salem. 

Election Tomorrow

11/03/14 07:23 AM
Early Voting ended at 1pm on Saturday for the November 4th Election Tomorrow.  In local county races, in Mitchell County the Board of Education is the only race with seats up for grab. Voters will pick 3 among 7 contenders. (more)

NCDOT Crews Prepare for Snow

10/31/14 02:47 PM
The N.C. Department of Transportation is ready for the first major winter storm of the season. 
The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually cold temperatures, gusty wind and snow in North Carolina's mountains this weekend, particularly in the counties along the Tennessee border. (more)

Halloween Booze It & Lose It Campaign Kicks Off

10/31/14 10:18 AM
Raleigh— Halloween festivities usually involve spooky tricks and sweet treats, but the scariest situations of all can often be found on North Carolina’s highways. Drunk drivers make a terrifying decision when they get behind the wheel and risk creating real-life nightmares for themselves and others. (more)

Grandfather Mountain cougar Nikita passes away

10/30/14 04:28 PM
Grandfather Mountain is grieving the loss this week of one of its most popular and cherished habitat residents, a cougar named Nikita. (more)

Highway Patrol Concludes Operation Stop Arm Campaign

10/30/14 04:15 PM
RALEIGH - Highway Patrol ended its Operation Stop Arm campaign on Friday, Oct. 24th. The campaign which began on Monday, Oct. 20th, was focused on promoting traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops. (more)

Unemployment Rates Down Slightly

10/30/14 02:59 PM
Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 98 of North Carolina’s counties in September, increased in one, and remained unchanged in one. The September not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.1%. In Yancey County, the September numbers came in at 6.2%, a decrease of 1.0%. Mitchell County finished at 6.7%, down 1.0% as well. Avery was at 6.2% in September, dropping .08% and Madison wrapped up the month at 4.9%, a decrease of nine-tenths.

Commissioners OK Purchase of Old Forest Service Property

10/30/14 02:57 PM
Yancey Commissioners have given the go ahead for the county to purchase the old U.S. Forest Service building located on the 19 Bypass. Plans are to relocate the County Extension Service office and the Board of Elections office to the new building once the property is acquired.  County Manager Nathan Bennett said that the purchase of the nearly 6,000 square foot facility would allow the county to save taxpayers money by doing away with rent currently being paid to lease space at different locations around Burnsville. Bennett said that he expects that with the savings on rent the county should be able to pay off the $480,000 price tag on the property within a couple of years. The County was recently forced to temporally move the Board of Elections headquarters to the Burnsville Town Center after the owner of the property raised the rent and asked the County to sign a five-year lease.

Grant Helps Establish Remote Home Health Network

10/30/14 02:47 PM
The Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation has received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant of $76,738 through HRSA’s Rural Health Network Development Planning Program to establish a Connected Care Remote Home Monitoring Network.The grant will enable the foundation, together with the Center for Rural Health Innovation and the Mission Center for (more)

A Few Days Left for Early Voting

10/30/14 08:22 AM
With a Sheriff’s race in Yancey County on the line in the Election November 4th, early voting turnout has been heavy at the Yancey Board of Elections. Tuesday was the last day to turn in Absentee Ballots and a large number have been turned in for the Burnsville Precinct.  Early voting started last Thursday and concludes this Saturday. Early voting in Yancey County is at the Board of Elections office located at 6 South Main Street in the Burnsville Town Center.  Mitchell County early voting will be held at two locations, the courthouse and the old Spruce Pine Town Hall. Early voting comes to an end at 1pm on Saturday in all of those locations.  On Tuesday Election Return Coverage on the radio begins at 8pm.  Complete statewide results will be available on the web by selecting the “Vote 2014” button on our home page.

Westall Sentenced to Prison as Habitual Felon

10/28/14 04:39 PM
On October 27th, 2014, Lance Justus Westall, age 35, pled guilty to one count of Assault by Strangulation and one count of Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury in Yancey County Superior Court.  In addition, Westall admitted to being a Habitual Felon. In October of 2013, deputies with the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at 2023 Lower Browns Creek Rd.  After an investigation it was determined that Westall had assaulted his then girlfriend by strangling her and striking her in the face numerous times.  After the victim was transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital she was found to suffer from an orbital blowout fracture to her face, subdural bleeding of the brain, and swelling around her face and neck. Noting that October is Domestic Violence awareness month, Sheriff Gary Banks stated that “this case represents a serious act of domestic violence.  My office is committed to investigating and addressing cases that involve domestic abuse.  I hope that those who would lash out in an act of violence against a domestic partner understand there are consequences for their actions.” Judge Gary M. Gavenus sentenced Westall to between 72-99 months in prison.  In addition Westall was ordered to pay $16,710.59 in restitution for the victim’s medical bills. District Attorney Seth Banks stated that “this case demonstrates my office’s commitment to aggressively prosecuting domestic violence cases and habitual felons.  Domestic violence has no place in our community and those who break the law deserve to be punished.  I appreciate the hard work of Assistant District Attorney Milton Fletcher and the efforts of the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office in bringing this defendant to justice.”

Burnsville Announces Christmas Parade Date

10/28/14 01:53 PM
The Burnsville Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 beginning at 3. pm. The theme this year is “Christmas Bells are Ringing.” Stop by the Visitor Center/Chamber Office for entry forms. Entry is free before Friday Nov. 21 and after that date a $10 late fee will be charged. For information call the Chamber office at 682-7413. Details on the Bakersville and Spruce Pine Christmas parades are not yet confirmed. 

Buladean School Transferred to Community Foundation

10/28/14 10:58 AM
A special called Mitchell County Board of Education Meeting took place Monday, October 27th for final discussions pertaining to the disposition of property of the former Buladean School.  The board voted unanimously to transfer the deed to the Buladean Community Foundation.     

Town of Spruce Pine Receives Community Block Grant

10/27/14 02:15 PM
The Mitchell County Economic Development Commission and The Town of Spruce Pine have announced that the Rural Infrastructure Authority of North Carolina has awarded a Community Development Block Grant to the Town of Spruce Pine for the purpose of constructing a new sewer collection and distribution system for PRC Industries Inc.  The grant from the Rural Infrastructure Authority is in the (more)

Early Voting

10/24/14 09:08 AM
There were around 100 people standing in line in Burnsville earlyThursday morning for the One Stop voting to begin.

Robinson Chosen Yancey Principal of the Year

10/23/14 04:01 PM
At its regular monthly meeting on October 6, 2014, the Yancey County Board of Education recognized Cane River Middle School Principal Alton Robinson as the Yancey County Schools 2014 Principal of the Year. In announcing Mr. Robinson as POY, School Board Chair Mike Orr stated, “Everyone in this room knows Mr. Robinson’s work ethic, his heart, and his steadfast persistence to (more)

Toe River Home Health For Sale or Lease To Adapt To Changes

10/23/14 03:36 PM
The Toe River Health District Board of Health will hold a public meeting October 29 at 6 pm at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine to receive comments on their intent to lease, sell or convey by other means the facilities, assets and operations of the Avery, Mitchell and Yancey County Home Health Agencies. Toe River Health District’s three health departments have been (more)

Today is the First Day to Vote

10/23/14 07:09 AM
Voters can begin casting ballots for the November 4th General Election today. In Mitchell County early voting will be held at two locations, the courthouse and the old Spruce Pine Town Hall. Hours for voting in Spruce Pine this week are from 8am until 5pm today and tomorrow. One-Stop voting will take place at the courthouse in Bakersville from 8 am to 8 pm today, 8am to 5pm tomorrow and 9am to noon on Saturday. Early voting in Yancey County is being held at the Board of Elections office located at 6 South Main Street in the Burnsville Town Center. Hours of voting this week will be from 8am to 8pm today and tomorrow and from 8am until noon on Saturday. Early voting concludes at 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 1. 

NC NAACP President in Burnsville

10/23/14 07:07 AM
Dr Reverend William Barber II, the president of the North Carolina NAACP was speaking on the Burnsville Town Square yesterday afternoon.  Dr Barber was welcomed by the Yancey-Mitchell NAACP and spoke about recent legislation changes in North Carolina. The stop in Burnsville was part of the NC NAACP state conference March to the Polls Tour leading up to the November 4th election encouraging voters to participate in the upcoming election. 

Notice From the Yancey County Sheriffs Office and the Burnsville Police Dept

10/21/14 04:34 PM
Re: Verizon Cellular Scam
On October 20, 2014 hundreds if not thousands of people received telephone calls from number 919-555-5050.  The caller spoke in a broken English accent.  Some people received the call from a male caller while others received the call from a female caller.  The caller stated that he/she was with Verizon Cellular and that they were running a survey.  If the person they had called would answer 3 questions, then they would be credited $20.00 on their upcoming bill.

Question 1: Are you the account holder and how many cellular phones are on your account?
Question 2: How do you rate your Verizon service from 1 to 10?
Question 3: What would you recommend to better cellular service in your area?

After these questions have been answered, the caller will then say that he/she needs you to verify your last 4 numbers of your social security number.

These questions do not seem to be intrusive and a lot of people seem to be comfortable to give this information.  Beware! 

The following day, October, 21, 2014, several citizens of Yancey County have found that their cellular phone account has had primary phones disabled and other devices have been added to the person’s account.  Large monetary amounts have been charged to their Verizon account.  Overseas phone calls have been made.  It is reported that some bank accounts have had attempted access gained by unknown persons.

If you receive a call from the number, 919-555-5050 it is strongly advised that you do not answer this call.  If you have spoken with a person from this number and are having any problems with your cellular phone, please contact Verizon at 828-678-3530.

Two Arrested on Sex Offender Charges

10/21/14 12:54 PM
The Yancey County Sheriffs Office Sex Offender Unit arrested John Powell, age 44, of 66 Whistling Gap Rd in Burnsville on Monday night Oct 20th and charged him with being a Sex Offender on Child Premises, which is a felony. Mr. Powell, a registered sex offender, was reported by a concerned citizen to be on the property of Cane River Middle School. When officers from the Sex Offender (more)

Early Voting Begins Thursday in Mitchell and Yancey

10/21/14 05:54 AM
Voters can begin casting ballots in the General Election 2014 at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.  Early voting concludes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. (more)

Yancey Co. Hosts Western Regional Clerks Academy

10/17/14 04:22 PM
Yancey County Government and the Burnsville Town Center hosted the Western Regional of the North Carolina County Clerk’s Association on September 26, 2014.  Clerks to the Board of Commissioners from across Western North Carolina came to Yancey County to learn more about county government and to exchange ideas.  This is the second time in five years that Yancey County has been the (more)

South Toe Flooding/Tornado in McDowell

10/17/14 10:27 AM
The Tuesday, October 14th rainstorm brought both flooding and a small tornado in the area. The South Toe area of Yancey County had some flooding from the heavy rain according to Yancey County Emergency Management. Damage was reported at the Toe River Campground where the road was washed out significantly and several picnic tables were carried away but none of the campers were damaged. Emergency personnel also took part in a rescue from flood waters that threatened to sweep a vehicle   down river. The cab of the vehicle, which had driven into a high water area, was being flooded when emergency personnel arrived on scene. The people inside the vehicle were able to get out and emergency personnel pushed the truck out of harm’s way before it was carried downstream. The area received upwards of five inches of rain from the storm. McDowell County confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Montford Cove community around 8:50 pm. It traveled about four tenths of a mile and was on the ground about 30 seconds. No one was injured but several structures were damaged.

BBB Warns About Ebola Scams and Schemes

10/17/14 10:19 AM
Arlington, VA – Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a variety of Ebola-related scams and problematic fundraisers that have emerged recently. (more)

Operation Stop Arm

10/16/14 04:04 PM
In support of Operation Stop Arm the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones. The operation will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20th through Friday, October 24th. The Patrol expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.  

Intruder Shot by Homeowner in Buladean

10/16/14 07:22 AM
A Mitchell County man was shot last Saturday while trying to break into a man’s house in Buladean. 27-year-old Joshua Hicks received a gunshot wound to his leg while attempting to forcibly enter the home of Adrian Putman at 172 Arrowood Lane. Putman warned Hicks several times to leave his property and even fired a couple of warning shots after Hicks forced a door open on a screen porch and entered his house. After fleeing the home he was located by Mitchell County authorities seeking treatment for his wound at a hospital in Elizabethton Tenn. Hicks was later transferred to the Johnson City Medical Center and Johnson City police are monitoring him. Hicks will be taken into custody upon his release and held for extradition to North Carolina where he faces felony first degree burglary charges.

Mitchell County Cost Rise with New Rules on Housing Prisoners

10/16/14 07:21 AM
A move by the NC legislature will force Mitchell County to foot more of the bill to house its prison population. Currently counties in the state have been required to pay and house their misdemeanor offenders for the first 90 days after they are sentenced and this year’s budget will require counties to house DWI defenders for the first 90 days of their sentence as well, placing a burden on the county budget. Without a jail of its own, Mitchell County now pays to transport and house prisoners in other counties’ facilities and with an average of four DWI convictions a month the cost is set to rise. The price of jailing inmates has risen from around $231,000 in 2009-10 to over $707,000 this past year. With the cost of caring for inmates soaring near the $1 million dollar mark, county officials may take a look at building a jail of their own in the future. Some Commissioners believe that an in-county jail would reduce the counties’ liability to transport prisoners and would free up more money for the sheriff’s department.    

Untreated Wastewater Reaches North Toe River

10/16/14 07:20 AM
A discharge of untreated wastewater from a sewer main near the intersection of Riverside Drive and Spring Street occurred last week according to a report filed by the Town of Spruce Pine. Approximately 5000 gallons of untreated wastewater entered the North Toe River on October 9th according to the notice. The cause of the incident was traced back to a power failure at the Beaver Creek pump station. The spill was reported to the NC Division of Water Quality which requires notification in the event of a wastewater spill of 1000 gallon or more. 

No Major Storm Damage

10/15/14 07:11 AM
Western North Carolina dodged the major damage yesterday from the storm system that has been marching across the country all week.  There was tornado damage in Georgia and other Southern States and Tornado warnings were posted for many of the counties in WNC.  Minor flooding and power outages were also reported over night.  In Mitchell County the Little Switzerland rain gauge recorded 6.58 inches in rain in 24 hours. In Yancey County the Blue Rock area recorded 4.44 inches in 24 hours.  As a precaution, Yancey, Mitchell and McDowell County Schools are operating on a 2hr Delay this morning. 

Pedestrian Struck on Hwy. 19 Outside of Burnsville

10/14/14 11:27 AM
A Yancey County woman was struck and injured by a vehicle on October 8th near Blossman Gas in Jacks Creek.  According to NC Highway Patrol reports,  a 2001 Toyota driven by John Littleton of McKinney Cove Road Bakersville was traveling west on Hwy 19 and was entering the turn lane when it struck Thelma Williams of Comet Road in Burnsville. Williams was walking across the road and crossed in front of the vehicle in the turn lane when she was struck.  She came to rest in the roadway according to the report. Williams was taken to Mission Hospital by Yancey County EMS where she is being treated for several serious injuries. Littleton and two passengers in his vehicle were not hurt.  The incident happened at around 6 p.m. Wednesday night.

McDowell Teen Dies in Wreck

10/13/14 07:04 AM
The community in McDowell County is showing overwhelming support for a family who lost a loved one over the weekend. North Carolina troopers say a Nebo teenager wrecked his car on his way to take the SAT test. 17 year old Eleck Hensley died when his car left the roadway on Old Greenlee Road after a sharp turn, went down an embankment and hit a tree.  Eleck was among the top in his class at McDowell High. He was also a star tennis player and a devout member of the Grace Community Church. Friends say he carried kindness and leadership in all aspects of his life.

Presnell/Hicks Debate at Mars Hill University 10/13

10/10/14 02:02 PM
The Mars Hill University Political Science Program will host a debate between Michele Presnell and Dean Hicks on Monday, October 13th at 7:00 in Moore Auditorium. Presnell, the Republican incumbent, and Hicks, the Democratic challenger, are candidates for the 118th district seat in the N.C. House of Representatives, representing Madison, Haywood and Yancey counties. Questions for the candidates have been submitted by Mars Hill University faculty, staff and students. Education funding, fracking, and voting laws will factor heavily in the questions to the candidates.

Yancey Schools Receive Recognition for High Graduation Rate

10/10/14 01:19 PM
On October 3rd State Superintendent Dr. June Atkinson presented Yancey County Schools with a Top Ten in the State Award for the high school graduation rate at a banquet in Raleigh.  It marks the first time in Yancey County Schools’ history that the graduation rate has been recognized for such an accomplishment.  The 2014 graduation rate at Mountain Heritage High School was at (more)