Yancey Sheriff Report 10/20 - 10/27/16 (Details)

10/28/16 02:54 PM

Help for Yancey County Farmers

10/26/16 02:25 PM
Yancey, Madison and McDowell Counties got good news  for their farmers that have been affected by the drought conditions.  These area counties are among the ones that the IRS is giving special tax relief.  For farmers who have been forced to sell livestock because of the drought the IRS has extended the time for replacing the livestock.  If eligible you may be able to defer any tax on gains you received from the forced sales.  Yancey farmers also will receive help from a planned Farm Aid concert. Local musicians are coming together with Artimus Pyle, the legendary Lynyrd  Skynyrd drummer, on November 11th to hold a concert with proceeds going to help Yancey County farmers buy hay. 

Town of Burnsville Water Boil Advisory (Details)

10/24/16 04:36 PM

Four Lane Project in Burnsville Nears Completion

10/24/16 03:39 PM
Rumors have swirled throughout Yancey County as to when the new four lane project through Burnsville will be complete, the cones removed and traffic able to use all four lanes. According to Rick Tipton of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, that should happen next week. There will not be an official ribbon cutting. According to Tipton the permanent signs are being put in place this week. After that the cones will be removed and all the lanes will be open except for occasional closures of some areas when a few sidewalks and other small projects are being completed. Yancey County residents will still be dealing with a construction zone in the eastern portion of the county as the Micaville to Spruce Pine construction continues.  

Mitchell Chamber Candidates Forum

10/24/16 01:30 PM
Every election cycle the Mitchell County Chamber hosts a Candidates Forum to give citizens an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear their platforms and views. On Thursday October 27th at 6 PM at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville the Chamber will host a forum presenting candidates from the NC Senate District 24, NC House District 85, Mitchell County Commissioners and Mitchell County Board of Education. The public is invited to submit questions for the candidates. Not all questions can be used due to time constraints.  Questions can be submitted by clicking here.

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 10/16-16 - 10/23/16 (Details)

10/24/16 09:42 AM

Yancey Sheriff Report 10/12 - 10/20/16 (Details)

10/20/16 12:30 PM

Red Ribbon Week to Feature National Speaker

10/20/16 10:33 AM
Since its inception in 1988, millions of people around the world have participated in the National Red Ribbon Campaign – and local youth are no exception. The highlight of this year’s Red Ribbon Week festivities will be a series of fun, youth-oriented presentations at local middle schools.  Ty Sells, a nationally acclaimed speaker from Youth to Youth International with more than (more)

March to the Polls to Kick off Event

10/20/16 09:59 AM
The Yancey / Mitchell Branch of the NC NAACP will lead a March to the Polls to kick-off the first week of Early Voting. The March to the Polls will be part of the statewide "It’s Our Time, It’s Our Vote" campaign to register, educate, mobilize and protect the vote in North Carolina. The March is one of more than 50 marches across the state during the first week of Early Voting. The March is being held Friday at 4pm in the parking lot of Roses in Burnsville. 

Early Voting Begins

10/19/16 06:04 AM
Early voting for the November 8th election begins tomorrow and runs for 17 days. One-stop Absentee Voting or "Early Voting" as it is commonly known allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person on select days prior to Election Day.(more)

Knife Assault at Dollar General in Marion

10/18/16 02:10 PM
 Authorities have arrested Jonathan Derick Mace, age 23 , of Old Morganton Road, Marion and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and resist, obstruct or delay after officers with the Marion Police Department responded to Dollar General on 746 East Court Street in Marion in reference to an assault inside the store last Sunday morning, October 16th.  According to police, Harris was attempting to pay for his items at the register when Mace approached him from behind and apparently knifed him in the back. Harris said to his knowledge he had never met Mace prior to the incident. Another person told police that the suspect thought Harris had assaulted a relative of his. There was no report of an assault by Harris.

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 10/9/16 - 10/16-16 (Details)

10/17/16 09:56 AM

Yancey BOE Rules on 6th Grade Sports

10/14/16 03:01 PM
The Yancey County Board of Education has decided to let sixth graders play some middle school sports. This past summer, the state board of education ruled that each local school system can choose to allow sixth graders to participate in all middle school interscholastic sports, excluding football.  Mountain Heritage High School  Athletic Director Joey Robinson led a committee this past month in researching the pros and cons of this topic.  On behalf of this committee, Robinson recommended – and the Board approved - the integration of six graders into the middle school interscholastic sports beginning with the winter (basketball) season.   

Yancey Sheriff Report 10/6 -10/12/16 (Details)

10/14/16 02:25 PM

Tipton Named Principal of the Year

10/14/16 02:11 PM
At its regular monthly meeting the Yancey County Board of Education announced that Dr. Barbara Tipton, Principal at Burnsville Elementary School, has been named the Yancey County Schools 2016-17 Principal of the Year.  Dr. Barbara Tipton is in her fourth year at (more)

Part of Town Center Leased To Brewery

10/12/16 03:50 PM
In a 3 to 2 vote the Burnsville Town Council has decided to allow the Town Center to lease out a portion of the building to be used as a brewery.  The business will lease Section C  for at least three years and house both a brewery and a tasting room.   Shannon Peterson  and Ruth Banks voted against the decision with Mayor Colletta, Ron Powell and Judy Buchanan voting for it. Peterson indicated that he is all for local businesses but that most people feel that the town center should be used for short term rental and that there are other buildings available in the town for lease. Yancey EDC Director Wanda Proffitt believes it is an opportunity for Yancey County to manufacture a product to export, which will help the local economy. 

Mitchell Chooses New EDC Director

10/11/16 02:56 PM
The Mitchell County Economic Development Commission announced today that a selection had been made to fill the vacant EDC Director position. The EDC board announced that Mrs. Laura Verla has accepted their offerto fill the position.  Mrs. Verla received her Master of Business Administration from Appalachian State University and has worked as Federal Tax Associate and Certified Public Accountant during her career. Mrs. Verla will begin work at the EDC office within the next two weeks.

Yancey Sheriffs Office Collecting for Hurricane Victims

10/10/16 05:04 PM
The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations to be delivered to the areas in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Mathew. Donations may be dropped off at the Yancey County Sheriff’s office between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The following Items are needed: (more)

Suspects Arrested in Buchanan Disappearance

10/10/16 03:06 PM
Both suspects in a Mitchell County missing persons case have been apprehended in two separate locations in  Georgia.  According to Mitchell County Sheriff Donald Street,  Felicia Fox and Travis Bowman are in custody in Georgia. Both are charged with the first-degree kidnapping of 26-year-old Joshua Buchanan.   Sheriff Street says both could face additional charges related (more)

Body Found in Mitchell County

10/10/16 10:48 AM
Mitchell County authorities believe they have located the body of a Bakersville man who was last seen at his home in Bakersville on September 22nd. The SBI was called to the scene at a location off White Oak Road. A shallow grave was found containing what they believe to be the deceased body of missing 26 year old Joshua Emmanuel Buchanan. Arrest warrants for Felony Second Degree Kidnapping have been secured for two suspects, Felicia Fox and Travis Bowman, who are believed to be connected with his disappearance. Detectives believe the suspects have fled the state and may be in Georgia. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

Mitchell Sheriff's Activity Report 9/18 - 10/9/16 (Details)

10/10/16 10:41 AM

Mitchell County Helps Those Seeking Refuge from Hurricane Matthew

10/06/16 04:07 PM
Local hotels and individuals are opening up their homes and rooms for those fleeing Hurricane Matthew. Some Mitchell County locals have offered up their homes, rooms and cabins at no charge for those seeking refuge. A list of local hotels that will have rooms available will also be available and updated. If you know of someone fleeing the storm who needs accommodations, please contact our Mitchell County Visitor Center at 828-765-9483. If you have a room or cottage that you would like to make available, please call our Visitor Center to be added to the list. The Mitchell County Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 am-5 pm.

Crisis Intervention Program Available

10/06/16 03:59 PM
The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) serves individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. A household is in a crisis if it is currently experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and sufficient, timely, and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source. (more)

Crisis Intervention Program Available

10/06/16 03:59 PM
The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) serves individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. A household is in a crisis if it is currently experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and sufficient, timely, and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source. (more)

Mitchell County Schools Lockdown

10/06/16 03:47 PM
Mitchell County Schools have had several days of a "soft lockdown" since an incident early this week. On Tuesday October 4th around 2:10 pm a person driving a white 2005 Odyssey van with Tennessee tags pulled into the Valero at Grassy Creek and asked a lady in the parking lot if there was a school on that road. The lady pointed out Greenlee Elementary. The person then asked if they had a playground. The lady got concerned and did not answer  and got in her vehicle and called 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 office alerted Greenlee and law enforcement responded along with school personnel.  According to Mitchell County Schools Safety Director Kim Hodshon a soft lockdown was put into place. A soft lockdown is for when there is a threat outside of the school, not inside the school. All doors are locked and only school personnel and law enforcement are allowed in.  On Wednesday all Mitchell County Schools were placed on soft lockdown for student safety.  Thursday  all schools, except the high school were on soft lockdown.  The lockdown has now been lifted.

Yancey Sheriff Report 9/29/16 - 10/6/16 (Details)

10/06/16 03:45 PM

Bakersville Community Health Awarded $44,865

10/03/16 03:30 PM
$44,865 has been awarded to the Bakersville Community Health Center by  The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA.) This funding will support the health center to make strategic investments in health information technology enhancements.  In the fall of 2015 Bakersville Community Health Center implemented an (more)

McAlister Sentenced as Habitual Felon

09/30/16 12:17 PM
 On September 27th,  Rachel McAlister was convicted by a Yancey County jury of possession of a firearm by a felon.  The District Attorney’s Office also identified McAlister as a habitual felon, thereby enhancing her prison sentence. The case originated on May 2nd, 2016, when Ms. McAlister took a 9mm handgun from Price’s Creek General Store.  After an investigation by Yancey County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were able to identify Ms. McAlister as one of the individuals portrayed on the store’s surveillance system.  Deputies later recovered the handgun at Ms. McAlister’s residence.  McAlister had previously been convicted of numerous felonies in both Yancey and Mitchell Counties.Superior Court Judge Gary M. Gavenus sentenced McAlister to a minimum of 6 years and 11 months, and a maximum of 9 years and 4 months in prison.“This case should send a message to the repeat offenders who continually terrorize hardworking people and businesses,” District Attorney Seth Banks said in a statement.  “We as a community will not tolerate this behavior.  I would like to thank the Assistant District Attorney Milton Fletcher, the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office, and the folks at Price’s Creek General Store for their help in bringing Ms. McAlister to justice.”

Bald Creek Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

09/29/16 11:53 AM
Eight North Carolina public schools have been named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.    Bald Creek Elementary School is among the 279 public and 50 private schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
 North Carolina public schools (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 9/22 - 9/29/16 (Details)

09/29/16 11:49 AM

Notification of Untreated Wastewater Discharge (Details)

09/29/16 11:22 AM

Foothills Conservancy Purchases 208 Acres at Bear Den Overlook

09/27/16 03:01 PM
A key portion of the scenic view from the popular Bear Den Overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway is now permanently protected thanks to Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina.
Foothills Conservancy moved swiftly to acquire 208 forested acres along 1.6 miles of the parkway between mileposts 323 and 325 in McDowell County. The conservancy purchased the tract on (more)

D.O.T. Committee Comes to Yancey County

09/27/16 12:53 PM
The North Carolina General Assembly’s Transportation House Standing Committee wrapped up a weekend Western North Carolina retreat with their September committee meeting at the High Pastures Christian Retreat and Conference Center in Burnsville yesterday (September 26, 2016).  The majority of the committee members and their staff spent the weekend touring NCDOT Division 13 that includes (more)

Brown Sentenced as Habitual Felon

09/27/16 12:47 PM
 On September 20th,   Eddricco Brown was convicted of felony drug trafficking, 2 felony counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, and one count of felony obtaining property by false pretense.  Additionally, the District Attorney’s Office identified Brown as a habitual felon, which enhanced his punishment.  On December 19, 2014, Mr. Brown, a (more)

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 9/11 - 9/18/16 (Details)

09/26/16 09:22 AM

Yancey Sheriff Report 9/15 - 9/22/16 (Details)

09/23/16 09:13 AM

Drug Take Back Day in Burnsville Saturday

09/22/16 02:03 PM
 Do you have outdated or unused prescription drugs or unwanted over- the- counter medications? Drop them off at the Drug Take Back Day Saturday, September 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at The Prescription Pad of Burnsville, 730 E. Main Street, Burnsville.
You are encouraged to leave medications in the original prescription bottle for the purpose of identifying the medication only. (more)

Mitchell County Receives $2 Million for New 911 Center

09/21/16 01:39 PM
In late August the state 911 Board awarded a grant worth $2 million to Mitchell County- This is less than half of the $4.1 million requested by the county- to build a new 911 Center. County Commissioners recently agreed to move forward with the project despite not receiving the full amount. The $2 million grant funds could be used for site development and building construction. Current plans state that the new building will be located adjacent to the county courthouse in Bakersville. The county’s communication center is currently located in a modular building in severe disrepair across from the Mitchell County Sherriff’s Office. The county’s grant application estimated the total cost of the project to be just below $4.8 million, including $2.1 million for construction and $2.6 million for the technology and equipment. The county will have to use its 911 surcharge funds to pay for equipment. That fund balance is currently just shy of $1 million. Currently there is not a time frame for the project as arrangements still need to be finalized.

Public Art Meeting

09/21/16 10:07 AM
There will be a special meeting of the Burnsville Public Art Design Board on Friday, September 23rd  at 10:00 am. The purpose of the meeting is to consider public art for a public project.  The meeting will be held in the upstairs boardroom of the Burnsville Town Hall. 

School Board Releases Statement on Historic Vote

09/20/16 03:39 PM
At a special meeting on September 19th, the Yancey County Board of Education made the historic decision to close three of the county’s oldest elementary schools. Having spent the past month reviewing the impact study as presented by Superintendent Tony Tipton on August 22nd, the school board voted unanimously to close and consolidate Bald Creek, Bee Log, and Clearmont Elementary (more)

Reading Garden at Library Honors James Byrd

09/20/16 12:50 PM
Teacher and librarian James C. Byrd influenced and encouraged many students during his career as an educator with Yancey County Schools. One of those students wanted to thank this kind and caring man that he credits in part for his success in life.  (more)

Yancey School Board Votes for a New School Building

09/20/16 08:55 AM
After many discussions, meetings and studies, the Yancey County School Board has voted to move forward on a project to build a new school building. The building will be built to replace Bee Log, Clearmont and Bald Creek Elementary Schools. Board chairman Mike Orr said, "The issues are maintaining 1930s institutions, with the declining enrollment and therefore less money to operate every year,"  Bee Log, Bald Creek and Clearmont were built in the 1930s. Bald Creek is the largest with 173 students in 2014-15. Bee Log had just 54 students that year. The schools are all in the flood plain, and Bee Log’s septic system has failed. The district is pumping sewage from the school. Other problems identified with the schools included undersized classrooms and wood construction. Orr added that a good portion of students live in the western part of the county, so the new school will likely be built there. The school district does not have a location for the new school yet. One of the next steps will be purchasing land for the new building. The county plans to borrow $10 million for a new school. The school district will put up $1.5 million.

Gas Shortage

09/19/16 06:53 AM
A broken pipeline in Alabama created gas shortage troubles in the mountains over the weekend.  Six states -- Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and North Carolina are all facing possible gas shortages after a pipeline spill. All of those states have declared states of emergency. (more)

Town of Burnsville- Water System Pressure Advisory Rescinded (Details)

09/16/16 05:49 PM

Playhouse Names New Managing Director

09/16/16 01:32 PM
The Parkway Playhouse has announced that Kristen Livengood will assume the responsibilities of Managing Director at the theatre, effective immediately. As senior officer, she will oversee the management of all administrative and development processes, including all operations for Main Stage productions. For the past several years, she has served as General Manager of Parkway Playhouse. Livengood created  “Get the Hook,” the popular teen improv troupe, and has acted in theater productions at Parkway Playhouse and around the region.

Protests at Mountain View Correctional

09/16/16 01:09 PM
Four people were taken into custody by the Avery County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 9, after a protest outside of Mountain View Correctional Institute. The protesters were holding signs  protesting  low wages paid to inmates. There were no problems within the facility and no lockdown occurred. When confronted by prison staff the four protesters tried to leave the scene, but were (more)

Yancey Commissioners Presented Commemorative Artwork

09/16/16 10:28 AM
At their meeting for September, the Yancey County Commissioners were presented with two works of art commissioned by the County earlier in the year.  As part of the Mt. Mitchell and North Carolina State Parks Centennial the commissioners authorized County Manager (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 9/8 - 9/15/16 (Details)

09/16/16 09:26 AM

Two Juveniles Arrested for Felony Larceny

09/15/16 02:48 PM
(News Release from Yancey Sheriff's Dept)
On the morning of Sunday, September 11th, Yancey County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen tractor trailer from a local business owner. Also during this call, the business owner reported that they had received a telephone call stating that someone had located the stolen tractor trailer and that it was thought to be in the area of Blue Rock. Deputies responded to the call and recovered the tractor trailer and made a report with the vehicle owner. Upon investigation, Deputies found that someone called in a complaint about 12:45 am that prior morning about two subjects walking up and down the roadway. With this information, Deputies gathered enough information to get several names and conduct interviews. Throughout the day and several interviews, Deputies gained confessions from two juveniles. The first juvenile was a 17 year old male, and was arrested later that day. He was charged with Felony Larceny, Injury to Personal Property, Break/Enter a Motor Vehicle, Driving While License Revoked and Operating a Commercial Vehicle with No License. He is currently being held at the Yancey County Jail under a $15,000 secured bond. The second juvenile, a 14 year old male, will be charged with Felony Larceny, Break/Enter a Motor Vehicle, and Injury to Personal Property. Sheriff Gary Banks would like to thank all residents of Yancey County for their calls and concerns about their community. With the help of our citizens, you truly make a difference in Yancey County.

White House Drug Policy Office Awards 2016 Grant to Local Coalition

09/15/16 01:59 PM
Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), announced grant funding for 698 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Programs across the country. The grants will provide funding to local community coalitions for preventing youth substance use, including prescription drugs, marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol. Graham Children's Health Services, a local non-profit that serves (more)

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

09/15/16 10:32 AM
Friday, September 16th,  the third Friday in September of each year is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  Americans are called on to pause in remembrance and honor our missing members of the armed forces and their families and those who were prisoners of war. Today 190 North Carolina soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. A Yancey County soldier, J.S. Silvers, with the United States Army is one of the 190 unaccounted for American service members currently classified as Missing in Action in Korea. Thirty-nine of our North Carolina service members are unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. This day of remembrance and honor for our Nation's repatriated prisoners of war and their comrades who remain unaccounted for, is set aside by Act of Congress to remind us to stand behind those who have served and returned, and to do all things possible to account for those who have not returned. 

Town of Burnsville - Water System Pressure Advisory

09/15/16 05:17 AM
The water consumers of Town of Burnsville, in Yancey County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a water main break at 800 US Hwy 19E near Crest View Road.  (more)

Fish Kill at Lake James

09/14/16 08:31 AM
A fish kill at a Lake James in Marion has hundreds of fish washing up on shore and has state biologists asking questions. The North Carolina Wildlife Commission is testing the water in Lake James, as well as staff from Duke Energy, which operates a hydroelectric damn on the water. (more)

National Publications Give Mars Hill University High Rankings

09/13/16 02:33 PM
Two national magazines which publish respected college ranking guides again have given Mars Hill University high marks. U.S. News and World Report lists Mars Hill among the top colleges in the south, as well as a good choice for veterans. Washington Monthly ranks Mars Hill among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation and a “Best Bang for the Buck” among (more)

Charges Filed in Traffic Accident Death

09/12/16 03:47 PM
According to District Attorney Seth Banks charges have been filed against  Joshua David Krause in relation to the June wreck on Hwy 80 South that took the life of  Raeanna  McCourry.  Charges against Krause include misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and improper passing. The driver in the wreck, 19-year-old Joshua David Krause and Raeanna McCourry, age 16, of Burnsville, a rising senior at Mountain Heritage High School, were driving northbound on Highway 80 South around 5:30 pm on June 7th of this year when he attempted to pass a car in front of him. While he was in the southbound lane he noticed a pickup truck coming toward him, so he went back into the northbound lane, but overcorrected. This sent the car back in the southbound lane into the path of the oncoming truck. The truck hit the passenger side of the car where Raeanna was sitting. Raeanna was taken to Johnson City Medical Center but died later that day. Krause is expected to turn himself into the Yancey County Detention Center.

Mars Hill University Dedicates Two New Buildings

09/12/16 10:06 AM
Two new classroom buildings at Mars Hill University have made major impacts to the campus landscape, but even greater impacts on the university’s educational mission and the surrounding communities. Day Hall and Ferguson Health Sciences Center both opened for the fall semester last month, and September 9th the university celebrated the people who made possible the new facilities. (more)

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 9/4 - 9/11/16 (Details)

09/12/16 09:59 AM

Voting by Mail Started Friday

09/12/16 09:54 AM
Elections officials began issuing ballots to voters Friday, September 9th to those who requested to participate by mail.   “North Carolina’s voters are among the first in the nation to make their voices heard in this election,”  said State Board of Elections Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach.  To request a ballot, voters must complete the form available at ncsbe.gov. The form must be completed by the voter or by the voter’s near relative.  Requests must be delivered to the county board of elections office no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 1.  Ballots should be returned to the county board of elections office no later than5:00 p.m. on November 8.  Voted ballots delivered between November 9 and November 11 will be counted only if postmarked on or before Election Day. To check registration status, or to view a sample ballot, visit ncsbe.gov.

Special Yancey Commissioners Meeting 9/12 (Details)

09/12/16 09:48 AM

A Marion man wanted on sex offenses is now behind bars

09/12/16 06:51 AM
The McDowell County Sheriff's Department says a Marion man wanted on sex offenses has turned himself. McDowell County sheriff’s deputies were looking for 67-year-old Lloyd Roger “John” Crowder Sr., of 438 Holly Ridge Drive in Marion, on charges of statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child. Crowder turned himself in at the Sheriff’s Office Thursday evening. He is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a female acquaintance who is now 17, but was 13 at the time.

Yancey Sheriff Report 9/1 - 9/8/16 (Details)

09/09/16 09:35 AM

6th Grade Participation In Sports To Be Studied

09/08/16 12:48 PM
At the September 6th school board meeting the board heard from the athletic directors and administrators from both middle schools and the athletic director from the high school about the option for local school boards to allow 6th graders to participate in all middle school sports. In early August the NC State School Board voted to allow individual school systems to decide whether to let 6th (more)

Voter Registration Drive

09/07/16 02:51 PM
The Yancey County Board of Elections will be holding a voter registration drive at the Burnsville Library on Monday, September 12th from 10 am to 2 pm and again on September 17th from 10 am to 1 pm. If you need to register or update any of your voter registration information go by these events or go by the Board of Elections office in the old Forest Service building on the 19 E bypass in Burnsville during regular office hours. The office is open Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm, closed noon to 1 pm for lunch. For questions call 682-3950. 

Free Pesticide Collection Day

09/07/16 02:36 PM
Pesticide Collection Day  is Tuesday, September 20th. The Yancey County Extension Office, in cooperation with the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program  will be offering this Pesticide Collection Day for residents in Yancey  and all  surrounding North Carolina counties. This is an opportunity to get rid of any excess or (more)

Mt. Mitchell Doubles in Size

09/07/16 02:03 PM
Mount Mitchell State Park, which currently protects a little under 2,000 acres, will now reach into the western slope of the black mountains. Officials with the Conservation Fund have confirmed that 2,744 acres of land next to Mount Mitchell State Park will be added, allowing the 100-year-old park to more than double in size. The Conservation Fund bought the acreage at a price of $8.6 million and sold it back to the state for a much lower price of $3.2 million. One of the more notable areas contained within the newly purchased land is Cattail Peak. Until now Cattail Peak had been known as the tallest privately owned peak in the Appalachian Mountains. This expansion will also put the Cane River, a well known trout stream, into the care of the park. This will allow visitors more access during the winter months.  

Billy Ray Bailey Bridge Dedication

09/06/16 02:06 PM
This Saturday, September 10, a dedication ceremony will take place to change the Whittington Road bridge name to the Billy R. Bailey Bridge. Whittington Road is the road that turns off of Hwy 19W and leads to the Cane River Recreational Park. The event will be held at 11:00am at the bridge. A US Army Veteran of the Korean war, Mr. Bailey taught school in the Yancey County School System for over 35 years, teaching math at Cane River High School and drafting at Mtn Heritage High School.   Mr. Bailey served a total of 5 terms as Yancey County Commissioner. Billy Ray "B.R." Bailey passed away June 24, 2012. Following the ceremony there will be a reception at the Cane River Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, where Mr. Bailey served as a Sunday school teacher and deacon for many years.  The public is invited to attend.

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 8/28 - 9/4/16 (Details)

09/05/16 09:45 AM

Yancey Sheriff Report 8/25 - 9/1/16 (Details)

09/02/16 09:15 AM

Parkway Chase Driver Identified

09/01/16 03:43 PM
Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye has released the identity of the suspect in the high speed chase down the Blue Ridge Parkway last Friday, August 26th.   Huston Dwayne Hartley, age 22, of Elizabethton, Tennessee  faces numerous charges, including of possession of a stolen vehicle, injury to personal property, possession of marijuana, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to heed lights and sirens, reckless driving to endanger, speed violations and failure to maintain lane control.

Correction of Charges

09/01/16 03:30 PM
On a recent news release from the Yancey County Sheriff's Department Loretta Burleson, age 40 of Burnsville was listed as being charged with multiple drug offenses.  The Yancey Sheriff's Department has issued a retraction stating that Burleson was actually charged with Failure to Appear.  Burleson was not charged with any drug offenses. 

Unemployment Rate Decreases

09/01/16 02:32 PM
Unemployment rates decreased in 90 of North Carolina’s counties in July, increased in two, and remained unchanged in eight. Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.8 percent. Scotland County had the highest at 9 percent. In our area  Avery had 4.8, McDowell had 4.5, Madison 4.8, Mitchell 6 and Yancey 5.3.  The overall July not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.0 percent.

Boone Does Carving for Governor McCrory

08/31/16 04:43 PM
Well known local wood carver David Boone carved a Brown Lab dog for Governor Pat McCrory and presented it to him recently.  David did this carving from a picture of the dog that the Governor and his wife own and love. David said it was an honor to do the work for McCrory. 

Overdose Awareness Day is August 31st

08/29/16 03:54 PM
August 31st is international Overdose Awareness Day.  This is a problem in our area and across North Carolina. drug overdose claims over 1100 lives in North Carolina each year and is on track to surpass motor vehicle fatalities by 2017. The majority of the overdose deaths involve prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet and Fentanyl and almost all are (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 8/18/16 - 8/25/16 (Details)

08/29/16 09:33 AM

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 8/21 - 8/28/16 (Details)

08/29/16 09:16 AM

High Speed Chase on Parkway

08/26/16 02:40 PM
No one was harmed but it was a harrowing 69 mile chase down the Blue Ridge Parkway that began around 1 am on Friday morning, August 26th. The high-speed chase started  with a man stealing a vehicle in Carter County, Tennessee. With authorities in pursuit, the suspect wrecked the vehicle in Avery County and hid in the woods  until daylight. He then stole a GMC pickup and led authorities on a high-speed chase for almost two hours  ending at Webb Cove Road in Asheville.  After passing cars, cyclists, and motorcycles on the Parkway at excessive speeds, police were finally able to stop the truck at 8:30 a.m. using stop sticks. The Mitchell County Sheriff's Department, the Park Service and Buncombe County Sheriff's Office assisted Avery County officers.   Police have not yet released the name of the suspect or what charges he will face after the chase.

Forest Service Wants Your Seeds

08/25/16 02:25 PM
This  time of year  a lot of hardwood species are dropping their nuts or seed. The NC Forest Service is looking to collect those seeds be it black walnut, hickory, persimmon, redbud or any other native hardwood species. They will  collect the seed and send it  to their nursery in Goldsboro to be used to grow more tree seedlings. Each year the NC Forest Service collects nearly 50,000 pounds of seed. It takes an abundance of seed to reach this goal due to near half of the seed collected isn’t viable.  If you aren’t sure what type of tree you have, but you know it has seed on it, then give them a call and they will come out and take a look. The NC Forest Service also offers a variety of other services to private landowners. These include forest management, prescribed burning, tree planting, urban forestry advice, and much more. For seed collection or any other inquires on services call, 828-652-2636 and visit their website atwww.ncforestservice.gov.

Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz Wins Top Mining Safety Award

08/25/16 01:25 PM
Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz in Spruce Pine has been awarded a top mining safety award for 2015.  Unimin Schoolhouse held a safety celebration on August 16th for employees as well their families in recognition of the award and to thank them for the achievement.  Sentinels of Safety are awards given annually only to the nation’s safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury free hours and are widely considered to be the top safety recognition from the National Mining Association.   Unimin Schoolhouse also received the award in 2003, 2011, and 2012. Unimin Corporation is a member of the Sibelco Group, which  is North America's leading industrial mineral producer and a technology partner. Their silica, high purity quartz, feldspar, nepheline syenite, calcium carbonate, clay, kaolin, lime and limestone products are the fundamental building blocks of nearly every industrial and manufacturing process.

Mitchell County Receives Grant to Help Buck Stove

08/24/16 12:38 PM
Mitchell County has received a $46,850 grant from the state's Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority to help Buck Stove to build an emissions lab. The grant will go toward a $154,000 renovation project to house the new lab and help them meet the new EPA guidelines for smoke emissions from its stoves. Mitchell County will provide the local match part of $2342 and the rest will come from the company. Currently Buck Stove sends their stoves to Oregon to undergo testing. Having this emissions lab will allow them to know if they are meeting the standard before shipping the stoves, making the process more efficient.  Buck Stove employs over 100 people and will add five permanent positions as part of the grant.  

Ten More Arrested on Multiple Felony Drug Charges

08/24/16 09:47 AM
(provided by the Yancey Sheriff's Department)
On July 6th, 2016, Loretta Sunshine Burleson, 40, of Burnsville was charged on multiple drug offenses. She had been charged with Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, Maintain Place Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule II Controlled Substance, and Simple Possession Schedule II Controlled (more)

Charges Mount for Four Accused Counterfeiters

08/23/16 02:48 PM
Detective Billie Brown of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 33-year-old April Marie Byrd, of 7 P.G. Baptist Church Road in Marion, with possession of counterfeit currency, forgery of instrument and possession of five or more counterfeit currencies; 34-year-old Sylvia June Crain, of 104 Tatertown Road in Nebo, with forgery of instrument and possession of five or more counterfeit (more)

Spruce Pine Man Dies from Fall

08/23/16 02:19 PM
At 9:15am on Friday August 19th, Wayne Pendley, a local taxidermist from Spruce Pine died during a freak accident while moving a tree stand with a hunting buddy. The accident happened in the woods on the property on Cane Creek Road that Pendley was leasing for hunting. Pendley's friend was passing parts to Pendley when he saw Pendley fall head first out of the tree and hit the ground.  Mitchell County Sheriff's Department confirms that the death was completely an accident. Pendley was 63 years old.

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 8/14 - 8/21/16 (Details)

08/22/16 09:56 AM

Final Floodplain Notice for Micaville Water Line Project

08/19/16 03:30 PM
This is to provide notice that the Town of Burnsville has conducted an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, to determine the potential effect that its activity in the 100-year floodplain and floodway will have on the human environment for activities related to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) North Carolina Economic Development program. Burnsville has been awarded (more)

Bakersville Community Health Receives Award

08/19/16 03:14 PM
$93,750 has been awarded to the Bakersville Community Health Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Health and Human Services (HHS.) The Bakersville Community Health Center (BCHC) received these awards for their achievements in providing high quality of care and as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH.) (more)

Gall Resigns from Parkway Playhouse

08/19/16 01:58 PM
The Board of Directors of the Parkway Playhouse has accepted the resignation of Andrew Gall, Artistic Director at Parkway Playhouse for the past 12 years.   All current and future productions and activities will proceed without interruption.

SC Man Arrested After Traffic Stop

08/19/16 01:39 PM
(provided by Yancey Sherrif's Department) 
On August 13, officers with the Burnsville Police Department, Yancey County Sheriff’s Office, and State Highway Patrol were conducting a license check point at the intersection of US Hwy 19E and State Hwy 197 N. when a Toyota Tundra pulled up to the check point and rolled down the window, officers made contact with the driver. Upon (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 8/11 - 8/18/16 (Details)

08/18/16 10:13 AM

Wednesday Storms

08/18/16 07:42 AM
A state worker was in serious condition after being struck by lightning in Marion on Wednesday. Several witnesses said the victim was a Department of Transportation employee. His identity was not released. (more)

Spruce Pine Man Charged with Indecent Liberties

08/15/16 12:55 PM
Travis Martin Allen, age 22, of Spruce Pine, was arrested on Thursday, August 11th and charged with two Counts Felony Indecent Liberties with a Child. Stacey Hughes of the Spruce Pine Police Department was the charging officer. According to court records, Allen also faces one count of Indecent Liberties with a Child in McDowell County. He has no prior convictions in North Carolina. Travis Allen was held under a $130,000.00 secure bond.  

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 8/7 - 8/14/16 (more)

08/15/16 09:18 AM

Drug Investigation Spans Two Counties

08/11/16 04:33 PM
An Asheville man was arrested in Madison County last week on drug charges.  The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Alcohol Law Enforcement’s Asheville District office. Johnny Keith Helton, age 49, of Asheville was charged with the sale and distribution of marijuana after authorizes seized approximately one pound of (more)

Take Precautions, La Crosse Virus in Yancey County

08/11/16 02:24 PM
The Toe River Health District is warning area residents of  the dangers of mosquito bites. The tiny mosquito is the most lethal animal in the world and as little as ½ cup of water left outside for 3 days can lead to over 1000 mosquito eggs. We’ve heard a lot nationally about the Zika virus but now the sometimes deadly La Crosse virus has shown up in our area. Eleven year old JJ (more)

Yancey Sheriff Report 8/04 - 8/11/16 (Details)

08/11/16 12:52 PM

School Vandal Caught

08/10/16 10:40 AM
A 16 year old Burnsville youth has been charged with breaking in and vandalizing Harris Middle School. The Spruce Pine Police Department arrested Landon Street on Monday, July 22nd. Street allegedly broke a window to gain entry, turned off the switches in the breaker box and emptied the contents of two fire extinguishers, causing about $3500 in damage. Street admitted to the crime and was charged with injury to personal property, breaking and entering and felony after breaking and entering.  Sixteen year old Street is being charged as an adult.

Unemployment Rates Up Slightly

08/09/16 03:16 PM
Unemployment rates increased in 96 of North Carolina’s counties in June and decreased in four.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.2 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent. Mitchell County had the highest unemployment rate in this area at 6.2 percent. Yancey was 5.3, Avery 5.2, Madison 5.1 and McDowell 4.8.   The overall June not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.2 percent. Compared to last year all 100 counties are down slightly. 

Town of Burnsville Public Hearing

08/09/16 10:43 AM
The Town of Burnsville will hold a public hearing tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM, at the Burnsville Town Center.  The meeting is in regards to submitting an application for a grant of approximately $900,000 to replace existing sewer lines and associated piping for homes on David Park Dr., Bridgette Lane, and Brooke Lane and reconnect to the existing sewer line on Love Fox Road. The project will assist approximately 45 residential homes. The proposed project will provide benefits to residents in the Peterson’s Trailer Park on Love Fox Lane, No individuals will be displaced nor will any require temporary relocation assistance as a result of the proposed project.  If additional information is needed, please contact the Town of Burnsville at 682-2420. 

Yancey Commissioners Meeting

08/09/16 09:12 AM
A large crowd gathered Monday evening, August 8th at the Yancey County Commissioners meeting in support of area law enforcement personnel. The public was asked to go to this meeting to show support for a resolution honoring local law enforcement. The resolution states that law enforcement is essential for protecting Yancey citizens and Yancey County is fortunate to have highly skilled and trained (more)

Notification of Waste Spill in Yancey County

08/08/16 04:13 PM
The Town of Burnsville issued a notification on Monday stating that an estimated 80,000 gallons of untreated wastewater spilled at the headwaters of Little Crabtree Creek in the French Broad River Basin. The spill occurred on August 6th. The Division of Water Quality was notified and is reviewing the matter. The town is required by law to issue a news release when a waste spill of 1000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. For more information contact the Town of Burnsville at 682-2420.

NC Education Ranking Jumps to 19th Best

08/08/16 01:21 PM
Over the past two years, North Carolina has improved 18-spots in Wallet Hub's rankings of the quality of education, breaking through to the top-20 best schools in the country. In 2014,   North Carolina schools were ranked 37 out of 50 states plus the District of Columbia. But in newly released rankings for 2016, North Carolina improved to No. 19. North Carolina's latest budget will raise average teacher pay in North Carolina to more than $50,000 plus benefits for the first time in state history. Textbook funding has tripled and education spending overall has increased 13 percent.  Wallet Hub also found that North Carolina now ranks 11th in the country for safe schools. Wallet Hub's study measured the quality and safety of each state's schools across 17 key metrics.