The Burnsville Town Council has approved their new 2015-16 budget. The budget includes a one percent water rate increase for customers in order to build the funds for major water and sewer repairs and projects. In other business, the Board also approved the voluntary annexation of the new Pizza Hut property. The Board chose not to take a pay increase for themselves and they eliminated the position of Town Administrator. Those duties will be handled by the Town Clerk and Mayor Coletta. Anthony Hensley will remain as Public Works Director. Mayor Coletta also has expanded her office hours.
Burnsville native and music pioneer Lesley Riddle will be honored Friday at 8:30 pm at the Mountain Heritage Center in Burnsville with a North Carolina historical highway marker. The ceremony will take place during intermission of Riddlefest and will be a proclamation presented to Lesley Riddle’s family along with recognition of the people who helped to get the marker designated. People being recognized include Chris Beacham of the NC Arts Council, Wanda Profit and the Economic Development Commission, Ron Powell and the Town of Burnsville and the Yancey County Commissioners. The marker will be placed on Hwy 19E near the cemetery where Riddle is buried at a later date after the construction of the highway is completed. An official dedication will be held at that time. The proclamation ceremony is in conjunction with Riddlefest that is going on Friday night at the Parkway Playhouse and the performance of Ensley, which is a stage production based on Riddle’s life and music that is going on through July 11 at the Playhouse. Lesley Riddle is an African-American musician who is credited with influencing the Carter Family and country music in the 1920s.
The Mitchell County Schools Board of Education conducted a special called meeting on Tuesday, June 30th to name the new Principal at Mayland Early College. The opening was a result of the retirement of Mrs. Muffy Dayton. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Mrs. Emily Dellinger to the Principal post at Mayland Early College for the 2015-16 school year. Mrs. Dellinger was selected from a pool of 64 applicants for this position. All three school districts participated in the interview process. During the 2014-15 school year Emily served as Assistant Principal at Mitchell High School. In that position she was responsible for overseeing curriculum, scheduling of students and staff and facilitating testing.
At the special called meeting of the Mitchell County Board of Education on June 25th several personnel positions were approved including Wendy Wiseman as Science teacher at Mitchell High, Marvin “Scott” Jacumin as Social Studies teacher at Mitchell High and Joshua Michael Brooks as Interim Social Studies teacher at Harris Middle School. In other positions Trixie Briggs was approved as Substitute Bus Driver and Kellie Briggs as a volunteer.
The Charles George VA Medical Center has for the second time in six months been ranked number one in the nation for patient satisfaction out of all of the VA’s Medical Centers. The center, commonly referred to as the Asheville VA, is one of two centers that serve veterans in our area. The other one, the James H. Quillen VAMC at Mountain Home, Tennessee, commonly referred to as the (more)
Mitchell triumphed over Chatham Central Saturday evening, February 7th by a score of 42 to 30 to claim the State 1A Championship. Kegan Hoilman won the Outstanding Performance award. Photos by Steve Hall.
Yancey County Literacy Council, Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library, and Graham's Children's Health Services are partnering together to put "Books in Boxes" and you can help. Yancey Transporation will deliver food boxes to Yancey families with children in need this summer. Help send children's books with every box to nourish their minds as well as their bodies. To help, drop a book in the box located at the Yancey County Public Library and they'll deliver it to a needy child.
The historical and ancestral "Yellow Jacket" John Bailey Cemetery at Relief was restored in 2002 and has been well-maintained each summer since. Money is needed for the Cemetery Fund to continue the cemetery upkeep for 2015. Contributions may be mailed to: James C. Byrd, Treasurer, P.O. Box 273, Burnsville, NC 28714. It is felt that many relatives among the host of "Yellow Jacket" descendents will be glad to help with this worthy project. With thanks in advance, James C. Byrd.
Stop by the Burnsville Toe River Art's Gallery beginning Saturday, June 27 and running through August 8 for an exhibition of the several of Avery County’s best artists. Featured are Barbara Aycock (paper), Pam Brewer (clay), Joe Comeau (clay), Patti Connor-Greene (clay), Heidi Fisher (fiber), Craig Franz (painting), Alan Hollar (wood), Rodger Jacobs (wood), Gaylene Petcu (painting), and (more)
July 1 Tickets Go On Sale. We wanted you to know. Yes, most events are still free and require no advance registration or purchase. However, this is a special year and there are some special events we wanted you to know about in advance. We've also switched some things around -- the banquet featuring Jay Leutze is happening Friday Night and the special event with Barbara Kingsolver (more)