McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating a local runaway teen.
Allyson Marie Comar, 17, left her residence at 78 Comar Forge Drive in Marion on Wednesday, April 8 and was supposed to return on Thursday, April 9. Her father reported her missing on Monday, April 13. She is described as a white female who stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. She has medium-length, straight brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information concerning Comar’s whereabouts is asked to call the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office at 652-2235 or the McDowell County 911 communications center at 652-4000.
On April 14th Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Dwayne Byrd, age 39, was charged with five counts of Embezzlement by Public Officer or Trustee after an investigation by Lt.Det. John D. Robinson. These offenses took place between July, 2010 and March, 2015. A total of $79,465.19 was mis-used. On March 31st the Board of Directors of Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department Inc. met with Yancey County Sheriff Gary Banks and reported that their Chief had been using the fire department's debit card for his own use. The Sheriff advised them that it needed to be investigated and if it was found to be true, then the person or persons responsible would have to be charged due to the fact that the funds of a volunteer fire department are generated from local tax monies. These funds are different than those of a private business in that these are the public's monies not an individual's. These funds could not just be replaced by the person or persons who committed the act nor can they be accepted back by the Board of Directors. Byrd cooperated and assisted in the investigation. Byrd has 21 years of service with Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department. A spokesman from Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department said that this will in no way affect the fire department's service or their ability to respond to calls and that the fire department is financially stable.
With the beginning of prom season, North Carolina the Highway Patrol will conduct Operation “Drive to Live” during the week of April 20, 2015. The operation will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. each day. (more)
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has implemented a plan to meet goals for stocking numbers and size of catchable trout for the 2015 season. The trout should have come from the Armstrong State Fish Hatchery in Marion however over 168,000 trout were killed over Easter weekend when three men tampered with the water intake at the Armstrong Hatchery. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s plan to meet stocking goals includes transferring 9- to 10-inch trout from the Bobby N. Setzer State Fish Hatchery in Transylvania County. This will offset part of those fish that were scheduled for stocking this year. The remainder will be made up by maximizing growth on fish that were being grown for 2016.
At the April 13th regular meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education, Yancey County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton announced the last day of school for Yancey County students and the date for Mountain Heritage High School Graduation. Friday, June 12, 2015, will be the last – half-day – of school for Yancey County students. Inclement weather in January and (more)
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 and Mitchell County Head Start is now accepting applications for children who are or will be 3 before September 1st up to Kindergarten. For Mitchell please call Courtney at 828-688-2199 ext. 17 and for Yancey call Casie, Holly or Sally at 828-682-6668 to set up an appointment or come by Head Start on Indian Trail.
The Toe River Arts Council’s Blacksmith Exhibit continues through April 25. Reception at TRAC’s Spruce Pine Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue on Friday, April 24, from 5 to 7pm. “Shop Silhouette”, forged metal by Rebecca Snavely, is one of the magnificent pieces on display.
On Friday April 24th, Kindergarten Registration will be held at Greenlee Primary School. Students may register at 9:00am or 12:00pm in the school gym. Parents need to bring the following information for registering your child: social security card, immunization record, and mother's copy of the child's birth certificate. This information is essential for registering your child. On this day, present kindergarten students at Greenlee will not attend so that there will be room for next years' students to register. It will be a regular school day for all other students. Please call the school at 766-9562 if you have any questions.
The 57th Annual Roan Mountain Spring Naturalists Rally, sponsored by The Friends of Roan Mountain, will be held April 24th -26th at Roan Mountain State Park. The Spring Rally will continue the tradition of offering nature enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy field trips and engaging programs that cover many aspects of the natural history of Roan Mountain and the surrounding area. The Roan Mountain State Park's Conference Center will host programs, meals, information booths and registration, while field trips will leave from the field on the left before the entrance to the cabins in the park. Registration will also be available at the field prior to the field trip departures. For more details log onto www.friendsofroanmtn.org. (brochure with registration form)