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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Spruce Pine Public Library is conducting a dog and cat food drive with a twist, if you donate one bag of dog or cat food during the month of December, the library will dismiss your late fees. All donations go to the Mitchell County Animal Rescue. Drop off your donations at the Spruce Pine Public Library. For more information call the Library at 828-765-4673.
Funding For Good will be conducting four grant-writing workshops throughout North Carolina in January and February. If you are new to grant writing or research, or find yourself with experience writing grants without receiving funding, this is the class for you. With the current economic climate, grant funding has become more competitive and vital to the success of non-profits. Visit (more)
Toe River Arts Council will present a memorial exhibition of glass and neon work by Alexander Miles Dreyer at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery from December 17th through the 27th with an opening reception from 4 to 6PM on Saturday, December 20. The show will include Miles’ one-(more)
The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles’ driver license offices and license plate agencies will be closed fromWednesday, December 24 through Saturday, December 27 in observance of the Christmas holiday. All driver license office and agency locations will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 29.
In addition, all office locations will be closed on Thursday, January 1, 2015 in observance of New Year’s Day. Offices will reopen during normal business hours on Friday, January 2, 2015.