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)
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 (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.
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.
MCAR’s Fourth Annual Wine and Whiskers fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, November 1 from 2-4PM at the Pizza Shop and Dry County Brewing Company, 585 Oak Street, Spruce Pine. Admission is a $10 donation for the purchase of shelter pet needs. Complimentary wine (more)
Noah's Blankets for Hugs is taking new or gently used blankets for V.A. hospital, Nursing homes, the infusion labs at Asheville and Spruce Pine, etc., now through November 28th. Donations can include: Quilts or Blankets, fabric to make quilts or a donation to buy items needed. Everything is greatly appreciated. This is a non-profit group who just wants to show love and help for those in need. If you have questions on where to donate please contact either Cindy Williams 828-208-2144 or Sarah Ray at 828-208-5551 or any member of Bible Baptist Church.
Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church will be having a Trunk or Treat Friday October 31st from 5-7pm at Tipton Hill Elementary School with free hot dogs, soup, candy and soft drinks. Pastor Tommy Hensley and the congregation invites everyone for an evening of faith, fun, and great fellowship.
Yancey NC Works Career Center (formerly JobLink Career Center) would like to invite you to trick or treat with them Friday October 31st from 1:00pm-4:00pm. They are located in the Hughes Commercial Center at 1040 US Highway 19E, Suite L in Burnsville. Costumes welcome! Happy Halloween!