Truck Wreck

This truck wreck happened early Saturday morning. No one was hurt. The truck landed in the parking lot in back of the Mitchell News Journal. (click to see another pic)

Yancey County Schools to Participate in Statewide Tornado Drill March 4

As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 1-7, Yancey County Schools will practice its tornado and severe weather plans during a statewide tornado drill March 4 at 9:30 a.m. In 2014, the National Weather Service issued 81 tornado warnings for North Carolina and recorded 36 tornadoes that killed one and injured 34 people. Combined, the tornadoes caused more than $22 million (more)

New Administrator at Mountain View Correctional

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Mike Slagle as the new administrator at Mountain View Correctional Institution. Slagle is a 20-year corrections veteran who most recently served as assistant superintendent for programs at Mountain View.  He began his state service in 1994 as a counselor at a juvenile evaluation center.  He has also worked as a program (more)

New Principal Hired for Greenlee Elementary

The Mitchell County Board of Education has hired Julie Weatherman as the new principal for Greenlee Elementary. Weatherman replaces retiring Greenlee principal Alan English. She will begin at Greenlee on March 1st.  Weatherman was the Regional Positive Behavior Support Coordinator for the state’s 16 most western counties before talking the position. 

Slagle Resigns as Mitchell County EDC Director

Bill Slagle has resigned as Interim Economic Development  Director for Mitchell County effective March 9, 2015.  Slagle has accepted a position as Regional Industry Manager of the Northwest Prosperity Zone for the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.  Slagle has served as Interim Director since June of 2013. The search for a permanent director of the Mitchell EDC is continuing. Bill Slagle is also Chairman of the Mitchell County Commissioners. 

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Mitchell Wins Wrestling Championship (Details)

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.
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Order Your Chocolate Covered Easter Eggs!

The Church of God of Prophecy on Meadow Road in Burnsville will be taking orders for the chocolate covered Easter eggs from now through March 20th.  Orders must be in to deliver the last week of March, before Easter.  Call 682-2769 after 5:00pm or 675-5456 to place an order.

Weizenblatt Gallery Exhibition

An exhibition at Weizenblatt Gallery will feature the work of three local artists: Tamie Beldue, Kreh Mellick and Jon Sours. The exhibition, which is titled "Connections," is on exhibit from February 12 through March 13, with an opening reception on February 12 from 6 to (more)

Mens Support Group for Sexual Abuse (details)

Urgent Blood Drive

Due to the cancellation of blood drives recently due to weather, blood donors are URGENTLY needed!  Please donate if you are able and encourage others to donate too.  A blood drive has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 3; 1:30 – 6:00pm at First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, 125 Tappan St.  Walk ins are welcome.  Appointments are available at

Rabbi to Explore Interfaith Dialogue

Mars Hill University will host a program called "The Many Paths to a Heart of Wisdom," at 6 pm on March 3 in Bentley Fellowship Hall with Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Ph.D., Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, PA.  Rabbi Fuchs-Kreimer is (more)

Area Nonprofits Invited to Free Roundtables

WNC Nonprofit Pathways is sponsoring a series of free one-hour roundtables to help nonprofits on topics which will make them more effective in their work. The roundtables will be held at various locations in Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties from February to June.  The format is simple.  Invited panelists who are knowledgeable on the topic will share their wisdom and answer questions (more)

Gardening 101 Classes Being Offered

So, it has been a few years sense you grew a garden, you may be trying it for the first time or you are wanting too learn some new information about gardening. The Mitchell County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension invites you to participate in a series of gardening classes during the month of March. Classes will be held on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. til 4:30 p.m. March 5, 12, 19 & 26, at the Extension Center in Bakersville. Topics for the gardening series will include: - Planning the Garden - Garden Soils and Fertilizers - Common Garden Insects and Diseases - Fall Gardening and Season Extension.  To register for the classes, please contact the Mitchell County Center at 688-4811 or 688-2051.

Burnsville Town Council to Hold Public Hearing (Details)

Spay-ghetti Dinner March 7 to Benefit MCAR (Details)

Daylight Savings Time Begins

Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00am.  Remember when you go to bed Saturday night to turn your clock forward one hour so you will be on time on Sunday.  Remember "Spring Forward" in the Spring, "fall back" in the Fall.

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