A fire Saturday afternoon gutted the home of the Campos family at Shoal Creek Road. The family has two adults and one 5th grade child boy. Right now they need a place to rent in the Micaville School District. After that they need either monetary donations to help them furnish the (more)
The Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital was recently named the Best New Medical Office Building/Outpatient Center in the 25,000 to 49,999 square foot category by Healthcare Real Estate Insights. The award was presented during the 2015 RealShare Healthcare Real Estate conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The design process behind the Mauzy-Phillips Center was highly collaborative and included Mission Health subject matter experts, patients and more than 40 people who now work in the building. Mission staff conducted research with healthcare leaders from across the nation such as the Mayo Clinic and Mercy Health to gain the best design ideas possible for the building from a patient and work flow perspective. Evidence-based principles from the Center for Health Design were also incorporated to help maximize the amount of natural light and natural surfaces in the building. The HREI Insights Awards are the only national awards dedicated entirely to recognition of excellence in the areas of healthcare real estate development and executive leadership.
North Carolina’s recently released non seasonally adjusted employment figures for December show Mitchell County’s unemployment rate went from 6.2 to 6.3 percent in December and Yancey’s went from 5.6 to 5.7 percent. Madison County’s rate also rose a tenth of a percent from 5 to 5.1. Avery remained stable at 5.7. Across the state unemployment rates decreased in 70 of North Carolina counties, increased in 21 and remained the same in 9. Buncombe had the lowest rate at 3.9 percent and Graham was the highest at 12 percent.
Mitchell Commissioners recently approved the hiring of four more people to help the Department of Social Services deal with an ever increasing workload. Foster care cases have risen significantly over the past year due to substance abuse, domestic abuse and mental health issues. DSS case workers are limited by state law to only 15 cases at one time. The four positions to be filled are Foster Care Social Worker, two on-call Child Protective Services Supervisors, and a Medicaid Supervisor. Medicaid cases have increased greatly since the Affordable Care Act went into place and there are problems with the NC Fast computer system which is used for processing of benefits.
Yancey County Commissioners heard reports on various topics at their February regular meeting and took action on a number of items.The Board heard from Toe River Health District Director Lynda Kinnane. Ms. Kinnane gave an update concerning the financial situation of the health district as well as some opportunities for improvements in the future. The Board also heard from Dr. (more)
Parkway Playhouse is seeking nearly 80 actors several staff members as well as college interns and high school apprentices for its 2016 Season. Parkway Playhouse has announced job openings for seasonal staff in its production department as well as box office staff. Production work includes opportunities for costume designers, scenic painters/carpenters, and stage (more)
The Wiser Together Café located in the new state of the art Senior Center is available for rent to the community. Our beautiful Dining Room is the perfect place for parties, showers, receptions, etc. We invite you to come by to tour our new facility at 503 Medical Campus Drive. Rental rates are very reasonable as we want the community to be able to share our new building. For more information, please call 682-6011.
The Yancey County Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to New Orleans from April 3rd thru April 9th. The price is $625.00 per person with deposits of $75.00 due immediately to reserve your seat on the bus. The trip includes motorcoach transportation, 6 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in the New Orleans area, 10 meals: 6 breakfasts and 4 dinners, guided tour of a Louisiana plantation, riverboat cruise on the Mississippi River, guided tour of New Orleans including the historic New Orleans French Quarter, tour of the National World War II museum and a tour of the Battleship USS Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. All tips for pre-paid meals, tour guides and bus driver are included in this fantastic price! Don't miss out! Call Vivian Hollifield or Alyssa Styles at 682-6011 today!
Intermountain Head Start is currently recruiting preschool children (ages 3-5) for the 2016-2017 school year that begins in August. Intermountain Children's Services, Inc. Head Start is a family focused program; the family is viewed as the most important influence in a child's life. Believing that all children share certain needs yet all have individual needs, Intermountain Head Start strives to provide a comprehensive program that fosters development and remedies problems as expressed in a broad range of services. Various experiences are provided for families, children and staff to expand their knowledge, confidence and self-esteem. All available resources are utilized to meet the needs. The transition specialist works with the child's family and the public school to facilitate the child's transition from Head Start to public school and works with early intervention programs to facilitate special needs children's enrollment in Head Start. All children possess special gifts, they just unwrap them at different times. For more information call Casie or Sarah at 682-1625.
On Saturday, February 13, the Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) will open its first exhibits of the year in the Burnsville and Spruce Pine Galleries with their Annual Student Showcases. Folks can get some instant relief from a wintry landscape by visiting a rainbow of art by students in the (more)
Yancey County Schools, who is the NC Pre-Kindergarten Program Contract Administrator for Yancey County, is hosting a Pre-K Kickoff Celebration for Yancey County families on Tuesday, February 16th at the Burnsville Town Center. Festivities begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm. This event is the first opportunity for families with eligible three and four year-old children to register (more)
Rev. Joseph B. Ingle, a United Church of Christ minister and a leading voice in faith-based opposition to the death penalty, will be presenting a public lectureMonday evening, February 15, at 6pm in Belk Auditorium, Mars Hill University. The lecture will be titled, “Why does the United States execute more of its citizens than any country in the (more)
Blue Ridge Regional Hospital will host a free heart health screening event on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blood pressure checks, body mass index assessments, heart disease risk estimators and professional lifestyle modification counselling will be available in the main lobby of the hospital. To RSVP for this free event, call (828)213-7154. For more information on Mission Health Heart Month activities, visit http://www.mission-health.org/heart-month.php#free-heart-screenings.