Yancey Sheriff Report 3/16 - 3/23/17 (Details)


The body of a missing North Carolina woman has been found

On March 17th Cecil Scott Byrd was sentenced to two life sentences without parole for the murders of Lisa Ann Robbins and Sarah Denise Riddle in separate events at his residence in 2015. (more)

Police Release Photo of Suspect

Washington, D.C. police have released this photo of a person of interest in the case of the Burnsville woman found dead in Washington. (see separate news story). The photo is surveillance footage of a man walking into a convenience store in Beltsville, MD. (click on headline to enlarge photo)

Burnsville Woman Found Dead in Washington, DC

A Burnsville woman was found bound and stabbed to death at her Washington, D.C. apartment Tuesday afternoon, March 21st. Thirty-four year old Corrina Mehiel was a former Art Academy of Cincinnati instructor. She was living in Washington temporarily while working as a project assistant for internationally known conceptual artist Mel Chin who was a visiting professor at George Washington University's Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Corrina was helping Chin on an installation at the school's gallery. Chin has a studio on U.S. 19 in Burnsville, where Mehiel worked. Police are searching for a suspect and have issued a lookout for a 2004 blue Toyota Prius with a Kentucky tag of 722 RMY. The vehicle has a yellow bumper sticker under the license plate. A reward of up to $25,000 has been offered to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.   Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Washington, D.C. police at 202-727-9099. For more

Area Counties Rank High on Value

Avery, Madison,  Mitchell  and Yancey counties are ranked among the North Carolina counties getting the most ‘Bang for their Buck’ on property taxes. SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently released its third annual study on property taxes.  In addition to property taxes, the study analyzed the quality of local schools and the local crime rates to find where people were seeing the most value. Out of the 100 counties all four area counties ranked in the top ten with Mitchell  second, Yancey fifth, Avery seventh and Madison ninth. The full study results, methodology, and interactive map can be found here.

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Yancey County DSS Board of Director's Meeting

The Yancey Department of Social Services will be having their Board of Director's Meeting on Monday March 27, 2017 at 6:00pm.  The location of the meeting will be in Yancey County Department Social Services' building on Pensacola Road.

Parenting with Love and Logic March 28th

Are you raising your grandchild, niece or nephew, and desire avoiding those power struggles and arguments that nobody wins? Do you need help learning how stay calm when the kids do incredibly upsetting things? Do you want to help the kids learn from mistakes, rather than repeating them? What about raising kids who recognize their roles as family members, rather than young dictators? (more)

Toe Cane Beekeepers Association Meeting

Toe Cane Beekeepers Association will welcome N.C. State Bee Inspector Lewis Cauble to their regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 28 at the United Community Bank in Burnsville. You're invited to join them for a pot-luck dinner and discussion about the latest threats to honeybees, and how to prepare for a successful spring and summer season.

Get Involved with Parkway Playhouse

On Thursday March 30 at 5:30pm, Parkway Playhouse will hold its first Usher Training Class.  The class is free, and approximately 60 minutes in length and participants will learn about Parkway Playhouse’s season as well as how performances work. Participants who complete the course will be able to sign up as ushers for the 2017 Season, and attend performances for free, when they are (more)

Open Enrollment at Yancey County Christian School

The Yancey County Christian School, located at 694 Pine Swamp Road in Burnsville, would like to invite you to Kindergarten Registration and Open Enrollment for all grade levels Friday March 31st from 2:00pm-7:00pm.  For more information call 682-5034.

Mount Pleasant Food Pantry Food Distribution

The Mount Pleasant Food Pantry is going to be open with free food for those in need of food assistance Friday March 31st from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  The Food Pantry is located at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at 129 Scronce Creek Road in Burnsville.  For more information call Connie McMahan at 678-1456.

High Peaks Leads Roan High Knob Hikes April 1

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association Saturday, April 1 for one of two hikes on the Appalachian Trail that will summit Roan High Knob, one of the region’s signature peaks.
The more challenging hike will start at Carver’s Gap, proceed over the Roan High Knob and then descend steeply to Hughes Gap. The overall distance is 6.6 miles and the hike is rated as very (more)

Child Fest April 1st! (Details)

Mitchell-Yancey Festival of Tables (Details)

First Annual Mitchell County History Bee

The Mitchell County Historical Society announces its First Annual History Bee, scheduled for Thursday, April 6th, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville.  The goal of the History Bee, and the mission of MCHS, is to help Mitchell County residents, especially young people, become more aware of our rich heritage. There will be two divisions of (more)

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