The Yancey Humane Society Animal Shelter, dog park and grounds are CLOSED to the public from 2 p.m. Monday, September 15 through noon on Monday, September 22 while major renovation/improvements are being performed at the shelter. Do NOT bring animals to the shelter during this time period. They are not able to intake or adopt out animals until the work is completed. The shelter parking area road will be gated while the work is being performed. These changes are required by the NC Dept. of Agriculture for licensing compliance. If you find a stray animal try to keep the animal until the shelter reopens at noon on the September, 22. The shelter does not have after hour emergency services.
A Community Development Block Grant to upgrade the sewer and water systems near Altapass and areas east of Spruce Pine is currently in the application process as the Town looks to gain funds to install a sewer line and improve the water tower at PRC Industries. The Town owns two water towers near the site. One of the towers is used for potable water which provides drinkable city water to the local prison and several other properties along Hwy. 19-E, and the other is reserved for fire suppression. The project calls for the two towers to be refurbished and linked together in order to provide 360,000 gallons of potable water that could also be used to suppress fires if they occur. The cost of the project is estimated at $636,000. With the help of the grant and contributions from PRC and the Economic Development Commission it is thought the town would have to kick in about $10,000 to the fund.
A resolution passed last week by the Spruce Pine Town Council has struck a deal with Ebenoconcepts of Spruce Pine Inc. to lease the former Town Hall for a period of three years at a price tag of $1,942.50 per month. The lease calls for renting out the portion of the building that formally housed the Spruce Pine Fire Department and the majority of the upper floor. The Town will also retain several parking spaces in the upper and lower parking lots. The new Spruce Pine Town Hall, located at the top of Burleson Hill beside Mike Brown Ford, is nearing completion and the resolution that was passed states that Town will no longer need the old building on or after October 15th. Ebenconcepts is a consulting and brokerage firm and currently shares a building with Cardinal Insurance on Greenwood Road.
Spruce Pine Main Street program has received a $20,000 grant from CSX Railroad. The grant goes to the Spruce Pine Main Street Central Park to be used for beautifying the depot, which is located across from the Park. The money will be used both to complete the Park and Visitors Center and for repairs and general maintenance of the Depot. The new Park is located on Locust Street in downtown Spruce Pine.
The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners has made a motion not to purchase the former Buladean School property from the Mitchell Board of Education after it appeared that the deal was complete. The Board of Education passed a resolution in July to begin the process of selling the Buladean School and then offered the property to the County who had first right to the purchase of it. But in the negotiation process an NC General Statute was skipped and the school system’s legal counsel advised that the board was acting contrary to the law. Commission Chair Bill Slagle said that the county wanted to make sure every step was taken to satisfy the legal requirements and that once that process is complete that the county can work on a solution to continue with the purchase of the property for a community center in Buladean.
Country Cablevision now has crews installing high speed internet lines in the Bakersville area on White Oak Road and downtown in Mitchell County. In Yancey County, crews are working on Jacks Creek, Highway 80, Mountain Trail; 19E East, and Mica Springs. Please drive carefully and watch out for these line crews along the roadsides.
Helping Hands of Yancey County is a group of volunteers who raise money to help local charities. There are no paid employees, so all money they raise goes to the charities they support. This year they are raising money for the Family Violence Coalition and Yancey Hospice Palliative Care, and are raising money by planning a big Fall Flea sale first weekend in October. Help these great charities by donating items Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00am-3:00pm in the former Fastenal building, located across the road from Glen Raven at 70 East Highway 19E. If you have large items to donate, for pickup call Pat at 208-2797 or Sandy at 678-9111.
Parent to Parent Family Support Network of the High Country, Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for Children and Carolina Outreach are sponsoring a free workshop on Thursday, September 18th. The topic is Therapeutic Responses and Interventions to Early Childhood Behaviors. It will be held at Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Burnsville from 6:15pm to 8:15pm. The presenters for this workshop are (more)
The Mt. Mitchell Detachment of the Marine Corp League will meet Thursday Sept 18th at 7:00pm at the Western Sizzlin Steakhouse in Spruce Pine. All Marines, FMF Corpsman and their Families are invited to attend and join a band of brothers. For more info call A.G. at 765-4513.
Mars Hill University will host a lecture by Middle East expert and former ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, Jr. on September 18 at 7 pm in Moore Auditorium.Gnehm's lecture, titled, "The Middle East Cauldron," will touch on the chaos and turmoil in the region and examine how civil war, sectarian brutality, and radical ideologies have undermined legitimate governments and crushed (more)
Each Saturday in September Bubbas Good Eats will be having a community yard sale to benefit Feed-A Child Yancey County. You pay $5.00 for a spot to set up your merchandise. Then Bubbas will donate the $5 to Feed a Child Yancey County. You keep all the proceeds from your sales. This community yard sale will be held each Saturday morning in September from 7am until noon at Bubbas Good Eats Restaurant on West Main Street in Burnsville. Anyone interested in reserving a space for any of the Saturday mornings should call 678-3388.