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Graham Children’s Health Receives NC 2015 Public Health Award

On Wednesday, January 21st the North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors named Graham Children’s Health Services of Burnsville as the 2015 Public Health Partner of the year. This award was created to recognize organizations, businesses and professional associations that have made significant contributions to the advancement and promotion of public health in North Carolina. (more)

Record Year at Asheville Airport

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) served a record number of passengers in 2014: 378,124 passengers enplaned at the airport in 2014, and 378,301 passengers deplaned, an 11.5% increase compared to 2013, and a 2.3% increase compared to 2010, the previous best year on record. (more)

Biddix Charged with Selling Marijuana

(Press release from the Mitchell County Sheriff's Department)
Mitchell County Deputies have charged a Spruce Pine man for selling marijuana. Johnny Hubert Biddix, age 55, of 7394 US19E, Spruce Pine faces several felony charges involving the sale of marijuana. (more)

Asst. Secretary of Commerce Coming to Mitchell County

Dr. Pat Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Rural Development, North Carolina Department of Commerce will be in Mitchell County to review the area and the opportunities that exist for Mitchell County. Dr. Mitchell will be at The Market on Oak, located at 11 Crystal Street in Spruce Pine, Wednesday, January 28 from 11:30 to 12:15 for those interested in talking with her. 

Yancey Sheriffs Department Has Unique Patrol Car

The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office has made a unique purchase of a new patrol car. The Sheriff’s Office contacted Burnsville Chevrolet to find a Police Package Caprice. Burnsville Chevrolet contacted Terry Lebonte Chevrolet in Greensboro about a car they had in stock.

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President of NAACP to Speak at MHU Feb 4th

Mars Hill University will welcome Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina conference of NAACP, on February 4 at 7:30 pm in Moore Auditorium. The event will be free and open to the public. In addition to his role in the state NAACP, Barber is a member of the  (more)

Free & Low Cost Canine Spay/Neuter Surgeries

The Yancey Humane Society has received grant money to perform a limited number of canine spay/neuter surgeries for free or low cost. The grant is for Yancey County residents only. Participants must show ID proof of residency when signing up their dog/puppy. We are also asking for folks (financially able to do so) to pay a $20 surgery co-pay to help extend the number of dogs we can have fixed. Proof of current rabies vaccination must be shown at time of sign up or the shot will be giving during surgery. The cost for the rabies vaccination at the Humane Alliance is $6.00. This program will end without notice and spots are very limited. Call the animal shelter at 682-9510 for more information or come by to sign up your pet. We also still have plenty of funds available to fix cats/kittens for free as well.

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Kroll's Work Featured at Weizenblatt Gallery

As a little girl growing up in Macedonia, Biljana Kroll loved listening to her grandmother tell and read fairytales and folk tales. Even as a child, Kroll began creating pictures that illustrated the fantastical stories in her mind. (more)

N. C. High Peaks Birding Stroll Set for Jan. 31

Join the N. C. High Peaks Trail Association birding stroll near the Black Mountain Campground at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31. The group will investigate the deer fields and nearby forested land, looking for a variety of winter birds.  Recently this location has yielded several species, including many woodpeckers, nut hatch, titmouse, chickadee, golden-crowned kinglet, and the elusive hermit thrush.To join the fun, take South Toe River Road off of Rt. 80 just past the Mt. Mitchell Golf Course.  When the pavement ends continue 1.3 miles on the gravel road. Park in the grassy area at the intersection of Neals Creek Road.  Please contact stroll organizers Laura or Bob at 828 682-3733 for more information.  If the weather forecast is not favorable, please call this number Friday evening before the stroll for a possible cancellation notification.  Please do not bring dogs to the birding stroll.

North Carolina Bar Association's Ask a Lawyer Event

A North Carolina Bar Bassociation Ask-A-Lawyer Event will be held Saturday January 31st from 10:00am-1:00pm at United Community Bank in Burnsville, in the Community Room.  Ask-A-Lawyer is an annual event held by the Young Lawyer's Division of the North Carolina Bar Association. Local sites are set up accross the State at which a panel of local, young attorneys are available to answer legal questions, FOR FREE; such as: landlord tenant issues, benefit questions, criminal and traffic offenses, real estate and foreclosure issues, wills and estate matters, employment issues, child support and custody, and more! All members of the Burnsville Community and surrounding areas are welcome. Questions will be answered during a one-on-one private conversation with the first available attorney on the panel. For more information, contact the event host, Morgan Peterson at mpeterson@roberts-stevens.com or call 1-828-252-6600.

Insurance Enrollment Event - Avery County

The last day of open enrollment to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act is February 15! So, if you’re interested in signing up or just want to learn more, you can come to the free information and enrollment session on Saturday, January 31st, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Cannon Hospital in Linville. If you would like more information about the event, you can call Cindy Williams at 208-2465.

Insurance Enrollment Event - Yancey County

If you’re interested in signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, there’s going to be an information and sign up session in Burnsville on Monday, February 2nd from 2:00 to 5:30pm at the State Employees Credit Union. The last day of open enrollment is February 15, so take advantage of this opportunity to learn more and sign up! If you’d like more information about the event, call Cindy Williams at 208-2465.

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Corn Hole Tournament

Clearmont Elementary will be hosting a Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday February 7th.  The tournament will begin at 9:00am in the school's gym.  Registration fee is $20 per team and all proceeds will help support students going on an upcoming trip to Washington, DC in the Spring.  First place prize is $100 cash with other awards for second and third place.  There will be food available in the lunchroom such as deep fried Oreos, hot dogs, nachos and drinks.  Please pre-register your team by calling Malinda Silver at 682-2337 or 682-9026.  Thank you for your support.

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