Mitchell Ties With Buncombe

Mitchell County is tied with Buncombe County in one very important statistic. DWI statistics for the western part of the state were released on Wednesday showing that Mitchell and Buncombe are tied for having the best conviction rate in Western North Carolina for driving while impaired.  The DWI statistics are for the fiscal year ended June 30th. Both Mitchell and Buncombe counties have an 82 % conviction rate for impaired driving. That is 20 percent higher than the state average.

Single Car Accident Kills Two

A single car accident killed two people Sunday evening, August 23rd.  The accident happened on Old Mine Fork Road when the 1999 Grand Prix, driven by Donald Hall Jr of Old Mine Ford Road left the highway at a high rate of speed and crashed into a tree, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Both Hall, age 35 and his passenger, 33 year old Tiffany Cox of Spruce Pine, were killed in the accident.  

Mitchell Sheriff Activity Report 8/16 - 8/23/15 (Details)


Yancey Sheriff Report 8/14 - 8/21/15 (Details)


Yancey Senior Center Moving

The Yancey County Senior Center will be closed the week of August 24-30 while they make the much anticipated moved to their new facilities.  The new facility will open to the public on August 31st.  The Yancey Senior Center’s new facility is located at 503 Medical Campus Drive in Burnsville, behind the Anspach Building on the Mayland Campus near the Health Department.  

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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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Regional Arts Project Grant Application Available

The Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) is an annual grant program that provides financial support to developing arts professionals by funding a project pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. The program is conducted by the Arts Councils of the Asheville Area, the Toe River, and Madison County.  Artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply to the program. (more)

Carolina Mountain Literary Festival

July 1 Tickets Go On Sale. We wanted you to know. Yes, most events are still free and require no advance registration or purchase. However, this is a special year and there are some special events we wanted you to know about in advance. We've also switched some things around -- the banquet featuring Jay Leutze is happening Friday Night and the special event with Barbara Kingsolver (more)

Bi Polar and Depression Support Group in Mitchell & Yancey (Details)

Helping Hands Collecting Donations for Fun Flea Sale!

Helping Hands is collecting Donations for their Fun Flea Sale that will be held September 18th, 19th and 20th.  Proceeds from the sale will go to Homes of Hope, Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center, and Mitchell County Animal Rescue.  To donate items: Drop off Wednesdays and Saturdays June 17th through September 16th from 9:00am-4:00pm at the yellow building across from Glen Raven on 19E in Burnsville.  For large item pickup in Yancey call 208-2727 or 678-9111. For large item pickup in Mitchell call 239-850-4240.

TRAC Free Business Classes for Artists

Beginning Wednesday, August 26, the Toe River Arts Council, in collaboration with Mayland Community College, will hold its first arts focus business class in the Arts Resource Center (ARC) above the TRAC Gallery in Spruce Pine. “Business Basics–Becoming a Professional Artist” will be the first of several free classes that address the various business aspects working in the arts (more)

Playhouse Presents Tony-Award Winning Play About Famed Visual Artist

Parkway Playhouse’s will present the  Tony Award-winning play Red by John Logan. This sizzling 90-minute bio-drama about famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko is “intense and exciting,” says The New York Times. This searing and humorous study of an (more)

Free Health Classes: Taking Charge of Your Health (Details)

Pensacola Depot Restoration Project Barbecue This Saturday!

In 1913 the railroad was completed from Kona to Pensacola and amid great anticipation and fanfare the first locomotive arrived in Pensacola. Awaiting the train on it's maiden run was a large gathering of local residents and a shiny new seven room Depot. The primary purpose for the (more)

Pensacola Depot Restoration Project Barbecue Event

The Pensacola Depot Restoration Project is a plan to return the 103 year old railroad depot to it's original form to be used as a museum for railroad and local history with a genealogy library. Few people are aware that there is still a railroad depot left in the county and that it is in, of all unlikely places, Pensacola. To introduce everyone to this 103 year old historical landmark and their plans for the future the “Depot Restoration Project” will host an event Saturday August 29th that will feature a BBQ lunch, a musical program of railroad songs featuring local musicians and tours of the depot. Festivities will begin at 12:00pm with lunch at 1:00pm followed by the music portion of the program. Everyone is invited to attend the depot is located on Cattail road a quarter of a mile above BB Wilson store in Pensacola. For more information call 682-2609.

Donation Only Benefit Singing Fundraiser

Local Spruce Pine resident Josiah Jacobs (Tim McGraw tribute Artist) will be singing at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine this Saturday August 29th from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm to raise money for his wife's cancer treatment.  She had surgery last Thursday, but she is scheduled for more treatment, and her insurance will not cover those treatments or some medicines.  For more information call 828-520-1277 or email

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