Asheville Regional Airport's Main Entrance Change

Asheville Regional Airport's main entrance will close Wednesday, October 8. All traffic will then access the airport through the south entrance at the light near Fanning Bridge Road, and this traffic pattern will be in place through early 2015 when a new main entrance will open. Signs will be posted to direct traffic. The closure of the main entrance is due to the North Carolina Department of Transportation project on Airport Road. The airport's main entrance will be relocated slightly south of its current location (at the light directly across from J&S Cafeteria and the Fairfield Inn), and is slated to open by January 2015.

USA Today Names Spruce Pine to Top 10 List of Best Towns

Spruce Pine has been recognized by USA Today as one of the Top 10 Can’t Miss Towns along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The article rightly says that traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway should be more about the journey than the destination. (more)

Enrollment at Mitchell County Schools Contributes to Budget Shortfall

The Mitchell County School system has been seeing a drop in enrollment for quite some time now and recent Average Daily Membership numbers show only 1976 students on the rolls in the entire school system.(more)

Mitchell School Board votes to Sell Buladean Property

The Mitchell County Board of Education has accepted an offer of $1000 from the Buladean Community Foundation to purchase the old Buladean School property.  Some say that the $1000 asking price seems low but the Foundation officials explained that they have already spent $37,000 in repairs on the property in the past two years and estimate spending another $40,000 to replace the roof on the structure. As part of the agreement the Foundation will allow the school system to park school busses and maintenance vehicles at the facility during the school year and to use the property for public purposes only. The property will now be advertised for ten days to allow for an upset bid but the School Board has the power to reject any possible upset bid. 

Yancey Building Inspectors Office Moves to New Location

Yancey County Building Inspections office has been relocated from West Main Street to the Yancey County Health Department facility located on 202 Medical Campus Drive off Hwy 19 across from Mountain Heritage High School. The move combines the county building code officials in the same building with the environmental health section of the health department giving citizens a one-stop location to obtain building permits as well as septic and well permits. The county building inspector’s office hours are from 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday.  

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37th Annual Benefit Art Auction

A reminder, TRAC's Annual Benefit Art Auction will be held on October 11. Free Silent Auction bidding is now underway at the TRAC Spruce Pine Gallery at 269 Oak Avenue and ends when the Live Auction fun begins on the second floor of the Gallery.  There is limited seating available (more)

TRAC Benefit Art Auction on October 11

Save the date for the 37th Annual TRAC Benefit Art Auction on October 11. FREE silent bidding (and Live Auction display) is underway now at the Spruce Pine Gallery. Bidding will continue until 6PM on Saturday, the 11th, and offer a wine and cheese reception from 4:30 to 6PM. The Live Auction begins above the gallery in the Arts Resource Center at 6PM with fabulous catered fare, wine, and handcrafted beer by Jeff McDowell. Thirty seven items (for each of the 37 years) will be auctioned off by always animated and amusing Jeff Goodman. Reservations are $40 per person. Seating is limited. Call for your reservation today, 828-682-7215.

Fall 2014 Fellowship

Crabtree Chapel Baptist Church invites children, youth, young adults, and senior adults to their Fall 2014 Fellowship Saturday October 4th from 3:00pm until ?  Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy an afternoon of good food, great fun, and "get to know you" fellowship.  The church says "please come and be our guest" at absolutely no cost to you.  Mothers are encouraged to take this opportunity to get out of the kitchen and "take a break".  Crabtree Chapel Baptist Church is located on Crabtree Road at the Mitchell/Yancey County line "up the valley" above Young's Mountain Music in Spruce Pine.  Bring your family with you.

Fiber Optics Features Work of Billie Ruth & Doug Sudduth

“Fiber Optics” featuring the works of Billie Ruth and Doug Sudduth is on exhibit now through November 1 at the Toe River Arts Council’s Burnsville Gallery (102 W. Main St.). Doug and Billie Ruth began their journey together 45 years ago. Her beautifully, handcrafted baskets and his breathtaking photographs will take you down the path they followed. Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30AM to 5PM. For more information, call 828-682-7215

Schedule of Upcoming Blood Drives in the Area (Details)

Master Storyteller at the Yancey Library

The Friends of the Yancey County Library invite you to join them on Tuesday, Sept. 30th at 6pm at the Yancey Library to hear Donna Will, a Master Storyteller. This event is free and open to the public so please invite others. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 682-2600.

Ranger Programs for the Week of September 29th (Details)

Weight Loss Program Starts in October

Benowitz Photography Slide Show - The Road to Morocco (Details)


Yancey Transportation Authority Trip Schedule

Yancey County Transportation Authority Trip Schedule
  • October 3rd.................Apple Festival- Erwin, TN
  • October 10th...............Cataloochee Valley- Picnic
  • October 15th...............Clarence's for Breakfast- TN
  • October 24th...............Golden Corral- Asheville
Many citizens are eligible for free or reduced rates. For more information call YCTA at 682-6144.

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