Yancey County Government and the Burnsville Town Center hosted the Western Regional of the North Carolina County Clerk’s Association on September 26, 2014. Clerks to the Board of Commissioners from across Western North Carolina came to Yancey County to learn more about county government and to exchange ideas. This is the second time in five years that Yancey County has been the (more)
The Tuesday, October 14th rainstorm brought both flooding and a small tornado in the area. The South Toe area of Yancey County had some flooding from the heavy rain according to Yancey County Emergency Management. Damage was reported at the Toe River Campground where the road was washed out significantly and several picnic tables were carried away but none of the campers were damaged. Emergency personnel also took part in a rescue from flood waters that threatened to sweep a vehicle down river. The cab of the vehicle, which had driven into a high water area, was being flooded when emergency personnel arrived on scene. The people inside the vehicle were able to get out and emergency personnel pushed the truck out of harm’s way before it was carried downstream. The area received upwards of five inches of rain from the storm. McDowell County confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Montford Cove community around 8:50 pm. It traveled about four tenths of a mile and was on the ground about 30 seconds. No one was injured but several structures were damaged.
In support of Operation Stop Arm the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm violations and other traffic violations in and around school zones. The operation will be conducted from 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 20th through Friday, October 24th. The Patrol expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.
Mitchell County residents should be aware that Country Cablevision now has crews running fiber lines for the upcoming broadband service. They are working on Highway 226 on Grassy Creek; along the main road from Mayland Community College back towards Spruce Pine; and from Ledger School in Bakersville towards Spruce Pine. This is a part of the $25 million USDA Rural Utilities Service project to bring broadband internet service to rural areas that are not being served. We remind you to use caution when driving through these construction areas.
Noah's Blankets for Hugs is taking new or gently used blankets for V.A. hospital, Nursing homes, the infusion labs at Asheville and Spruce Pine, etc., now through November 28th. Donations can include: Quilts or Blankets, fabric to make quilts or a donation to buy items needed. Everything is greatly appreciated. This is a non-profit group who just wants to show love and help for those in need. If you have questions on where to donate please contact either Cindy Williams 828-208-2144 or Sarah Ray at 828-208-5551 or any member of Bible Baptist Church.
“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
"Makes Sense to Me", beginning October 17 and running through the 11th of November at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery is an eclectic exhibit of art and installations from a collective of WNC women artists. Each has chosen work inspired by and/or incorporating the five physical senses, which also represent the ways their art helps them "make sense" of their lives, creativity, and the world around them. The installation/exhibit opens on Friday, the 17th of October with a reception planned for the following Friday, the 24th, from 5 to 7PM. The Spruce Pine Gallery is open from 10:30AM to 5PM, Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, please call 828-765-0520.
The Mountain Heritage Audition Choir will present their Fall Concert on Tuesday October 21st at 7:30pm at the Burnsville First Baptist Church on the Town Square. There is no monetary admission, but canned food items will be collected and given to the Reconciliation House.
There will be a Hobo Supper Fundraiser for the Toe River Model Railroaders Tuesday October 21st from 6:00m-8:00pm at the Spruce Pine Public Library. Menu is soup beans, cornbread, fried taters and cabbage for a $7 donation, $4 for kids 6-12, children 4 and under eat for free. Enjoy live entertainment by Local Fourcast (a barbershop quartet), hear railroad stories, enter the Best Hobo Contest (come dressed like a hobo), and there will be door prizes. Tickets sold at the library or at the door. For more information call the Spruce Pine Library at 765-4673 or 467-0693.
Mars Hill University will host an exciting and inspiring performance by the United States Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus in Moore Auditorium on October 23, at 7 pm. The event is part of the university's Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. (more)