Yancey County Sheriffs Deputies Capture Fugitive from Florida

At approximately 5 P.M on Sunday July 23rd, Yancey county deputies located and arrested 51 year old Jonathon Bernard Miller, of Lee County Florida. Florida authorities had listed Mr. Miller as a fugitive from justice in 2014. Acting on a tip, Yancey County Deputies found Mr. Miller at 11270 Hwy 19w and took him into custody without incident. Mr. Miller is currently in the Yancey County Jail awaiting extradition to Florida.

Ribbon Cutting at Mauzy-Phillips Center

The ribbon cutting was held Thursday for the new Mauzy-Phillips Center at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. The Center will offer a centralized location of services including family care physicians, surgical specialists, lab, general diagnostics and retail pharmacy. (more)

McDowell Man Held on Firearms Charges

A McDowell County man remains in custody on federal firearms charges. Mark Schmidt, age 49, of Quail Hollow Road, Marion was arrested Monday, July 27 and is charged with possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon. Investigators say seven firearms were found in Schmidt's apartment and three inside his parents’ home, which is on the same property. Two bullet proof vests, a journal, a book about making explosives, ball bearings and a type of powder were also seized. According to the FBI there were too many boxes of ammo to count. A witness said that Schmidt dressed in a Nazi uniform and would take the weapons into the woods to "train," and also made comments about being unhappy at work and planned to kill his co-workers. Schmidt worked at a marina in Nebo and as a cook at several Marion restaurants. In 1992 Schmidt was accused of planning a bank robbery while using a pipe bomb at Black Mountain Town Hall as a diversion. He was arrested before that plan was carried out and served 30 months in prison.

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Unemployment Up in June in Area Counties

Unemployment rates rose in 95 of North Carolina’s counties, decreased in four, and remained unchanged in one according to employment figures recently released by the state. The June, not seasonally adjusted, statewide rate was 6.1 percent. Yancey’s rose to 6.5 percent, Mitchell rose to 7.2, Madison was up to 6 percent, Avery was up slightly to 5.8 percent and McDowell rose to 5.9 percent. Graham County   had the highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent while Buncombe had the lowest at 4.7 percent.  

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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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Books in Boxes

Yancey County Literacy Council, Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library, and Graham's Children's Health Services are partnering together to put "Books in Boxes" and you can help. Yancey Transporation will deliver food boxes to Yancey families with children in need this summer.  Help send children's books with every box to nourish their minds as well as their bodies.  To help, drop a book in the box located at the Yancey County Public Library and they'll deliver it to a needy child.

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)

Avery County Artists Featured at Burnsville TRAC Gallery

Stop by the Burnsville Toe River Art's Gallery beginning Saturday, June 27 and running through August 8 for an exhibition of the several of Avery County’s best artists. Featured are Barbara Aycock (paper), Pam Brewer (clay), Joe Comeau (clay), Patti Connor-Greene (clay), Heidi Fisher (fiber), Craig Franz (painting), Alan Hollar (wood), Rodger Jacobs (wood), Gaylene Petcu (painting), and (more)

31st Annual Gem and Mineral Show

The 31st Annual Gem and Mineral Show will be held Saturday July 25th through Sunday August 2nd on the grounds of Parkway Fire and Rescue, located at 12966 South Highway 226 South.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm, and Sunday noon-6pm.  Saturday is the annual barbecue dinner fundraiser from noon until the food is gone. Shop with 60 vendors from all over the world. Anything that can be made from stones is probably there. Jewelry, gemstones, mineral specimens, fossils, and more are waiting to be found.  For more information call 765-5519 or email Donna Collis at collisdonna@yahoo.com.

Mineral & Gem Festival July 30 - Aug 2

For over fifty years Spruce Pine has welcomed rock hounds and jewelry lovers to the NC Mineral and Gem Festival where they enjoy aisles and aisles of beautiful jewelry, gemstones, and minerals from around the country. “Each year we welcome dealers to the Festival from as far away as California and as close to home as Little Switzerland,” said Patti Jensen, Director of the (more)

Youth League Signups

Football and Cheerleading sign ups July 30th and August 6th from 5-7pm Mountain Heritage Fieldhouse.  Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6.

Legally Blonde: The Musical! Comes to Mitchell County

Sorority girl Elle Woods does not take "no" for an answer. So when her boyfriend dumps her for someone "serious," Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law School.  In this musical adaptation of the beloved movie Legally Blonde, audience members get to join Elle Woods on her journey from a California Sorority sister to a Harvard Law student who doesn’t quite fit in with her peers. With catchy upbeat music, fun dancing and a heart-warming story about staying true to who are, everyone should make plans to attend Legally Blonde: The Musical at the Kathy Miller Auditorium at Mitchell High School to see this show.  Show Dates are: Thursday July 30 through Saturday August 1st at 7:00pm and Sunday, August 2nd at 2:00pm. Ticket prices are $5 for children and students and $7 for adults.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at here

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