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School Bus Violations Continue in N.C.

Results are in from a one day school bus stop arm count that was taken in March. The data was collected on the number of times vehicles illegally pass a stopped school bus that has a stop arm out to drop off or pick up students. (more)

Be Careful When Swimming in Lakes and Rivers

Swimming and water sports are popular summer activities in our local rivers and area lakes. Be aware of recent reports of both a deadly bacteria in the water in Charlotte and e coli in Asheville. Last week a deadly amoeba was found in the water at The U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte leading to the death of a teenager from Ohio. She apparently contracted the amoeba when her raft overturned.   Individuals become infected when they injest water while swimming in warm fresh water, such as a lake or river. The amoeba enters the nose and then goes to the brain, where it causes swelling and death.  Earlier this week at least two places in Asheville, the French Broad at the River Arts District, and Cane Creek at Fletcher Park, showed E. coli levels above what the EPA says is a safe level. After Monday's rain, there was likely runoff from nearby farms, putting more E. coli in the water.  Health officials advise that people should be aware of the risks of swimming in lakes and rivers when the water is warm and try to limit how much water goes into their noses by holding it while jumping in or using a nose plug. Also make sure small children and animals do not drink the water.   Anyone with wounds or open sores should avoid freshwater rivers or lakes until they are healed.

Beware of Scammers Targeting Utilities

The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department is warning area residents of a utility customer scam. According to the Sherriff’s Department this scam has happened in Mitchell County.  Scammers claim to be from your local power company. They pretend they’re calling to let your know your account is delinquent and unless you pay right away the service will be disconnected. To add credibility to this con, they often use “spoofing technology” that makes your caller ID display the name and phone number of the local utility. Duke Energy recently emailed a Fraud Alert to its customers making them aware of this scam.  The caller might insist he is with your power company. The caller ID on your phone might display the name of your utility. However you need to be aware that the power company will never call you and threaten immediate service disconnection. Multiple written notices are sent to the customer when the account is delinquent. The power company will never call and demand payment via a prepaid debit card. If you get a call and are concerned about your account, call the utility using a number from an old bill or look it up on the web. Don’t use the number that’s on your caller ID.

New Spruce Pine Town Council Member

Jacqueline Rensink was unanimously chosen on Monday, June 27th by the Spruce Pine Town Council to fill the vacant seat on the Council. The vacant seat was created when Darla Harding was elected Mayor back in November of 2015. At the Council’s April 25th meting Mayor Harding brought the matter up about filling the vacancy. Although the Council is not required by law to fill the vacant seat before the next election, having a four member council gives the potential for an impasse. Rensink is retired after spending 30 years with Mitchell County Schools. She will be sworn in at the July meeting. 

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Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre 2016 Season

The Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre announces its 2016 performance schedule that, this year, will feature tour de force performances by newcomers and longtime favorite actors. “Because of the continuing renovation of our historic Owen Theatre, we’re performing in Spainhour Hall of Moore Auditorium on the campus of Mars Hill University,” says SART Executive Producing (more)

Free Camp for Children of Loss or Change (Details)

Dig In! Work Together Days

You are invited to come to Dig In! Yancey Community Garden on Bolens Creek (across from Bolens Creek Baptist) every Thursday from 10am - 1pm for Dig In! Work Together Days. Doesn't matter if you're experienced, new to gardening, young or old - everyone is welcome! We have a children's garden and plenty of shade. Park at the church and walk over. For more information call Kathleen Wood at (828) 536-0414 or email

American Red Cross Blood Drives in July (Details)

Yancey History Museum Presents Our Musical Heritage July 1st - Sept. 30th (more)

High Peaks Leads Challenging Loop Hike July 2

Join the N.C. High Peaks Trail Association for a mid-summer challengeJuly 2 as the group takes on a strenuous 12-mile loop hike along the western flanks and crest of the Black Mountains. Hikers will meet at the Cattail Community Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. and carpool several miles to their starting point. The hike will proceed to the abandoned Isom Mica Mine, then (more)

Country Breakfast

There will be a Country Breakfast on Saturday July 2nd at Mount Calvary FWB Church on the Avery County Airport Road in the Green Valley Community. They will be serving up biscuits, gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs, chocolate gravy, hashbrowns, jelly and pancakes starting at 7:00am until 10:00am. The price is a donation.  Come on out and enjoy the food and the fellowship.

Tipton Hill Community Foundation Country Breakfast (Details)

Little Shop of Horrors Begins July 2nd

Parkway Playhouse’s 2016 Season continues with Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s delightful sci-fi/horror spoof Little Shop of Horrors.  The production opens on July 2 and runs through July 16 at Parkway Playhouse’s historic venue in Burnsville.  Performances are at  (more)

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