Robinson Chosen Yancey Principal of the Year

At its regular monthly meeting on October 6, 2014, the Yancey County Board of Education recognized Cane River Middle School Principal Alton Robinson as the Yancey County Schools 2014 Principal of the Year. In announcing Mr. Robinson as POY, School Board Chair Mike Orr stated, “Everyone in this room knows Mr. Robinson’s work ethic, his heart, and his steadfast persistence to (more)

Toe River Home Health For Sale or Lease To Adapt To Changes

The Toe River Health District Board of Health will hold a public meeting October 29 at 6 pm at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine to receive comments on their intent to lease, sell or convey by other means the facilities, assets and operations of the Avery, Mitchell and Yancey County Home Health Agencies. Toe River Health District’s three health departments have been (more)

Today is the First Day to Vote

Voters can begin casting ballots for the November 4th General Election today. In Mitchell County early voting will be held at two locations, the courthouse and the old Spruce Pine Town Hall. Hours for voting in Spruce Pine this week are from 8am until 5pm today and tomorrow. One-Stop voting will take place at the courthouse in Bakersville from 8 am to 8 pm today, 8am to 5pm tomorrow and 9am to noon on Saturday. Early voting in Yancey County is being held at the Board of Elections office located at 6 South Main Street in the Burnsville Town Center. Hours of voting this week will be from 8am to 8pm today and tomorrow and from 8am until noon on Saturday. Early voting concludes at 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 1. 

NC NAACP President in Burnsville

Dr Reverend William Barber II, the president of the North Carolina NAACP was speaking on the Burnsville Town Square yesterday afternoon.  Dr Barber was welcomed by the Yancey-Mitchell NAACP and spoke about recent legislation changes in North Carolina. The stop in Burnsville was part of the NC NAACP state conference March to the Polls Tour leading up to the November 4th election encouraging voters to participate in the upcoming election. 

Notice From the Yancey County Sheriffs Office and the Burnsville Police Dept

Re: Verizon Cellular Scam
On October 20, 2014 hundreds if not thousands of people received telephone calls from number 919-555-5050.  The caller spoke in a broken English accent.  Some people received the call from a male caller while others received the call from a female caller.  The caller stated that he/she was with Verizon Cellular and that they were running a survey.  If the person they had called would answer 3 questions, then they would be credited $20.00 on their upcoming bill.

Question 1: Are you the account holder and how many cellular phones are on your account?
Question 2: How do you rate your Verizon service from 1 to 10?
Question 3: What would you recommend to better cellular service in your area?

After these questions have been answered, the caller will then say that he/she needs you to verify your last 4 numbers of your social security number.

These questions do not seem to be intrusive and a lot of people seem to be comfortable to give this information.  Beware! 

The following day, October, 21, 2014, several citizens of Yancey County have found that their cellular phone account has had primary phones disabled and other devices have been added to the person’s account.  Large monetary amounts have been charged to their Verizon account.  Overseas phone calls have been made.  It is reported that some bank accounts have had attempted access gained by unknown persons.

If you receive a call from the number, 919-555-5050 it is strongly advised that you do not answer this call.  If you have spoken with a person from this number and are having any problems with your cellular phone, please contact Verizon at 828-678-3530.

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Watch Out for Construction Crews

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

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 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

Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery Exhibit

"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.

Schedule of Upcoming Blood Drives in the Area (Details)

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  • October 24th...............Golden Corral- Asheville
Many citizens are eligible for free or reduced rates. For more information call YCTA at 682-6144.

Darren Nicholson Band in Concert

The Darren Nicholson Band will be performing at the Burnsville Town Center Friday October 24th at 7:30pm.  If you like fun, high-energy music with a groove, soaring trio singing, world-class pickin', and great songs …this is the band for you! Darren Nicholson Band is a group of Appalachian musicians who have common respect for and love of American acoustic music. There are Grammy-nominees and award-winning musicians in this band, and the members each have long track records as credible, national performers; including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, and have toured internationally with many of music's legends. They are known for creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel, Rockabilly and Swing, into a new American acoustic music experience. Darren Nicholson is a highly sought after mandolin player, singer, and session musician. Darren's also a full time, founding member of Balsam Range. Darren was recently given the “key to the city” in Canton, NC, where he was honored for his musical and civic contributions to the community. Recently off five national #1 songs and more than a dozen top-ten songs, 7 IBMA nominations, 2 IBMA wins, including Album of the Year, Darren is excited to announce a handful of special dates with some bluegrass all-stars. This band will include 3-time Grammy nominee Steve Sutton on banjo, Kevin Sluder on acoustic bass and vocals, Jeff Smith on percussion, and Griff Martin on guitar and vocals. Tickets are $10 and are available now at the Burnsville Town Center.  For more information call 682-7209.

Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Game at Mitchell (Details)

Spooky Duke Race for Special Needs Organization

Parent to Parent invites the public to our Spooky Duke Race on October 25, 2014, at the Raley/Peacock Parking Lot, Appalachian State University campus [416 Howard St. Boone, NC  28607].  The event includes a certified 10K race, a certified 5K race, a Costume March and Contest, supervised activities for children from 8am to 10am.  Prizes will be awarded.  To register for one of the runs, visit:  And scroll to Oct. 25.  For more information on the race, visit: or phone Kaaren Hayes at (828) 262-6089.  Parent to Parent is a local non-profit organization that provides resources and support to families in our seven county mountain area, including Mitchell and Yancey counties, who have children with special needs challenges.

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