Forest Fire Shuts Down Hwy. 226

A 15-acre forest fire that temporarily shut down Hwy. 226 from Hughes Gap to the Tennessee state line on Tuesday also engulfed the old Butler store in Buladean.  Fire crews from Bakersville, Buladean, Fork Mountain and Bradshaw Fire Departments responded to the emergency call. Together with help from personnel from the U.S. and NC Forest Services , the blaze was contained after several hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Spruce Pine to Join Overmountain Victory Trail System

A recreational greenway trail is scheduled to be built behind the Spruce Pine Shopping Center in Grassy Creek as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail system. The trail traces the same path used by the famous Tennessee frontiersmen who crossed over the North Carolina Mountains during the Revolutionary War to face British forces in the Battle of Kings Mountain. The new portion of the trail will run from the shopping center to Carters Ridge Road with eventual plans to extend the greenway to connect with the trail at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine.  The trail will also connect with 87 miles of walkable pathways currently designated as part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. The projects are being funded through grants from the U.S. and N.C. governments and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Fish America Foundation. Construction of the trail, which will be handled by the national Park Service and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, is set to begin next spring.

Town Approves New Store Location for Dollar General

The Dollar General Store has received approval for a conditional use permit to build on a large lot off Hwy 19 at Cooper Street and West Main. Venture Properties VII. LLC received the go ahead from the Town of Burnsville zoning administrator and planning board last week. The company has agreed to comply with the town’s new development guidelines which will include building a structure that be in line with the appearance of other commercial structures in Burnsville as well as attractive landscaping for the parking area and sidewalks along the street. Dollar General, which has provided generous literacy grants to all Yancey County elementary schools over the years, has earned high praise from local officials who have stated that they expect the new store to be a real asset to the town.

Great American Smokeout November 20th

Thursday, November 20, 2014 will be the annual Great American Smokeout. On November 20th (only), anyone who enrolls will qualify for 8 weeks of nicotine patches by calling or registering online with the North Carolina Quitline. (more)

Grandfather Mtn Baby Otter Passes Away

Grandfather Mountain is deeply saddened to announce the unexpected death of 9-month-old Emmy, one of the mountain's newest North American river otters. Emmy and her brother, Oscar, arrived at Grandfather Mountain from a wildlife rehabilitator in August after being orphaned as pups, and they debuted to the public on Nov. 3. (more)

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Find Funding for Your Church, Mission or Non-Profit

Funding For Good will be conducting four grant-writing workshops throughout North Carolina in January and February.  If you are new to grant writing or research, or find yourself with experience writing grants without receiving funding, this is the class for you. With the current economic climate, grant funding has become more competitive and vital to the success of non-profits. Visit (more)

Yancey County Sheriff's Office 6th Annual "Shop With a Cop"

The Yancey County Sheriff's Office is preparing for the Sixth Annual "Shop with a Cop" on December 8th, 2014.  This program benefits underprivileged children who, without this event, may not enjoy a joyful Christmas season. Children are selected from each school and get to enjoy a day of shopping at Walmart as well as a special lunch.  To donate: You may drop off donations to the Yancey County Sheriff's Office or mail check to: Yancey County Sheriff's Office/Shop with a Cop, P.O. Box 6, Burnsville, NC 28714.  You can also stop by the State Employees Credit Union and ask to donate to the "Shop With a Cop" account.

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Annual Wreath Fundraiser

The Mitchell-Yancey Partnership for Children will once again be selling fresh Fraser Fir wreaths as a fundraiser for the Imagination Library! Through the Imagination Library, young children in Mitchell and Yancey counties receive a FREE book in the mail, every month from birth through their 5th birthday.  Since 2006, we’ve given out over 85,000 free books to local (more)

Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week

The Operation Christmas Child National Collection Week will be November 17-24, 2014. Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, 125 Tappan St., Spruce Pine, NC, will be a Relay Box Drop-Off Center once again. The hours will be from 8:00 am - 6: pm each day.
The Church Phone number is 828-765-9411 to contact for any further information or questions. Rodger and Nancy Hinshaw are the Co-Coordinators of the Center once again this year. In Yancey County Higgins Methodist Church on North Main Street in Burnsville is a Relay Drop-Off Center.  For details call 682-2835.

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Yancey County Transportation Trip Schedule

Yancey County Transportation Authority has the following trips scheduled:
  • November 21st................Holiday Fair at the WNC Ag Center
  • November 26th................Gingerbread Houses at the Grove Park ($1 per person for parking)
  • December 5th.................Asheville Mall
  • December 9th.................Hamrick's Bus Week
  • December 19th...............WNC Ag Center for Shadrick's Light Show ($3 per person for van to enter the light show)(leave at 4pm at Senior Center)
Many citizens are eligible for free or reduced fares/rates. For more information call YCTA at 682-6144.

Christmas Bazaar Continues

Newdale Presbyterian Church will continue their Christmas Bazaar for two more weekends on Friday and Saturday Nov. 21&22 and 28 & 29 beginning at 8 am. Lots of Christmas items and baked goodies. Stop and shop. For more info contact Anita Fortunes at 688-4067.

Hungry Man Thanksgiving Dinner for the Needy

The Mayland Community College Nursing Program would like to invite the needy of our community to a free Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday November 21, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Abundant Life Outreach on Highway 226 in Spruce Pine. They will also have a bin of free coats at the door for those in need of a warm coat this winter.  For more information call Hannah Freeman at (828) 380-9695.

Bakersville Community Dance

Bring your family and friends of all ages to a fun-filled community dance Friday November 21st from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Gouge Elementary School, located at 134 Laurel Street in Bakersville! No prior dance experience or partner required, and short lessons will be given in contra, square dance, and waltz. There is a suggested $5 donation for adults, $3 for kids 12 and under.  Proceeds will benefit Elevation Academy of Dance's production of The Nativity Ballet. Adult attendees will receive a discount coupon for the performances. For more information, call 828-467-3335 or e-mail

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