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Avery County Hires New Superintendent

At the March 6th Avery County School Board meeting the board approved the hiring of a Dr. Bryan Taylor as the new superintendent. He will officially begin his duties on March 26th. Taylor is a native of...Read More

Hikers Rescued Off Grandfather Mtn During Bad Weather

Three  hikers from South Carolina were rescued off a trail on Grandfather Mountain on Wednesday morning, March 7th.  The group was hiking the Profile Trail off Highway 105 to Calloway Peak   when   bad weather set in. Mitchell, Jonathan and...Read More

Mitchell County Hires New EDC Director

Michael “Mickey” Duvall  has been hired as the new Economic Development Director for Mitchell County. Duvall is from Franklin, NC where he was  Secretary of Commerce for the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Prior to that...Read More

Weaverville Walmart Evacuation

The words "A bomb is near" scribbled on a bathroom wall forced the evacuation of the Walmart store in Weaverville yesterday morning.  The incident was reported to police around 5am and a K-9 unit sniffing for bombs was on the scene 20 minutes later. There were only 10 employees and a few customers in...Read More

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 2/18 – 3/4/18

MICHAEL LYNN ROBINSON, age 50, 54 Woody Lane, Bakersville, N.C. Arrested for failing to appear on fictitious tag, expired inspection, driving while license revoked, and no insurance by Lt. J.D. Holmes. Released on a $3000.00 secured bond....Read More

Altec Fire

Multiple fire departments were called out to altec around 3 pm this afternoon to respond to a fire. The fire apparently started in a paint booth. After arriving on the scene the fire departments were able to...Read More

Regional, State, National Candidates File

The filing period for the May 8th primary election ended Thursday, March 1st. Regional. State and National representatives for our area include Seth Banks who  is unopposed   for District 35 District Attorney. For NC State Senate, Democrats...Read More

Local Candidates File for May Election

The final day of filing for the upcoming May 8th election was Thursday, March 1st.  Filing for Mitchell Commissoners was Matthew “Vern” Grindstaff, Jeff Harding, Ken Hollifield, Bruce Koran and Steven Jerry Pittman. Janet Cook has filed...Read More

Changes for Hunting Season

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has made some changes for the 2018-19 hunting season, after meeting and listening to hunters. Changes include restructuring deer hunting zones, moving either-sex days in the western third of the state, set...Read More

Major Drug Bust in McDowell County

On the morning of Friday, February 23, as part of an ongoing investigation into drug activity, authorities with the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, Marion Police Department, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshal Service...Read More

Community Feedback Wanted for Ray-Cort Park Renovations

Yancey County Government is seeking feedback from community residents regarding renovation plans for Ray-Cort Park.  They invite the public to come by the Yancey County Technology Center, Town Square, Burnsville (former Yancey Public Library location).\ on  Monday,...Read More

WKYK and WTOE to Air Rev. Billy Graham Memorial Service

In honor of the huge impact that Rev Billy Graham and his organization has had on the people in our area WKYK and WTOE will air live the Memorial Service for the Rev. Billy Graham on Friday, March 2 at 12 noon. The WKYK New Day program that usually begins at 11:15 am...Read More

Suspected Fuel Spill in Marion

State inspectors with the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality spent Monday, February 26 collecting water samples from Youngs Fork Creek near Rutherford Road and Georgia Avenue in Marion. On Saturday, February 24th, emergency crews were called to...Read More

Two Killed from House Fire

Press release from the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office, Burnsville Fire Department and the Yancey County Fire Marshal On Sunday, February 25, 2018 at approximately 00:36 hrs, the Burnsville Fire Department as well multiple automatic aid fire departments...Read More

Hiker Falls To His Death in McDowell County

Over 60 emergency personnel responded at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, February 24 to Upper Catawba Falls in McDowell County to help recover the body of a man who fell to his death.  McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies have identified...Read More

Funds Available for Low Income Heating Assistance

Low-income North Carolina families struggling with winter heating bills may apply for help through an assistance program run through county departments of social services. More than $9 million remains available to help eligible households pay their heating...Read More

Rural Communities Receive State Grants

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority  has  approved 16 grant requests totaling $3,948,755. The requests include commitments to create a total of 683 jobs, 461 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will...Read More

Avery County Officer Receives Medal of Valor

Sgt. Lee Buchanan of the Avery County Sheriff’s Department, was awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor on Tuesday, February 20th  in Washington D.C. Sgt. Buchanan was among 12 individuals to be presented the award by...Read More

Spruce Pine Considers Security Cameras

After some discussion the Spruce Pine Town Board decided to do some more investigation before deciding on whether or not to purchase security cameras for the downtown area. The issue of downtown security was brought into focus...Read More

Substance Abuse Task Force Goes to Capitol Hill

On February 7, 2018, while attending the CADCA National Leadership Forum, members of the Mitchell Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force (MYSATF) had the opportunity to meet with North Carolina legislative leaders on Capitol Hill to advocate for...Read More

Canned Dog Food Recall

Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy brand canned dog food is being removed from supermarket aisles in the wake of a Food and Drug Administration notice about the potential for pentobarbital contamination. The J.M....Read More

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