Mitchell County Academic Letter Program
Birding Walk June 4th
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Local News

Blue Ridge Parkway Season Opens

Blue Ridge Parkway campgrounds, picnic areas, and visitor centers open with full services for the 2022 visitor season this weekend. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the largest designed landscapes in the country, providing visitors with a wide variety of opportunities to experience southern Appalachian nature, history, and culture.  The park’s drive-a-while, stop-a-while design enhances ...(more)

Expanded Business Grant Program Deadline June 1st

The deadline for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for Phase 2 of the Business Recovery Grant Program (BRG) is Wednesday, June 1. BRG will issue a one-time payment to eligible North Carolina businesses that suffered an economic loss of at least 20 percent during the pandemic. BRG is funded by the federal American Rescue Plan. The N.C. Department of Revenue is administering ...(more)

Madison High School Math Teacher Arrested

A Madison High School math teacher has been arrested and charged after authorities said he was photographing or recording students. Authorities said child pornography was also found on his phone. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a complaint against Robert Burnette on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, and began an investigation. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation ...(more)

Additional School Resource Officers in Yancey County

Sheriff Shane Hilliard has announced that additional school resource officers will be added at the start of school in August. The sheriff’s office will be adding two additional school resource officers to give 100% coverage at all Yancey County Public schools next school year. Sheriff Hilliard proposed this idea to the Yancey County Commissioners and the Yancey County school board members ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 9a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. If you are feeling sick in any way, please do not use our in-person library services; curbside services are still available upon request. We also strongly recommend that patrons of our library wear a mask or face covering for ...(more)

Volunteers Needed for Summer Food Program

The Summer Food Program provides food staples, locally-grown fresh produce, cookbooks, children’s books, and listings of community resources to families whose children qualify for free/reduced lunch program at school and Head Start during the school year, but have limited access to healthy and affordable food resources during the summer months when school is not in session. The food and ...(more)

Yancey Humane Society Call For Artists!

Yancey Humane Society is looking for upcoming and professional artists to participate in the first annual Art to the Rescue event at Homeplace Beer Company on July 9th. Artwork contributions are tax deductible and small prizes will be rewarded for the top three favorite works of art. Also, artists who donate to the event will be recognized and promoted on a variety of social media ...(more)

Focus Area Grants totaling $141,300 Awarded

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) recently approved focus area grants totaling $141,300 in Food & Farming and Natural & Cultural Resources. The Dogwood Charitable Endowment Fund and Oliver Family Fund provided co-investment for these grants. Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) was awarded an $80,000 Food & Farming grant over two years to ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain announces new-and-improved annual benefits for Bridge Club members

Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, has revamped its Bridge Club Annual Membership Program, which kicked off May 1. Among the benefits are unlimited free admission for one year, discounts at the mountain’s gift shops and restaurant, 10% discounts on experiences like Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Paint With a Bear, 15% ...(more)

Burnsville Town Center Performances

The Legendary Willie Wells & Blue Ridge Mountain Grass Will be performing at the Burnsville Town Center on May 27th, 7pm. Get ready for the best traditional and contemporary bluegrass music you’ve ever heard, brought to you by this high energy group! To purchase tickets ($12) please call 828-682-7209. For more information about the band, please visit Willie Wells & Blue Ridge ...(more)

School News

17th Year For Mitchell County Academic Letter Program

On May 10 a very special group of sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered in The Commons of Mitchell High School. Hours before, MHS faculty and staff including School Counselor Grant Sparks, Sophomore Sponsors on the faculty, Food Services Staff Member Judy Hise and Assistant Principal Rodney Smith joined White Falls Catering Owner Amelia Hoilman and her staff, and Rural Education Partners ...(more)

Foods & Nutrition II Food Truck Entrepreneurship Project

Mitchell High CTE students in Mrs. Stephanie McClellan’s Food and Nutrition II classes have been studying about the Food Truck Business. This is a relevant topic as Food Trucks have become a very popular trend in the Food Industry. While studying about entrepreneurship and starting their own food truck business, these students were treated to a visit from a local food truck entrepreneur. ...(more)

Business News

Special Shipment at Yummi Yarns

Yummi Yarns just got a whole big shipment of Cotopaxi today just in time for their 30% off Sale! They only do it a couple times a year! Backpacks, fannypacks, duffle bags, messenger bags, Dopp kits, and fleece jackets. Sale starts Saturday, May 21st through Memorial Day. Have you seen all the cute patterns for sweaters made from granny squares? This one is free on Ravelry today. Look in the ...(more)

Mitchell Chamber Announces New Executive Director

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce  has announced the appointment of their new Executive Director. Mitchell County, born and raised, Mandi Polly had previously been working as the Chamber’s Member Services Director and most recently, Interim Executive Director, following Patti Jensen’s retirement.  Mandi has her bachelor’s in business management from Mars Hill University. She, and ...(more)

Ribbon Cutting at Terrell House

A ribbon cutting was held for the grand opening of The Terrell House under new ownership. Mike (holding scissors) and Sue Frost (to the left of him) are the new owners of the historic bed and breakfast. Yancey County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director , Christy Wood (to the left of Sue Frost) and other Chamber members attended the event. The Terrell House is located at 109 Robertson Street ...(more)