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Local News

Sarah Laws, Yancey County Teacher of the Year

The Yancey County Board of Education is proud to announce that Sarah Laws has been selected as the YCS 2022 Teacher of the Year! (pictured above: MHHS Science Department Sallie Sensensy, Cindy King, Teacher of the Year 2022Sarah Laws, Shannon Oesch, Tressa Hartsell) An Earth and Environmental Sciences teacher at Mountain Heritage High School, Laws stated, “It wasn’t so long ago that I was ...(more)

Area Main Street Communities Achieve National Accreditation

The North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center at the North Carolina Department of Commerce has announced that 52 North Carolina communities have been designated as a 2021 Accredited Main Street America™ program. Spruce Pine and Marion have received this top designation. This accreditation status signifies a demonstrated commitment to comprehensive commercial district ...(more)

Man Flees, Wanted by the Yancey Sheriff’s Office

Yancey County Sheriff’s Office, Yancey County Probation Office, and Burnsville Police Department are searching for a male subject who ran  Wednesday morning. jJoseph Wayne Riddle, age 37,  had been meeting with his probation officer when he was informed he had an outstanding felony warrant, which led him to flee on foot from the courthouse. Riddle has dark brown hair, beard and ...(more)

Yancey County Proposed Budget

Monday, June 14 at 6 p.m. there will be a public hearing to receive comments before Yancey County commissioners vote on adopting a budget for fiscal year 2021-22. The proposed budget totals $25,959,167. The 60 cents per $100 in property valuation has been retained. A 2 percent cost of living raise for employees is included. Expenditures are included to upgrade the county’s computers and ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.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. The library is accepting book donations but please limit the books to clean ...(more)

Food Giveaway at Mount Pleasant Food Pantry

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Food Pantry will be hosting a food giveaway Friday June 18th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 129 Scronce Creek Road in Burnsville.  Anyone who wants the food is welcome to come. Just call 828-536-0130 when you get there to let them know you’re there and someone will load the food in your car without you having to get out ...(more)

Raffle Ticket Sales at Rhododendron Festival to Raise Funds for COTA in Honor of Local Artist Mary Ruth Webb

Community member, and artist, Mary Ruth Webb received a life-saving kidney transplant in December, 2020, at the Jason Ray Transplant Clinic, UNC Medical Center, in Chapel Hill, NC. Funds are being raised for COTA in honor of Mary Ruth. 100% of funds raised will assist with transplant-related expenses for her lifetime. Universal Orlando Resort has generously donated two different prize ...(more)

Free Food, Games, Inflatables & Devotion

Bear Creek Baptist Church invites you to come join them on Saturday July 10, 2021 for FREE Food, Devotion, Inflatables and Games. 12-2:30pm at two different locations. Riverside Park in Spruce Pine OR Gouge Elementary-Bakersville. Hosted by: Bear Creek Baptist Church.  For more information call: Bear Creek 828-688-4331 or Janet Wise 828-688-4387 ...(more)

School News

Sarah Laws, Yancey County Teacher of the Year

The Yancey County Board of Education is proud to announce that Sarah Laws has been selected as the YCS 2022 Teacher of the Year! (pictured above: MHHS Science Department Sallie Sensensy, Cindy King, Teacher of the Year 2022Sarah Laws, Shannon Oesch, Tressa Hartsell) An Earth and Environmental Sciences teacher at Mountain Heritage High School, Laws stated, “It wasn’t so long ago that I was ...(more)

Mitchell County Chamber Presents Three Mitchell High Students with the Shirley Hise Memorial Scholarship

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce presented the  Shirley Hise Memorial Scholarship for the second year to three Mitchell High School graduates,  Adam Gortney, Alexandria McEntire and Sarah Renfro. The Chamber established the scholarship in the Fall of 2019 after the passing of its longtime director Shirley Hise. “Shirley was the Director of the Chamber for nearly 20 years,” said ...(more)

Business News

Coldwell Banker King Open House

Coldwell Banker King held a celebration of their new location in Burnsville on Wednesday, May 19th. The real estate office is now located at 56 Stardust Rd, Ste. 5, Burnsville. The location is next to Barn Charm, near Blossman on the Asheville Highway. Ginger Gregory is the Manager/Agent, Bridget O’Hara, Wild Freeborn and Bill Steigerwald are also agents. Amber Wyatt is the friendly face ...(more)

First 2021 Grant Award through Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

Samantha Robinson receiving her grant check from Jamie McMahan. The Yancey Economic Development Commission announces the first 2021 grant award made under the Burnsville Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program.  “I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Lamp Post Vintage Market, a new business located on ...(more)

AmeriHealth Caritas Contracts with Mission Health to Serve NC Medicaid

AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina and Mission Health Partners announced that they have signed a contract that will allow AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina’s Medicaid managed care members to receive care from Mission Health Partners’ hospitals, physicians, and other affiliated providers. AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina is a prepaid health plan that is slated to begin serving North ...(more)