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SEARCH Grateful for Positive Revisions to Hospital Purchase Agreement

The sun was shining but the people gathered outside the south Asheville community center were tense as they waited for N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein to arrive. Citizen groups from Highlands to Asheville to Burnsville and Spruce Pine were about to hear a much-anticipated announcement from Stein about the sale of non-profit Mission Health to for- profit HCA.  Since Mission Health announced in ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Felony Arrest Report 1/9 – 1/16/19

TIMOTHY LAINE HOLLOWAY, 53 of Travelers Rest, SC was arrested on 01/11/2019 Holloway is charged with; Felony Probation Violation Misdemeanor Injury To Personal Property Felony Escape Local Jail WILLIAM JASON COX, 33 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 01/12/2019 Cox is charged with; Felony Breaking And Or Entering Felony Larceny After Break/Enter Felony Possession Stolen Goods Property ...(more)

Stroupe Attorney Wants To Delay Trial

Phillip Stroupe II’s attorney has filed a motion to delay his upcoming trial. District Attorney Greg Newman said Phillip Stroupe II has a hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, on motions filed by the defense. Stroupe is accused of leading authorities on a five-county manhunt through Western North Carolina   and killing 38 year old Thomas Bryson of Mills River along the way  in July of ...(more)

Yancey County Board of Education Seeks Input On Superintendent Search

This is an exciting time for our community.  As the Yancey County Board of Education searches for a new school superintendent, one of the first tasks is to determine the qualities desired by the school board, school staff, and the community.  Finding the right person for our school system – one who will lead us to increased successes as well as honor and embrace our community – is ...(more)

Attorney General Does Not Object to HCA Purchase

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says he does not object to HCA Healthcare’s acquisition of the Mission Health System’s assets. The announcement was made during a news conference in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon. Stein said in a news release, “As a result of extensive negotiations with the Attorney General’s Office, HCA has strengthened its commitments to ...(more)

Marion Couple Accused of Swindling Residents of Six Counties

Husband and wife log home builders are now in custody accused of bilking residents in six counties of millions of dollars and fleeing the area. Detective Van Williams of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 50-year-old Del Jon Bristol Jr. and 46-year-old Serena Stamm Bristol, address listed as Pepperwood Drive in Marion, each with one count of embezzlement and five counts of ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

ONGOING EVENTS: Wednesday Readers Book Club: The club meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month @ 10am at the library. The book for February is Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver. Ales & Tales Book Club: The next meeting will be on the 1st Sunday of February at 2:00PM at Homeplace Brewery. The book selection is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. STORY TIME: Thursdays at 11:00AM with stories and ...(more)

Green Mountain Sailor Named Navy Medicine’s Physical Therapist of the Year

Lt. Cmdr. Marissa Greene, associate director of Clinical Support Services, Naval Hospital Pensacola (NHP), was recently named Navy Medicine’s Physical Therapy Senior Officer of the Year for 2018. Out of more than 100 physical therapists, Greene was selected for her leadership, innovative strategies and dedication to duty that ensured 100 percent access to care for all active duty and ...(more)

School News

Brock Duncan – New Mitchell Track Coach

Press Release from Mitchell Athletics Brock Duncan has been officially hired as the new M.H.S. track coach.  He has replaced Charlie Snyder who has been the head track coach for several years.  Duncan had been the assistant track coach for four years at Mitchell High School and had previously coached track at Harris Middle School for two years.  He currently serves as the Mitchell County ...(more)

Yancey County Board of Education Seeks Input On Superintendent Search

This is an exciting time for our community.  As the Yancey County Board of Education searches for a new school superintendent, one of the first tasks is to determine the qualities desired by the school board, school staff, and the community.  Finding the right person for our school system – one who will lead us to increased successes as well as honor and embrace our community – is ...(more)

Summer Wilson Makes Dean’s List at Brevard College

Summer Wilson makes Deans List at Brevard College. She is the daughter of Shane and Vanessa Wilson. She’s a 2018 graduate of Mountain Heritage, is studying pre med, will be playing softball for Brevard, and is slated to graduate in 2022. ...(more)

Business News

Wells Fargo Foundation Award to High Country United Way

On December 13th Wells Fargo Foundation presented a $47,000 grant to High Country United Way. HCUW was awarded this grant by Wells Fargo Foundation to support programs in the High Country that meet a mutual goal of helping people lift themselves out of poverty and attain self-sufficiency. This will provide life changing opportunities for many residents of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Avery, ...(more)

Altec Associates Volunteer Service at Cane River Park

Nearly 50 associates from Altec spent two days last week volunteering at Cane River Park.  These workers contributed over 800 combined man-hours clearing the park of storm debris, repairing fencing and other improvement projects at the popular park damaged by flood waters from the remnants of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Altec management approached County Manager Nathan Bennett with the ...(more)

First Grant Award through New Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

The Yancey Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce the first grant award made under the newly adopted Burnsville Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program initiated by the EDC earlier this year.  “I’m very pleased to announce the first grant made through Yancey EDC’s new Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Samantha Robinson, the proprietor of ...(more)