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Yancey County Census Meeting

Burnsville and Yancey County Officials gathered at the Burnsville Town Center yesterday afternoon to discuss the upcoming Nationwide 2020 Census. The meeting was directed by Chuck Megown, a Partnership Specialist from the Atlanta Division that includes North Carolina. The main discussion of the meeting was the importance of counties encouraging participation in the census.  Government funded ...(more)

Medicare Recipients Be On Alert for Scam

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey is warning Medicare recipients to be on alert for scams. Recently, there have been reports of phone calls with the Caller ID listed as “Senior Center” but the number is unavailable. The callers are saying they are conducting a Medicare survey and are asking for personal information. They also are asking if you have received your new 2020 ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Department Felony Arrest Report 1/1/20 – 1/15/20

ROBBIE JEFFERY GUTHKE, 41, Piedmont, SC was arrested on 01/03/2020 Guthke is charged with; Felony Possession Of Firearm By Felon CHARLES DAVID HALL, 37 Burnsville, NC was arrested on 01/03/2020 Hall’s new charges are; Felony Possession Schedule II (Methamphetamine) Controlled Substance Felony Maintain Place Controlled Substance Felony Possession With Intent To Manufacture/Sell/Deliver ...(more)

Blue Ridge Conservancy Purchases Acreage in Avery County

  Blue Ridge Conservancy has purchased 91 acres of land on Peak Mountain in Avery County. The land includes the summit of Peak Mountain that was originally part of a planned Tynecastle development. The land has also been known as Tynecastle Peak, Invershiel Peak and Dunvegan Peak, and runs parallel to NC Highway 105. Peak Mountain is located within the Dunvegan Natural Heritage Area, an ...(more)

Important Healthcare Meeting Includes Food and Full Agenda

Healthcare is a dominant topic for 2020, not just in state and regional politics, but also locally in Mitchell and Yancey counties.  SEARCH, Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare, tracks local healthcare topics and shares what they learn in meetings. The public is invited to attend the next community gathering, which will be Monday, January 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist ...(more)

Community News

North Carolina Arts Council Grant Deadline for Arts Funding is March 2

The North Carolina Arts Council’s 2020-21 grant guidelines for organizations are now available at www.NCArts.org. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 2 for projects that take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The N.C. Arts Council’s grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the arts infrastructure that reaches into all 100 N.C. counties, to ...(more)

Parkway Playhouse Presents Auditions for Frozen JR

Parkway Playhouse will be holding auditions for the first production of the 2020 Junior Season, Frozen JR. The auditions will be held on Sunday, January 26th, from 2-5pm at the Mountain Heritage Center (113 Green Mountain Drive). Auditions are open to anyone between the ages 8-18, as long as they are registered for at least one of Parkway Playhouse’s Conservatory classes by the audition ...(more)

Important Healthcare Meeting Includes Food and Full Agenda

Healthcare is a dominant topic for 2020, not just in state and regional politics, but also locally in Mitchell and Yancey counties.  SEARCH, Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare, tracks local healthcare topics and shares what they learn in meetings. The public is invited to attend the next community gathering, which will be Monday, January 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the First Baptist ...(more)

School News

MLK Day Events at Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University has scheduled a full day of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2020. Classes are canceled for students, with a series of educational and service activities scheduled. The day’s events are coordinated by the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This year’s events include: 8:30-9:30 a.m.: Community ...(more)

Terry Bellamy Urges Mars Hill University Graduates to Find Their Own Calcutta

Former Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy quoted Mother Teresa as she urged Mars Hill University graduates to “find their own Calcutta.” Bellamy, who now heads the community and economic development office for Madison County, was the keynote speaker for the university’s December commencement ceremony on Friday, December 20, 2019. Bellamy quoted from a letter that Mother Teresa ...(more)

Business News

Burnsville/Yancey Chamber Welcomes New Member Tarheel Motors

Burnsville/Yancey Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Tarheel Motors located at  383 West US Hwy 19 E Bypass, Burnsville. Call 828-682-4004 or 208-9878. Owners Darrin and Dawn Thompson invite you to find your next quality pre-owned vehicle at Tarheel Motors, tarheelmotorsnc.com. ...(more)

Dogwood Health Trust Announces Board Member Departures, Committee Appointments made in 2019

In accordance with their Commitment Letter to the Office of the Attorney General, the Dogwood Health Trust Board of Directors bid farewell to two Buncombe County directors and appointed eight new non-Board members to committees at its December board meeting. Per the agreement, two of the Board members who reside in Buncombe County agreed to not seek re-election at the expiration of their term ...(more)

Altec Industries Receives Award

EDC Press Release The Yancey County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce Altec Industries, Inc. as the 2019 recipient of the North Carolina Manufacturing Leadership Award in Economic Development and Emerging Markets. The award was presented at the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s 2019 MFGCON event held at the Benton Convention Center in ...(more)