Girl Scout Day at Grandfather Mountain
Shop Local Whenever You Can
Sunrise by Christina Brown
Night Creatures at Grandfather Mtn
Poplar Car Show – 8/28/21
Afternoon Sundown on Ray Mine Road by Sandy Ellis
Sunrise in Spruce Pine by Mike Honeycutt
Peregrine Falcon Nesting at Grandfather Mountain
Yancey Sheriff’s Office Summer Camp Successful

Local News

Untreated Wastewater Discharge

The Town of Burnsville had a discharge of untreated wastewater from our wastewater collection system at a sewer main line located at the intersection of East Main Street and Meadow Road of approximately 1000 gallons. The discharge occurred on September 14, 2021 for approximately 1.5 hours. The untreated wastewater entered an unnamed tributary of Little Crabtree Creek in the French Broad River ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Department’s Newest Employee Will Work for Food

The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department has a new cop on patrol. As the newest Sheriff’s Office employee, Drago joins the team to specialize in search and rescue and drug confiscations. Drago is a 2 year old handsome, black Shepherd/Malinois. He was purchased for $11,000 at OnPoint K9 in Kentucky.  This is the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department’s second K-9 officer. ...(more)

Burnsville Water Treatment Plant Receives Honor From The State

The N.C. Division of Water Resources has honored 64 water treatment plants, including Burnsville, for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards in 2020.  The division’s Public Water Supply Section awarded the facilities the prestigious N.C. Area Wide Optimization Award, which is part of a state effort to enhance the performance of existing surface water treatment facilities. In ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Arest Report 9/4 – 9/11/21

Arrest: Brittany Nichole Branch, 31 of Mills Creek Rd., Old Fort, NC. Deputy L. Tipton arrested Branch for felony possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was issued $10,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 10/27/201. Jason Lee Fillmore, 46 of June Bug Hollow Rd., Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy A. Duncan cited Fillmore for failure to pay child ...(more)

Yancey County Schools – Schedule Adjustments

Yancey County Schools Superintendent Kathy Amos announced yesterday schedule adjustments related to the Delta variant numbers for the schools next week. Grade Pre K-5 will have seated Instruction. Grades 6-12 will have seated Instruction and Virtual Instruction for One Week. Beginning Monday, September 13th through Friday, September 17th students in grades 6 -12 who are not ...(more)

Community News

Soup Bean Fundraiser Meal for Neighbors Feeding Neighbors

The Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry will be hosting a Soup Bean Fundraiser Meal Friday September 17th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the ministry at 14 Jackson Town Road off Altapass in Spruce Pine in the old VFW building. They will have soup beans (with or without onions) cornbread, fried taters, mac and cheese and a dessert, all for $5 a plate with proceeds benefiting the ministry. ...(more)

Mt. Mitchell Street Rods Friday Night Cruise In

The Mt. Mitchell Street Rods hold another Friday Nite Cruise-In featuring classic cars and trucks, rat rods and motorcycles Friday, September 17th from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm in the Sav-Mor Parking lot in the Roses Shopping Center in Burnsville. It’s something they do on the 1st,  3rd and 5th Friday nights through October.   For more information call Gordon Higgins at 284-2951, Bill Anglin at ...(more)

First Presbyterian Church Pet Blessing

The First Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine at 970 Greenwood Road in Spruce Pine invites everyone to their “Blessing of the Animals” Sunday, October 10th at 3:00 pm. This free outdoor event will be open to everyone in the community to share in celebrating God’s love for all creatures great and small. The ceremony will include a time for hymns, prayers and the blessing of each ...(more)

Bar-b-que & Bluegrass in Spruce Pine!

Ready for BBQ, blacksmiths and music?  If you said “yes” then you need to be at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine on October 2, 2021 from 10 am to 9 pm.  The Spruce Pine BBQ and Music Festival sponsored by the Spruce Pine Rotary Club was moved from July to October to make sure we all could gather together outside safely.   Our music lineup is in place along with plenty of food and ...(more)

Get The Hook Comedy Improv Troupe At Parkway Playhouse

  Join comedy improv troupe Get the Hook on October 1-2, 2021 at 6:30pm at Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC! Under the direction of Kristen Donelle Livengood, Get the Hook is a troupe of teens who are no strangers to the script and demonstrate what they can do OFF-BOOK. They will keep you laughing as they play high-energy games based on suggestions from you—the audience. Current ...(more)

School News

After-School Program Starting Date

On Monday, September 20th, 2021, Yancey County Schools will begin the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) – Making Academic Gains in Children (M.A.G.I.C) Program. The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The program provides after-school and summer school academic enrichment opportunities for children to ...(more)

Yancey County Schools – Schedule Adjustments

Yancey County Schools Superintendent Kathy Amos announced yesterday schedule adjustments related to the Delta variant numbers for the schools next week. Grade Pre K-5 will have seated Instruction. Grades 6-12 will have seated Instruction and Virtual Instruction for One Week. Beginning Monday, September 13th through Friday, September 17th students in grades 6 -12 who are not ...(more)

Business News

Orchard at Altapass Wins 2021 TripAdvisor Travel’s Choice Award

The Orchard at Altapass announced that it has been recognized by a TripAdvisor 2021 Travelers’ Choice award for Things to Do. “This award celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to visitors, having earned great reviews on TripAdvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, the Orchard stood out by continuously delighting visitors,” said ...(more)

Honey Comes To the Orchard at Altapass

      The Orchard at Altapass is happy to acknowledge they are dripping in sweet goodness and proud of it. Last year, the Deer Park® Brand sponsored Blue Ridge Parkway Association awarded the Orchard a grant that enabled the purchase of an additional six honeybee hives. This year, the Orchard is reaping the rewards and putting their honey on the shelves. Field manager and ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain welcomes new faces to its leadership team

Over the past couple of years, Grandfather Mountain has welcomed a few new, yet familiar, faces to its leadership team to direct the foundation into the future as it prepares to open the new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery in 2022. “Our mindset is to protect and preserve Grandfather Mountain for future generations,” said Jesse Pope, president and executive director of the Grandfather ...(more)