Arts In Education Showcase in Mitchell County
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Tickets Go on Sale for the 2021 MPQG Opportunity Quilt

Local News

Murphy Arrested As Murder Suspect

Ricky Dale Murphy has been arrested and accused of killing Monica Rathburn, according to Burnsville Police Chief Brian Buchanan.  Around 11:30 pm Sunday night, February 28th, Rathburn’s body was found at her home on Green Mountain Drive after Burnsville Police received a call requesting a welfare check. Chief Buchanan said Murphy and Rathburn had been dating.  Murphy is being held in ...(more)

Mission Health Relaxes Visitation Restrictions

PRESS RELEASE: ASHEVILLE – March 2, 2021 –As always Mission Health is working continually to ensure we remain a safe place to work and provide care. Beginning March 2, Mission Health hospitals will be relaxing visitor restrictions from the previous level two. We continue to evaluate the current COVID-19 cases in our region to find the best balance for our patients and caregivers. We ...(more)

Death Investigation Underway

The Burnsville Police Department received a call around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night to perform a welfare check at an apartment at 20 Green Mountain Drive.   Officers had difficulty getting a response from anyone at the residence for several minutes although they could detect signs that someone was present inside the apartment.  After several minutes a male subject exited the apartment alone.  ...(more)

Yancey Advancement Foundation COVID Grants

On 25 February 2021 the Yancey Advancement Foundation, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) Community Development Nonprofit affiliated with the Yancey County Economic Development Commission) announced further investments made from its COVID-19 Relief Fund to support efforts to combat the pandemic in our community and to support the ongoing vaccination effort. A supply of 2,000 masks purchased by the Yancey ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 2/20 – 2/28/21

Arrest: Betty Jo Webb, 54 of 4076 Three Mile Rd., Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Webb for misdemeanor probation violation and defrauding a drug screen. She was issued $5,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 3/24/2021. Justin Michael Carpenter, 31 of 10 Smiley Way, Bakersville, NC. Deputy J. Masters arrested Carpenter for Felony simple possession. He was issued $5,000.00 ...(more)

Burnsville Town Meeting Agenda 3/4

Comprehensive Land Use Plan,  can be found at:  https://townofburnsville.org/wp-content/uploads/Burnsville-Comprehensive-Land-Use-Plan-Draft.pdf.   3-4-21-Council-Agenda-Packet ...(more)

Community News

Red Cross Needs Healthy Blood Donors

Record-breaking cold and winter storms across much of the U.S. has forced the cancellation of hundreds of American Red Cross blood drives in about 30 states and caused more than 15,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. The Red Cross is urging healthy individuals, especially those with type O blood, to give now to ensure blood products are available for patient emergencies when ...(more)

Mitchell County Cooperative Extension 2021 Plant Sale

MITCHELL COUNTY CENTER Spring is just around the corner and Mitchell County Extension is preparing for the 2021 Annual Spring Plant Sale! Since you have purchased plants in the past, you are receiving this notice before the sale is formally publicized. The order form can be found by ...(more)

Update From Tractor

Monday, February 15th, 2021 TRACTOR CSA Begins March 4th Thanks to our farmers, customers and supporters, we’ve doubled the length of our CSA! Four seasons, comprised of 10 weeks each, are now available along with new items like ground beef, sausage and ...(more)

Appalachian Youth to Youth Blog Is Up and Running

The Appalachian Youth to Youth blog is up and running! The youth have posted their first topic of conversation. You are invited to check out the blog and are encouraged to engage in conversation with our young people. Please read the blog guidelines before posting any responses. You can visit the Youth Blog here or find the link on the youth webpage at: www.appyouth2youth.org ...(more)

Electric Vehicle Charging on Grandfather Mountain

(PRESS RELEASE) In an effort to further its environmental stewardship, Grandfather Mountain State Park has installed two ChargePoint electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The park announced the new installations in a press release, stating that one is located at the park’s entrance gate and the other near its nature museum, each able to service two vehicles at once. The park added that the ...(more)

School News

Mtn Heritage Carpentry Students Complete Another Home

And there goes another one…. Mountain Heritage High School carpentry students are getting very close to the dozen mark as they send out another home to its permanent foundation. These homes are built on site in the Michael D. Orr Construction Training Facility on the high school campus. Once the homes are moved to their permanent location the homeowners will do the finish work. Students ...(more)

Yancey Head Start Accepting Applications

Yancey County Head Start is currently accepting applications for children ages 6 weeks – up to 5 years old (not eligible for Kindergarten) for the next school year (2019-2020).  To apply call 682-6668 or come by the school. We are located at 76 Roland Street off of Pensacola Road near Ingles. You will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, SS card, insurance card, and 2020 ...(more)

Business News

The Quartz Corp Expanding To Yancey County

The Yancey County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce the expansion of The Quartz Corp’s regional operations to a new facility located in the Micaville Community in Yancey County.  The company will begin its new Yancey County operations in the 150,000 square-foot facility formerly owned by Hickory Springs Manufacturing.  The Quartz Corp is a key supplier of high purity ...(more)

HCA Healthcare Helps Bring Surgical and Procedure PPE Mask Manufacturing to Asheville

Through a new joint venture between HCA Healthcare and A Plus International Inc., and support from the HCA Healthcare Mission Innovation Fund, LLC, production of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be brought to North Carolina through a new manufacturing center. The joint venture will produce PPE Level 1 and Level 3 masks meeting American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards ...(more)

Cruz Life Center Open

Cruz Life Center is open and considered as an essential service. Taking new appointments, call 828-682-6157 Currently open Monday – Thursday Our mission is to help as many people as possible to get healthy and stay healthy with natural health care solutions. We do offer many natural vitamins and herbs to help boost your immune system during these times. These are the supplements we ...(more)