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Local News

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Yancey County Announces Installation of ADA Compliant Pool

Yancey County Government has announced the installation of a permanent ADA compliant pool lift at the Toe River Campground that is now available for use. Due to a generous grant from their partners, the Mount Mitchell Community Fund Board of Directors, this project was made possible for installation before the 2024 swimming season and Camp Funshine. Pictured below with Yancey County Project ...(more)

Forest Service GAP Restoration Project Proposal

The United States Forest Service released a draft proposal for the Grandfather, Appalachian, Pisgah (GAP) Restoration Project on July 12, and is inviting the public to comment. The project, developed over two years, aims to restore fire-adapted sections of Pisgah National Forest and reduce wildfire risk.  The Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Plan, finalized last year, faced criticism for potentially ...(more)

Brandan Huff Found Guilty of Statutory Rape

(Press release from Yancey County Sheriff’s Department) The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office announces that Brandan Huff has been found guilty of statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Huff has been sentenced to 23 to 32 1/2 years in prison. This conviction follows a rigorous investigation and court proceedings, highlighting the Yancey County Sheriff’s ...(more)

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Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 7/5 – 7/14/24

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: Melissa Diane Carmney, 41 of Bakersville, NC. Deputy A. Renfro arrested Carmney for outstanding warrants. She was issued $1,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court. James Robert Franklin, 39 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy D. LaPlante arrested Franklin for misdemeanor injury ...(more)

Community News

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Proverbs 22:6 Break the Cycle Movie Screening

Beaver Creek Baptist Church will be hosting the Proverbs 22:6 Break the Cycle  movie “The Break Through: Join the Movement for Change” at the church July 21st at 5:00 pm. Come see the movie and experience the movement and meet the people who started it all. One in seven children in the US have incarcerated parents. There is an 82 percent chance that a child with a parent in prison will end ...(more)

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Food Giveaway at Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Food Pantry will be hosting another food giveaway Friday, July 26th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 151 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)

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SIZZLIN’ SUMMER SERIES – Climbing Tower & Community Clinic

Climb, play, and unwind during this Saturday’s jam-packed Sizzlin’ Summer Series on the Burnsville Town Square. Kids of all ages can enjoy a FREE climbing tower, learn how to play Resorté, and sample FREE wellness services from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The ever-popular rock climbing wall is back! Kids and adults alike are welcome to join us for rock climbing on the Town Square. Whether it’s ...(more)

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Two New Performance at SART

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) is proud to announce the opening of two productions that have significant impact and relevance to the local community. SART is presenting The Tall Woman, a dramatic adaptation by Jim Overholt based on the novel by author Wilma Dykeman about the Moore and McQueen families, their mountain community, and their struggles in the 19th century during and ...(more)

Mitchell County Historical Society Program Features Joara Foundation and Fort San Juan

The Mitchell County Historical Society is pleased to announce its August program, featuring Mike Carpenter, a staff member of the Warren Wilson College Field School representing the Joara Foundation. The Exploring Joara Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public through hands-on archaeology and history programs, events, and opportunities to ...(more)

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High Peaks Leads Mt. Mitchell Loop Hike July 20

Take a break from the summer heat by joining High Peaks for a pleasant loop hike on the trails of Mt. Mitchell State Park on Saturday, July 20. Temperatures on the highest peak in the Eastern U.S. are typically 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in the surrounding valleys. Meet in the parking lot of the restaurant at 8:30 a.m. Bring water, snacks, hiking poles if you use them and rain gear if the ...(more)

School News

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MHHS Heavy Equipment Camp

Last week, rising 7th-10th graders participated in Heavy Equipment Camp at MHHS. Students learned about the types of equipment, how to operate them using simulators and visited job sites where equipment was actively being operated. Students visited the construction site at Burnsville Elementary where representatives from Harper General Contractors and Young & McQueen – A Branch ...(more)

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Yancey County Schools Summer Construction Updates

Summer construction has continued this week at EYMS with progress in the kitchen/cafeteria area, a wall being erected around the walk-in freezer, bathrooms being prepped for new tile and fixtures, and the office area undergoing major updates. Site work continues at BES with trees being removed and the building pad being compacted and leveled. At STES, new tile was installed in the student ...(more)

Business News

Rebecca Noricks Joins Dogwood Health Trust as Vice President of Communications

 Dogwood Health Trust is pleased to announce that following an extensive national search, seasoned communications strategist and practitioner Rebecca (Becky) Noricks, will be joining the organization as the Vice President of Communications on July 30. In this role, Noricks is responsible for developing and implementing internal and external communication strategies that advance Dogwood’s ...(more)

Bakersville Small Business Center Announces Business Startup Program

The Bakersville Small Business Center, located at 80 Hemlock Drive in Bakersville is taking applications for business startups to rent space in Bakersville. The Bakersville Small Business Center is a nonprofit organization focused on helping new businesses get off the ground by providing space, educational tools, and mentoring so that businesses have a leg up on success. The Bakersville Small ...(more)

Branch Group Acquires Young & McQueen Grading

Branch Group, Inc. (Branch), a heavy-highway and building contractor headquartered in Roanoke, Va., has announced the acquisition purchase of Burnsville, N.C.-based Young & McQueen, a contractor specializing in heavy civil, highway, site work, bridges, and structures construction. The 37-year-old contracting firm was founded by Sam and Kim Young, who wanted to transition the business to ...(more)