Crafts Fair on Burnsville Town Square Aug 6-7
Finally the Fawns by Annette Bigelow (click to see)
Bright and Cheery Zinnia Garden. Photo by Lisa Honeycutt
Cardinal by Calvin Campbell
Natasha Smith Captured These Beautiful Clouds
Mountain Air GIVES To Yancey Schools
Another beautiful photo by Calvin Campbell
Day Lily by Sandy Ellis

Local News

Marion Man Wins Lottery Again

  A North Carolina man who tried his luck at the Carolina Keno lottery game won $100,000 — his second-largest lottery prize in seven years. Dewey Croom, of Marion, told North Carolina Education Lottery officials he bought his Carolina Keno ticket from the Sugar Hill Food Mart in Marion. Croom claimed his prize at lottery headquarters in Raleigh and took home $70,771 after required ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 7/24 – 8/1/21

Arrest: Johnathan Scott Carpenter, 38 of 46 Rocky Pine Ln., Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy B. Hollifield arrested Carpenter for failure to appear in Gaston County Court on possession of drug paraphernalia. He was issued $2,500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 8/23/2021. Johnny Bowman, 49 of 1285 Elk Park Hwy, Newland, NC. Deputy M. Hylemon arrested Bowman for warrants issued by Avery County ...(more)

Burnsville Town Council Meeting 8/3 Agenda

Agenda packet for the Town Council regular meeting on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The packet contains overview materials for the Yancey County Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Also attached, David Graham of High Country has provided the full draft of the plan. 8-3-21-Council-Agenda-Packet Yancey-County-CTP-DRAFT ...(more)

Bill Carson Honored By Visit NC

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit NC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership with North Carolina, presented the Esse Quam Videri Award to Bill Carson, co-founder of the Orchard at Altapass. The ceremony was appropriately held on the Olin Hefner Pavilion on the grounds of the Orchard after being delayed a year due to the distancing mandates of last ...(more)

Update From MCHP on COVID Testing and Vaccines

As you are probably aware, we are seeing an uptick in COVID cases in our area. Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP) is seeing a rise in demand for testing and a rise in positive cases. The numbers are still quite small but in an effort educate the community; we felt it pertinent to release our recent data.  We are doing 15-30 tests per day and, in the past few days; we have had 3-6 ...(more)

Community News

Pleasant Grove Cemetery Decoration Day

The Annual Decoration Day at Pleasant Grove Cemetery will be Sunday, August 8th and all are invited.  Good time to get together with family and friends after such a long time. The cemetery is on Brush Creek in Yancey County behind Pleasant Grove Baptist Church across from the fire department. ...(more)

Covid Memorial Event Postponement

Due to the recent spike of active Covid cases in Yancey County, The Covid Memorial scheduled for this coming Sunday, August 8th, is postponed until further notice. Parkway Playhouse is committed to providing a safe space for all of our participants and theatre community. The health and well-being of our community, patrons, students, and staff remain our top priority. We appreciate your ...(more)

Parkway Playhouse Covid Remembrance 8/8–Postponed

As the pandemic comes to a close, Parkway Playhouse would like to take a moment to “Remember Our People” and honor those lost to COVID-19. This will be an opportunity for our community to gather together to grieve and heal. Please join us on the Burnsville Town Square on Sunday, August 8th  from 4-6 pm for song, speakers, and peace as we celebrate the lives of our loved ones. A ...(more)

Moana Luau at Parkway Playhouse August 7

On August 7th, from 10am-12pm, Parkway Playhouse is hosting a Moana Luau! There will be games, music, popsicles, and fun for kids of all ages. This event is free to everyone. You will also be able to sign up your K-12 student for our 2021-22 Conservatory Classes. Students enrolled in classes are eligible to audition for Moana Jr. this fall. Find out more about what classes will be available at ...(more)

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. If you are feeling sick in any way, please do not use our in person library services; curbside services are still available upon request. Please be aware that developments in the ongoing Covid pandemic response may change ...(more)

Home Remedies Virtual Panel Session on Managing Pain & Stress

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 6:00-7:00 PM via Zoom join us for this virtual panel session, featuring a conversation with local providers on strategies for managing pain and stress and a question & answer segment. All are welcome to join! • Carol Benjamin, Physical Therapist, Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist • Jennie Boyd Bull, Tai Chi Instructor • Greg Casey, Licensed ...(more)

School News

Leaders in Yancey Schools–Rebecca Fox

Buzzwords, catch phrases, and hot topics come and go in all areas of life. In education, an important phrase we all strive to achieve and maintain is student-centered learning – a practice of recognizing each student’s interests, abilities, challenges, and learning styles and helping those students, as individuals, learn and grow through their own educational experiences. This week’s ...(more)

Leaders in Yancey Schools – Brent Laws

The Yancey County Schools’ Mission Statement reads: The Yancey County Schools strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment to empower all students to achieve their full potential as life-long learners and global citizens. The newest member of the YCS School Administration Team is Dr. Brent Laws, Principal at South Toe Elementary School, and he is the full embodiment of the YCS Mission ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Kindergarten Academy

All Yancey County elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Academy on Monday Aug. 9th and Tuesday Aug. 10th from 8:30 am -12:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for children to become familiar with their new school, classroom, teachers and friends. We look forward to seeing all incoming kindergarteners at their school during this time.  Transportation will not be provided so please ...(more)

Business News

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)

Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program Grant Award

“I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Mountain Time Amish Wholesale, a new business located on East Main Street in Burnsville.  The business is a new enterprise of local Burnsville Main Street merchant Claudia Honeycutt, the proprietor of Mountain Time on Main St.” said EDC Director Jamie McMahan.  “We ...(more)

Aston Jones Opens in Spruce Pine!

Aston James held their ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 24th on Locust Street in Spruce Pine. This new clothing store was created by Casey Ledford and Kelly Jones. They both are from Mitchell County and pride themselves on being a shopping destination for the local and the tourist. With a variety of clothing for men, women, and children, they also have home decor, accessories, and gifts! ...(more)