kentanglin-2 Photo by Kent Anglin
g Stinky Squid Mushroom…photo by Ken Gilcrist
img_20230902_222503_319-2 Starry Night by April Truett
img_6380-2 Rainbow over South Toe on Parkway… photo by William Buchanan
mushrooms Pretty Mushrooms
ay Enjoying Grandma’s Apples…photo by Ayla McKinney
img_6162-3 Cloudy Starry Night…photo by Cacey Woodward
june_elkins_gods-masterpiece God’s Masterpiece…photo by June Elkins
bjwyatt Clouds on mountains…photo by BJ Wyatt
casey_woodward-2 Milo enjoying the flowers…photo by Casey Woodward

Local News

Yancey Chamber of Commerce Director Resigns

Yancey County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christy Wood has tendered her resignation to the Chamber Board Chair and to the Yancey County Travel and Tourism Board. Wood began the position in October of 2020.Yancey Chamber of Commerce Bard Chairperson Kem Muller said in a press release, “It pains me to have to communicate this information, and is with great sadness, that I let you ...(more)

Fox Report 9/22/23

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX This week, I unveiled a new and detailed accounting of the pervasive degradation of First Amendment rights on college campuses across the nation. This hostile takeover of postsecondary education by political activists, woke faculty, and partisan administrators has established a dangerous trend that threatens students’ constitutionally ...(more)

Yancey School Board Hears Project Updates

The regular monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education was held in the gymnasium of Burnsville Elementary School on Monday, September 18, 2023. Schematic Design Documents Architects Aubrie Donnellan and Josh Czerniak presented design proposals for the additions at Blue Ridge Elementary and Burnsville Elementary schools. These designs included general floor plans for each addition ...(more)

Both Chambers Receive Building Outdoors Grants

The Mitchell and Yancey Chamber of Commerce groups will receive two of six grants for MADE X MTNS (Made by Mountains) in the first round of grants for the Building Outdoors Communities Program. This Fund provides micro-grants to non-profits, for-profits, community groups and sole proprietors located in Western North Carolina focused on advancing equity and inclusion in outdoor recreation access ...(more)

Community News

Fall Festival and Car Show- Postponed Until 9/30

This event has been postponed due to a death in the church and will now be held 9/30 Fairview Baptist Church will be having a fall festival and car show Saturday September 23rd starting at 4pm . There will be dune buggies, side-by-sides, cars, and trucks for everyone to enjoy looking at. Live gospel bluegrass music by the Rock Creek Ramblers. Free hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings. ...(more)

Connect @ Your Library

Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 9a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. Donations: The library is accepting donations of relatively new, clean books. Please DO NOT leave donations in the book drop. Bring them to the circulation desk or drop them off at the Book Cellar Annex on the square. Donations in the book drop overstuff the box and ...(more)

8th Annual Mayland Black Jar Honey Contest

Come out and help decided the best tasting honey in Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties and help support the association’s mission to help bees and beekeepers in our tri-county area. WNC honey has won numerous international awards and is known for its rare and varietal flavors. Our area boasts honey from the rare sourwood tree, tulip poplar, basswood, spring fruit flowers, and so much ...(more)

13th Annual Justice Forum

Watch Party will be held at Cross Street Commerce Center, 31 Cross Street, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. This will be Pisgah’s 13th annual Justice Forum featuring Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize Winner-Poverty Abolitionist-Bestselling Author OCTOBER 17, 2023- 6:30 pm Light food and drink provided. REGISTER TODAY! To learn more, contact Maxine at (828) 463-3109 or ...(more)

Free Help with Wills & Powers of Attorney

FREE LEGAL SERVICES in AVERY, MITCHELL & YANCEY COUNTIES Free Help with Wills & Powers of Attorney For Low-income Homeowners & Low-Income Parents of Minor Children and Seniors who rent a home TO APPLY: Apply online at or by phone at (828) 253-0406 or submit your name and number to Questions? Call (828) 688-7113 Pisgah Legal Services ...(more)

School News

National Publications Give Mars Hill University High Rankings

Two national magazines which publish respected college ranking guides again have given Mars Hill University high marks. For the second straight year, Mars Hill University ranks in the top 20 colleges in the South in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. The magazine also ranks Mars Hill as a top performer on social mobility, a “best value” school, and one of the best colleges for ...(more)

Sabrina Delk Joins Mars Hill University as Director of Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Sabrina Delk has joined Mars Hill University as the director of the new Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. She is responsible for recruiting students, organizing and executing extracurricular activities, and engaging businesses to help provide students with the real-world skills they need for a seamless transition into the professional world. She also will oversee the planning and execution ...(more)

Business News

Ribbon Cutting for Family Medicine Office in Spruce Pine

The Clinic of Joshua Newton, PA-C held their ribbon cutting on Friday morning, September 22nd. The clinic has been open since August 8 and is located 167 Locust St, Suite 216,  in Spruce Pine. ( in the Dave Wylie Building above DT’s Blue Ridge JAVA and Cafe. ...(more)

United Community Bank Gives Yancey Humane $1000

Christy Shuford, Assistant Branch Manager of United Community Bank, presented the Yancey County Humane Society with a check for $1000. The check was awarded by The United Community Foundation in recognition of World Animal Day grant. ...(more)

Ribbon Cutting at L & L Furniture

A ribbon cutting was held Friday, September 1st at L & L Furniture for the grand opening of their new showrooms. L & L added two additional buildings to their store location on Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine. With the additional space they have added a larger display of outdoor furniture along with a line of Traeger and Green Egg grills. Another building will house the Discount showroom ...(more)