Look at those wings glow
Beautiful Pink Dogwood by Natasha Smith
Photography at Grandfather Mountain
Burnsville Family Fit 5k – 2022 (more pics)
Michell Career & Technical Students Visit Altec
Ribbon Cutting at Terrell House
Can You Find the Bee?
Grandfather Mountain Welcomes Newest Black Bear: Fanny May

Local News

Grandfather Mtn Elk Finds New Home With Nascar Driver

Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is bidding a fond farewell to a member of the Mildred the Bear Animal Habitats: Doc the elk, who has been relocated to a new home. Over the past year, Grandfather Mountain has been looking to relocate Doc, who is named after legendary guitarist Doc Watson. The search began last year ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 5/8 – 5/15/55

Arrest: Rodney Thomas Belcher, 30 of Connelly Springs, NC. Deputy N. Bowman arrested Belcher for felony possession of Methamphetamine, misdemeanor charges and outstanding warrants issued by Caldwell County. He was issued $1,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 6/1/2022. Zachary Mark Lourcey, 31 of Marion, NC. Deputy M. Hylemon arrested Lourcey for failure to appear in court on ...(more)

Yancey County Property Reappraisal

Yancey County has retained Pearson’s Appraisal Service, Inc., to perform the Yancey County general reappraisal of real property with values to become effective January 1, 2024. The General Statutes of North Carolina mandates that Yancey County reappraise all real property at least every eight years beginning with 1976 to determine each property’s fair market value for the purpose of ...(more)

$6.6 Million Improvements for Two Yancey County Schools

(PRESS RELEASE) Yancey County Schools received some great news from the NC Department of Public Instruction at the end of April, being awarded grant funding of $6,693,944.00 for renovations and repairs for South Toe Elementary ($1,873,944) and East Yancey Middle School ($4,820,000). “I am very appreciative of State Senator Ralph Hise, State Superintendent Catherine Truitt, members of the ...(more)

Community News

May Meeting of the Toe Cane Beekeepers

For the May meeting on Tuesday, May 24, the Toe Cane Beekeepers will offer a Panel Discussion and “Ask the Beekeeper” session featuring members of various experience levels discussing their beekeeping techniques, successes, failures and all manner of opinions. Come and join us at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Spruce Pine. with your questions, comments and friendly ...(more)

Youth Group Fundraising Fish Fry

Mt. Calvary FWB church youth group will be hosting a fish fry Saturday May 21, 2022 from 4:30 until 7 all proceeds go towards the Youth Groups summer trip. $11 per plate dine in or carry out. We are located at 86 Brushy Creek Rd. Spruce Pine right below the Avery County Airport. ...(more)

75th Rhododendron Reunion

On Thursday evening June 16, 35 former NC Rhododendron Queens will gather for a reunion in Bakersville to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the NC Rhododendron Festival. We will have talent galore as 16 of the 35 will perform. After the show, they will meet and greet attendees in the courtyard of Bowman Middle School. This event kicks of two more days of fun, food, music, arts and crafts, car ...(more)

Hope Through Love Food Giveaway

Hope Through Love will be having their monthly food giveaway Wednesday May 18th from 1pm-3pm at the blue and white building beside Stephanie’s Ice Cream Shop just below East Yancey Middle School. Pull up and we will load your car for you. If you have questions contact Melissa at 828-208-0723. ...(more)

Bike Night Now Every Friday Night at Rio’s

Bike Night is now being held every Friday night at Rio’s Mexican Restaurant in Burnsville, located on the 19E Bypass near the Roses Shopping Center, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. For more information call Travis Briggs at 828-317-7946 or Kyler at 828-317-7961. ...(more)

School News

Graduating Nurses Recognized During Pinning Ceremony at Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University honored the 2022 graduates of the Judge-McRae School of Nursing during a pinning ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2022. The ceremony for this year’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) graduates was held in Moore Auditorium. The spring 2022 graduates of MHU’s pre-licensure B.S.N. program are: Lauren Allen of Barnardsville, North Carolina Michaela Baker of Arden, ...(more)

Entrepreneurship II Students Earn Venture Certification

Mitchell High School students in Jennifer Barnett’s Entrepreneurship II course recently received their Venture Certification. This online, interactive course teaches students the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, from creating a business plan to performing market research, from creating a logo to projecting food costs for their very own food-truck business. Students who earned the ...(more)

Business News

Mitchell Chamber Announces New Executive Director

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce  has announced the appointment of their new Executive Director. Mitchell County, born and raised, Mandi Polly had previously been working as the Chamber’s Member Services Director and most recently, Interim Executive Director, following Patti Jensen’s retirement.  Mandi has her bachelor’s in business management from Mars Hill University. She, and ...(more)

US Chamber Small Business Dream Big Awards

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the very best in American small business. Every year at The Big Week for Small Business, the Dream Big Awards program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth. The 2022 Small Business of the Year award winner will receive national recognition and a $25,000 cash prize! How to ...(more)

New Yancey The Quartz Corp. Facility Hosts NCDOL

On Friday, April 8, The Quartz Corp. (TQC) hosted N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) Commissioner Josh Dobson and Mine and Quarry Bureau Chief William Gerringer for a site tour of their newly renovated mining logistics facility located in Yancey County. The tour highlighted the upgrades to the facility that enhance safety technology and ensure safer working conditions. Gerringer was also ...(more)