Spruce Pine Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival Moved to October 8th
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Local News

Potential Storms From Hurricane Ian Causes Changes To Events

Hurricane Ian is on track to move through our area this weekend. Due to that forecast lots of events planned for this weekend have been rescheduled. The Thursday night JVs ballgames have been moved to tonight, Friday night football games have been moved to Thursday night. Mtn Heritage Womens’ tennis has been moved from Thursday to this afternoon at 4:00. Mtn Heritage has also changed ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 9/18 – 9/25/22

Arrest: Rachel Ann Stancil, 36 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Stancil for felony possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor possess drug paraphernalia. She was issued $10,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court in 10/25/2022. Jerry Justin Helton, 24 of Burnsville, NC. Deputy N. Bowman arrested Helton for misdemeanor warrants issued by Avery County. He was issued $500.00 ...(more)

Two People Killed in a Car Crash in Marion (Update)

A two-vehicle crash resulted in the death of two people Sunday evening, Sept. 25, in Marion. A spokesperson for the Marion Police Department said around 5:15 pm Sunday two cars collided on Highway 70 in Marion near Old Highway 10, in the 1600 block of East Court Street. A preliminary investigation reported a 2005 Ford driven by John Russell 53, of Marion, was traveling eastbound on Highway 70 ...(more)

Building Outdoor Communities Program Launch

The WNC: MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership has launched the Building Outdoor Communities Program that is focused on capacity building, technical assistance, training, connectivity, and education for communities seeking to advance their outdoor economy goals.  Mitchell County has been placed at the top of the list and is one of the first five counties to start the program along with ...(more)

Court Rules Lawsuit Against HCA Can Proceed

NC State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, has announced a Business Court decision allowing a lawsuit to proceed against HCA Healthcare, Inc. for engaging in “an unreasonable restraint of trade.” in Western North Carolina after its acquisition of Mission Health in 2019. In December 2021, Folwell filed a brief contending that as State Treasurer and chair of the State Health Plan Board of Trustees ...(more)

Update on I-40 Crash and Shooting

The N.C. Department of Public Safety has released more information on a suspect at the center of an officer-involved shooting and kidnapping in Burke County on Tuesday morning. 45 year old Keisha Michelle Brown, of Villa Rica, Georgia is accused of crashing into several people along Interstate 40, kidnapping another driver at gunpoint, then firing shots at a state trooper. Pending release from ...(more)

Community News

Mitchell County DSS Health Fair Expo

Mitchell County Department of Social Services will be hosting the Mitchell County DSS Health Fair Expo on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 10:00am-2:00pm, at the Mitchell County Senior Center. The NC Managed Care Enrollment Broker has coordinated the event, to provide information available to NC Medicaid recipients through NC Managed Care and Tailored Care Management.  Representatives from NC ...(more)

Dogwood Health Trust Annual Community Meeting Invitation

Dogwood Health Trust’s 2022 Annual Community Meeting is just around the corner! Though we have reached capacity for in-person attendance, anyone who would like to join us may attend virtually. Please register here to participate live, and a meeting recording will be posted on Dogwood’s website afterward. To learn more, an agenda is available here. Register to ...(more)

School News

Fun with Robotic Kits at Yancey County Schools

Yancey County Schools students have been having lots of fun with Sphero robotic kits at both middle schools and numerous supplies and materials in the elementary school maker spaces. These products were purchased due to funding YCS received this past spring provided by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina*. These types of materials broaden our students’ exposure to STEAM ...(more)

Yancey School Board Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education was held at Burnsville Elementary School in the gym on Monday, September 19, 2022. Renovation Project for South Toe and East Yancey Superintendent Kathy Amos reported that the Facilities Team had met with the architects at McMillan Pazdan Smith to discuss plans and timelines for renovations to East Yancey Middle School and ...(more)

Mitchell High CTE Students Earn Certifications

Students enrolled in Mitchell High School’s Career & Technical Education Health Science Classes recently earned certifications.  After learning the curriculum pertaining to emergency response, a total of twenty-four Health Science I students were able to get hands-on experience as they completed the First-Aid Certification course.  To become certified, students had to successfully ...(more)

Business News

Building Outdoor Communities Program Launch

The WNC: MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership has launched the Building Outdoor Communities Program that is focused on capacity building, technical assistance, training, connectivity, and education for communities seeking to advance their outdoor economy goals.  Mitchell County has been placed at the top of the list and is one of the first five counties to start the program along with ...(more)

The Orchard Welcomes Sam McKinney As Sustainability Coordinator

Sam McKinney has joined the Orchard at Altapass family of employees as its first Sustainability Coordinator following his two years as a member of the Orchard’s board of directors. In this position, he will assist with planning and implementing development strategies, which will support operations and mission-focused programs. He’ll network with area communities to create opportunities to ...(more)

Blossman Gas & Appliance Open House

The people at Blossman Gas & Appliance are used to taking care of their customers in all kinds of weather so the didn’t let the bad weather on Saturday, September 10th  stop them from holding their big Open House which included free food samples and hotdogs, a band, a bouncy house for the kids, free giveaways and prize drawings. WKYK/WTOE broadcast live for the event and people came ...(more)