That Beautiful Moon Last Week, photo by Vicki Stevens
Here’s why you should get up early… by Calvin Campbell
Max Chillin’ Out Enjoying the View
Congratulations Mtn Heritage Girls—State 2A Basketball Champions! (more)
Wednesday morning Sunrise by Tonya Ayers
Sunset Over Spruce Pine by Betsy Brannigan
Mitchell Animal Rabies Clinic
Mattress Fundraiser for MHHS Band!

Local News

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department Arrests

On March 18,2019 Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call of a possible Breaking & Entering and Larceny that had just occurred on 19E. Deputies stopped the vehicle at the Valero store on Grassy Creek. The following people were charged. Steven Dale Chandler (age 49) Hwy. 70 Marion, NC Possess Drug Paraphernalia Possess Methamphetamine Felony Breaking and Entering Felony ...(more)

The Center for Pioneer Living Receives $50,000 Grant

The Center for Pioneer Living has received  a $50,000 grant from the Foundation for International Education. The grant is the result of meeting a challenge of getting 300 memberships in 2018. The grant must be used for programs serving Yancey County residents, visitors and researchers in an effort to promote the history of the area. The Center for Pioneer Living, founded in 2017,  on Shoal ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Felony Arrest Report 3/13 – 3/20/19

MARTINA DANIELLE DEMICK, 26 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 03/18/2019 Demick is charged with; Felony Possession Methamphetamine JASON MICHAEL GREGORY, 41of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 03/18/2019 Gregory is charged with; Felony Parole Violation CARROLL ROSS MILLER, 70 OF Burnsville, NC was arrested on 03/18/2019 Miller is charged with, Felony Possession Of Firearm By Convicted ...(more)

Stroupe Trial Delayed Again

District Attorney Greg Newman announced yesterday that Superior Court Judge Robert Bell has removed Public Defender Paul Welch as the lead counsel for Phillip Michael Stroupe.  Stroupe is accused of murdering Thomas Bryson of Mills River in July 2017.  The trial is currently scheduled to begin in May but will be delayed until Stroupe’s new lawyer has adequate time to prepare. The new lead ...(more)

Special Meeting To Get Road Closed

The Town of Burnsville has a special meeting set for this evening at 5 pm at the Burnsville Town Hall. At that meeting they will consider a proposed ordinance for a street closure to accommodate a celebration on March 30th to honor State Basketball Champions, the Mtn Heritage Lady Cougars. Normally since Main Street is a state highway it can take 30 days or more to get permission to shut the ...(more)

McDowell County Thrift Store Worker Wins $4 Million in Lottery

Larry Fitzgerald of Nebo said he plans to buy his dream home after he won a $4 million lottery prize. “This feels like a dream come true,” Fitzgerald said. “I want to buy a house that has plenty of land so I have room to restore my classic cars.”  The thrift store worker’s good fortune happened Monday evening when he made his daily stop at Samirs on Burma Road in Nebo. While there, ...(more)

Community News

Sculpture and Sound at the Penland Gallery

“Compose | Decompose” is a new exhibition at the Penland Gallery that combines mixed-media sculpture and sound installations in one space. The work has been created for this show by Penland resident artist Eleanor Annand and Make Noise, an Asheville collective that designs and builds electronic instruments and collaborates with musicians to create new worlds of sound. The exhibition ...(more)

Connect @ Your Lbrary

ONGOING EVENTS: Wednesday Readers Book Club: The club meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month @ 10am at the library. The book for April is Circe by Madeline Miller. Ales & Tales Book Club: The next meeting will be on the 1st Sunday of April at 2:00PM at Homeplace Brewery. The book selection is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. STORY TIME: Thursdays at ...(more)

Mars Hill University Hosts WNC Premiere of Partners In Health Documentary

The global health movement is the focus of a documentary that will make its western North Carolina premiere at Mars Hill University on April 2, 2019. “Bending the Arc: Paul Farmer and Partners In Health,” which debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, follows the aid organization Partners In Health from its beginnings in 1980s Haiti to its recent work in West Africa. The Mars ...(more)

Mayland Hosts Free Science Star Party for the Community

As part of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s ScieNCe Festival, Mayland Community College will host one of 55 Star Parties scheduled across North Carolina on Saturday, April 13 at the Earth to Sky Park in Burnsville. “This is the second year that Mayland has hosted this party and the seventh year that there has been a Star Party associated with the ScieNCe Festival,” ...(more)

Toe Cane Beekeepers Meeting

The Toe Cane Beekeepers will hold a meeting Tuesday, March 26th at 6:00 pm at United Community Bank in Burnsville, beginning with a pot-luck dinner. Dr. Nicole Soper Gorden will present a talk for the Toe Cane Beekeepers that will provide a natural history lesson at the flower level. Dr. Gorden will give us a survey of the variety of insects that interact with flowers on a regular basis, from ...(more)

School News

Student Art Exhibition Opens March 27 in Weizenblatt Gallery

The next show in Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery will be the annual Student Art Exhibition, featuring works in all styles and mediums. There will be paintings, drawings, graphic arts, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and mixed-media pieces created by art majors as well as those who are just taking an art course or two. The exhibition runs March 27-April 19, 2019, with an ...(more)

Mitchell Seniors Attend NCWorks Career Center Presentations

On February 26th and 28th, Mitchell High School seniors attended NCWorks sessions scheduled through the Mitchell High CTE during SOAR.  The visiting NCWorks Career Advisors talked to Mitchell High School seniors about NCWorks Career Centers and gave advice to seniors about how to present themselves to others as they begin to look for employment and plan a career. Career Advisor, Brent ...(more)

Business News

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Achieves Pathway to Excellence D esignation

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is pleased to announce it has achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Pathway to Excellence designation identifies the elements of inter-professional work environments where nurses can flourish and feel empowered. The designation substantiates nursing job satisfaction at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and identifies ...(more)

Provider Changes at Dr. Smoker’s Offices

The practice of Chad Smoker MD PC bids a sad farewell to Mary Elizabeth Christian FNP who will be joining a school-based health clinic in Alabama at the end of March.  In her five years of practicing here, Mary Elizabeth has been much loved by patients and staff, so will be greatly missed. The practice would like to introduce Karen Peterson FNP who will be a full-time provider in the ...(more)

Mitchell House Assisted Living and Memory Care Receives “Deficiency Free” Survey

Affinity Living Group’s Mitchell House Assisted Living and Memory Care, located in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, recently received a “Deficiency Free” survey from the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation. DHSR is tasked with monitoring assisted living communities across the state to ensure regulatory compliance, and a survey with no deficiencies is a rare achievement. ...(more)