Rhododendron Queens Crowned
Two Generations – Sedberry Potters
God’s Spring Picture by Becky Whitson
Looking at the sun and the moon, photo by Sandy Ellis
Last of the Season…by Sandy Ellis
Parkway Playhouse’s 2021 Summer Camps and Classes
Ormond Paintings at TownCenter

Local News

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 6/13 – 6/19/21

Arrest: Andrew Paul Jackson, 21 of 10 Grindstaff Lane, Bakersville, NC. Deputy M. Hylemon arrested Jackson for 2nd failure to appear in court on felony probation violations. He was issued $45,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 8/3/2021. Amber Nicole Black, 29 of 20 octave Heights, Marion, NC. Deputy M. Mylemon arrested Black for misdemeanor defraud an alcohol/drug test. She was ...(more)

74th Annual Rhododendron Festival Results

The 74th Annual North Carolina Rhododendron Festival pageant was held this past weekend in Bakersville. The Pageant was held at Bowman Middle School Friday and Saturday.  Saturday night featured the crowning of the 2022 Queens. In the Junior Queen Division the Congeniality award went to Ava Grace Effler of Marion. 2nd Runner up was Sophia Garland of Bakersville. The 1st runner up and talent ...(more)

Yancey County Resource Center to Begin Construction; Includes Farmers’ Market

The Yancey County Resource Center is slated to begin construction in the coming weeks.  It will be the culmination of a partnership between Yancey County government, Yancey EDC, and Appalachian State University’s IDEX Lab program which began in spring of 2020.  The new facility will serve as the permanent home of the Yancey Farmers Market as well a community vendor market, meeting venue ...(more)

Home COVID Testing Program to All Eligible North Carolinians

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced the state is expanding availability of its at-home COVID-19 test collection. Any North Carolina resident may receive a Pixel by Labcorp® COVID-19 PCR Test Home Collection Kit that is shipped overnight directly to their homes at no cost. Tests can be used on people age 2 and up. Residents 18 and older can request a ...(more)

Community News

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. The library is accepting book donations but please limit the books to clean ...(more)

Concealed Weapon Permit Class

A Concealed Weapon Permit Class will be held at Bear Creek Baptist Church, located at 327 Bear Creek Church Road in Bakersville, Saturday June 26th from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Class will include book training and shooting on range. You need to bring your own pistol and 50 rounds of ammo. Lunch will be provided. Cost of class is $80.00. Please call 828-688-4331 . We have 10 spots left. Call ...(more)

Parkway Playhouse Re-Open in Fall; Audition July 10

Theatre returns! After a long intermission, Parkway Playhouse is excited to announce their fall mainstage show lineup which will include A Good Day written and directed by Kristen Livengood, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow written by John Heimbuch and directed by Daniel Moore. Auditions for these shows will take place on Saturday, July 10th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at  The Mountain ...(more)

Outdoor Broadway Trivia Night

Name that tune! Join Parkway Playhouse for Broadway Trivia on the Yancey County Public Library lawn on June 26th at 7pm. Suggested donation of $5 per player for trivia for teams of up to 6 people. Top teams will win prizes! This will be a BYOB event. (Bring Your Own Blanket). Happening at 321 School Cir, Burnsville, NC 28714.   Parkway Playhouse has also been cleaning out the costume ...(more)

Train Project at The Orchard

The Orchard at Altapass’ Clinchfield Railroad Project is chugging along across the far end of the red barn. When completed (although an ongoing process) the layout will visually acknowledge the Clinchfield Railroad as being responsible for the orchard as it is today. At the turn of the century, the railroad decided to plant an apple orchard—to provide revenue for the train and ...(more)

School News

Sarah Laws, Yancey County Teacher of the Year

The Yancey County Board of Education is proud to announce that Sarah Laws has been selected as the YCS 2022 Teacher of the Year! (pictured above: MHHS Science Department Sallie Sensensy, Cindy King, Teacher of the Year 2022Sarah Laws, Shannon Oesch, Tressa Hartsell) An Earth and Environmental Sciences teacher at Mountain Heritage High School, Laws stated, “It wasn’t so long ago that I was ...(more)

Mitchell County Chamber Presents Three Mitchell High Students with the Shirley Hise Memorial Scholarship

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce presented the  Shirley Hise Memorial Scholarship for the second year to three Mitchell High School graduates,  Adam Gortney, Alexandria McEntire and Sarah Renfro. The Chamber established the scholarship in the Fall of 2019 after the passing of its longtime director Shirley Hise. “Shirley was the Director of the Chamber for nearly 20 years,” said ...(more)

Business News

Mercy Urgent Care CEO Tim Johnston to Retire

Mercy Urgent Care President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Johnston is retiring after 27 years of service with the Sisters of Mercy organization. Rachel Sossoman will take over as President and CEO of Mercy Urgent Care and the Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation as of July 1, 2021. Johnston began working with Sisters of Mercy in 1987 as the Imaging and Special Services Director at St. ...(more)

Coldwell Banker King Open House

Coldwell Banker King held a celebration of their new location in Burnsville on Wednesday, May 19th. The real estate office is now located at 56 Stardust Rd, Ste. 5, Burnsville. The location is next to Barn Charm, near Blossman on the Asheville Highway. Ginger Gregory is the Manager/Agent, Bridget O’Hara, Wild Freeborn and Bill Steigerwald are also agents. Amber Wyatt is the friendly face ...(more)

First 2021 Grant Award through Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

Samantha Robinson receiving her grant check from Jamie McMahan. The Yancey Economic Development Commission announces the first 2021 grant award made under the Burnsville Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program.  “I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Lamp Post Vintage Market, a new business located on ...(more)