Photo by Roger Honeycutt
Tickets Go on Sale for the 2021 MPQG Opportunity Quilt
NC Highway Patrol Honors Trooper Woody
American Pickers Coming to NC
Newest Member of WTOE/WKYK Family
Enjoying the Snow. Photo by Kim Burleson
Snow Heavy on Limbs
Friday morning January 8
Snowy Morning
By Calvin Campbell

Local News

Yancey COVID Testing & Information

The Yancey County COVID 19 Helpline   (828-675-6197) is staffed during business hours 8:30 am to 5 pm, M-F. There is no option to leave a voicemail as they do not have the staffing to return the number of calls they would very likely receive. The answering machine will direct them to the Rave mobile Safety – Smart 911 link on the county website. At this time there are no vaccination ...(more)

Mission Health Changes Visitor Guidelines

As of Friday morning, January 22,  all Mission Hospital locations have changed  to visitor restrictions Level 2. This means visitors will be limited to one designated adult patient advocate per day during visiting hours. Visitors will not be allowed for COVID-19-positive patients or with patients awaiting a COVID-19 test result. Everyone  who enters the building will be screened and masked. ...(more)

New Bus Safety Feature for Avery County

Avery County will début a new safety feature for school buses. This system could actually save lives when school children cross the road and a motorist runs by the stopped bus. The  new safety innovation know as “predictive stop arms,”   uses radar and a loud external speaker to warn students of oncoming vehicles both in the front and rear of the bus if a vehicle is anticipated to speed ...(more)

New Project Opens Mountain Biking Possibilities in WNC

(From Carolina Public Press, By: Jack Igelman) A trail restoration plan underway near Boone this winter will add miles of mountain biking and hiking trails to a popular destination in the Pisgah National Forest which makes up large portions of Western North Carolina. The Mortimer Trails Project is one of several forthcoming in the Grandfather Ranger District supported by private organizations ...(more)

Vaccine Clinics Cancelled for Thursday

The Covid Vaccine Clinics scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 21st at Spruce Pine Fire Department and at the Yancey County Health Department have been cancelled. The health departments are currently out of vaccines. People can keep up to date as to when a new allotment will arrive through the local radio stations, radio station and newspaper websites and Facebook pages and the health ...(more)

Community News

Weizenblatt Gallery to Exhibit Works By Asheville’s Cyrus Glance

Mars Hill University’s Weizenblatt Gallery’s first exhibit of the spring 2021 semester will feature works by Asheville artist Cyrus Glance. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, February 2, through Thursday, February 25. Glance records his friends, family, self, and strangers in drawings and gouache (an opaque watercolor). His style is described as raw, powerful, and honest. Glance works as a ...(more)

Opioid Overdoses and Dependence Accelerating Due to Pandemic

From Jeff Spargo, Program Manager, Mitchell-Yancey substance Abuse Task Force I wanted to pass along updated information about the opioid crisis. We have all heard how COVID 19 has caused an increase in usage and now there is more data to support this. Per the article linked below “the CDC said that more than 81,000 drug overdose fatalities occurred in the U.S. over the last 12 months, ...(more)

Yancey Fund Grant Program Open for Applications

The 2021 cycle of The Yancey Fund grant program is now open for applications. The Yancey Fund seeks to improve the quality of life in Yancey County by supporting projects that benefit its communities and residents. Grants of $2,500 to $10,000 are available to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic and capital needs, as well as equipment and ...(more)

Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting

The next Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm. This will be a virtual meeting. If you wish to attend, call the agency at 682-6148 for instructions. ...(more)

First Annual Winter School for Commercial Ornamental Growers

New and experienced boxwood and Christmas tree producers are invited to attend a free online educational event on January 26th, 2021 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Boxwood producers of all sizes will receive updates on boxwood blight management from Amanda Taylor, the Western Region Area Specialized Agent for Nursery and Greenhouse Production with N.C. Cooperative Extension. Beginning or interested ...(more)

Winter Reading Challenge

The Mitchell County Public Library in Bakersville is holding a winter reading challenge from January 4-March 31st.  To participate, read five books by March 3rd. Audiobooks and eBooks also count.  Those who read five books by the deadline will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.  For more information call 688-2511. ...(more)

School News

Mars Hill University Preparing for In-Person Spring Semester

Following a successful and healthy fall semester of primarily in-person, on-campus classes, Mars Hill University is carefully planning for the upcoming spring semester. University leaders anticipated a surge in COVID-19 cases as winter and the typical flu season arrived, so they strategized to delay move-in and in-person learning during the spring semester by several weeks. With the institution ...(more)

Business News

HCA Healthcare Helps Bring Surgical and Procedure PPE Mask Manufacturing to Asheville

Through a new joint venture between HCA Healthcare and A Plus International Inc., and support from the HCA Healthcare Mission Innovation Fund, LLC, production of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be brought to North Carolina through a new manufacturing center. The joint venture will produce PPE Level 1 and Level 3 masks meeting American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards ...(more)

Spruce Pine Wells Fargo to Close

Josh Dunn with Wells Fargo Corporate Communications has confirmed that the Wells Fargo branch office in Spruce Pine will close permanently on February 10, 2021. The office is on Upper Street, across from the Tropical Grill and has been mostly drive-thru since the coronavirus pandemic. The Burnsville Wells Fargo will remain open and is the closest location to Spruce Pine. There are Wells Fargo ...(more)

Cruz Life Center Open

Cruz Life Center is open and considered as an essential service. Taking new appointments, call 828-682-6157 Currently open Monday – Thursday Our mission is to help as many people as possible to get healthy and stay healthy with natural health care solutions. We do offer many natural vitamins and herbs to help boost your immune system during these times. These are the supplements we ...(more)