First Snow of Season…photo by Becky Whitson
’Tis the Season at Grandfather Mountain
Tuesday Evening…photo by Calvin Campbell
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Local News

YCS Classroom Closure Due to Exposure

YANCEY COUNTY SCHOOLS PRESS RELEASE All Yancey County School System Staff, Students, Parents, and Guardians: Our commitment is to keep each of you informed of our efforts to maintain the safest learning environments possible. We received information yesterday afternoon from the YC Health Department that a 5th employee at Burnsville Elementary tested positive for COVID within the two week ...(more)

Four Covid-19 Related Deaths in Mitchell County

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Ledger, NC: Mitchell County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified today of four CoVID-19 associated deaths in Mitchell County. One of the individuals was in their 60’s and three were in their 80’s. To protect the family’s privacy no further information about the patient will be released. “We want to extend our ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 11/21 – 11/28/20

Arrest: Martin Ray Robinson, 29 of 80 Hidden Creek Way, Bakersville, NC. Deputy J. Masters arrested Robinson for misdemeanor assault on a female and violation of court order. He was issued $1,000.00 bond and placed 48 hours domestic violence hold. He is scheduled to appear in court on 12/2/2020. Andrew Floyd Willis, of 90 Ebenezer Rd. Old Fort, NC. Yancey County Deputies arrested Willis for ...(more)

Body Found at Flat Top

The body of a young woman was found Friday, November 27 in the Cane River section of Yancey County. Two hunters were near Flat Top when they discovered the deceased body with an apparent gun shot wound to the head. The hunters immediately contacted the Yancey County Sheriff’s Department. The case is under investigation. ...(more)

Community News

Yancey County 4-H Christmas Craft Bazaar

The Yancey County 4-H Christmas Craft Bazaar, Christmas craft show, will be held in the Burnsville Town Center parking lot Saturday, December 5th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm featuring local crafts, vendors, Christmas gifts, fresh wreaths and more! Come do some shopping before or after the Christmas Parade! ...(more)

Burnsville Holiday Trash & Recycle Schedule

The recycle normally picked up on Wednesday, November 25th will be picked up on Tuesday, November 24th. The trash normally picked up on Friday, December 25th will be picked up on Monday, December 28th. The trash normally picked up on Friday, January 1st will be picked up on Monday, January 4th. ...(more)

School News

YCS Classroom Closure Due to Exposure

YANCEY COUNTY SCHOOLS PRESS RELEASE All Yancey County School System Staff, Students, Parents, and Guardians: Our commitment is to keep each of you informed of our efforts to maintain the safest learning environments possible. We received information yesterday afternoon from the YC Health Department that a 5th employee at Burnsville Elementary tested positive for COVID within the two week ...(more)

MHHS SkillsUSA Citrus Pickup

Those who ordered citrus through the Mountain Heritage High School SkillsUSA Club may pick up their citrus fruit Tuesday and Wednesday December 1st and 2nd from 3:00pm- 5:00 pm or Thursday and Friday December 3rd and 4th from 3:00 pm – 6:00pm in the Mike Orr Construction Trades Facility located in the back parking lot of the school. No fruit may be picked up during school hours.  If you ...(more)

What’s Happening at Spruce Pine Montessori School

November 2020 Newsletter Head of School Update Dear SPMS Parents and Families, The holiday season is fast approaching and it can be a very special time for young children and their families. This is a season for creating lifelong memories, practicing family traditions, and ...(more)

Business News

Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back A Success

Mission Hospital and its affiliates in the region collected 129.31 pounds of opioid medications during its “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day Saturday, October 24.   Community members participated in the event by dropping off unused and expired prescription medications.  Local law enforcement partnered with the hospitals on collection day. Here are the amounts collected at each ...(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)

Mercy Urgent Care Recomends Flu Shots

COVID-19 makes it even more important to get your flu shot this year. Available at Mercy Urgent Care for ages 9 and up, this season’s vaccine protects against four different strains of the flu, is preservative-free and costs $35 without or before insurance. Walk-in ready and open seven days a week,  Not-for-profit Mercy Urgent Care in Burnsville, North Carolina is open to those seeking ...(more)