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Plans For Reopening Schools

Mitchell County Schools-Return to Learning Plan 1st Nine Weeks Grading Period (August 17-October 16, 2020) August 17-28, 2020-K-12- Back-to-School Transition The purpose of this staggered, two week transition period is to help students meet and build relationships with their teachers, learn how to use their new devices, and establish safety procedures. Monday, August 17 and 24- Students with ...(more)

Toe River Health Update 8/6

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE                          Toe River Health District Announces Three Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Yancey County Three Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mitchell County Two Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Avery County Ledger, NC (August 6, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the ...(more)

Yancey County Offices Closed 8/7

Yancey County Offices are CLOSED tomorrow Friday, August 7th. This normally would have been the Crafts Fair Friday- due to COVID the Crafts Fair will not go on this year BUT we will still be Closed. The Commissioners set the holiday schedule in December- at that point there was no way of knowing the Craft’s Fair would not go on. ...(more)

Mitchell DSS Director Placed On Paid Investigative Leave

According to the Mitchell News-Journal,  Mitchell County Department of Social Services Director Sara Ross has been placed under paid investigative leave until Monday, Aug. 24. In the open DSS session during the regular meeting of the Mitchell County Commissioners on Monday,  August 3rd, Ross was  confronted about possible contracts with an outside IT company and possibly violating county ...(more)

Community News

Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser- Virtual This Year

The Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff will move online this year due to the ongoing pandemic.  Bidding for handcrafted bowls by local artisans opens online on Saturday, August 8th at 9:00 am and closes Friday August 14th at 9:00 pm at biddingowl.com/shepherdsstaff.  To win a bowl, participants must donate at least $40. There are a limited number of ...(more)

SEARCH Community Meeting August 11 Will Be Virtual

  SEARCH is soon to have a meeting – the first since March – and you’re invited!  It will be on Tuesday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m. and it will be virtual.  This community group is entering its fourth year doing what its name says – Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare.  In the months since Covid hit, SEARCH has been active, with the Leadership Team meeting weekly ...(more)

Toe Jam II Rocktoberfest Coming to Spruce Pine

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2nd annual Toe Jam: Toe Jam II: Rocktoberfest! The oneday, all-inclusive music festival takes place Saturday October 24 at Riverside Park Spruce Pine, NC. Located in Mitchell County — approximately 1 hour from the Asheville & Boone, NC & Johnson City, TN — Toe Jam II: Rocktoberfest is the perfect getaway for rock & ...(more)

Semi-Annual Carport Sale

The Burnsville Lions Club will conduct their semi-annual carport sale on Friday, August 7th and Saturday August 8th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm each day.  The address is 217 Ramsey Street.  Phone 828-682-7498 for more information.  We will practice social distancing and we ask participants to wear a face mask or face covering. ...(more)

The Orchard Partners With Penland School

If you drove by Keith Moir’s Spruce Pine studio during the last month, you would find him with either a jigsaw or paintbrush in hand. It’s all part of a collaboration between the Orchard at Altapass and Penland School of Craft. “This unprecedented global situation that has made it impossible for the Orchard to safely hold music performances, has allowed us an opportunity to focus ...(more)

School News

Plans For Reopening Schools

Mitchell County Schools-Return to Learning Plan 1st Nine Weeks Grading Period (August 17-October 16, 2020) August 17-28, 2020-K-12- Back-to-School Transition The purpose of this staggered, two week transition period is to help students meet and build relationships with their teachers, learn how to use their new devices, and establish safety procedures. Monday, August 17 and 24- Students with ...(more)

Mars Hill University Professor Publishes Research Investigating Coronavirus Structure

Researchers worldwide are currently engaged in a race against time with life and death implications for many of the world’s people. Their aim is to defeat or at least stem the tide against a tiny but powerful enemy, SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. Jeddidiah W.D. Griffin, assistant professor of biology at Mars Hill University, has joined that fight with research which he hopes ...(more)

Yancey County Head Start is Accepting Applications

Yancey County Head Start is currently accepting applications for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years for this school year (2020-2021). We are also accepting applications for all ages 6 weeks to 5 years old (not eligible for Kindergarten) for the next school year (2020-2021).  To apply call 682-6668 or come by the school. We are located at 76 Roland Street off of Pensacola Road near Ingles. ...(more)

Business News

BRP Wins Casting of The Year

BRP in Spruce Pine has won  Casting of the Year from Modern Casting Magazine.  Willie “Ronnie” Anglin of Burnsville was the Senior Process Engineer of the project. Pictured left to right is Steve Robinson (Engineering Manager), Willie “Ronnie” Anglin (Senior Process Engineer) and Curtis Taylor (Plant Manager). Below is a link to the article: Lethbridge Iron Works, ...(more)

Carolina Farm Credit AgYouth Leadership Scholarships

Carolina Farm Credit is proud to announce the recipients of the AgYouth Leadership Program scholarships.  This program was set up to honor students who excel in the classroom and community as leaders in their FFA chapters and 4-H clubs.   NC FFA advisors and 4-H leaders selected students to submit applications for the AgYouth Leadership Program.  The AgYouth Leadership Committee then ...(more)

Babe’s Donates Another $500 To Feed-A-Child

Babe’s Pizza & Treats has donated another $500 to the Feed-A-Child program in Yancey County.  On May 5th Babe’s donated $1000 to the program. The restaurant donates a percentage of pizza sales. Pictured is Babe’s owner Bob Myers, Feed-A-Child’s Robert Wyatt and Babe’s  Abigail Ayers. Babe’s is located in the Roses Shopping Center. Call 828-536-5511. ...(more)