Grassy Creek Gem & Mineral Show in Spruce Pine
Mineral & Gem Festival in Spruce Pne
Finally the Fawns by Annette Bigelow (click to see)
Bright and Cheery Zinnia Garden. Photo by Lisa Honeycutt
Cardinal by Calvin Campbell
Natasha Smith Captured These Beautiful Clouds
Mountain Air GIVES To Yancey Schools
Another beautiful photo by Calvin Campbell
Day Lily by Sandy Ellis

Local News

No Permits Will Be Issued for Ginseng

The US Forest Service has announced that due  to decreasing populations of wild ginseng the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will not issue permits for American ginseng harvesting this year. The  declines are attributed to long-term harvesting, more recent over harvesting, out-of-season harvest, and the taking of mature plants without planting the seed for future crops. Adding to the ...(more)

Applications For 2021 Community Development Block Grant

Mitchell County is in the process of applying for a $750,000 grant to implement a Scattered Site Housing Rehabilitation Program. Each county in North Carolina, with the exception of Wake, Cumberland, Mecklenburg and Union is eligible to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance to develop a Scattered Site Housing Program.  ...(more)

Optional Masks For Yancey Schools

YANCEY COUNTY SCHOOLS PRESS RELEASE: At a special-called meeting on Wednesday night, July 28, 2021, Superintendent Kathy Amos presented a Covid health update to the school board. Additionally, YCS Lead Nurse Shea Laws reported that YCS currently has 1 active student case and 1 active employee case in the school system. Due to the continued low number of active cases in summer school, Amos ...(more)

Hospital Back To Limited Visitation

Effective today, July 27, the Mission health system which includes Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, has gone back to a Level 2 Visitation status. This means that each patient is only allowed one visitor per day. That one visitor is allowed to stay overnight. They have also implemented passive screening, which is questioning of all visitors to the hospital. And they require everyone ...(more)

Red Cross: Emergency Need For Donors

Shortage continues this summer due to increased demand for blood  Give Aug 1-15 for chance to win a trip for 2 to sold-out Bonnaroo and more ASHEVILLE, NC (July 27, 2021) — The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an ...(more)

Community News

Coming up at the Burnsville Town Center

Don’t miss out on upcoming live music at the Burnsville Town Center! Visit for more info 7/30 Darren Nicholson Band Concert 7:30pm 8/14 Dylan Wilson and The Five & Dimers Concert, 7pm For more info please visit or contact the Town Center at (828) 682-7209, email ...(more)

August Turns Red at The Orchard

August at the Orchard at Altapass brings bands, books, and apples. The apples are ripening, and U-Pick begins this month in The Apple Shed (when Mother Nature says it’s time.) Scheduled on the hour, picking will be available Friday-Sunday from 10 to 4 PM (other days/times by appointment). Once again, music will fill the fields with sounds from the pavilion, and although a temporary roofed, ...(more)

Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair

August 6 & 7 on Burnsville Town Square. The event features more than 200 vendors and performers including craft demonstrations, bluegrass and acoustic music, food vendors, and a one-of-a-kind selection of handmade arts and crafts from artisans across the country. The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair brings together mountain heritage, traditional crafting, and contemporary art creating a unique ...(more)

School News

Leaders in Yancey Schools – Brent Laws

The Yancey County Schools’ Mission Statement reads: The Yancey County Schools strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment to empower all students to achieve their full potential as life-long learners and global citizens. The newest member of the YCS School Administration Team is Dr. Brent Laws, Principal at South Toe Elementary School, and he is the full embodiment of the YCS Mission ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Kindergarten Academy

All Yancey County elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Academy on Monday Aug. 9th and Tuesday Aug. 10th from 8:30 am -12:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for children to become familiar with their new school, classroom, teachers and friends. We look forward to seeing all incoming kindergarteners at their school during this time.  Transportation will not be provided so please ...(more)

Yancey Board of Ed Accepts Offer On Four Schools

At its regular meeting on July 19, 2021, the Yancey County Board of Education voted to accept an offer of $1,125,000, for the purchase of the school system’s four surplus properties – Bald Creek Elementary, Bald Creek Daycare, Bee Log Elementary, and Clearmont Elementary. John Martin McCoy submitted the offer with a letter of introduction stating that as the founder and owner of Fulcra ...(more)

Business News

Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program Grant Award

“I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Mountain Time Amish Wholesale, a new business located on East Main Street in Burnsville.  The business is a new enterprise of local Burnsville Main Street merchant Claudia Honeycutt, the proprietor of Mountain Time on Main St.” said EDC Director Jamie McMahan.  “We ...(more)

Aston Jones Opens in Spruce Pine!

Aston James held their ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 24th on Locust Street in Spruce Pine. This new clothing store was created by Casey Ledford and Kelly Jones. They both are from Mitchell County and pride themselves on being a shopping destination for the local and the tourist. With a variety of clothing for men, women, and children, they also have home decor, accessories, and gifts! ...(more)

RHA Behavioral Health Offers Tele-Health Services

RHA is considered crisis walk-in center for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency in McDowell County.  In normal conditions, our office is open to walk-in crisis traffic from 8-5, Monday-Friday.  Community crisis intervention is always available 24/7/365 thru our Mobile Crisis Management team, by calling 1-888-573-1006.  Individuals will be screened by phone to ...(more)