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McDowell County Man Disrupts Church Service

Lt. Derrick McGinnis, of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office, said Joshua Adam Taylor of Marion, was arrested for showing a weapon and disrupting an outdoor church service. Deputies were called at about noon on Sunday, May 24th to the  Cross Mill Church of God on Old Highway 10 West. The caller said a man was brandishing a weapon. They found Taylor with a metal knife sharpener and a ...(more)

They’re Back….Cicadas Coming Soon

Just when you were starting to think it is safe to go out it is time, after 17 years for the cicadas to make an appearance. The 17-year periodical cicada Brood IX will emerge across North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia in what is expected to be truly astounding numbers. It is estimated that over 1 million creatures per acre will begin to swarm in late May and early June. Brood IX’s ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 5/16 – 23/20

Raul Rojas Martinez, 44, of 1073 Hwy 19E, Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy M. Hylemon arrested Martinez for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor criminal summon. He was issued $1,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 7/23/2020. Travis Smith, 26, of 3856 Fork Mountain Rd. Bakersville, NC. Lieutenant S. Davis arrested Smith for misdemeanor injury to personal property and misdemeanor ...(more)

Spruce Pine Water System Advisory–Rescinded

The water consumers of the Town of Spruce Pine, in Mitchell County, are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to repair of a broken water line.  The following areas are affected:  Highway 226 South, from Swiss Pine Lake Drive (Golf course end) to Burger King, including all connecting streets.  Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system ...(more)

A Rockslide Has Closed Down a Road in Madison County

NCDOT reported a rockslide incident around 3pm Saturday afternoon in Madison County. The slide blocked both lanes of US-25 and US-70, near US-25 Business southeast of Marshall. DOT engineers said recent heavy rains caused rocks and topsoil to tumble downhill onto the roadway. The slide area is about 200 feet tall and 75 feet wide and is expected to be cleared by this Saturday afternoon. A ...(more)

Community News

Free Drive-Thru Community Meal

The Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry will be offering another free Community Meal Saturday May 30th from 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm at Central Baptist Church in Spruce Pine.  This community meal is open to anyone and will be a drive thru pickup with a to-go container of a hot home-cooked meal. For more information please call 828-208-2019. ...(more)

Connect @ Your Library

The library interior is closed to patrons at this time. Curbside information: Curbside is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10-4pm. You can place books and audiobooks on hold by phone, email, or on your account online. Once your request is available you will be notified. When you arrive at the library, park in the designated Curbside parking spots, then call us or honk. Your ...(more)

Town of Bakersville Announces Fireworks

The Town of Bakersville would like to officially announce to the public that Fireworks are still on schedule for Friday July 3rd, 2020.  We understand that this is a difficult time in our Country, but we can think of nothing better than to celebrate the resiliency and strength of our Country.  We will inform the public of what social distancing requirements if any will be necessary.  Worst ...(more)

The Rhododendron Cruisers Car Shows 2020

The Rhododendron Cruisers have announced the schedule for their 2020 Season. As always, free admission. Cars, trucks, jeeps and bikes are all welcome. Rhododendron Cruisers Car Shows will again this year be at: Mineral City Oil Company / Fire and Ice Snowballs and Ice Cream 231 Skyview Circle, Spruce Pine – The big lot above Spruce Pine Chevrolet Don’t miss the fun for the entire ...(more)

Go Fund Me Campaign for The Orchard at Altapass

The Orchard at Altapass has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $20,000 that will offset the costs of staff and orchard maintenance. Although everyone is keeping their distance and a low profile, the trees at the Orchard are bulging. New apple and peach trees fill the “nursery” alongside the one-year-old blueberry bushes quietly waiting to get just a bit bigger. Blossoms have blown off and ...(more)

School News

YCS 2020 Volunteer of the Year – Brandi Burleson

The Yancey County Board of Education is excited to announce Brandi Burleson as the YCS 2020 Volunteer of the Year. Brandi is well known throughout the county for her role as the Finance Officer for Yancey County Local Government, however, very few realize the countless hours Brandi spends serving as Treasurer for the RAA – Rebel Athletic Association at Cane River Middle School. In her ...(more)

Julie Letterman – YCS Support Person of the Year 2020

The Yancey County Board of Education is proud to announce that East Yancey Cafeteria Manager, Julie Letterman, has been selected as the YCS 2020 Support Person of the Year.  Julie has been a part of the East Yancey Panther Family since 2018, transferring from the cafeteria manager position at Clearmont Elementary. EYMS Principal Tamara Presnell states, “Although, she has only been at our ...(more)

Business News

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)

Mountain Community Health Partnership Adds Virtual Appointments

Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP) has added a network of virtual care opportunities available for all private and public insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the uninsured. Like all MCHP practices, services are universally accessible and available on a sliding fee based on income and household size.  Accessing care from home is critical given the spread of ...(more)

Local Restaurant Raises Money for Feed-A-Child

Robert Wyatt Feed a Child, Howard Stewart, Abigail Ayers, and Bob Meyers Babe’s Pizza and Treats. Bob and Phyllis Meyers of Babe’s Pizza & Treats took time on Tuesday to give back to the community. Babe’s, like several of the restaurants in our area, has a program of helping to feed children who are missing essential meals they received at school. Bob presented a check ...(more)