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Local News

Rice Sentenced As Habitual Felon

DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE In May of 2019, Donia Rice was charged with Larceny from Price’s Creek General Store.  When the District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case, the charges were upgraded to Felony Habitual Larceny and Habitual Felon because of Ms. Rice’s prior criminal record.  Ms. Rice had 15 prior convictions for larceny and 24 prior felony convictions. On Easter Weekend ...(more)

Yancey County Felony Arrest Report 9/23 – 10/20/21

Jennifer Nicole Fowler, 33 of Burnsville was arrested on 09/24/2021 and charged with (3) Counts Felony Failure to Appear on Felony. Justin Morgan Barr, 29 of Morganton, NC was arrested on 09/25/2021 and charged with Felony Possession Schedule I Controlled Substance. Eric Andrew Webster, 22 of Burnsville was arrested on 10/03/2021 and charged with Felony Larceny of Motor Vehicle and Felony ...(more)

Laura Herndon to Join CFWNC

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is pleased to announce that Laura Herndon, an attorney and skilled advancement officer, will join the staff as Vice President, Development, on November 1, 2021. Since 2013, Herndon has worked for UNC Asheville in a variety of roles, most recently serving as Associate Vice Chancellor, External and University Relations, a leadership position with ...(more)

Winning Wooly Worm Predicts Cold Start To Winter

The 44th edition of the Wooly Worm Festival was held this past weekend, drawing big crowds to Banner Elk for two days of crafts, music, food, wooly worm racing and a prediction of a cold start to winter. Wooly worms raced in groups of 25 until the winners advanced to the grand finale on Sunday evening. This year’s winning woolly worm was named Let’s Go Brandon.  According to the sections ...(more)

Renowned Former Mitchell County Basket Maker Passes Away

A former Mitchell County renowned artist passed away on October 12th. Billie Ruth Sudduth, was well-known in this area, the state and nation for her basket-making. Billie Ruth and her husband Doug were living in New Bern, NC when she passed. Describing her life she said, “I think that my legacy is that I opened a new world for basket-makers by getting baskets off the floor and onto ...(more)

Community News

Get Tickets Now for “Moana JR”

Moana JR is showing November 12, 13, 19 & 20 at 6:30 pm and November 14 & 21 at 3:00 pm at Parkway Playhouse located at 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714. This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Moana and the legendary demigod Maui ...(more)

Laura Herndon to Join CFWNC as Vice President, Development

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina is pleased to announce that Laura Herndon, an attorney and skilled advancement officer, will join the staff as Vice President, Development, on November 1, 2021. Since 2013, Herndon has worked for UNC Asheville in a variety of roles, most recently serving as Associate Vice Chancellor, External and University Relations, a leadership position with ...(more)

Free Limited OB Ultrasounds & Chance to Win Infant Car Seat

The Tri-County Pregnancy Center at 112 Mercy Street in Burnsville is offering Free Limited OB Ultrasounds (for those 8-20 weeks pregnant). Each Ultrasound gets a raffle ticket and entered in a drawing for a free Safety 1st Guide 65 convertible car seat (good from infant to booster plus can be used for multiple children) on October 27th.  For more information call 828-536-0073 or email ...(more)

Citizen science soars at Grandfather Mountain’s annual Hawk Watch

The month of September has flown by, just like the many migrating raptors that passed over Grandfather Mountain during their annual journey to warmer climates. Throughout the month, dozens of volunteers participated in a vast citizen-science project with the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Grandfather Mountain nature park, to ...(more)

School News

Health Science II Students Complete CPR Certification

On October 7th, a total of 26 Mitchell High School students enrolled in the CTE Health Science II course, taught by Mrs. Katy Grindstaff, completed their CPR BLS certification.  These students completed First Aid during the spring of 2021 in Health Science I and are adding CPR BLS certification during their Health Science II course. The Health Science II students had to learn infant/child and ...(more)

Operation Stop Arm

PRESS RELEASE: RALEIGH – In support of Operation Stop Arm week, the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm and other traffic violations in and around school zones and school bus stops. The operation will run daily from 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 and runs in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week. The Patrol ...(more)

Business News

New Owner for Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC

Congratulations to Ali Talebi on the purchase of Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC in Spruce Pine, NC! Ali is shown here (from left) with Jay Palassis with GM Financial, General Motors Zone Manager Edward Bailey (Ali) and Ralph Vines, President of Advanced DMS who Co-Brokered the transaction. ...(more)

Duke Energy $25,000 Hometown Revitalization Grant

The Duke Energy Foundation has distributed $750,000 in grants to help local businesses across North Carolina adapt to the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic. Mitchell County is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to support local small businesses. “Since the Spring of 2020, our local businesses have been doing everything they can to survive the effects of the pandemic and have ...(more)

Orchard at Altapass Wins 2021 TripAdvisor Travel’s Choice Award

The Orchard at Altapass announced that it has been recognized by a TripAdvisor 2021 Travelers’ Choice award for Things to Do. “This award celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to visitors, having earned great reviews on TripAdvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, the Orchard stood out by continuously delighting visitors,” said ...(more)