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Local News

COVID-19 Positive Case #21 for Avery County

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Ledger, NC (July3, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, Avery County had one more test positive and now has 21 positive cases, 6 have recovered and 15 active. Yancey County had zero new positives today which keeps them at 46 positive cases, 41 have recovered and 5 are active. Mitchell County did not ...(more)

Different Look, Same Great Service

      Have you noticed that the Yancey County Emergency vehicles look a little different these days? You will see the same large white truck but now a green and white logo with mountains on the side and the new Heritage EMS name. Heritage EMS  is the same emergency service as before but now operated locally by Yancey County. For many years the EMS was operated by the county ...(more)

NC SHP Stresses Responsible Celebrations during July Fourth Weekend

This July Fourth holiday weekend, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to drive responsibly when traveling to their intended destinations. Across the state, the SHP is participating in two annual enforcement campaigns, aligning efforts with multiple law enforcement partners to monitor driver behavior. One campaign, entitled Booze It & Lose It Operation Fire Cracker, is a joint ...(more)

Blue Cross Blue Shield Helps Area Fire Departments

Area Fire North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey recently handed out checks to several western North Carolina fire departments on behalf of BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina. In our area fire departments in Avery and Madison counties received funds. Causey partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina for 500 thousand dollars in grant money to specifically help 100 ...(more)

10 More Positive COVID-19 Cases in the Tri County Thursday

TOE RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE Toe River Health District Announces Two Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Yancey County Six more Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County Two Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Avery County Ledger, NC (July2, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, that six more residents have tested positive for novel ...(more)

Fertile Mountain Farmland Now Protected Forever

Bowditch Bottoms with Celo Knob in the background, photo by C Pawlik, Carolinas’ Nature Photographers (CNPA) A beautiful property that  has it all including important agricultural soils, forested habitat, stunning views of Celo Knob, and rushing clean stream waters is now protected from development. Situated beneath the lofty summits of the Black Mountains, just south of Micaville on Hwy 80 ...(more)

Community News

Celebrate the 4th Safely and Responsibly

As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s birth, keep in mind this holiday may be difficult for those who struggle with alcohol use. If any friends or family who struggle with alcohol use are joining you for a celebration, the safest decision is to not serve any alcohol. If you do, be sure to offer other non-alcoholic options. Also keep alcohol in a visible location and be prepared to ...(more)

July 4th is Free Fishing Day in North Carolina

July 4 is Free Fishing Day in North Carolina. From 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina can fish for free in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without having to purchase a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege. Although no fishing license is required, all other fishing regulations apply, such as length and daily possession limits, as well as ...(more)

Toe River Art Online Auction

Support Toe River Arts by helping us raise programming and operational funds lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic July 17 – 19 toeriverarts.org/auction Toe River Arts has been an integral part of our community since 1976, serving three counties, more counties than any other arts council in the state of North Carolina. We gather each year ...(more)

The Orchard Has Apples

The Orchard at Altapass is pleased to announce the availability of the first apples of the season. Two of the Orchard early favorites are ready for picking a few weeks before expected. A Yellow Transparent—Lodi—arrived on the 4th of July weekend, with Early/Red Blaze following on the next. These sweet/tart apples are great for pies and sauce and just for eating. “We’ve had several ...(more)

Yancey County Author Katey Schultz Wins 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award

Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press is pleased to announce that Katey Schultz’s recent novel, Still Come Home, has been named a winner in the 21st annual Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards. Schultz was awarded the Bronze Medal in the Adult General Fiction category. “Schultz earned this honor with every word of Still Come Home,” said Kevin Atticks, director of ...(more)

School News

Atkins Receives Shirley Hise Memorial Scholarship

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce presented the first Shirley Hise Memorial Scholarship to 2020 Mitchell High School graduate Caroline Atkins. The Chamber established the scholarship in the Fall of 2019 after the passing of its longtime director Shirley Hise. “Shirley was the Director of the Chamber for nearly 20 years,” said Patti Jensen, current Director of the Chamber. Prior to ...(more)

Public Notice from Yancey County Schools

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-Part B, Public Law 108.446) Project is presently being amended. The Project describes the special education programs that Yancey County proposes for Federal funding for the 2019-2020 School Year. Interested persons are encouraged to review amendments to the Project and make comments concerning the implementation of special education under ...(more)

Business News

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)

Altec Donates Touchless Water Bottle Filling Stations for Schools

Our Yancey County Schools are working hard to plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  In light of the pandemic, we are trying to make our schools as safe as possible.  To help us decrease the spread of germs, school nurse Yvonne Hardin contacted Micaville parent and Altec engineer Julian McMillan regarding touchless water bottle filling stations/water fountains.  Altec graciously ...(more)