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Local News

Mountain Community Health Partnership Announces Acquisition of 105 Acres for Expansion Project

Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP), a leading healthcare provider in Mitchell and Yancey Counties, announces the acquisition of 105 acres for its expansion project. The newly acquired land will be the future site of an integrated health clinic providing expanded primary care, behavioral health, and dental services and will serve as MCHP’s headquarters. Anticipated to break ...(more)

News From Congressman Chuck Edwards

Secretary Mayorkas has failed to fulfill his oath of his office and has failed the American people. I receive calls from concerned WNC citizens every day regarding our nation’s border crisis. Border states aren’t the only places suffering the consequences of an open border. The growing crisis is affecting our whole country, including communities in our mountains. Impeaching a cabinet ...(more)

Charges Filed Following Spruce Pine Walmart Incident

The Spruce Pine Police Department is reporting a person was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest after an incident at Walmart in spruce Pine, this past Friday. Officials said police were called to the store about 8 p.m. but they provided few details other than to say an individual was arrested and charged with one count of trespassing and three counts of resisting arrest. In a Facebook ...(more)

Baxter’s Bomb Threat

The Baxter plant in McDowell County underwent a temporary shutdown over the weekend due to a bomb threat, as confirmed by a spokesperson from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. The threat, received at the North Cove facility on Sunday night, February 18th, prompted emergency protocols, leading to the closure of the plant while authorities and emergency crews assessed the situation. ...(more)

Pharmacy Break-In

On February 13th Mitchell County deputies responded to an alarm at Roan Mountain Pharmacy in Bakersville. Upon opening of the drug store tools were found inside from a break in. Video evidence led to a warrant and the arrest of Tim W. Hyder Jr, age 31 of Duck Branch Road, Bakersville. Hyder was charged with Breaking and Entering and a $5000 bond set. (Press Release from Mitchell County ...(more)

Community News

Dig In! to Compost This Year

This month, Dig In! Yancey Community Garden announces the launch of a new community composting initiative. The local nonprofit organization is best known for growing and sharing food so that everyone can eat well. Thanks to a grant by the Mountain Air Community Fund, this spring they will build composting infrastructure at the primary Dig In garden in West Yancey. The system will be a place to ...(more)

Penland School Community Open House, Saturday, February 24

The Penland School of Craft Community Open House will take place on Saturday, February 24 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. This is an afternoon of fun and education for all ages with hands-on activities in most of Penland’s teaching studios. No admission is charged. Many activities are messy, so don’t wear your fancy clothes. Here are the activities for the afternoon: In the clay studio you can make ...(more)

Urgent Need for Blood Continues

The American Red Cross urges donors to give blood or platelets now to continue to strengthen the national blood supply this month. The public can book a time to give by visiting, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. People of all blood types – especially type O blood donors, the most needed blood group by hospitals – and platelet donors ...(more)

Center for Pioneer Life Welcomes New Executive and Media Director

The Center for Pioneer Life proudly announces the appointment of Sarah Presnell as its new Executive Director, effective January 2024. With a wealth of experience in the museum sector, Sarah brings a unique blend of expertise and passion to her role, poised to lead the Center into a new era of innovation and community engagement. A native of Yancey County and graduate of Mountain Heritage High ...(more)

Herring-Kivette Gallery Exhibit for Black History Month

The Herring-Kivette Gallery is highlighting artwork in the collection in recognition of Black History Month. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Yancey County Public Library on School Circle in Burnsville and the exhibit can be viewed through February 28 during regular library hours. Portrait of Aunt Cindy Griffith by Frank Stanley Herring. The exhibit features a number of works ...(more)

School News

Mitchell FBLA and HOSA Students Get Outside at Beech and Sugar Mountain

On February 7th, Mitchell High School FBLA and HOSA CTE student organizations took 42 students to Beech and Sugar Mountain to ski, snow tube, ice skate, and learn about careers related to this industry.  This trip was provided by Go Grants, written by Katy Grindstaff and Taylor Hughes.   Students were given the option to do all three activities or pick and choose.  While not on the slopes, ...(more)

Mitchell High Students Tour AB Tech Emergency Services Campus

A group of 30 students took part in the CTE tour of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Woodfin campus on February 8th.  The students visited the emergency services campus to receive information about courses and training from AB-Tech instructors in law enforcement, firefighting, and EMS.  The students even had the opportunity to hear from a Mitchell High School graduate, APD ...(more)

Business News

The NuWray Hotel Begins Operations in the Carriage House

Since purchasing the NuWray Hotel in October 2021, James and Amanda Keith have been working on a full-scale restoration of the National Landmark property, the oldest continuously operating hotel in North Carolina. The Keiths also purchased the 1925 Carriage House building at 7 S. Main St., just behind the NuWray Hotel, and have begun operations in that adjacent location with rooms for rent on ...(more)

New ATV and UTV Store in Ledger!

Big news, folks! The Bighorn experience has arrived in our area at Jeff’s ATV and UTV where rugged meets refined. Unleash the power and prestige of the iconic Bighorn lineup right here in your neighborhood at Jeff’s ATV and UTV!  Explore the cutting-edge technology, unmatched performance, and undeniable style of Bighorn’s latest models. .  Jeff’s ATV and UTV is a certified ...(more)

Yancey EDC Grant to Burnsville Candle Company

“I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Burnsville Candle Company, a new downtown Burnsville retail store located at 132 West Main Street.  This grant marks the fifth DEAP grant announced by the Yancey County Economic Development Commission in 2021 and marks a record number for grants given in a single year to ...(more)