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ACA Accreditation For Mountain View Correctional Institutions

American Correctional Association auditors have recommended accreditation be awarded to Mountain View and Avery-Mitchell correctional institutions in Spruce Pine, another step toward full accreditation of the North Carolina prison system. The two correctional facilities are the 32nd and 33rd N.C. Department of Adult Correction locations or operations recommended for accreditation. ACA auditors ...(more)

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Foxx Report – 6/15/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX Article I of the Constitution makes clear the power that Congress holds to conduct critical oversight and investigations of the Executive and Judicial branches. The Founders wanted the Legislative Branch, being Congress, to serve as a check on the other two branches of government. So why do I bring up Article I? As you may have seen this ...(more)

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Madison County Lowers Property Tax

Madison County’s budget for 2024-25 has increased by 3% to $33.1 million, up from $32.1 million the previous year. The Board of Commissioners approved this budget on June 11. The property tax rate has been reduced from 50 cents to 36 cents per $100 valuation. County Manager Rod Honeycutt noted that despite the lower tax rate, the county will generate $13.3 million in revenue, slightly ...(more)

Groundbreaking For New Mitchell Athletic Complex

Mitchell High School will break ground Monday, June 17th on their new student athletic complex. Included in the complex is a new softball field and projects to improve the track and baseball field. The complex will also feature an indoor practice field of 30 yards for football, a basketball court, a golf simulator, a wrestling area, drop down baseball nets and a weight room. Sports teams and ...(more)

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Announces Endowment

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) has announced the formation of the SART Endowment. For almost 50 years, the theatre has continuously supported the arts in the greater Western North Carolina area, and now has the opportunity to solidify that support through its newly-founded endowment. “We’ve launched the SART Endowment this year to help secure the legacy of SART for ...(more)

Community News

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Juneteenth Celebration at Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University will host a Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 5–5:30 p.m. The kid-friendly event, held in partnership with the Madison County Racial Justice Coalition, will take place at the Community Life Pavilion, located behind Broyhill Chapel, and will feature a reflection on independence and remembrance, music, children’s story, and snacks. For ...(more)

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Grandfather Mtn Habitat Enhancements

Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, has added behind-the-scenes habitat cameras and a new kiosk with television screens at its cougar overlook, enhancing visitors’ experience and their chance to see these elusive animals. Cougars are crepuscular, meaning they are most active around dusk and dawn, and they spend a large ...(more)

Parkway Playhouse Summer Youth Events

Are you looking for something fun for the kids this Summer? Parkway Playhouse has the event lineup for you! Kicking off the Summer, Parkway Playhouse is excited to present Disney’s Aristocats, KIDS on June 21st at 6:30pm & June 22nd at 2:30pm! Based on the beloved Disney animated film, and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, this show will feature Parkway Playhouse Junior students who have ...(more)

Donors Needed to Protect Red Cross Blood Supply

As World Blood Donor Day approaches on June 14, the American Red Cross stresses that blood and platelet donors are critically needed right now to combat a drastic shortfall in donations over the last several weeks. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with type O blood and donors giving platelets.    Record-breaking summer travel and severe weather conditions are expected ...(more)

77th Annual NC Rhododendron Festival June 21-22

77th Annual NC Rhododendron Festival  will be held June 21-22, 2024  in Bakersville! Friday events (June 17)  Rhododendron Arts and Crafts Fair on the Creekwalk in Bakersville, 12:00pm-5:00pm.  Art, craft, and food vendors. Free admission. NC Rhododendron Pageant at Bowman Middle School.  First round of competition includes Junior division talent and Senior division ...(more)

Tickets for “Grandfather Presents: Richard Louv” are On Sale Now

Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, has announced that tickets for the second presentation of the Grandfather Presents 2024 speaker series are on sale now. Richard Louv, a journalist and author, continues these Thursday night presentations on July 25. The new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery will play host to the event. ...(more)

School News

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Juneteenth Celebration at Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University will host a Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 5–5:30 p.m. The kid-friendly event, held in partnership with the Madison County Racial Justice Coalition, will take place at the Community Life Pavilion, located behind Broyhill Chapel, and will feature a reflection on independence and remembrance, music, children’s story, and snacks. For ...(more)

Groundbreaking For New Mitchell Athletic Complex

Mitchell High School will break ground Monday, June 17th on their new student athletic complex. Included in the complex is a new softball field and projects to improve the track and baseball field. The complex will also feature an indoor practice field of 30 yards for football, a basketball court, a golf simulator, a wrestling area, drop down baseball nets and a weight room. Sports teams and ...(more)

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Yancey Board of Education June Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education was held in the boardroom of the Yancey County Schools District Office on Monday, June 10, 2024. Clearmont Elementary School Superintendent Kathy Amos welcomed Mr. Tracy Powell, who is interested in purchasing the Clearmont Elementary School. Mr. Powell shared his vision for the property and his desire to restore the school ...(more)

Business News

Bakersville Small Business Center Announces Business Startup Program

The Bakersville Small Business Center, located at 80 Hemlock Drive in Bakersville is taking applications for business startups to rent space in Bakersville. The Bakersville Small Business Center is a nonprofit organization focused on helping new businesses get off the ground by providing space, educational tools, and mentoring so that businesses have a leg up on success. The Bakersville Small ...(more)

Branch Group Acquires Young & McQueen Grading

Branch Group, Inc. (Branch), a heavy-highway and building contractor headquartered in Roanoke, Va., has announced the acquisition purchase of Burnsville, N.C.-based Young & McQueen, a contractor specializing in heavy civil, highway, site work, bridges, and structures construction. The 37-year-old contracting firm was founded by Sam and Kim Young, who wanted to transition the business to ...(more)

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Compassionate Care WNC Receives 2024 Hospice CAHPS Honors Elite Award

Compassionate Care Western North Carolina, headquartered in Burnsville North Carolina has been named a 2024 Hospice CAHPS Honors Elite Award recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, a leading provider of CAHPS and bereavement survey programs for home health and hospice agencies. This prestigious annual review recognizes agencies that continuously go beyond in providing high-quality care for patients and ...(more)