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bjwyatt-2 Moonlight Over The Pumpkin Patch…photo by BJ Wyatt
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Local News

Congressman Chuck Edwards Mobile Office in Burnsville 12/4

To give you greater access to your federal government, Congressman Chuck Edwards mobile office, the Carolina Cruiser, will be at the Burnsville Town Square on Monday, December 4 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. His staff will be parked outside with the Carolina Cruiser ready to meet with constituents and assist with casework. ...(more)

Public Input Invited For Blue Ridge Parkway Action Plan

Public invited to share ideas during Blue Ridge Rising regional summit on Dec. 5 & 6 in Blowing Rock Registration closes Dec. 1 for event focused on action plan for Blue Ridge Parkway communities Residents from the Blue Ridge Parkway region are invited to attend the Blue Ridge Rising Two-State Summit on Dec. 5 and 6 at Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock, N.C. The event is an opportunity to ...(more)

AMY Wellness Honored As Outstanding Organization

The AMY Wellness Foundation (AMYWF) has been awarded the Outstanding Organization Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Western North Carolina. The AFP of Western North Carolina, an organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and recognizing excellence in fundraising, chose AMY Wellness Foundation for its outstanding contributions to the community and commitment to ...(more)

Marion Man Robbed at Gunpoint by Juveniles

An investigation is underway after a Marion man was robbed at gunpoint by juveniles. The Marion Police Department is reporting the incident occurred on Saturday, Nov. 25, around 5 p.m. A man and a juvenile were in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement on Highway 70 when they were approached by a juvenile male. There was a verbal exchange, and money was voluntarily given to the ...(more)

The Beacon Center of Spruce Pine Open For Shelter From Cold Weather

The Beacon Center of Spruce Pine is preparing for about 3 Code Purple nights this week.  (Monday, 11/27 – Tuesday, 11/28 – Wednesday, 11/29. The Center opens at 6:00 pm each evening for anyone that is without heat and is cold and has nowhere to go.  They provide cots, blankets, warm drinks and refreshments. Anytime they are open, the Code Purple flag will be flying in the church yard ...(more)

57 Acre Land Donation in Mitchell County

A recently donated 57-acre tract of land adjoining Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’ Little Rock Creek Preserve expands protection of high elevation habitat and water quality in a corner of Mitchell County. It can be seen from NC Hwy 261 (Roan Mountain Scenic Drive) and several vantage points on the Appalachian Trail. Former landowner Dana Anderson says their family is thrilled ...(more)

Community News

Journey to the Manger

Join area churches as they come together to present the live Nativity! The event will be Saturday and Sunday (Dec 9-10) and begin at the Bakersville Fire Dept each night at 5:30pm and end at 8pm. The journey goes around the Bakersville Creekwalk. Dress warm. ...(more)

Christmas Play at Pensacola FWB Church

Pensacola Freewill Baptist Church will be performing their Christmas Play Sunday December 3rd at 7:00 pm.  Pastor Austin Wilson and the congregation welcome everyone. ...(more)

Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long

Spruce Pine United Methodist Church is located next door to the Spruce Pine Town Hall at 11090 NC-226, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Join the band for a fun evening of Christmas Carols!  ...(more)

Amazon Radio Streaming

More and more listeners to WKYK and WTOE radio are using Amazon smart speakers to listen to the radio audio.  If you use an Amazon Alexa speaker or any Alexa device you can now have a more reliable streaming connection experience.  You can teach your Amazon speaker to do lots of things, these are called “Skills”. WKYK and WTOE have worked with Amazon to create a special ...(more)

Drive Thru Live Nativity

Victory Baptist Church on Bearwallow Road will be having a Drive thru Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday December 8 and 9th from 6pm til 8pm. Come join us while we celebrate the birth of Jesus this Christmas season!! ...(more)

School News

Coming Up at Mars Hill University – thru-December 10th

Wednesday, November 29 Be the Match 5:30 p.m., Chambers Gymnasium MHU Student Health Ambassadors will host awareness/registration events for the Be the Match national marrow donor program, which helps identify people who might be potential donors for those with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. This event will be held in conjunction with the home game for ...(more)

Mitchell High Foods & Nutrition I Students Certify in ServSafe Foodhandler

Students enrolled in Foods and Nutrition I at Mitchell High School with Mrs. Stephanie McClellan , Mrs. Katie Boone and Mrs. Adrienne Snyder recently earned their ServSafe Foodhandler Certification. This certification covers the basics of food safety and preventing foodborne illness at home and in the food service industry. Students learned about these topics as part of their curriculum and ...(more)

Business News

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)

Watauga Medical Center Earns An ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group

Watauga Medical Center earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care.  Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well ...(more)

The Bougie Brush Art and Event Center Grand Opening

The Grand Opening and Open House Event  and ribbon cutting at the the Bougie Brush Art and Event Center, was Friday, October 6th.  The Bougie Brush Art and Event Center is located beside Banks Jewelers on East Main Street offers a variety of classes and workshops so you can learn to paint and design. Planning and event or party, call 209-8040 for more information.  DeAnna Woody invites you ...(more)