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Night Creatures at Grandfather Mtn
Peregrine Falcon Nesting at Grandfather Mountain

Local News

Yancey Schools Remain with Optional Masks

The Yancey County Board of Education voted Monday night to keep masks optional. Board Chair Edwin Fortner said that it wasn’t an easy decision board but they felt like it was the right decision to allow people to have a choice. School health officials told board members a mask mandate was the easiest way to reduce quarantines. According to Yancey County Schools, 182 people — staff and ...(more)

Carolina Mountain Truckers Show Raises $10,000 for St. Jude’s

The Carolina Mountain Truckers “Shining for St Jude” Truck Show raised over $10,000 for St Jude’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday, September 18th in Green Mountain. This is only the second year of the event. The first year they raised $2500. This year’s show featured 51 trucks, music, bar-be-cue and other activities. The event was held in honor of Megan Denise ...(more)

Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Coming to Playhouse

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is showing October 9-23, 2021 at Parkway Playhouse. Written by John Heimbuch, created in collaboration with Jon Ferguson, based on the story by Washington Irving, and Directed by Daniel Moore. This show features local actors Lily Bartleson, Alesa Bryant, Olivia Hensley, Mathew Harper, Hanni Muerdter, Jason Phillips, Strother Stingley, Dakota Whitehead, and Roberta ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 9/11 – 9/18/21

Arrest: Holly Nicole Harrell, 36 of Fork Mountain Rd., Bakersville, NC. Lieutenant S. Davis arrested Harrell for misdemeanor failure to appear in court on traffic related offenses and driving with driver’s license revoked. She was issued $1,500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 10/27/2021. Zoe Marie Bibides, 24 of Saddlebrook Dr., Rock Hill, SC. Captain R. Wiseman arrested Bibides ...(more)

Burnsville’s First EV Charging Station Installed

French Broad Electric has partnered with the Town of Burnsville on installation of Burnsville’s first ever charging station for electric vehicles. The Charge Point is located at 215 W. Main St in the Town of Burnsville Municipal Parking Lot and is capable of charging two vehicles at once. ...(more)

Community News

Crooked Arrow in Concert at Spruce Pine Moose Lodge

Crooked Arrow will be rockin the Spruce Pine Moose Lodge Chapter 1159 Saturday, September 25th at 8:00 pm.  Tickets will be $7 at the door with proceeds going to Moose Lodge Charities of Moose Heart and Moose Haven. The kitchen will be open until 9:30 pm. (*Remember, Friday nights are Karaoke Night at the Moose Lodge. Everyone is welcome to come have a good time.) ...(more)

Food Giveaway at Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Food Pantry will be hosting another food giveaway Friday September 24th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 151 Scronce Creek Road in Burnsville.  Anyone who wants the food is welcome to come. Just call 828-536-0130 when you get there to let them know you’re there and someone will load the food in your car without you having to get ...(more)

Community Benefit Yard Sale for Wayne Harris

Community Yard Sale and Benefit for Wayne Harris. Saturday, September 25 at Pensacola United Methodist Church on Cattail Creek Road in Pensacola. 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Sponsored by Pensacola’s Loving Arms, a non-profit organization. 50% of yard sale proceeds will go to benefit Wayne Harris, who is battling Covid 19. All sales are based on donations by the buyer, with a few choice items ...(more)

Blood Drive at Mars Hill University

An American Red Cross Blood Drive is set for Thursday, September 23rd from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm at Mars Hill University in the Wren Student Union in the Student Rec Room on Athletic Street in Mars Hill, NC 28754. For more information or scheduling call 1-800-733-2767 or visit ...(more)

Red Cross October Blood Drive Promotion

The following are the promotions which are going on during the month of October: October 1-31: Help save a life during lunch! Come to give in October and receive a link by email for a free Zaxby’s Signature Sandwich or a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of your choice. Terms and conditions apply, see (This can be copied and pasted to email blasts for your donor base.) October ...(more)

Lunsford Festival Canceled

Organizers of the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Music Festival say they have canceled this year’s event because of health concerns. The decision comes as COVID-19 numbers remain high and the local healthcare infrastructure is strained. The festival was scheduled for October 2 on the Mars Hill University campus. Festival director Leila Weinstein says organizers did not want to exacerbate the ...(more)

School News

Bus Driver Training

Yancey County Schools will hold a Bus Driver Training Class Monday- Wednesday September 27-29th from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm each day in the Yancey County Schools Technology Building on the Burnsville Elementary Campus. Call 682-2167 to register. ...(more)

Mar Hill Ranked High Among Universities

Two national college ranking guides again have given Mars Hill University high marks. U.S. News and World Report lists Mars Hill among the top colleges in the south, as well as a strong performer in social mobility. Washington Monthly ranks Mars Hill among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation and a “Best Bang for the Buck” among institutions in the southeast. In its 2022 Best ...(more)

Business News

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)

Honey Comes To the Orchard at Altapass

      The Orchard at Altapass is happy to acknowledge they are dripping in sweet goodness and proud of it. Last year, the Deer Park® Brand sponsored Blue Ridge Parkway Association awarded the Orchard a grant that enabled the purchase of an additional six honeybee hives. This year, the Orchard is reaping the rewards and putting their honey on the shelves. Field manager and ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain welcomes new faces to its leadership team

Over the past couple of years, Grandfather Mountain has welcomed a few new, yet familiar, faces to its leadership team to direct the foundation into the future as it prepares to open the new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery in 2022. “Our mindset is to protect and preserve Grandfather Mountain for future generations,” said Jesse Pope, president and executive director of the Grandfather ...(more)