Grassy Creek Gem & Mineral Show in Spruce Pine
Mineral & Gem Festival in Spruce Pne
Finally the Fawns by Annette Bigelow (click to see)
Bright and Cheery Zinnia Garden. Photo by Lisa Honeycutt
Cardinal by Calvin Campbell
Natasha Smith Captured These Beautiful Clouds
Mountain Air GIVES To Yancey Schools
Another beautiful photo by Calvin Campbell
Day Lily by Sandy Ellis

Local News

Burnsville Town Council Meeting 8/3 Agenda

Agenda packet for the Town Council regular meeting on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.  The packet contains overview materials for the Yancey County Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Also attached, David Graham of High Country has provided the full draft of the plan. 8-3-21-Council-Agenda-Packet Yancey-County-CTP-DRAFT ...(more)

Bill Carson Honored By Visit NC

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit NC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership with North Carolina, presented the Esse Quam Videri Award to Bill Carson, co-founder of the Orchard at Altapass. The ceremony was appropriately held on the Olin Hefner Pavilion on the grounds of the Orchard after being delayed a year due to the distancing mandates of last ...(more)

Update From MCHP on COVID Testing and Vaccines

As you are probably aware, we are seeing an uptick in COVID cases in our area. Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP) is seeing a rise in demand for testing and a rise in positive cases. The numbers are still quite small but in an effort educate the community; we felt it pertinent to release our recent data.  We are doing 15-30 tests per day and, in the past few days; we have had 3-6 ...(more)

No Permits Will Be Issued for Ginseng

The US Forest Service has announced that due to decreasing populations of wild ginseng the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will not issue permits for American ginseng harvesting this year. The declines are attributed to long-term harvesting, more recent over harvesting, out-of-season harvest, and the taking of mature plants without planting the seed for future crops. Adding to the ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. If you are feeling sick in any way, please do not use our in person library services; curbside services are still available upon request. Please be aware that developments in the ongoing Covid pandemic response may change ...(more)

Home Remedies Virtual Panel Session on Managing Pain & Stress

Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 6:00-7:00 PM via Zoom join us for this virtual panel session, featuring a conversation with local providers on strategies for managing pain and stress and a question & answer segment. All are welcome to join! • Carol Benjamin, Physical Therapist, Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist • Jennie Boyd Bull, Tai Chi Instructor • Greg Casey, Licensed ...(more)

Coming up at the Burnsville Town Center

Don’t miss out on upcoming live music at the Burnsville Town Center! Visit for more info 7/30 Darren Nicholson Band Concert 7:30pm 8/14 Dylan Wilson and The Five & Dimers Concert, 7pm For more info please visit or contact the Town Center at (828) 682-7209, email ...(more)

August Turns Red at The Orchard

August at the Orchard at Altapass brings bands, books, and apples. The apples are ripening, and U-Pick begins this month in The Apple Shed (when Mother Nature says it’s time.) Scheduled on the hour, picking will be available Friday-Sunday from 10 to 4 PM (other days/times by appointment). Once again, music will fill the fields with sounds from the pavilion, and although a temporary roofed, ...(more)

Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair

August 6 & 7 on Burnsville Town Square. The event features more than 200 vendors and performers including craft demonstrations, bluegrass and acoustic music, food vendors, and a one-of-a-kind selection of handmade arts and crafts from artisans across the country. The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair brings together mountain heritage, traditional crafting, and contemporary art creating a unique ...(more)

School News

Leaders in Yancey Schools – Brent Laws

The Yancey County Schools’ Mission Statement reads: The Yancey County Schools strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment to empower all students to achieve their full potential as life-long learners and global citizens. The newest member of the YCS School Administration Team is Dr. Brent Laws, Principal at South Toe Elementary School, and he is the full embodiment of the YCS Mission ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Kindergarten Academy

All Yancey County elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Academy on Monday Aug. 9th and Tuesday Aug. 10th from 8:30 am -12:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for children to become familiar with their new school, classroom, teachers and friends. We look forward to seeing all incoming kindergarteners at their school during this time.  Transportation will not be provided so please ...(more)

Yancey Board of Ed Accepts Offer On Four Schools

At its regular meeting on July 19, 2021, the Yancey County Board of Education voted to accept an offer of $1,125,000, for the purchase of the school system’s four surplus properties – Bald Creek Elementary, Bald Creek Daycare, Bee Log Elementary, and Clearmont Elementary. John Martin McCoy submitted the offer with a letter of introduction stating that as the founder and owner of Fulcra ...(more)

Business News

Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program Grant Award

“I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Mountain Time Amish Wholesale, a new business located on East Main Street in Burnsville.  The business is a new enterprise of local Burnsville Main Street merchant Claudia Honeycutt, the proprietor of Mountain Time on Main St.” said EDC Director Jamie McMahan.  “We ...(more)

Aston Jones Opens in Spruce Pine!

Aston James held their ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 24th on Locust Street in Spruce Pine. This new clothing store was created by Casey Ledford and Kelly Jones. They both are from Mitchell County and pride themselves on being a shopping destination for the local and the tourist. With a variety of clothing for men, women, and children, they also have home decor, accessories, and gifts! ...(more)

RHA Behavioral Health Offers Tele-Health Services

RHA is considered crisis walk-in center for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency in McDowell County.  In normal conditions, our office is open to walk-in crisis traffic from 8-5, Monday-Friday.  Community crisis intervention is always available 24/7/365 thru our Mobile Crisis Management team, by calling 1-888-573-1006.  Individuals will be screened by phone to ...(more)