Unusual Clouds by David Wheeler
Bosc pears growing in the Jacks Creek area
Spruce Pine Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival Moved to October 8th
Click there’s more! photo by Mike Fox
Photo by Becky Whitson
Photo by Natasha Smith
Heads Or Tails?
Serve Mitchell County: Work In Elections
End of Summer Roses
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Local News

Vaccination of Raccoons To Begin

Mitchell, Madison and Yancey counties are among the Western North Carolina counties that will begin vaccinating wild raccoons on October 6th. Baits containing the oral rabies vaccine for wild raccoons will be aerially distributed to help prevent the spread of rabies. The baits consist of a plastic packet, containing the oral rabies vaccine. To make the baits attractive to raccoons, the packets ...(more)

TRACTOR Plans Move To Mitchell County

Mitchell County received good news with Tuesday’s announcement by TRACTOR of their move to the former NAPA building on Hwy 226 in Spruce Pine. After losing their lease in Burnsville, they decided they needed a more permanent home. Beginning November 1st they will begin a 6 month lease -to-own agreement on the property. They are launching a capitol campaign with the hopes of totally ...(more)

Mitchell County Tourism Development Board Announced

The board for the new Mitchell County Tourism Development Authority has been announced. The board will decide how to use the existing occupancy tax that is charged to Airbnb and hotels.  The occupancy tax funds are used to create incentives to bring development and more tourism to Mitchell County.  The new Board of Directors are: Mitchell County Commissioner Harley Masters, owner of Southern ...(more)

Potential Storms From Hurricane Ian Causes Changes To Events

Hurricane Ian is on track to move through our area this weekend. Due to that forecast lots of events planned for this weekend have been rescheduled. The Thursday night JVs ballgames have been moved to tonight, Friday night football games have been moved to Thursday night. Mtn Heritage Womens’ tennis has been moved from Thursday to this afternoon at 4:00. Mtn Heritage has also changed ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 9/18 – 9/25/22

Arrest: Rachel Ann Stancil, 36 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Stancil for felony possession of Methamphetamine and misdemeanor possess drug paraphernalia. She was issued $10,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court in 10/25/2022. Jerry Justin Helton, 24 of Burnsville, NC. Deputy N. Bowman arrested Helton for misdemeanor warrants issued by Avery County. He was issued $500.00 ...(more)

Two People Killed in a Car Crash in Marion (Update)

A two-vehicle crash resulted in the death of two people Sunday evening, Sept. 25, in Marion. A spokesperson for the Marion Police Department said around 5:15 pm Sunday two cars collided on Highway 70 in Marion near Old Highway 10, in the 1600 block of East Court Street. A preliminary investigation reported a 2005 Ford driven by John Russell 53, of Marion, was traveling eastbound on Highway 70 ...(more)

Community News

Lunsford Festival Returns to In-Person Performances at Mars Hill University October 8th

The Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Music Festival returns to the Mars Hill University campus on Saturday, October 8, 2022, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This is the 55th edition of Western North Carolina’s second-longest running folk festival, and will be its first in-person edition since 2019. The Madison Heritage Arts Festival takes place at the same time in downtown Mars Hill. Admission to both ...(more)

AMY Wellness Foundation Seeking Input

AMY Wellness Foundation (AMYWF) is seeking input from health advocates, nonprofit leaders, and those with lived experience to attend a strategic Regional Convening Meeting to help prioritize AMYWF’s funding priorities for 2023. “AMYWF prides itself on being a community lead Foundation. With everything we do, we aim to create change with action through community input,” said Caitlin ...(more)

Parkway Playhouse Jr. Presents The Wizard of Oz

Parkway Playhouse Junior is excited to present The Wizard of Oz Youth Edition October 28-November 6, 2022! During that run you can see the show on Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. In this production based on the beloved children’s book by L. Frank Baum that was later adapted into the 1939 film, young Dorothy Gale is swept away in a tornado from her Kansas farm to ...(more)

Oktoberfest Is October 7th!

Messiah of the Mountains Lutheran Church, located on Highway 19E in Micaville, is having their annual Oktoberfest on Friday the 7th of October.  There will be a bake sale starting at 9:00 am.  A traditional German meal of bratwurst, hot German potato salad, sauerkraut and apple strudel will be served from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.  Adults $10.00…Children $5.00.  Take-out orders are ...(more)

School News

Yancey County Schools Annual Hearing Screening

Yancey County Schools will be conducting its annual hearing screening during the weeks of October 10th – 28th, 2022.   All students in grades 4th and 7th will be screened. All other students will be screened only upon the request of the parent, new referrals to the Exceptional Children’s Program and upon the request of the special education teacher. Any parent who does not wish for ...(more)

Fun with Robotic Kits at Yancey County Schools

Yancey County Schools students have been having lots of fun with Sphero robotic kits at both middle schools and numerous supplies and materials in the elementary school maker spaces. These products were purchased due to funding YCS received this past spring provided by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina*. These types of materials broaden our students’ exposure to STEAM ...(more)

Business News

Building Outdoor Communities Program Launch

The WNC: MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership has launched the Building Outdoor Communities Program that is focused on capacity building, technical assistance, training, connectivity, and education for communities seeking to advance their outdoor economy goals.  Mitchell County has been placed at the top of the list and is one of the first five counties to start the program along with ...(more)

The Orchard Welcomes Sam McKinney As Sustainability Coordinator

Sam McKinney has joined the Orchard at Altapass family of employees as its first Sustainability Coordinator following his two years as a member of the Orchard’s board of directors. In this position, he will assist with planning and implementing development strategies, which will support operations and mission-focused programs. He’ll network with area communities to create opportunities to ...(more)

Blossman Gas & Appliance Open House

The people at Blossman Gas & Appliance are used to taking care of their customers in all kinds of weather so the didn’t let the bad weather on Saturday, September 10th  stop them from holding their big Open House which included free food samples and hotdogs, a band, a bouncy house for the kids, free giveaways and prize drawings. WKYK/WTOE broadcast live for the event and people came ...(more)