First Snow of Season…photo by Becky Whitson
Santa for Seniors Gift Drive
’Tis the Season at Grandfather Mountain
Tuesday Evening…photo by Calvin Campbell
Compassionate Care Angel Tree

Local News

Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties Each Announce One Death

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Ledger, NC:Avery County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified today of one CoVID-19 associated death. This brings the total number of deaths in Avery County to fourteen. This individual was in their 80’s. To protect the family’s privacy no further information about the patient will be released. Mitchell County Health ...(more)

Dogwood Health Gets Extra Funds For Area Through Census Increase

Western North Carolina outperformed the state and nation in terms of Census response rates and it can be largely credited to work by Dogwood Health Trust. Dogwood Health Trust invested $1.5 million  to improve the counts. The higher response rate is expected to translate to $18 billion in federal funding over the next 10 years. This funding will support public service agencies such as EMS, ...(more)

Cane River Middle Athletes and Blue Ridge Elementary Classrooms Quarantined Due to Exposure

Press release from Yancey County Schools: It is the commitment of YCS to keep our community informed of our efforts to maintain the safest learning environments possible. At Cane River Middle School we have completed contact tracing and have quarantined athletes due to exposure to a positive case.  We are proceeding with the highest level of caution while working under the recommendations of ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Place Micaville Elementary on Remote Learning

(Press Release from Yancey County Schools) Our commitment is to keep our community informed of our efforts to maintain the safest learning environments possible. After consulting with the YC Health Department, YCS is announcing that we have a 5th person at Micaville Elementary who has tested positive for COVID within the 2 week window, resulting in a second cluster in YCS. YCS is proceeding ...(more)

Mitchell County Announces Fourteenth Covid-19 Related Death

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Ledger, NC: Mitchell County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified today of its fourteenth CoVID-19 associated death in Mitchell County. The individual was in their 80’s. To protect the family’s privacy no further information about the patient will be released. “We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and ...(more)

NCDHHSTo Provide Automatic Payments For Winter Heating Bills

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will issue an automated payment to thousands of eligible households to help with winter heating expenses via the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. The automated payment will be issued beginning Dec. 1 and is designed to help eligible seniors and people with disabilities access winter heating assistance in a safe and socially ...(more)

Community News

Katey Schultz Wins North Carolina’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction

The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association has named Katey Schultz’s Still Come Home the winner of the 2020 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. This prestigious award is presented in recognition of the most significant work of original fiction published in the past year by a North Carolina author. Past recipients include Lee Zacharias, Wiley Cash, Lee Smith, Ron Rash, Kaye ...(more)

Monkey Business Toy Shop Exhibits Favorite Toys

This Christmas, Monkey Business Toy Shop will be featuring an exhibit of favorite toys from folks in the community and would like everyone to participate.  The toy store has an “Old Fashioned Christmas” window display and it is filled with vintage toys on loan from customers.   It has been well received and brings many fond memories to those who have seen it. Everyone has a ...(more)

Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting

The next Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This will be a virtual meeting. If you wish to attend, call the agency at 682-6148 for instructions. ...(more)

Food Giveaway

Laurel Valley Baptist Church (located at 42 Water Shed Road in Mars Hill, NC) will be having food giveaway Saturday December 12th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. They’ll be giving away food until it’s all gone: first come-first served. ...(more)

Habitat Annual Lowes Donation

Mitchell-Yancey Habitat for Humanity will receive their annual Lowes donation next week.  The store is located at 563 Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine.   Hours of operation vary please check with the store. at 766-9000. ...(more)

2nd Annual Santa for Seniors Gift Drive

WAMY Community Action has been working with individuals and families to break the cycle of poverty for more than 56 years.  We have offered many programs through the years and currently offer programs in the following areas: housing repairs, senior services, family development, and youth development. One of the largest gaps in our community is the support and services for the senior ...(more)

School News

Cane River Middle Athletes and Blue Ridge Elementary Classrooms Quarantined Due to Exposure

Press release from Yancey County Schools: It is the commitment of YCS to keep our community informed of our efforts to maintain the safest learning environments possible. At Cane River Middle School we have completed contact tracing and have quarantined athletes due to exposure to a positive case.  We are proceeding with the highest level of caution while working under the recommendations of ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Place Micaville Elementary on Remote Learning

(Press Release from Yancey County Schools) Our commitment is to keep our community informed of our efforts to maintain the safest learning environments possible. After consulting with the YC Health Department, YCS is announcing that we have a 5th person at Micaville Elementary who has tested positive for COVID within the 2 week window, resulting in a second cluster in YCS. YCS is proceeding ...(more)

YCS Classroom Closure Due to Exposure

YANCEY COUNTY SCHOOLS PRESS RELEASE All Yancey County School System Staff, Students, Parents, and Guardians: Our commitment is to keep each of you informed of our efforts to maintain the safest learning environments possible. We received information yesterday afternoon from the YC Health Department that a 5th employee at Burnsville Elementary tested positive for COVID within the two week ...(more)

Business News

Monkey Business Toy Shop Exhibits Favorite Toys

This Christmas, Monkey Business Toy Shop will be featuring an exhibit of favorite toys from folks in the community and would like everyone to participate.  The toy store has an “Old Fashioned Christmas” window display and it is filled with vintage toys on loan from customers.   It has been well received and brings many fond memories to those who have seen it. Everyone has a ...(more)

Crush the Crisis Opioid Take Back A Success

Mission Hospital and its affiliates in the region collected 129.31 pounds of opioid medications during its “Crush the Crisis” opioid take back day Saturday, October 24.   Community members participated in the event by dropping off unused and expired prescription medications.  Local law enforcement partnered with the hospitals on collection day. Here are the amounts collected at each ...(more)

Spruce Pine Wells Fargo to Close

Josh Dunn with Wells Fargo Corporate Communications has confirmed that the Wells Fargo branch office in Spruce Pine will close permanently on February 10, 2021. The office is on Upper Street, across from the Tropical Grill and has been mostly drive-thru since the coronavirus pandemic. The Burnsville Wells Fargo will remain open and is the closest location to Spruce Pine. There are Wells Fargo ...(more)