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Spruce Pine System Pressure Advisory Lifted

Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected from the Town of Spruce Pine Water System on 10/24/2020, water users affected by the water outage are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water used for human consumption. The area affected included: Hwy 226 South from Rogers Street/Martha Drive, Intersections to Halltown Road, Deer Park Lake Road, Greenwood Road, ...(more)

Yancey Felony arrest Report 10/9-10/21/20

MATTHEW THOMPSON RICE, 35 of Burnsville was arrested on 10/09/2020 and charged with Felony Possession Methamphetamine, Simple Possession Schedule III Controlled Substance, Possession Marijuana Up to 1/2 Oz, Possession Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession Marijuana Paraphernalia. NICHOLAS WILLIAM BUCHANAN, 22 of Burnsville was arrested on 10/10/2020 and charged with (4) Counts: Felony Statutory ...(more)

COVID-19 Positive Student at Greenlee Elementary School

Mitchell County School Superintendent Chad Calhoun notified the Staff, Students, Parents, and Guardians of Mitchell County Schools that a student at Greenlee School tested positive for CoVID-19 on Thursday, October 22nd. In the notification recipients were assured that masks were worn consistently by all staff and students. Due to the possibility of exposure, students and staff on the bus of ...(more)

Second Yancey County COVID Death

Yancey County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified that their second CoVID-19 associated death occurred on October 21st. The individual, in their 70’s, was hospitalized. 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 friends of this individual,” said ...(more)

Most Recent COVID Numbers

Toe River Health District has released the most recent COVID numbers for our area. They do not release specific information about any individuals, clusters or outbreaks of cases in any of our counties. The only way they’ve shared that information was if the business/agency/group shared that information themselves. They remind people to “assume that everyone you come in contact with is ...(more)

Mitchell Commissioners Question New EMS Provider

Two Mitchell County Commissioners had questions for the representative of the  new EMS provider, Lifeguard at the commissioners’ meeting on October 5th. According to the Mitchell News-Journal Commissioners Vern Grindstaff and Jeff Harding wanted to know why there were no ventilators and fewer IV pumps on the emergency vehicles. According to Grindstaff when Mission ran the emergency ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public by appointment only. Only twenty-five people will be allowed into the building at one time. All patrons visiting the library branches are required under Executive Order No. 147 to wear a cloth face covering. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Library hours will be limited to Monday-Friday 10a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturdays 10a.m. to12pm. This ...(more)

2020 Mountain Christmas Trail of Lights

From Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce: We could all use an extra dose of Christmas spirit this year! A Mountain Christmas Trail of Lights 2020 is kicking off with plans to make our communities shine this year. Join us in celebrating the season, our community and the things that bring us all a little closer together in spirit. What better holiday activity to do with your friends and family ...(more)

Operation Christmas Child 2020

The world’s largest Christmas project of its kind, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, uses gift-filled shoe boxes to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. (Step by Step Directions on how to pack a shoe box) Packed shoe boxes will be collected during National Collection Week November 15th-22nd, 2020. Spruce Pine Drop Off ...(more)

Trunk or Treat

South Estatoe Baptist Church invites you to come join them for TRUNK OR TREATING  Saturday, October 31st 5pm-8pm at the church. Safety precautions will be taken. This is a free event, catered by BUBBA’S GOOD EATS. ...(more)

Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting

The next Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, October 26, 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)

School News

Thank You From Micaville Elementary

Once again, Sibelco to the rescue! During this most difficult time, it is of the utmost importance that everyone stay hydrated, especially our young students!  With water fountains prohibited due to Covid-19 and with the current mask requirements, it is critical that our students have access to water throughout the day.  Micaville Elementary School would like to thank one of our community ...(more)

Mitchell County Schools Substitute Teacher Training

Mitchell County Schools will hold a substitute teacher training on Thursday, November 5th, at 1:00pm. This will be at the Board of Education office. Anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher during the 2020-21 school year should attend this training. ...(more)

Mountain Heritage SkillsUSA Club Citrus Sale

The Mountain Heritage SkillsUSA Club is having their 44th annual citrus sale. The Florida Indian River Groves Company is supplying citrus again this year in both 20lb and 40lb boxes. Proceeds from this fundraiser goes towards the expense of regional, state and national SkillsUSA leadership and skill competitions. These funds also help members of our community through several Angel Tree ...(more)

Business News

Mercy Urgent Care Recomends Flu Shots

COVID-19 makes it even more important to get your flu shot this year. Available at Mercy Urgent Care for ages 9 and up, this season’s vaccine protects against four different strains of the flu, is preservative-free and costs $35 without or before insurance. Walk-in ready and open seven days a week,  Not-for-profit Mercy Urgent Care in Burnsville, North Carolina is open to those seeking ...(more)

New Surgeon at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Ashley Badger, M.D. Dr. Badger, a general surgeon, is welcoming new patients at 189 Hospital Drive on the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital campus. “I am excited to join the Mission family, and grateful for the opportunity to serve Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and McDowell counties and beyond,” said Dr. Badger. Dr. Badger specializes in the ...(more)

Cruz Life Center Open

Cruz Life Center is open and considered as an essential service. Taking new appointments, call 828-682-6157 Currently open Monday – Thursday Our mission is to help as many people as possible to get healthy and stay healthy with natural health care solutions. We do offer many natural vitamins and herbs to help boost your immune system during these times. These are the supplements we ...(more)