Ornaments Made From Mica–click for better view
Hike the High Peaks
Grand Opening of New Burnsville Fire Station
What Kind of Flower Is This? Photo by Calvin Campbell
Photo by Dornetta Elkins..click for full view
Sun Through The Clouds by June Elkins
Country Roads – Take Me Home
Sunset by Ayla McKinney
Sunset at E.L. Briggs Stadium
Fall Sunrise by Becky Whitson

Local News

Sheriff’s Department Safe Holiday Shopping Tips

“The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding malls and discount stores to buy the latest gadgets and find the best deals,” said Chief Deputy Shane Hilliard Yancey County.   Shoppers also need to consider their safety.  According to Chief Deputy Hilliard “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of the larger crowds and ...(more)

Grants of $1,466,330 for WNC Announced

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently approved grants totaling $1,466,330 to nonprofits across the region.  The awards were made in CFWNC’s Early Childhood Development, Food and Farming, Human Services and Natural and Cultural Resources focus areas. Sixty-eight Human Services grants totaling $1,298,830 were awarded to nonprofits serving economically-disadvantaged ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 11/13 – 11/21/21

Arrest: Johnny Cox, 42 of Beaver Creek, Rd., Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy T. Silvers arrested Cox for misdemeanor unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was issued $2,500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on12/15/2022. Walter Lee Biddix, 38 of Feldspar St., Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Biddix for failure to appear in court on misdemeanor charges. He was issued $1,000.00 bond ...(more)

COVID Update 11/22/21

The latest COVID-19 numbers for the Tri-County area, released by the Toe River Health District, showed a big increase in new positive cases detected in Yancey county and a slight decrease in Avery and Mitchell Counties.  In Avery County 25% of the new positive cases included fully vaccinated people. In Mitchell County 17% of the new positive case were fully vaccinated and in Yancey County in ...(more)

NC Funding for Yancey County

On Thursday, November 19, Governor Roy Cooper signed the state budget into law providing much needed funding for investments in Yancey County. The monumental dollar amount from the state budget will go to fund many projects in Yancey County and is the result of collaborative discussions between NC Senator Ralph Hise, Representative Mark Pless, the Yancey County Board of Commissioners, County ...(more)

Community News

Give the Gift of Theatre

Wondering what to get your child for the holidays that isn’t another toy or device? How about the experience of theatre? Parkway Playhouse has just announced its junior programs and classes for 2022 and there’s something for everyone. Theatre gives the opportunity for children to connect and collaborate with others, team build, problem solve, and explore imaginative worlds away from the ...(more)

Mars Hill Theatre Arts and SART Present Two Holiday Productions

The Mars Hill University Department of Theatre Arts and the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) will present two co-produced events for the 2021 holiday season: “A Southern Appalachian Christmas Concert” and “A Christmas Carol.” Both productions will be presented in-person at Owen Theatre on the university campus, and “A Christmas Carol” also will be available in an ...(more)

High Peaks Leads Challenging Hike from Mt. Mitchell Summit Dec. 3

Fit hikers looking for a challenge are invited to join the NC High Peaks Trail Association on Friday, Dec. 3 for a 6-mile jaunt down the Mt. Mitchell Trail from the summit to the Black Mountain Campground. The outing will be open only to experienced hikers in top condition, as the trail is in rough shape with bad footing and a descent of nearly 4,000 feet that can be punishing on the ...(more)

Clothing Giveaway and Toy Pickup

There will be a Clothing Giveaway and Toy Pick Up Friday and Saturday December 10th and 11th from 9:00 am – 12 noon at Cub Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville.  If you need toys for your child’s Christmas call Angel Willis at 828-467-2462. ...(more)

Bailey Mountain Cloggers To Perform in Chicago Thanksgiving Parade

Fresh off their 29th national championship performance, Mars Hill University’s Bailey Mountain Cloggers are heading to the Windy City to showcase their dance skills for an international audience. Fifteen members of the team will be part of the American Clogging All-Stars group which will perform in the 2021 Chicago Thanksgiving Parade next Thursday. In addition to the Bailey Mountain ...(more)

Renovation Begins at The Orchard

Renovation has begun on the Olin Hefner Pavilion at the Orchard at Altapass. The first part of our “Bringing Back the Music” project is the construction of a ramp connecting the side walkway of the red barn to the pavilion. This will eliminate walking into the N.C. state road to get from one building to the other. Also, at a width of 5′, the ramp will provide smooth wheelchair ...(more)

School News

Mountain Heritage FFA Plant Sale

The Mountain Heritage FFA will be hosting a plant sale December 4th at the Craft Show in the Burnsville Town Center from 10 am – 3pm. Then again on December 6th and 7th at the Mountain Heritage High School Greenhouse from 3pm-6pm. They will be selling succulents and left over hanging baskets. ...(more)

Mitchell High School Foods I Students Earn Food Handler Certification

Students enrolled in Foods I now have the opportunity to earn a Food Handler Certification through ServSafe. Several students enrolled in Lynn Walker’s Food and Nutrition I course  scored 75 or higher on the ServSafe Food Handler test and earned their certification. Congratulations for completing this certification First row:  Gracie Boone, Vanesa Campos Mendoza,  Rebecca Burleson, ...(more)

Mitchell High School CTE Program Successful

On Friday, November 19, Mitchell High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) celebrated their first two years of successful implementation of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA). The CLNA is the basis for the CTE program at the high school level, where a leadership team made up of students, teachers, and community members came together to decide the goals of the CTE program. ...(more)

Business News

New Owner for Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC

Congratulations to Ali Talebi on the purchase of Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC in Spruce Pine, NC! Ali is shown here (from left) with Jay Palassis with GM Financial, General Motors Zone Manager Edward Bailey (Ali) and Ralph Vines, President of Advanced DMS who Co-Brokered the transaction. ...(more)

Duke Energy $25,000 Hometown Revitalization Grant

The Duke Energy Foundation has distributed $750,000 in grants to help local businesses across North Carolina adapt to the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic. Mitchell County is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to support local small businesses. “Since the Spring of 2020, our local businesses have been doing everything they can to survive the effects of the pandemic and have ...(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)