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Local News

Yancey School Board Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education was held in the gymnasium of Burnsville Elementary School on Monday, February 19, 2024. Orr Building Update Superintendent Kathy Amos reported that she had met with members of the YCS Facilities team and Josh Young from Young & McQueen to review plans for the new building. The new building expansion will be 6,000 sq ft to ...(more)

Yancey Property Tax, Occupancy Tax and Veterans

At the Yancey County Commissioners meeting Chairman Jeff Whitson reminded the public about facts of the revaluation process. He stated that by law the county must do a revaluation at least every 8 years. A non biased third party conducts the assessment. Commissioners have no control over the values set and can only set tax rates based on fair and equitable standards. He stated that the ...(more)

McDowell County Couple Wins Big Jackpot

When Alvin Turner of Nebo saw he hit the jackpot in Monday’s Cash 5 drawing, he had to show his wife the $624,134 prize right away.Turner said, “I woke her up. I thought I was reading it wrong.” Turner bought his lucky $1 Quick Pick ticket from KG’s Quik Stop on Rutherford Road in Marion. The odds of matching numbers on all five balls playing Cash 5 are 1 in 962,598. After required ...(more)

Madison Wildfire

The North Carolina Forest Service reported a fire in Madison County early Tuesday afternoon. The Dan Branch Fire had grown to about 60 acres Wednesday and was threatening several structures. According to the Forest Service fire website, the blaze was 60 percent contained Wednesday afternoon. North Carolina Forest Service District Forester Trent Duncan said the fire is threatening 13 ...(more)

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Chemical Truck Accident on NC 226 – Update

The spill from the truck accident at Buladean has been contained. Rotator and pumper trucks are on the scene. The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital by Mitchell Medics. There were no immediate exposures. Citizens near the accident have been notified of the accident and spill. There has been a chemical truck accident on NC 226 in the Buladean community around 11 a.m. this ...(more)

Mountain Community Health Partnership Expansion Project

Mountain Community Health Partnership (MCHP), a leading healthcare provider in Mitchell and Yancey Counties, announces the acquisition of 105 acres for its expansion project. The newly acquired land will be the future site of an integrated health clinic providing expanded primary care, behavioral health, and dental services and will serve as MCHP’s headquarters. Anticipated to break ...(more)

Community News

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Art Contest to Promote Drug-Free Living

Cane River middle schoolers are choosing their passions and personal interests over drugs and alcohol. This chapter of Youth to Youth, an after-school youth empowerment program of Partners Aligned Toward Health (PATH), hosted a school-wide art contest this past fall during Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s longest running substance use prevention campaign. The artwork submitted by Cane River ...(more)

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Quilt Workshop in Burnsville Town Center April 10

Looking for a fun, easy strip pieced AND precut friendly project? Juxtaposition is it! Using one 10” square stack and two background, create a dynamic quilt! While you won’t finish the entire project in a single workshop, you will get a LOT of it done and be able to quickly finish at home! Tammy Silvers, instructor, from Tamarini’s in Georgia will be presenting the pattern, ...(more)

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Winter Coat Giveaway

The Beacon Center of Spruce Pine will host another winter coat giveaway (and other clothing items to keep you warm) in the Fellowship Hall of the Spruce Pine United Methodist Church (11090 NC Highway 226) in Spruce Pine. We have warm coats and winter clothing for men, women, and children. ...(more)

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Fundraising Yard Sale

Mitchell County Senior Center will have a yard sale in their Library at the Ledger site. Donations will be sold a low prices. Sales go to help pay for activities that the center provides to the seniors of Mitchell County. There is a sofa and good large tent and many other unique items. The date for this sale is Thursday the 29th of February from 9 til one pm, ...(more)

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Dig In! to Compost This Year

This month, Dig In! Yancey Community Garden announces the launch of a new community composting initiative. The local nonprofit organization is best known for growing and sharing food so that everyone can eat well. Thanks to a grant by the Mountain Air Community Fund, this spring they will build composting infrastructure at the primary Dig In garden in West Yancey. The system will be a place to ...(more)

School News

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NCWorks Career Advisor Offers Sessions to Mitchell CTE Classes

As part of CTE Month, April Jones, Career Advisor with NCWorks Career Center, was asked to present a session on “What Employers are Looking For” to multiple CTE classes at Mitchell High School on February 14th.  April shared information on what employers are looking for in employees and how students need to learn how to build their skills and represent themselves in a positive way ...(more)

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Mitchell FBLA and HOSA Students Get Outside at Beech and Sugar Mountain

On February 7th, Mitchell High School FBLA and HOSA CTE student organizations took 42 students to Beech and Sugar Mountain to ski, snow tube, ice skate, and learn about careers related to this industry.  This trip was provided by Go Grants, written by Katy Grindstaff and Taylor Hughes.   Students were given the option to do all three activities or pick and choose.  While not on the slopes, ...(more)

Business News

The NuWray Hotel Begins Operations in the Carriage House

Since purchasing the NuWray Hotel in October 2021, James and Amanda Keith have been working on a full-scale restoration of the National Landmark property, the oldest continuously operating hotel in North Carolina. The Keiths also purchased the 1925 Carriage House building at 7 S. Main St., just behind the NuWray Hotel, and have begun operations in that adjacent location with rooms for rent on ...(more)

Yancey EDC Grant to Burnsville Candle Company

“I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Burnsville Candle Company, a new downtown Burnsville retail store located at 132 West Main Street.  This grant marks the fifth DEAP grant announced by the Yancey County Economic Development Commission in 2021 and marks a record number for grants given in a single year to ...(more)