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News from Congressman Chuck Edwards

This administration’s policies continue to hurt Americans and destroy our communities, while illegal immigrants benefit from those policies that incentivize and reward lawlessness. America is grieving for the family and friends of Laken Hope Riley, a nursing student who was brutally murdered by an illegal immigrant. And there are many similar stories from around the country where someone ...(more)

Mitchell FFA Awarded Program Improvement Grant

The Mitchell High School FFA Chapter has been awarded a $15,000.00 program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.  These funds will be used to replace old and broken greenhouse table. During its 2023 grant cycle, the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awarded a grant valued at more than $300,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation for the North ...(more)

Madison County Man Arrested for Animal Abuse

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office reported that James Bassham was recently arrested following the discovery of multiple deceased animals at a residence in the Wolf Laurel community. The investigation was initiated after the sheriff’s department received a report of potential animal abuse. Deputies conducted a search of the property and uncovered two deceased Pyrenees dogs, six dead ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 2/25 – 3/3/24

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: Anthony Allen Whorten, 37 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Whorten for failure to appear in court on misdemeanor charges. He was issued $500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 4/10/2024. Matthew Colonel Ledford, 56 of Bakersville, NC. Detective J. ...(more)

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McDowell Coach and Counselor Jailed on Sex Charges

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has reported a McDowell County high school staff member was taken into custody and charged with sexual misconduct with a minor who is also a student. Bond was set at $600,000 for 29 year old Jessica Patrick Finley. Finley was taken into custody and booked in the McDowell County Detention Facility around 11:25 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28th.  Finley’s ...(more)

Community News

2024 Summer Resource Guide Call for Activities

Are you ready for a summer full of excitement? Partners Aligned Toward Health and our Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force, are gearing up for the 2024 Summer Resource Guide! The guide is a free publication distributed online and in local schools that helps families find free or low-cost activities for children to do during the summer months in Mitchell and Yancey counties. You can be a ...(more)

Women Invited To Hear Rev. Billy Graham’s Nurse

Higgins Methodist is excited to have Barbara Blankenship as the keynote speaker Friday, March 15 at 7pm. She will be at Higgins Methodist sharing some of her experiences while serving as Rev. Billy Graham’s nurse. Women of all ages, 16 to 106 and beyond, are invited to join us for a time of inspiration and opportunities to make connections with other women in our community. If you need ...(more)

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Parkway Playhouse Summer Camps

Fun is taking center stage in our 2024 Summer camps! Whether your student is interested in being on stage, helping backstage, or shining offstage, we’ve got a camp for everyone this year! Find Out More & Register MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE CAMP June 3-7 (10am-4pm) For ages 12-18 Taught by Melanie Veazey $200 Performers will ...(more)

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Food Giveaway at Mt. Pleasant Food Pantry

The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Food Pantry will be hosting another food giveaway Friday, March 8th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church at 151 Scronce Creek Road in Burnsville.  Anyone who wants the food is welcome to come. Just call 828-536-0130 when you get there to let them know you’re there and someone will load the food in your car without you having to get out ...(more)

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Grandfather Mountain January 2024 Weather Report

LINVILLE, N.C. – January 2024 saw quite a bit of snowfall on Grandfather Mountain, as well as some blustery conditions, according to data recorded at the park’s official weather reporting stations. The average high temperature for January 2024 was 34.30 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of 20.64 degrees and a mean of 27.47 degrees. The warmest temperature recorded last month was 53.2 ...(more)

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Spruce Pine Alien Festival Coming June 8th

Over 20k UFO and Alien Enthusiasts descended upon downtown Spruce Pine NC in 2023 looking for signs of Extraterrestrial life forms. The Spruce Pine Alien Festival is nearly a Mile long and has over 175 Artists, Crafters, Alien Merchandise, Free Alien Music Festival being held all day at the Milk Way Music Stage Presented by High Country Arms and the Skyline Village Hotel, Bands will blast ...(more)

School News

Mitchell FFA Awarded Program Improvement Grant

The Mitchell High School FFA Chapter has been awarded a $15,000.00 program improvement grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.  These funds will be used to replace old and broken greenhouse table. During its 2023 grant cycle, the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission awarded a grant valued at more than $300,000 to the North Carolina FFA Foundation for the North ...(more)

Mitchell County Schools Announces Principal Assignments

Mitchell County Schools has named principals for the 2024-25 school year in preparation for the opening of Mitchell Elementary School and Mitchell Middle School. Mitchell Elementary School (Grades 3-5)- Mrs. Kristie Autrey will serve as Principal of Mitchell Elementary School.  She is currently the principal of Deyton Elementary School.  Mrs. Autrey has 24 years of experience in education ...(more)

Business News

Mitchell Foundation To Close Downtown Store

The Mitchell County Development Foundation has announced the closing of their downtown store, The Market on Oak, located at 262 Oak Avenue. The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce has been located inside the Mitchell County Development Foundation’s building for many years. The Chamber has decided to relocate their offices to the Mitchell County Visitor Center so as to access the 70,000+ ...(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)