Keith McCurry got this beautiful photo Wednesday 9/19 on White Oak.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Calvin Campbell took this after Thursday’s rain
Appalachia History at Toe River Arts Gallery in Burnsville
“Bang Up Jobs—Furniture and Paintings” in Spruce Pine

Local News

Williams Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On September 18th,  Nathan Eugene Williams was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, felony possession of methamphetamine, and resisting a public officer.  In addition to being a registered sex offender, Mr. Williams was also identified by the District Attorney’s Office as being a habitual felon.  Because of his habitual status, his sentence was enhanced.  Senior ...(more)

Mitchell Designated HUBZone

The United State Small Business Administration has officially designated Mitchell County a HUBZone. HUBZone stands for Historically Underutilized Business Zones. Both   Spruce Pine and Bakersville have been designated HUBZones. What this means is that any business located within these zones that produces products will get preference in government contracting.  Potential and current ...(more)

Avery County Tree Going to The White House

One of the top honors as a Christmas tree grower is to have one of your trees chosen to be used in The White House. One of the growers that will achieve that high honor this year is Larry Smith, owner of Mountain Top Frasier Fir in Newland. The White House will select its Blue Room Christmas Tree at Mountain Top Fraser Fir farm at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 24th. For those who want to attend, ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Report 9/12 – 9/19/18

JEFFREY CARROLL, 53 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/13/2018 Carroll is charged with;  Non Support Of Child In Mitchell County KAYLA LEANNE PITTMAN, 21of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/13/2018 Pittman is charged with;  Simple Assault Communicating Threats NICHOLAS SHERMAN ROOSEVELT PITTMAN, 19 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 09/13/2018. Pitman is charged with;  Assault On A ...(more)

How To Report Storm Damage in Yancey County

Yancey County Emergency Services Director Jeff Howell has released the following statement: Please understand there is no guarantee that you will receive any amount of assistance from FEMA regardless of the extent of your damage. If FEMA does declare a disaster AND Yancey County qualifies, it could take many months before you receive compensation. If you have damages to private property such as ...(more)

Presnell Takes Over Tax Collector Office in Mitchell County

Jessie Presnell has been named Mitchell County Tax Collector. At a special meeting of the Mitchell Board of Commissioners last Thursday, September 13th, commissioners unanimously approved Presnell to replace Brian Garland, who resigned from the position after nearly 20 years. Commissioners also unanimously approved Sandra Burleson as deputy tax collector. ...(more)

Community News

Chocolate Sensation: A Season Celebration

Our 72nd Parkway Playhouse season has almost ended and it’s time to celebrate! Kick up your heels, get ready to party, and bring your sweet tooth to our 2nd Annual Chocolate Sensation and Season Celebration on Friday, October 12 from 6:30 to 8:30.  We invite you to spend a decadent evening with staff and board members.  The evening will feature entertainment by the young, up and coming ...(more)

Yancey Humane Society “Tails on the Town” Benefit Auction Big Success

The Yancey Humane Society had their Benefit Auction, “Tails on the Town”, last Saturday night at the Town Center. It was a huge success! Our community came out to support us and we raised over $15,000. This goes a long way to continue all of the programs we offer for homeless and stray critters in Yancey County. ...(more)

High Country United Way Helping Communities Affected by Hurricane Florence

High Country United Way continues to assist our neighbors in need. To aid in this effort, the UWHelpsNC Fund has been established to help High Country residents respond to immediate, and long term, storm and flooding relief requests by local agencies in the areas affected by hurricane Florence. Donations can be made by texting UWHELPSNC to 41444, going to or ...(more)

Weizenblatt Gallery To Host Randy Shull Exhibit

Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University will host an exhibition of Asheville artist Randy Shull’s work from September 26 to November 2, 2018. There will be a reception on Wednesday, October 3, from 6-8 p.m. It’s almost impossible to put a label on Shull’s work. For over 25 years, he has been working at the intersection of architecture, landscape design, furniture design, and ...(more)

Funshine Fall Festival

The Annual Fall Festival for Funshine Campers will be held Monday, September 24th from 4:45pm-7:30pm at the Burnsville Town Center. Food will be served at 5:00pm and campers are invited to gather for fun, fellowship, food and games and entertainment. For more information call Lucy Wilson at (828)385-0211. ...(more)

School News

Mars Hill Theatre Arts Department Presents “All In the Timing”

Mars Hill University’s theatre arts department kicks off its 2018-19 performance season with “All In the Timing.” Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, September 27-29, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, September 30. “All In the Timing” is a collection of one-act plays by American playwright David Ives. The short plays are mostly comedies ...(more)

Yancey County School Bus Driver Training Class

There will be a School Bus Driver Training Class held September 24th – 26th at the Yancey County Schools Board of Education Office located at 100 School Circle in Burnsville.   The class will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  Please contact the Yancey County Schools Transportation Department at 682-2167 if you have questions about getting your school bus license!   ...(more)

Early Childhood Students at Mitchell High School Learn About Careers & Resources

On August 29th students enrolled in the Early Childhood I and II-Honors at Mitchell High School traveled to the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children and the Mitchell County Head Start Headquarters. This trip allowed students access to information and resources from the Partnership that are available to help enhance the lives of children age birth to five in our area. They also learned about ...(more)

Business News

Westside Rental Open House

Tuesday, September 11th was Open House at Westside Rentals in Burnsville. All Husqvarna hand held equipment 20% off that day. Free lunch served for everyone plus great deals all day long. Chad Gainey made three beautiful woodcarvings all using Husqvarna chainsaws. Pictured is the bear in progress. Husqvarna’s  legendary performance and reliability, innovative features and ...(more)

Mission Health Announces 2019 Grant Award Recipients

Mission Health’s Community Investment Program is awarding more than $965,000 in funding to a diverse group of 24 western North Carolina agencies, in a joint effort to improve the health and well-being of our 18-county region. The 2019 focus areas for the grants are based on the top priority needs identified through the Community Health Assessment process, which takes place locally in each of ...(more)

Burleson Plumbing’s 70th Anniversary Celebration

Bureleson Plumbing’s 70th anniversary celebration held on August 10th was a huge success! Lots of friends and customers stopped by along with many of the store’s vendors to wish the Burelseons many more years of a successful operation. Over 250 meals were served and lots of prizes given away. Burleson’s was begun in 1948 by Lloyd Burleson. His brother Howard joined him shortly ...(more)