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NC Wildlife Wants Your Input on Sunday Hunting

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission wants your input to help identify issues and options related to Sunday hunting on game lands. They have set up a survey, which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. It will be available through February 2 and is intended to help the agency better understand how the public uses and values game lands. Survey responses will also be used to inform ...(more)

High Peaks Trail Assoc. Receives Top Honor From NC State Parks

The NC High Peaks Trail Association received a top honor on January 16th from the NC State Parks System.  The award was given for exemplary contributions to NC State Parks’ mission of stewardship, public service and education. One of the group’s major contributions was to apply for and administer three grants worth $60,000 from the NC Division of Parks and Recreation for ...(more)

New Lighting Planned for Spruce Pine

The Town of Spruce Pine is set to receive all new lighting. Duke Energy has plans to add LED bulbs to all the streetlights in the Spruce Pine town limits. At the same time they will replace all of the existing fixtures and poles. Duke Energy will cover the majority of the cost with the town picking up around $2000 on the project. Town Manager Richard Canipe says some of the advantages of the ...(more)

Mitchell County Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing

The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners will be holding a public hearing on Tuesday, January 28th at 8:30 am in the Mitchell County Board of Commissioners’ Conference Room in the Administration Building at 26 Crimson Laurel Circle in Bakersville.  The public hearing is about expenditures for economic development purposes for the project titled “Bakersville Community Medical ...(more)

Sheriff Approves Patrol Vehicles at Church

Yancey County Sheriff Gary Banks has amended the patrol vehicle usage policy to encourage off-duty Deputies that wish to drive their issued patrol vehicle to their Church to do so. It is voluntary and left up to the individual Deputies. Given the tumultuous times, made evident by the public attacks on our way of life and our culture, particularly our Schools and Places of Worship, Sheriff ...(more)

Community News

Food Insecurity Open Discussion

The AMY Wellness Foundation will be hosting an open discussion about food insecurity Tuesday, February 4th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm in the banquet hall at the Cross Street Commerce Center at 31 Cross Street in Spurce Pine.  RSVP at amywellnessfoundation.org/news/. ...(more)

Kid’s for Christ Food Pantry

The Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry has started a “Kids for Christ” food pantry.  Any child or family with children can now stop by the ministry at 1353 Roan Road in Spruce Pine any Monday or Tuesday from noon-5:00 pm and get a children’s food bag. This is a bag of food that children can open and eat or heat in the microwave without having to cook or have an adult ...(more)

Coming Up at The Burnsville Town Center; Country Music, Wedding Expo

1/25 A Big Country Music Show A BIG COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW with DYLAN WILSON AND THE FIVE & DIMERS plus THE ALI RANDOLPH BAND Two Hours of Country Music & Fun. Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 7pm. 2/15 Burnsville Wedding Expo Say I do in the mountains of beautiful Burnsville, NC.The Burnsville Wedding Expo is coming to the Town Center February 15th, 2020 from 11am-3pm! Everyone is welcome ...(more)

Local Student Wins District American Legion Constitution Speech Contest

Jeremy Heidenfelder, 12th Grade Home School student, who resides in Green Mountain with his parents, Roland and Allyson Heidenfelder, won 1st Place in the American Legion District 24 competition held at American Legion Post 70 in Asheville Saturday, January 18th. In announcing the judges’ decision, the Commander of District 24 noted Jeremy’s overall score edged out his runner up from ...(more)

Dentist Coming to Mtn Heritage High

Mountain Heritage High School will have a dentist come to school February 12. There is no cost if the student has Medicaid or CHIP. Private insurance and affordable self pay options are also available. Parents can sign up online at www.MySchoolDentist.com. Or call Nurse Karen Brown to get a permission form. 682-6103. This dental care includes complete exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and ...(more)

Classic Film Club to Show Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”

The Classic Film Club has selected Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Vertigo” for their January screening Monday, January 27th at 7:00 pm at the Yancey Theatre. This 1958 masterpiece is considered to be one of Hitchcock’s greatest, if not the greatest, and according to Hitchcock himself his most personal one. This beautiful crafted film stars Jimmy Stewart as John Ferguson, a ...(more)

School News

Mitchell Works Speakers Present Career Information to Mitchell High Students

On Thursday January 16th, Mitchell High School graduates working in Mitchell County spoke to Mitchell High students about the new Mitchell Works program and its purpose.  A group of former graduates from Mitchell High School who are living in Mitchell County and employed locally talked to students about their individual stories and their journey from a Mitchell high school student to their ...(more)

Mars Hill University and AB Tech Community College Create Mountain Lion-Trailblazer Promise

AB Tech Community College graduates who want to continue their education with a bachelor’s degree now have a direct pathway to do so at Mars Hill University. Mars Hill President Tony Floyd and AB Tech President Dennis King signed paperwork this afternoon creating the Mountain Lion-Trailblazer Promise: A Direct-Entry Admission Program. The program will streamline the process for AB ...(more)

Dentist Coming to Mtn Heritage High

Mountain Heritage High School will have a dentist come to school February 12. There is no cost if the student has Medicaid or CHIP. Private insurance and affordable self pay options are also available. Parents can sign up online at www.MySchoolDentist.com. Or call Nurse Karen Brown to get a permission form. 682-6103. This dental care includes complete exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and ...(more)

Business News

Burnsville/Yancey Chamber Welcomes New Member Tarheel Motors

Burnsville/Yancey Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Tarheel Motors located at  383 West US Hwy 19 E Bypass, Burnsville. Call 828-682-4004 or 208-9878. Owners Darrin and Dawn Thompson invite you to find your next quality pre-owned vehicle at Tarheel Motors, tarheelmotorsnc.com. ...(more)

Dogwood Health Trust Announces Board Member Departures, Committee Appointments made in 2019

In accordance with their Commitment Letter to the Office of the Attorney General, the Dogwood Health Trust Board of Directors bid farewell to two Buncombe County directors and appointed eight new non-Board members to committees at its December board meeting. Per the agreement, two of the Board members who reside in Buncombe County agreed to not seek re-election at the expiration of their term ...(more)

Altec Industries Receives Award

EDC Press Release The Yancey County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce Altec Industries, Inc. as the 2019 recipient of the North Carolina Manufacturing Leadership Award in Economic Development and Emerging Markets. The award was presented at the North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s 2019 MFGCON event held at the Benton Convention Center in ...(more)