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Local News

Some Yancey 911 Calls being Routed out of State

Yancey County emergency services officials said some 911 calls are not going directly to the county’s call center. Emergency Services Director Jeff Howell said they first learned about this issue when they got a call from a 911 center in Utah. Howell said this affects Country Cablevision customers who use VOIP, or calls over the Internet. He said in those cases, calls could go to Utah ...(more)

Foothills Conservancy Purchases 220 Acres for Bobs Creek State Natural Area in McDowell County

On Oct. 30, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation closed on the purchase of 2,200 acres in McDowell County in the second phase of land acquisition for Bobs Creek State Natural Area. The first phase of the project, about 1,500 acres, was purchased in January 2019. The third and final phase is expected to be completed by the end of ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 11/2 – 11/11/19

Kameron Allen Calloway, age 26, 71 Calloway Creek Ln. Newland, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Calloway for failure to appear in court on reckless driving offense. He was issued $500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 12/4/19. Justin Bradley Johnson,  age 31, 331 Fox Den Ln. Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Johnson for Misdemeanor fail to pay child support. His purge payment ...(more)

Cane River and Ray Court Park Meeting Updates Held at Yancey County Cooperative Extension

Thursday, November 14th at 1 PM, at the Yancey County Extension office, Jeff Howell, Yancey County Emergency Management Coordinator and Loren Deyton, Yancey County Parks and Recreation Director will lead a discussion on the reconstruction of the berm at Cane River Park and the renovation of Ray Cort Park. 2020 will be a busy time as both parks will be making substantial improvements. Cane ...(more)

Upcoming Yancey Commissioners Meeting Tuesday, November 12

The Yancey County Commissioners regular monthly meeting will be held tomorrow evening at 6 pm instead of tonight due to Veterans Day. On the agenda for that meeting, besides the usual business matters, there will be comments on the proposed animal ordinance for Yancey County and the NC Dogs Laws. After comments it is expected the commissioners will vote on the ordinance. At last month’s ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Felony Arrest Report 10/23 – 11/6/19

ALANNA ANN CARROLL, 38 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/23/2019 Carroll is charged with; 3 Felony Counts Of Possession With Intent To Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Schedule III Controlled Substance 3 Felony Counts Maintain Place For Controlled Substance   DIAMOND GLADYS DONES, 36 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/29/2019 Dones is charged with; Felony Possess Schedule II ...(more)

Community News

Spruce Pine Main Street Holiday Open House

Join us as we kickoff the holiday season with a fun-filled day supporting local merchants! Spend the day downtown grabbing those holiday gifts and enjoying holiday activities in the park. Special sales and merchant goodies await. Be sure to stop by the Welcome Station to grab a cup of cocoa and register for the Frasier Fir Tree giveaway before you begin your day. Finish your shopping with the ...(more)

Arthur Morgan School Scholarship Benefit

AMS Scholarship Benefit is Friday, November 22, 2019 at the Burnsville Town Center starting at 6 pm. Some highlights of the event include: The Holiday Marketplace with over 170 art objects priced under $100, plus certificates for dining, outings, theater, etc. Silently auctioned student/staff work crews. A Flash Mob performance to signal the transition to the farm-to-table dinner. And, a Live ...(more)

Annual Farm City Awards Breakfast

The Annual Farm City Awards Breakfast will be held, Thursday, December 5th at 7am at the Burnsville Town Center.  The breakfast celebrates those individuals, farmers, educators, youth and businesses that make Yancey County a wonderful place.  This year the breakfast will feature local products from local farmers and businesses.  The menu will feature local eggs, sausage, grits, potatoes and ...(more)

School News

FOR THE LOVE OF READING- Yancey County Schools Book Drive

Yancey County Schools is holding a book drive to grow classroom libraries and media centers. We want to create an even stronger literacy rich environment and encourage students to find a love of reading by giving them choice in their reading options. As author Kelly Gallagher says in his book Readicide, “…if we are to have any chance of developing a reading habit in our students, they ...(more)

Mitchell Food and Nutrition Students Learn How to Make Bread

On Friday November 1st Brian Bullis, parent of Food and Nutrition II student Garrett Bullis visited the class to demonstrate making yeast bread. Mr. Bullis talked to the kids about why making bread from scratch was so worth the time and effort.  Brian shared with the students his passion for making homemade breads and learning new recipes. He demonstrated the correct technique to measure and ...(more)

Mars Hill University Half Price Tuition

School superintendents from four Western North Carolina counties visited Mars Hill University on Monday, November 4, 2019, to formalize a new scholarship program. The Local Lion Promise guarantees scholarships covering at least half the price of tuition for students from Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey counties. Buncombe County Superintendent Tony Baldwin, Madison County Superintendent ...(more)

Business News

Mission Health Increases Minimum Wage for Staff

As of October 2019, HCA Healthcare will be implementing an enterprise-wide minimum wage of $12.50/hr. At Mission Health, this will be an increase from our current division-wide minimum wage of $11.00/hr. At this time, only employees who are below the new range minimums will be adjusted. The Federal minimum wage is $7.25. “At Mission Health, we value our colleagues and will continue to invest ...(more)

Aldridge Eye Institute Welcomes An Additional Doctor

Aldridge Eye Institute welcomes Dr. Thuc Moore, who will be joining Dr. Charles Aldridge and Dr. Jennifer Smith in providing excellent eye care for their valued patients! Dr. Thuc Moore was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in the town of Fort Mill, SC. She received her undergraduate degree at the College of Charleston in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She graduated summa ...(more)