Wednesday evening sunset over Black Mountains..photo by Calvin Campbell
Deer in MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain
Fall beginning to arrive…
Winners of the Best Honey Contest
“Bang Up Jobs—Furniture and Paintings” in Spruce Pine

Local News

Good Economic News for Mitchell County

Good economic news for Mitchell County with both Spruce Pine and Bakersville adding several new businesses. Spruce Pine Main Street has been working to redevelop downtown Spruce Pine with the two separate building purchases and renovations. One of those renovations, in the old McCall’s building,  will be the new home of Poppy’s Wildcraft, a natural herb and gift store and La ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Report 10/10 – 10/17/18

MICHAEL LAWRENCE METCALF, 55 of Mars Hill, NC was arrested on 10/10/2018 Metcalf is charged with; Carrying Concealed Gun Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Mitchell County TODD MILLER WILLINGHAM, 42 of Kinards, SC was arrested on 10/10/2018 Willingham is charged with; Extradition/Fugitive Other State Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Avery County Failure To Appear On Misdemeanor For Avery ...(more)

Marijuana Found in McDowell Students Vehicle

Deputy Jason Cook of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged a 17-year-old student with possession of marijuana on school grounds. On the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, Deputy Cook and Sgt. Greg Stevenson used K-9 Jaz to conduct a drug sniff of random vehicles in the parking lot of McDowell High School. Jaz alerted to a car being driven by the student. Inside the trunk, authorities ...(more)

Avery County Scheduled Power Outage Changed

The scheduled power outage for Saturday, October 27th in Avery County, has been postponed to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday November 10th.  The outage will impact 14,500 customers over much of Avery County including the following communities: Cranberry, Minneapolis, Banner Elk, Sugar Mountain, Grandfather, Montezuma, Linville, Pineola, Crossnore, Jonas Ridge, Newland and Linville Falls. The outage is ...(more)

Stabbing in Madison County

According to Madison County Sheriff’s Office detectives a stabbing occurred in the Sandy Mush community Sunday, October 14th. The victim, Mark Surrett, was hit with a wooden gardening tool, a large rock, a splitting ax and stabbed with a knife. Apparently after the assault, Mark Surrett was taken to a fire department in Leicester. Detectives interviewed Christopher Glen Gentry about the ...(more)

Disaster Loans for Private Non-Profit Organizations

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that certain Private NonProfit organizations in North Carolina may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by Hurricane Florence.  Yancey County is the only county in our area that is eligible. ...(more)

Community News

Fish Fry at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church

To  support missions Higgins United Methodist Church  will be serving fish, beans, slaw, hush puppies, drinks,  and dessert on Friday, November 3 from 4-7 p.m. at the Church, located at 101 N. Main Street in Burnsville. Cost is $10 for adults with half price for children six and under. You may eat in or carry out; please call 682 2835 or 284 0101 for more information. Please come out and ...(more)

Connect @ Your Library

ONGOING EVENTS: BOOK CLUB: The club meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month @ 10am. The book for November is White Houses by Amy Bloom. STORY TIME: Now on Thursdays at 11:00AM with stories and movement activities for the kids. EVENTS IN OCTOBER: In October, join us on Saturday mornings for Little Wigglers: Toddler Time Yoga. These sessions will take place on October 20th, and November 10th at ...(more)

Veterans Need Volunteers to Drive to Appointments

For the near future, Jerry Miller will be the coordinator for the Veterans Transportation System (VAN) which transports veterans to the Charles George VA hospital and other authorized medical appointments.  It is sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 57 of Yancey County. You can reach Jerry at 828-208-2486. Please provide at least 48 hours’ notice if you need a ride. The ...(more)

Murder Mystery: Murder in the Moonshine

A local treasure hunter, known for his underwhelming finds, is hosting a roaring twenties themed dinner event to celebrate locating a treasure that’s been hidden for ninety years. He claims to have found the stash of a Chicago gangster who bought moonshine at the Nu Wray Inn speakeasy during prohibition. What’s in the stash? No one knows! In attendance are several heirs to both the ...(more)

Fall Festival and Car Show

There will be a fall festival and car show at Fairview Baptist Church on October 27th from 2pm until dark..bring out cars, trucks, old cars, motorcycles, and doon buggies.  There’ll be trophies for 1st place in each division, corn hole tournament, bouncy house, tons of games, and lots more for kids, bluegrass gospel music and free food.  Come have a day of family fun and fellowship. ...(more)

School News

Carousel Comes to Spruce Pine

A few weeks ago, arts teachers from both Mitchell and Yancey county schools met with artist Susan Garriques in the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine facility to learn the art of paper clay. Each of the participants was given a “glob” of paper clay, which they rolled, molded, and shaped. This community-funded program taught the technique and will provide them with the equipment and clay necessary ...(more)

Mitchell High Agriculture Students Tour Tater Hill Farms

On Tuesday, October 9th, Mitchell High students enrolled in Agriscience visited Tater Hill Farms owned by Terry and George Moffitt.  During this field trip students  learned about the diversity of the crops grown at Tater Hill Farms.  The farm actually has 18 varieties of potatoes that are being marked and sold at farmers markets and through TRACTOR. There were 16 students on the trip that ...(more)

Business News

Two Mayland Community College Students Intern at Altec

Two Mayland Community College (MCC) students received valuable on-the-job experience when they were the recipients of paid internships at Altec Industries, which is the leading manufacturer of truck bodies and lift utility equipment in North America. Electronic Engineering students Daniel Neff and C. J. Jobe progressed from state of the art classroom and laboratory simulations to actual real ...(more)

Yancey County Presents $50,000 Grant to New Urgent Care Clinic in Burnsville

This week Yancey County Commissioners presented Mercy Urgent Care CEO Tim Johnson and Chief Financial Officer Leah Singleton with a check for $50,000 in grant funds received by Yancey County from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  Grant funds are made available to counties through the state’s rural healthcare building reuse program.  Yancey County successfully applied for and ...(more)