Hike With High Peaks
Amazing Sunset Over Burnsville…photo by Amy Brown
Unusual Clouds by David Wheeler
Bosc pears growing in the Jacks Creek area
Spruce Pine Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival Moved to October 8th
Click there’s more! photo by Mike Fox
Photo by Becky Whitson
Heads Or Tails?
Serve Mitchell County: Work In Elections
Beautiful Quilt To Be Raffled

Local News

Yancey Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Producing Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney Dena J. King has announced that Joshua Andrew Phillips, 33, of Burnsville, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. Upon his release from prison, Phillips will be subject to a lifetime of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. Ronnie Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in North Carolina ...(more)

Dogwood Health Grant Makes Yancey First in State With Heavy Equipment Classes

(Press Release) Yancey County Schools (YCS) is thrilled to announce that Heavy Equipment Operator Classes will be offered beginning in the Spring of 2023! YCS will be the first school system in the state to have heavy equipment on-site for students to practice on and gain real world experience.  Students will receive safety training, assignments on virtual simulators, and then be able to hone ...(more)

Spruce Pine Boil Water Advisory–Rescinded

System Pressure Advisory! The water consumers of the Town of Spruce Pine, in Mitchell County, are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to maintenance to a water pump station.  The  area affected includes: Highway 19 E, from Beaver Creek Road to Franklintown Road (including all connecting side roads.) Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 9/25 – 10/2/22

Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Arrest: Rachel Lutz, 39 of Goldsboro, NC. Lieutenant Detective A. Beam arrested Lutz for misdemeanor simple possess SCH II controlled substance and possess drug paraphernalia. She was issued $2,500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 10/5/2022. Ronnie Lee Watson, Jr., 40 of Bakersville, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Watson for felony ...(more)

Community News

National Fire Prevention Week

Double Island Volunteer Fire Department wishes to remind everyone that October 9th thru 15th is National Fire Prevention Week. National Fire Prevention Week has been observed since 1922 to promote awareness and to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 in which over 250 people lost their lives and over 24,000 structures were destroyed. The Great Chicago Fire also lead to the birth of our ...(more)

Red Cross October Blood Drive Announcement

Properly prepare to donate blood on Tuesday, October 18th at Higgins Memorial Methodist Church and help save lives Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need. Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience. The community is invited to help ...(more)

AMY Wellness Foundation Update

Dear Friends, With Fall upon us and the first cool breeze of the season in the air, we welcome the opportunity to gather together with our loved ones. The autumn harvest has always been a time of plenty; where we celebrate the hard work of summer and prepare to settle into a period of rest and replenishment. As we move into this period of celebration, our ...(more)

Silver Anniversary Celebration of Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild

In 1997 thirteen local quilters met at First Presbyterian Church and formed the Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild.  The Thursday October 13 meeting of the Mountain Piecemakers will be a Silver Anniversary Celebration. We will be bringing covered dishes for the meal, and mini quilts made to honor the occasion.  There will be historical photos and we hope that everyone who has been part of the ...(more)

School News

Dogwood Health Grant Makes Yancey First in State With Heavy Equipment Classes

(Press Release) Yancey County Schools (YCS) is thrilled to announce that Heavy Equipment Operator Classes will be offered beginning in the Spring of 2023! YCS will be the first school system in the state to have heavy equipment on-site for students to practice on and gain real world experience.  Students will receive safety training, assignments on virtual simulators, and then be able to hone ...(more)

Rebecca Fox Named Yancey County Schools Principal of the Year

Congratulations to YCS 2023 Principal of the Year, Rebecca Fox! “I am honored to be selected as the YCS Principal of the Year. Leading a school is not the job of one person, but of many. I am blessed to work with a group of teachers, staff, and students that share my desire to embrace the challenges of hard work while maintaining a positive attitude each day. As a Rebel family we strive to ...(more)

Business News

Building Outdoor Communities Program Launch

The WNC: MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership has launched the Building Outdoor Communities Program that is focused on capacity building, technical assistance, training, connectivity, and education for communities seeking to advance their outdoor economy goals.  Mitchell County has been placed at the top of the list and is one of the first five counties to start the program along with ...(more)

The Orchard Welcomes Sam McKinney As Sustainability Coordinator

Sam McKinney has joined the Orchard at Altapass family of employees as its first Sustainability Coordinator following his two years as a member of the Orchard’s board of directors. In this position, he will assist with planning and implementing development strategies, which will support operations and mission-focused programs. He’ll network with area communities to create opportunities to ...(more)

Blossman Gas & Appliance Open House

The people at Blossman Gas & Appliance are used to taking care of their customers in all kinds of weather so the didn’t let the bad weather on Saturday, September 10th  stop them from holding their big Open House which included free food samples and hotdogs, a band, a bouncy house for the kids, free giveaways and prize drawings. WKYK/WTOE broadcast live for the event and people came ...(more)