Girl Scout Day at Grandfather Mountain
Sunrise by Christina Brown
Night Creatures at Grandfather Mtn
Poplar Car Show – 8/28/21
Afternoon Sundown on Ray Mine Road by Sandy Ellis
Sunrise in Spruce Pine by Mike Honeycutt
Peregrine Falcon Nesting at Grandfather Mountain
Yancey Sheriff’s Office Summer Camp Successful
Opal Enjoying the Beautiful Flowers

Local News

Burnsville’s First EV Charging Station Installed

French Broad Electric has partnered with the Town of Burnsville on installation of Burnsville’s first ever charging station for electric vehicles. The Charge Point is located at 215 W. Main St in the Town of Burnsville Municipal Parking Lot and is capable of charging two vehicles at once. ...(more)

Foothills Conservancy Acquires 130 Acres in McDowell County

On Sept. 9, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina purchased 130 acres along N.C. Highway 80 and Buck Creek in McDowell County, between Marion and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The project, Sunnyvale Slopes, is named after the area’s once-thriving logging community, which, itself, is a Registered Natural Area through the N.C. Natural Heritage Program. The forested tract adjoins extensive Pisgah ...(more)

Railroad Scheduled To Be Closed for Repair

CSX Transportation has scheduled the crossing(s) listed below for closure and repair.  This will necessitate rerouting traffic.  Signage will be in place marking detour routes.  All crossings are generally closed anywhere from 2-5 days.  This can change, with or without notice, due to unforeseen circumstances.  Inclement weather could cause track maintenance delays or rescheduling.  ...(more)

Mitchell Transportation Grant to Fund Fixed Route

Mitchell County Transportation will use a $100,000 grant to fund a new “fixed route” in Spruce Pine. The grant from the National Rural Transit Community Rides Program, will increase mobility and access and help prevent people from having to walk long distances on a dangerous highway. Mitchell County Transportation got the maximum possible amount on this grant. They were one of only ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public. Library hours are Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. If you are feeling sick in any way, please do not use our      in-person library services; curbside services are still available upon request. We also strongly recommend that patrons of our library wear a mask or face covering for their safety and the safety of ...(more)

Master Gardener Program in Mitchell County

A master gardener program is coming to Mitchell County Cooperative Extension. Master gardener volunteers engage the community through education and outreach and answer questions about all types of gardening. Answers are based on the vast reservoir of horticultural knowledge and research developed by scientists at North Carolina A&T and North Carolina State Universities. Mitchell County ...(more)

Soup Bean Fundraiser Meal for Neighbors Feeding Neighbors

The Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry will be hosting a Soup Bean Fundraiser Meal Friday September 17th from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the ministry at 14 Jackson Town Road off Altapass in Spruce Pine in the old VFW building. They will have soup beans (with or without onions) cornbread, fried taters, mac and cheese and a dessert, all for $5 a plate with proceeds benefiting the ministry. ...(more)

Mt. Mitchell Street Rods Friday Night Cruise In

The Mt. Mitchell Street Rods hold another Friday Nite Cruise-In featuring classic cars and trucks, rat rods and motorcycles Friday, September 17th from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm in the Sav-Mor Parking lot in the Roses Shopping Center in Burnsville. It’s something they do on the 1st,  3rd and 5th Friday nights through October.   For more information call Gordon Higgins at 284-2951, Bill Anglin at ...(more)

School News

Mar Hill Ranked High Among Universities

Two national college ranking guides again have given Mars Hill University high marks. U.S. News and World Report lists Mars Hill among the top colleges in the south, as well as a strong performer in social mobility. Washington Monthly ranks Mars Hill among the top baccalaureate colleges in the nation and a “Best Bang for the Buck” among institutions in the southeast. In its 2022 Best ...(more)

After-School Program Starting Date

On Monday, September 20th, 2021, Yancey County Schools will begin the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) – Making Academic Gains in Children (M.A.G.I.C) Program. The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The program provides after-school and summer school academic enrichment opportunities for children to ...(more)

Business News

Orchard at Altapass Wins 2021 TripAdvisor Travel’s Choice Award

The Orchard at Altapass announced that it has been recognized by a TripAdvisor 2021 Travelers’ Choice award for Things to Do. “This award celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to visitors, having earned great reviews on TripAdvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, the Orchard stood out by continuously delighting visitors,” said ...(more)

Honey Comes To the Orchard at Altapass

      The Orchard at Altapass is happy to acknowledge they are dripping in sweet goodness and proud of it. Last year, the Deer Park® Brand sponsored Blue Ridge Parkway Association awarded the Orchard a grant that enabled the purchase of an additional six honeybee hives. This year, the Orchard is reaping the rewards and putting their honey on the shelves. Field manager and ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain welcomes new faces to its leadership team

Over the past couple of years, Grandfather Mountain has welcomed a few new, yet familiar, faces to its leadership team to direct the foundation into the future as it prepares to open the new Wilson Center for Nature Discovery in 2022. “Our mindset is to protect and preserve Grandfather Mountain for future generations,” said Jesse Pope, president and executive director of the Grandfather ...(more)