hhrhodo Rhododendrons In Bloom Throughout Our Area
caceywoodward_raccoon Raiding the kitty dish….photo by Cacey Woodward
img_8898 Solar Storms Create Beautiful Skies in Western NC (more)
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cf-6 Crabtree Falls…photo by Shayna Harris
groundbreaking Burnsville Elementary School Addition Groundbreaking
april Indigo Bunting in Newdale….photo by April Truett

Local News

Foxx Report – 5/17/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX The misadministration and operational rot at the southern border go much deeper than you may think. In a bombshell report published on May 12th, it was revealed that top executives at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that operate at the southern border are receiving billions in taxpayer dollars with minimal oversight. During his ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff’s Felony Arrest Report 5/10 – 5/16/24

(Press Release from Yancey County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Whitley Danielson Owensby 29 years old, of Bakersville, NC was arrested on 05-10-2024. Owensby was arrested for Felony Larceny of Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor Failure to Return Rental Property Issued out of Yancey County. Owensby was also served with Felony Warrants Issued out of ...(more)

Second Republican Primary

The vote was yesterday in the second Republican Primary. Two races were on the ballot, the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor between Hal Weatherman and Jim O’Neill and the Republican nomination for state auditor between Jack Clark and Dave Boliek. In Mitchell County the voter turn out was just over 3%. In Yancey County, just over 3.5%. In the Lieutenant Governor race around 80% of ...(more)

Community News

Kivette’s New York Paintings at Yancey Library Gallery

For nearly a half-century at his Painting in the Mountains Studio established in 1966, Everett McNeill Kivette welcomed and inspired students as had his mentor, nationally-known artist Frank Stanley Herring at his Burnsville Painting Classes. Everett’s body of work from 1953 to the early 1960s while living in New York’s Greenwich Village, then on Long Island, and finally in Upper Manhattan ...(more)

Toe River Arts Spring Studio Tour

If you haven’t already done so, mark your calendars now for the Toe River Arts Spring Studio Tour coming right up on May 31 -June 2, 2024, from 10am – 5pm each day and don’t forget the “Meet the Artists” reception on May 31 from 5:30-7:30. This year’s tour features over 90 artists and 10 galleries spread throughout Mitchell & Yancey Counties. Our talented Toe River Arts artist ...(more)

Conner Birchfield Honored by Mitchell JCPC for His Service

Graduating MHS Senior Conner Birchfield, center, was presented with honor cords to wear with his cap and gown by Mitchell County Schools Resource Officer Justin Biddix, left, and Juvenile Justice Chief Court Counselor John Troy Autry, right. All three are voting members of the Mitchell JCPC. The cord recognizes Birchfield’s service to his local JCPC while a student at Mitchell High ...(more)

Rhododendron Ramble at Grandfather Mountain on May 25

Grandfather Mountain, the not-for-profit nature park run by the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, is welcoming guests to celebrate the beauty of this season by partaking in our Rhododendron Rambles, a series of guided strolls that showcase the park’s blossoming rhododendron and other native species. The easygoing rambles take place at 1 p.m. daily May 25 through June 2. These ...(more)

The Union Spy Who Helped Create Mitchell County’s Mining Industry

The Mitchell County Historical Society invites you to join us on Tuesday, June 4th at 7 pm in the Mitchell County Senior Center for an exploration of the county’s mining history. Our June program will tell the story of how industrial mica mining took root in Mitchell County, thanks to the good fortune, vision, and determination of a couple of men from New York and Massachusetts. In 1896, ...(more)

Harvest Share

A free walk-up produce market will be held on Wednesdays, 10 am-noon at the West Burnsville Baptist Church starting Wednesday May 29th and continuing through the growing season. Everybody welcome. It’s a collaboration of Dig In! Yancey Community Garden, Rec House, and TRACTOR. This year we are also collecting kitchen scraps from the community for our Compost Program! Be sure to stop by the ...(more)

School News

Mitchell Seniors Enjoy Health Careers Event and Senior Lunch on May 10th

For the event, seniors were able to visit the booths set up outside and talk to a variety of health career businesses eager to share job opportunities and valuable career information. It was a fantastic way for our future graduates to network and discover their potential in the industry.  After students toured the booths, the celebration continued with a fun-filled senior appreciation lunch, ...(more)

Mitchell High Students Participate in SECU “Reality of Money”

On Monday, May 6th, students during each block at Mitchell High School participated in SECU’s Reality of Money Event, provided by Mitchell CTE and the SECU.  For the event, State Employees Credit Union staff, and school and community volunteers helped students walk through a financial simulation where they paid bills for a month using a fictional career and monthly income. They were ...(more)

Health Science Students Earn OSHA Healthcare Certification

Students enrolled in Mitchell High School’s Career and Technical Education Health Science Classes recently earned their OSHA Healthcare certification. After learning the curriculum about healthcare safety and infection control procedures, students completed an online OSHA safety course. The course provides training for entry-level workers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and ...(more)

Business News

Barn Charm Holds Grand Opening at New Location

Barn Charm held their Grand Opening at their new location on Saturday, April 27th! A large crowd turned out to enjoy the celebration. Barn Charm is now located at the old Fox Country Store at 680 West Main Street in Burnsville, the store is filled with all the great items from the Barn Charm and now lots more! You will find handmade furniture and Dainty candle rings, florals, candles, home ...(more)

The Ambered Jack Restaurant Opens For Business

Friday, April 26th, The Ambered Jack opened their doors for a “soft” opening serving family and friends both that night and Saturday. Hours  at the new restaurant are 11 to 9 Tuesday through Saturday. The food is outstanding with pizzas, pastas, subs, salads, wings, and nightly specials plus a line of desserts (see menu below). The Ambered Jack name is a throwback to the late 60s ...(more)