Baby Goats Frolicking….photo by Susan Glenn
Beautiful Quilt To Be Raffled
Two Colors of Roses on One by Becky Whitson
God’s Double Rainbow…photo by Becky Whitson
Wildflowers in Field….Photo by Sue McGee
75th Rhododendron Pageant Queens
Blue Ridge Elementary’s New Basketball Court
Look at those wings glow
Beautiful Pink Dogwood by Natasha Smith

Local News

Public Help Needed Spotting Turkeys

Officials with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking for the public’s help in reporting sightings of wild turkeys this summer. From July 1 to Aug. 31, 2022, wild turkey sightings can be recorded and reported to management biologists. This is to give the commission an indication of annual wild turkey productivity, gobbler carryover and population trends, all which help manage ...(more)

Triple Shooting Leads To 3 Dead in Avery County

  A triple shooting left three people dead Monday night, June 27th in Newland, according to the Burke County Sheriff’s office. Deputies received a call from a home on Rhododendron Run around 5:30 p.m. regarding a shooting. Due to the distance of the scene, which was close to the Avery County line, Burke County deputies requested assistance from the Avery county Sheriff’s ...(more)

Fish for Free in North Carolina on July 4

On July 4, anglers of any age or residency status will be allowed to fish without a license in North Carolina from 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Free Fishing Day, sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, is an annual event that was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 1994 and always falls on July 4. “Free Fishing Day was created to promote the sport of fishing,” said Christian ...(more)

Small Earthquakes Around WNC

The United States Geological Survey reported a small earthquake occurred early Tuesday morning on the east side of Hendersonville. The 2.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded about 4:12 a.m. near Barker Heights, about 2 miles east of Hendersonville, at a depth of about 5 miles. No damage was reported. Another quake shook the Weaverville area Saturday morning just after 1am. This one was recorded ...(more)

Yancey Sheriff Reminders for Safe 4th of July weekend

With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Yancey County Sheriff Shane Hilliard asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.   Traditionally during the July 4th Holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year.  The Sheriff reminds all Yancey County residents to follow the law and these safety ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 6/19 – 6/26/22

Arrest: Carrie Dawn Duncan, 30 of Bakersville, NC. Detective J. Masters arrested Duncan for felony possession of marijuana. She was issued $5,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court. Johnathan Travis Beam, 43 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy N. Bowman arrested Beam for failure to pay child support. He was issued $1,800.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 7/27/2022. Andrew Oneil Greene, ...(more)

Community News

SIZZLIN’ SUMMER SERIES – Rock Climbing Adventure

Adventure calls at this weekend’s Healthy Yancey Sizzlin’ Summer Series event. The series has 12 weeks of fun, family-friendly, free physical activity opportunities. We invite kids, families, and community members of all ages and skill levels to join us on Saturday, July9th from 10:00am-2:00 pm on the Burnsville Town Square. Come try your hand at rock climbing on the Town Square! ...(more)

Highland Games Return

LINVILLE, N.C. — The long and storied tradition that is the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games returns to MacRae Meadows beginning Thursday, July 7 and lasts through Sunday, July 10. This year’s iteration of the beloved and historic celebration of Scottish ancestry and heritage marks the 66th anniversary of the popular festival that brings a “wee bit o’ Scotland” to the High ...(more)

Author Presentation & Book Signing

The Mitchell County Historical Society in collaboration with the Wilma Dykeman Legacy presents An Evening with the Author Jo Ann Thomas Croom and Book Signing of her book “No Work in the Grave: Life in the Toe River Valley” Monday, July 11th at 7 pm in the Mitchell County Historic Courthouse in Bakersville. ...(more)

Drive Up Food Pantry

There will be a drive up food pantry at Micaville Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 1 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. It is sponsored by Grassy Creek, Newdale, and Micaville Presbyterian Churches. Just drive up to the side entrance. No information required. ...(more)

PBR Tryon Chute Out – June 24/25 (by Keith McCurry)

The PBR Team Series  inaugural season  stopped in Tyron June 24th and 25th and will culminate in a team playoff at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas November 4-6, 2022. The league launched with eight founding teams, each scheduled to host in their respective city an annual bull riding event and western lifestyle festival, building excitement and rooting interests in the sport: Ariat Texas ...(more)

School News

FFA Attends State Convention

Last week the FFA traveled to the 93rd annual North Carolina State FFA Convention and Expo. While there students explored college and career opportunities, met other FFA members from across the state and competed in various competitions. The results from the competitions are as follows. Agscience Fair Agscience fair is an event in which students work to solve an issue in agriculture by using ...(more)

Business News

Watauga Medical Center awarded Disease-Specific Care Certification for Chest Pain

Watauga Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification for Chest Pain by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The certification recognizes health care ...(more)

New Yancey The Quartz Corp. Facility Hosts NCDOL

On Friday, April 8, The Quartz Corp. (TQC) hosted N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) Commissioner Josh Dobson and Mine and Quarry Bureau Chief William Gerringer for a site tour of their newly renovated mining logistics facility located in Yancey County. The tour highlighted the upgrades to the facility that enhance safety technology and ensure safer working conditions. Gerringer was also ...(more)