Woody catches some breakfast…photo by Calvin Campbell
Barred Owl on Roan Mountain by Andrea McKinney
Join Fight Against Cancer

Local News

Yancey County Board of Education Seeks Input On Superintendent Search

This is an exciting time for our community.  As the Yancey County Board of Education searches for a new school superintendent, one of the first tasks is to determine the qualities desired by the school board, school staff, and the community.  Finding the right person for our school system – one who will lead us to increased successes as well as honor and embrace our community – is ...(more)

Attorney General Does Not Object to HCA Purchase

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says he does not object to HCA Healthcare’s acquisition of the Mission Health System’s assets. The announcement was made during a news conference in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon. Stein said in a news release, “As a result of extensive negotiations with the Attorney General’s Office, HCA has strengthened its commitments to ...(more)

Marion Couple Accused of Swindling Residents of Six Counties

Husband and wife log home builders are now in custody accused of bilking residents in six counties of millions of dollars and fleeing the area. Detective Van Williams of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 50-year-old Del Jon Bristol Jr. and 46-year-old Serena Stamm Bristol, address listed as Pepperwood Drive in Marion, each with one count of embezzlement and five counts of ...(more)

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early

Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. Benefits would normally be available to families between the 3rd and 21st of February. “We are working closely with county departments of social services and our federal partners to ensure participants and ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain Experiences One of Wettest Years on Record

2018 made a splash on Grandfather Mountain. As per the recording site at Grandfather’s Nature Museum, where the park’s naturalists gather daily records, some 123.62 inches of precipitation fell on the mountain last year. “That’s 10 feet of water!” said Amy Renfranz, director of education for the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, the nonprofit organization that owns and ...(more)

Community News

Toe Cane Beekeepers Associations’ First Meeting for 2019

Toe Cane Beekeepers Association will welcome fellow member and top-bar beekeeping expert Christy Hemenway as our speaker at the first meeting of the year, Feb. 26, 2019.  The meeting will be at the United Community Bank in Burnsville and begins with a pot-luck dinner at 6 p.m. Christy is a bee business owner, an author, a teacher and a speaker. She founded Gold Star Honeybees in Bath, Maine, ...(more)

March 1 Deadline to Apply for North Carolina Arts Council Grant Funding

The North Carolina Arts Council’s 2019 grant guidelines for organizations are now available atwww.NCArts.org. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 1. The N.C. Arts Council’s grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the arts infrastructure that reaches into all 100 N.C. counties, to enhance the education of children and youth, and to ensure that all North ...(more)

2019 Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force Meetings

The following is a list of the Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force meetings. All meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. January 08 noon-1pm –Public Meeting Yancey   March 12 noon-1pm – Public Meeting Mitchell   May 14 noon-1pm –Public Meeting Yancey   July 9 noon-1pm – Public Meeting Mitchell   September 10 noon-1pm – ...(more)

School News

Yancey County Board of Education Seeks Input On Superintendent Search

This is an exciting time for our community.  As the Yancey County Board of Education searches for a new school superintendent, one of the first tasks is to determine the qualities desired by the school board, school staff, and the community.  Finding the right person for our school system – one who will lead us to increased successes as well as honor and embrace our community – is ...(more)

Summer Wilson Makes Dean’s List at Brevard College

Summer Wilson makes Deans List at Brevard College. She is the daughter of Shane and Vanessa Wilson. She’s a 2018 graduate of Mountain Heritage, is studying pre med, will be playing softball for Brevard, and is slated to graduate in 2022. ...(more)

MLK Day Events Planned for Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University has scheduled a full day of events to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21, 2019. Classes are canceled for students, with a series of educational and service activities happening on- and off-campus. The day’s events are coordinated by the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 9 a.m. – Students will gather to ...(more)

Business News

Wells Fargo Foundation Award to High Country United Way

On December 13th Wells Fargo Foundation presented a $47,000 grant to High Country United Way. HCUW was awarded this grant by Wells Fargo Foundation to support programs in the High Country that meet a mutual goal of helping people lift themselves out of poverty and attain self-sufficiency. This will provide life changing opportunities for many residents of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, Avery, ...(more)

Altec Associates Volunteer Service at Cane River Park

Nearly 50 associates from Altec spent two days last week volunteering at Cane River Park.  These workers contributed over 800 combined man-hours clearing the park of storm debris, repairing fencing and other improvement projects at the popular park damaged by flood waters from the remnants of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Altec management approached County Manager Nathan Bennett with the ...(more)

First Grant Award through New Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

The Yancey Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce the first grant award made under the newly adopted Burnsville Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program initiated by the EDC earlier this year.  “I’m very pleased to announce the first grant made through Yancey EDC’s new Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Samantha Robinson, the proprietor of ...(more)