Successful Summer Food Program
Blue Sky Peeping Through by Becky Whitson
Rainbow Over Burnsville
Sunrise in Spruce Pine by Mike Honeycutt
Sunrise by Christina Brown
Night Creatures at Grandfather Mtn
Peregrine Falcon Nesting at Grandfather Mountain

Local News

Madison Man Charged with Murder in Bow & Arrow Shooting

Richard Eugene Towe Sr, age 51, of Madison County has been charged with murder after a fatal bow and arrow shooting Wednesday in Madison County. Towe was arrested and charged with felony murder for the death of Cody Jonathan Garrett. Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood said the incident happened the afternoon of Wednesday, September 22, on Upper Brush Creek Road near Madison Middle School. The ...(more)

Summer Food Program Partnership Feeds Yancey County Families

According to, in 2021 in North Carolina, 1 in 7 people and 1 in 5 children face hunger. Yancey County is not an exception to this need. Continuing to address this issue, Partners Aligned Toward Health, Dig In! Community Garden, Reconciliation House, and TRACTOR Food and Farms coordinated efforts with over a dozen additional agencies to provide healthy, nutritious produce and ...(more)

Yancey Schools Remain with Optional Masks

The Yancey County Board of Education voted Monday night to keep masks optional. Board Chair Edwin Fortner said that it wasn’t an easy decision board but they felt like it was the right decision to allow people to have a choice. School health officials told board members a mask mandate was the easiest way to reduce quarantines. According to Yancey County Schools, 182 people — staff and ...(more)

Carolina Mountain Truckers Show Raises $10,000 for St. Jude’s

The Carolina Mountain Truckers “Shining for St Jude” Truck Show raised over $10,000 for St Jude’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday, September 18th in Green Mountain. This is only the second year of the event. The first year they raised $2500. This year’s show featured 51 trucks, music, bar-be-cue and other activities. The event was held in honor of Megan Denise ...(more)

Legend Of Sleepy Hollow Coming to Playhouse

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is showing October 9-23, 2021 at Parkway Playhouse. Written by John Heimbuch, created in collaboration with Jon Ferguson, based on the story by Washington Irving, and Directed by Daniel Moore. This show features local actors Lily Bartleson, Alesa Bryant, Olivia Hensley, Mathew Harper, Hanni Muerdter, Jason Phillips, Strother Stingley, Dakota Whitehead, and Roberta ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 9/11 – 9/18/21

Arrest: Holly Nicole Harrell, 36 of Fork Mountain Rd., Bakersville, NC. Lieutenant S. Davis arrested Harrell for misdemeanor failure to appear in court on traffic related offenses and driving with driver’s license revoked. She was issued $1,500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 10/27/2021. Zoe Marie Bibides, 24 of Saddlebrook Dr., Rock Hill, SC. Captain R. Wiseman arrested Bibides ...(more)

Community News

Comedy Improv at Parkway Playhouse

Join comedy improv troupe Get the Hook on October 1-2, 2021 at 6:30pm at Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC! Under the direction of Kristen Donelle Livengood, Get the Hook is a troupe of teens who are no strangers to the script and demonstrate what they can do OFF-BOOK. They will keep you laughing as they play high-energy games based on suggestions from you—the audience. Current troupe ...(more)

Salute to Rev. Whiteside

Happy 32 years in Ministry to Rev. William Whiteside. His family, friends and church members at Vians Valley Presbyterian salutes his years of service and ask for your continued prayers for his ministry. ...(more)

Marion Native Serves Aboard USS Charleston

Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Adan Tomas, from Marion, N.C., conducts a jacket water concentration test in the mission bar aboard Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18). Charleston, part of Destroyer Squadron Seven, is on a rotational deployment, is operating in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations to enhance interoperability with partners and serve as a ...(more)

Crooked Arrow in Concert at Spruce Pine Moose Lodge

Crooked Arrow will be rockin the Spruce Pine Moose Lodge Chapter 1159 Saturday, September 25th at 8:00 pm.  Tickets will be $7 at the door with proceeds going to Moose Lodge Charities of Moose Heart and Moose Haven. The kitchen will be open until 9:30 pm. (*Remember, Friday nights are Karaoke Night at the Moose Lodge. Everyone is welcome to come have a good time.) ...(more)

Community Benefit Yard Sale for Wayne Harris

Community Yard Sale and Benefit for Wayne Harris. Saturday, September 25 at Pensacola United Methodist Church on Cattail Creek Road in Pensacola. 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Sponsored by Pensacola’s Loving Arms, a non-profit organization. 50% of yard sale proceeds will go to benefit Wayne Harris, who is battling Covid 19. All sales are based on donations by the buyer, with a few choice items ...(more)

School News

Bus Driver Training

Yancey County Schools will hold a Bus Driver Training Class Monday- Wednesday September 27-29th from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm each day in the Yancey County Schools Technology Building on the Burnsville Elementary Campus. Call 682-2167 to register. ...(more)

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)

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)