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Local News

Stabbing in Madison County

According to Madison County Sheriff’s Office detectives a stabbing occurred in the Sandy Mush community Sunday, October 14th. The victim, Mark Surrett, was hit with a wooden gardening tool, a large rock, a splitting ax and stabbed with a knife. Apparently after the assault, Mark Surrett was taken to a fire department in Leicester. Detectives interviewed Christopher Glen Gentry about the ...(more)

Disaster Loans for Private Non-Profit Organizations

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that certain Private NonProfit organizations in North Carolina may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by Hurricane Florence.  Yancey County is the only county in our area that is eligible. ...(more)

Grant to Impact Outdoor Industry

Mitchell County is part of a $940,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to support outdoor equipment companies.  The Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization, known as POWER grants are congressionally funded initiatives targeting economic development. This award will add $787,000 in regional matching funds to further the outdoor industry across ...(more)

Mitchell High School Athlete Passes Away

Mitchell High School sophomore and junior varsity basketball player Seth McKinney, age 15,  died Tuesday evening, October 16th from complications of a birth defect.  McKinney suffered seizures and a stroke at his home on Tuesday and was flown to a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, where doctors tried to save him.  McKinney had two older brothers associated with the varsity football team. ...(more)

Early Voting Begins

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th and the deadline to register to vote in person for the election is November 3rd. Today is the first day of One-stop early voting.  There are two early voting sites in Mitchell County. In Bakersville it is at the Mitchell Board of Elections office located at North Mitchell Avenue.   In Spruce Pine the early voting is at the Spruce Pine Town Hall, South ...(more)

Community News

Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviors in Young Children–Free Workshop

A free workshop, Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviors in Young Children, will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Spruce Pine from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. All Caregivers, Parents, Grandparents, Foster Parents, Childcare Providers, School Teachers/Staff, Law Enforcement Officers, Community Agencies, and Community Members from Yancey, Mitchell and Avery ...(more)

Camp Funshine Aids in Helping Hurricane Florence Victims

With the Christmas season quickly approaching, we would like to help the victims of Hurricane Florence.  Please look through your homes to find gently used children’s clothes and toys you would be willing to donate.  These items need to be dropped off to Lucy Wilson at Maxim Healthcare Services, located beside The Subway in Burnsville, by December 3rd.  Members of Camp Funshine and our ...(more)

Spooky Tour Through Burnsville Investigating Murder, Mayhem, and Legend

The Yancey History Association invites you to join them for a free Spooky Tour through downtown Burnsville Sunday, October 28th at 2:00pm beginning at the Lloyd Bailey Annex at 3 Academy Street in Burnsville. They’ll be looking into the murder of Mont Ray on North Main Street and the last hours in the life of John Wilson at the Old Jail before he was hanged and will walk around town to ...(more)

33rd Annual Spruce Pine Kiwanis Club Fish Fry

The Spruce Pine Kiwanis Club will be hosting their 33rd Annual Fish Fry Friday, October 19th from 5:00-7:30pm at Harris Middle School.  Tickets are $10 and are available from any Kiwanis Club Member or by calling 828-385-2401. ...(more)

Pensacola Fall Festival

The Pensacola Fall Festival will be held Saturday, October 27th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Pensacola Fire Department. There will be lots of fun for all ages including cake walks, games and snacks. Costumes are optional. ...(more)

School News

Carousel Comes to Spruce Pine

A few weeks ago, arts teachers from both Mitchell and Yancey county schools met with artist Susan Garriques in the Toe River Arts Spruce Pine facility to learn the art of paper clay. Each of the participants was given a “glob” of paper clay, which they rolled, molded, and shaped. This community-funded program taught the technique and will provide them with the equipment and clay necessary ...(more)

Mitchell High Agriculture Students Tour Tater Hill Farms

On Tuesday, October 9th, Mitchell High students enrolled in Agriscience visited Tater Hill Farms owned by Terry and George Moffitt.  During this field trip students  learned about the diversity of the crops grown at Tater Hill Farms.  The farm actually has 18 varieties of potatoes that are being marked and sold at farmers markets and through TRACTOR. There were 16 students on the trip that ...(more)

MCC Gets Welding Career Started

The need for skilled welders continues to grow in Mitchell, Avery, Yancey and surrounding areas. Mayland Community College offers welding curriculum and continuing education training programs to help meet this employment need. MCC’s Welding Technology curriculum includes learning consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, ...(more)

Business News

Two Mayland Community College Students Intern at Altec

Two Mayland Community College (MCC) students received valuable on-the-job experience when they were the recipients of paid internships at Altec Industries, which is the leading manufacturer of truck bodies and lift utility equipment in North America. Electronic Engineering students Daniel Neff and C. J. Jobe progressed from state of the art classroom and laboratory simulations to actual real ...(more)

Yancey County Presents $50,000 Grant to New Urgent Care Clinic in Burnsville

This week Yancey County Commissioners presented Mercy Urgent Care CEO Tim Johnson and Chief Financial Officer Leah Singleton with a check for $50,000 in grant funds received by Yancey County from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  Grant funds are made available to counties through the state’s rural healthcare building reuse program.  Yancey County successfully applied for and ...(more)