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Local News

Yancey School Board Hears Project Updates

(New: Public comment added) The regular monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education was held in the gymnasium of Burnsville Elementary School on Monday, September 18, 2023. Schematic Design Documents Architects Aubrie Donnellan and Josh Czerniak presented design proposals for the additions at Blue Ridge Elementary and Burnsville Elementary schools. These designs included general ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 9/24 – 10/1/23

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: Jason Hudson, 47 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy S. Davis arrested Hudson for failure to pay child support. He was issued $1,966.00 cash bond and scheduled to appear in court on 10/25/2023. Richard Campbell, 62 of Bakersville, NC. Lieutenant Detective A. Beam arrested ...(more)

Fox Report 9/29/23

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX Under the leadership of President Trump and his administration, there was no question as to whether there was operational control at the southern border – we knew that operational control was both established and maintained. Today, it’s a different reality, and one that’s extremely hard to stomach for every American. Contrary to the ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m. Tuesday and Thursday 9a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. Donations: The library is accepting donations of relatively new, clean books. Please DO NOT leave donations in the book drop. Bring them to the circulation desk or drop them off at the Book Cellar Annex on the square. Donations in the book drop overstuff the box and ...(more)

A Ceramics World at the Penland Gallery

“Very few contemporary potters mine clay close to their homes,” says renowned North Carolina potter Mark Hewitt. “Even fewer of them find slip clays and glaze materials nearby. Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish are in this rather exclusive company.” The hyper-local work of these Mitchell County artists is the subject of a room-filling exhibition at the Penland Gallery. Titled “Endless ...(more)

Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild Meeting

The Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet in the Burnsville Town Center on Thursday Oct. 12 at 6:00 for social time and business/program beginning at 6:30. This is the 25th year of the MPQG quilt guild and we have several community service projects with which we participate. Quilters can donate quilts to our local Veterans through our Hero Quilt program or to the Project Linus program for ...(more)

School News

National Publications Give Mars Hill University High Rankings

Two national magazines which publish respected college ranking guides again have given Mars Hill University high marks. For the second straight year, Mars Hill University ranks in the top 20 colleges in the South in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. The magazine also ranks Mars Hill as a top performer on social mobility, a “best value” school, and one of the best colleges for ...(more)

Business News

Ribbon Cutting for Family Medicine Office in Spruce Pine

The Clinic of Joshua Newton, PA-C held their ribbon cutting on Friday morning, September 22nd. The clinic has been open since August 8 and is located 167 Locust St, Suite 216,  in Spruce Pine. ( in the Dave Wylie Building above DT’s Blue Ridge JAVA and Cafe. ...(more)

United Community Bank Gives Yancey Humane $1000

Christy Shuford, Assistant Branch Manager of United Community Bank, presented the Yancey County Humane Society with a check for $1000. The check was awarded by The United Community Foundation in recognition of World Animal Day grant. ...(more)

Ribbon Cutting at L & L Furniture

A ribbon cutting was held Friday, September 1st at L & L Furniture for the grand opening of their new showrooms. L & L added two additional buildings to their store location on Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine. With the additional space they have added a larger display of outdoor furniture along with a line of Traeger and Green Egg grills. Another building will house the Discount showroom ...(more)