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Local News

Mission Health Implements Universal Masking

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – April 2, 2020 – Mission Health announced that all staff and providers in all patient care areas will now wear masks, expanding their use beyond suspected or positive COVID cases. Masks will be optional only for staff in non-patient care areas who can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet aside from brief interactions with colleagues. “Our top ...(more)

COVID-19 Friday Update

As of Thursday at 11am NC is reporting 1,857 Presumptive and Confirmed cases of COVID-19. 16 deaths statewide and 83 of the 100 counties have at least 1 reported case. 42% of those infected are between the ages of 25-49. Now there are reports that the virus can be spread by those who have the virus but DO NOT have any symptoms, which is why staying at home as much as you can is so ...(more)

More Restrictions in Mitchell County State of Emergency

The NC stay at home order states that local counties may have stricter restrictions that override the NC law and Mitchell County has made some changes. Mitchell County Commissioners have enacted additional restrictions in an update to the State of Emergency. Beginning at 6 pm on Sunday April 6th all lodging facilities are required to close. That includes RV parks, vacation cabins and Air-BnBs ...(more)

Neglected Horses Ready For New Homes

In October of last year, Mitchell County Animal Rescue assisted Mitchell County Sherriff’s Department with the removal of four horses, three dogs and 30 cats from a home in the Buladean Community after an anonymous tip about the animals’ poor conditions was made. Nearly six months later, two of the horses are ready for their forever homes. Black Beauty is a six-year-old Walker mix mare. She ...(more)

How’s “Stay at Home Working Out”

Since the Governor’s order earlier this week to Stay at Home.. How’s that been going? One company said the answer is being provided by cell phones. And the study shows North Carolina could be doing a lot better when it comes to social distancing. Unacast uses location data to look at clusters of people in the same spots at the same times. It then compares that information to information ...(more)

Community News

Yancey County Courthouse

Yancey County Courthouse Services will be by appointment only beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. The Yancey County Courthouse will operate on a normal schedule and staff will be available to assist you. ***Please call and make an appointment before you come**** Courthouse Phone Numbers County Managers Office 828-682-3971 Finance Office 828-682-3819 Clerk of Court- 828-678-5700 District ...(more)

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Drive Thru Meal

The Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry invites you to their next Drive – Thru Community Meal, Saturday, April 4th from 2 until 4 at Central Baptist Church, Oak Avenue in Spruce Pine.  When you arrive you will be directed in to the Parking Lot, don’t get out of your vehicle, someone will ask how many meals you need and they will bring them out to your car.  Be patient, it may take ...(more)

Help Save Our Honey Bees: Swarming time is upon us

As springtime temperatures encourage the blooming of fruit trees and wildflowers, so too are the warmer days of April and May a time for honey bees to perform their amazing and sometime terrifying  habit of swarming. If you’ve ever witnessed a basketball-sized cluster of loudly buzzing bees, you may have been tempted to call the exterminator.  Please don’t!  Instead, call your ...(more)

School News

Yancey County Schools

Yancey County Schools will be observing Spring Break for all staff and students the week of April 13-17, 2020. There will be no remote learning nor food deliveries during this week. Families can utilize the following resources for food pick up during this time: Reconciliation House 682-7251 Yancey Community Center 682-6011 Yancey Feed-A-Child 284-0316 Charity House Mission 678-0726 Dig In! ...(more)

Mitchell County School’s Message to Parents & Students

Parents and Students…This is a reminder that if you have not checked in with your teachers and are not completing assignments, you need to do so as soon as possible. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has approved these days as remote learning days. The only students exempt are seniors that were passing their high school classes at the end of the 3rd 9 weeks. All students, ...(more)

Mitchell County Public Schools Victim of Ransomware Cyber Attack

(Press Release from Mitchell County Schools) On Friday, March 27th, 2020, Mitchell County Public Schools learned that it was the subject of a ransomware cyber attack. The school district’s technology team immediately started assessing damages and executing safeguards to contain the attack and prevent further incidents. The technology department also contacted the proper authorities, who ...(more)

Business News

Mercy Urgent Care Offering Fit-testing for N95 Respirator Masks

Mercy Urgent Care is now offering fit-testing for N95 and other respirator masks in an effort to help medical professionals, essential employees and at-risk individuals stay safe in these unprecedented and trying times. Whether you’re an employer or an individual needing a respirator mask for work, Mercy welcomes you to take advantage of its respirator mask fit-testing services, performed ...(more)

RHA Behavioral Health Offers Tele-Health Services

RHA is considered crisis walk-in center for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency in McDowell County.  In normal conditions, our office is open to walk-in crisis traffic from 8-5, Monday-Friday.  Community crisis intervention is always available 24/7/365 thru our Mobile Crisis Management team, by calling 1-888-573-1006.  Individuals will be screened by phone to ...(more)

AMY Wellness Foundation is New Chamber Member

The Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce would like to Welcome new member Amy Wellness Foundation. Located at 31 cross St, Ste 266 Spruce Pine, NC.  Amy Wellness Foundation works with other nonprofits and organizations in our communities through capacity building, financial support and collaboration. Working together to build and improve culture of health.  For more information call ...(more)