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Local News

Mountain Bike Pump Track Set To Open at Brad Ragan Park

The official grand opening a of a new mountain pump bike track at Brad Ragan Park in Spruce Pine is Saturday, May 22nd. All ages are welcome to bring bikes and helmets and tryout the new track. This is the first track of this kind in Mitchell County. The Thickets mountain bike pump track is located at shelter #3 at Brad Ragan Park,  293 Laurel Creek Court in Spruce Pine. A pump track is an ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 5/9 – 5/15/21

Arrest: Mickey Burns, Jr., 37 of 65 River Hill Dr., Marion, NC. Detective A. Beam arrested Burns for felony possession of methamphetamine. He was issued $6,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 5/19/2021. Rosa Tina-Marie Gray, 33 of 228 Valley View Rd., Bakersville, NC. Lieutenant S. Davis arrested Gray for misdemeanor injury to personal property and simple assault. She was issued 48 ...(more)

SEARCH Receives Foundation Support

Two local foundations have given grant support to SEARCH, Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare, this spring.  After four years as an all-volunteer organization, SEARCH has expanded to become a nonprofit organization with a 13-member board of directors and ambitious goals.  A grant from the AMY Wellness Foundation will provide for hiring part-time personnel to handle some basic ...(more)

New Principal at Mitchell High School

Mitchell High School has a new principal.  Dylan Johnson will be the next leader of the Mountaineers. According to a report from the Mitchell News Journal – Online Johnson, who is entering his eighth year in education, will take over for Mark Woody, who is retiring after 13 years as principal at Mitchell High. Johnson will officially begin his duties on July 1. Johnson comes to Mitchell from ...(more)

Community News

Toe Cane Beekeepers May Zoom Meeting

Toe Cane Beekeepers is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting Tuesday May 25th at 6:30 pm.  The guest speaker will be Ana Heck. Ana Heck is Michigan State University’s Apiculture Extension Educator. She began working with honey bees in Nicaragua, and then she worked with the University of Minnesota Bee Squad and Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology. Her role ...(more)

American Red Cross Blood Drive

A blood drive with the American Red Cross is scheduled for Thursday, May 20th from noon-5:00 pm at Bolens Creek Baptist Church, 19 Heavenly Lane, Burnsville.  Schedule your appointment by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767. ...(more)

Community Awareness Concert and Panel Discussion

A Community Awareness Concert and Panel Discussion spotlighting the issues of domestic violence and child abuse will be held Saturday, May 22nd  on the Burnsville Town Square.  The concert will be from 9:00 am – 10:00 am with a panel discussion on the issues with a Q&A from 10:00am- noon.  The event is being organized by several concerned pastors from several local churches and ...(more)

Wieland Awarded Toe River Arts Scholarship

Toe River Arts awards art scholarships each spring in amounts that range from $500 to $1000. Awards are given to a graduating high school senior or an adult continuing their education. Applicants must be from Yancey or Mitchell County and must be pursuing a degree in higher education majoring in any of the arts or arts education. This year, Toe River Arts is excited to congratulate recipient, ...(more)

Kids and Teens Can Get Creative this Summer at Penland

Penland School of Craft is gearing up for summer! Young people can revel in the creative process while safely distanced in the open air of the back porch of Penland’s Ridgeway building. Younger children can create characters and craft them into puppets with fanciful backgrounds then act out their stories with Selma; or explore the traditions of Appalachia through story, song and crafting ...(more)

Benefit Yard Sale

The Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry will be holding a benefit yard sale Saturday May 22nd from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at the ministry located at 14 Jackson Town Road off Altapass in Spruce Pine in the old VFW building. It will be held rain or shine and the money raised from the yard sale will help purchase food and personal care items for the families the ministry serves.  For more ...(more)

School News

“Cruz Thru 2021: Cruise the Main” Graduate Parade

Due to the pandemic, graduation ceremonies at Mountain Heritage High School on June 5th will once again have restricted access and will not have the traditional packed house of family members showing their love and support for the graduates.  To compensate for this, and to show the graduates the love and support of our community, a “Cruz thru 2021: Cruise the Main” graduate parade ...(more)

Mitchell High Horticulture Students Pass NC Pesticide Certification

Three students enrolled in the Mitchell High School CTE Horticulture II course sat for, and passed, the NC Pesticide Certification Exam on May 4th, 2021. The passing of the exam affords them the ability to obtain their NC Pesticide Applicators License through the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. This is not an easy exam to pass and the Mitchell High CTE Department is ...(more)

FFA Students Help Create Butterfly Garden

On May 14, FFA President, Olivia Biddix and Vice President, Ivy Lin assisted 2nd grade students from Gouge Elementary School in the planting of a butterfly garden planter box. The butterfly planter box was constructed by students in Mr. Huggins Agriculture education Department at Mitchell High School. The box can be seen by taking a walk down the Creek Walk in Bakersville.It is located ...(more)

Business News

First 2021 Grant Award through Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

  The Yancey Economic Development Commission announces the first 2021 grant award made under the Burnsville Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program.  “I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Lamp Post Vintage Market, a new business located on West Main Street in Burnsville.  The business is a new ...(more)

AmeriHealth Caritas Contracts with Mission Health to Serve NC Medicaid

AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina and Mission Health Partners announced that they have signed a contract that will allow AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina’s Medicaid managed care members to receive care from Mission Health Partners’ hospitals, physicians, and other affiliated providers. AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina is a prepaid health plan that is slated to begin serving North ...(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)