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Local News

Toe River Health District COVID-19 Update 9/26

CoVID numbers as of today. (9/26) Avery County: Community: 0 new positive community cases, 203 positive community cases, 187 recovered in the community, 15 community members active, and 1 community death. The prison had 0 new positive cases. 13 inmates are active, 159 recovered. Yancey County had 4 new positive cases today which puts them at 230 positive cases, 213 have recovered and 16 active ...(more)

Mitchell County Schools Reopening Update

(News release from Mitchell Schools) Mitchell County Schools Board of Education met on Friday, September 25 to reevaluate and revise the 2020-2021 school reopening plan.  The time-line for returning our middle and high school students is outlined below: October 5th, 2020 No change in K-6 schedule All 7th and 8th grade students will return to school on an A/B schedule. Mondays and Tuesdays- ...(more)

Yancey County Felony Arrest Report 9/10 – 9/23/20

GRADY HARLEY GREENE, III, 44 of Morganton was arrested on 09/10/2020 and charged with Driving While Impaired, Felony Flee/Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, and Resisting Public Officer. LAWRENCE WILLIAM MORRIS, 35 of Cherokee was arrested on 09/17/2020 and charged with Failure to Appear on Felony, and Extradition/Fugitive Other State. JESSICA LYNN CRAIN, 38 of Burnsville was arrested on ...(more)

McDowell County Woman Charged in Drug Death

McDowell County deputies  have charged Melanie Phillips  with death by distribution. Apparently Phillips sold drugs to a woman who was found dead in May of this year. According to authorities, 52-year-old Danica Freeman, was found dead in her home on Charlie Drive in Marion on May 19th. While investigating  fentanyl was found in Freeman’s home. An autopsy revealed it contributed to ...(more)

Food and Nutrition Services Scam

Apparently some Food and Nutrition Services or Food Stamp  recipients are receiving text messages on their cell phones stating, “your FNS case is about to close, click on the link to keep it open.” An alternative text may also state “you were chosen to receive food stamps or SNAP.”  This is a scam and an attempt to obtain the FNS recipient’s personal information. ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public by appointment only. Only ten people will be allowed into the building at one time. All patrons visiting the library branches are required under Executive Order No. 147 to wear a cloth face covering. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Library hours will be limited to Monday-Friday 10a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturdays 10a.m. to12pm. This allows ...(more)

Pennies for Patty Benefit Fundraiser

You’re invited to the “Pennies for Patty” Benefit planned for Saturday October 10th at 11:00 am at West Yancey Fire Department.  Dine on Barbecue with all the fixings, enter your car in the car show for $5, enjoy games, entertainment from various groups and more all to raise money for Patty Garland who has been diagnosed with cancer. She is the wife of Rev. David Garland.  ...(more)

Collaborative Summer Food Program Partnership Feeds Yancey County Families

The Summer Food Program is a collaborative effort of over 20 partner agencies that provides healthy, nutritious produce and shelf-stable food to children and families in Yancey County. In July and August of this year, the program provided 5 weeks of food assistance to 158 families (including 283 children). This was made possible thanks to 128 volunteer hours and 405 hours of partner staff ...(more)

Community Housing Coalition Impacting Lives

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro The Yancey County Community Housing Coalition is collaboration between agencies, churches, civic and volunteer organizations, working together to improve the quality of housing for low-income populations.  Since February 2020, the Coalition has been working to streamline and coordinate the delivery of ...(more)

School News

Yancey Superintendent Weekly Report 9/25/20

Superintendent Weekly Update from the desk of Kathy Amos September 25, 2020 As we prepare for our students return on October 5, I appreciate everyone working together to meet the needs of our students and employees. We know that school will look different for our students as they return to health screenings, wearing masks and social distancing. However, the spirit of life long ...(more)

Mitchell County Schools Reopening Update

(News release from Mitchell Schools) Mitchell County Schools Board of Education met on Friday, September 25 to reevaluate and revise the 2020-2021 school reopening plan.  The time-line for returning our middle and high school students is outlined below: October 5th, 2020 No change in K-6 schedule All 7th and 8th grade students will return to school on an A/B schedule. Mondays and Tuesdays- ...(more)

Business News

New Surgeon at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Ashley Badger, M.D. Dr. Badger, a general surgeon, is welcoming new patients at 189 Hospital Drive on the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital campus. “I am excited to join the Mission family, and grateful for the opportunity to serve Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and McDowell counties and beyond,” said Dr. Badger. Dr. Badger specializes in the ...(more)

Cruz Life Center Open

Cruz Life Center is open and considered as an essential service. Taking new appointments, call 828-682-6157 Currently open Monday – Thursday Our mission is to help as many people as possible to get healthy and stay healthy with natural health care solutions. We do offer many natural vitamins and herbs to help boost your immune system during these times. These are the supplements we ...(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)