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Friday Morning on Mt Mitchell
Dedication of Charters of Freedom Monuments
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Mitchell Art Showcased at Toe River Arts Gallery
Snow on the Mountains
Local Student Wins District American Legion Constitution Speech Contest
Saturday Morning Sunrise Worth Getting Up For…by Calvin Campbell
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Local News

Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce Forum Playback

This past Tuesday evening with around 160 in attendance, Mitchell County was able to hear from 10 of the candidates running for the position of Mitchell County Commissioner.  The candidates were questioned by: Brian Barrier with the Blue Ridge Christian News, Brandon Roberts with the Mitchell News Journal and Bruce Ikard with WTOE. Questions poised included those submitted by members of the ...(more)

Special Burnsville Town Council Meeting

A Special Burnsville Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th at 2:00 pm in the boardroom at the Burnsville Town Hall to consider adoption of a Resolution for Notice of Award, adopt a project ordinance, and authorize signature for the United Community Bank loan closing documents for the Fire Department’s building project. (official news release) ...(more)

Special Meeting of the Town of Burnsville’s Planning Board

A Special Meeting of the Town of Burnsville’s Planning Board is scheduled for Monday, March 2nd at 6:15 pm in the upstairs boardroom at the Burnsville Town Hall to consider proposed zoning and sign ordinance amendments and conduct a design review of Randy Bank’s project on Longview. (official news release) ...(more)

Candidates Forum Tonight

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates forum on Tuesday, February 18th for all candidates seeking the office of Mitchell County Commissioner. The event will be held at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville at 6 PM.  We look forward to seeing you there! ...(more)

New Asset Mapping Project

Mitchell County has been selected by NCGrowth of the Kenan Institute at the University of North Carolina, to conduct an outdoor recreation asset mapping study. This project will consist of an inventory of businesses and industries related to outdoor recreation. It will also include recommendations for marketing and strategies to attract visitors and additional businesses. If you would like to ...(more)

Hickory Springs Micaville PlantTo Close

After 50 years of operation in Micaville, it has been confirmed that the Hickory Springs innerspring mattress plant will close. In a telephone conversation with Darrell Bryant, Vice President of Human Resources for HSM, the parent company of Hickory Springs Manufacturing, on the morning of 17 February 2020, Yancey County Economic Development Director Jamie McMahan received formal confirmation ...(more)

Community News

Yancey County Arts in Education Showcase

The Yancey County Arts in Education Showcase will go on display at the Burnsville TRAC Gallery at 102 West Main Street beginning Saturday, February 22nd and continuing through March 21st.  The exhibit celebrates the creative achievements of our students and will feature over 100 works of art created by Yancey County students in public and private schools.  The Toe River Arts Gallery is open ...(more)

Vegan Supper Club

Vegan Supper Club, hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, meets at 6:00 pm on the first Monday night of each month with the next one scheduled for Monday, March 2nd.  It is a new small group of people seeking other folks who are experienced vegans, and folks who are interested in learning more about a Whole Food Plant Based, healthy living lifestyle.  It makes a pleasant evening- one ...(more)

Parkway Playhouse Audituions

Auditions for Parkway Playhouse’s 2020 Mainstage Season will be held on February 22nd (10am-4pm) and 23rd (1-5pm) at the Mountain heritage Center in Burnsville, NC. Volunteer, professional, and semi-professional actors are encouraged to attend. Those auditioning will be considered for the following productions: Into the Woods, The Savannah Sipping Society, Matilda the Musical, Murder On the ...(more)

Learn How to Monitor Streams

Attend stream monitoring training and learn to identify aquatic insects! Want to protect WNC’s streams? This workshop trains adults (high school and up) in water quality monitoring methods. Topics include basic stream ecology, how to report water quality problems, aquatic insect identification, and stream sampling skills. No experience necessary! Donations accepted but not required for ...(more)

Grandfather Mountain 2020 schedule of events

A new decade brings new experiences for guests to enjoy at Grandfather Mountain in 2020. With a mission to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain, the nonprofit nature park and its staff are readying for an eventful year. “2020 is going to be a remarkable year on Grandfather Mountain,” said Frank ...(more)

School News

Mars Hill University President Strengthening Ties With Local High Schools

A small, close-knit campus environment; an affordable, quality education, close to home; and supportive relationships with faculty and staff are just some of the reasons that local students should consider seeking higher education opportunities at Mars Hill University, according to president Tony Floyd. This was the message that Floyd brought to students as well as administrators and faculty at ...(more)

Business News

Homeplace Beer Company Ventures Into Major Expansion

The highly anticipated new location of Homeplace Beer Company brewery and taproom will open February 3 at 321 West Main Street in quaint Burnsville, NC. The hometown brewing operation run by Burnsville native John Silver is expanding in order to meet growing demand and offer more to Burnsville, including a permanent kitchen (Hog Hollow Wood Fired Pizza owned by Christine English), a large ...(more)

Carolina Farm Credit Accepting Applications for Grant Program

Carolina Farm Credit is pleased to announce that they are now accepting grant applications for the Corporate Mission Fund program. 2020 is the sixth year that grants will be awarded from the earnings of the fund. “Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina ...(more)

Burnsville/Yancey Chamber Welcomes New Member Tarheel Motors

Burnsville/Yancey Chamber of Commerce welcomes new member Tarheel Motors located at  383 West US Hwy 19 E Bypass, Burnsville. Call 828-682-4004 or 208-9878. Owners Darrin and Dawn Thompson invite you to find your next quality pre-owned vehicle at Tarheel Motors, tarheelmotorsnc.com. ...(more)