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Local News

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Foxx Report – 7/12/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX There should be rejoicing throughout the land – the Supreme Court has struck a blow in favor of the Constitution and against the unconstitutional administrative state. Last week, the Supreme Court rendered a decision in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo to overturn Chevron deference – a monumental win for the Constitution. If you ...(more)

Congressman Edwards in Burnsville for Town Hall

On Tuesday, July 16, US Congressman Chuck Edwards will be hosting the next Unplugged series in Burnsville. The in-person town hall will take place from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Yancey County Courthouse, 110 Town Square, Burnsville. This is an opportunity for constituents to hear updates about the latest legislative priorities in Congress and what it means for Western North Carolina, as well as ask ...(more)

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Yancey Sheriff’s Report 6/28 – 7/11/24

Robert Timothy Randolph, 56 years old of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 07-03-2024. Randolph is charged with; Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felony x2 Randolph was issued a $40,000.00 bond.   Misdemeanor Arrest: 30 Call’s For Service: 652 ...(more)

Competition for State License to Add 26 Hospital Beds

Three major hospitals—Mission Hospital (HCA-owned), AdventHealth, and Novant Health—are competing for a state license to add 26 beds to expand local healthcare services in WNC. Each hospital has submitted detailed applications to convince state officials that their proposal is best. The state’s Certificate of Need determination includes Buncombe, Graham, Madison, and Yancey Counties. ...(more)

Community News

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Two New Performance at SART

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) is proud to announce the opening of two productions that have significant impact and relevance to the local community. SART is presenting The Tall Woman, a dramatic adaptation by Jim Overholt based on the novel by author Wilma Dykeman about the Moore and McQueen families, their mountain community, and their struggles in the 19th century during and ...(more)

Mitchell County Historical Society Program Features Joara Foundation and Fort San Juan

The Mitchell County Historical Society is pleased to announce its August program, featuring Mike Carpenter, a staff member of the Warren Wilson College Field School representing the Joara Foundation. The Exploring Joara Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating and engaging the public through hands-on archaeology and history programs, events, and opportunities to ...(more)

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High Peaks Leads Mt. Mitchell Loop Hike July 20

Take a break from the summer heat by joining High Peaks for a pleasant loop hike on the trails of Mt. Mitchell State Park on Saturday, July 20. Temperatures on the highest peak in the Eastern U.S. are typically 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in the surrounding valleys. Meet in the parking lot of the restaurant at 8:30 a.m. Bring water, snacks, hiking poles if you use them and rain gear if the ...(more)

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Free Medicare 101 Seminars

Medicare 101 seminars on the following dates and times: Tuesday July 16th at 2pm at Yancey County Public library Thursday July 25th at 2pm at Mitchell County Public Library- Bakersville And Thursday August 1st at 2pm at Spruce Pine Public library. These are free events with light refreshment provided and open to the community to come find out about how all the parts of Medicare work together, ...(more)

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Fundraising Yard Sale

The Mitchell County Senior Center will be having a Yard Sale in their library Thursday July 18th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  Proceeds will support the things the center does for the seniors of Mitchell County. ...(more)

Register Now For Top To Toe 5K Race

The Top to Toe 5K is an adventurous descent from the top of a high purity quartz surface mine to the bottom of the Toe River valley. Built for record chasers and families alike, this course begins at The Quartz Corp’s Chalk Mountain and ends at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine. The race proceeds benefit Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce, NC Mineral and Gem Festival. Each registered ...(more)

School News

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Yancey County Schools Summer Construction Updates

Summer construction has continued this week at EYMS with progress in the kitchen/cafeteria area, a wall being erected around the walk-in freezer, bathrooms being prepped for new tile and fixtures, and the office area undergoing major updates. Site work continues at BES with trees being removed and the building pad being compacted and leveled. At STES, new tile was installed in the student ...(more)

Business News

Rebecca Noricks Joins Dogwood Health Trust as Vice President of Communications

 Dogwood Health Trust is pleased to announce that following an extensive national search, seasoned communications strategist and practitioner Rebecca (Becky) Noricks, will be joining the organization as the Vice President of Communications on July 30. In this role, Noricks is responsible for developing and implementing internal and external communication strategies that advance Dogwood’s ...(more)

Bakersville Small Business Center Announces Business Startup Program

The Bakersville Small Business Center, located at 80 Hemlock Drive in Bakersville is taking applications for business startups to rent space in Bakersville. The Bakersville Small Business Center is a nonprofit organization focused on helping new businesses get off the ground by providing space, educational tools, and mentoring so that businesses have a leg up on success. The Bakersville Small ...(more)

Branch Group Acquires Young & McQueen Grading

Branch Group, Inc. (Branch), a heavy-highway and building contractor headquartered in Roanoke, Va., has announced the acquisition purchase of Burnsville, N.C.-based Young & McQueen, a contractor specializing in heavy civil, highway, site work, bridges, and structures construction. The 37-year-old contracting firm was founded by Sam and Kim Young, who wanted to transition the business to ...(more)