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caseywodard More beautiful daffodils…photo by Cacey Woodward
richardburleson Springtime Daffodils….photo by Richard Burleson

Local News

Senator Budd Calls For Blue Ridge Parkway To Be Designated National Historic Landmark

On Monday, April 15th US Senator Ted Budd  sent a letter to National Park Service    to, “encourage the Department of Interior and the National Historic Landmarks Committee to designate the Blue Ridge Parkway as a National Historic Landmark.”  In the letter Budd said, “On behalf of the people of North Carolina, I encourage the Department of Interior and the National Historic ...(more)

McDowell County Drug Charges

A narcotics investigation that started in October of last year lead to drug charges on March 28th by Detective Richard Pittman with the McDowell County Drug Enforcement Department. High drug activity was reported at residence in Marion prompting the McDowell County Drug Enforcement Detectives and SWAT team members from the Sheriff’s Office and Marion Police Department to execute a search ...(more)

Dogwood Health Announces Recovery-Oriented Grants

Dogwood Health Trust is seeking proposals from counties, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the 18 counties and Qualla boundary of Western North Carolina that are interested in conducting collaborative planning to establish, refine and/or resource recovery-oriented justice systems. Partners who provide or who are exploring the provision of evidence-based practices such as ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 4/7 – 4/14/24

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: Jackie Lee Holtsclaw, 40 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy D. LaPlante arrested Holtsclaw for misdemeanor, failure to pay child support. He was issued $250.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 5/22/2024. Jade Myrick Batchelor, 58 of Bakersville, NC. Deputy W. Hobson ...(more)

2nd Republican Primary

Early Voting for the second Republican Primary begins April 25 and runs thru May 11. On the ballot are the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor between Hal Weatherman and Jim O’Neill, Republican nomination for state auditor between Jack Clark and Dave Boliek . Under state law, a second primary may be requested by the second-place candidate if no candidate receives more than 30% of ...(more)

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Foxx Report – 4/12/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX American workers built this great nation. They deserve nothing but the best opportunity to succeed as rapid changes in the modern economy necessitate new skills in order to keep pace. On Tuesday, the House passed A Stronger Workforce for America Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that I was proud to author alongside Representative Bobby ...(more)

Community News

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Exhibition Of Drawings by Lori Brook Johnson at Toe River Arts Spruce Pine

An exhibition of Appalachian drawings opens in the Owen Gallery at Toe River Arts in Spruce Pine on April 26, 2024 and will run through June 1, 2024. Entitled A Nearly Concealed Heart, this collection of drawings speaks to the unfeigned lived experiences of Appalachians and acts as a salve to and a relief from the fixed ideas that often obscure the many and varied realities of this ...(more)

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Last Minute Reminders for Saturday’s Race!

The Schedule The 13th Annual Burnsville Fit Families 5K will take place this Saturday, April 20, 2024. Check in, bib pick-up and race-day registration will be on the Town Square under the big tent beginning at 8:00 AM on race day. The race starts at 9:00 AM from the Town Square. After the race, we will have smoothies, music, and announce the race winners with prizes on the Town ...(more)

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Soaky Mountain Waterpark Opens For Season May 11

Soaky Mountain Waterpark officials today announced its 50-acre waterpark, located at 175 Gists Creek Road, will officially open for the 2024 season on May 11 and 12, and then daily starting May17. A season pass holder celebration is planned for Friday, May 17 from 10 am to 6 pm. All pass holders who purchase a 2024 souvenir cup will receive free Coke product refills for the day. Pass holders ...(more)

Ramp Dinner Fundraiser

Fundraiser for the Beans Creek Church Youth. Tenderloin, Fried Taters, Corn Bread, Pinto Beans, Ramps, Dessert and Drink Pork Tenderloin, Fried taters, Corn Bread, pinto beans, Ramps, dessert and drink. Held at Mammie’s Breakfast Barn ...(more)

Friends of the Yancey Library Spring Meeting

Friends of the Yancey Library Invite you to join their spring general meeting Meeting to be held – April 18th 2024 5:30PM YCPL Meeting Room Guest Speaker will be Children’s Author / Editor Amanda Cleary Estep *Light Refreshments will be provided for all attendees ...(more)

School News

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Mitchell FCCLA Students Volunteer at Child Fest

Mitchell High FCCLA and Child Development students volunteered on Saturday morning, April 13th, to help with Child Fest hosted at Mitchell High School. These students helped with the train rides, teddy bear clinic, raffle, face painting, magic show, and various other activities presented by the BRPC. The Child Fest is a wonderful community service event that is attended by hundreds of children ...(more)

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Yancey County Schools Lego Training

Burnsville Elementary School recently hosted the first round of training sessions that will incorporate LEGO sets in the classroom. The LEGO sets were purchased through grant funding that was awarded to YCS in the latter part of 2023. Director of Elementary Education Andrea Allen expressed her excitement about this new opportunity for YCS students. “Through a partnership with STEM WEST, ...(more)

Business News

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Trimac Transportation Acquires Feldspar Trucking

(News Release) Trimac is pleased to announce the acquisition of Feldspar Trucking Co in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Founded in 1967 as Norris Trucking, Feldspar Trucking has been a reliable brand in the transportation industry, specializing in hauling feldspar, sand, clay and minerals crucial to the ceramics and glass industries. They have been serving clients with dedication and integrity for ...(more)

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Carolina Water Service Acquires Mountain Air Country Club Water and Wastewater Systems in Yancey County

On March 15, 2024, Carolina Water Service of North Carolina (CWSNC) completed its acquisition of the Mountain Air Country Club water and wastewater treatment systems in Burnsville, North Carolina. CWSNC began serving the Yancey County community in May of 2021 when the North Carolina Utilities Commission asked the company to step in as emergency operator (EO) when it determined that the ...(more)

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Sibelco Delivers Strong Results Despite Tough Market Conditions

Sibelco has announced its financial results for 2023. Market conditions in Europe were difficult with sales volumes down due to the slow-down in construction and certain targeted consumer good segments relevant for Sibelco’s activities. A notably strong performance from Sibelco’s USA high purity quartz (HPQ) business compensated for the lacklustre European performance and was a key driver ...(more)