Challenging Hike December 2nd
Morning Shadows on Mount Mitchell
Kent Paulette Artwork Exhibit
View from Black Mountain crest trail…photo by BJ Wyatt
November 8th Blood Moon…photo by April Truett
Clouds On Mountain Tops..photo by Becky Whitson
Winner Of Honey Contest
Fall Photos
Lemon-Aide Fights Cancer

Local News

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 11/20 – 11/27/22

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: Anthony Glenn Nail, 30 of Marion, NC. Deputy C. Laundress arrested Nail for misdemeanor warrants issued by McDowell County. He was issued $500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 12/7/2022. Citations issued: Anthony Glenn Nail, 30 of Marion, NC. Deputy C. ...(more)

Two Charged with Felony Animal Cruelty

Last Saturday deputies with the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of animal cruelty, involving the abandonment of a dog. After an investigation into the allegations, felony warrants for the offense of Cruelty to Animals were issued for Rebekah Blankenship and Zoe Allen, both of Burnsville. Blankenship and Allen were both taken into custody yesterday, and held on $10,000 ...(more)

Missing Avery County man found deceased in South Carolina

An Avery County man who has been missing for more than a month was found deceased near Ruffin, South Carolina, according to a press release from Colleton County (SC) Sheriff’s Office. 26 year old Braedan Christopher Rose was reported missing on Friday, Oct. 14. His family had not heard from him since Oct. 6th. The Avery County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement in Florida, Georgia, South ...(more)

Battle For More Mountain Hospital Beds

The battle to bring more hospital beds to the mountains has been decided. A spokesperson for AdventHealth Hendersonville said Tuesday the hospital received notification from state health officials that its Certificate of Need application had been approved, meaning the hospital has been awarded the opportunity to fill the need for 67 more acute care beds in the Buncombe-Madison-Yancey-Graham ...(more)

Community News

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Holiday Shows

Join Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre this holiday season as they light up Mars Hill with exciting events! A Southern Appalachian Christmas is showing December 8-18, 2022, and is set right here in WNC! Sara hasn’t been home for Christmas since she moved to New York six years ago. Now, for the first time in years, Sara is back in her hometown, celebrating with the family and friends she ...(more)

Safe Shopping Tips For The Holidays

The holiday season is right around the corner and shoppers are crowding stores and shopping online for the latest gadgets and to find the best deals,” said Sheriff Shane Hilliard of Yancey County. Shoppers also need to consider their safety when shopping in person and online.  According to Sheriff Hilliard, “This time of year attracts more shopping-related criminal activity because of ...(more)

Pisgah Legal Services Offers Help to Mitchell Residents

Staff Attorney Joe Mouer, (left) of Pisgah Legal Services visited the staff of Mitchell County Department of Social Services, including Assessments/Investigations Social Worker Lisa Scott (right) to share how he and his colleagues can help Mitchell, Yancey and Avery County residents facing eviction and foreclosure avoid homelessness, or help protect victims of domestic violence file and keep ...(more)

School News

Heritage Food II Students Earn Certification

Foods II students earn their ServSafe Credential. This certification is an industry recognized credential that is given through the National Restaurant Association. Every NC restaurant requires at least one person to be on staff at all times with this certification. This ensures that the restaurant meets the highest standards for food safety and sanitation. ...(more)

Over $34,000 in Grants to Mitchell County Schools

The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded grants totaling $34,040 to Mitchell County schools from the Learning Links grant program. The grants provide local teachers with funding for activities designed to make required coursework engaging and relevant for their students. Eleven Learning Links grants will support projects at Bowman Middle School, Deyton Elementary ...(more)

Business News

Compassionate Care WNC “Adopts” Lemon-Aide Project

Tuesday afternoon, October 18, was a special day at Compassionate Care WNC as Chief Operating Officer Vern Grindstaff,  announced their new partnership with the Lemon-Aide ministry. Sharon Herndon was on hand to tell the story of how she developed Lemon-Aide and Pink Lemon-Aide. (see story here) Compassionate Care will give every hospice patient either Lemon-Aide, Pink-Lemon-Aide or one of ...(more)

Building Outdoor Communities Program Launch

The WNC: MADE X MTNS (Made By Mountains) Partnership has launched the Building Outdoor Communities Program that is focused on capacity building, technical assistance, training, connectivity, and education for communities seeking to advance their outdoor economy goals.  Mitchell County has been placed at the top of the list and is one of the first five counties to start the program along with ...(more)