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Local News

Profile Connector Trail Open at Grandfather Mountain State Park

Construction is complete on a new trail that offers additional mileage along the Profile Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park. The new trail is a 2.4-mile loop that adds nearly a half mile to the existing trail. The Profile Trail ascends 1,775 feet over 3.6 miles to Calloway Gap. Beginning as a scenic, rolling pathway through seasonal wildflowers, the trail crosses the Watauga River and ...(more)

Candidates for Town Elections

The filing period for the municipal elections that will be held on November 2nd has closed. Incumbent Mayor Charles Vines was the only person to file for the Bakesville mayoral position. Spruce Pine Mayor Darla Harding also will face no opposition as she was the only person to file for that position. Three people, incumbent Jordan Baker, incumbent Charles Nash and newcomer Matthew Dale Staton ...(more)

Yancey Board of Ed Accepts Offer On Four Schools

At its regular meeting on July 19, 2021, the Yancey County Board of Education voted to accept an offer of $1,125,000, for the purchase of the school system’s four surplus properties – Bald Creek Elementary, Bald Creek Daycare, Bee Log Elementary, and Clearmont Elementary. John Martin McCoy submitted the offer with a letter of introduction stating that as the founder and owner of Fulcra ...(more)

Mitchell Commissioners Choose New DSS Director

In a special meeting last night the Mitchell County Commissioners appointed a new Director of the Mitchell County Department of Social Services. Commissioners have appointed Wendy Boone as the new Director. Boone takes over  the office after the previous director, Sara Ross, was officially removed on August 25 of 2020. She was placed on leave August 3 after questions about her conduct were ...(more)

Yancey County School Contracts Extended

In the open session of the Special Meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education held yesterday the Yancey County Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent contracts were extended through June 30, 2025. Board member, Vice Chairman Wade Dahlberg made a motion to extend the contract of Superintendent Kathy Amos. The motion was approved by 3-2 vote with Edwin Fortner, Wade Dahlberg and Cody ...(more)

Fish Kill in Mitchell County

State environmental officials are investigating the cause of a fish kill in Mitchell County. A member of the public shared pictures on social media of dead fish in the Toe River at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine on Friday morning. A Division of Water Resources official said a regional office staff member at the river found all water parameters he was able to measure with his meter (pH, ...(more)

Community News

Author Mark de Castrique at Orchard Book Signing

A great month for authors at the Orchard at Altapass as it continues to welcome North Carolina writers. Following Rebecca Warner on July 24, well-known author Mark de Castrique will be in the red barn on Saturday, July 31, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Mark will be talking about and signing his latest book, Fatal Scores. Mark was born in Hendersonville, near Asheville. From the hospital, he went to the ...(more)

62nd Annual North Carolina Mineral & Gem Festival

The 62nd annual NC Mineral & Gem Festival will be held in the old Rose’s building behind McDonalds in the Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center on Grassy Creek in Spruce Pine beginning Thursday July 29th – Sunday, August 1. It’s one of the oldest running and most popular mineral and gem festivals in the country. Since the early 1950’s Spruce Pine, North Carolina has been the host ...(more)

37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral & Gem Show

The 37th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem Show is going on Sunday, July 25th to Sunday, August 1st, 2021 from 9:00 am -6:00 pm daily at 136 Majestic View, Spruce Pine, at the new Parkway Fire and Rescue event grounds on the hill above the Fire Department grounds.  The show is put on by the Parkway Fire and Rescue to raise money for new equipment and buildings and this Gem Show has ...(more)

Tickets Available for Opportunity Quilt

Mountain Piecemakers 2021 opportunity quilt, is called “The Garden Club” by Smith Street Designs. This beautiful quilt is a combination of machine embroidered applique, machine embroidery, and traditionally pieced blocks. There are 17 embroidery designs within the quilt. The finished size is 82 by 102 inches. The entire quilt is custom quilted by a member of the Guild. Additional ...(more)

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public. Library hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 9a.m. to 7p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. If you are feeling sick in any way, please do not use our in person library services; curbside services are still available upon request. The library is once again charging overdue fees on all materials. Please return all ...(more)

Moana Luau at Parkway Playhouse August 7

On August 7th, from 10am-12pm, Parkway Playhouse is hosting a Moana Luau! There will be games, music, popsicles, and fun for kids of all ages. This event is free to everyone. You will also be able to sign up your K-12 student for our 2021-22 Conservatory Classes. Students enrolled in classes are eligible to audition for Moana Jr. this fall. Find out more about what classes will be available at ...(more)

School News

Yancey County Schools Kindergarten Academy

All Yancey County elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Academy on Monday Aug. 9th and Tuesday Aug. 10th from 8:30 am -12:00 pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for children to become familiar with their new school, classroom, teachers and friends. We look forward to seeing all incoming kindergarteners at their school during this time.  Transportation will not be provided so please ...(more)

Yancey Board of Ed Accepts Offer On Four Schools

At its regular meeting on July 19, 2021, the Yancey County Board of Education voted to accept an offer of $1,125,000, for the purchase of the school system’s four surplus properties – Bald Creek Elementary, Bald Creek Daycare, Bee Log Elementary, and Clearmont Elementary. John Martin McCoy submitted the offer with a letter of introduction stating that as the founder and owner of Fulcra ...(more)

Yancey County School Contracts Extended

In the open session of the Special Meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education held yesterday the Yancey County Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent contracts were extended through June 30, 2025. Board member, Vice Chairman Wade Dahlberg made a motion to extend the contract of Superintendent Kathy Amos. The motion was approved by 3-2 vote with Edwin Fortner, Wade Dahlberg and Cody ...(more)

Business News

Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program Grant Award

“I’m pleased to announce a grant made through Yancey EDC’s Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Mountain Time Amish Wholesale, a new business located on East Main Street in Burnsville.  The business is a new enterprise of local Burnsville Main Street merchant Claudia Honeycutt, the proprietor of Mountain Time on Main St.” said EDC Director Jamie McMahan.  “We ...(more)

Aston Jones Opens in Spruce Pine!

Aston James held their ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 24th on Locust Street in Spruce Pine. This new clothing store was created by Casey Ledford and Kelly Jones. They both are from Mitchell County and pride themselves on being a shopping destination for the local and the tourist. With a variety of clothing for men, women, and children, they also have home decor, accessories, and gifts! ...(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)