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Local News

McDowell County Looking for This Man (more photos); Cash Reward

McDowell County Sheriff’s Office investigators say this man, driving this truck, broke into a vending machine and stole money. A cash reward is being offered for information leading to his identity and arrest. On Thursday, Oct. 11, an employee of KG’s Quik Stop, at 4613 U.S. 221 North in Marion, reported that someone broke into the soda machine sometime between 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 ...(more)

Special Meeting of the Burnsville Town Council

A quorum was not met for the Burnsville Town Council special meeting scheduled for Monday, October 15th so it has been scheduled for Monday, October 22nd at 3:00pm at the Burnsville Town Hall.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss options for proposed amendments to the “Ordinance Establishing a Planning Board for the Town of Burnsville”; to update Council on the status of a ...(more)

Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force Warning About Needles

Jeff Spargo, Program Coordinator of Mitchell-Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force is warning people of our area about the dangers of finding needles in public places. He recently found a needle filled with an unknown substance on the ground outside of a store in Asheville. According to Spargo needles have also been found in public places in Yancey and Mitchell counties.  If you find something ...(more)

State Highway Patrol Announces Operation Stop Arm

While many schools across the state have been in operation for more than two months, the State Highway Patrol is taking proactive steps to ensure school bus safety is not overlooked. Beginning Monday, October 15, troopers statewide will participate in Operation Stop Arm, a week-long event held each year.  Objectives of the campaign include an increase in educational programs and enforcement ...(more)

Helping Hands of Yancey County Presents Grants to 2018 Recipients of the Fun Flea Sale

Helping Hands of Yancey County presented grants to the 2018 recipients of the Fun Flea Sale proceeds at a special volunteer appreciation dinner hosted by Wanda Proffitt, Larissa and Warren Bare and Bill Baker held on September 27.  The Fun Flea Sale was held this year on September 14, 15 and 22.  A grant was given to Mountain Heritage High School Future Farmers of America for the Learning ...(more)

Community News

18th Annual West Burnsville Baptist Church Christmas Pageant

The 18th Annual West Burnsville Baptist Church Christmas Pageant entitled “The Wonder of His Love” will be performed Thursday November 29th through Sunday, December 2nd at the church, located at 222 West Burnsville Church Road in Burnsville. “The Wonder of His Love” is a celebration of the life of Christ through drama and music. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and ...(more)

Charles Frazier Named Winner of the 2018 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award

The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) is pleased to announce the selection of the 63rd winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.  This year the winner of the Award is Charles Frazier for his novel, Varina. In making the award the Selection Panel praised Varina as follows: “We believe this is a novel that meets the high standards of the Wolfe Award. Set during ...(more)

School News

MCC Gets Welding Career Started

The need for skilled welders continues to grow in Mitchell, Avery, Yancey and surrounding areas. Mayland Community College offers welding curriculum and continuing education training programs to help meet this employment need. MCC’s Welding Technology curriculum includes learning consumable and non-consumable electrode welding and cutting processes. Courses in math, blueprint reading, ...(more)

Students Receive ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification

Student’s enrolled in Mrs. McClellan’s Food and Nutrition II course this fall had the opportunity to take part in ServSafe Certification testing. The ServSafe Certification is a nationally accredited program for food and beverage safety training administered by the National Restaurant Association.  Testing for the certification is paid for by the Career and Technical Education ...(more)

Yancey Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton To Retire

On Monday, October 15th, Yancey County Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton released the following information: After 34 years working in public education, it is time for me to retire and make room for someone new. I will be retiring on March 1, 2019. Over the years I have been blessed to work with students from the fifth grade up to the twelfth grade as a teacher, coach, and administrator. The past ...(more)

Business News

Two Mayland Community College Students Intern at Altec

Two Mayland Community College (MCC) students received valuable on-the-job experience when they were the recipients of paid internships at Altec Industries, which is the leading manufacturer of truck bodies and lift utility equipment in North America. Electronic Engineering students Daniel Neff and C. J. Jobe progressed from state of the art classroom and laboratory simulations to actual real ...(more)

Yancey County Presents $50,000 Grant to New Urgent Care Clinic in Burnsville

This week Yancey County Commissioners presented Mercy Urgent Care CEO Tim Johnson and Chief Financial Officer Leah Singleton with a check for $50,000 in grant funds received by Yancey County from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  Grant funds are made available to counties through the state’s rural healthcare building reuse program.  Yancey County successfully applied for and ...(more)