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Local News

Yancey County Receives $600,000 from Dogwood Health

PRESS RELEASE: On November 10, 2021 Yancey County signed a $ 600,000 grant agreement with Dogwood Health Trust. This grant will go to support planning activities undertaken by Yancey County Government in anticipation of a pending class action litigation which will provide funding to address the negative impacts of substance misuse in our community. This  planning process will include:  ...(more)

Burn Ban Issued for All North Carolina Counties

Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide effective at 5 p.m. Monday, November 30 until further notice. “It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With these ongoing conditions, ...(more)

New Program to Help Families Pay Water Bills

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced the State of North Carolina has been awarded more than $38 million in federal funding to establish a new water assistance program for households affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning Wednesday, eligible households that have had their water services cut off or have received notice that their water services are in ...(more)

Dogwood Health Funding Will Help Renovate Former Hospital Building for SafePlace

Through a generous partnership with Mission Health, AMY Wellness Foundation has acquired a building previously owned by Blue Ridge Regional Hospital/Mission Health that will be granted to SafePlace for their use as a new domestic violence shelter. The new space will provide much needed emergency housing for the region. This new building will not only allow SafePlace to serve the people of the ...(more)

Reception, Oath of Office for Burnsville Town Officials

In a special meeting on Thursday, December 2 at 5 pm, Burnsville Town officials will recognize outgoing mayor, Theresa Coletta and council member Bunnie McIntosh. This will be followed by administering the oath of office to incoming mayor Russell Fox and council member Bill Wheeler. Newly elected board member Randy Ollis is unable to attend and will be sworn in at a later date. The new members, ...(more)

COVID Update 11/29/21

The latest COVID-19 numbers for the Tri-County area, released by the Toe River Health District, showed a decrease in new positive cases detected in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties. In all 3 counties most of the new positive cases were those that were not vaccinated. During the period from November 22nd to November 28th Yancey County had 43 new positive cases detected, compared to 82 the ...(more)

Community News

Get Extra Help Paying Your Medicare Drug Costs

If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for help to pay for some health care and drug coverage costs.  Extra Help is a program to help people with limited income and resources pay Medicare drug costs.  Resources do not include your home, car, household items, burial plot, up to $1,500.00 for burial expenses, or life insurance policies. You may qualify for Extra Help if your ...(more)

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

Households with a person age 60 or older or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) who currently receives Food and Nutrition Services and received Low Income Energy Assistance Program funds (LIEAP) during the 2020-2021 season last year may qualify to receive an Automated Payment this LIEAP Season.  These households will be notified of ...(more)

Annual Burnsville Christmas Parade

The Burnsville Yancey County Chamber of Commerce will present the Burnsville Christmas Parade with the theme “Candyland” Saturday, December 4th at 1:00 pm following  the usual parade route. ...(more)

Chapter 57 DAV Annual Christmas Party

The Sgt. E.L. Randolph  Chapter 57 DAV will be having their Annual Christmas Party Friday December 3rd at 5:00 pm at Bolens Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Bolens Creek off of Pensacola. ...(more)

Christmas Play

Crabtree Baptist Church on Cane Branch Road at Micaville will be having their Christmas Play Sunday December 5th at 6:00 pm.  Pastor Chad Wise and the congregation welcome everyone to attend. ...(more)

School News

Financial Planning course at Mitchell High Schools Host Bing Crosby from Edward Jones

On Wednesday, November 17th, Mitchell High School CTE hosted Bing Crosby as a guest speaker in Mr. Snyder’s 1st block Financial Planning class.  Mr. Crosby is the lead Financial Advisor at Spruce Pine’s Edward Jones branch.  Mr. Crosby spoke to students about a number of topics including modern portfolio theory, investment risk management, the time value of money and career ...(more)

Mitchell High FCCLA Fall Service Project

Mitchell High School FCCLA, CTE student organization completed a service project as a student activity that allowed them to help others. On Friday Nov 19th, Mitchell FCCLA student members packed shoeboxes for Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child. The members  donated items to pack into boxes that will be delivered to children in impoverished areas all over the world.  The ...(more)

Mountain Heritage FFA Plant Sale

The Mountain Heritage FFA will be hosting a plant sale December 4th at the Craft Show in the Burnsville Town Center from 10 am – 3pm. Then again on December 6th and 7th at the Mountain Heritage High School Greenhouse from 3pm-6pm. They will be selling succulents and left over hanging baskets. ...(more)

Business News

Financial Planning course at Mitchell High Schools Host Bing Crosby from Edward Jones

On Wednesday, November 17th, Mitchell High School CTE hosted Bing Crosby as a guest speaker in Mr. Snyder’s 1st block Financial Planning class.  Mr. Crosby is the lead Financial Advisor at Spruce Pine’s Edward Jones branch.  Mr. Crosby spoke to students about a number of topics including modern portfolio theory, investment risk management, the time value of money and career ...(more)

New Owner for Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC

Congratulations to Ali Talebi on the purchase of Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC in Spruce Pine, NC! Ali is shown here (from left) with Jay Palassis with GM Financial, General Motors Zone Manager Edward Bailey (Ali) and Ralph Vines, President of Advanced DMS who Co-Brokered the transaction. ...(more)

Duke Energy $25,000 Hometown Revitalization Grant

The Duke Energy Foundation has distributed $750,000 in grants to help local businesses across North Carolina adapt to the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic. Mitchell County is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to support local small businesses. “Since the Spring of 2020, our local businesses have been doing everything they can to survive the effects of the pandemic and have ...(more)