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Section of Highway Renamed to Honor Former Sheriff

The NC Board of Transportation has approved the naming of a section of Hwy 19E in honor of the late Sheriff Donald Banks. The section to be renamed is on Hwy 19 between Cane River School Road and the West Yancey Fire Department. It will be named Sheriff Donald Banks Highway. The application was submitted by the Yancey County Commissioners. Donald Banks began serving as sheriff of Yancey County ...(more)

Special Meeting of Yancey Commissioners 12/20

Yancey County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on December 20 at 11:00 am. During the special meeting they will hold a Public Hearing to consider economic development incentives for Little Leaf Farms. SPECIAL-MTG-NOTICE-DEC-20-2019 Incentive-Grant-Notice-of-Public-Hearing-Little-Leaf-Farms-Inc.-Revised ...(more)

Yancey County Schools Lunch Debt Paid

Each year, the staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC) celebrates the season by selecting an organization or project to support. This year, CFWNC staff and board and the Yancey Affiliate Fund made contributions of $1,400 to satisfy the current school lunch debt for students in Yancey County. Starting in 2017, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) required schools ...(more)

Spruce Pine Woman Killed in I-26 Accident

Details of the I-26 collision on December 6th that killed a Spruce Pine woman have now been released by officials.  N.C. Highway Patrol Master Trooper Murico L. Stephens confirmed that Vincent Capizzi of Mills River was operating a 2004 Jeep just before 2 p.m. traveling the wrong way, west on I-26 in the eastbound lane, near the Jupiter Road exit, when he collided into a 2009 Subaru operated ...(more)

More News from Yancey Commissioners Meeting

At the Yancey County Commissioners monthly meeting on Monday evening, December 9th the first business that had to be taken care of was for nominations for a new chairman of the board. Johnny Riddle was nominated and Jeff Whitson was nominated. With the absence of board member Mark Ledford the vote split with 2 votes for Jeff Whitson and 2 votes for Mark Ledford.  The board chair would have to ...(more)

Community News

Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry Open Market

The Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry will be holding an Open Market Monday, December 16th from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm at the ministry located in the rock building in the parking lot of Freedom Baptist Church at 1353 Roan Road in Spruce Pine. This open market is open to anyone and the food is free. Come get free produce and other items. Bring a bag and come on out.  For more information ...(more)

Christmas Play

Laurel Valley Baptist Church will present their Christmas Play Friday, December 13th at 7:00pm.  If the weather is bad, it will be rescheduled to December 20th.  Everyone is welcome. ...(more)

Vegan Supper Club: Earlier Meeting Time in 2020

Vegan Supper Club is hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist Church at 283 Crest View Road in Burnsville the first Monday of each month, now meeting from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm,  with the next one scheduled for Monday January 6th. Vegans, vegetarians, and people interested in learning more about  “Plant Based” diets are all encouraged to come.  It’s open to singles, couples, ...(more)

MHHS Theatre Department Presents “Closed for the Holidays”

Mountain Heritage theatre department encourages you to join them for their heartwarming holiday show, “Closed for the Holidays” Friday, December 13th at 7:00 pm in the Mountain Heritage High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5. This show focuses on a dynamic group of travelers who find themselves trapped in a community center after a blizzard shuts down all the roads. In addition to ...(more)

TRACTOR Matching Campaign Needs Your Help!

TRACTOR Food and Farms Matching Campaign is going on now. They need to raise about $2000 by the end of the year to make their $10,000 goal. TRACTOR’s programs range from providing families with diet-related health issues and financial obstacles with locally sourced produce, to stocking Western NC food pantries with fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. On top of this, farmers are ...(more)

“Annie Kids” at Mitchell High School

The Mitchell High School Performing Arts presents “Annie Kids” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12-14; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Kathy Miller Auditorium at Mitchell High School. More than 40 Mitchell county students age 5-13 have been hard at work putting this production together.  Tickets will be general admission and sold at the door for $5 for children and $10 for adults. ...(more)

School News

Mitchell High Students Earn ServSafe Certification

Mitchell High School students enrolled in CTE’s Food and Nutrition II course recently completed the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification certification process. This is a Food Service industry recognized certification focusing on Food Safety and Sanitation. These 10 students worked extremely hard to obtain this certification that will last for 5 yrs.  Student’s were ...(more)

Bellamy To Give Commencement Address at Mars Hill University

Terry Bellamy will be the keynote speaker at Mars Hill University’s winter graduation ceremony on Friday, December 20, 2019. Bellamy is a former two-term mayor of Asheville and now is the director of community and economic development for Madison County. This will be her second graduation speech at Mars Hill. She also gave the commencement address at the university’s winter 2014 ...(more)

Bowman 5th and 6th Graders Visit Mitchell High CTE Classes

Career and technical education classes are designed to directly prepare students for high-wage and high-demand careers. Unlike other classes, CTE centers on hands-on learning in many different fields, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, agriculture and horticulture, automotive, drafting, welding and many more.   Fifth and sixth grade students from Bowman ...(more)

Business News

Malaprop’s Pops In Burnsville!

Malaprop’s is coming to Burnsville for the holidays!  Asheville’s venerable independent bookstore opens a holiday annex at 18 Town Square in a portion of the Yancey Technology Center Saturday, Nov. 21. The store will house some 200 titles including regionals, best sellers, cookbooks and children’s books, said local author Ronni Lundy, who will be managing the Burnsville location. ...(more)

New Physicians in McDowell Area

Dr. Heyen is a family medicine physician who comes to Mission Community Medicine in Old Fort from Kansas City, Kansas, and is a graduate of University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He finished his family medicine residency at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Florida. Medical interests include preventative health and caring for all ages. Outside of medicine, Dr. Heyen enjoys ...(more)