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Toe River Health District COVID-19 Update 9/18

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Ledger, NC (September 18, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County: Community: 1 new positive community case today which puts them at 195 positive community cases, 180 community members have recovered, 14 community members are active, and 1 ...(more)

Toe River Health District COVID-19 Update 9/17

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Ledger, NC (September 17, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County: Community: 3 new positive community cases today which puts them at 194 positive community cases, 180 community members have recovered, 13 community members are active, and 1 ...(more)

Toe River Health District COVID-19 Update 9/16

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Ledger, NC (September 16, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County: Community: 2 new positive community cases today which puts them at 191 positive community cases, 180 community members have recovered,10 community members are active, and 1 ...(more)

Burnsville Named One of the Safest Small Cities

According to research done by AdvisorSmith, Burnsville is the 10th safest small city in  North Carolina.  AdvisorSmith analyzed violent and property crime data from 174 small cities with population under 10,000. Burnsville has a crime score of 16.5, which is much below other small cities’ average of 72. Burnsville’s violent crime rate was 0 per 1000 residents compared to 11.3. ...(more)

Over 100 Marijuana Plants Seized in Green Mountain

The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department seized over 100 marijuana plants at a residence in Green Mountain last week. Officers received a tip and began surveillance of William Robert Garner, age 47 of Pigeon Roost Road. The officers were also aware of a ticket they had written Garner this past August after discovering marijuana in his possession during a traffic check. Also recent ...(more)

Community News

Connect@Your Library

The library is now open to the public by appointment only. Only ten people will be allowed into the building at one time. All patrons visiting the library branches are required under Executive Order No. 147 to wear a cloth face covering. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. Library hours will be limited to Monday-Friday 10a.m. to 4p.m. and Saturdays 10a.m. to12pm. This allows ...(more)

Medicare Open Enrollment Assistance

We are fast approaching the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period (October 15th through December 7th) to review your options for 2021.  As you can imagine, COVID-19 pandemic presents significant challenges to the ways that SHIIP has traditionally offered counseling to Medicare beneficiaries.  The Dept. of Insurance and Yancey Cooperative Extension understand that these are trying times and ...(more)

Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting

The next Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This will be a virtual meeting. If you wish to attend, call the agency at 682-6148 for instructions. ...(more)

Salute to Rev. Whiteside for His Service

The Vian’s Valley Church, Bakersville NC, Rev. Bill Whiteside’s current Pastoral charge, along with his family salute his 31st year of Pastoral Ministry.  He’s served churches throughout the area. “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”  Jeremiah 3:15 ...(more)

School News

Making Academic Gains in Children (M.A.G.I.C) After-School Program Starting Date

On Tuesday, October 13th, Yancey County Schools will begin the 2020-21 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) – Making Academic Gains in Children (M.A.G.I.C) Program. The 21st CCLC program is authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The program provides after-school and summer school academic enrichment opportunities for children to ...(more)

Yancey School Board Votes 3-2 To Reopen Schools

In a split decision the Yancey County School Board voted Monday evening to reopen on-site learning. Beginning September 29th K-5 students will return to classes 4 days per week with a modified schedule dismissing at 11:45 a.m. Mondays will be drop/pick up day and teacher planning. Virtual classes begin at 12:30 and dismiss at 2:45 pm. Grades 6 through 12 will begin on-site classes October 6th. ...(more)

Business News

New Surgeon at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Ashley Badger, M.D. Dr. Badger, a general surgeon, is welcoming new patients at 189 Hospital Drive on the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital campus. “I am excited to join the Mission family, and grateful for the opportunity to serve Avery, Mitchell, Yancey and McDowell counties and beyond,” said Dr. Badger. Dr. Badger specializes in the ...(more)

Cruz Life Center Open

Cruz Life Center is open and considered as an essential service. Taking new appointments, call 828-682-6157 Currently open Monday – Thursday Our mission is to help as many people as possible to get healthy and stay healthy with natural health care solutions. We do offer many natural vitamins and herbs to help boost your immune system during these times. These are the supplements we ...(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)