Photo by Calvin Campbell
Morning Sky over Mitchell DSS by Jodie Rhymer
Anti-Drug Campaign–Haley Johnson talks with Bruce Ikard
Gotta love this little guy’s spirit….photo by Calvin Campbell
Mountain Piecemakers Quilt Guild Present Quilts to Veterans

Local News

Stolen Vehicle in Yancey County Leads to Meth Arrest

A joint investigation by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties Sheriff Office Deputies into a vehicle stolen from Mitchell County resulted in the discovery of Methamphetamine and a total of three arrests in Yancey County. The arrest took place on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 on Highway 197 North in Yancey County. The vehicle was stolen in Mitchell County that ...(more)

The Great American Smokeout

Today is the 43rd annual Great American Smokeout® on Thursday. The event takes on a new theme: “Day 1,” reflecting the event’s evolution from quitting for the day to the recognition that successful cessation takes time and planning. Smokers are encouraged to use the day to map out a plan for a smoke-free life. Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American ...(more)

Red Cross Facing Severe Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and urgently needs blood and platelet donors to give now to avoid delays in lifesaving medical care for patients.    During September and October, the Red Cross collected over 21,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than what hospitals needed. Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O, and platelet donors are urged to make ...(more)

Low Income Energy Assistance Program Applications

The Yancey County Department of Social Services will be taking applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program beginning on December 3rd.  This will be only for households that contain someone who is age sixty years and older or those receiving assistance through the Division of Aging.  Applications will be taken from 8:30 am until noon at First Baptist Church on Town Square.  They ...(more)

Earthquake in Avery County

Another earthquake has been recorded for the high country. Avery County recorded a  2.0 magnitude earthquake  on Saturday night, November 10th. The earthquake happened around 10:30 p.m. and was located less than a half a mile east from Whaley and about 14 miles west of Boone. The last time an earthquake hit in Avery County was July 21st of  2016, when a 1.9 magnitude hit about 5 miles ...(more)

Mars Hill University Inaugurates Its 22nd President

A rainy day did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm as John Anthony “Tony” Floyd, J.D., was inaugurated as Mars Hill University’s 22nd president on Friday, November 9, 2018. In his address to the assembled audience, Floyd laid out his vision for the institution’s future—a vision that puts its focus squarely on its students, whom Floyd calls “his Lions.” As he ...(more)

Community News

Bakersville’s Annual Christmas Concert

Bakersville’s Annual Christmas Concert will be held Saturday, November 24th at 6:30pm at Bowman Middle School, located at 410 South Mitchell Avenue in Bakersville.  Come hear the songs of the season and be filled with Christmas cheer. ...(more)

Barbecue Fundraiser and Holiday Market

The Mitchell County Senior Center’s  Barbecue Fundraiser and Holiday Market will be held Saturday, November 17th from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  Fresh barbecue will be available f or sale and around 20 vendors will be selling unique handcrafted wares just perfect for some early Christmas shopping for that one-of-a-kind gift.  All proceeds go to support Mitchell County Meals on Wheels. The ...(more)

Churches to Deliver Thanksgiving Meals in Mitchell County

Local churches, in conjunction with Mitchell County Shepherd’s Staff, will be delivering meals on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd. The recipients of the meals will be those who are currently receiving a meal from the “Meals on Wheels” program, administered by the Mitchell County Senior Center in Ledger.  If you are not currently receiving a meal, are unable to prepare food ...(more)

8th Annual Christmas Extravaganza

On Saturday November 24th from 10am – 2pm come out and enjoy the 8th Annual Christmas Extravaganza at the Burnsville Town Center. Artist, crafters and direct sellers will be set up for folks to come in and do their early Christmas shopping. FREE Admission, everyone welcome! If you are interested in being a vendor please request an application by emailing ...(more)

School News

A Charlie Brown Christmas at Mitchell High School!

Come share a loved holiday favorite! Share in the joy with the Peanut gang and help them find the true meaning of Christmas!  A Charlie Brown Christmas in the Kathy Miller Auditorium in Mitchell High School. Shows are: Friday, November 16th  at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 17th at 3:30pm and 7:30pm, SundayNovember 18th at 5pm, Monday, November 19th at 6pm . Tickets are $8 and for students are ...(more)

Hunger Awareness Week Scheduled at Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University students are working to make a dent in problem of hunger in Madison County, western North Carolina, and the world. They’re holding the annual Hunger Awareness Week from November 10-17, 2018, collecting food and funds for organizations that work to prevent hunger. Besides events specifically targeted to the university community, there are several opportunities for the ...(more)

Bowman Art Club, The Kindness Tree

The Kindness Tree is alive on the cafeteria wall at Bowman Middle School! For the past two months, the Bowman Art Club has met every Tuesday to work on a collaborative project titled The Kindness Tree. The project was inspired when Bowman Middle School became a finalist in the nationwide Middle School Kindness Challenge through Stand for Children. The students used teamwork and creativity, ...(more)

Business News

Mission Hospital Named One of the Nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals

Mission Hospital was named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by IBM Watson HealthTM.  This is the sixth time in a row, and the 13th time total, that Mission Hospital has been recognized with this honor. Mission Hospital is the only hospital in western North Carolina to earn a ranking on the list. Hospitals that receive Top 50 recognition are those institutions providing ...(more)

First Grant Award through New Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program

The Yancey Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce the first grant award made under the newly adopted Burnsville Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program initiated by the EDC earlier this year.  “I’m very pleased to announce the first grant made through Yancey EDC’s new Downtown Entrepreneurship Assistance Program was awarded to Samantha Robinson, the proprietor of ...(more)

Yancey County Receives Building Reuse Grant for Mountain Electronics Expansion, Holds Open House Celebration

Earlier this year the N.C. Department of Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority awarded a $25,000 economic development grant to Yancey County.  That grant supported the renovation and upfit of a section of the former Taylor Togs building in the Micaville community for Mountain Electronics, a local business serving the commercial laundry industry. Mountain Electronics is an industry leader in ...(more)