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Local News

Big Lottery Wins in the Area

Five million dollar winner in Buncombe County and one million dollar winner in McDowell County–all within the last few days playing the North Carolina Education Lottery.  In McDowell County, Stephanie Adams tried her luck on a single Power 10s scratch-off ticket and walked away the winner of a $1 million top prize. Adams and her husband stopped at the Ingles Markets on West Henderson ...(more)

911 Service Outage

Emergency Management reported they were informed by Frontier of maintenance on lines late last night that would result in interrupted 911 call service.  The scheduled outage was from 11 pm last night through 3 o’clock this morning. An interruption of this type affects all landlines and most cell phones.  Emergency Management provided an alternate number to call for emergencies. Depending on ...(more)

Update From Toe River Health District 8/4/20

Toe River Health District Announces Five Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Yancey County One Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County Two Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Avery County Ledger, NC (August 4, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County had 2 new positives today which ...(more)

Wooly Worm Festival Cancelled

  The 2020 Woolly Worm Festival of Banner Elk has been cancelled due to COVID-19. In a press release the Wooly Worm Festivals Board of Director’s stated, “This is not a decision the Woolly Worm Board of Directors has taken lightly. Every year, profits from the festival are given back to our community to enhance the lives of children and to promote business and tourism in Avery ...(more)

Toe River Health District COVID-19 Update 8/3/20

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Two Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Yancey County Four Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County Seven Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Avery County Ledger, NC (August 3, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County had 7 new positives today ...(more)

Community News

Toe Jam II Rocktoberfest Coming to Spruce Pine

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2nd annual Toe Jam: Toe Jam II: Rocktoberfest! The oneday, all-inclusive music festival takes place Saturday October 24 at Riverside Park Spruce Pine, NC. Located in Mitchell County — approximately 1 hour from the Asheville & Boone, NC & Johnson City, TN — Toe Jam II: Rocktoberfest is the perfect getaway for rock & ...(more)

Semi-Annual Carport Sale

The Burnsville Lions Club will conduct their semi-annual carport sale on Friday, August 7th and Saturday August 8th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm each day.  The address is 217 Ramsey Street.  Phone 828-682-7498 for more information.  We will practice social distancing and we ask participants to wear a face mask or face covering. ...(more)

The Orchard Partners With Penland School

If you drove by Keith Moir’s Spruce Pine studio during the last month, you would find him with either a jigsaw or paintbrush in hand. It’s all part of a collaboration between the Orchard at Altapass and Penland School of Craft. “This unprecedented global situation that has made it impossible for the Orchard to safely hold music performances, has allowed us an opportunity to focus ...(more)

NC’s Developmental Disability Council Seeks Nominations for Advocacy and Leadership Awards

The Advocacy and Leadership Awards, hosted by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD), is seeking nominations of self-advocates, professionals who work for people with I/DD and advocates and volunteers who have passionately worked and continue to work to build a better North Carolina for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Council is ...(more)

Rural Transportation Meeting

The Rural Transportation Coordinating Committee (RTCC) and the Rural Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) of the High Country RPO will hold virtual Zoom meetings on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. The RTCC will meet at 10:00 AM and the RTAC will meet a 2:00 PM. The meetings are open to the public. Public comments can be sent in advance of the meetings to dgraham@hccog.org. Anyone interested in ...(more)

School News

Yancey County Head Start is Accepting Applications

Yancey County Head Start is currently accepting applications for children ages 6 weeks – 4 years for this school year (2020-2021). We are also accepting applications for all ages 6 weeks to 5 years old (not eligible for Kindergarten) for the next school year (2020-2021).  To apply call 682-6668 or come by the school. We are located at 76 Roland Street off of Pensacola Road near Ingles. ...(more)

Mars Hill University Will Begin Fall Semester Online

Mars Hill University will begin the fall 2020 semester on August 17 with remote instruction before resuming in-person classes on September 8. Citing the continuing increase in COVID-19 cases in the Southeast and North Carolina’s current Phase 2 designation by the governor’s office, university President Tony Floyd said, “We feel that we have no choice but to begin the fall semester with ...(more)

Business News

BRP Wins Casting of The Year

BRP in Spruce Pine has won  Casting of the Year from Modern Casting Magazine.  Willie “Ronnie” Anglin of Burnsville was the Senior Process Engineer of the project. Pictured left to right is Steve Robinson (Engineering Manager), Willie “Ronnie” Anglin (Senior Process Engineer) and Curtis Taylor (Plant Manager). Below is a link to the article: Lethbridge Iron Works, ...(more)

Carolina Farm Credit AgYouth Leadership Scholarships

Carolina Farm Credit is proud to announce the recipients of the AgYouth Leadership Program scholarships.  This program was set up to honor students who excel in the classroom and community as leaders in their FFA chapters and 4-H clubs.   NC FFA advisors and 4-H leaders selected students to submit applications for the AgYouth Leadership Program.  The AgYouth Leadership Committee then ...(more)

Babe’s Donates Another $500 To Feed-A-Child

Babe’s Pizza & Treats has donated another $500 to the Feed-A-Child program in Yancey County.  On May 5th Babe’s donated $1000 to the program. The restaurant donates a percentage of pizza sales. Pictured is Babe’s owner Bob Myers, Feed-A-Child’s Robert Wyatt and Babe’s  Abigail Ayers. Babe’s is located in the Roses Shopping Center. Call 828-536-5511. ...(more)