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Local News

Mission Health Press Release

Mission Health, as part of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, is announcing a comprehensive effort to protect its colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few weeks, Mission Health has experienced a decrease in surgery and outpatient volume as a result of COVID-19, leading to a reduction of hours for many of our colleagues. In response, HCA ...(more)

Mitchell County Arrests 3/30 – 4/3

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report 3/30/2020-4/3/2020  Carla Jolene Carpenter, 46, of 1012 Isaacs Branch Rd. Newland, NC. Detective A. Beam arrested Carpenter for Felony possession of Methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of SCH II CS, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear in court on misdemeanor probation violations. She was issued $13,000.00 bond ...(more)

Western North Carolina Burning Ban

The NC Forest Service has issued a burn ban effective today (Friday 4/3) at 5pm for Yancey county and all 32 western counties. This ban is issued due to spring fire season and an effort to minimize contact on wildfires during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first 48 hours is a grace period, warnings only. THIS BAN ONLY APPLIES TO OPEN BURNING OCCURRING 100’ OUTSIDE OF AN OCCUPIED DWELLING THIS ...(more)

Mission Health Implements Universal Masking

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – April 2, 2020 – Mission Health announced that all staff and providers in all patient care areas will now wear masks, expanding their use beyond suspected or positive COVID cases. Masks will be optional only for staff in non-patient care areas who can consistently maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet aside from brief interactions with colleagues. “Our top ...(more)

COVID-19 Friday Update

As of Thursday at 11am NC is reporting 1,857 Presumptive and Confirmed cases of COVID-19. 16 deaths statewide and 83 of the 100 counties have at least 1 reported case. 42% of those infected are between the ages of 25-49. Now there are reports that the virus can be spread by those who have the virus but DO NOT have any symptoms, which is why staying at home as much as you can is so ...(more)

Community News

Task Force Update; Home Remedies Session Link

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 4 at 10am, Home Remedies is hosting  “Surfing the Winds of Change—Resources to be Resilient in challenging times.” Margot Rossi, M.Ac and Mindfulness Educator and Jeff Spargo, MDiv and Substance Prevention Educator, will be hosting the session.In light of current life challenges which can bring about stress, we will discuss how simple practices can ...(more)

Parkway Playhouse Responds To Crisis

As an organization whose heart and soul is about bringing people together, the pandemic is challenging us in many ways and we are adapting to those challenges as best we can. In times like these, it is even more important than ever that we stay connected. Stories, old and new, need to be shared, songs need to be sung and heard, knowledge needs to be shared. All of the artists associated with ...(more)

Burnsville Town Center Event Update

We would first like to send out our hope that everyone is safe and healthy.  We’re extremely grateful to all of the promoters, families and individuals that have been so kind and understanding as we work through this together.  In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, we’re strictly adhering to all guidelines and mandates from all relevant authorities and ...(more)

Yancey County Courthouse

Yancey County Courthouse Services will be by appointment only beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. The Yancey County Courthouse will operate on a normal schedule and staff will be available to assist you. ***Please call and make an appointment before you come**** Courthouse Phone Numbers County Managers Office 828-682-3971 Finance Office 828-682-3819 Clerk of Court- 828-678-5700 District ...(more)

Help Save Our Honey Bees: Swarming time is upon us

As springtime temperatures encourage the blooming of fruit trees and wildflowers, so too are the warmer days of April and May a time for honey bees to perform their amazing and sometime terrifying  habit of swarming. If you’ve ever witnessed a basketball-sized cluster of loudly buzzing bees, you may have been tempted to call the exterminator.  Please don’t!  Instead, call your ...(more)

School News

Yancey County Schools

Yancey County Schools will be observing Spring Break for all staff and students the week of April 13-17, 2020. There will be no remote learning nor food deliveries during this week. Families can utilize the following resources for food pick up during this time: Reconciliation House 682-7251 Yancey Community Center 682-6011 Yancey Feed-A-Child 284-0316 Charity House Mission 678-0726 Dig In! ...(more)

Mitchell County School’s Message to Parents & Students

Parents and Students…This is a reminder that if you have not checked in with your teachers and are not completing assignments, you need to do so as soon as possible. North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has approved these days as remote learning days. The only students exempt are seniors that were passing their high school classes at the end of the 3rd 9 weeks. All students, ...(more)

Business News

Mercy Urgent Care Offering Fit-testing for N95 Respirator Masks

Mercy Urgent Care is now offering fit-testing for N95 and other respirator masks in an effort to help medical professionals, essential employees and at-risk individuals stay safe in these unprecedented and trying times. Whether you’re an employer or an individual needing a respirator mask for work, Mercy welcomes you to take advantage of its respirator mask fit-testing services, performed ...(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)

AMY Wellness Foundation is New Chamber Member

The Burnsville-Yancey Chamber of Commerce would like to Welcome new member Amy Wellness Foundation. Located at 31 cross St, Ste 266 Spruce Pine, NC.  Amy Wellness Foundation works with other nonprofits and organizations in our communities through capacity building, financial support and collaboration. Working together to build and improve culture of health.  For more information call ...(more)