Sunshine on Trees by Sue McGee
Sunset from Beech Mountain by Sallie Woodring
Abundant Apples at The Orchard
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Local News

Church Group Rescued at Linville Falls

A 23-person church group became lost on Saturday, Oct. 23, at Linville Falls. Linville Central Rescue Squad joined the region’s Mountain Rescue Team and the Burke County Emergency Management to evacuate the group. According to Kyle Kitchin with Linville Rescue, the group had become separated and two members were able to hike out and call for help. Burke County EMS responded around 7:30 p.m. ...(more)

Young Girl Killed in Wreck, Mother Seriously Injured

Friday evening, October 22nd as many in Yancey County traveled toward Asheville, some excited about the upcoming Cougar ballgame at Madison High School, they came upon traffic backed up for miles as a head-on collision had occurred near the bottom of Madison mountain near the carp pond. Seven-year-old Addy Watson was believed to have passed away on impact. She was revived and placed on life ...(more)

Municipal Elections November 2nd

North Carolina has more than 550 cities, towns, and villages – also known as municipalities. Municipalities are local governments, which control local tax rates and make decisions about development, policing, and other issues that affect voters’ daily lives. Most municipalities in North Carolina conduct elections in odd-numbered years, including 2021. Mitchell and Yancey Counties will hold ...(more)

Town of Burnsville System Pressure Advisory

Town of Burnsville ID NO. 01-00-010 System Pressure Advisory! The water consumers of Town of Burnsville, in Yancey County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a water line break near 900 W US HWY 19E. Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water ...(more)

Spruce Pine Pressure Advisory Rescinded

CANCELLATION System Pressure Advisory Rescinded 10/24/2021 Based on the laboratory analysis of water samples collected from the Town of Spruce Pine Water System on 10/23/2021, water users affected by the water outage are hereby notified that it is no longer necessary to boil water used for human consumption. The area affected included: All of Highway 226S, including connecting side streets, ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Arrest Report 10/17 – 10/24/21

Arrest: Megan Lena Hoilman, 32 of Cane Creek Rd., Bakersville, NC. Captain R.V. Wiseman arrested Hoilman for felony possess Methamphetamine, misdemeanor simple possess SCH III controlled substance and possess drug paraphernalia. She was issued $8,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 10/27/2021. James Travis Buchanan, 50 of Fox Grape Dr., Burnsville, NC. Lieutenant J. Holmes arrested ...(more)

Community News

Connect @ Your Library

The library is now open to the public. Library hours are Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday hours are 10a.m. to 1p.m. If you are feeling sick in any way, please do not use our      in-person library services; curbside services are still available upon request. We also strongly recommend that patrons of our library wear a mask or face covering for their safety and the safety of ...(more)

TR!X AND TREATZ Oct 29 & 30

TR!X AND TREATZ are celebrating their 5 year anniversary! For the 1st time ever , TR!X AND TREATZ will be celebrating 2 days of TRICK OR TREATING! Both days are FREE to EVERYONE! Anyone can visit and re-visit us the next day! FREE CANDY AND TOYS! Oct. 29 ( 4 – 9 ) Oct. 30 ( 2 – 5 ) ...(more)

School News

Health Science II Students Complete CPR Certification

On October 7th, a total of 26 Mitchell High School students enrolled in the CTE Health Science II course, taught by Mrs. Katy Grindstaff, completed their CPR BLS certification.  These students completed First Aid during the spring of 2021 in Health Science I and are adding CPR BLS certification during their Health Science II course. The Health Science II students had to learn infant/child and ...(more)

Operation Stop Arm

PRESS RELEASE: RALEIGH – In support of Operation Stop Arm week, the State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm and other traffic violations in and around school zones and school bus stops. The operation will run daily from 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 18 through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 and runs in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week. The Patrol ...(more)

Business News

New Owner for Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC

Congratulations to Ali Talebi on the purchase of Spruce Pine Chevrolet Buick GMC in Spruce Pine, NC! Ali is shown here (from left) with Jay Palassis with GM Financial, General Motors Zone Manager Edward Bailey (Ali) and Ralph Vines, President of Advanced DMS who Co-Brokered the transaction. ...(more)

Duke Energy $25,000 Hometown Revitalization Grant

The Duke Energy Foundation has distributed $750,000 in grants to help local businesses across North Carolina adapt to the unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic. Mitchell County is the recipient of a $25,000 grant to support local small businesses. “Since the Spring of 2020, our local businesses have been doing everything they can to survive the effects of the pandemic and have ...(more)

Orchard at Altapass Wins 2021 TripAdvisor Travel’s Choice Award

The Orchard at Altapass announced that it has been recognized by a TripAdvisor 2021 Travelers’ Choice award for Things to Do. “This award celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to visitors, having earned great reviews on TripAdvisor over the last 12 months. As challenging as the past year was, the Orchard stood out by continuously delighting visitors,” said ...(more)