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New Director for MAY Coalition

Bill Weeks, Director of MAY Coalition for the last 25 years, is passing the torch as he retires this spring. Eron Thiele will serve as the new director for the organization. “We are very excited about Eron assuming the reins at MAY Coalition, said MAY Coalition Board President Nancy Morrison. “He brings skills and experience that make him a great fit for both the job and the three-county ...(more)

Yancey BOE Votes to Close Bee Log Elementary

At a specially-called meeting on March 19, the Yancey County Board of Education made the decision to close and consolidate Bee Log Elementary School into Bald Creek and Clearmont Elementary Schools. After reviewing the impact study as presented by Superintendent Tony Tipton on March 8, the school board voted 3-2 to close and consolidate Bee Log Elementary School into Bald Creek and Clearmont ...(more)

Parkway Most Visited National Park

According to the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Parkway, which goes through both Mitchell and Yancey counties, had the most guests with more than 16,000,0000 recreation visits. Nearly 331 million people visited the National Park Service’s 417 sites in 2017. While attendance numbers remained relatively stable, people actually spent more time in the parks in 2017 — more than ...(more)

Health Corporation of America May Acquire Mission Hospital

Hospital Corporation of America of Nashville, Tennessee has signed a letter of intent to acquire Mission Hospital.  In a news release, Mission said its board voted unanimously to execute the letter of intent with HCA, a for-profit health care company which operates 177 hospitals and 119 surgery centers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Mission said the decision is based on its ...(more)

McDowell Emergency Services to Train at Old McDowell Hospital

McDowell Fire Department will use the old McDowell Hospital building to perform some training exercises on Saturday, March 24 from about 7:30 a.m. to noon. The fire department will simulate a rescue on the 2nd floor of the old hospital, breaching a window in the back. Signage has been posted stating there is training in progress. The new Mission Hospital McDowell opened on March 9. For ...(more)

Exploitation of Children Arrest

Over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement agencies conducted an operation that was focused on the exploitation of children and the predators involved. This operation netted four arrest of adults, in which three of them had the intention of having sex with a minor. The subjects arrested are all from Western North Carolina and traveled at ...(more)

Mother and Son Charged in Jail Drug Conspiracy

Detective Patrick Guion of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office has charged Doris Ann Cochran, age 62, of 860 Marlowe Road in Marion, with conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled substance and providing contraband to an inmate. Guion also charged Kevin Christopher Lail, age 34, also of 860 Marlowe Road in Marion, with conspiracy to sell and deliver a Schedule III controlled ...(more)