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Ethan Allen to Lay Off 325 Old Fort Workers

Ethan Allen announced yesterday that the Danbury, Connecticut-based company will lay off 325 workers from its manufacturing plant in Old Fort, N.C. It is part of a consolidation plan across the company. The company said the Old Fort plant will maintain a lumber processing facility, but will be converted into a “state-of-the-art distribution center.” About half U.S. case goods ...(more)

Energy Grants for Small Businesses and Farms

Area small businesses and farmers may be eligible for 50% or more in cost-share funding for energy projects ranging from solar panels, lighting and insulation upgrades, HVAC improvements and more. The WNC Energy Cost-share Assistance Program, a nonprofit program of the Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council, is able to directly assist with the application process for the ...(more)

Operation Back Roads Bagged Begins in Yancey County

Operation Back Roads Bagged kicked off Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Yancey County with convicted misdemeanor inmates housed at the Yancey County Sheriff Office Detention Center picking up trash along the smaller secondary roads.  These would be roads other than the county’s primary arteries of US Hwy 19E, 19W, 80, and 197 North and South. County Manager Lynn Austin, Chief Deputy Shane ...(more)

Wanted: Road Rage Driver

McDowell County Sheriff’s deputies need the public’s help locating the driver of a vehicle that opened fire on a trucker during a road rage incident Monday afternoon, April 15.  The driver of this suspect vehicle and the driver of a tractor-trailer were involved in a situation on Interstate 40 eastbound at approximately noon. One driver cut another off, and there was some exchange of hand ...(more)

Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about possible child pornography. Madison County Sheriff detectives tracked down the suspect and located numerous videos and images of child pornography.  Detectives arrested Jerry Nicholas Resor, and charged him with eleven counts of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of Minors. ...(more)

Madison County School Bus Driver Charged

Ronald Shelton, a Madison County school bus driver has been charged with felony sex offense with a child and three counts of sex acts with a student. The charges stem from a complaint Friday, April 12th about inappropriate activity between a student and a school bus driver. Shelton is being held in the Madison County Jail on $500,000 bond. ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Activity Report 4/7 – 4/14/19

JAMES TIMOTHY COOPER, age 44, 15 Wood Duck Road, Burnsville, N.C. Captain R.V. Wiseman and Deputy J.B. Masters arrested Cooper for possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and maintain a vehicle for keeping controlled substance. Cooper is being held in jail on a $15,000.00 secured bond. He is schedule to appear in court on April 24, 2019. GREGORY SCOTT PATE, age 56, 356 Double Island ...(more)