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Toe River Health District Update – 8/10/20

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Seven Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Yancey County One Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mitchell County Eight Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Avery County Ledger, NC (August 10, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County had 8 new positives today ...(more)

Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting

The next Yancey County DSS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Monday, August 24, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This will be a virtual meeting. If you wish to attend, call the agency at 682-6148 for instructions. ...(more)

Mitchell County Announces Third Death to COVID-19

Mitchell County Health Department, a part of Toe River Health District, was notified today of its third CoVID-19 associated death in Mitchell County. The individual, in their 60’s, was hospitalized. To protect the family’s privacy no further information about the patient will be released. “We want to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” said Toe ...(more)

Bicyclist Struck and Killed in McDowell County

A bicyclist was struck and killed by a driver Saturday night, August 8th on US-70 West near Major Conley Road in McDowell County. According to Emergency Services Director William Kehler, emergency personnel were called to the scene. Upon arriving they found one person pinned under a car. EMS paramedics pronounced that person dead at the scene. The accident happened just before 9 p.m. The driver ...(more)

Buchanan Wins $100 from WKYK

Heather Buchanan of Bakersville is the winner of the $100 from WKYK in the “Makin’ Lemonade” contest. Since there was no Crafts Fair (lemon) this year WKYK got together with Yancey County merchants and decided to “make lemonade” by having special sales events all  week and a registration for $100 from WKYK. Pictured is WKYK/WTOE’s Bruce Ikard presenting ...(more)

Mars Hill University Postpones Fall Sports Seasons

Mars Hill University has announced  that all fall sports are postponed, with plans to compete during the spring semester. The decision comes following a meeting and vote  of the South Atlantic Conference (SAC), in response to numerous mandates passed down from the NCAA on Wednesday. For Mars Hill, this announcement affects men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s ...(more)

Missing Person

Anyone who may have seen this person on July 31 or  August 1 at the Black Mountain trail head in Yancey County to contact the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office at 828-682-2124 ...(more)

Mitchell County Sheriff’s Report 8/2 – 8/8/20

Jerry Mitchell Banks, 52, 249 Upper Cub Creek Rd. Bakersville, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Banks for Felony probation violations. He was issued a no bond and scheduled for a probation hearing. Christopher Todd Burnette, 41, of 64 Lynn Dr. Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Burnette for felony post release warrant. He was issued a no bond and scheduled for a post release ...(more)