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Power Outage Friday Night – Earthquake Sunday

A widespread power outage occurred Friday afternoon at 6:08 pm. The outage affected over 15,000 of the 38,000 French Broad Electric customers in a 6 county area. Many Duke Energy Customers were also without power. French Broad Electric said the interruption was caused by a feed line coming into their system.  Power was restored around 7:35pm. The USGS reported, a significant earthquake took ...(more)

Toe River Health Update 8/9/20

  Toe River Health District Announces Zero Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Yancey County Zero Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mitchell County Two Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Avery County Ledger, NC (August 9, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County had 2 new positives today ...(more)

Widespread Earthquake Sunday Morning

The USGS reports, a significant earthquake took place near Sparta, North Carolina around 8:07 am Sunday morning, August 9th. The quake registered at 5.1 on the Richter Scale, one of the stronger to occur in this region in decades. Reports of feeling the earthquake were reported from all across Western North Carolina, and as far south as Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, South Carolina. The ...(more)

Homecoming at Shoal Creek Baptist Church

Shoal Creek Baptist Church will be having their Homecoming Sunday, August 16th at 11:00 am.  Singing will be The Edwards Family. Rev. Adam Edwards will be doing the preaching. Everyone is welcome to attend. ...(more)

COVID-19 Update 8/7/20

TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT PRESS RELEASE Three Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Yancey County Zero Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Mitchell County One Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Avery County Ledger, NC (August 7, 2020). Toe River Health District, Yancey, Mitchell and Avery Counties, were notified today, about the following positive cases in our district. Avery County had 1 new positive today ...(more)

NCDHHS to Pay for Ongoing Testing of Nursing Home Staff; Codifies Requirement for Biweekly Nursing Home Staff Testing

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) today took additional steps to protect nursing home residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic by issuing a Secretarial Order requiring biweekly staff testing and announcing continued state funding for staff testing through November. The order mandates the existing recommendation for biweekly testing. The Department is ...(more)