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Janice Ann Roberts Whitson

Janice Ann Roberts Whitson, age 69, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 5th, 2022 at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation.  A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Inez Cogdill Roberts.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Rita Roberts and a brother, Larry Roberts.  Janice had a big heart, was very social and funny.  ...(more)

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Expansion

Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) is expanding its Watauga Medical Center with a $126 million construction project. Technological enhancements include the implementation of MEDI+SIGN Digital Whiteboards and MED+SIGN Digital Door Displays, aligning with ARHS’s focus to deliver premier healthcare. “For years, ARHS has successfully worked around limitations in space and declining ...(more)

Mitchell High Early Childhood Education Students Create Sensory Tubs and Preschool Lessons

Mitchell High Early Childhood Education students created sensory tubs and lesson plans for preschool classrooms on Friday, September 2nd. Mrs. Boone explained the importance of this activity because sensory bins provide children with the opportunity to explore and learn through hands-on tactile play that engages their senses. These bins encourage and support various types of development and ...(more)

Tanker Spill Leads To Road Closure

A tanker spill led to the closure of a Mitchell County Road on Wednesday. Shortly before 9 am officers closed Hwy 226 North at Red Hill. State Highway Patrol said crews received a call that a tanker hauling 4,500 gallons of hydrofluorosilicic acid crashed on Hwy 197 North and a hazmat spill occurred. Crews with Emergency Management of Mitchell County and Asheville Hazmat were on the scene to ...(more)

Lost Business Card Holder

Lost in Burnsville Ingles: Gold and Alligator Business Card Holder. It has gold initials CEC on it. It has a lot of sentimental value. Call 682-2862 ...(more)

Medicare Open Enrollment

(PRESS RELEASE) Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7, 2022.  Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminds Medicare beneficiaries to compare and evaluate their current plans and make necessary changes during the Open Enrollment Period. SHIIP (Senior’s Health Insurance Information Program) is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance and offers ...(more)

Five Water and Wastewater Projects for Burnsville

The Town of Burnsville recently was awarded over $12 million from NC Department of Environmental Quality through the American Rescue Plan Funds. They submitted applications for five construction projects totaling $12,169,494 to receive the funding. The funds will be used for the following water and wastewater projects. –Replacement of the Bakers Creek Pump Station — ...(more)

Yancey Health Dept Covid Testing Hours Changed

COVID TESTING hours have changed at the Yancey Health Dept. Days: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Time Available: 9am till 4pm. Drive – Thru Where :  White Tents located at the end of Health Dept. building. Tests are FREE and home tests are available as well. ...(more)

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 8/28 – 9/4/22

Arrest: Kyle E. Shipman, 49 of Bakersville, NC. Deputy D. Keepers arrested Shipman for failure to pay child support. He was issued a secured bond and scheduled to appear in court. Kristina Sarah Peterson, 43 of Bakersville, NC. Deputy D. Keepers arrested Peterson for failure to appear in court. She was issued $500.00 bond and schedule to appear in court on 9/22/2022. Kassida Ward McKinney, 48 ...(more)