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Yancey School Board Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education was held in the gymnasium of Burnsville Elementary School on Monday, February 19, 2024. Orr Building Update Superintendent Kathy Amos reported that she had met with...Read More

McDowell County Couple Wins Big Jackpot

When Alvin Turner of Nebo saw he hit the jackpot in Monday’s Cash 5 drawing, he had to show his wife the $624,134 prize right away.Turner said, “I woke her up. I thought I was reading it wrong.”...Read More

Madison Wildfire

The North Carolina Forest Service reported a fire in Madison County early Tuesday afternoon. The Dan Branch Fire had grown to about 60 acres Wednesday and was threatening several structures. According to the Forest Service fire website,...Read More

Chemical Truck Accident on NC 226 – Update

The spill from the truck accident at Buladean has been contained. Rotator and pumper trucks are on the scene. The driver of the truck was transported to the hospital by Mitchell Medics. There were no immediate exposures....Read More

News From Congressman Chuck Edwards

Secretary Mayorkas has failed to fulfill his oath of his office and has failed the American people. I receive calls from concerned WNC citizens every day regarding our nation’s border crisis. Border states aren’t the only places...Read More

Baxter’s Bomb Threat

The Baxter plant in McDowell County underwent a temporary shutdown over the weekend due to a bomb threat, as confirmed by a spokesperson from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office. The threat, received at the North Cove facility...Read More

Pharmacy Break-In

On February 13th Mitchell County deputies responded to an alarm at Roan Mountain Pharmacy in Bakersville. Upon opening of the drug store tools were found inside from a break in. Video evidence led to a warrant and...Read More

Mitchell Sheriff’s Arrest Report 2/11 – 2/18/24

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: David Van McClellan, 39 of Spruce Pine, NC. Deputy A. Renfro arrested McClellan for felony possession of Methamphetamine and possession of drug...Read More

Public Help Needed on Fire

The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help on a suspicious fire that occurred in the early morning hours of February 12th at Altapass Recycling Center. Authorities responded to a fire that appears to...Read More

New Madison County Industrial Park Planned

Madison County has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from Golden LEAF for site development at its new Madison County Industrial Park site in Marshall. During the board’s Nov. 21 meeting, The Madison County Planning Board unanimously...Read More

Foxx Report – 2/16/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX It is crystal clear that President Biden’s lack of mental acuity poses a serious threat to our national security – and the country overall. Last Thursday, Department of Justice Special...Read More

Grants For Downtown Development

Mountain BizWorks, lead partner for North Carolina, is now accepting applications for the new round of Opportunity Appalachia technical assistance funding. The Opportunity Appalachia program provides targeted support for downtown and rural development to build entrepreneurial communities...Read More

Early Voting Begins Thursday, February 15

Early one stop voting begins on Thursday, February 15 and continues until 3 pm on Saturday, March 2nd.  The actual primary election day is Tuesday, March 5th. The March primary election will determine which candidates are on...Read More

Yancey DSS Meeting – 2/26/24

The Yancey County Department of Social Services Board Will Hold their Monthly Meeting On Monday, February 26, 2024 At 6:00 Pm.  The Meeting Will Be Held In The Offices Of The Yancey County DSS....Read More

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 2/4 – 2/11/24

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: Brian Dean Mitchem, 39 of Marion, NC. Deputy T. Silvers arrested Mitchem for felony warrants issued by Buncombe. He was issued $5,001.00...Read More

Yancey County Shooting

The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged Leonard Anthony Widawski, of Yancey County, in connection to the shooting of a 15-year-old boy on Saturday, February 10th. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon resulting in...Read More

Foxx Report – 2/9/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX Declaring regulatory warfare on American energy was one of the most short-sighted, moronic things that the Biden administration has chosen to do. By attacking American energy here at home, our...Read More

Yancey Farmers’ Market Safety and Space Concerns

At the monthly meeting of the Burnsville Town Council, Yancey County Farmers Market spokesperson Christina Gordon requested that the town continue to make available the current location near the Town Square for the upcoming Farmers’ Market. The...Read More

AMY Wellness 2024 Grant Program For Non-Profits

AMY Wellness Foundation has announced the launch of their 2024 Impact Grants program for the year. Recognizing the challenges faced by regional non-profit organizations in securing funding for their philanthropic initiatives, the Foundation aims to bridge the...Read More

Altapass Recycling Center Back After Fire

The Altapass Recycling Center is back in the business of recycling cardboard, as installation of a replacement baler for the one damaged by fire last fall has been completed. Sanitation Director Mike Jones says things are back...Read More

Yancey County Schools Implements Autism Training

Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Yancey County Schools recently implemented a training program for Autism intervention.  The program is for Exceptional Children staff, Pre-K teachers and Pre-K teacher assistants. ...Read More

Urgent Need For Blood

Winter storms forced the cancelation of more than 530 American Red Cross blood drives in January, leading to as many as 15,000 blood and platelet donations going uncollected in the first month of the year. In the...Read More

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 1/28 – 2/4/24

(Press Release from Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Arrest: Ashley Ellis, 43 of Bakersville, NC. Deputy A. Duncan arrested Ellis for felony probation violations. She was issued a “no bond” with...Read More

News from US Congressman Chuck Edwards

I continue to fight for H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act. So far, the Senate has shown no interest in taking up the bill so I’ve remained focused on passing various bills to protect Americans from...Read More

Foxx Report – 2/2/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX President Biden claimed last week that he needs Congress to pass new legislation that grants him the authority to close the southern border. He’s acting as if his hands are...Read More

Yancey Sheriff’s Felon Arrest Report 1/26 – 2/1/24

(Press Release from Yancey County Sheriff’s Department.  Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.) Sherry Renee Murray 42 years old, of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 01-26-2024. Murray was charged with Felony Possession of Methamphetamine, Misdemeanor Simple...Read More

Urgent Missing Person Alert–Update: Located

Update: According to the Yancey County Sheriff’s Department this person has been located and is home safe, The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in locating Tanner Norton, missing since 1/29/2024 in the Bakers Creek and...Read More

Yancey School Board January 22 Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Yancey County Board of Education was held in the gymnasium of Blue Ridge Elementary School on Monday, January 22, 2024. Facilities Projects Update Facilities Director Derek Murphy gave updates on the...Read More

Mitchell Sheriff’s Arrest Report 1/21 – 1/28

(All innocent until proven guilty) Arrest: Charles Nicolas Bradley, 31 of Lenoir, NC. Deputy B. Robinson arrested Bradley for outstanding warrants issued by Caldwell County. He was issued $6,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on...Read More

Foxx Report – 1/26/24

PRESS RELEASE FROM U.S. CONGRESSWOMAN VIRGINIA FOXX Do you remember a few short weeks ago on December 19th when the partisan Colorado Supreme Court chose to remove President Trump, by a 4-3 decision, from the state’s presidential primary...Read More

Fugitive Apprehended in Yancey County

The Yancey County Sheriff’s Office successfully apprehended a wanted fugitive, Jeremiah Ayers, in connection with the theft of an ATM in Carter County, Tennessee. The arrest took place on January 23rd, following a collaborative effort between Yancey...Read More

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