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Yancey Commissioners Hear More on Dog Laws

It was a full house again last night at the Yancey County Commissioners meeting, in the courtroom of the courthouse.  Commissioners took care of some of the smaller items on the agenda before getting to the main...Read More

Some Yancey 911 Calls being Routed out of State

Yancey County emergency services officials said some 911 calls are not going directly to the county’s call center. Emergency Services Director Jeff Howell said they first learned about this issue when they got a call from a...Read More

Foothills Conservancy Purchases 2200 Acres

On Oct. 30, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation closed on the purchase of 2,200 acres in McDowell County in the second phase of land acquisition for Bobs Creek State Natural Area. The first...Read More

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 11/2 – 11/11/19

Kameron Allen Calloway, age 26, 71 Calloway Creek Ln. Newland, NC. Deputy W. Hobson arrested Calloway for failure to appear in court on reckless driving offense. He was issued $500.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court...Read More

Cane River and Ray Court Park Meeting Updates

Thursday, November 14th at 1 PM, at the Yancey County Extension office, Jeff Howell, Yancey County Emergency Management Coordinator and Loren Deyton, Yancey County Parks and Recreation Director will lead a discussion on the reconstruction of the berm...Read More

Buttke Convicted of Murder

On October 30th, 2019 Allen James Buttke, Jr. was convicted of Second Degree Murder. In the early morning hours of October 25th, 2017, the Yancey County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the Bald Mountain Community...Read More

Stith is New Toe Cane Watershed Coordinator

Felix Stith has been named the new Toe-Cane Watershed Coordinator for Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development. Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development  helps the communities of Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties address...Read More

AMY Wellness Foundation Helps Fund the Jason Project

The AMY Wellness Foundation has provided a grant of $22,500 to help fund The Jason Project’s Grandfather Challenge program where at-risk youth navigate the challenging trails at Grandfather Mountain. The AMY Wellness Foundation, begun in 2018, has...Read More

Bear Bite

N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reporting that a Mitchell County man was bitten by a black bear while sitting in his driveway last Saturday. He was sitting outdoors at dusk when a mama bear and her cub...Read More

Armed Robber Apprehended

Capt. Shanon Smith of the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged  23-year-old Gabriel Marcus Hughes, of Double Island Road in Yancey County, with robbery with a dangerous weapon. Shortly before 4 p.m. on Friday, October 25th, a masked...Read More

Mars Hill University Half Price Tuition

School superintendents from four Western North Carolina counties visited Mars Hill University on Monday, November 4, 2019, to formalize a new scholarship program. The Local Lion Promise guarantees scholarships covering at least half the price of tuition...Read More

Mitchell Sheriff’s Report 10/28 – 11/2/19

Lynsdie Brinkley, age 17,110 Rocky Ridge Rd., Spruce Pine NC. Dale was arrested for 2 counts of misdemeanor assault and battery. She was issued $5,000.00 bond and scheduled to appear in court on 12/4/19. Felicia Christine Houser,...Read More

Town Elections to Be Held Tomorrow

All three towns in Mitchell and Yancey counties will hold town elections tomorrow. Bakersville has two incumbents running for the town council, Charlie Nash and Beau Thomas. The third person vying for the two seats is Andy...Read More

Watchdog Group Appointed for HCA

Dogwood Trust, which was created from the sale of Mission Health to HCA has selected an independent watchdog group. Gibbins Advisors is charged with ensuring HCA is committed to providing quality health care throughout the area. Gibbins...Read More

Animal Cruelty Charges

Mitchell County Sheriff Donald Street has posted arrest charges information on the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page. The charges stem from the recent animal cruelty case in the county.  The Sheriff also added a note stating that he...Read More

Bailey Mtn Cloggers Win National Championship Again

They’ve done it again! The Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Mars Hill University’s championship precision clogging team, won yet another national title at the America’s Clogging Hall of Fame (ACHF) National Clogging Championships in Gatlinburg, Tenn., October 25 and...Read More

Marvin Taylor Sentenced as Habitual Felon

On October 22nd, 2019, Marvin Jack Taylor was convicted  of Felony Flee to Elude Arrest with a Motor Vehicle, Resisting a Public Officer, Driving While License Revoked, Aggressive Driving, Misdemeanor Hit and Run, and Injury to Real...Read More

Ledford Sentenced to Prison as Habitual Felon

On October 22nd, 2019, Jackie Lee Ledford was convicted of 3 counts of Felony Possession with Intent to Sell or Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Felony Deliver a Schedule II Controlled Substance, Felony...Read More

Urgent Need from Mitchell County Animal Rescue

Mitchell County Animal Rescue has an urgent need for help after a resident surrenders 25 animals including horses, cats and dogs, with more cats expected to be surrendered. The rescue says the animals are from a neglect...Read More

A Marion Lineman is a World Champ

The International Lineman’s Rodeo is not your typical rodeo with horses and cowboys. It’s a competition between those who keep the juice flowing by repairing power lines. Lineworkers from the United States and several countries compete in...Read More

Yancey Sherff’s Report 10/9 – 10/23/19

EMMA JANE DEYTON, 33 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/09/2019 Deyton is charged with;  Felony Extradition Of Fugitive Other State, Tennessee ROGER EDWARD STEVENS, 56 of Burnsville, NC was arrested on 10/10/2019 Stevens is charged with;...Read More

Mars Hill Woman Charged in Theft at Pharmacy

Tracy Holcombe of Mars Hill has been charged with stealing hundreds of opioid pills  from a grocery store. Holcombe was employed in the pharmacy department of the Weaverville Publix. Apparently Holcombe embezzled 200 tramadol pills from the...Read More

Calendar Scams and Craig’s List Scam

First it was emails. Then it was text messages. Now the latest scams involve calendar invites and Craig’s List. Scammers are taking advantage of default calendar settings to plant phony events laced with phishing links on targets’...Read More

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