McCaysville Police Chief Mike Earley, right, used needle-nosed pliers to pick shards of crystal methamphetamine from a suspect’s wrecked vehicle Saturday night in McCaysville. Detective Cory Collogan, along with other McCaysville officers, helped collect the evidence, which includes 16  and 1/2 grams of heroin.

Chase ends with wreck, arrest for heroin trafficking

A Blue Ridge man was arrested in McCaysville Saturday night, September 19, after a short chase ended in his vehicle being wrecked and the discovery of a large amount of drugs and money. Brian Joseph Martell, 35, of 125 Jones Street Apartment C-2,…

Fall Arts in the Park canceled


The Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association (BRMAA) has decided to call off the annual Fall Arts in the Park festival that was scheduled for October 10 and 11.

Cougars, Rebels square off October 23


A rivalry that has not been officially renewed for 23 years is set to be re-kindled Friday, October 23, as the Fannin County Rebels and Copper Basin Cougars plan to meet during the regular season a

Timothy Smith


Mr. Timothy Neal Smith, age 53, of Turtletown, passed away September 15, 2020, in the Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, North Carolina. 

James Turner


James Kenneth Turner, age 80, of Blue Ridge, passed away Friday, September 17, 2020, at Union General Hospital. 

Ebby O’Neal


George Edward O’Neal Jr., “Ebby,” age 77, of McCaysville, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2020, at the PruittHealth of Blue Ridge.