The researcher involved in your profile of Spruce Pine, Burnsville and Celo [Oct. 16 Xpress] was mistaken in declaring Spruce Pine the county seat of Mitchell County. That honor went to Bakersville, although I'm not certain why.
And an opportunity was missed:
Place to be in case of zombie invasion: Price’s Creek Store in Cane River (Yancey County) appears on the outside to be an ordinary convenience store. If you go inside, you will see enough ordnance to supply a small (human) army for years, along with clothing, food and farm supplies. The surrounding area is ideal for starting civilization over again, since the former Cane River High School is directly across the road from the store.
— Joel Norton
(Mitchell County native)