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UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. – The remains of one of the women Cecil Byrd was convicted of killing were found Friday on Iron Mountain just across the state line in Unicoi County, Tennessee.

The latest influenza-like illness (ILI) report from the state health department shows a decrease in flu-like illnesses in the region.

Cecil Byrd

BAKERSVILLE – A Mitchell County man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering two women and burning their remains in the fall of 2015.



Members of the 2017 Harris Blue Devils softball team are No. 8 Carissa Blevins, No. 4 Zayda Carver, No. 3 Abby Cook, No. 9 Stormy Burleson, No. 14 Reagan Sparks, No. 17 Izabell Miller, No. 6 Maria Velazquez, No. 1 Ragan Fleener, No. 5 Alondra Ramirez, No. 10 Emma Wiseman, No. 7 Ariel Gilpin, No. 11 Brianna Burleson, No. 16 Aiden Bunten and manager Laurie Conley.

Harris baseball schedule


5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23

Harris at Avery


4 p.m. Monday, March 27

Harris at East Yancey


BLACK MOUNTAIN – Mitchell baseball this past Thursday dropped its conference opener against Owen.

Mitchell High’s Alex McKinney, left, sitting, and Todd Self during a signing ceremony March 7 at Mitchell High School. The pair signed to play football as preferred walk-ons at Western Carolina University. Behind Alex is his mother, Heather Potter Rickman, and his father, Tony McKinney. Todd is with his parents, Libby and Robbie. In the center is Mitchell Head Coach Travise Pitman, who also played at WCU. MNJ photo/David Purtell

LEDGER – Two Mitchell football standouts are playing together at the next level.  



F. Jack Nelson

Oct. 18, 1940 — March 17, 2017


BANDANA -- Solena Mozell Howell, 90, of NC 80, the Bandana community in Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 10, 2017.

GAFFNEY, SOUTH CAROLINA -- William Stephen Bratton, 68, of 172 Stroupe Estate Road, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 11, 2017, at his residence.

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