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Local News

Rural Communities Receive State Grants

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority  has  approved 16 grant requests totaling $3,948,755. The requests include commitments to create a total of 683 jobs, 461 of which were previously announced. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $142.8 million in private investment. NC Commerce Secretary Anthony Copeland said, ” Our rural communities have so ...(more)

Avery County Officer Receives Medal of Valor

Sgt. Lee Buchanan of the Avery County Sheriff’s Department, was awarded the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor on Tuesday, February 20th  in Washington D.C. Sgt. Buchanan was among 12 individuals to be presented the award by President Donald Trump at a ceremony in the White House. In February of 2016, while off duty, Buchanan pulled a man out of a burning car after coming upon a two car ...(more)

Community News

High Peaks Leads Two Mt. Mitchell Hikes 3/3

Join the NC High Peaks Trail Association for one of two adventurous hikes on Mt. Mitchell on Saturday, March 3. Both hikes will offer tremendous views from the summit of the East’s highest mountain. The strenuous hike will

Laura Walters Love of Fiber

It was at the NC State Fair where Laura Walters discovered her love of Fiber. As Walters spoke before the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine on Feb 22, she described how enthralled she was watching two ladies at the fair who were spinning wool.  “It was the love of the craft that grabbed me,” she said. This led to a passion for spinning, knitting and other fiber arts. In 1978, after ...(more)

Yancey Senior Center Trip to New York City

Come go with us to tour The Big Apple for the incredibly low price of $600.00.  The trip will be from June 21, 2018 thru June 26, 2018 .  $75.00 deposit is required to hold your seat on the bus with deadline for full payment April 14, 2018. Trip includes: Restroom-equipped motorcoach transportation; 5 nights lodging including 3 consecutive nights in the NYC area; 8 meals: 5 breakfasts and ...(more)

School News

Seniors of the Month at Mitchell High

  The Rotary Club of Spruce Pine recognized four Seniors of the Month from Mitchell High School at their meeting on February 15. These outstanding students are: Brody Smith, Caitlyn Duncan, Colton Marlowe and Sean Hobson. Each student spoke of his/her personal passion and the life lessons he/she has learned through participation in their individual interests. Each student has already ...(more)

Student Art Exhibit at TRAC in Spruce Pine

Art work created by students from pre-K through high school in Mitchell County is currently showcased at the Spruce Pine TRAC Gallery, located at 269 Oak Avenue, until March 17. A free reception is planned from 4 to 6pm on Friday, March 9. The public is invited. ...(more)

Seven MHHS Choral Students Selected for State Choir

Seven students from the Mountain Heritage High School Music Department were invited to participate in the 2018 Mars Hill University Choral Festival. This past fall, nearly 800 students from across the state auditioned to earn a spot

Business News

Shoes That Look Good and Are Good for You

You will be amazed how many shoes there are  at Main Street Shoes. You step into the store thinking it is just a small shop but are pleasantly surprised by all the different styles of shoes. You will find that you don’t necessarily have to go to the big city to find a nice pair of shoes. Located on West Main Street in Burnsville,  Denise Collier opened Main Street Shoes in the fall of ...(more)

Smith Joins Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care

Yancey Hospice and Palliative Care is thrilled to announce a new addition to our family.  Carrie D. Smith, DNP, FNP-BC, RN has joined our team of end-of-life professionals as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Carrie received her BSN from Lees-McRae University, MSN from Western Carolina University and was awarded her Doctorate of Nursing from the University of Colorado. Carrie is a familiar face ...(more)

Mission Hospital McDowell Ribbon Cutting

February 21st, McDowell County’s newest healthcare facility was introduced to the community during a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration. The hospital’s new name, Mission Hospital McDowell, reflects its valued place in the Mission Health system while honoring its community roots. The first day of patient care in the new facility is planned for the spring of 2018. “We are so ...(more)