March 22 Snow on Indian Creek
New Exhibition at Penland Gallery
The Calm Before the Storm
Snow & Elk on Grandfather Mountain–more pics
BRP/Evinrude Supports Early Childhood Education
Dancing With the Yancey Stars
Exhibit Uses Cherokee Language As a Foundation For Historical Understanding
Burnsville Metric Bike Race
Grandfather Mountain 2018 Schedule of Events

Local News

Health Corporation of America May Acquire Mission Hospital

Hospital Corporation of America of Nashville, Tennessee has signed a letter of intent to acquire Mission Hospital.  In a news release, Mission said its board voted unanimously to execute the letter of intent with HCA, a for-profit health care company which operates 177 hospitals and 119 surgery centers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Mission said the decision is based on its ...(more)

McDowell Emergency Services to Train at Old McDowell Hospital

McDowell Fire Department will use the old McDowell Hospital building to perform some training exercises on Saturday, March 24 from about 7:30 a.m. to noon. The fire department will simulate a rescue on the 2nd floor of the old hospital, breaching a window in the back. Signage has been posted stating there is training in progress. The new Mission Hospital McDowell opened on March 9. For ...(more)

Mitchell Chamber to Host Candidates Forum

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates’ forum on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6 PM at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville, NC. All candidates in the US House, NC Senate, NC House and Mitchell County Commissioner’s races have been invited to participate in the forum.  The Chamber welcomes questions for the candidates to be submitted online by visiting ...(more)

Community News

Penland Gallery Exhibition Showcases Unconventional Use of Materials

The year’s first exhibition at the Penland Gallery is a collection of work by artists who, in the words of gallery director Kathryn Gremley, “have erased dividing lines or untethered themselves from material and creative constraints.” Titled “I dwell in Possibility” after a poem by Emily Dickinson, the exhibition includes work in ceramic, glass, metal, painting, photography, ...(more)

Sideline To Perform at Burnsville Town Center

Sideline performs at the Burnsville Town Center April 7th, 7pm.  Advance tickets are $15. Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and ...(more)

Plant Swap at MCC

Mayland Community College will host a Plant Swap April 28 from 10 am-2 pm in the main parking lot on the Mitchell Campus in Spruce Pine. Free Heirloom tomato seedlings will be given away while supplies last. Bring plants to trade and purchase plants from MCC and local nurseries. All legal varieties of plants acceptable for trade. Free hot dogs/ drinks available on a first come, first serve ...(more)

School News

A Month of Music at Mars Hill University

The Mars Hill University music department has released its packed schedule of concerts and recitals for the month of April 2018. All events open to the public with free admission. No reservations are required. For more information, you may call (828) 689-1209.   April 4: Guest Voice/Clarinet Recital featuring Denise Gainey and Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk at 7:30 p.m. in Broyhill ...(more)

Historian and Congressman Headline Mars Hill University Lecture Series

Historian Jessica Bandel and U.S. Rep. David Price will present lectures in the spring 2018 Presidential Lecture and Performance Series at Mars Hill University. Bandel will speak Thursday, March 22, on the topic of “North Carolina and the Great War 1914-1918,” and Price, a Mars Hill alumnus, will present “From Mars Hill to Capitol Hill” on Tuesday, April 3. Each event ...(more)

Avery County Hires New Superintendent

At the March 6th Avery County School Board meeting the board approved the hiring of a Dr. Bryan Taylor as the new superintendent. He will officially begin his duties on March 26th. Taylor is a native of Mount Airy. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from High Point University, a Masters of Arts from Gardner-Webb University and also completed a doctoral program through Gardner-Webb. Taylor has ...(more)

Business News

NAPA Customer Appreciation

Bailey’s NAPA Auto Parts has spent three days thanking their customers at several of their locations. Beginning on Monday the Rock ‘n Roll Tool trailer was in Banner Elk at that location. Then on Tuesday the celebration moved to Newland. On Wednesday WTOE joined the fun at the Spruce Pine NAPA store for a live remote broadcast. For customer appreciation lunch was served each day. ...(more)

Loom Knitting Class at Yummi Yarns

What a surprise! Who would think we would have one of the top loom knitters living right here in Burnsville? Scarlett Royale has written six books with another one in the works, She also has many patterns on Ravelry. In addition to that, she has a YouTube channel and a great blog. She will be teaching a three part Teddy Bear Class at YummiYarns in April. Details follow: Time: Tuesdays, 4/10, ...(more)

Evinrude Supports Early Childhood Education in Spruce Pine

Evinrude, an industry leader in outboard boat engines, today announced a $3,000 donation to Spruce Pine Montessori School. The donation will help to reduce expenses at the school and make Montessori-based education affordable for more children in the Spruce Pine community. “Access to quality early childhood education plays a key role in developing future generations,” said Melissa Carter, ...(more)