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Duke Energy Offers Helping Hand

Duke Energy is now offering energy makeovers for homes for income-qualified Duke Energy homeowners. The Helping Home Fund is a $20 million program approved by the NC Utilities Commission during the 2013 Duke Energy Progress and Duke Energy Carolinas rate cases. The program is administered by (more)

Cannon Memorial Honors Volunteers

Cannon Memorial Hospital volunteers were honored for their dedicated service at a luncheon recently. Eighteen volunteers were presented with hourly recognition pins to recognize each individual’s service to the hospital, ranging from 100 to 11,000 hours.  Special recognition was given to twelve volunteers for five years of service, five volunteers in recognition of ten years (more)

French Broad Bright Ideas Grants Awarded

For twenty-eight teachers in twenty schools in the area, Christmas came in early November in the form of a check.  These teachers were awarded funding for the Bright Ideas project proposals they submitted earlier in the Fall.  They were selected from applications submitted to French Broad EMC for consideration.  These grants, in amounts ranging from $200 to (more)

You Are Invited to Come In and Meet the New Owners of the Nu Wray Inn

          Western North Carolina’s oldest operating inn, a place that has hosted the likes of Mark Twain, Elvis Pressley and Jimmy Carter, is under new ownership. The Nu Wray Inn was purchased this fall by two couples from the Asheville area – Joey and Jill Farmer and Eric and Christy Wilson. (more)

30 Years of Small Business Support

The Small Business Center Network of the NC Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state’s 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs. (more)

Altec Ribbon Cutting for New Expansion

County and Town officials gathered at Altec on Thursday for a celebration ribbon cutting for the plant’s new addition to the design engineering department. The 8600 square foot addition will accommodate 45 employees and allow the company to keep expanding its work force that has (more)

TRAC Announces New Projects Coordinator

The Toe River Arts Council is pleased to announce Robert Heffron as their new Projects Coordinator for the Toe River Arts Branding Project and Arts Resource Center [ARC].  Through grant funding, Rob will be working with professional consultants and local artists, coordinating efforts to improve the quality of life, encourage greater creative activity, and foster economic development in (more)

Heart Center Named in Top 50 in Nation

Mission Heart has been named one of the nation’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading authority on clinical quality.  Mission Heart is the only hospital in the Carolinas to receive this recognition.  This marks the 9th time Mission has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. (more)

Premier Insurance Opens Spruce Pine Office

Premier Insurance Services held their official grand opening and ribbon cutting for their Spruce Pine office on Friday, November 7th. Premier Insurance is a local agency with 15 years experience to answer all your questions about health care. If you need someone to talk to about (more)