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Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz Wins Top Mining Safety Award


Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz in Spruce Pine has been awarded a top mining safety award for 2015.  Unimin Schoolhouse held a safety celebration on August 16th for employees as well their families in recognition of the award and to thank them for the achievement.  Sentinels of Safety are awards given annually only to the nation’s safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury free hours and are widely considered to be the top safety recognition from the National Mining Association.   Unimin Schoolhouse also received the award in 2003, 2011, and 2012. Unimin Corporation is a member of the Sibelco Group, which  is North America's leading industrial mineral producer and a technology partner. Their silica, high purity quartz, feldspar, nepheline syenite, calcium carbonate, clay, kaolin, lime and limestone products are the fundamental building blocks of nearly every industrial and manufacturing process.

Bakersville Community Health Receives Award


$93,750 has been awarded to the Bakersville Community Health Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Health and Human Services (HHS.) The Bakersville Community Health Center (BCHC) received these awards for their achievements in providing high quality of care and as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH.) (more)

Mike Brown Ford Subaru Teacher of the Year Award Sept 8th


Mike Brown Ford-Subaru of Spruce Pine, NC announced today their Mike Brown Ford-Subaru Teacher of the Year “Ride With Us” Award has been expanded to include Avery, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey counties; all of which represent their assigned area of responsibility for both Ford and Subaru. (more)

Mitchell County Receives Grant to Help Buck Stove


Mitchell County has received a $46,850 grant from the state's Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority to help Buck Stove to build an emissions lab. The grant will go toward a $154,000 renovation project to house the new lab and help them meet the new EPA guidelines for smoke emissions from its stoves. Mitchell County will provide the local match part of $2342 and the rest will come from the company. Currently Buck Stove sends their stoves to Oregon to undergo testing. Having this emissions lab will allow them to know if they are meeting the standard before shipping the stoves, making the process more efficient.  Buck Stove employs over 100 people and will add five permanent positions as part of the grant.  

Mitchell House Receives Outstanding Survey


Mitchell House Assisted Living & Memory Care in Spruce Pine is ranked higher than 95% of comparable assisted living facilities. Only 5 percent of assisted living facilities in North Carolina have achieved this deficiency free rating.  Mitchell House has been located in the Grassy Creek area of Spruce Pine, off Hwy 226 South for four years employing 52 people. Executive Director Joyce Haile (more)

MCC Recognizes Altec with Presidents Award


Trustee and Foundation Board members as well as Mayland Community College President Dr. John Boyd honored individuals during the College’s Founders’ Day event recntly. The President’s Award was presented to Altec, Industries located in Burnsville. Atlec leadership played a large role in supporting the development of the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School at MCC’s (more)

Pruitt Health Home Health Recognizes Kim Holloway


Pruitt Health Home First Yancey announced the June partner of the month was Kim Holloway. Kim came to work in 1997. She works hard, follows the policies and always asks questions if needed. She is a joy to work with and always has a smile on her face. She has made a difference in many lives since she has worked here. She is pictured with her administrator, Joanna Biddix, RN.

Duke Energy Awards $250,000 to Mayland Community College


Duke Energy and Mayland Community College today announced a $250,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation. The funds will be used in developing skills for today's industry jobs through robotics and mechatronics training. The investment from the Duke Energy Foundation will be used to purchase equipment for a robotics and mechatronics program at the Anspach (more)

Grandfather Mountain Earns TripAdvisor Award


The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation isn’t about moving mountains.
It’s about moving people. And the people have spoken. Grandfather Mountain has received the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Linville-based attraction has been recognized with the achievement. Now in its sixth year, the award celebrates (more)

Blossman CEO Chosen As Chairman of National Propane Gas Assoc.


Stuart Weidie, President and CEO of The Blossman Companies and resident of Asheville, NC, assumed the role of the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) Chairman during NPGA’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, on May 23rd. Mr. Weidie has an extensive history with the propane industry and association, including service on the Executive Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, and a (more)

BRHS Cuts Emergency Room Wait Times


Blue Ridge Regional Hospital’s emergency department staff has been working hard to decrease the time it takes for patients to be seen by a doctor. Earlier this year, staff rolled out an initiative called NurseFirst, which has led to significant improvements and shorter wait times for patients.
NurseFirst is a process in which patient access staff and emergency department nurses (more)