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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)

Blind Squirrel Brewery Opens in Burnsville

Blind Squirrel Brewery officially opened Wednesday, June 22nd in Burnsville with a ribbon cutting. The brewery/restaurant is located in downtown Burnsville in the old Hilltop building. Hours are 11am to 9pm Wednesday and Thursday. 11-10 Friday and Saturday. 11-4 Sunday. (more)

Pruitt Health Home Health Recognizes Jearleen Riddle

Pruitt Health Home First Yancey announced that the May partner of the month was Jearleen Riddle. Jearleen has worked with the organization since 2003. She is a kind, caring and considerate CNA. She is an asset to Pruitt Health and is appreciated for all she does. She is pictured with her administrator, Joanna Biddix, RN.

President/CNO of BRRH Presentation at SP Rotary

On May 12, at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine, the speaker was Becky Carter, fellow Rotarian and President/CNO for Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. She updated club members on hospital issues and decisions made since the last time she spoke to the club. Many major improvements have been incorporated into the Emergency Department. Now a registered nurse greets (more)

Page Pottery to be Featured at Burnsville Gallery

On Saturday, June 25, the Toe River Arts Council will open “Collaborations” at their Burnsville TRAC Gallery. The exhibit, featuring the works of J.R. and Kristen Page will continue through August 6.  For both of them, “...pottery is a way of life.”  They met in the professional crafts program at Haywood College. She had graduated, J.R. was just starting, and (more)

Dr.Charles Baker Inducted into Medical Honor Society

In the High Country, few men are held in higher regard than Dr. Charles Baker. The kindhearted physician, who began practicing medicine in Avery County more than 30 years ago, was recently honored as a new inductee into the Medical Honor Society Alpha Omega Alpha at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. (more)

New Imaging Technology at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital is excited to announce the addition of a 64-slice GE Optima 660 CT Scanner to their Imaging Services Department. This new state-of-the-art technology delivers better diagnostic imaging with the potential for a lower dose of radiation, which is particularly important in pediatric patients.In addition to lower doses of radiation, the 64-slice GE Optima 660 CT (more)

Ribbon Cutting at Smoky Ridge

Brookside Health & Rehabitation in Burnsville  officially became Smoky Ridge Health &  Rehabilitation on Thursday with a 12:30 ribbon cutting ceremony. (more pics)


Mater Day at United Community Banks

Friday, May 20th was a successful Tomato Day and Customer Appreciation  at  United Community Banks in Burnsville, Spruce Pine and Bakersville. Lots of people turned at at each of the banks to pick up a free tomato plant. While there they free food and beverages, music and dancing. 

Healing Hands Therapeutic Massage Center

After working for 20 plus years in a factory, Elise Morris found herself unemployed and wondering what she was going to do next.“I was devastated,” said Morris.  “I was in that age bracket where I was uncertain on how I was going to start over again.” Morris took computer classes trying to find her niche, and then learned of Mayland Community (more)

Pet Therapy at Healthcare System

Few people in life actually end up living out their childhood dreams. For no fault of their own, circumstances change and reality hits causing adolescent aspirations to be abandoned. Brianne Harris is one of the few that defied the odds and never gave up on her dream. Her unique story serves as a reminder that we all have a purpose in life, that when pursued, can breathe new life into old dogs (more)

Mountain Tile and Stone Offers Creative Tile Ideas

Mountain Tile and Stone, Boone's premier tile showroom, offers a wide variety of products. Their expanded showroom features shower vignettes, sinks, floor and wall tiles. Mountain Tile and Stone carries products such as porcelain, glass tile, marble, granite, pebbles, ledgestone and travertine. They also stock grouts, thin sets, caulks, niches and shower seats to complete any (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)