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Mike Brown Ford Subaru Blood Drive

There will be a  blood drive held at Mike Brown Ford Subaru in Spruce Pine on August 2nd from 1:30 to 6. This is an urgent drive as the Red Cross is low and is asking for as many donors possible. Mike Brown Ford Subaru is located on Hwy 226 South in Spruce Pine. For more information call 765-1200.

Yummi Yarns Class to Make Shaw

Yummi Yarns has new colors of Gina and new colors of Nettle Grove. Myrna's class will meet twice to make this shawl. You will get started on Wednesday, August 10th, and meet again on Wednesday the 17th.(Both days from 10am until Noon) The cost is $20 for the 2 day class. You will receive a 10% discount on yarn for the class with your paid in advance class fee. The shaw can (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.

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)

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)

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)

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)


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)

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)