New Artists on TRAC Tour

The deadline has past and the tour is cranking up to be another great adventure for visitors. We have 53 studio sites with 83 artists, including eight who have never participated or participated over three years ago. In their own words, they introduce themselves. (more)

Join High Peaks and Mt. Mitchell State Park Celebrating National Trails Day

Step into some outdoor fun and adventure June 3 when the NC High Peaks Trail Association and Mt. Mitchell State Park celebrate National Trails Day by offering five different hikes and a program for kids that will let your young hikers earn a “Junior Ranger” patch. (more)


New Shipment of Seeds at Library

We recently received a new shipment of seeds from Sow True Seeds out of Asheville. We have a nice variety of flower seeds; Bee Balm, Chamomile and Eastern Columbine, Echinacea, nasturtium, Sweet William and mammoth sunflowers. We have added culinary herbs; basil, parsley, sage, oregano, thyme, cilantro and dill. We have also added a number of root vegetables; carrots, turnips and radishes as well (more)

New Audio Books at Spruce Pine Public Library!

The Spruce Pine Public Library recently received a large donation of audio books. The library staff are very pleased to have received the donation, and hope that you will take an opportunity to come and see what is now available to you. Along with audio books we have newly released books, movies and of course we provide access to eBooks through OverDrive, and don’t forget our Seed Lending Library! Our library is located at 142 Walnut Ave in Spruce Pine, you can reach us by phone at 828-765-4673. We hope to see you soon!

Grand Opening of Observatory Moved to June 1st

The   grand opening of Mayland Community College’s Bare Dark Sky Observatory that was planned for Thursday  May 25 has now been moved to June 1st due to the heavy rains. Activities begin at 4:00 pm with the public invited to tour the Bare Dark Sky Observatory and see the telescopes including the 34 inch largest in the Southeast telescope.  There will be educational (more)

Bill Bomar Memorial Tribute Sunday

A special service to honor one of the area's most accomplished and beloved personalities has been scheduled.  The "Memorial Tribute Sunday" will commemorate and celebrate the late Dr. Bill Bomar's life, his triumphs, his legacy and his profound effect on the lives of many people as a minister, school principal, teacher, athlete, coach and friend to all.   The (more)

The Story of Frankie and Charlie Silver 6/19 (Details)

North Carolina Rhododendron Festival Celebrates 71 Years

On June 16 and 17, the Town of Bakersville, Gateway to the Roan and Home to the Arts, will host its 71th North Carolina Rhododendron Festival which is among the oldest and most respected festivals in the Southeast. The two-day Festival will feature the Rhododendron Festival Pageant on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Rhododendron Festival Arts and Crafts Fair on (more)

Toe River Chamber Ensemble Concert May 30th

The Toe River Chamber Ensemble invites the public to their Annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 30 at 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church on the Burnsville Square. This Concert is FREE and open to the public and will feature several well-known classical and more contemporary favorites. (more)

Relay of the Blue Ridge

Walker Earns Rotary Star for Hurricane Relief Trip

Rotarian Dr. Marvin Walker, of Appalachian Eye Associates, spoke to the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine at its regular meeting Thursday, May 11, about his recent Hurricane Matthew relief trip to Fayetteville. “Although seven months have passed, the recovery and rebuild (more)

Local Church Sponsors Free Dental Care

Pleasant Gap Baptist Church was honored to be able to host the North Carolina Baptist dental bus on May 13th. They met the needs of 25 people by providing them free dental care and were also able to minister to them. The bus was parked at Angel & Hughes  (more)

Henredon Furniture Employee Reunion

There are going to be 2 reunions of former Henredon Furniture employees in the area in June. The first on will be on Saturday, June 3rd at 2 PM at the Creek Walk in Bakersville.  For more information about this event call 765-0646. The second will be on Saturday, June 10th at 10 AM at Riverside Park in Spruce Pine. No food or drink just an opportunity to fellowship and catch up. Former Henredon Furniture employees, spouses and families are welcome to attend either of both of the reunion events!

Celo Health Center Open House & Cookout (Details)

Trip to Grand Canyon, Las Vegas & Hoover Dam!

The Yancey Senior Center is pleased to announce that the trip everyone has been requesting is finally scheduled!  Please join us September 27 thru October 9 as we travel to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam!!  This trip is available to anyone over the age of 18 and is only $1,250.00 for 12 nights and 13 days.  Included in this price is: restroom equipped motorcoach transportation; 12 nights lodging including 3 consecutive nights in a Las Vegas Casino Hotel; 9 breakfasts and 8 dinners; William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR; Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center in Grants, NM, the legendary Hoover Dam Visitor’s Center and the Bypass Bridge; Valley of Fire State Park; an entire free day in Las Vegas, NV to do whatever you want; Route 66 Museum in Kingman, AZ; Mohave Museum of History and Arts which outlines the area’s history from the Santa Fe Railroad to the Hualapai Indians; Grand Canyon National Park; Petrified Forest National Park; American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, TX and the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith, AR.  Seats are going fast so get your $75.00 deposit in as soon as possible to hold your seat!  Please call Vivian Hollifield at 682-6011 for more information or for a flyer.

Blacksmith Award Winners

The walls and floor are cleared now, but on April 28, people gathered at the Spruce Pine Gallery to share a slice, view an impressive display of metal work by some of the finest artists around, and to toast the winners of this year’s Blacksmith Exhibition. (more)

Board of Realtors Open House Tour (Details)


Mitchell County 4-H Summer Fun (Details)


Four Way Test Essay Contest Winners

The three Mitchell County seventh-graders who were selected as winners of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine Four-Way Test Essay Contest read their entries Thursday, April 27, during the club’s regular meeting at Spruce Pine First Presbyterian Church. The Four-Way Test is a (more)

Trip to Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico

There are still some seats left for the  Albuquerque and Santa Fe trip sponsored by the Senior Center leaving June 17 and returning June 27, 2017.  This trip is available to ANYONE 18+.  Price is $925.00 with a $75.00 down payment due immediately upon signing.  Price includes:  motorcoach transportation; 10 nights lodging including 4 consecutive nights in the Albuquerque area; 18 meals – 10 breakfasts and 8 dinners; National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN; Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK; Acoma Pueblo, an ancient Native American village; New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial; guided tour of Santa Fe; St. Francis Cathedral; Sculpture Gardens & Old Town Albuquerque; ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway 2 miles above the peaks; American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, TX, Oklahoma City Bombings National Memorial and the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, AR.  Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to tour the South West!  Call Vivian Hollifield or Alyssa Styles at 682-6011 for more information.

Grindstaff Gives State of the County Address to Rotary

Rotarian Mike Tollison presents Mitchell County Board of Commissioners Chair Vern Grindstaff with a handmade Rotary mug. Grindstaff gave a “State of the County” address to the club during its Thursday, April 13, regular meeting. Photo by Rotarian Brandon Roberts

Pruitt Health Home First Yancey February Partner of the Month

Pruitt Health Home First Yancey announced that the February partner of the month was Missy Austin. Missy came to work with us back in 2012 She does a great job. She works hard and cares for lady that she takes care of. She goes out of her way to make sure her needs are met. She always calls with any questions or concerns. She is an asset to Pruitt Health. Pruitt Health Home Health serves (more)

If You Build It They Will Come

Members of the Rotary Club of Spruce Pine Thursday, March 30, were presented a slideshow by Spruce Pine First Baptist Church members Robin Buchanan, Roberts Stroup and James Byrd, who is also a Rotarian, about their recent mission trip to Johannesburg, (more)

Celebrating 40 Years in Transportation

Mitchell County Transportation is celebrating 40 years transporting Mitchell County residents.  In 1976 Mitchell County Transportation was started with funding through WAMY (Watauga, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Community Action). Then the vans ran throughout the (more)

Area Food Map Planned

For many travelers, great grub isn’t just a side trip—it’s the destination. Whether visitors are on an afternoon jaunt or a weeklong stay in the North Carolina High Country, a new guide will help plan their stops around the region’s robust menu of local food and drink offerings.
Launching in summer 2017, the Neck of the Woods Flavor Trail will highlight farm-to-table (more)

Never Too Young

It’s not too early to start thinking about summer and being out and about in the mountains of Western North Carolina, wandering the many narrow roads, crossing over and following the Toe River. And it’s never too early for kids to start helping out moms and dads with their work, (more)

Community Diaper Program (Details)

Spruce Pine Main Street 2017 Calendar of Events (Details)

Local Food Pantries (Details)