$100,000 Powerball Ticket Sold in Buncombe Co. About to Expire

Time is running out for one lucky Powerball player to claim a $100,000 prize. The ticket, sold for the Dec. 5 drawing, expires on Thursday, June 2. The winning ticket was sold at Mountain Energy on Airport Road in Arden. “You have to be lucky to win a prize like this and we would hate to see this prize go unclaimed,” said Alice Garland, executive (more)

NC Heritage Awards Honor Area Resident

Since 1989, the North Carolina Heritage Award has honored the state’s most eminent artists. On Wednesday night, May 25th five new recipients of the Heritage Awards were honored.  One of this year’s recipients is from this area. Honored was Sheila Kay Adams from Madison County. She is a seventh-generation ballad singer, storyteller, and musician, who often performs in our area. Also honored were Maceo Parker from Kinston, who was a saxophone side man to stars like James Brown, Prince and George Clinton before launching his solo career and Marc Pruett from Haywood County, renowned banjo player, songwriter, and part of the well known bluegrass band Balsam Range. Also honored was H Ju Nie and H Noach Rahlan of Greensboro, weavers who brought the Montagnard Dega tradition to North Carolina from the Vietnamese highlands and fourth-generation traditional boat builders, James Houston  and Jamie Lewis of Harkers Island. You can learn more online at ncarts.org.

Ledger VFD Gets Funds for New Equipment

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced the awarding of $16,475 grant to Ledger Volunteer Fire Department. The grant is from the State of North Carolina through the 2016 Volunteer Fire Department Fund.  According to Chief Mike Young the funds will be used to purchase equipment for the new pumper truck.

Sketch of Suspect Released

National Park Service Investigators have issued a sketch of the suspect sought in an assault that occurred near Craggy Gardens on the  Blue Ridge Parkway on May 12, 2016 between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm. First responders found a 64-year-old female victim tied to a tree near Potato Field Gap, which is less than four miles from the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center.  Investigators say the (more)

Area Forest Service Officer Top in Nation

Out of the entire nation a forest service officer from our area has been chosen as National Forest Service Officer of the Year. Wade Keener is a district ranger for the Pisgah National Forest serving in the Grandfather Ranger District. Keener is the only law enforcement officer in the Grandfather Ranger District, which encompasses more than 192,000 acres, five counties and more than 300 miles of trails. Keener was recognized out of nearly 600 U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers nationwide. Keener issued more than 1000 violation notices, warning and incident reports during the past year, showing his dedication to caring for the land and serving the people. 

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Penland Gallery Presents Ceramic and Paper Sculpture

When you walk into the Penland Gallery exhibition hall right now you are immediately greeted by a pair of four-foot tall, swimsuit-clad ceramic figures with their arms high in the air as if they are about to dive off the low pedestal they are standing on. Behind them are more figures, and (more)

Farmers Meeting May 31

Jim Edwards, Ag Task Force member and farmer, exchanges ideas with farmers Billy and Becky Bryant and Cathy and Joe Byrd about ways to improve their income. The final meeting to seek input from farmers is May 31 at Burnsville Town Center at 6 p.m. Includes a free barbecue (more)

Barbecue Dinner Fundraiser at Charity House Mission

Charity House Mission, a homeless shelter located at 502 East Main Street in Burnsville across from Holcombe Brothers, will be  having a Bar-B-Que Dinner Friday May 27th beginning at 10:00am until there's no more food.  Meal includes bar-b-que,slaw,baked beans and a cookie for $10.  Mark your calendar for the 27th and come enjoy our delicious bar-b-que.  Delivery available for 5 or more plates, place your order by calling 284-3541 or 678-0726.

Playhouse Jr New Production May 27 & 28

Parkway Playhouse Junior, which helps hundreds of students  explore personal creativity as well as build character and confidence through hands-on performing arts experiences, has never stopped growing since the program was launched in the fall of 2010.  On May 27 and 28, at 7:30 pm,  advanced students in the program will present Fools,  which is a comedy by the prolific (more)

Rhododendron Cruisers 2016 Cruise-In Schedule (Details)

Blue Ridge Parkway Evening Programs for May 28th (Details)

Blue Ridge Parkway Program: Misunderstood Marsupial (Details)

Mountain Heritage Advanced Choir's Final Concert of the Year

The Mountain Heritage High School Advanced Choir will be presenting their final concert of the year on Tuesday May 31 at 7:30pm. It will take place at the First Baptist Church of Burnsville (on the square). Admission is free, but any donations will go towards purchasing new music for the ensemble. It is sure to be an evening of impressive music and talented musicians. Come out and support these fine students!

Meet the Artists of the Toe River Valley

Artists throughout Yancey and Mitchell counties open their doors for the three-day Toe River Studio Tour, June 3-5. The event, now in its 23rd year, connects community members and visitors with 105 local artisans. In addition to personal studios, 10 galleries will hold open (more)

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