The Spruce Pine Police Department is investigating the incident after a 2-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries. Law enforcement and paramedics were called Tuesday afternoon to the Fairground Street Apartments. The call reported that the child fell off the bed and hit her head. Police say the child was unresponsive. She was taken to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital by ambulance, then airlifted to Mission Hospital. Police say she is stable but are fearful of whether she'll recover from the injury. The Spruce Pine Police Department, the SBI, and the Mitchell County Sheriff's Office are investigating how it happened. Spruce Pine Chief Bill Summerlin said they are obligated to investigate. No charges have been filed and no one arrested.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) launched its Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” education and enforcement campaign Monday morning. It runs through the Memorial Day holiday weekend, ending on May 31. (More)
A number of people have contacted the local health departments in the past few weeks concerned about outbreaks of the “stomach flu”. While not a true flu, widespread outbreaks of stomach and intestinal illness are often caused by viruses, with Norovirus of cruise ship fame, being one of the most common. Most often these illnesses resolve on their own after a few (more)
The Toe River Arts Council is pleased to announce the annual award of two art scholarships. Taylor Hutchison and Richard Isaac Boulter will each receive $500 towards furthering their careers in art or art education. Taylor has plans to attend East Tennessee State University where she plans to major in Theatre and Spanish with a minor in dance. Her short term goals will lead her back (more)
Mitchell triumphed over Chatham Central Saturday evening, February 7th by a score of 42 to 30 to claim the State 1A Championship. Kegan Hoilman won the Outstanding Performance award. Photos by Steve Hall.
Charity House Mission, a homeless shelter located at the former D&R Furniture Store, is taking donations on Saturday from 9:00am-5:00pm. Furniture, clothing and household items are needed. Proceeds from sales from items will go to run the shelter. The Resale Store is now open from 9:00am-5:00pm daily and Saturdays.
The Toe River Arts Council (TRAC) announces the opening of its bi-annual exhibit that features the artwork of the 2015 June Toe River Studio Tour Participants. The heavily anticipated showcase opens Saturday, May 9 at TRAC’s 269 Oak Avenue Gallery in downtown Spruce (more)
Audubon North Carolina staff and volunteers will be conducting roadside bird surveys in Yancey, Madison, and Mitchell Counties May 15-June 15. Counts are conducted by documenting species heard and seen within a 17-minute period from a fixed location. Be aware of this in case you see an unfamiliar car parked along the side of your road and a person looking skyward with binoculars and holding a clipboard. For more information or to get involved with bird research in the mountains, contact Aimee Tomcho at firstname.lastname@example.org or check outnc.audubon.org.
Parkway Playhouse Junior students will present their production of Annie Jr. with performances at 7:30pm on Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23. There is a matinee performance on May 23 at 3:00 pm. This production of the classic Broadway musical will be performed by students in (more)
We all love our cars and we all really love the Cruise Ins of the Rhododendron Cruisers!! They meet on the Second and Fourth Saturday evenings every month all summer long. They gather around 6PM on Lower Street in Spruce Pine and everyone is welcome. Each Cruise In is different so check them out all summer long.