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Come See the Tiny House at Blossman Open House Event

Two examples of Tiny House living will be featured at Blossman Gas on Saturday, September 17 during their Community Open House from 10AM to 3PM.  The Tiny House movement has become increasingly popular throughout the United States and Western North Carolina among all ages. What is the Tiny House movement? It is a social movement where people are downsizing the space that (more)

Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz Wins Top Mining Safety Award

Unimin Schoolhouse Quartz in Spruce Pine has been awarded a top mining safety award for 2015.  Unimin Schoolhouse held a safety celebration on August 16th for employees as well their families in recognition of the award and to thank them for the achievement.  Sentinels of Safety are awards given annually only to the nation’s safest mines with a minimum of 4,000 injury free hours and are widely considered to be the top safety recognition from the National Mining Association.   Unimin Schoolhouse also received the award in 2003, 2011, and 2012. Unimin Corporation is a member of the Sibelco Group, which  is North America's leading industrial mineral producer and a technology partner. Their silica, high purity quartz, feldspar, nepheline syenite, calcium carbonate, clay, kaolin, lime and limestone products are the fundamental building blocks of nearly every industrial and manufacturing process.

Blue Ridge Regional, McDowell Hospitals Add Nine Specialists

Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and McDowell Hospital, part of the Mission Health network, are pleased to announce the addition of nine new medical specialists over the past year.  The physicians, who serve both facilities, were added specifically to provide needed medical expertise to these communities, in the areas of urology, orthopedics, general surgery, emergency medicine and (more)

Bakersville Community Health Receives Award

$93,750 has been awarded to the Bakersville Community Health Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Health and Human Services (HHS.) The Bakersville Community Health Center (BCHC) received these awards for their achievements in providing high quality of care and as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH.) (more)

Mike Brown Ford Subaru Teacher of the Year Award Sept 8th

Mike Brown Ford-Subaru of Spruce Pine, NC announced today their Mike Brown Ford-Subaru Teacher of the Year “Ride With Us” Award has been expanded to include Avery, McDowell, Mitchell and Yancey counties; all of which represent their assigned area of responsibility for both Ford and Subaru. (more)

Yummi Yarns Poncho Class

Fall yarns are arriving almost daily now at Yummi Yarns in downtown Burnsville. They have new sock yarn, new DK, more colors of Gina and more new colors of Galway. The Easy Poncho class will be Sept 14th and Sept 28th from 10:30 -12:30. The cost is $15 plus materials and pattern. Prepay for your class and receive 10% off your yarn. Call 828-682-0418 with any questions.

Mitchell County Receives Grant to Help Buck Stove

Mitchell County has received a $46,850 grant from the state's Commerce Rural Infrastructure Authority to help Buck Stove to build an emissions lab. The grant will go toward a $154,000 renovation project to house the new lab and help them meet the new EPA guidelines for smoke emissions from its stoves. Mitchell County will provide the local match part of $2342 and the rest will come from the company. Currently Buck Stove sends their stoves to Oregon to undergo testing. Having this emissions lab will allow them to know if they are meeting the standard before shipping the stoves, making the process more efficient.  Buck Stove employs over 100 people and will add five permanent positions as part of the grant.  

Mitchell House Receives Outstanding Survey

Mitchell House Assisted Living & Memory Care in Spruce Pine is ranked higher than 95% of comparable assisted living facilities. Only 5 percent of assisted living facilities in North Carolina have achieved this deficiency free rating.  Mitchell House has been located in the Grassy Creek area of Spruce Pine, off Hwy 226 South for four years employing 52 people. Executive Director Joyce Haile (more)

MCC Recognizes Altec with Presidents Award

Trustee and Foundation Board members as well as Mayland Community College President Dr. John Boyd honored individuals during the College’s Founders’ Day event recntly. The President’s Award was presented to Altec, Industries located in Burnsville. Atlec leadership played a large role in supporting the development of the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School at MCC’s (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.

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)

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)