May 2015: Making a Difference

May, 2015 IssueWe celebrate the many different ways people are making a difference in our region this month. Law enforcement officers in McDowell County recently participated in a fitness challenge at the YMCA. The annual March for Jesus takes place in Burnsville on May 16. A group of quilters have produced a community quilt to raise money for the Parkway Playhouse. Finally, planning is underway for Kairos at the Avery/Mitchell Correctional Institution in June.

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Annual Christian Walk on May 16

Walkers in Burnsville

Yancey County Christians, their churches and various ministries have celebrated their Savior with the Annual “March for Jesus” for 16 years. According to organizers, the one and only goal of this commemorative walk is “to lift up the name of Jesus Christ.” You won’t encounter politics, no hidden agendas, or fund raising at The March for Jesus. We simply gather and walk around our Town Square to publicly celebrate the person of our Lord JESUS CHRIST.
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2nd Annual Kairos at AMCI

Prisoners Discuss Christianity at Kairos

The 2nd Kairos event at Avery Mitchell Correctional Institution in Spruce Pine is June 9th-12th. Some 36 inmate participants will be hosted by dedicated volunteers for this “short course in Christianity” event conducted inside the walls of the institution. The Kairos motto of “LISTEN – LISTEN – LOVE – LOVE” will be in full action as the volunteers demonstrate Christ’s unconditional love to the men.
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Quilters Collaborate on Community Quilt

Photo of a section of quilt, red, white, and black with triangles

Parkway Playhouse’s 69th Mainstage season opened on May 2, with the quirky and eccentric screwball comedy The Quiltmaker, written by Abingdon, Virginia based playwright Catherine Bush.  On stage during the performance, audiences will see two quilts that were handmade and fashioned from customized squares from throughout the community.
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Challenge for a Cause

The Logan Thrasher Family Photo

As the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion celebrates 13 years of being open to our McDowell County community, they held their first fitness challenge on March 27th for law enforcement and public service agencies. The event supported the YMCA of Western North Carolina’s Annual Campaign, providing scholarships to families in need. Multiple teams of up to 5 individuals represented various agencies including Marion Police Department, McDowell Sheriff’s Office and North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.
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Down on the Funny Farm

Doug HarrellBig Round Bales are Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down… (Hum to the tune of “London Bridge”…try it!)

Undoubtedly the headline preempts my punch-line; you’re thinking you know what happened and wondering why my friend Doug Harrell would allow me, the notorious Farmer Clint, to stack 1,000 lb. bales of hay. Well, it’s not exactly like he gave me permission to tackle this herculean task – I sort of took initiative. A scary thought, I know!

‘Twas another sweltering day in the hay fields, Doug in the plush, air-conditioned John Deere behemoth…me on my favorite Kioti eating hay dustL. I rake, Doug bales…I stab/gouge/impale and move hay bales, Doug lounges in the lap of luxury and sips lemonade. It’s not fair but it’s life for an apprentice Farmer Clint.
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  • Area Churches
  • Area Ministries

Morganton Seventh Day Adventist
Morganton, NC

Pine Branch Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Pleasant Grove Church of the Brethren
Spruce Pine, NC

Plumtree Presbyterian
Plumtree, NC

Roan Mtn. Missionary
Bakersville, NC

Spruce Pine
United Methodist Church

Spruce Pine, NC

St. Lucien Catholic
Spruce Pine, NC

The Bridge
Spruce Pine, NC

West Burnsville Baptist
Burnsville, NC

Altapass Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Banner Elk United Methodist
Banner Elk, NC

Berry Chapel Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Burkemont Baptist
Morganton, NC

Burnsville 7th Day Adventist
Burnsville, NC

Faith Fellowship
Micaville, NC

First Advent Christian
Morganton, NC

First Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Grassy Creek Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Horizon Church
Morganton, NC

Laurel Hill Baptist
Nebo, NC

J.C. Shoaf
Valdese, NC


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Jonathan's Used Appliances
Spruce Pine, NC

Auto Dealers

Buchanan & Young

Burnsville Chevrolet

Crossroads Ford

John Greene Chrysler

Mike Brown Ford/Subaru
Spruce Pine, NC

Spruce Pine Chevrolet
Spruce Pine,NC

Auto Detailing

Bakersville Auto Detailing
Bakersville, NC

Auto Supply

B & J Auto Supply
Bakersville, NC

Baker's Automotive
Marion, NC

John's Precision Auto Body
Marion, NC

Auto Tires

Spruce Pine Tire
Spruce Pine, NC

Beauty Salons

Marion, NC

Building Supply

Summit Building Supply
Burnsville, NC

Cable TV

Country Cablevision
Burnsville, NC


Tom Johnson
Marion, NC


Cruz Chiropractic
Burnsville, NC

Concrete Products

Explosive Supply
Spruce Pine, NC


Jamie Miller, CPA PLLC
Spruce Pine, NC

Equipment Repair

Superior Construction and Repair (SCAR)
Spruce Pine, NC


Avery County Chamber of Commerce
Newland & Banner Elk, NC

Crossnore School
Crossnore, NC

Fund for Mitchell County
Spruce Pine, NC

High Pastures
Burnsville, NC

Marion Downtown
Marion, NC

Wake Forest Baptist Health Mother's Day Offering
Winston-Salem, NC



Austin Furniture
Marion, NC

Buck Stove
Spruce Pine, NC

L & B Furniture
Marion, NC

Southwest Trading Company
Spruce Pine, NC

Garden Supplies

Christmas Tree Hill Garden Center
Newland, NC


Frisbee's Grocery
Old Fort, NC

Health Care

Bakersville Community Medical Clinic
Bakersville, NC

Carolina Home Care
Bakersville, NC

Marion Wellness
Marion, NC

Mission Health
Asheville, NC

Psalms/Solid Rock Family Medicine
Morganton, NC


Clayton Homes
Morganton, NC


Andrews & Andrews
Newland, NC

Fortner Insurance
Spruce Pine, Burnsville, Newland, & Banner Elk, NC

McDaniel Insurance Agency
Marion, NC

Miller Insurance Group
Spruce Pine, NC

Mitchell County
Farm Bureau

Bakersville & Spruce Pine, NC

Premier Insurance
Marion, NC


Harding Landscape
Spruce Pine, NC


McClure Construction
Spruce Pine, NC


Prescription Pad
Burnsville, NC


Burleson Plumbing
Spruce Pine, NC

Pool Service

Backyard Creations
Marion, NC

Ken Ray Pools
Morganton, NC


Tree House Mountain Realty
Spruce Pine, NC

Whitson Realty
Marion, NC


Brian Center
Spruce Pine, NC


Morganton, NC

Bantam Chef
Marion, NC

Bubba's Good Eats
Burnsville, NC

DT's Blue Ridge Java
Spruce Pine, NC

Switzerland Inn
Little Switzerland, NC

Western Sizzlin'
Spruce Pine, NC


Grassy Creek Clothing
Spruce Pine, NC

Habitat for Humanity - Mitchell/Yancey
Burnsville & Spruce Pine, NC


Tree Service

Ray's Tree Service
Spruce Pine, NC