January, 2016: A Fresh (Cold) Start

January, 2016 IssueWell, the holidays are behind us, with record warmth while they were here. However, January is getting off to a cold start and there's talk of lots of snow in the air.

The white snow imparts a fresh, clean start when we look out after it has fallen, and so January is always a new beginning, full of hope an promise. We invite you to learn about how the Mitchell County Farm Bureau brings an education about apples to students; how Mo’s Boots in Boone is helping bring a brighter future at The Crossnore School; and how Rutherford Hospice has a new program for kids. All of these stories bring the Good News how we are tyring to make things better in our region.

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The Apple Orchard Riddle with the
Mitchell County Farm Bureau

Carol Masters Shows A Golden Delicious Apple at Greenlee Primary School

The Mitchell County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee recently held Apple Orchard Riddle Workshops at Gouge and Greenlee Elementary Schools. The first gathering was on November 2nd at Gouge Elementary where 67 second graders joined in; the second workshop saw 100 kids at Greenlee Elementary.
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Mo’s Boots Donates to The Crossnore School

Photo of check given to the Crossnore School

Mo's Boots, which offers a wide variety of outdoor apparel and work gear, chose to help The Crossnore School. The recommendation that the company support The Crossnore School came from former ASU Football Coach Jerry Moore. Upon visiting the campus, the Hardys, owners of Mo’s Boots, decided to feature the School in their celebration weekend.
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New Pediatric Program at Rutherford Hospice

Photo of Deavion Davis

Deavion Davis, pictured on the cover with Hospice Home Care Coordinator, Beverly Logan, was interested to learn about the new Kids Path® program recently implemented by Hospice of Rutherford County. Deavion’s grandmother was a patient at the Hospice House when Deavion was only two, but her older brother and sister were provided grief counseling during that time. Hospice is now formalizing that ability to provide counseling and support. As of November 17th, Hospice of Rutherford became a licensed Kids Path® provider, enhancing its ability to care for grieving and seriously ill children.
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Down on the Funny Farm

Doug Harrell
I love driving in our mountains this time of year. The columns of white smoke rising from so many chimneys bring back so many memories of my own birthplace. There is something about a fireplace that warms my very soul. I can almost feel the coziness of family in your homes, as if to say “all is well here.”

You may find it hard to believe but I would guess that most Americans either have never experienced, or have long since forgotten the wonderful scent of a wood-burning stove or fireplace. I, for one, lost that memory for decades as I moved from Nashville to Durham; Durham to Tampa; Tampa to New York; New York to Dallas; Dallas to Los Angeles; Los Angeles to Denver. City-folk rarely encounter such simple pleasures.
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  • Area Churches
  • Area Ministries

Laurel Hill Baptist
Nebo, NC

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

Bear Creek Baptist
Ledger, 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

J.C. Shoaf
Valdese, NC


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Jonathan's Used Appliances
Spruce Pine, NC


Audio/Video Enterprises
Morganton, NC

Auto Dealers

Buchanan & Young

Crossroads Ford

John Greene Chrysler

Mike Brown Ford/Subaru
Spruce Pine, NC

Auto Oil Change

Express Lube
Morganton, NC

Auto Supply

B & J Auto Supply
Bakersville, NC

John's Precision Automotive
Marion, NC

Auto Tires

Spruce Pine Tire
Spruce Pine, NC

Woodlawn Tire
Marion, NC

Beauty Salons

Marion, NC


Harrell Hill Farms
Bakersville, 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


Billy Graham/The Cove
Asheville, NC

Crossnore School
Crossnore, NC

Tipton Hill Foundation
Bakersville, NC


Buck Stove
Spruce Pine, NC

L & B Furniture
Marion, NC

Victory Farms
Marion, NC

Hearing Aids

Miracle Ear
Marion & Morganton, NC

Heating & Cooling

Davis Godwin
Spruce Pine, NC

Health Care

Bakersville Community Medical Clinic
Bakersville, NC

Carolina Home Care
Bakersville, NC

Mission Health
Asheville, NC

Pruitt Health Care
Avery, Mitchell & Yancey Counties


Clayton Homes
Morganton, NC


Andrews & Andrews
Newland, NC

Eben Concepts
Spruce Pine, NC

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

Miller Insurance Group
Spruce Pine, NC

Mitchell County Farm Bureau
Bakersville & Spruce Pine, NC

Premier Insurance
Marion, NC


Inn at Glen Alpine
Glen Alpine, NC


Prescription Pad
Burnsville, NC


Burleson Plumbing & Heating
Spruce Pine, NC


Kay Pollard
Spruce Pine, NC

Pool Service

Ken Ray Pools
Morganton, NC


Appalachian Quilts
Burnsville, NC


Whitson Realty
Marion, NC

Recreational Vehicles

High Country Polaris
Newland, NC


Brian Center
Spruce Pine, NC


Morganton, NC

Bantam Chef
Marion, NC

Bubba's Good Eats
Burnsville, NC

Western Sizzlin'
Burnsville & Spruce Pine, NC


Freedom Life Enterprises
Marion, NC

Grassy Creek Clothing
Spruce Pine, NC

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

Spruce Pine, NC


Jackson Hewitt
Morganton, NC

Tree Service

Ray's Tree Service
Spruce Pine, NC


YMCA of McDowell
McDowell County, NC