July, 2014: Summertime. Sum Sum Summertime

July, 2014 IssueSummertime and the livin' is easy...

This month in the pages of the Blue Ridge Christian News, we invite you to learn more about upcoming events sponsored by local non-profits, catch up on some Special Olympians from Mitchell County, and enjoy finding out more about the wonderful region that we call home.

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Remember to contact us with events, activities, or ministries you'd like us to publicize.

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Festival Coming July 18 & 19

Spruce Pine BBQ and Bluegrass Logo

Come chill with the most sizzling BBQ teams in the southeast and the hottest bluegrass in the nation! Join us in the cool Blue Ridge Mountains for the 3nd Annual Spruce Pine BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival on July 18 & 19.
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Photo of Kitten

Fur Ball Gala on July 26th

Mitchell County Animal Rescue (MCAR) is celebrating its 30th anniversary serving the people and animals of Mitchell County. The milestone will be marked with a fundraising “Fur Ball Gala” on Saturday, July 26th, 7:00 – 10:00 pm, at the TRAC Gallery, Upper Level in downtown Spruce Pine.
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Jeanne Robertson

Humor for Habitat

Nationally known humorist Jeanne Robertson will perform at Lees-McRae College, Hayes Auditorium on Tuesday, August 12th, in a fundraising event for Avery County Habitat for Humanity. Robertson is an award-winning, highly respected humorist who regales her audiences with her experiences as a 6'2" Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant or outlining the steps to developing a sense of humor.
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Special Olympian Aaron Presnell

Special Olympics

On May 27th, the Special Olympics Highland Region Special Olympics games were held at Mitchell High School under nearly perfect weather conditions. Athletes from Avery, Madison and Mitchell Counties had a wonderful time demonstrating the skills they had developed during weeks of training in front of family, coaches and “fans in the stands”. Competitive events included volleyball, a bocce tournament, the Young Athletes Program, the Motor Activities Training Program, and numerous track and field events.
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Clint's Chronicles on the Funny Farm

Doug HarrellI love the sight of Christmas trees, especially the vast acres of Fraser firs which dot the hills and valleys in Western North Carolina. This is, after all, the Christmas tree of my youth, a mildly scented species which often is perfectly shaped and suited for our annual celebration of Christ’s birth. According to a story in The Washington Post, “Fraser fir has been used more times as the Blue Room Christmas tree (the official Christmas tree of the President of the United States) than any other type of tree.” Believe it or not, before moving to these hills I never knew these beautiful trees are “farmed”, i.e. actually cultivated, for commercial marketing. I just thought someone went into the woods, cut down a bunch of trees and called ‘em Christmas trees.
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  • Area Churches
  • Area Ministries

First Advent Christian
Morganton, NC

Grassy Creek Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Horizon Church
Morganton, NC

Pleasant Grove
Church of the Bretheren

Bakersville, NC

Plumtree Presbyterian
Plumtree, NC

Roan Mtn. Missionary
Bakersville, NC

Spruce Pine
United Methodist Church

Spruce Pine, NC

The Bridge Church of WNC
Spruce Pine, NC

West Burnsville Baptist
Burnsville, NC

Altapass Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Banner Elk 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

Central Baptist
Spruce Pine, NC

Faith Fellowship
Micaville, NC

East Marion United Methodist
Marion, NC



J.C. Shoaf
Valdese, NC


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Animal Rescue

Jonathan's Used Appliances
Spruce Pine, NC


Audio/Video Enterprises
Morganton, NC

Auto Dealers

Burnsville Chevrolet

Crossroads Ford

John Greene Chrysler

Marion Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep
Marion, NC

Mike Brown Ford/Subaru
Spruce Pine, NC

Spruce Pine Chevrolet
Spruce Pine,NC

Auto Parts

Blue Ridge NAPA
Banner Elk, Burnsville,
Newland, & Spruce Pine, NC

Auto Tires

Phil's Tire
Burnsville, NC

Spruce Pine Tire
Spruce Pine, NC


Off The Beaten Path
Burnsville, NC

Building Supplies

Summit Building Supply
Burnsville, NC


Springs Creek RV
Nebo, NC

Tom Johnson
Marion, NC

Car Washes

Water Worx
Ledger, NC


Cruz Chiropractic
Burnsville, NC

McDowell Chiropractic
Marion, NC



Jordan's Cleaners
Morganton, NC

Concrete Products

Explosive Supply
Spruce Pine, NC


Jamie Miller, CPA PLLC
Spruce Pine, NC

Equipment Repair

Superior Construction Repair
Spruce Pine, NC

Funeral Homes

Webb Funeral Home
Spruce Pine, NC


L & B Furniture
Marion, NC

Health Care

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 Landscaping & Maintenance
Spruce Pine, NC
McCl;ure Construction
Spruce Pine, NC
Nursing Homes

Brian Center
Spruce Pine, NC

Banner Elk, NC


Bakersville Pharmacy
Bakersville, NC

Prescription Pad
Burnsville, NC


Burleson Plumbing
Spruce Pine, NC


Ken Ray Pools
Morganton, NC

Pressure Washing

Team Woodie Pressure Washing
Foscoe, NC


Morganton, NC

Bantam Chef
Marion, NC

Bubba's Good Eats
Burnsville, NC

DT's Blue Ridge Java
Spruce Pine, NC

Marion, NC

Tropical Grill
Spruce Pine, NC

Western Sizzlin'
Burnsville & Spruce Pine, NC


Frisbee's Galaxy
Marion, NC

Habitat for Humanity -

Newland, NC

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

Something Special
Burnsviller, NC

TJ's Discount
Marion, NC


Tree Service

Ray's Tree Service
Spruce Pine, NC