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McDowell County Administrative Offices closed for July 4

McDowell County Administrative Offices closed for July 4

The McDowell County administrative offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 for the holiday; no gun permits will be issued. The offices  will reopen Friday at 8:30 a.m. Sheriff Ricky Buchanan and staff wish everyone a happy Fourth of July! Please stay safe! Gayle Clayton, BS, MA

Columbus Road Closure 4th of July

Columbus Road Closure 4th of July

Columbus—Please be aware of road closures for the Fabulous 4th Festival on Thursday, July 4, 2019. Mills Street will be closed from Walker St. to Peak St. from 5:00 AM until 12 Midnight on July 4th. See attached map for traffic detour routes, and please be cautious while driving as town will be crowded with […]

Proposed House Tour Fee Increases at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Proposed House Tour Fee Increases at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Flat Rock, NC — The National Park Service is seeking public comments for proposed increases to house tour fees of he Carl Sandburg home. The increases will be the first since 2004. A 30-day public comment period regarding the proposed increases opens on July 1, 2019 and a public meeting will be held on July 17 […]

Lake Lure’s Raptor Center Soars to Success

Lake Lure’s Raptor Center Soars to Success

LAKE LURE — On Saturday, June 22, 2019 the Lake Lure Music Festival held its inaugural concert – AN EVENING OF EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC. Three world-renowned musicians captivated the Western NC audience: Violinist Chee-Yun Houston Symphony Principal Clarinetist Mark Nuccio  Award-winning pianist Scott Cuellar  The evening’s program also incorporates a narrative performance by Director Chris Dolman […]

Rutherfordton Business Association and Rutherford Town Rising Presents: the Love Where You Live Loyalty Rewards Card!

Rutherfordton Business Association and Rutherford Town Rising Presents: the Love Where You Live Loyalty Rewards Card!

RUTHERFORDTON — Discount cards are available now! Cards are $10 each and are good until July 1, 2020. They are loaded with discounts and deals from some of your favorite restaurants, retailers, and service providers. Cards are available for sale at the following locations: Hills Hardware, Tips to Toes, Main Street Market, The Gallery, Shoppes […]

Lake Lure named as one of Ten Best Lake Towns in North America

Lake Lure named as one of Ten Best Lake Towns in North America

Lake Lure was recently listed as one of Ten Best Lake Towns in North America by SmarterTravel.  (SmarterTravel provides independent expert advice and unbiased reviews for the best travel deals, destinations, and money-saving travel tips.) You may click on the highlighted link above to read the entire article or see the reference to Lake Lure below. At the […]

All Ramps Open on New Interstate 26 Interchange in Columbus

All Ramps Open on New Interstate 26 Interchange in Columbus

​COLUMBUS — A major construction project in the mountains is close to completion. N.C. Department of Transportation officials opened the last leg of the final ramp earlier this week at the interchange of U.S. 74 and Interstate 26 in Polk County. This marks the first time that all ramps and lanes are open. “Opening all […]

A bald cypress tree in North Carolina has survived 2,624 years and counting

A bald cypress tree in North Carolina has survived 2,624 years and counting

By Lisa Sorg, NC Policy Watch Three Sisters Swamp, home of the fifth-oldest living tree in the world, is best accessed by canoe, at Henry’s Landing near the Bladen/Pender County line, and just south of the town of Ivanhoe. Set your GPS to 34.53944, -78.27185. (Map US Geological Service) For 2,624 years, a bald cypress tree […]

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina purchases land for new park in Catawba County

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina purchases land for new park in Catawba County

MORGANTON, N.C. — On April 22, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina purchased 188 acres of land in Catawba County that could become a future state park and provide river access. The land was acquired from two landowners of adjoining properties as part of a collaborative effort to establish state-owned parklands that would be owned and […]

Visitor Spending in North Carolina Grows at Near Record Pace

Visitor Spending in North Carolina Grows at Near Record Pace

Governor Cooper Proclaims May 5-11 as Travel and Tourism Week in NC Raleigh May 7, 2019 North Carolina tourism generated record visitor spending in 2018 with a total of $25.3 billion. Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The 5.6 percent increase from 2017 was North Carolina’s largest percentage growth in travel and tourism spending since 2011. […]

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