COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Board members express support for SPACE festival
BAKERSVILLE – The Mitchell County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting this past week discussed the Spruce Pine Alien Conference and Expo, or SPACE, and received a report regarding community conversations on healthcare from Karin Rolett.
The SPACE festival organizer and Spruce Pine resident Jimmy Hinshaw was unable to attend the meeting, but commissioners Jeff Harding and Matthew “Vern” Grindstaff shared their thoughts on the festival and provided some details to the board and meeting attendees.
Harding said he has high expectations for the festival, which is expected to bring in 10,000 visitors each day. The festival is set for Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15.
“This guy has really done his homework,” Harding said about Hinshaw. “He has national speakers scheduled and his presentation is unreal.”
Harding said the festival would benefit Mitchell County. The board followed Harding’s comments by fully endorsing the festival.
“Little things like this is what it’s going to take to put our community on the map,” Harding said. “This could be a huge economic impact on the county.”
Rolett said she and members of the Sustaining Essential and Rural Community Healthcare, or SEARCH, group have been having community conversations with people of various ages and demographics to identify their opinions on the future of local healthcare and their health needs.
Rolett and members of SEARCH are continuing to work to ensure Mitchell County residents receive the best possible benefits from the sale of Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.
Rolett said the community conversations have been very productive and she passed out fliers with information on community conversations to the members of the board and encouraged them to spread the word.
“Thank you guys for what you’ve done,” Harding said. “You’ve taken this bull by the horns, and you’ve volunteered your time.”