AskFSA offers online database

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AskFSA is an online resource that helps find information and answers to FSA questions no matter one’s location or device.

It is for all customers, including underserved farmers and ranchers who wish to be enrolled in FSA loans, farm and conservation programs.


‘Halloween Block Party’ planned in Bakersville

BAKERSVILLE – Several activities are planned for the “Halloween Block Party” in Bakersville.

Bakersville Fire and Rescue, 306 Baker Lane, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, is hosting a trunk or treat, free children’s games and prizes, a giant pumpkin drop at 6 p.m., non-scary haunted hayrides from 5-7 p.m., haunted hayrides from 7-9 p.m. and more.


Website markets area as wedding destination

The Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce is soon launching its new Blue Ridge Weddings website promoting the area as a wedding destination.

The site will highlight Chamber members who can assist with the planning and execution of a wedding.

Call the Chamber at 828-765-9033 to be included on the website’s vendor list.

The categories are venues, bakeries, floral design and styling, photography/videography, wedding planners, caterers, furniture rental/décor, officiants, musicians, attire, beverages, beauty, rentals, gifts and rehearsal dinner.


Honey tasting contest is Oct. 19

BURNSVILLE – A contest to determine the best-tasting honey from Mitchell, Avery and Yancey counties for 2017 is 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Homeplace Beer Company in Burnsville.

People can sample local honey and cast his or her vote. The winning honey will go on to represent the region in the International Black Jar contest. This event is a fundraiser for the Toe Cane Beekeepers Association. Attendance is free – a donation of $10 is requested to be a judge. There will also be a silent auction and music by Sam McKinney.

Call Zach Downing at 702-510-3732 or email with questions, to enter honey or to donate.


Library recognizes ‘Teen Read Week’

National Teen Read Week is Oct. 8-14, during which, at the Mitchell County Public Library, middle and high schoolers may have overdue fines waived in celebration of Reading for Fun. Overdue and lost items will still need to be returned.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for teens to clear away their fines,” said Cynthia Burleson, of the Mitchell County Public Library.

Also during the month of October, teens can write a short review of a book they have read and be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift card. Turn in reviews at the Mitchell County Public Library circulation desk.


Penland offers discounts for area residents

Penland School of Crafts has open spaces in an upcoming one-week letterpress printing workshop available at half-tuition to area residents.

Regular room and board charges apply, but students are not required to stay on campus.

Taught by Chicago artist Jennifer Farrell, the session runs Oct. 22-28. Farrell will teach the basics of letterpress printing and typesetting as students create images composed with metal type ornaments. Students can make one-color pieces or more intricate multicolored print. The workshop is open to students of all skill levels.

Complete information is available in the workshops section at Call the Penland registrar at 828-765-2359, ext. 1106 to enroll.

The MItchell News

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Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
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