The Little Boxes before the Big Boxes

The Little Boxes before the Big Boxes

Before the days of the “big box” chain stores, Spruce Pine had many “mom and pop” grocery stores that served the area. There were also many smaller stores in almost every community. There was even a branch of the Dixie Home Store on Lower Street for several years that...
The Sad Story of Zeb McCurry

The Sad Story of Zeb McCurry

Zeb’s WWI service record card gives his name as Zeb McCurry with an address of Relief in Yancey County and age of 22 6/12. He reported to the Mitchell County Draft Board on September 19, 1917 and was listed as Zeb McCourry. His military service record card with the...
Mitchell County’s Keepers of the Peace 1960

Mitchell County’s Keepers of the Peace 1960

This photograph shows the Mitchell County Law Enforcement team about 1960.  Pictured, left to right, are James Edwards and Joe Stewart, Mitchell County deputies; Sam Gouge, Mitchell County Sheriff; Jim Burleson, Spruce Pine Chief of Police; Ray Gunter and Landon...
March 1993 – The Storm of the Century

March 1993 – The Storm of the Century

On March 12, 1993 snow began falling on a Friday afternoon. By Monday, March 15th, the Storm of the Century had dumped upwards of between 3 and 5 feet of snow on the region. The storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico and at its height, the storm stretched from Honduras to...
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