Spring 2020

Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

April 6, 2020


There are twenty-one (21) positive cases of COVID-19 in Rutherford County.

  • 231 individuals have been tested, 189 tests are negative, 21 tests are pending, and 21 tests are positive.
  • Numbers are going up as we do additional contact tracing when a positive case is identified.
  • One of the latest positives is hospitalized at the Rutherford Regional Medical Center.
  • Their statement is as follows: “Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS) is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors. We can confirm that we identified a patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient is currently in isolation at our hospital. We are continuing to work closely with the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS) and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure the safety of our patients, the clinical teams who have been caring for this patient and all those within our facility. We want to reassure our community that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care.”
  • Please Stay At Home, wash your hands, maintain social distancing, and wipe down surfaces.
  • Keep our community safe and avoid unnecessary physical contact with others.

    The Town of Lake Lure has strengthen guidelines within Town limits to protect the community, Suspending Residential Vacation Rentals, closing Morse Park, the Flowering Bridge, Pool Creek Park, and Public Boat Ramps.  Download the Mayor's 3/31/20 Letter to citizens and the Lake Lure Emergency Declaration.

    NOTE: Any person who violates any provision in the declaration shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.

    OPEN PARKS/TRAILS: Buffalo Creek Park, Weed Patch Mountain Trail, Dittmer-Watts Park and the Lake Lure Golf Course are remaining open as they allow space for social distancing.

    Public Health Director, Karen Powell stated, “Rutherford County has been preparing for this reality and anticipated that our community would likely be impacted at some point. Public health staff have already initiated an investigation and will be identifying close contacts to contain the spread of disease. To protect individual privacy, no further information about the case will be released. The Rutherford County Health Department will keep the public informed by announcing any additional cases that may arise through our local media partners.”

    County Manager, Steve Garrison emphasizes that “it is important for the community to understand that the identification of these two cases does not change our local strategies for preventing and reducing the spread of disease. Above all else, please isolate yourself at home if you are sick.”
    The Emergency Operations Center is monitoring operations, logistics and planning efforts as this pandemic continues.

    Rutherford County is committed to protecting and informing citizens to the best of our abilities.
    The EOC and the Health Department are also working in conjunction with Rutherford Regional Health System (RRHS).

    RRHS CEO Rebecca Segal stated that “RRHS is prepared with the appropriate plans to detect, protect and respond for COVID-19. We have been preparing for the potential of COVID-19 in our community for several weeks, building upon the robust emergency operations plan we have in place year-round. We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or a family member need care.”

    • We are urging citizens to please stay at home.
    • We encourage all citizens to practice social distancing whenever possible.
    • If you are symptomatic (fever, cough, shortness of breath) please call the COVID-19 Medical Screening Hotline at (828) 289-1185.



    Today's Inspiration

    April 4, 2020



    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                                Sunset Photo by Bill Tate






    Today's Inspiration

    April 3, 2020


    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou  



    Special thanks to the very talented Michelle Schwartz for sharing this breath taking photograph. Please send your inspiring photographs to communications@townoflakelure.com.  



    Good News  Stories

    April 3, 2020 



    We’d like to share some good news going on in Rutherford County and the many partners working together to help our cause locally.

    • We know there are many more individuals, organization and businesses doing good will.
    • We have more businesses to share tomorrow and will continue to share this information with you as we receive it.
    • Please email us at covid19@rutherfordcountync.gov if you have a positive story to share.
    • Here are just a few: 
    1. Facebook donated 1,000 surgical masks.
    2. Dominos Pizza in Rutherfordton and Forest City are donating over 400 Large Pizzas throughout the community. This includes Rutherford Hospital Staff, Fire Departments, Police Departments, School Personnel, Pharmacy Staff and Grace of God Rescue Mission.
    3. Big Springs Baptist Church in Hollis/Ellenboro area is making and donating cloth face masks to give to local healthcare workers, plus they are supporting two area schools with making and delivering backpack food, and assisting in preparation of breakfast and lunch at area schools.
    4. Current companies are finding suppliers of PPE for us.
    5. Parker Hannifin donated more face shields, but also gloves and aprons
    6. Isothermal Community College donated gloves.



    Lake Lure Good News Stories

    April 3, 2020 


    Lake Lure Baptist Church (6837 US 64/74A Lake Lure) is having a free food giveaway this Sunday, 4/5/20. They have prepared baskets of food and toilet paper for those who are in need. These will be given out on Sunday. 4/5/20 from 12:30 pm to 3 pm OR until their stocks last. NOTE: This will be a drive-thru pickup in the church parking lot so that social distancing practices may be closely followed. First come. First served. This is Lake Lure Baptist Church family's way of trying to help those who are in need and showing their love for our community.  



    Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential Vacation Rentals

    April 3, 2020 


    The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to pose a looming threat to the health and safety of people of Rutherford County. As the situation continues to develop and new cases are reported throughout the state of North Carolina, and especially in the foothills region, our local government continues to be proactive in taking the necessary staeps to stem the spread of COVID-19 through all appropriate means.  

    At this time, Rutherford County government, along with the public health and safety officials are requesting that the use of all short-term rentals be suspended in Rutherford County until further notice.


    Download the  Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential Vacation Rentals






    Violations of Stay at Home Orders


    We know people are concerned about businesses violating the Stay at Home order.

    Citizens can go to www.rutherfordcountync.gov and click on the COVID-19 box.

    Once you click on the box you will see a violations form that can be filled out.





        Today's Inspiration

        April 2, 2020 

        When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. (Henry Ford)  







        Good News Stories



          We’d also like to share some good news going on in Rutherford County and the many partners working together to help our cause locally.  Here are just a few:

          1. Parker Hannafin is creating face shields utilizing their 3D printer.

          2. Defiant Whiskey has made hand sanitizer for first responders.

          3. Westrock has donated bleach and rubbing alcohol.

          4. Trelleborg and Spencer Baptist both donated Tyvek suits.

          5. Multiple dentists have also donated PPE:  Dr. John Crossland (surgical masks), Dr. Thompson (gloves), Dr. Frank Jones (disposable gowns), Blanton Miller & Moore (surgical masks and disposable gowns)

          We know there are many more individuals, organization and businesses doing good will.  We have more businesses to share tomorrow and will continue to share this information with you as we receive it.

          Please email us at Communications@townoflakelure.com if you have a positive story to share.  





            Town of Lake Lure Supplemental Declaration 

            on Residential Vacation Rentals and Parks

            March 31, 2020 


            Greetings from the Town of Lake Lure,

            The Lake Lure Town Council and Staff have been working to strengthen safety measures to protect our community from the COVID-19 pandemic.   Rutherford County issued a Declaration of State of Emergency on 3/16/20 and the Town of Lake Lure issued a Proclamation of State of Emergency on 3/17/20.  Rutherford County and the incorporated municipalities then issued a Joint Supplemental Proclamation of a State of Emergency on 3/27/20 and also issued a Rutherford County Short Term Rental Suspension Request on 3/27/20.

            Rutherford County’s Short Term Rental Suspension Request is voluntary, but recognizes the best available medical evidence confirms that human travel promotes the spread of this disease and the presence of visitors in Rutherford County has the potential to exacerbate the strain on the limited healthcare resources and facilities available within Rutherford County. This request was made to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in a manner and at a pace that overwhelms the ability of Rutherford County and its healthcare partners to respond effectively in the coming days. This Suspension Request was made to all types of transient lodging within the County.           

            The average age of year-round residents in Lake Lure is approximately 60. Older persons have been identified as particularly susceptible to life-threatening complications associated with COVID-19.  Residential Vacation Rentals pose an increased risk and danger for the spread of the COVID-19 virus within the Town of Lake Lure due to the age of our population and the number of such Rentals within the Town’s corporate limits, approximately 340 units.  Additionally, the Town’s Residential Vacation Rentals are embedded throughout the Town’s Residential neighborhoods. 

            To protect our citizens, the Town of Lake Lure is suspending Residential Vacation Rentals within Town limits.  

            ·  All Residential Vacation Rental properties (as defined in §92.005 Zoning Regulations of the Town of Lake Lure) in the incorporated area of Lake Lure, shall cease accepting new reservations for any period of time from 12:01 a.m. 4/1/20 through 5/15/20 (such time limit is subject to further modification).  

            ·  Violations of this Declaration may result in suspension of Residential Vacation Rental permits, along with additional fines set forth in the Town Code and herein.

            ·  Existing reservations made for a period beginning 4/1/20 through 5/15/20 will be rescheduled or canceled.

            ·  Visitors currently checked in may remain until the end of their existing reservations, but such reservations shall not be extended. 

            ·  Those units consistently occupied since 3/1/20 are exempt, but rental occupancy may not be increased by others, including friends or family members.

            The Town will continue to monitor the data released by local, State and National authorities regarding COVID-19 and may extend the ban outlined herein to other types of transient lodging facilities within the Town as appropriate.  Additionally, publicly-owned and privately-owned places where large numbers of persons tend to congregate consistently throughout the day pose a particular risk for the spread of COVID-19, such as parks and similar recreational sites.  

            To protect our citizens, all amusements designed to attract and accommodate visitors, are hereby ordered to close effective Tuesday, 3/31/20, including but not limited to movies and live performances, miniature golf (not golf courses), amusement parks and arcades, and similar attractions typically involving more than 10 persons at any given time.

            ·   The  following Parks and public areas shall close effective 3/31/20:

            Ø  Public Boat Ramps - Closed

            Ø  Morse Park - Closed

            Ø  Flowering Bridge – Closed

            Ø  Pool Creek Park – Closed

            ·   Buffalo Creek Park/Weed Patch Mountain and Dittmer Watts Park (all walking/hiking trails) shall remain open; however, appropriate social distancing of persons (at least six feet) shall be practiced and enforced.

            ·   Golf Courses may remain open; however, no more than one person shall be allowed per cart.  Walking on the golf course shall be allowed with appropriate social distancing being practiced and enforced.  

            The Town recognizes the importance of making some outdoor areas available but will continue to monitor developing conditions and whether these opportunities are being used in an acceptable and safe manner by the public and may issue further Orders in appropriate circumstances.  Any person who violates any provision of this declaration shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with G.S. 14-288.20A.

            Please continue to visit the Town’s Website where daily updates are posted at www.townoflakelure.com.  See the link for “Town News” on the Homepage for information related to Rutherford County, the Town of Lake Lure, and CDC Guidelines for prevention.

            ·   If you need emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.  

            ·   If you need COVID-19 Health Screening call Rutherford County, NC Medical Screening Hotline at (828) 289-1185.

            ·  If you need resources or information in COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162.

            ·  Be sure you are registered for Everbridge, the Town’s Mass Emergency Notification System.  To register for Everbridge you may visit the Town Website at www.townoflakelure.com. and look for the link for Everbridge on the left hand side of the page.    

            ·  If you have further questions or need additional support during this Emergency Period, please contact Laura Krejci our Needs Assessment Officer at 828-625-9983, ext. 103.

            Thank you for your ongoing cooperation during this challenging time.  Our continued unity as a community is critical.  Please continue to stay safe, stay informed and Stay At Home to assist in controlling the spread of     COVID-19.  Please take this opportunity to support each other and to staying in touch with family, friends, and neighbors.   

            /es/ Carol Pritchett

            Mayor, Town of Lake Lure


            Download the Mayor's Letter 

            Download the Town of  Lake Lure Supplemental State of Emergency Declaration

            Download Instructions for Lake Access for Lake Lure Property Owners Returning Boats




            Rutherford County Strike Teams

            March 30, 2020

            The Rutherford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has developed unique medical strike teams to check in on patients suffering from COVID-19. It is the best medical practice for patients to isolate at home and treat with fluids, an anti-fever medication such as Tylenol, and rest. However, with several high risk populations, Rutherford County wants to provide special focus on their needs.

            Each Strike Team consists of one or two paramedics or EMT’s who will provide a follow up well check via phone or in person of COVID-19 patients that are under self-isolation protocols. They will also perform vital sign checks on these patients and work closely with Rutherford Regional Health System’s providers to utilize telemedicine services if needed. The EOC in conjunction with Rutherford Regional Medical Center, will stay in contact with these patients to monitor how they are progressing. If a patient become critical, EMS will transport them to Rutherford Regional for additional resources. Frequency of contact will depend on availability of medical resources and the total number of patients.  

            Read more....




            What is the Paycheck Protection Program?

            (Link to A Simple Guide)


            The U.S. federal government just passed a big coronavirus relief bill, aimed at supporting small businesses through this difficult time.

            One of the measures in the bill is the Paycheck Protection Program—here’s everything you need to know.

            Further reading: The Coronavirus Relief Bill—Every Benefit for Small Businesses



            Today's Inspiration

            March 27, 2020


            “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller


            President's COVID-19 Guidelines

            Download Guidelines

            Download Guidelines




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            State of North Carolina Executive Order

            Stay At Home Order and Strategic Directions for NC in Response to COVIC-19

            March 27, 2020


            Download the NC State Executive Order

            Download the Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Executive Order



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            Rutherford County COVID-19 New State At Home Order

            March 27, 2019



            A new Stay At Home Order has been signed by Rutherford County. The Town of Bostic, the Town of Forest City, the Town of Lake Lure, the Town of Rutherfordton and the Town of Spindale directs residents to stay at home effective at 6:00 am on Saturday, 3/28/2020.

            • This Order will be in place for three weeks until 4/17/20 at 6:00 am.
            • The Order limits activity, travel, and business functions to only the most basic and essential needs.
            • To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence.
            • This Order was issued in response to the significant and increasing number of suspected cases of community transmission and likely further significant increases in transmission.
            • The order defines essential activities as necessary for the health and safety for individuals and their families.

            The following are, for the purposes of this Proclamation, all Essential Activities:

            1. For health and safety. To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to an individual's health and safety to self, family, household, partners, or pets.

            2. For necessary supplies and services. To obtain for themselves and their family or household members (or to deliver to others) necessary supplies such as groceries and food, household consumer products, items needed to work from home, and products needed to maitain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. 

            3. For outdoor activity. Provided  compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including walking, hiking, golfing, cycling, boating, fishing, hunting, or running.

            4. To take care of others. To care for a family member, friend, or pets in another household, and to transport them for purposes allowed in this proclamation. 

            5.  For certain types of work. For work at Essential Businesses or Essential Goverment Services, or performing Minimum Basic Operations.

            Download Rutherford County Stay at Home Order & Frequently Asked Questions 






            Today's Inspiration

            March 27, 2020

            As we all do our best to cope with COVID-19 and adjust to the ever changing world we are living in, let us be thankful for all those who are helping us through this pandemic.

            •  Thank you to those who are leading our Town, our County, our State, and our Nation in the  fight against COVID-19. 

            • Thank you to the health care providers, the researchers, and those supplying the critical equipment and medications that are needed needed to treat those who are sick.

            • Thank you to the grocery stores, markets, suppliers, and their staff who are remaining open and working diligently to provide food and supplies that are in great demand.
            • Thank you to restaurants and your staff for modifying your operations to provide curbside services. 
            • Thank you to our spiritual leaders, artists, musicians, and all those providing support through online and virtual mechanisms.
            • Thank you to the American citizens - adults and children - who are making great sacrifices to stay at home and practice social distancing to protect one another from the virus.
            We will get through this together by following guidance on prevention, practicing social distancing, and expressing our gratitude along the way. If we have to stay at home during these challenging times, how thankful are we that we get to do it in beautiful Lake Lure.

            (Thank you to Pam Billitto for sharing this stunning sunset photo taken 3/26/20. If you have a photo or a picture of something you would like to share for inspiration, please send it to Communications @townoflakelure.com.)




            Today's Inspiration

            March 26, 2020



            “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu. Stunning photo by Leigh Walther.

            Please send your photographs or pictures of your artwork to Communications@townoflakelure.com.  We will look for opportunities to share these for inspiration during this challenging time.  




            COVID-19 Information Resource Guide

            Download the COVID-19 Resource Guides


            Lake Lure

            Rutherford County

            North Carolina



            Needs Assessment Officer

            Health Screenings


            Call Center

            COVID-19 Guidelines

            Phone Number


            (828) 289-1185


            (800) CDC INFO

            (800) 232-4636






            For questions or suggestions please write to Communications@townoflake.com


            COVID-19 Physical Resource Guide


            For Emergencies Call 9-1-1


            Blue Ridge Health Clinic

            Lake Lure Ingles

            Lake Lure Pharmacy

            Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach


            Medical and Behavioral Health Care



            Food Pantry

            Phone Number

            (828) 625-4400

            (828) 289-1185

            (828) 625-0748

            (828) 625-4683







            Hours of Operation:

            Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm

            New patients may be enrolled via telephone.

            Hours of Operation:

            7AM – 9PM

            Beginning 3/24/20 7-8am  Tues & Wed

            Senior Shoppers or those with compromised Immune Systems

            Drive through Pharmacy is available

            Mon-Fri 9AM-9PM

            Sat & Sun 9AM-6PM

            Hours of Operation:

            Monday, Thursday

            10am – 4pm
            Friday 10am – 4:00pm



            Rutherford County COVID-19 Informational Updates

              Updated 4/2/20

            Rutherford County Senior Center Closure


            COVID-19 Emergency Declaration


            ToLL Emergency Declaration


            County Closures, Cancellations, and Service Modifications

            3/18/20 (Updated 3/23/20)

            Medical Screening Hotline


            Rutherford County Emergency Operations  Center


            DSS Temporary Procedures During COVID-19 Crisis


            Solid Waste Convenience Center Protocol during COVID-19  


            Rumbling Bald Resort Temporary Closure 



            US Attorney Urges Public to Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud


             Stay At Home Order and FAQs from Rutherford County


            Rutherford County Joint Proclamation of State of Emergency


            Rutherford County Short Term Rental Suspension Request as of 3/27/20


            State of NC Executive Order Stay at Home Order & Strategic Directions for COVID-19


            Frequently Asked Questions for NC Stay at Home Order


            Rutherford  County First Two COVID-19 Cases


            Rutherford  County Medical Strike Team


            Rutherford  County Animal Control Closed


            Updated Senior Center Closure


            Lake Lure Supplemental Emergency Declaration


            Lake Lure  Mayor's Letter    to Citizens  3/31/20

            Payroll     Protection Program


            Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential  Vacation Rentals












            “TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

            What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

            And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

            ― Howard Zinn  





            Message from the Mayor

               March 20, 2020

            Greetings from the Town of Lake Lure,

            We are here to serve you during this challenging time.  Your Town Council and Staff want to ensure your critical needs are met and we are here to support you as needed.

            We are providing daily updates on our Town Website at www.townoflakelure.com.  Please see the link for “Town News” on the Homepage for information on prevention, resources, and the latest Center for Disease Control and Prevention updates related to COVID-19.  

            If you did not receive our electronic notification on 3/17/20, the Town of Lake Lure designated an Emergency Period from March 18, 2020 – May 15, 2020.  We want to ensure you have the latest information and contacts to call in case you need assistance.

            • 911: If you need emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.  
            • COVID-19 Screening: If you need COVID-19 Health Screening call Rutherford County, NC Medical Screening Hotline at (828) 289-1185.
            • If you need resources or information in COVID-19, please call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162.
            • NC 2-1-1- is staffed by United Way of North Carolina and this is a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 
            • North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19.  You may sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response. 
            • NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities.
            • Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.
            • Emergency Notification System: We also want to take this opportunity to ensure you are registered for Everbridge, the Town’s Mass Emergency Notification System.  To register for Everbridge you may visit the Town Website at www.townoflakelure.com. and look for the link for Everbridge on the left hand side of the page.   You may call 828-625-9983 ext. 103 and our staff will assist with your registration. 
            • Needs Assessment Officer: If you have further questions or need additional support during this Emergency Period, please contact Laura Krejci our Needs Assessment Officer at 828-625-9983, ext. 103.

            Thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time.  It is important that we stay united as a community to take the necessary precautions to assist in controlling the spread of COVID-19.  Please take this opportunity to support each other and to staying in touch with friends and neighbors.   

            Carol Pritchett

            Mayor, Town of Lake Lure





            Temporary Lane Closure - Buffalo Shoals Road




            Friday, March 27, 2020 and possibly Saturday, March 28, 2020 Gannett Flemming Contractors with the NCDOT will be patching Buffalo Shoals Road. 

            • Buffalo Shoals Road will be shut down to half lane travel while the patching is being completed. 
            • There will be dump trucks and other machinery traveling the roadway, as well as the one lane closure, thereby making travel along this roadway difficult.

            Those living on Buffalo Shoals will be able to travel the roadway as needed, however they ask that any others find another direction to travel.





            March 19, 2020


            For Immediate Release

            Rutherford County, NC: A COVID-19 medical screening hotline is now available for Rutherford County residents. The hotline will operate between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week.

            If you think you have been exposed to the virus or if you are experiencing a fever, please call (828) 289-1185. The operator will ask a list of screening questions and will provide the caller with the appropriate medical instructions based upon the answers given.

            Please do not call the medical screening hotline for general information.  





            NC 2-1-1 to Provide Assistance for COVID-19

            March 19, 2020  


            Governor Roy Cooper announced NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina as a resource for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

            North Carolinians can text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19. Sign up now to get regular alerts on the rapidly evolving situation and North Carolina’s response.

            NC 2-1-1 can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 2-1-1 or TTY 888-892-1162 for assistance.

            All North Carolinians are encouraged to visit www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus for reliable, up-to-date information. Included on this page is helpful information for:

            Information that could help everyone includes:

            • Latest Updates for NC: COVID-19 case count, weekly updates, list of websites and social media to find reliable COVID-19 information.

            • Stigma: What can be done to combat fear and anxiety.






            Dear North Carolinian:

            I am pleased to inform you that the SBA has approved the request for North Carolina’s disaster declaration.  Eligible applicants may now apply for economic injury disaster loans (EIDLs) as a result of the ongoing effects of COVID-19.

            Please feel free to share this message and/or the information below with friends and colleagues. 

            Thank you and do feel free to call on the SBA North Carolina District if we can be of service.

            Thomas A. Stith III
            District Director


            SBA Assistance Resources in light of COVID-19 Pandemic

            The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in modified and additional SBA resources to help our small businesses, small aquacultural businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and/or most private nonprofit organizations. 

            Read More




            Important Town Updates

            March 17, 2020

            Emergency Period March 18, 2020 – May 15, 2020  



            Limited Access to Town Hall - Effective 3/18/20: Town leadership encourages customers to conduct Town business via telephone or mail as much as possible.  Customers should pay by mail or by phone using credit cards, rather than coming into Town Hall. (A 3% fee applies to credit card payments.)  However walk-up windows will be available to accommodate customers during regular business hours Monday-Friday, if needed.  

            Utility Payments: The Town will NOT turn off utilities for missed payments during the emergency period, March 18, 2020 – May 15, 2020.  The Town will give customers another 30 days beyond the Emergency Period until June 15, 2020 to work out a payment plan and/or pay their bills in full. This should ensure no interruption of service.

            Boat Permits: The Town will cease enforcement relative to current/existing boat permits until June 15, 2020.  However, everyone must secure new boat permits by June 15, 2020.  All other regulations still apply.

            Burn Permits: Burn Permits will not be issued during the Emergency Period.

            Limited In-Person Meetings - Effective 3/18/20:

            ·  All Town Board and Committee meetings other than those held by Town Council are suspended until May 15, 2020. 

            ·  The Town will be limiting Town Council meetings to ten or fewer face-to-face participants which will include Town Council and Town Staff. This is in keeping with best practices for social distancing as recommended by the latest National Guidelines. 

            ·  The Town will Live Stream Town Council Meetings to allow virtual participation in meetings as much as possible.  

            ·  See Live Streaming to view the meeting. this link is available from the Town of Lake Lure Website Homepage at www.townoflakelure.com

            Town Hall and Facilities:Lake Lure Town Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, the Lake Operations building, and Public Works facility (including offices and garages) will be closed for any meetings or gatherings other than official Town business.

            Restaurants and Bars: In accordance with the Governor of the State of North Carolina’s executive order effective at 5:00 pm on 3/17/20, all restaurants and bars will be closed to dine-in customers in an effort to fight the coronavirus outbreak. Restaurants and bars may still provide take-out and delivery operations, but cannot have customers in the dining room.

            Download the Town of Lake Lure Emergency Period Press Release



            COVID-19 Guidelines

            Issued March 16, 2020





            Prevention is Key!


            The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

            • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
            • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
            • Stay home when you are sick.
            • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
            • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
            • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
              • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
              • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
            • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
              • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

            For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

            For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

            These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.


            Local Resources

            • Local Provider: If you need to be seen, you may contact Blue Ridge Health

              Address: 146 Nesbitt Ridge, off Highway 9, near Ingles in Lake Lure.

              Hours of Operation: They are open Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 5:00pm.

              Appointments: While appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.

              Contact Number: For more information or to make an appointment, call 828.625.4400.  

            • County Health Department: If you have specific questions regarding COVID 19 you may contact the Rutherford County Health Department at 828-287-6100. 



            • NC COVID 19 Call Center: 866-462-3821


            Center for Disease Control (CDC) Recommendations

          • Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
            • Individuals and communities should familiarize themselves with recommendations to protect themselves and their communities from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like COVID-19.
            • Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
            • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the look-out for:
            • If you are a healthcare provider or a public health responder caring for a COVID-19 patient, please take care of yourself and follow recommended infection control procedures.
            • If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
            • If you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and you develop COVID-19 symptoms, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to isolate at home.
          • For people who are ill with COVID-19, but are not sick enough to be hospitalized, please follow CDC guidance on how to reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others. People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness.
          • If you have been in China or another affected area or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you will face some limitations on your movement and activityPlease follow instructions during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow spread of this virus.

            For additional information please visit CDC.gov 






            Rutherford County Senior Center to Close Temporarily
            Public Service Announcement

            Rutherford County— 03/13/2020

            After consultation with the Foothills Health District Director and the Rutherford County Emergency Management Director and based on guidance we have received from the Governor’s Office and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Rutherford County Senior Center will be closed for participants beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  We will revisit this the week of March 23rd to determine if we need to extend the date.  
            As reported, those over 65 years of age and those with underlying health conditions, including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or with weakened immune systems are high risk.  DHHS also recommended that mass gatherings of 100 people should be canceled or postponed. Although no cases have been confirmed in Rutherford County, we feel the need to be proactive to protect our seniors.  

            •    Rutherford County Senior Center in Spindale will be closed through March 31st.
            •    Rutherford County Senior Center satellite sites (Ellenboro, Henrietta, and Shingle Hollow) will be closed through March 31st.
            •    Meals will not be served at the main site nor the three satellite sites. For participants with a need for a meal, a packed meal will be provided if one pre-registers the day before by noon.
            •    We will continue to deliver meals to the home-bound (Home Delivered Meals/MOW) on regular schedule.
            •    Senior Center staff will be present to answer phones during business hours.
            •    Commodity Supplemental Food Boxes (CFSP) may still be picked up as scheduled next week on March 17th and 19th from 2pm-4pm.  Those who are assigned to receive boxes should drive thru and staff will be outside to load boxes into their vehicles.    
            •    AARP Tax Site will be closed during the time the Senior Center is closed.
            •    SHIIP Site will be closed during the time the Senior Center is closed.
            •    Senior Games Silver Arts will be postponed to a later date to be determined.
            •    Senior Games Sporting Events remain scheduled for April 6th at this time.
            As a reminder, the most important thing we can all do is to practice good hygiene habits, including staying home at the first sign of illness for you or your family - and that the best prevention against any virus is to wash our hands often with water and soap for at least 20-seconds.

            The CDC is recommending that people at higher risk take the following actions:
            •    Stay at home as much as possible.
            •    Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
            •    When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
            •    Avoid crowds.
            •    If you are sick, call your provider before visiting your doctor.

            The Rutherford County Senior Services will continue to work closely with the Foothills Public Health District, Emergency Management, NC Department of Health & Human Services and the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services to monitor the latest developments about COVID-19 and keep our participants and staff safe and healthy.

            For more information, please contact the Senior Center at (828) 287-6409.





            A Team Approach to Achieving Our Goals in Lake Lure

            March 2020 


            Greetings to everyone in our Lake Lure community.  As spring unfolds I wanted to share an update with you on all that has been accomplished during the winter months.  Your team of Town Staff and Council Members have been working hard to bring a number of projects to completion and I want to be sure you are kept informed on our progress.

            Safety: First and foremost on my mind is the safety of our citizens and visitors.  During the first week in February our community received approximately 5 inches of rain in a 48 hour period.  The amount of rain received during this short period of time creates hazardous situations and dangerous road ways.  Thank you for using precaution during this time frame.  

            I am pleased to report that there were no major incidents throughout the storm event though our Fire Department and Emergency Management Team made several weather related rescues. Our Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Dustin Waycaster did a superb job overseeing the event.  He worked closely with our Town Manager, Police, Public Works, and Parks, Recreation and Lake Departments to ensure safety throughout the storm. Our Dam Operators worked 24 hours a day to monitor Lake Levels, ensuring not to release more water than was received from the storm event.

            Restoration: By the time you are reading this article, our stunning Lake Lure will be refilled following the Lake drawdown that took place from 12/10/19 – 2/10/20.  The Town maximized this opportunity to provide maintenance, repairs and restoration of critical equipment and machinery that supports our infrastructure.  I am pleased to report the following accomplishments.

            1. Penstock Rehabilitation: The Town conducted a full structural rehabilitation of the penstock, which is the enclosed pipe that delivers water to the hydro-electric plant turbines.  The purpose of this project was to  rehabilitate this valuable asset and restore its service life to over 50 years.  

            2. Infrared Thermography Conducted: Infrared thermography is applied for dam surface monitoring. The infrared thermal imager is a nondestructive testing method for determining internal material changes by examining surface changes in radiation temperature. No issues were found.

            3. Breaker Testing: All manufacturer recommended testing was conducted on our medium voltage breakers.  No issues were found.

            4. Butterfly Valve Rehabilitation: The butterfly valves help ensure safe operation of the generators. The interior components of the butterfly valves have been repaired.  Both butterfly valves were cycled completely and found to be functional.  Both baffles were blasted and coated with an epoxy coating.       

            5. Gear Adjustments Made: Adjustments were made to gearing for the large valve and both bypass valves were installed.

            6. Intake Structure Repaired: The Dam’s intake structure has been inspected and a small leak was repaired.  The intake can seals and seat all looked good. These seals were replaced about 5 years ago.

            7. Tainter Gates Inspected and Strengthened: An inspection was made of the Tainter gates on the Dam.   The Tainter gate is a type of radial arm floodgate used in dams to control water flow.  New lift cables were installed on all 3 gates.

            8. Hydro-electric Plant Generator Repaired: The lower bearing in the large generator was replaced.   An overspeed test was conducted on this generator.  No issues were identified.   

            9. Intake Drum Gate Hoist Replacement: The new hoist was ordered and the replacement will be completed in March when the Lake is full , a requirement for this work to be completed.

            10. Sewer System Repair: A sewer system valve was installed while the Lake levels were down and it is now fully operational.  

            Although it is always difficult to lower the Lake, I hope you will share in my appreciation to the teams of people who worked together to bring all these accomplishments to fruition during this short timeframe.  I thank our community for supporting the Lake drawdown so these critical infrastructure projects could be completed.

            Future Projects

            New Marina/Boardwalk: I am pleased to share the news that tax dollars are not funding the new Marina and Boardwalk that is being built.  This project will be self-sustaining and pay for itself while generating extra revenue for the Town.  Revenue will be generated by those who lease slips in the Marina.  Additionally, a portion of the cost for the new Boardwalk is being covered through a grant with the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority.  The new Marina and Boardwalk are being constructed off site and will be installed after the demolition is finished.  The service provider is under contract to have this work completed by May 22, 2020, just before Memorial Day Weekend.  

            Dredging:  When the Lake is lowered, it illustrates the critical need for ongoing dredging. During the Lake drawdown, dredging was focused in the Marina area. The plan is to refocus dredging in the main channel when the Lake is back up in February 2020.  Ongoing dredging is required to maintain all lakes and it is budgeted in Lake Lure’s Capital Improvement Plan.

            Morse Park: An additional project is underway to expand the Morse Park event space for development of a future outdoor amphitheater.  Be sure to notice the work that has taken place to enhance the lawn (and view) between Morse Park and the Broad River, by removing the excess materials.  

            Your Lake Lure team is hard at work with great focus on restoring our infrastructure.  We are collaborating with the Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Transportation, the State Parks and other agencies to ensure excellent communication and partnership.  We are reaching out to our political representatives, working with expert consultants, and writing grants to support our efforts.  Our citizens are a most important partner in our progress.  To enhance our ongoing communication with you, we will be hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings to keep you informed and to hear your input as we move forward.  Please stay tuned for further information on these Town Hall Meetings. I look forward to speaking with you in person as we work together to preserve Lake Lure for future generations.

            Carol Pritchett

            Mayor, Town of Lake Lure




            Bear Alarm Clocks Are Going Off  

            Bears’ internal alarm clocks start ringing in March, with many adult male bears emerging from their dens sometime this month. Next to wake up will be juveniles of both sexes, then female bears with yearlings and solitary females. Mother bears with newborn cubs are the last to poke their noses out into the world. After not eating or drinking for several months, it’s time for water, stretching and wandering around. Soon after getting their bearings, bears start looking for food. 

            Now is the time to double-check your to-do list and make sure there’s nothing that will attract bears to your home or property. A few hours of prevention now can save you a lot of time and trouble later.




            Employment Opportunities



            Development and Environmental Review Specialist: The Town of Lake Lure is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time Development and Environmental Review Specialist. Candidate will perform professional, administrative and enforcement type work requiring extensive public contact reviewing applications for land development, codes, environmental regulations, and nuisance abatement.   Please see Employment Opportunities for additional information.


            Firefighter: The Town of Lake Lure is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time firefighter at the Lake Lure Fire Department.  Please see Employment Opportunities for additional information.






            Responsible Alcohol Seller Program Training Seminar  


            The Education and Training Division of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission hosted a Responsible Alcohol Seller Program Training Seminar (RASP on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Lake lure town Hall.   There were about 20 in attendance.  The training is free and open to anyone who wanted to attend.  Topics discussed included the following:

            1) Preventing sales to underage and intoxicated persons

            2) Dram shop liability

            3) Acceptable forms of identification

            4) Fake, altered and look-a-like ID’s

            5) Hours of sale

            6) Employee age requirements.

            Training will be extended to all permitted operating businesses as well as server/seller training for on-premise and off-premise business owners, managers, employees, and potential permit holders.






            Property Beautification

            The Town of Lake Lure recently posted a temporary detour on Highway 9. The purpose of the detour was for the safe removal of a building that had been deteriorating for many years at the corner of Highway 9 and Memorial Highway. Special thanks to the property owner, the Lake Lure Fire Department, and all the county agencies who helped support the beautification of this area that is seen by so many as they enter and exit the Town of Lake Lure.





            Books and Bites Author Colleen Oakley


            The Friends of the Library hosted author Colleen Oakley for a Books and Bites Luncheon at the Lake Lure Inn on March 5, 2020.  

            “YOU WERE THERE TOO”

            Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivered a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her, in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart. ...

            This story is centered around Mia Graydon. Mia is happily married to Harrison, a doctor, and they are hoping to someday become parents. However, Mia also has dreams about the same man- a man who is not her husband- from time to time.

            We are grateful to the authors who donate their time and travel to visit our beautiful Town to share their book and story.   





            Special Thanks



            The Town of Lake Lure held a Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. 

            Special thanks to all those who took time out of their day to give the gift of life!


            Census 2020 Employment Opportunity - Apply Now


            The US Census is currently hiring people for temporary work, as Census Takers.

            •  The pay is $17.00/hour: $680 for a 40 hour work week + mileage. This amounts to $3,000 - $5,000 in the 8 weeks job period. No experience necessary. Paid training is provided.
            •  To apply visit: https://2020census.gov/jobs
            •  Or you can come to the Job Fair: Friday, 2/21/20: 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the Mountains Branch Public Library, 150 Bills Creek Rd, Lake Lure, NC 28746






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            Please click here for a summary of the dam’s history, present day realities, and findings of the exhaustive analysis that has been recently conducted. 

            This report also includes the next steps Town Council is taking to ensure the dam meets current day standards.   

            Regular updates are provided in Town Council Meetings.






            The Lake Lure Dam Bridge is owned by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Town of Lake Lure requested a copy of the latest safety inspection report from NCDOT. 

            Please click here to read this report.

            Town leaders are working to ensure a coordinated effort is made as NCDOT considers future options for renovating/replacing the bridge.