Town News - Fall 2019


The Town Council of the Town of Lake Lure, North Carolina, has received an offer to purchase the following property, with building, for the sum of $211, 400.00: The corner of Harris Road and Memorial Highway (US 64/74A), PIN 1604850. Please click here to review the details.




OCTOBER 15, 2019

Please join us for a special Town Council Meeting.
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Lake Lure Municipal Hall, 2948 Memorial Highway
Agenda: Please click here to download the agenda and meeting materials which will include the following items.
1. Adoption of Minutes
2. Proposed Resolution 19-10-15 Authorizing Upset Bid Process
3. Schnabel Engineering – Scope of Work Review and Discussion
4. Hydro-Electric Repairs Review and Discussion  






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Before Starting Work During Lake Drawdowns


The Town historically lowers the lake on a three-year cycle for to allow lakefront property owners the opportunity to repair and maintain lake structures, particularly seawalls.  The Town also makes needed repairs at this time. 

Generally, all work within the lake boundary (995 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL)) will require permits from the Town of Lake Lure. Additional permitting from North Carolina Division of Water Resources (DWQ) and/or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and/or Rutherford County Building Inspections is likely to be required from any work below the shoreline (990.5 feet MSL).

State and federal permits, if required, shall precede and accompany town applications, as required.  Property owners and/or contractors are responsible for getting permits from county, state, and federal agencies, as appropriate. The Town does not provide these services.

Please be advised:
 State and federal review times might exceed lake drawdown period.  It is recommended that permits are submitted to these authorities as early as possible. 
Please click here for additional information and to download a Quick Reference Guide.






Officer Bailey Worley was dispatched to a call on June 28, 2019.  The call was concerning a man who had been missing for two hours.  When his wife went looking for him, she found his vehicle off the side of a mountain and heard her husband moaning.  She immediately called 911 for help.

Officer Worley arrived and immediately maneuvered his way down the mountain approximately 40 feet where he located the man.  Officer Worley was able to relay important information to Lake Lure Fire & Rescue.  After EMS safely made their way to the patient, Officer Worley obtained a chainsaw from the fire truck and began cutting a safe path for rescuers to move the patient from the scene to the ambulance.  The patient was flown via helicopter to the hospital.

Officer Worley’s quick thinking to get to the patient, calm him and secure him until EMS could get to him, was the true heart of an officer, going above and beyond to save a life.

Congratulations Officer Worley for being recognized for this coveted Region C Award. Officer Worley is pictured here with Lake Lure Police Chief, Sean Humphries.





Please share this post with those who may be interested in employment opportunities in the beautiful Town of Lake Lure, NC.

Click here to learn more about these full time positions and the excellent benefits package.  




Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Class - All About Hydrangeas

On Thursday, September 26, 2019, the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Committee provided a class on hydrangea by Master Gardener Eleanor Bails.

The class was held at the Lake Lure Municipal Hall, 2948 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure, NC 28746.

Special thanks to Lake Lure Flowering Bridge Volunteer and Master Gardener Eleanor Bails for sharing her expertise and her time!







The Lake Lure Town Council held a Volunteer Board Appreciation Picnic on 9/25/19.  Lake Lure Mayor, Carol Pritchett thanked Board Members for sharing their time and expertise in service to our Town. 


In addition to thanking Board members for their time, expertise and service, the Town introduced Sha’Linda Pruitt’s new comic strip, “Lure Rock.”  Sha’Linda is an Administrative Specialist with many additional talents.  Her comic strip will be featured on the Town website and in upcoming publications. 

About Lure Rock: Lure Rock is a comic strip based on informative policies and political antics within local government. This strip presents a social satire that explores small town doses of witty humor while providing a guide to how local government functions. Lure Rock’s main objective is to teach how local government works by providing real life scenarios with an ironic spin. It’s a mixture of white collar meets blue collar comedic relief.

You will meet and follow the comic’s two main character’s Cliff Rockford, and Lacie McLure. Both Cliff and Lacie represents the triumphs and pitfalls of learning to navigate in a small mountain town located in Western North Carolina. As you follow these two unique personalities the commentary of their experiences will be relatable and nostalgic as each adventure unfolds. Lure Rock is as a series explores country living at its best and even as the worse may sometimes be encountered, a tinge of humor arises as a refreshing antidote.    





Lake Lure and Rumbling Bald Resort Community Education on Staying Safe Around Bears by the NC Wildlife Commission’s BearWise Team

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019, the NC Department of Wildlife held a BearWise Education Forum for Lake Lure at the Rumbling Bald Resort.  The following BearWise Basics were discussed in detail. Please click here to download these materials.






Town Council and UAB held a special meeting on 9/20/19. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Low-Pressure Sewer System Engineering Report. The meeting was open to the public.

There was a lengthy presentation and discussions.  Town Council asked UAB to provide a recommendation to Council for alternative solutions for upgrades and repairs to the existing sewer system due to the excessive cost of the proposal which would have necessitated increased sewer rates.  Next steps are to develop and present a revised plan that includes a positive, proactive, phased approach to the State for solving the sewer challenges within the amount of a existing low interest loan that has been preaprroved by the State. 

The UAB meeting regularly on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 2:00 in the Lake Lure Municipal Hall.  the public is welcome to attend.  Please click here for links to all Board Agendas, Meeting Minutes and future meeting dates. 




The following is an updates from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).   

•    The State has observed no movement of the slide area in the past few months.

•    The slide could come back at any time, depending on future rain events.

•    Officials are confident the landslide will eventually move again.

•    Temporary repairs to Buffalo Creek Road have been made.

•    Pavement repairs are not planned at this time.

•    Temporary repairs will be maintained in place until a permanent solution is adopted.  

•    A permanent repair is being investigated that would re-align the roadway up and around the slide area.

•    A public meeting will be scheduled to give interested residents an opportunity to review the plan and provide comments.

•    NCDOT will work with the Town of Lake Lure to alert the area residents of the meeting time and location.

•    The plans for a permanent solution may be adjusted, based on public input, if needed.

Please click here for additional background information.  If you have questions regarding this matter, please contact the Town's Communications Specialist at  or 828-625-9983, extension 103.





Please note that there will be a temporary one lane closure on Wednesday, 9/18/19 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. The purpose of the temporary lane closure is for large equipment needed to remove hazardous trees. The area between Buffalo Creek Road and Moffitt Road will be reduced to one lane and flaggers will be on site to guide traffic.





Lake Lure Mayor, Carol Pritchett, Town Manager, Shannon Baldwin, Communications Coordinator, Laura Krejci, and Executive Director for the Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge attended the dedication ceremony for the Charters of Freedom Monument on Tuesday, 9/17/19 at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the Rutherford County Courthouse.

Rutherfordton Mayor, Jimmy Dancy is photographed here in front of the monument with Lake Lure Mayor, Carol Pritchett.

The Charters of Freedom are actual-size replicas of what are considered the “founding documents” of the United States: the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

If you did not have an opportunity to attend the dedication, please plan a visit to see the stunning memorial.




....Despite A Little Rain!

Special thanks to the over 100 volunteers who help make this festival possible!


Over 3,000 people attended the 10th Annual Dirty Dancing Festival on 9/13/19 and 9/14/19.  The movie-inspired dance, music, arts and entertainment festival started in 2009 to pay tribute to the late actor and star of “Dirty Dancing,” Patrick Swayze

Swayze died of pancreatic cancer that same year after a 20-month fight with the disease. Since 2013, the festival has raised funds to benefit PanCAN – this year’s event raised more than $9,000.

 Photos below are courtesy of Buddy Morrison.




The Town of Lake Lure is ever mindful of those who were impacted by the events of 9/11.

You remain in our thoughts and our hearts.





The Lake Lure Beach is now open daily from 9AM to 5 PM. 

The dock ramp is not open for use and swimming is not permitted but everyone can enjoy a walk on the beach.




MEETING SUMMARY:  Please click here for a summary of the 9/10/19 Town Council Meeting which covers the following topics:

1.  Welcome and Opening Remarks: new Mayor Carol Pritchett shared her vision for her role as Mayor.

2.  Town Manager Updates: Town Manager Shannon Baldwin provided updates on the following areas with respective department heads: Lake Lure Dam,  Hydroelectric Plant, Sewer System Updates, Water Interconnect, Town Center Wi-Fi,   Permits for Working on the Lake,   Boardwalk and Marina Renovation and Upgrades, Bears Safety, Grant Updates, Events, Town Council Board Picnic,  Candidate Forums, and Buffalo Creek Road.

3.  Council Liaison Reports: Please click here for links to the latest meeting minutes and future meeting agendas for the Utilities Advisory Board, Lake Advisory Board, ABC Board, and Planning Board, Parks and Recreation Board, Board of Adjustment, and the Lake Structures Appeals Board.

4.  Public Forum

5.  Consent Agenda

6.  New Business:
 Consider an option and activate the upset bid process relative to the commercial center.

7.  Adjournment: With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:31 p.m.   


HAPPY LABOR DAY from the Town of Lake Lure! 

Please click here and take an opportunity today to visit one of the Town Parks today! 






The Town of Lake Lure's Mass Notification System is Everbridge

The Town of Lake Lure is implementing Everbridge, a new Mass Notification service that allows the Town of Lake Lure to alert you when necessary. This is the notification system utilized by Rutherford County and it will replace the Code Red System that is currently in place. You may opt-in to enter your contact information and subscribe based on your location. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.


The Town of Lake Lure will complete the transition from Code Red to Everbridge by July 1, 2019. Dual notifications will be made until this date.  You may unsubscribe from Code Red after subscribing to Everbridge to avoid dual notifications. NOTE: The Code Red System will be discontinued 12/1/19. 

How It Works

When the Town of Lake Lure issues a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered. If requested for the notification, you can confirm that you have received the message and you will not be contacted by any subsequent methods regarding that particular notification. If you do not confirm, the system will continue to attempt to reach you at all of the contact paths that you have registered.

Sign up for Notifications

Please click here to create an account and add your contact and location information into the Mass Notification system. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Stop Receiving Notifications

You can stop receiving at any time by removing your contact information from your profile.  



The Town of Lake Lure, NC proactively lowers the lake on a three-year cycle to allow lakefront property owners to maintain their lake structures.  The Marine Commission held a special public forum on 8/13/19 to discuss and gather input on the cycle and timing of lowering the lake.  Thank you to the approximately 65 people who participated in the meeting. The purpose of lowering the lake during the offseason is to allow lakefront property owners to maintain their lake structures, including boathouses, docks and seawalls.  By having a schedule in place, property owners can plan for the desired work and have a contractor and permits in place prior to the lake being lowered.  The Town has lowered the lake between 4-5 feet on a three year cycle in the past.

The Marine Commission presented the pros and cons associated with lowering the lake for these reasons during the meeting.  Citizens had the opportunity to express their opinions as individuals and by a show of hands so the Marine Commission could assess the number of people in the room who supported various options for lowering the lake.  Ultimately, the Marine Commission voted to begin the drawdown of the lake on December 1, 2019, and to begin raising the lake to full pond on February 10, 2020.  Town Staff requested that the lake be lowered for at least thirty days to replace a valve in the sewer line mandated by the state.  The Town retains the ability to lower the lake at other times, as necessary, due to the weather, maintenance, dredging, construction, or for evaluation/inspections.




In February 2019 a public meeting was held with Duke Energy to discuss improving local power service.  Duke Energy has announced that they are about to begin work on a project that will help to increase reliability to the Lake Lure area.  From early August to around mid-November multiple crews will be working to upgrade the feeder tie that runs south down Hwy 9 to the Mill Springs area.  This will include installing bigger wire, taller poles, etc.   This is part of our long range strategy to enhance reliability to Lake Lure by strengthening the ties to other feeders and substations in the area.

As much of the work is right along Hwy 9, we encourage motorists to be aware of work zones and pay attention to flaggers.  We expect there will be occasional lane closures, but crews will work to minimize impacts to the public.  

We are pleased this project is being implemented this fall and look forward to the benefits that our long term strategy will bring to customers in area.







Carolina Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: CARO) (“Carolina Financial”) and Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. (Nasdaq: CART), the parent company of Carolina Trust Bank (together, “Carolina Trust”) jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement.

Subject to the terms of the merger agreement, Carolina Trust shareholders will receive 0.3000 shares of Carolina Financial common stock, or $10.57 in cash for each share of Carolina Trust’s common stock outstanding, subject to election and proration such that the aggregate consideration will consist of 90 percent Carolina Financial stock and 10 percent cash.  Based on Carolina Financial Corporation’s closing stock price of $35.62 as of July 12, 2019, this equates to an aggregate deal value of approximately $100.1 million.

Carolina Trust, which is headquartered in Lincolnton, North Carolina, currently operates 11 banking locations and a loan production office in and around the Charlotte – Concord – Gastonia, NC-SC metropolitan statistical area.  As of March 31, 2019, Carolina Trust reported assets of $621 million, gross loans of $474 million and deposits of $523 million.

“This transaction allows for Carolina Financial to deepen its market presence in North Carolina. Carolina Trust represents the best opportunity for Carolina Financial to expand our footprint in these markets and the merger will allow us to execute on many of our publicly stated goals,” said Jerry Rexroad, Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Financial. “We welcome the Team Members at Carolina Trust to our organization.  This partnership is an excellent opportunity to create value for both institutions.” Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined company will have over $4.5 billion in assets, $3.1 billion in loans and $3.3 billion in deposits.  This transaction will further solidify Carolina Financial’s position as one of the largest Carolinas-based community banks.

Jerry Ocheltree, President and Chief Executive Officer of Carolina Trust, will be named President of CresCom Bank’s North Carolina Commercial Banking Operations.  “We are excited about partnering with a high-performing company that shares our community banking culture and values like Carolina Financial. We find the strategic fit of the two organizations compelling, especially for our customers that will benefit from the broader array of products and services,” commented Jerry Ocheltree.  “We will leverage the new resources and products available to us through CresCom Bank and are attracted to the opportunity to operate in our current markets with a significantly larger scale.”

The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of each company.  The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approval and Carolina Trust shareholder approval.  Upon completion of the transaction, Mr. Johnathan Rhyne, Carolina Trust’s current Chairman of the Board, will be appointed to the Carolina Financial and CresCom Bank boards of directors.

Sandler O’Neill & Partners, LP served as financial advisor and Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP provided legal counsel to Carolina Financial.  Raymond James served as financial advisor and Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP served as legal counsel to Carolina Trust.

Please click here to read the rest of the story.





Lake Lure was recently listed as one of Ten Best Lake Towns in North America on 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 link above to read the entire article or read the reference for Lake Lure below.

At the edge of the Blue Mountains, the scenic town of Lake Lure was the film set for the 1987 blockbuster Dirty Dancing. Several locals were extras in the movie. Each summer, residents relive the magic at the Dirty Dancing Festival with a “Baby & Johnny lake lift” competition.

This lake town is an adventurous getaway less than an hour’s drive from Asheville. There are bumper boats, water cannons, waterslides, and certified ski and wakeboard instructors ready to pull you behind their boats. Sunsets are especially spectacular here and best enjoyed by paddleboat or pontoon cruise.

If you go: Spend some time exploring the Blue Mountains foothills that surround the lake. Chimney Rock State Park is the main attraction. From mountain biking and hiking trails you can take in views of Hickory Nut Gorge and see one of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. There’s also an area where kids can learn to rock climb.





Please click here for a summary of the dam’s history, present day realities, findings of the exhaustive analysis that has been recently conducted, and the next steps Town Council is taking to ensure the dam meets current day standards.   





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.