Town News Spring 2020

Lake Lure Virtual Memorial Day Tribute
 

Please join us in remembering all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country!

Instead of a face-to-face gathering to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, the Town of Lake Lure would like to build a virtual tribute for the loved ones of Lake Lure family members. 

If you would like to participate in this tribute, please send in a picture of your loved one with their name, branch of service, period of service, and anything else you would like to share about your loved one who served.  We will share the picture and information about your loved one on our Town Website on a special Memorial Day Tribute.     
 
Please send your information to Communications@townoflakelure.com. For questions please call 828-625-9983, extension 103.

 
Lake Lure's Launch
May 22, 2020

The soft opening at the new Washburn Marina and Lake Lure Boardwalk has been a success! Parks, Recreation, and Lake Director Dean Givens said that he was very pleased the crew pushed through so the new Marina and Boardwalk could open on Saturday, May 23, 2020. 

Dean, Mayor Carol Pritchett, and Commissioner Patrick Bryant welcomed boaters this morning as they came out to launch their boats and park in their new boat slips. Mayor Pritchett said she was very pleased the project was completed in time for the Memorial Day Weekend and that no tax payer dollars were used to complete the project.  She added “I am delighted to see so many boaters and their families getting out to enjoy Lake Lure on such a glorious day.”  A ribbon cutting ceremony will be planned in the future to celebrate the project and to recognize all those who contributed to it's completion. 

Read more....For further details and photos please click here

 

 

New Lake Lure Boardwalk

Please come out and enjoy the new Lake Lure Boardwalk. This is one place that allows pedestrians to take a stroll while practicing social distancing. The views are spectacular and it's a lovely Lake Lure day! Please be safe and stay well! 

 

 

Lake Lure Beach Opens for the Season

 
The Lake Lure Beach opened for the season today, Saturday, May 23, 2020. The Lake Lure Beach will be open today through Monday, May 25, 2020 from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, but with limited capacity in accordance with the NC Executive Orders during Phase Two of the State's reopening. Entrance is permitted through the main beach house. For more details, please call us at (828) 625-1373. For additional information about Lake Lure, please click here
 


 

North Carolina

Phase Two Reopening Plan


The NC Governor has issued Executive Order (EO) 141, which moves the State to Phase 2 (Easing of Restrictions) in the State’s ongoing response to COVID-19. 

EO141 is effective 5:00pm on Friday, May 22, 2020 and expires at 5:00pm on Friday, June 26, 2020 unless repealed, replaced or rescinded.  EO141 and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are linked below along with additional guidance for various categories of businesses and activities (restaurants, places of worship and religious services, large venues, retail businesses, personal care businesses, public pools and spas, tattoo businesses, day camps, overnight camps, and child care facilities).

EO141 additional guidance for various businesses: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/guidance#phase-2-easing-of-restrictions

 

 

  Temporary Road Closure

May 20, 2020

 

Heavy rains from spring storms contributed to a culvert collapsing under U.S. 64/74A, at the intersection of Bills Creek Road in Rutherford County on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

N.C. Department of Transportation officials placed safety barricades at the site about 6.5 miles east of Lake Lure where the road is undermined and impassable.

The detour for westbound traffic utilizes Rainbow Rapids Road, Freeman Town Road and Bills Creek Road. The eastbound detour directs traffic in the opposite order of roads starting with Bills Creek about 1.5 miles outside town limits. The detour adds 10-15 minutes to a commute.

NCDOT crews will evaluate the damage once water recedes, then develop a construction plan and timeframe for completion. Crews may begin working in the area as early as next week.

Motorists are encouraged to plan extra time for the detour into their driver, and to obey all posted signs including detours.  

Please join us in remembering all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country!

The Town of Lake Lure is disappointed to confirm that the 2020 Lake Lure Memorial Day Service will be CANCELLED out of an abundance of caution for the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Although participants would be able to meet outside practicing social distancing, there is a significant chance of rain on Monday, 5/25/20 and it would not be prudent to shift the program to an indoor function at this time.
 
Instead of a face-to-face gathering to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, the Town of Lake Lure would like to build a virtual tribute for the loved ones of Lake Lure family members.  If you would like to participate in this tribute, please send in a picture of your loved one with their name, branch of service, period of service, and anything else you would like to share about your loved one who served.  We will share the picture and information about your loved one on our Town Website on a special Memorial Day Tribute.     
 
Please send your information to Communications@townoflakelure.com. For questions please call 828-625-9983, extension 103.

 

May 20, 2020 Storm Event  

12:00 pm

Morse Park 5/20/20

The National Weather Service released Flash Flood Warnings for Rutherford County on 5/19/20 and 5/20/20. The Town of Lake Lure first sounded the flood sirens on 5/19/20.   Lake Lure’s Emergency Preparedness Plan was activated and a State of Emergency was declared late on 5/19/20.  The flood sirens were sounded a second time and an Emergency Notification was sent out on Everbridge, the Town's Mass Notification System.  On 5/20/20 a second notification was sent out via Everbridge alerting citizens to use caution when near the river or streams, and to seek higher ground if in a flood-prone area.  Everyone was reminded to call 9-1-1 for any emergencies.  The flood sirens were set off again on 5/20/20. 

The Town maintained consistent Lake levels within normal range by opening the Tainter Gates to release water falling into the watershed. The Town of Lake Lure is in the 94 square mile Upper Broad River Watershed which lies within four counties (Buncombe, Henderson, Rutherford, and a small portion of McDowell). The increased water that is received in Lake Lure comes from rain, as well as over fifty (50) tributaries from these four counties.  Areas downstream from Lake Lure also receive the incoming rain, as well as water flow from surrounding bodies of water not associated with Lake Lure, such as the Green River or Lake Adger.

The Town received approximately 7 inches of rain on 5/19/20 and the Tainter Gates were opened to release the water received.  The Town uses precautions in an attempt not to release more water than is received from storm events. Lake levels were maintained within approximately three inches overnight.  This is was accomplished by checking the lake levels every 15 minutes and adjusting the Tainter Gates as needed.  

 

             Across from the Lake Lure ABC Store                        Lake Lure Golf Course

 

Those who have registered for the Town of Lake Lure’s Mass Notification System - Everbridge - were notified of the Flash Flood Warnings through text messages and/or email.  If anyone did not receive an Everbridge Notification regarding this alert and would like to register for future notifications, they may click on the following link to register: everbridge.php. If there are questions or further assistance is needed, please contact Communications@townoflakelure.com


 

 
FLASH FLOOD WATCH

May 20, 2020 AT 7:00 AM

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH: Please use caution when near the river or streams and seek higher ground if you are in a flood-prone area.  Call 9-1-1 for any emergencies. The Town of Lake Lure will be raising the Tainter Gates further this morning to make adjustments in Lake levels due to ongoing rain.  The Town siren will be sounded.

If you did not receive an Everbridge Notification regarding this alert and would like to register for future notifications, please REGISTER NOW

If you have any questions or need assistance registering you may contact Communications@townoflakelure.com  

 

 

FLOOD WARNING

May 19, 2020 2:20PM

 

The Town of Lake Lure will be raising the Tainter Gates further today to make adjustments in Lake levels due to incoming rain. Please use caution when near the river or streams and seek higher ground if you are in a flood-prone area. Call 9-1-1 for any emergencies.

 
 
FLOOD WARNING

May 19, 2020 1:22PM

 

The National Weather Service has now issued a FLOOD WARNING RUTHERFORD COUNTY until 6:15 PM A weather warning indicates a confirmed, current and present danger to this area. Take necessary safety precautions and please call 9-1-1 for any emergencies.  

 

 
 
Flash Flood Watch

May 19, 2020 11:20 AM

 

 


 
Please use caution when near the river or streams and seek higher ground if you are in a flood-prone area. Call 9-1-1 for any emergencies. The Town of Lake Lure will be sounding the siren on Tuesday, 5/19/20 to notify citizens that the Tainter gates are being raised to make adjustments in Lake levels because of incoming rain.

 

The Tainter gates are the arms that control the flow of water at the dam. The Lake Lure Dam has three Tainter gates. These gates are raised and lowered as needed as a normal course of operation. The Town sounds the siren if the Tainter gates are opened by 3 feet or more to ensure the public will be aware of the flood warning, to use caution near rivers, streams, and areas prone to flooding.  

 

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Updates

(Click here for further details, points of contact and additional data) 

 There are FIVE new positive cases today for 161 total positive cases, and 19 total active cases. We have added several new graphs including one that is a percentage of tests that are positive (compared to total tests given). As the Foothills Health District increases testing, positive tests may increase and this new graph gives us another visual indicator of overall growth or decline of cases in Rutherford County. 

 

 

 

 

Sadly, the Rutherford County Health Department is reporting the 7th COVID-19 associated death in the County.


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family that lost their loved one.

We lift up the family of those individuals who have passed away  We are so sorry for your loss and are holding each family in our hearts.  

Washburn Marina and Lake Lure Boardwalk Soft Opening

May 22, 2020

 


 
The Washburn Marina and Lake Lure Boardwalk Replacement Project will have a soft opening on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10:00 am.  The project has progressed daily throughout this spring, despite the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
 
ON SCHEDULE DESPITE MAJOR OBSTACLES: The new Marina and Boardwalk were constructed off site and have been installed in an eyelash pattern off the new Boardwalk. The project was scheduled to be completed by the end of the day on Friday, 5/22/20. Marathon Builders, Lake Lure Electric, and their crews worked tirelessly (even in the rain) to move this project forward to have the soft opening for the memorial Day weekend. There will be ongoing refinements that will require coordination with those renting boat slips. 

      

 
INCREASED CONVENIENCE: The Town is pleased to report that although the number of boats using the lake has not increased as a result of this project.  The number of boat slips has increased, making it much more convenient to moor boats. The new Marina will house up to 208 boat slips, an increase from the old marina that had 72 boat slips.
 

      

 
NO TAX DOLLARS SPENT: The Town is pleased that the Marina/Boardwalk project will pay for itself. By expanding the Marina and combining this work with the Boardwalk replacement as one project, the Town was able to replace the old wooden Boardwalk that had reached it's useful life, without placing the costs on Lake Lure Tax Payers. Additionally, a portion of the cost for the new Boardwalk is being covered through a grant with the Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority.

      

 
COORDINATION: The Town has forwarded information regarding access to boat slip renters via email.  Town staff are personally contacting each owner to coordinate use of the new slips as early as Saturday, 5/23/20.
 
CELEBRATION AND RECOGNITION: We are excited about the new Washburn Marina and Lake Lure Boardwalk Marina and will keep you posted as we schedule a formal ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this great accomplishment. In the meantime, please come out and enjoy the new Lake Lure Boardwalk and Marina. 
 
Special thanks to Dean Givens for his oversight of this project in coordination with the Lake Lure Mayor, Town Manager, and Town Council.  Thank you to Linda Ward for her coordination with Boat Slip Renters.
 
PLEASE USE CAUTION: Please remember to practice social distancing.  Wearing masks is recommended in public areas where social distancing is not possible.
 
 

     

 

    

 

  

 

  

 

      

 

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach 

May 13, 2020 

 

COVID-19 is impacting families in our area in many ways and Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach is stepping up to help.   Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach will be distributing a box of non-perishable food to any family in need on Wednesday, 5/20/20 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm, or until they run out of food before 1:00pm. The Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach is a non-profit organization staffed by an all-volunteer group of people who generously support this cause.

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach serves those in need in the Gorge, which includes portions of the four counties touching the Gorge: Rutherford, Polk, Buncombe and Henderson.

The address is 2556 Memorial Highway, PO Box 634, Lake Lure NC 28746.

To donate, or for more information, please contact Hickorynutgorgeoutreach.org or call 828-625-4683.   

 

 

May 10, 2020

 

 

 

 

Press Release

For Immediate Release

May 7, 2020

Second Amended State Of Emergency Declaration

 

 

Pursuant to the Town of Lake Lure’s Emergency Operations Plan, the Town’s key personnel have held regular Emergency Preparedness meetings and continue to evaluate the state of the COVID-19 outbreak within Rutherford County, the State of North Carolina, and the United States to determine if further or lesser restrictions should be implemented.  It has been determined that certain restrictions should be further revised at this time to include the following:    

1.   Churches:Churches desiring to hold outside services utilizing public address speakers and equipment may apply for an entertainment permit, which if granted, will contain written stipulations consistent with appropriate social distancing, including, but not limited to vehicles parked in every other parking space leaving at least six feet between vehicles. Attendees to services will be allowed to roll down windows to hear the service. In addition, services and assemblies of ten (10) or fewer people assembled at one time within churches may start immediately. During these services, social distancing requirements shall be utilized with only members of the same immediate family being allowed to sit closer together than six (6) feet apart.

2.   Residential Vacation Rentals: Beginning 5/16/20 Residential Vacation Rentals may resume operations. All units should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Capacity limits shall be strictly enforced.

3.   Parks:The Town plans to reopen Morse Park, Lake Lure Beach (for foot traffic only), Pool Creek Park, and the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge on 5/9/20 based on the Governor beginning Phase One of the State’s reopening plan on 5/8/20.  

4.   Town Hall: The Town plans to phase in staff in Town Hall and other departments beginning Monday, 5/11/20.

5.   Boat Rentals and Tours:  As set forth in the previous Amended State of Emergency Declaration, boat rentals and tours may resume 5/9/20, so long as boat occupants are restricted to members of the same immediate family or social distancing for non-family members is required (at least six feet of separation).

6.   Protection Measures and Social Distancing.: All citizens are encouraged to use various forms of protection measures/devices recommended by the CDC and maintain all forms of social distancing mandated by the State.

All remaining restrictions as set forth in the Town’s previous Emergency Declarations remain in full force and effect and unchanged until further notice or until the previous Orders expire, based on the terms of those Orders.   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.

If any Section, Subsection, or part of this Declaration shall be deemed or found by a Court of competent jurisdiction, to conflict with a provision of North Carolina law, to violate the U.S. Constitution, or other pre-emptive legal principle, then that Section, Sub-section or part of this Ordinance shall be deemed ineffective, but the remaining parts of this Declaration shall remain in full force and effect.

 Download the Second Amended State Of Emergency Declaration

 

 

A Message From Our Mayor, Carol Pritchett

Protection and Progress Throughout the Pandemic  

"I would like to thank everyone in Lake Lure for taking the COVID-19 Pandemic seriously. Our citizens acted quickly in response to requests to “Stay at Home” and to practice social distancing. Many of you cancelled events and gatherings to ensure the safety of others. Though it was very difficult to refrain from all the enjoyable springtime activities, I believe our prudence made a significant difference in controlling the spread of the virus in Lake Lure. 

The early measures that your Town Council and Town Staff took to strengthen safety measures has also helped protect our community from the full impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic thus far. We suspended Residential Vacation Rentals, closed public boat ramps temporarily, and restricted Parks that did not allow space for social distancing, while allowing golf and access to the Buffalo Creek Park, Weed Patch Mountain Trail and the Dittmer-Watts Park so citizens would have an opportunity to exercise and enjoy nature while practicing social distancing.   

Your Lake Lure Town Council and Town Staff have continued to move important priorities forward, despite this very challenging time." Please click here to read the rest of Mayor Pritchett's article and to learn about progress with the new Lake Lure Marina and Boardwalk, revenue generated by the Lake Lure Hydro-Electric Plant, new staff, and more...  


    

 
 

 

Expanded Outdoor Activities

 

Although the state of North Carolina stay-at-home order is still in effect, outdoor activities are authorized as long as social distancing practices are followed. The Town of Lake Lure has amended the State of Emergency Declaration to expand Lake Access and Boating, Golfing and Outdoor Worship for Churches. 

•    Lake Access & Boating: Lake Lure is open beginning 4/28/20.  Boat occupants must be members of the same family.  No tie ups are allowed and social distancing is required for non-family members.

Please note that boaters will need to bring their own gas as the pump at the Washburn Marina is not currently available so boaters will nd to bring their own gas.

•    Golf:  Golfers may ride with more than one to a golf cart, if the cart contains members of the same immediate family.

•    Church/Outside Worship: Guidance has been established for outside worship and these guidelines have been shared with the pastors of Lake Lure Churches.  Social distancing is required.

As a reminder, in addition to these changes Buffalo Creek Park, Weed Patch Trail, and the Dittmer-Watts Park remain open for your enjoyment while practicing social distancing.

Thank you to all who are protecting yourselves and our citizens by staying at home and practicing social distancing when you go outside. The Town of Lake Lure will continue to closely follow the NC State guidelines for COVID-19. Please stay tuned to the Town of Lake Lure website for further updates. Stay safe and be well.

Download the Amended Declaration. 

  

 

Rutherford County COVID-19 Questions and Answers

 

 

Please take a moment to hear Public Health Director, Karen Powell answer questions from media and citizens in an informative video you can watch by clicking on this image below. or going to www.facebook.com/rcemergencymanagement  

 

Please Click HERE to Enjoy The Art and Music that is Posted

While Many Events Have Been Cancelled Due To COVID-19

Lake Lure Artists

The Lake Lure Artists are a group of painters, sculptors, fiber artists, photographers, potters, and jewelry makers.  Members will be sharing their work here for your enjoyment and to inspire other artists and art lovers.  

Enjoy these local works of art.  If you have photographs of your artwork you would be interested in sharing please send it to Communications@townoflakelure.gov.
 
For more information on the Lake Lure Artists please visit: https://www.lakelureartists.org/

Check out Featured Artist -  Michelle Schwartz - Click HERE to Enjoy Additional Artists

Please Enjoy Lake Lure At It's Finest: As a special treat, please take a moment to see these exquisite photographs by Michelle Schwartz. We are all so fortunate to have the beauty of Lake Lure surrounding us and special people like Michelle to showcase nature at it's finest.  

 

 

 

 

Lake Lure Music Festival Virtual Concert Series

 

Please click HERE to enjoy this Virtual Concert from the Lake Lure Music Festival Committee: At this time we would also like to introduce the Lake Lure Music Festival Virtual Concert Series.  In our efforts to provide you world class entertainment from our distinguished artists, we are posting free online performances periodically for your enjoyment on our Facebook site and other platforms. 

The generosity of the artistic community is significant and upon reaching out to our 2020 artists, they immediately offered us this unique opportunity to showcase their talents and support what the LLMF brings to Western North Carolina. 

We will be sharing more music with you soon and hope it lifts your spirits and touches your hearts.Please enjoy a movement from Mahler's Fourth Symphony, arranged by Arnon Zimra, and performed by Mark Nuccio, Ana María Martínez and Bethany Self. 

A special thanks to Mark Nuccio for providing us with this wonderful performance.

 


 

Buy a Bag Grocery Campaign for Gorge Employees

 

 

 

They've been on the front-lines or behind-the-scenes engine of our tourism-dependent economy, preparing food, plating meals, washing dishes, making drinks, cleaning the hotels and vacation rentals, driving our tour boats, selling our merchandise, and generally just being the all-important glue behind the visitor experience.

With the devastating economic impacts from the global pandemic known as Covid-19, these employees have been sidelined indefinitely. They face an uncertain future and they are concerned and apprehensive.

We want to help because as they have served and supported us, it is time for us to serve and support them.  The concept is simple and the execution is straightforward. Simply Click the Register Now button.

Thanks to the generosity of several participating partners we have a sound foundation to kick this off.  And now the public can participate as well, in buying Ingles' Grocery Cards in $25 increments. Working closely with the owners of our tourism businesses in the Gorge, employees will be identified and given the grocery gift cards. Chamber staff will oversee the process and ensure that only those locally impacted employees receive this direct assistance.

The more grocery gift cards you purchase, the more we can help. 

 

Rutherford County Emergency Business Assistance Grant Application

 


Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Rutherford County Economic Development have teamed up to provide an Emergency Small Business Assistance Grant in an amount up to $2,500 for qualifying Rutherford County businesses. Together, these two organizations are committed to help the Rutherford County business community during these uncertain times. They understand that Coronavirus and the corresponding mandatory closure or change in service requirements could jeopardize many local small businesses. In an effort to ensure businesses remain viable and doors are able to reopen, an emergency grant program has been created to offer funding to help cover fixed operation costs for our most vulnerable businesses.

• Funding for eligible operational costs (i.e. Rent, Mortgage, Utilities, etc.) incurred between May 1 through 31, 2020.
• Maximum grant amount is $2,500 per company with like ownership.
• Grants will be distributed once approved by a review team.

Grant Application


 

 

Important Updates - Use Caution

April 30, 2020

 

The Town of Lake Lure sounded the siren on Thursday, 4/29/20 around 11:30 PM to notify citizens that the Tainter gates had been raised to make adjustments in lake levels because of incoming rain.  Citizens were notified to use caution when near the river or streams and to seek higher ground if you are in a flood-prone area.  Everyone was also reminded to call 9-1-1 for any emergencies.  Notifications were made via the Everbridge Mass Notification System, a Facebook Post, and the Town's Website.
 
The Tainter gates are the arms that control the flow of water at the dam. The Lake Lure Dam has three Tainter gates. These gates are raised and lowered as needed as a normal course of operation. The Town sounds the siren if the Tainter gates are opened by 3 feet or more to ensure the public will be aware of the flood warning, to use caution near rivers, streams, and areas prone to flooding.
 
On 4/29/20, the Town opened a combination of the Tainter gates for a cumulative total of 4 feet (i.e we opened #3 Tainter gate 36 inches and opened #2 Tainter gate 12 inches) Tainter gates were raised by 4 feet to match the amount of water that was coming into Lake Lure via streams and groundwater runoff.  Lake Lure received approximately 2.15" inches of rain overnight. The Town did not release more water than we received.

If you did not receive an Everbridge Notification and would like to register for future notifications, P Register Now.

If you have any questions please send them to Communications@townoflakelure.com .

   

 

North Carolina Executive Order  131

April 2020 

 

Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process.

Governor Cooper Signed an Order to Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process. Three key areas are addressed in the order. The first requires retail stores that are still operating to implement new social distancing policies to make shopping safer for customers and employees. The second makes earlier COVID-19 guidelines mandatory for nursing facilities, and recommends other long-term care facilities to do the same. The third area is unemployment benefits, issuing changes that will speed up certain benefit payments to those who are out of work.
 
“North Carolina continues to take strong action to slow the spread of COVID-19, and today’s Order will help make stores safer, protect those living and working in nursing homes, and get more unemployment benefits out quicker. Our state is resilient, and we will get through this crisis together if we all do our part,” said Governor Cooper. 
 

 

State of North Carolina Executive Order

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

March 2020

 

Download the NC State Executive Order

Download the Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Executive Order

 

    The NC Executive order stipulates no gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household or living unit for any reason. It also includes strict guidance to eliminate all non-essential travel, services, or exposure to people outside of your immediate family unit. Because COVID-19 is most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, the Health Department urges everyone to take precautions to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19. 

      • Please Stay home
      • Avoid contact with persons that you know are sick
      • Cover your cough (cough into the crook of your elbow; or use a tissue and throw in trash)
      • Practice good hand hygiene (wash 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 you do not have access to soap and water use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol
      • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces with household cleaners.
      • Routine use of these measures by everyone will decrease the spread of viruses and respiratory diseases in our community.

    It is important to make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC, NCDHHS, Rutherford County Public Health, Rutherford County Government, Emergency Management, and EMS. To stay up to date on COVID-19 in North Carolina, please visit ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19 and locally at rutherfordhelp.com and facebook.com/rcemergencymanagement.  

    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.

     

     

    Thank  You From Lake Lure!

     

     

     

    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents
    Affected by Severe Storms and Tornadoes

     

     

    WASHINGTON – Businesses and residents affected by severe storms and tornadoes on Feb. 6 - 7, 2020 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today.  The declaration covers Spartanburg County and the adjacent counties of Cherokee, Greenville, Laure  

     

     

    2020 Census

     

    The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact our communities for the next decade. 

    The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how federal funding will flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. 

    Census results affect planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems.

    If you haven’t already completed the 2020 Census questionnaire you may complete it online, by phone, or by mail. It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.

    Please click on the following link to complete the online questionnaire and to obtain additional information: https://2020census.gov/ 

     

     

    Supporting Local Businesses

     

     

     

    Rural communities such as ours have been greatly impacted by the global Corona Virus pandemic. The small businesses and restaurants here in Hickory Nut Gorge are doing the best they can to navigate through this unprecedented time.  Many restaurants are offering curbside take-out and delivery, and only essential retailers are permitted to be open.  

    The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge is offering EVERYONE the opportunity to help them virtually by purchasing gift cards for future visits with our participating area merchants. 

    Simply click on the Register Now button, add your name and email address as attendee, then select the various gift cards you wish to purchase. You will see various denominations that you can choose from. Gift card(s) will be emailed out each Thursday.

    One hundred percent (100%) of the purchased amounts go directly to the business.  The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge is managing this process and paying costs associated with this effort.

    The local businesses need your support!  PLEASE ORDER YOUR GIFT CARD TODAY! 

    Thank you for your support of businesses in our community!

     

     

    Good News Stories

    April 15, 2020

     

     

    Thank you to the following local individuals and organizations for donations to our local efforts.

    • Element Church donated $1,500 to the Rutherford Senior Center to help with purchased food for their daily distribution to local seniors.

    • The local Republican Party donated 450 surgical masks   

     

     

     

    Lake Lure Ladies Making a Difference One Mask at a Time

    April 14, 2020

     

    Ladies all across Lake Lure are making much needed masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Yvonne Cooley has made and delivered masks to the Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach and to numerous high-risk individuals in the community.  Yvonne is pictured above modeling one of the colorful masks she made in addition to the photo of the masks that have been distributed.

    Nancy Evans is spearheading one group of mask makers, dubbed the Lake Lure Masketeers. Nancy is pictured above in her sewing room. The Lake Lure Masketeers including Yvonne Cooley, Mary Ellen Jones, Carol Wolfe, Yates Marsic, Julie Parsell, along with Nancy.  They have made the masks and distributed them to the Lake Lure Fire Department, Lake Lure Police Department , Bills Creek Fire Department, Hickory Nut Gorge Emergency Medical Services, Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach, Chimney Rock Fire Department, Fairfield Mountain Fire Department, Rutherfordton Police Department, MAHEC, Rutherford Veterinary Hospital, the VA hospital in Asheville, and Hospice of Rutherford County. They estimate having made over 300 masks thus far.  Nancy added, “We are glad to be helping our first responders and others on the front lines. Our motto is Making a Difference, One Mask at a time.”

    Another team of sewers from Lake Lure are now known as “The Masked Heroes.”  These mask makers include the women from the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, women from the Lake Lure Artists group, and anonymous ladies who are donating their time, materials and talents to make the much needed masks.   They are volunteering to sew masks for our area residents for distribution by our local doctor’s office.  The Masked Heroes' goal is to make 100 masks for Blue Ridge Health. They are half way to that goal.  The volunteers are providing materials, their time, and expertise as well as sewing the masks.

    Anyone interested in contributing in anyway and/or sewing for the Masked Heroes may contact Communications@townoflakelure.com.

     

     

    COVID-19 Information Resource Guide

    Download the COVID-19 Resource Guides

     

    Location

    Lake Lure

    Rutherford County

    North Carolina

    CDC

    Resource

    Needs Assessment Officer

    Health Screenings

    COVID-19

    Call Center

    COVID-19 Guidelines

    Phone Number

    (828)625-9983x103

    (828) 289-1185

    2-1-1

    (800) CDC INFO

    (800) 232-4636

    Website

    www.townoflakelure.com

    www.ncdhhs.gov

    www.nc211.org

    www.cdc.gov

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

     

     

    COVID-19 Physical Resource Guide

     

    For Emergencies Call 9-1-1

    Location

    Blue Ridge Health Clinic

    Lake Lure Ingles

    Lake Lure Pharmacy

    Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach

    Resource

    Medical and Behavioral Health Care

    Groceries

    Medications

    Food Pantry

    Phone Number

    (828) 625-4400

    (828) 289-1185

    (828) 625-0748

    (828) 625-4683

    Website

    brchs.com

    ingles-markets.com

    ingles-pharmacy.com

    hickorynutgorgeoutreach.org

    Notes

    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

     

    Rutherford County Senior Center Closure

    3/13/20

    COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

    3/16/20

    ToLL Emergency Declaration

    3/17/20

    County Closures, Cancellations, and Service Modifications

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

    Medical Screening Hotline

    3/19/20

    Rutherford County Emergency Operations  Center

    3/23/20

    DSS Temporary Procedures During COVID-19 Crisis

    3/23/20 

    Solid Waste Convenience Center Protocol during COVID-19  

    3/23/20

    Rumbling Bald Resort Temporary Closure 

    3/25/20-4/5/20

    US Attorney Urges Public to Report Suspected COVID-19 Fraud

    3/23/20

     Stay At Home Order and FAQs from Rutherford County

    3/27/20

    Rutherford County Joint Proclamation of State of Emergency

    3/27/20 

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

    3/27/20 

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

    3/27/20

    Frequently Asked Questions for NC Stay at Home Order

    3/27/20

    Rutherford  County First Two COVID-19 Cases

    033020

    Rutherford  County Medical Strike Team

    3/30/20

    Rutherford  County Animal Control Closed

    3/31/20 

    Updated Senior Center Closure

    3/31/20

    Lake Lure Supplemental Emergency Declaration

    3/31/20

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

    Payroll     Protection Program

    Rutherford County Proclamation Suspending Residential  Vacation Rentals

    4/3/20

    Updated Senior Center Closure

    3/31/20  

    North Carolina Executive Order  131

    Tighten Social Distancing Measures, Strengthen Long-Term Care Rules and Streamline Unemployment Benefits Process  

    4/27/20 Lake Lure mended Declaration Expanding Outdoor Activities

    5/7/20 Lake Lure Amended Declaration 

     

     

    Today's inspiration

    April 14, 2020



    “It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”

    ― Doe Zantamata

    The lovely moonlight photo was taken by Blaine Cox. 

    Please continue to send your inspiring photographs, quotes and stories to Communications@townoflakelure.com.  

     

     

     

    Local Good News Stories

    April 13, 2020

     

    Special thanks to the National Guard who delivered safety glasses to the Rutherford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is the central supply location for PPE donations and purchases for our county. The EOC works to deliver PPE supplies to the medical providers and first responder agencies in our community. If you have any donations please call 287-6074. Also, thank you to the following kids: Callie, Chloe and Chancellor for delivering orange twists from Davis Donuts to the hard working paramedics at Rutherford County EMS.

    Please send your good news stories to Communications@townoflakelure.com

     

     

     

    Today's Inspiration

    April 13, 2020

     

     

    Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

    Desmond Tutu  


     

    Today's Inspiration

    April 12, 2020

     

     

    Thank you for staying home and staying safe. Be well and Happy Easter from the Town of Lake Lure,

    (Captivating photo by the very talented Buddy Morrison.)  

     

      

     

    Lake Lure Good News Stories

    April 8, 2020 

     
     
    •  Lowe’s in Forest City has provided respirators to the Emergency Operations Center and are working to acquire additional PPE.
    • Thank you to our Mask Makers: Jean Scruggs who is sewing masks for Carolina Home Care, Tiffany Jones the owner of Embroider of Boutique, Tiffany Dotson, and a group of women at Florence Baptist Church.
    • Tom Roberson of City Computers for networking with other professionals to access 3D printers to print PPE and for collaborating with Parker Hannifin on the efforts they have already started.

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

     

     

     

     

    Lake Access for Lake Lure Property Owners Returning Boats

    April 2020


    The Town of Lake Lure closed Public Boat Ramps effective 3/31/20 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

    • The Town will open these Boat Ramps for Lake Lure Property Owners who need their boats back on the Lake while Public Boat Ramps are closed.

    • The Public Boat Ramps are only to be used for the return of boats and are closed for any other reason.

    •  Social distancing guidelines must be closely followed.

    •  Please click here for instructions:

     

     Bring Your Own Gas


    Lake Lure Tours is closed temporarily until further notice. The marine fuel dispenser (gas pump) at the Washburn Marina has malfunctioned and is not working.

    The Town has ordered a replacement gas pump and will work with Lake Lure Tours to get the pump installed as soon as possible. Updates will be provided as soon as the gas dispenser is operational again.  In the meantime, please bring your own fuel for your boats.

     

     

    Today's Inspiration

    April 7, 2020


     

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day, saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”– Mary Anne Radmacher  

    Magnificent sunset Photo of the Town of Lake Lure is submitted by Charles Yop.

    Please continue to send your inspiring photographs, quotes and stories to Communications@townoflakelure.com.  

     

     

     

     

    Lake Lure Good News Stories

    April 7, 2020 


     

    Top 3 Local Positive Efforts to Share from the Emergency Operations Center (EOC):

    •   RHI gave a $25,000 grant to purchase PPE at our central source location at the EOC

    •   Rutherford Outdoor Coalition members packaged 200 boxes and handed out over 120 boxes of food for Chase Corner Ministries. Thank you to Chase Corner Ministries for providing this much needed service.

    •   A special thank you to some individuals sewing masks for health care workers. Today we thank: Della Richardson, Marsha Daves, and Monica Martin.

    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.  

     

     

    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

     

     

    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.
     


     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.  

     

     

    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

    April 2020 

     

    Rutherford County and the many partners working together to help our cause locally.  Here are just a few good news stories to highlight these efforts:

    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.   

    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


    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

    April 1, 2020

     

     

    Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other's achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.  

     

     

    President's COVID-19 Guidelines

    Download Guidelines

    Download Guidelines


     

     

    Rutherford County COVID-19 New State At Home Order

    March 2020

     

    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 

     

     

     

     

    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.

    Sincerely,
    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

     

     

     
     

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

     
    The Town of Lake Lure has implemented 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.


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    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.  Be sure to select the "Emergent/Pertinent Information" when setting up your Alert Subscriptions. 


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    Lake Lure Dam Updates

    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.

     

    Lake Lure Dam Bridge

     
    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.