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Mills River homeowners will see tax increase

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Many Mills River homeowners and businesses will see an increase in their property tax bills this fall after the Town Council adopted a budget that increases the tax rate by a penny.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | local government budgets | 2019 tax reassessment | 2019 reappraisal

Henderson County News

Mills River hires interim town manager

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council has hired a longtime Transylvania County administrator as interim town manager while it searches for a new manager.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Roger Snyder | Mark Burrows

Henderson County News

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don't miss this week's Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | parks and recreation

Henderson County Business

Hearing postponed on day surgery clinic

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A certificate of need public hearing on an application from Margaret R. Pardee Memorial Hospital to develop an ambulatory surgical facility in Mills River has been rescheduled due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Michael.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

What should Mills River greenway be called?

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MILLS RIVER — The Town of Mills River is soliciting ideas for a name for the future N.C. 280 multi-use path that will connect the French Broad River to the heart of Mills River.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | greenways

Henderson County News

Pardee to open urgent care clinic in Mills River

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Tags: Mills River | Pardee Hospital

Henderson County News

'Oh my God. My husband's trying to shoot me,' estranged wife tells 911

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Tags: Mills River | crime | murder cases | violent crime

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

MILLS RIVER Q&A: Candidates tackle NC 191, police contract

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River wins the distinction for having the most competitive election of all of Henderson County’s towns in 2017.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | 2017 city elections

Henderson County News

Mills River advances property purchase plan

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Council is moving ahead with an appraisal that could lead to the purchase of a 3.3-acre parcel of land for park expansion.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Accepting police coverage offer, Mills River to raise taxes by 6.76 cents

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MILLS RIVER — Ending a bitter two-year feud with Henderson County, the Mills River Town Council on Thursday voted unanimously to accept an offer from the county to provide sheriff's coverage for $775,000 a year — an operating cost that will result in a tax increase of almost 7 cents per $100 valuation by 2019.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Mills River police department would cost $700,000 a year

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MILLS RIVER — A full police department with a chief and six officers would cost Mills River $1.5 million over the first three years and $700,000 a year when fully staffed, a consultant told the Mills River Town Council Thursday night. Based on Mills River’s tax base, an annual budget that size would require a tax increase of roughly 7 cents a year, or more than triple the current rate of 2.25 cents per $100 valuation.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | 2016-17 local budgets

Henderson County Business

Provider completes purchase for rehab facility

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MILLS RIVER — A health care company that plans to open a substance-abuse treatment facility has closed on the sale of a 12-acre parcel on Old Turnpike Road in Mills River.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | HopeRx | Mills River Town Council | Pyramid Healthcare | Twelve Oaks LLC

Henderson County Business

Neighbors rip proposed rehab facility in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — Emotional and angry residents on Thursday night exhorted the Mills River Town Council to reject a zoning permit for a residential substance abuse treatment program in a large house on Old Turnpike Road during a contentious zoning war that will continue next week. After more than three hours of testimony and comments, council members called a timeout, saying they had too many unanswered questions and would resume the case next Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Duke grant will help Mills River watershed

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Duke Energy announced Wednesday that it had made more than $1 million worth of grants to improve natural areas in North Carolina and South Carolina, including a $100,000 donation to Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy to protect a creek in the Mills River watershed.    Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Duke Energy | Mills River watershed

Henderson County News

Mills River council formally opposes power line

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MILLS RIVER — A crowd of citizens filled Mills River Town Hall Friday morning to voice their concerns about the proposed Duke Power transmission line from Campobello, S.C., to Duke Energy's Lake Julian plant in Arden.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Duke Energy | Duke Energy transmission line

Etowah News

Etowah, Mills River good places to start

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A financial website has ranked Etowah and Mills River tops in the state for first-time homebuyers.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | housing | Etowah

Flat Rock News

Mills River hit with $10,000 fire inspections bill

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MILLS RIVER —Ever since it incorporated, Mills River has gotten free fire inspections from the Henderson County fire marshal's office while three other towns pay for the service. That may be about to end.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Global partnership breaks ground in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — With the turn of frozen ground, Henderson County, Mills River, Hendersonville and agribusiness leaders marked the beginning of construction of an international plant grafting operation that will bring 125 jobs and help farmers grow higher quality fruit and vegetables at a higher yield.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River | Bert Lemkes | Mark Williams | Agribusiness Henderson County

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Mills River should face housing issue

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The Mills River Town Board last week accepted a recommendation on affordable housing like it was a hot potato.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | housing | economy | economic development

Mills River News

Mills River cautiously endorses NC 280 bikeway

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MILLS RIVER — With as much doubt as enthusiasm, the Mills River Town Council gave a lukewarm blessing to a study for a proposed 15-mile bikeway along N.C. 280 that would cost $8 million.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | greenways | bicycling | NC 280 bikeway

Henderson County Business

Grafting operation called 'a day to remember' in farm economy

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A global partnership's decision to locate a plant-grafting operation in Mills River was described today as a "monumental" recruitment coup and a "day to remember" for the business of farming in Henderson County and Western North Carolina.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River

Mills River Business

WSJ visits Sierra Nevada in Mills River

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As it opens for public tours and its fame grows, the new Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. plant and grounds in Mills River are destined to attract more national media attention.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | craft beer industry

Mills River News

Mills River OKs more stump grinding

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board has authorized a stump-grinding business on N.C. 280 at Old N.C. 191 to expand.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board

Henderson County Business

Cidery eyes Mills River for new plant

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MILLS RIVER — A Virginia-based hard cider maker with a regional distribution network and aggressive growth plan has optioned land and is in the final review stages for a plant in Broadpointe Industrial Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Broadpointe Industrial Park | Bold Rock Hard Cider

Henderson County News

Partnership celebrates value of Mills River

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The Mills River Partnership is sponsoring "Mills River Day" from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at North River Farms (3333 North Mills River Road).   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River

Mills River Business

'Mills River' goes worldwide on Sierra Nevada labels

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As promised, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has put Mills River, N.C., on the map — or at least on its beer labels that ship nationwide and around the world.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada

Mills River News

Triangle Stop plunges into craft beer on tap

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MILLS RIVER — How things change. Seven years ago, Mills River was dry.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Beau Waddell | Triangle Stop | craft beer industry

Mills River News

Mills River strong in farming

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MILLS RIVER — The fertile French Broad Valley of Mills River accounts for about half of Henderson County's $800 million agribusiness economy and about 4,000 jobs, Mark Williams, executive director of Ag-HC, told the Mills River Town Council.   Read Story »

Tags: farming | Mills River | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Mills River explores NC 280 bike path

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MILLS RIVER — A greenway along N.C. 280 could connect new breweries, parks, rivers and other bikeways, a planning consultant says.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | Ecusta Trail | parks and recreation | greenways | bicycling

Henderson County News

Mills River says yes to brewery, no to beer

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MILLS RIVER — An offer from Mills River's most high-profile employer to raise money for the Town Park with an event that sold its signature product was not enough to persuade the Town Council.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Sierra Nevada | parks and recreation

Mills River News

Workshops set for N.C. 280 greenway

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  MILLS RIVER — Bicycle riders and others interested in a bikeway along N.C. 280 in Mills River are invited to attend drop-in workshops this week.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | bicycling

Mills River Business

'Mills River' will be on Sierra Nevada label

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MILLS RIVER — The question had come to mind ever since the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. announced 26 months ago that it would build its East Coast brewery on the French Broad River in Mills River.     Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada

Mills River Business

Mills River welder helps Time make skyhigh photos

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MILLS RIVER — Phil Weber has made and repaired all kinds of structural steel creations, from solar panel frames to steep-grade home foundations to the roller coaster at Ghost Town in the Sky.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Mills River leaders oppose NC 280 median

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MILLS RIVER — When the DOT asked the Mills River Town Board what it thought about a N.C. 280 widening project with a concrete median, the board answered emphatically: No.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | road construction | roads

Mills River News

Reward grows in firehouse shooting

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Crime doesn't pay, but stepping forward to share information about one that has been committed just might in Mills River.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Reward offered in firehouse shooting

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MILLS RIVER — Someone fired 13 rounds into a Mills River fire station, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. Worse, the bullets could have injured or killed someone had firefighters been there at the time, Mills River Fire Chief Rick Livingston said.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River manager won't seek tax increase

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River Town Manager Jaime Laughter told the Town Council Thursday that she does not plan to recommend a tax increase in the 2014-15 budget.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River to seek grant for ballfields, parking

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River will apply for a grant from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to help pay for the next phase of Town Park improvements.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | parks and recreation

Mills River News

A Mills River founder, Pryor stays busy

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MILLS RIVER — When a small group of folks in the Mills River community decided to become a town, Lois Pryor joined the effort.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | Lois Pryor

Mills River Politics

Mills River candidates similar in every way but age

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MILLS RIVER — James Cantrell and Billy Johnston both have deep roots in agriculture in Mills River. Both believe the town should keep taxes low and proceed cautiously on park development. They probably have more in common than separates them.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | 2013 municipal elections

Mills River News

Sierra Nevada to landscape, light roundabout

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MILLS RIVER — Sierra Nevada plans to light, dress up and maintain the roundabout that workers and visitors will see when they first approach the brewery property at Ferncliff Industrial Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | Ferncliff Industrial Park

Henderson County News

Mills River to take up incentives for beer distributor

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board will take up a request to grant incentives of up to $21,000 to help recruit a $20 million beer distributor across the French Broad River from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada

Mills River Business

Beer distributor eyes $20 million Mills River facility

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MILLS RIVER — In the first sign of a major spinoff from the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, an Asheville beer distributor is expected to announce plans to locate a distribution center on Old Fanning Bridge Road across the river from the beer-maker.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Empire Distributors

Mills River News

Local zoning official wins state award

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Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Board | land-use planning | Jaime Laughter | Pat Christie

Henderson County News

Mills River celebrates its declaration of independence

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MILLS RIVER — Residents of Mills River gathered in the Mills River Town Center Friday to celebrate the town's 10th birthday.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board | Roger Snyder

Mills River News

DOT to fix drainage after flooding on N.C. 191

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MILLS RIVER — State DOT engineers have responded quickly to a severe flooding situation that Mills River residents blamed on a nursing home construction site, a Mills River town councilman says.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | Mills River Town Board | land-use planning

Henderson County News

Roads closing for work on French Broad bridges

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MILLS RIVER — Two roads will be closed for about two months starting Monday for work on bridges that cross the French Broad River.     Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | NCDOT | road construction | transportation | Horse Shoe

Henderson County News

Schools name teacher of the year

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Don't expect silence in Meghan Beckett Farmer's classroom.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Henderson County Public Schools

Henderson County News

Old Fanning Bridge Road to close for brewery work

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The N.C. Department of Transportation will close Old Fanning Bridge Road at the intersection with N.C. 280 (Boylston Highway) near the Buncombe and Henderson county line at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 29, to construct road improvements for the new Sierra Nevada Brewery near the Asheville Airport. The road will be closed until June 21.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board

Henderson County News

Mills River salutes origins of education

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MILLS RIVER — Long before the state created schools, community leaders built log structures and started educating children on their own.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Henderson County Public Schools | History

Mills River Business

Tanks a lot: Sierra Nevada receives a big shipment

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MILLS RIVER — Up before first light, Brian Grossman waited on King Street in Hendersonville Sunday, March 17, for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.'s biggest delivery.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | breweries | Brian Grossman | Ken Grossman

Mills River Life

Mills River hops into Easter

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MILLS RIVER — Kids enjoyed an Easter egg hunt, face painting and a bigger than life-sized Easter bunny as Mills River got a jump on the holiday Saturday.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park

Mills River News

Snowbound mom hoped baby would hold off

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MILLS RIVER — Gayle Snyder almost had a blizzard baby.   Read Story »

Tags: Weather | Mills River | Storm of the Century | Roger Snyder

Mills River News

Mills River set to add new walking trail

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MILLS RIVER —Mills River park runners and walkers will have more pavement to pound by this summer.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Mills River Town Board

Mills River News

Growth expected to tax Mills River government

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River will see more growth in 2013 as the economy recovers, commercial businesses take advantage of a new sewer line, the new Ingles supermarket opens and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. starts making beer, town manager Jaime Laughter told the Town Council during its first 2013-14 budget work session.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Sierra Nevada | Mills River Town Board | supermarkets | Ingles | Legacy at Mills River | Jaime Laughter

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Five things to watch in 2013

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Five things to watch in 2013:   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Mills River | Fletcher | Sierra Nevada | Hendersonville Lightning | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | parks and recreation

Mills River Business

Mills River OKs 50-bed nursing facility

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board gave the go-ahead on Thursday for a $6.8 million 50-bed nursing home on N.C. 191 in Mills River just south of the High Vista residential community.   Read Story »

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Mills River News

PARK GLANCE: Mills River Town Park

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Mills River Town Park   Read Story »

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Mills River News

Mills River delays decision on nursing home

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MILLS RIVER — The Mills River Town Board delayed a decision Thursday on a 34,000-square-foot 50-bed skilled care nursing home after adjoining property owners expressed concerns about stormwater runoff.   Read Story »

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Mills River Life

Love a truck? Get to Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — Kids who love trucks ought to hurry out to the new Mills River Town Park Saturday for the first Touch a Truck event.   Read Story »

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Mills River Business

New restaurant drawing crowds in Mills River

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MILLS RIVER — When Bradley Johnson and Nancy Waycaster opened Nancy Lynn's Diner and Pizzeria last Monday, they thought they had prepared. One thing they hadn't predicted was the crowds.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | restaurants

Mills River Sports

Tennis anyone? Yes, Mills River says

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River Town Council member Wayne Carland is doing his part for town recreation.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park | Wayne Carland

Mills River News

Mills River tax increase drops to 1 cent

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MILLS RIVER — Mills River residents may see a 1-cent property tax increase this year.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | Mills River Town Park

Mills River Business

Mills River's DogTown closes

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MILLS RIVER — Restaurants are a doggone hard business.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | restaurants