Blue Ridge Christian News Barriers and Pritchard photo

Pictured are the new owners of Blue Ridge Christian News.

SPRUCE PINE - A Burke County couple have announced that they purchased the Blue Ridge Christian News, headquartered in Spruce Pine.

Brian and Michelle Barrier, along with Michelle’s mother, Cathy Pritchard of Morganton, recently took over operations of the 48-page monthly publication from Doug and Barbara Harrell of Mitchell County.

The Blue Ridge Christian News is a faith-based newspaper that includes reports on local church events and ministries, features about the local faith community and columns by area pastors and Christian leaders. The publication boasts a circulation of 16,000 copies and is currently distributed in Burke, McDowell, Mitchell, Avery and Yancey Counties with some coverage in Madison County as well.

Brian, Michelle and Cathy are all lifelong residents of Burke County. Brian was formerly employed as a sales manager at John Greene Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Morganton and Michelle teaches fourth-grade at Gamewell Elementary School in Caldwell County. Cathy recently retired from the Burke County Health Department as assistant health director.

Brian said the mission of the paper is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by publishing positive, uplifting and encouraging “Good News,” to provide the best advertising medium in the area for businesses to reach their prospective customers and to share the love of Christ in the service area.

For more information about the publication, contact Brian Barrier at 828- 413-0506 or email

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