Well, it was going to happen sooner or later. But starting on the first of Feb the Bald is closed so the state park service, which now owns the area, can do road maintenance (much needed!) and other official bizness. Everyone is saying this is to the long-term benefit of climbers, and it's a short-term closure, so we should definitely keep climber/park relations friendly and respect the closure.
For more info, check out: http://www.carolinaclimbers.org/