On October 20-21, Banner Elk, NC will again host one of the Southeast’s quirkiest gatherings, The Woolly Worm Festival. Now in its fifth decade, the festival can proudly add a new distinction: Official State Woolly Worm Festival of North Carolina.
Avery County was awarded a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to expand broadband in the county and North Carolina Wireless (NCW), LLC. a Fixed Wireless Internet Service Provider (WISP) will provide that service. The grant request was submitted to the ARC by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce a 501 (c) (3) organization whose Executive Director is Ms. Melynda Pepple, on behalf of the citizens of Avery County. Ms. Pepple was assisted by the Avery County Manager’s Office and the staff of The High Country Council of Governments in developing the grant request to the ARC. The grant was approved in early 2018. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia. The grant is an award of $100,000 for the purpose of expanding broadband service to unserved and underserved areas for Avery County. The grant was awarded with further consideration of serving low-density and low-income areas of the county. Ms. Pepple and the Avery Broadband Committee received early guidance from the NC Department of IT to assist in identifying the unserved and underserved areas. After approval of the grant, a competitive process was utilized to select and Internet Service Provider to partner with the Chamber to implement the project. All methods of delivery of broadband services were considered (coax, fiber, and wireless etc). It was determined that Fixed Wireless was the most cost-effective method and provided the most coverage for the unserved homes in Avery County. “The Broadband Committee determined that NCW with their branded ‘LightLeap’ service offered the most complete and comprehensive plan for delivering the project” stated Ms. Pepple. NCW President Bill Shillito stated “We are proud and humbled to accept this award of funds; proud that the Avery Broadband Committee recognized the value that we bring to the project and humbled by the fact that the Broadband Committee identified us as offering the best and most effective approach to meet the grant’s aims. We will work hard to fulfill the aims of the grant. We are ably assisted by our local partner Mr. Doug Gragg, owner of Highland Electronics (Radio Shack), who serves as our sales and service team for Avery County. They are located at 520 Pineola St, Newland, NC 28657 and can be reached at (828) 733-5718. Mr. Gragg continues to go above and beyond his role in assisting NCW with identifying the best methods to deploy our unique capability in all parts of Avery County.” In response to the project goals, documented demand, and existing tower sites, NCW identified several areas of early focus to expand service to. Those areas include the Jonas Ridge/Pineola and the Linville Falls/Altamont areas as best early focus areas. “Now that the grant is awarded, our staff can and will complete the timelines and progress goals toward accomplishing the aims of the grant” stated Mr. Josh Strickland, CTO for NCW. For more information on LightLeap offerings by NCW including pricing, go to www.lightleap.net. You may complete a service form request at the website to assist NCW in determining demand for expansion in Avery County. Ms. Pepple stated “Many hours of work by a large number of players went into submitting the request to the ARC and selecting an ISP partner. I wish to thank the vision of the Avery County Commissioners and the Manager’s Office for their support toward this effort. I also wish to thank the Appalachian Regional Commission for seeing the need and providing the funding for this project. The High Country Council of Governments staff provided invaluable guidance and support through this entire process. We look forward to working with NCW to expand broadband in Avery…
Members and non-Members alike are invited to our Annual Celebration on November 5th! This Celebration will take place at Crossnore School & Children’s Home, located at 100 DAR Dr, in Crossnore. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, tours will be held, allowing visitors to see for themselves the Weaving Room, the Cottage, and learn about the history of Crossnore School, a staple of our community. At 6:30, a plated dinner will begin, with music for entertainment, followed by a program and awards ceremony. The winners of each award are chosen by you, our attendees, so please nominate today! Seats must be reserved and paid for by October 26. No exceptions can be made to this policy. Your reservation will not be complete without payment in full. We look forward to seeing you there! Click here to…
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For more than 100 years, Crossnore School & Children’s Home has provided hope and healing for children who are unable to live safely in their own homes. Crossnore offers a holistic approach to treating the whole child emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our Theory of Change model is unique to our organization and begins with meeting the most basic need by providing a safe and loving home for children from families in crisis. Within the model, each circle grows bigger to show the expansion of a child’s well-being—mind, body, and spirit.
Crossnore has expanded from Avery County to include a residential campus in Winston-Salem and a satellite office in Hendersonville. Our residential programs include on-campus group homes for children in foster care in Crossnore and Winston-Salem. Our clinical services are offered to our residential children, outpatient therapy clients, and through school-based therapies in all three of our locations. Foster care and adoption services are also available in all three locations and include training for licensure, as well as post-licensure training, support, and supervision.
Another aspect of Crossnore’s continuum of care that is offered is Youth in Transition services. Youth in Transition continues support for young adults who have graduated high school. The program concentrates on helping these young adults stabilize their housing, education, employment, transportation, and other independent living skills.
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1001 Reynolds Road Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Info @crossnore .org
100 DAR Drive PO Box 249 Crossnore, NC 28616-0249
We are here to provide you with professional massage services to help ease your aches and pains and the stress of daily life. We offer a range of massage therapies such as Swedish, integrative, pregnancy, and reflexology.
After a lifetime of loving massage therapy, Deb Casaccia became a licensed massage therapist over 12 years ago. She has attended Healing Arts Institute, Georgia Academy of Massage and the Western North Carolina School of Massage. Deb is very interested in learning new styles of massage therapy and healthy practices. She is trained in Swedish massage, deep tissue, myofascial release, advanced pregnancy massage and reflexology. She became a Reiki Master in 2013 and is 1 in 10 massage therapists in North Carolina trained to massage burn scar survivors. Deb customizes her massages to fit the needs of each individual client and strives to help others feel better. She volunteers at Cannon Hospital and lives in a cottage in Linville Land Harbor with her family. NCLMBT#11667
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We are delighted to be in our new location in downtown Newland, NC at 418 Pineola St, Newland, NC 28657 sharing a space with Kerri Stephanie Skin Therapy (KSST) (kerristephanie.com)
For facial waxing, professional make up or a relaxing facial, please call Kerri- 828-260-9533
The Blue Ridge Partnership for Children is an independent, nonprofit organization, with a Board of Directors made up of community members from all three counties. The Board determines how best to invest local Smart Start funding to support programs designed to address community concerns in early care and education, the health of young children, and services for their families. Two locations serving Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. 392 East Main Street / PO Box 1387, Burnsville, NC 28714, Phone: 828.682.0047 / Fax: 828.682.7987 215 Pineola Street / PO Box 1455, Newland, NC 28657, Phone: 828.733.2899 / Fax: 828.733.9122 Jennifer Simpson, Executive Director email@example.com Visit us online at www.blueridgechildren.org or www.facebook.com/Blue-Ridge-Partnership-for-Children What is the Blue Ridge Partnership for Children? CLICK HERE Blue Ridge Child Care Resource & Referral Information: CLICK HERE …
Congratulations May 14, 2018 Avery Chamber Golf Classic Winners Linville Golf Club, Linville, NC On behalf of the Avery Chamber we sincerely “Thank” everyone who made this event possible! Host and Event Sponsors: Pictured (L-R) Keith Crain, Head Professional of Linville Golf Club; Melynda M. Pepple, Executive Director of Avery Chamber of Commerce; Tom Dale, Director of Golf of Linville Golf Club; Scott Wallace, Assistant Professional of Linville Golf Club Corporate Sponsors: Pictured (L-R) Todd Elledge, Director of Marketing of Carolina West Wireless; Edward Hinson, Executive Director of Competitive Operations of SkyLine/ SkyBest 1st Place Winners 1st Place “GROSS” Winner (L-R) Jason Eldreth, Carter Dishman, Roscoe Millsaps, John Malone 1st Place “NET Winner (L-R) Scott Boyles, Jeff Craver, Neil Cornatzer, Mark Hollingsworth -Not Pictured 2018 Golf Classic Results CLICK…