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4501 Tynecastle Highway
Unit #2 Shoppes at Tynecastle
Intersection of NC 105 & NC 184
Banner Elk, NC 28604




Avery County Receives Grant From Appalachian Regional Commission to Expand Broadband Access

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…

2018 Annual Celebration

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…

September Featured Business of the Month – Avery County Habitat for Humanity

We at the Avery County Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Avery County Habitat for Humanity for being our Featured Business of the Month for September! A plaque will be presented at our October 2 breakfast at Life Care of Banner Elk. For 27 years Avery Habitat has been working hand-in-hand with hard working, low income families to bring the American Dream of homeownership to the residents and workers of Avery County, investing more than $4.5 million dollars into the affordable housing landscape of the county. Utilizing thousands of volunteers from across the country, Avery Habitat has built 47 homes with the 48th currently under construction in our newest development, White Oak Knoll, just off Vale Road in Newland. More than 210 Avery County residents now live in simple, decent, affordable, efficient shelter that they own and pay a mortgage on. These mortgage payments, along with donations from generous donors from near and far, help to build more homes for families in need year after year. Partner Families must meet three main criteria: Need, Ability to Repay, and Willingness to Partner. The process is lengthy and requires hundreds of hours of Sweat Equity that in the end means a stable and safe home to raise children and beyond. At present four families are working on their Sweat Equity hours in order to proceed toward achieving homeownership. In addition to building homes and servicing mortgages, Avery Habitat operates the ReStore, a thrift store for building materials, appliances, furniture and household goods on Millers Gap Hwy south of Newland. Donations always welcome! In order to provide accommodations to out of town volunteers, Avery Habitat built the Gilmer Center, where up to 38 stay while spending a week on the build site and enjoying all that the High Country has to offer. Avery Habitat is a diverse organization helping to enact a global vision, “where everyone has a decent place to…

September 4 After Hours

Join us tonight, September 4, at 5:30 PM for a Business After Hours at The Great Train Robbery, located in Banner Elk! Chamber Members in attendance will not only be able to take advantage of a 10% discount across the entire store for the duration of the event, but will also be entered to win a Vineyard Porch Rocking Chair – a $380 value! See you there!
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Hit and Run at Walmart

High Country Crime Stoppers - Hit and Run

Hit and Run at Walmart On July 17, 2018, at approximately 4:40 PM a hit and run occurred in the parking lot of Wal-mart, 200 Watauga Village Drive.  A black Jeep Cherokee struck a vehicle in the handicap spaces and then left the area.  The driver of the Jeep was an adult, white male.  The Jeep appears to be a newer model with a sticker on the back, left window and light color running boards.   Anyone with information on this crime or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959 / 828-737-0125 or the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.  You may also submit a Crime Stoppers Tip via our website at https://www.tipsubmit.com/webtips.aspx?AgencyID=1251 or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).  All information will be kept confidential.   High Country Crime Stoppers pays rewards for information, which leads to arrests; recovery of stolen property; seizure of drugs and the location of wanted persons.   High Country Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization operated by a volunteer community board of directors serving Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country Crime Stoppers encourages the reporting of information or leads which can assist law enforcement with solving crimes. Its goal is to help in the fight against crime, but it is not part of the local police departments or sheriff’s offices. Each County has a law enforcement coordinator who participates as an advisor to the board but is a non-voting member. The citizen’s board is responsible for operations of the program, fund raising, public relations, and approval of rewards….

August 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Crossnore School & Children’s Home

August 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Crossnore School & Children’s Home

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.
1001 Reynolds Road Winston-Salem, NC 27104
(336) 721-7600
Info @crossnore .org
100 DAR Drive PO Box 249 Crossnore, NC 28616-0249
(828) 733-4305
Info@crossnore .org

July 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Zenergy Massage Therapy

July 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Zenergy Massage Therapy

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
Our new studio is quiet, cool and delightfully calming!
Featured Business of the Month
Deb Casaccia, Owner of Zenergy Massage Therapy
Member, Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Visit us online at www.zenergy.massagetherapy.com
Call: 828-742-1899 or call/text 828-989-1555 or book online for a massage!
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

June 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

June 2018 Featured Business of the Month ~ Blue Ridge Partnership for Children

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 director@brpartnershipforchildren.org 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                        …

2018 Avery Chamber Golf Classic Winners-Linville Golf Club

2018 Avery Chamber Golf Classic Winners-Linville Golf Club

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…

May Featured Business of the Month- LifeStore Insurance

May Featured Business of the Month- LifeStore Insurance

LifeStore Insurance – YOUR North Carolina Insurance Specialist As an independent North Carolina Insurance Agency, LifeStore Insurance has seven  locations  (Boone, Greystone, West Jefferson, Elkin, Lenoir, North Wilkesboro, and Sparta) to serve your needs. By working together, our professional insurance agents will guide you through all    available insurance options so you find the policies that best fit your specific needs. As an independent agent, we work with most major insurance carriers and many times can get you a more competitive price than you could receive from the insurance carrier directly. So whether you are looking for individual coverage, family protection, auto, business, or health insurance, investment opportunities, or a custom policy, LifeStore is there for you . . . at every stage of your life. ~     Auto     ~     Home    ~    Business      ~     Life      ~     Health     ~ Karen McNeil , CBIA , Account Executive 1675 Blowing Rock Road Boone, NC 28607 (828) 263-1524 (800) 723-4718 www.lifestoreinsurance.com Email: kmcneil@golifestore.com…

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