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67 Years of WNC Honors

Community centers and clubs across the NC mountain region voluntarily participate in the annual WNC Honors Awards by submitting application. The 64 communities involved in this year’s program represented a total of 5,375 volunteers with an impressive 158,000 hours in outreach programs dedicated to beautification, conservation, education, health and wellness, as well as collaborative efforts with government, extension, community colleges, nonprofits and businesses, all in  Read More »

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Journey Scholarships 2016

This year, seven scholarships totaling $7,000 were awarded to deserving high school seniors preparing to attend college. We are honored to announce the following Journey Scholarship recipients for 2016: Olivia Handley from Foscoe $1,000 to Wake Forest University Madison Herbert from North Hominy $500 to East Tennessee State Jacqui Hoxit from Balsam Grove $1,000 to North Greenville State Joshua Jimison from Beaverdam $1,000 to North Carolina State  Read More »

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66th WNC Honors Award Recipients

Sixty-five communities submitted applications and the following awards were presented at the 66th WNC Honors Awards Program in November of 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton. Here is a listing of the 2015 Honors Awards Winners: COMMUNITIES OF DISTINCTION: Bethel RCO and Upper Hickory Nut Gorge COMMUNITIES OF PROMISE: Big Cove, Big Y, Caney Fork, Cedar Mountain, Cowee, Edneyville, Ellenboro Woman’s Club, Fine’s Creek, Golden  Read More »

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Introducing New Hemlock Restoration Initiative Coordinator

WNC Communities is delighted to announce Margot Wallston as the new Hemlock Restoration Initiative Coordinator.  Margot is coming into this position with a background in land conservation, plant ecology, outdoor and environmental education, and experiential learning. Based out of Asheville, NC, she has worked for the Carolina Vegetation Survey, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, The American Chestnut Foundation, the National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center,  Read More »

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School Energy Efficiency Program 2014-15

The NC General Assembly generously allocated $500,000 of TVA settlement funds in the 2014-2015 state budget for WNC Communities to launch a School Energy Efficiency Program. The objective of this program is to distribute the funds in a fair and equitable manner to public school systems in 17 counties of western North Carolina to reduce lighting expenses.  For more information contact our office.

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TVA AG & Forestry Fund 2015

WNC Communities is pleased to manage the TVA Ag & Forestry Fund. This fund was created for innovative agriculture and forestry projects that strengthen the agriculture and forestry industries by addressing energy needs, sustainability, education/training, public outreach, economic development, infrastructure enhancement or other projects that meet environmental improvement standards.   The following are the 2015 approved grant recipients: Project: Enhancing WNC’s Local Food Economy with Local Food  Read More »