70th WNC Honors Awards Announced

The 65 communities participating in this year’s WNC Honors program represent 5,500 volunteers with an impressive 195,500 hours in outreach programs dedicated to beautification, conservation, education, health & wellness, and the local economy.  In addition, their fundraising efforts and grant funds brought in $950,000. With a volunteer hour being valued at $25, that means they have made a $6 million dollar investment of time, talent,  Read More »

WNC Mtn State Fair Jr. Beef Market Steer Grand Champion

WNC District Junior Market Steer Grand Champion

Congratulations to Lane Worley (pictured) for his Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, and to Aiden Pitts for his Reserve Champion Junior Market Steer.  These youth and many more showed in our WNC District Junior Beef Cattle shows at the NC Mountain State Fair September 6-7.  We appreciate our generous Grand and Reserve sponsors Ingles & National Beef (pictured) and Buncombe County Farm Bureau.  We also  Read More »

Journey Scholarship Students attending Awards Luncheon

WNC Communities Awards $11,000 in Scholarships to Ten Young Women and Men of Western North Carolina

For 2019, WNC Communities is awarding $11,000 to these ten young women and men of Western North Carolina.  They are each receiving a Journey Scholarship ranging from $500-$1500 to attend college. Madi Beddingfield of the Avery’s Creek Community, Buncombe County Taylor Calloway of the Edneyville Community, Henderson County Corissa Cronkite of the Thickety Community, Haywood County Amber Gay of the Cane Creek Community, Buncombe County  Read More »

L.T. Ward accepting 2019 WNC Ag Hall of Fame Honor

Agricultural Hall of Fame 2019 Inductee L.T. Ward

WNC Communities held the 29th Annual Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River. Buncombe County leader L.T. Ward, a champion for agriculture in Western North Carolina, was inducted at this year’s luncheon. This annual event recognizes stewards of our Western North Carolina agribusiness sector and honors the visionaries and leaders of the  Read More »

WNC Regional Livestock Center hits $100 million in sales

The WNC Regional Livestock Center has hit a major milestone, passing the $100 million mark for total livestock sales late last year. The market opened in 2011, after the closure of two livestock markets in western North Carolina left local farmers with some tough decisions about how best to go about selling their animals. The Mountaineer, January 19, 2019 (READ MORE) 

69 Years of WNC Honors

The 64 communities involved this year represent over 5,000 volunteers with an impressive 166,500 hours in outreach programs dedicated to education, health, conservation and events highlighting the mountain’s great art, craft, and music traditions, as well as collaborative efforts with government, churches, community colleges, nonprofits and small businesses. In addition, the collective fundraising efforts of these communities brought in over one million dollars for everything  Read More »