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 »

Jennifer Ferre appointed as interim director for WNC Communities

Jennifer  Ferre, program coordinator, has been named as interim director for WNC Communities. Linda Lamp, who has served as Executive Director of WNC Communities for 13 years has accepted a position with the Southwestern Commission, a regional council of government that serves as a technical, economic, and planning resource to local towns and counties in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina. Jennifer will assume  Read More »

Journey Scholars for 2018

Since 2002, WNC Communities has distributed $163,000 in scholarships to 155 youth living in our rural communities. This year, 13 deserving high school seniors received a total of $12,000 to expand their educational journey onward to college. We are pleased to announce the 2018 Journey Scholars: Abby Elizabeth Bland from Ellenboro in Rutherford County $1,000 to attend Clemson University Molly Angelina Cammack from Lake Toxaway  Read More »

Honoring Community Development Clubs the Backbone of WNC

The WNC Honors Awards is built on a 68-year-old tradition of recognizing rural community development clubs for their innovative ideas and grassroots solutions. These centers and clubs are the backbone running through our beloved mountains. The culmination of this year’s program occurred at a luncheon held in November with 240 community leaders from 15 counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee. Community centers and clubs  Read More »