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 »

Henderson County Farmer Theron Maybin

Agricultural Hall of Fame 2019 Inductee Theron Larnce Maybin Sr.

Henderson County agribusiness leader Theron Larnce Maybin Sr., fondly remembered as a “tremendous ambassador for agriculture,” was inducted into the Western North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame. At noon on May 17, WNC Communities held the 29th annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Mountain Horticulture Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River.  The annual event recognizes stewards of the region’s agribusiness sector  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 »

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 »