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Home Care In Canton, NC

Home Care Canton, NC

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Historic Downtown Canton Cannon Park gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in Canton, NC is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.

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“I am Kathryn Merrell and for the past several months I have been under the care of ABC Senior Services. I have had the privilege of enjoying the care of Lois C. She is the best advertisement for your agency. When I am asked, which happens frequently, about my experience with ABC, I refer to Lois as being your prime example of the type of care they can expect from you. She goes beyond just basic care and does all she can to help remedy any problem we have. I love that I can trust her and feel safe having her share my home with me. She is very professional yet very "down home", a rare combination. You should be very thankful she is on your "team"! Because of her, I have no problem recommending your company to all who ask.”

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“As a caregiver I am so pleased with the care for the clients. I've never worked for a company that was so dedicated to clients and caregivers. Everyone is always happy, clients and staff. I am blessed to work here.”

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“I would recommend them because they provide good services. I've been down on my health, so it's been a blessing to have them taking care of him for me. I appreciate that the caregivers are friendly.”

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“They're very prompt about coming when they're supposed to and they do what we need them to do. They've helped the most just by being here.”

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“I am a current client of this provider They've helped the most just by being here, and doing what they're supposed to. They're very prompt about coming when they're supposed to and they do what we need them to do.”

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“I have honestly never met a group of people who care as much as the Always Best Care team. I have watched the staff there change lives for the better, not only for clients but each other as well. It is a pleasure to be a part of this team, nothing compares to it!!”

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“We were blown away and continue to be by the quality of service and care that the team of ALWAYS BEST CARE provides our family. My parents were moving from out of state and were in immediate need of in-home care. Melisa was wonderful! She was able to help us line up the intake paperwork, clinical assessment and a caregiver within 24 hours of my parents’ arrival in to their new home. Millie and Bethany are tremendous support as their clinical nurse team with a very thorough assessment of both parents. Mary is their care coordinator and was very helpful with finding the perfect caregivers and coordinate the right schedule for my parents . Melisa, Nicole, Jennifer and Janet are also a tremendous asset as they handle and place the caregivers! Jim Smeaton, their owner should be proud of his company! We highly recommend them!”

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“ABC in Fletcher has an amazing team, and they made a huge difference for myself and my mother. We had them as in-home caregivers for 10 months. They are responsible, flexible and just a solid group with whom to work. I could reach them by phone immediately almost every time I needed to contact them. They handled billing and insurance claims and kept the caregiver plans absolutely up-to-date. As well as the regular RN visits. Jan, Mary and Melissa rock in addition to our caregivers. My only reason for not giving five stars has to do with the systemic challenge of finding enough caregivers. And in our case, caregivers who are proficient with Parkinson’s patients.”

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“After Many years of retirement from critical care nursing I have found the perfect employment enabling me to to care for others. Working with the staff at Always Best Care has been such a blessing and I love my clients that I work with.”

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“I feel like I'm part of the family every time I'm there! A lovely bunch of ladies! The best quality care provider in the business!”

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“I have had many dealing with Always Best Care during my professional healthcare career. They have always provided great care to the seniors they serve. Jim and his team are great to work with and always go above and beyond not only in serving seniors but supporting many events in the community. I would highly recommend ABC for any in home needs.”

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“I like working with Always Best Care Senior Services because the office staff are so nice and understanding and I have gotten to know them on a level that I know they are here to help me, when I need help or have a questions. From day one when I have called, they have ALL been here to help guide me and they have been there every time I’ve had a questions. Working for ABC has been an honor because I really do love the company and we have some sweet clients. The ladies that work in the office are amazing and without them I do not think our company would thrive like it does. When I did an application, it was on accident and then I got a phone call asking me to come in and interview and honestly I’m so blessed. I love my job because it is my passion to help people and to do what I can to make their daily living better and easier. I honestly don’t think there is anything that needs to change about ABC. I have never worked for such an amazing company before”

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“I own a financial services business and share clients with Always Best Care. Recently, one of our shared clients experienced a fall which resulted in a broken hip. One of my first calls, after EMS, was to ABC. Mary Steiner responded immediately and offered to meet the client at the ER. She was wonderful and so very professional in the manner in which she handled the entire harrowing experience. She arranged for overnight care since the family had to arrive from out of town. I am so grateful for her genuine care for our client and stepping in during an emergency to help us handle the situation. I would recommend ABC for services because they absolutely go above and beyond with such a special touch. Robbie Chenault, Elevated Living Services”

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“I love working here! Jim truly cares about his clients and employees. The staff goes to great lengths to make sure that the clients are cared for. I am proud to represent Always Best Care.”

Sandra D.
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“Always best care is a good company for senior services and also for employment. They do great at pairing you with clients! Everyone in the office has such a sweet and positive attitude.”

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“Always best care is very professional and they love the clients and their patients”

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“My husband was placed with always best care after leaving the hospital. he has received outstanding care from this company, The caretaker taking care of my husband did an outstanding job working with him , helping with daily care , cleaning, and his physical therapy, would recommend her and this company to anyone looking for home Assistant to take care of a loved one! Thank you always best care for being there for us and my family .”

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“Always Best Care is one the best company’s to work for. Treats everyone like Family”

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“From the first day that I started it was an experience to learn your ways but with all the staff people that I became aware of oh my gosh it was wonderful. I have been very pleased with Mary, Melissa, and Danielle of letting me decide if my clients are a perfect match for me and them. I am pleased that I chose this company. Jim is doing a very good job of hiring a amazing staff in the office to work with. Thanks to all!”

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What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Canton, NC?

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Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

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When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

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At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in Canton, NC

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Sorrells Street Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local J Michael's Prime or visit Cherokee County History Center, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in Canton, NC

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in Canton, NC, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your NC's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Canton, NC understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.


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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Allay Senior Care of Meyers Lake
  • Glenwood Assisted Living
  • Gables of Canton
  • The Gables of Canton
  • Senior Living Inc
  • Bethany
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way

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A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive

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Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in Canton, NC 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Wilmington residents share mixed feelings about Independence Blvd. - River Road intersection

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Wilmington City Council is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss a roundabout at the intersection of Independence Blvd.- River Road, some nearby residents are saying a roundabout is not enough.In the upcoming city council meeting Councilmen will discuss entering a cost-sharing agreement with Riverlights and the Proximity Watermark LLC. A topic of discussion wil...

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Wilmington City Council is set to meet on Tuesday to discuss a roundabout at the intersection of Independence Blvd.- River Road, some nearby residents are saying a roundabout is not enough.

In the upcoming city council meeting Councilmen will discuss entering a cost-sharing agreement with Riverlights and the Proximity Watermark LLC. A topic of discussion will include a roundabout at the Independence Blvd.- River Road intersection.

People like Meredith Campbell who live near the intersection say that something needs to be done to help the flow of traffic in the area.

“If you have a deadline and you’re like, okay, I can get down the road in 10 minutes. Coming out of this way of our neighborhood, you’re going to add another five to 10 extra minutes just trying to see if it’s safe,” said Campbell.

That’s why the Tuesday meeting will discuss the $2,100,300 roundabout and road improvement project. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says the city has been hearing complaints about the area for years.

“We said let’s take a look to see what we could do to make the flow of traffic in that location much better than it currently is. Our traffic engineers did a thorough study of that intersection and determined that a roundabout would be much better,” said Saffo.

People like Campbell who live close to the intersection say a roundabout is a step in the right direction.

“I support it. Coming in and out of our neighborhood does get very congested with independence backing up from people coming from Carolina beach road down independence to get to River Road,” said Campbell.

However, not everyone agrees a roundabout is the right solution. Other nearby residents like Jeannie Bowling feel like a roundabout will not do enough to help the flow of traffic in the area.

“I think a couple of years ago, I would have agreed to a roundabout, it would be perfect but now with all the increased development in this area, and the traffic has definitely gotten worse in the past couple of years, and it’s just gonna keep getting worse. I honestly feel we need a streetlight there,” said Bowling.

If a cost agreement is approved Saffo hopes the roundabout will be done within the next 8 months. Saffo says the city is splitting 70% of the cost with developers. He also says the remaining 30% will be paid by the city with funds that have already been allocated for road improvements.

“I think this is a great opportunity to accelerate some of the road improvements that a lot of the neighbors in Riverlights have been talking about with the amount of building that has been taking place in that community. And the amount of traffic that is coming through the south end of the county through their community. We started talking about ways that we could accelerate some of the road projects that were due to happen at some point in time,” said Saffo.

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One of Raleigh’s liveliest restaurants will expand to Cary next month

At 8 o’clock, the lights go down and the music goes up at La Buena Vida in North Raleigh, one of the Triangle’s biggest restaurant parties.The modern Mexican restaurant from Fonda Lupita owners, married couple Biridiana Frausto and Salvador Alvarez, will expand next month to Cary, taking over the former Totopos space.Totopos closed...

At 8 o’clock, the lights go down and the music goes up at La Buena Vida in North Raleigh, one of the Triangle’s biggest restaurant parties.

The modern Mexican restaurant from Fonda Lupita owners, married couple Biridiana Frausto and Salvador Alvarez, will expand next month to Cary, taking over the former Totopos space.

Totopos closed in December after nine years in Cary’s Shannon Oaks shopping center. The restaurant was part of the empire of popular spots co-owned by Joel Ibarra, along with El Rodeo, Chido Taco and La Rancherita. Alvarez also recently opened Yatai, a fusion of Mexican and Japanese dishes, in Raleigh’s Transfer Co. Food Hall.

Frausto said the popular Mexican restaurant struggled through COVID and that it was time to take the restaurant in the more lively direction of La Buena Vida. But she said closing the Totopos chapter was difficult.

“Totopos has been amazing for us personally, I met my husband working there,” Frausto said. “After COVID hit it was really hard to get our regular clients back. After COVID we couldn’t get it back up to where it was before. It was just the time for Totopos to come to a good end and say goodbye to the memories.”

La Buena Vida opened in North Raleigh early in 2022, turning a former Tilted Kilt sports bar into one of the Triangle’s most raucous dining experiences.

Frausto said they’re eager to replicate the party in Cary.

From the beginning, Frausto said La Buena Vida set out to offer a distinctive dining experience in the Triangle. The restaurant aims to match the experience of a night out in Miami, Frausto said, but in North Raleigh.

“In this type of industry, everyone has to specialize and we asked ourselves, what do we like that Raleigh is lacking?” Frausto said. “Why do people go to Miami for bachelor parties? We wanted to build somewhere you want to go when you go out to celebrate.”

In its first year, La Buena Vida found a following with its nighttime switch from a traditional dinner to something closer to a meal and a nightclub. That following took a little time to build.

“It seemed a little risky at first, because nobody was doing it,” Frausto said. “It was a little slow when not a lot of people knew what we were doing. During the week it’s very chill very laid back, but on the weekends at 8, that’s the turning time.”

At 8 p.m., Frausto said that’s the line between dinner and late night. The lights dim, a DJ starts playing music, servers don masks and shots of tequila are served in toy airplanes. Other flourishes include octopus and bone marrow set aflame tableside with tequila, and diners get a show as the $100 tomahawk ribeye is carved next to their seats.

“It’s pretty much like a whole party,” Frausto said.

The owners expect to open La Buena Vida Cary by mid-February and replicate the party in sleepy suburbia.

“We’re trying to keep the same vibes,” Frausto said. “We haven’t tested the waters; we know that Cary goes to sleep at 8:30, but there’s also that crowd that thinks, why should the party stop at 8:30?”

Here are the newest artists announced for the Lovin' Life Music Fest in Uptown

This is the third round of artist announcements from the festival.More VideosCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte native DaBaby, Maggie Rogers, The Struts, Dashboard Confessional and ...

This is the third round of artist announcements from the festival.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte native DaBaby, Maggie Rogers, The Struts, Dashboard Confessional and David Kushner have officially been added to the lineup for Charlotte's Lovin' Life Music Festival.

They join headliners Post Malone, Stevie Nicks and Noah Kahan, as well as Dominic Fike, Jessie Murph, Young The Giant, and Mt. Joy. Festival organizers said more than 40 artists across different genres will perform on three stages in Uptown's First Ward for the festival's debut next year.

The festival will run from May 3 to May 5 in Uptown Charlotte.

DaBaby is the first act from Charlotte to be added to the lineup. He's been involved in several high-profile incidents in North Carolina. In 2022, officials decided not to file charges against the rapper after a reported shooting at his home. Last month, he held his annual “Santa-Baby” holiday drive in Charlotte.

Thursday marked the third round of artist announcements from the festival. It's not clear when the festival plans to release the whole lineup, though several other big music festivals released lineups earlier this week.

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An "Early Bird" ticket release for the festival started on Thursday, Dec. 14. There are four different types of festival passes ranging in price from $199 to $999. At this time, the tickets are all for 3-day passes. Festival organizers said if tickets are still available closer to the festival, they may open up the option to purchase single-day tickets.

Festival organizers said the event is expected to attract 90,000 attendees and has a projected economic impact of more than $30 million for its first year. Charlotte Center City Partners said the music festival "will be a major leap forward" for the city's efforts to grow the music scene in Charlotte.

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Raleigh Area Children's Theatre earns top prize in Atlanta competition among 124 groups

This is a modal window.No compatible source was found for this media.Raleigh theater group wins first place in Atlanta competitionA Raleigh area junior theater group took first place among 124 theater groups competing this past weekend in Atlanta.The Raleigh Area Children’s Theatre or ACT has participants ages 9 to 18 who displayed their talents at the Junior Theater Festival.WRAL News BriefWatch MoreAfter the competition ended, participants waited for the official announcement on the wi...

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A Raleigh area junior theater group took first place among 124 theater groups competing this past weekend in Atlanta.

The Raleigh Area Children’s Theatre or ACT has participants ages 9 to 18 who displayed their talents at the Junior Theater Festival.

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After the competition ended, participants waited for the official announcement on the winners. The Raleigh ACT finally heard the results from a phone app and screamed jubilantly when they were announced as the event’s first-place winners.

It’s a moment 12-year-old Elyse Poynter will never forget.

“I was just really surprised and laughing and everyone was just excited,” she said.

Amanda Blaire Thompson created Raleigh ACT and attracts many families with children who dream about performing on stage.

“They are theater-loving kids, else, I wouldn’t want them to go because if you don’t love rehearsal, you’re not going to love this process,” Thompson said.

Preparing for a performance took about 40 hours of rehearsals.

The group wore specially designed T-shirts with the “Beauty and the Beast” logo, which served as their costume as they readied for their 15-minute presentation before judges.

“Rehearsal after rehearsal, like you’re crunching everything in and like Ms. Blaire said,’You get every second of it because you want it to be perfected,’” said 14-year-old Aaron .

The role of the play’s “Beast” involved six actors moving as one with the lightest actor atop their shoulders.

Kara Troy, 16, kept a positive attitude.

“This is what I love to do," Troy said. "It’s what I really want to do, so I try to focus a lot of energy, all on this.”

The result for the young performers was the top prize, the group’s second in as many years.

“We were absolutely over-joyed to be awarded Outstanding Performance," Thompson said. "We would have walked away being extremely proud of ourselves, even without that because we all came together and told a beautiful story.”

How to Watch: No. 4 NC State vs. Miami

247Sports Embed ResourceNC State has landed itself back inside the Top 5 in the country at No. 4 overall after another perfect week with a dominant victory over Virginia at home. Since that point, the Wolfpack has had the opportunity to rest, practice and prepare for a daunting next few weeks that include two in-state matchups and three Top-25 contests between now and Feb. 8.But the going doesn't get quite as tough, yet, as the Pack heads to Miami on Thursday night. The Hurricanes come in at 11-5 overall and 1-4 in the ACC with...

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NC State has landed itself back inside the Top 5 in the country at No. 4 overall after another perfect week with a dominant victory over Virginia at home. Since that point, the Wolfpack has had the opportunity to rest, practice and prepare for a daunting next few weeks that include two in-state matchups and three Top-25 contests between now and Feb. 8.

But the going doesn't get quite as tough, yet, as the Pack heads to Miami on Thursday night. The Hurricanes come in at 11-5 overall and 1-4 in the ACC with two straight losses, both by double digits. Thursday marks the fourth Top-25 opponent from the ACC the Canes have faced already, with four of Miami's five losses coming against ranked competition.

This is a hungry Miami team, however, so it could be a dangerous matchup for the Pack. The Canes are currently viewed as the "Last Team In" by ESPN after dropping four out of its last five. Getting a win over the Pack -- which is seen as a potential No. 1 overall seed -- would more than get Miami back on track before traveling to Chapel Hill over the weekend.

Miami is led by guard Jasmyne Roberts, who is averaging a team-high 10.8 points per game with a nearly 38 percent clip from three-point range. Shayeann Day-Wilson is just behind her in scoring at 9.7 ppg along with a team-high 3.8 assists while Jaida Patrick is averaging 8.2 ppg on 44 percent shooting.

The Pack will clearly have the advantage on the offensive end with six players all averaging more points than Miami's leading scorer. And if River Baldwin is able to return after the long break from action and bring her 11.3 points and 7.8 rebounds with her, this should be another strong showing for the Pack in the Watsco Center.

No. 4 NC State vs. Miami Game Information

Tipoff: 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18

Location:Watsco Center, Miami, Fla.

TV: ACC Network Xtra

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio:Wolfpack Sports Network

Line: NC State -10.5

Over/Under: 132.5

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Breakaway Presents: Another World coming to the Charlotte Motor Speedway

The general ticket sale starts Friday, Jan. 19.CONCORD, N.C. — Breakaway Presents: Another World 2024 is coming to the Charlotte area, and tickets are about to go on sale.The Breakaway Music Festival is part of a multi-city tour festival experience, and the Charlotte area made the list twice: The two-night Another...

The general ticket sale starts Friday, Jan. 19.

CONCORD, N.C. — Breakaway Presents: Another World 2024 is coming to the Charlotte area, and tickets are about to go on sale.

The Breakaway Music Festival is part of a multi-city tour festival experience, and the Charlotte area made the list twice: The two-night Another World "bass festival" will take place May 3 and May 4, and Breakaway Carolina 2024 will take place Sept. 27 and Sept. 28.

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Both festivals will be at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.

The lineup has not yet been released for Breakaway Carolina 2024, but Another World will feature Excision, NGHTMRE, Of The Trees, Svdden Death, Zomboy and more.

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The Another World festival will happen the same weekend as the Lovin' Life Festival, which will have its debut year in Uptown Charlotte.

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Hurricanes games could be coming to Amazon Prime as part of Ballys deal

Updated January 18, 2024 2:03 p.m. ESTAmazon will partner with Diamond Sports as part of a restructuring agreement as the largest owner of regional sports networks looks to emerge from bankruptcy.Diamond owns 18 networks under the Bally Sports banner. Those networks have the rights to 37 professional teams — 11 baseball, 15 NBA and 11 NHL, including the Carolina Hurricanes.Customers will be able to access their local team's content on Prime Video channels where Diamond has rights. Pricing and availability will be a...

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Amazon will partner with Diamond Sports as part of a restructuring agreement as the largest owner of regional sports networks looks to emerge from bankruptcy.

Diamond owns 18 networks under the Bally Sports banner. Those networks have the rights to 37 professional teams — 11 baseball, 15 NBA and 11 NHL, including the Carolina Hurricanes.

Customers will be able to access their local team's content on Prime Video channels where Diamond has rights. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date, but it is unlikely that this content would be available as benefit included for current Prime subscribers. Regional sports content will also remain available on cable and satellite providers.

Diamond Sports has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas since it filed for protection last March. The company said in a late 2021 financial filing that it had debt of $8.67 billion.

The terms of the agreement were announced by Diamond Sports on Wednesday morning and then presented before Judge Christopher Lopez at an afternoon hearing in Houston.

“There's lots to digest, especially when you consider where things were the fourth quarter of last year,” Lopez said at the end of the hearing. “It is certainly a very interesting development to say the least. The thought the company is moving in this direction is a positive development.”

Diamond Sports had been negotiating deals with all of the leagues, which would have been completed by the end of the coming baseball season.

The NBA and NHL both said they have received the documents and were reviewing them before discussing next steps with Diamond. Major League Baseball was more pointed in its evaluation.

“There is a lot to digest. It is unable to be digested because it hasn't been purchased, cooked or served. When we get to that point, we will look at it and figure out whether it is able to be digested," MLB lawyer James Bromley said during the hearing. "We will refrain from adding congratulations until such time that something is actually delivered.”

Amazon had no immediate comment. The agreement remains subject to approval by the bankruptcy court.

The agreement with Diamond Sports' largest creditors allows it to emerge from bankruptcy and continue operations and prevents a total collapse of the regional sports network system where the NBA, NHL and MLB would have to step in to take over production and distribution of most of their teams.

Last season, MLB had to take over production and distribution of the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks games after Diamond let rights payments to the Padres lapse and was unable to agree to an amended deal with the Diamondbacks.

Under the terms of the restructuring agreement, Amazon will make a minority investment in Diamond — expected to be initially $115 million — and enter into a commercial arrangement to provide access to Diamond’s content via Prime Video.

Customers will be able to access their local team's content on Prime Video channels where Diamond has rights. Pricing and availability will be announced at a later date, but it is unlikely that this content would be available as benefit included for current Prime subscribers. Regional sports content will also remain available on cable and satellite providers.

Amazon Prime already carries some New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets games produced by the YES Network.

Due to the complexity of this bankruptcy case, though, it could take a while before games become available on Prime Video.

Diamond also has an agreement in principle with Sinclair Broadcast Group to settle pending litigation between the companies.

Sinclair bought the regional sports networks from The Walt Disney Co. for nearly $10 billion in 2019. Disney was required by the Department of Justice to sell the networks for its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets to be approved.

Even before Sinclair bought the regional networks, the business was in a downturn due to cord-cutting and declines in advertising revenue after entering into exorbitant long-term deals with some teams.

Under an agreement with creditors last year, Diamond Sports Group became a separate company from Sinclair.

As part of the settlement, Sinclair will pay Diamond $495 million and provide ongoing services to support Diamond’s reorganization. The proceeds from the settlement also will pay off some creditors.

“We are thrilled to have reached a comprehensive restructuring agreement that provides a detailed framework for a reorganization plan and substantial new financing that will enable Diamond to operate and thrive beyond 2024," Diamond Sports CEO David Preschlack said in a statement. "We are grateful for the support from Amazon and a group of our largest creditors who clearly believe in the value-creating potential of this business. Diamond’s near-term focus will be on implementing the RSA and emerging from bankruptcy as a going concern for the benefit of our investors, our employees, our team, league and distribution partners, and the millions of fans who will continue to enjoy our broadcasts.”

Diamond recently reached agreements with the NHL and NBA to keep local rights through the end of this season.

It remains in discussions with MLB on reworked agreements. Diamond has not reached amended terms with the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers and Cleveland Guardians, while its contract with the Minnesota Twins expired at the end of last season.

Amazon, though, has acquired direct-to-consumer rights for the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Tampa Bay Rays.

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AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

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The Loft at Duckworth’s puts spotlight on classic cocktails with SouthPark debut (PHOTOS)

The Loft at Duckworth’s brings an upscale, classic cocktail-centric concept to SouthPark with its debut later this week.That venture, the latest from restaurateur Rob Duckworth, is at 4625 Piedmont Row Drive. It occupies the space above sister concept Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse in Piedmont Town Center.Duckworth set his sights on transforming that second-story space early on. The Loft seemed like a natural fit, since his hospitality group is already in the craft cocktail scene.“People are gravitati...

The Loft at Duckworth’s brings an upscale, classic cocktail-centric concept to SouthPark with its debut later this week.

That venture, the latest from restaurateur Rob Duckworth, is at 4625 Piedmont Row Drive. It occupies the space above sister concept Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse in Piedmont Town Center.

Duckworth set his sights on transforming that second-story space early on. The Loft seemed like a natural fit, since his hospitality group is already in the craft cocktail scene.

“People are gravitating more and more to cocktails. That’s the trend right now,” Duckworth says.

The cocktail menu is built around the classics, with 38 choices to start. Think options such as the gin-based martini, the classic old fashioned or a whiskey sour, complete with Elijah Craig bourbon, lemon zest, egg whites and just a hint of sweetness.

Duckworth says classic cocktails seemed like an underserved niche in the market. He’s happy to introduce those original drinks as a primary focus.

“I believe it may introduce those to people who may not have known they ever existed,” Duckworth says.

Mixologist Ron Oleksa will be adding signature cocktails to that list. Duckworth expects 50 options on the menu. Oleksa also oversees cocktail programming for Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse, Link & Pin and The Cellar at Duckworth’s in uptown.

Cocktails will be in the $15 to $19 range.

Expect an intimate experience. The Loft has just 65 seats, split across two unique spaces — The Lounge and The Living Room. It encompasses roughly 1,800 square feet.

“The sides are very different feeling depending on the vibe you want,” Duckworth says.

Both tap into the midcentury modern aesthetic for inspiration.

The Lounge, which is the bar side, has a low ceiling, darker tones and soft lighting. There’s natural brick and an eye-catching, semicircle window. The space sets the stage for watching cocktails being made.

“I think people like the show. They like watching their drinks being prepared, the actual craft going into it,” Duckworth says.

The Living Room offers a quieter feel, with lighter-colored walls, wood tables and soft seating including sofas and high-back chairs. Pops of color such as vivid green and touches of brass are sprinkled in. Duckworth describes it as a quiet setting to catch up with friends.

Robert Johnson Architects was the architect on the project. Ferrara Buist was the general contractor.

Josh Beaver, with The Nichols Co., represented Duckworth’s in the real estate deal.

The Loft at Duckworth’s opens tomorrow. Hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to midnight. Hours may be expanded in the future.

Walk-ins are accepted, with an option to book online for larger groups or private parties.

Pigeon River expected to play big role in Canton’s future

CANTON, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - For the first time in generations, people in Canton, North Carolina, are living without the sounds and smells of the paper mill.“There’s still a lot of work to do and still a lot of tough days ahead,” said Mayor Zeb Smathers.In a move that rocked the small town, Pactiv Evergreen shut down operations at the mill this year leaving hundreds without a...

CANTON, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - For the first time in generations, people in Canton, North Carolina, are living without the sounds and smells of the paper mill.

“There’s still a lot of work to do and still a lot of tough days ahead,” said Mayor Zeb Smathers.

In a move that rocked the small town, Pactiv Evergreen shut down operations at the mill this year leaving hundreds without a job.

“We’re proud to be a manufacturing town. And I hope that there’s manufacturing part of our future, make no bones about it, I see a very diverse economy in Canton’s future,” explained Smathers.

One resource that figures to play a major role in that future is the Pigeon River.

“I think with a very clean and wonderful river across Haywood county it’s going to open up so many economic and outdoor possibilities,” said Smathers.

The river was the reason the mill was in Canton in the first place, and over the last few decades improving its water quality has become a priority.

“The health of the Pigeon River is so much better than it was and there’s been a lot of effort put towards that,” said Kelly Lovejoy, who lives in Canton.

“It’s been an important thing for the community for a long time. Something that I wanted to share,” said Charles Wells.

Wells recently started Pigeon River Outfitters, which lets people tube, canoe, kayak, and paddleboard down the river.

Each year, more and more people have stopped by the business located just upstream from the mill.

“We’re set on that same course for growth this year,” he said.

Wells is also planning on expanding the business soon to include biking, seeing outdoor recreation as a big part of Canton’s next chapter.

“I do think a major part of our future will be built around the river and our mountains,” said Smathers.

Smathers adds the mill workers and their families who were directly impacted by the mill closure remain a priority as well, saying many of those workers have found new jobs, although it’s often requiring more travel and less pay.

As for the future of the mill site, that is still unclear at this time.

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