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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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“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.”

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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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“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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“Absolutely the best staff. They come to the house for 4 hours to take care of my dad and are so friendly. My dad loves the attention. Thanks so much for seeing to the needs of dad.”

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“My mom and her husband are 80 and 92 years old. They’ve both had Covid, pneumonia, and heart issues among many other things. Always Best Care sent out a caregiver named Pat. Pat is incredible! She cooks homemade meals for them, grocery shops for them, goes to the post office, bank, and anywhere else they need, helps with showers, takes them to church, and visits them when they have to go to the hospital or nursing home. Pat truly cares about them! It’s such a blessing to have a caregiver who really cares! They love her and she loves them! Pat is truly amazing and we are so grateful that Always Best Home Care sent her to our family!”

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“It is a privilege to serve this company's clients and staff. I am impressed every day by the lengths that all will go to to make sure people's needs are met.”

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“ABC Asheville was always prompt and responsive to our family needs. Mary was thoughtful and efficient in all communications.”

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“Always Best Care has helped me grow so much as a person and it is truly the best company I have ever worked for.”

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“Great home care agency who really cares about their clients. Highly recommended.”

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“I wanted to say thank you to all the ladies that helped look after Mom. I'm so appreciative. And thank you for all the times you helped me over the phone. I surely am thankful for your services!”

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“I've been a business peer of Jim Smeaton's at Always Best Care Senior Serivces for several years. Jim is one of my favorite leaders in the local buiness community. This is because of his ethical and service-oriented mindset. I have seen first hand that Always Best Care, who specialize in providing personalized, in-home care for seniors, is the best way to keep your loved ones independent and safe in the comfort of their own home in order to maximize their quality of life. Thank you Jim & team for all you do for our community!”

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“I’ve known Jim Smeaton and his company for several years. His energetic and genuinely caring spirit inspires Always Best Care which has an excellent reputation for always providing the best home care for it's clients. If your loved one needs support in living independently at home, you can't go wrong with Always Best Care.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Etowah, NC work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's 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. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

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.

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 ages, 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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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.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, 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:

Comfort
Comfort

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, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Etowah, 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.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

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.

Independence
Independence

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 an assisted living community. 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.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

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 to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be 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 in Etowah, NC 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 Plans

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:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

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.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

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.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

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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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

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 Etowah,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.

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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 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:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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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.

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.

Latest News in Etowah, NC

RV park would be a nightmare, Etowah Valley residents say of plans for nearby golf course

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Developers in Henderson County are working to purchase Etowah Valley Golf & Resort and turn a portion of it into an RV park. Since finding out about the plan, many nearby residents have been working to stop it.RV park would be a nightmare, Etowah Valley residents say of plans for nearby golf courseJulie Brandt said they just found out about Tribute Investment and Development Inc.'s proposal two weeks ago.“I have walked that golf course for 32 years, and it breaks my heart t...

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — Developers in Henderson County are working to purchase Etowah Valley Golf & Resort and turn a portion of it into an RV park. Since finding out about the plan, many nearby residents have been working to stop it.

RV park would be a nightmare, Etowah Valley residents say of plans for nearby golf course

Julie Brandt said they just found out about Tribute Investment and Development Inc.'s proposal two weeks ago.

“I have walked that golf course for 32 years, and it breaks my heart to see what’s going to happen to it,” she said.

Brandt said the developer wants to build 343 RV parking spaces. She said the idea is to create the RV park around the 27-hole course. Brandt said two of the course's three nine-hole configurations would be affected.

Brandt said the nine holes that she lives on will be reduced to five and the RV spots will be a central part of that acreage.

She’s upset that she and many of her neighbors will not have acres of woodlands to look at anymore. Instead, the view outside their windows will be of an RV park and those staying there.

NOT ALL APPLE FARMERS OPPOSE EXPANSION OF HENDERSON COUNTY SEWER LINES

Brandt said plans call for another road to be added into the park and a sewage treatment plant, which means a lot more traffic, pollution and noise for nearby residents.

“It’s going to get quite busy in the backyard, and it’s not going to be tranquil any longer,” she said.

Brandt said their quiet and peaceful neighborhood will be gone and the face of the golf course will also be changed.

She said her property value recently went up by 30%, and, if this RV park is built, she will lose 25% of her home value.

“I’ll be paying taxes on a home that has just increased in value 33% and I’ll be paying taxes on a home that’s actually not even worth that anymore if it goes through,” Brandt said.

Paula Hahn expressed similar concerns.

Hahn said she and her husband moved to the area from Colorado. She said, when they pulled into the driveway of what is now their home, they saw the golf course and knew that’s where they were going to live.

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For her, the possibility of an RV park being built there would be her worst nightmare.

“I could not believe it. I figured out of all scenarios this is like the worst scenario,” Hahn said.

Brandt and Hahn said they’re working to get legal counsel to fight the plan. And there's even a neighborhood group opposing the RV park.

“We’ve got a website, we’ve got Facebook pages, we have an email address, and I’ve been receiving 10 to 15 emails every day on how can I help, what can I do,” Hahn said.

Henderson County officials said the project is in the early stages.

On May 31, the Zoning Board of Adjustment will begin reviewing the merit of the application.

On that same day, residents said they will also be able to present their side to the board of why they don’t believe this park should be built on the golf course.

The county said it’s too early to tell how long the review of the developer’s application will take.

News13 also reached out to the developer and has yet to hear a response.

To see more about the neighbors' work to stop the process of the park being built, click here.

Could this North Carolina golf resort be converted to an RV park? That's a new plan being proposed

ETOWAH, N.C. — A recent meeting of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owners Association about a proposed RV park to be built on the property of Etowah Valley Golf & Resort was so crowded, there were people standing outside, listening through the windows at the Etowah Lions Club.The area is about 40 minutes south of Asheville and just a few minutes west of Hendersonville.“I would guess there were somewhere between 150-200 people there,” said David Garnett, president of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owne...

ETOWAH, N.C. — A recent meeting of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owners Association about a proposed RV park to be built on the property of Etowah Valley Golf & Resort was so crowded, there were people standing outside, listening through the windows at the Etowah Lions Club.

The area is about 40 minutes south of Asheville and just a few minutes west of Hendersonville.

“I would guess there were somewhere between 150-200 people there,” said David Garnett, president of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owners Association. “It was standing and sitting-on-the-floor room only. People were standing outside the building listening through the windows.”

A developer from Tribute Development and Investment, based in Wilmington, has plans to build a 343-unit RV park on the golf course, which has been in business since 1967. The developer will be seeking a special-use permit at the 4 p.m. May 31 Henderson County Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, which is scheduled to be held at the King Street Meeting Room located at 100 North King St.

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Members of the Etowah’s Reach Property Owners Association are against the developer’s plans, and Garnett said many are planning to be at the May 31 meeting in hopes of getting the proposal rejected.

There were rumors that the meeting might be moved to a larger venue, like Blue Ridge Community College, Garnett said, but according to Henderson County Code Services Director and Zoning Administrator Matt Champion, those rumors aren’t true.

“The meeting will be held in the King Street Meeting Room as advertised. Future meetings may be held at a different location to accommodate a greater attendance,” he told the Times-News on May 22.

Etowah Valley Golf & Resort’s previous owners were the Todd family, including former Hendersonville Mayor Frank Todd Sr., who established the golf club in 1967. The golf resort includes three nine-hole courses (a total of 27 holes), a 75-unit lodge for travelers, a dining room, a clubhouse, a croquet field, a swimming pool and also tennis courts.

According to past Times-News reporting, Todd’s grandfather, Bruce Drysdale, survived the Great Depression with his brick manufacturing plant on the same land as the golf course. Drysdale purchased the Etowah Valley property in 1917. The golf resort prospered until the recession of the late 2000s, which led the Todd family to sell the 246-acre property valued at more than $9.5 million in 2013 to WNC Resort Properties.

“The golf course is the heart and soul of Etowah,” Etowah resident Debbie Rowe told the Times-News last week. “The new owners are trying to turn it into a 343-space RV park, with no paved roads, no paved pads and with roads that can’t support a 30,000-pound RV. We don’t need any more RV parks. There are already five in the area.”

According to Henderson Business and Community Development Director Chris Todd, there are currently 16 RV parks in the county.

According to the proposal by Tribute, the recreational vehicle spaces “shall be a minimum of 2,000 square feet and shall have dimensions no less than 40 feet by 50 feet.” The current property owners are WNC Resort Properties and have worked on a contract with Tribute Development, which is proposing a renovated 18-hole golf course and the RV park.

The site plan to be presented at the May 31 meeting includes the following elements:

Dean Hensley is the news editor for the Hendersonville Times-News. Email him with tips, questions and comments at [email protected].

600 trees down after EF-0 tornado moves through Etowah County

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Storm clean-up is underway in Etowah County after officials confirm an EF 0 tornado came through the Sardis area late last Friday. Several nearby cities are coming together to help with the recovery process.Interim Gadsden Etowah County EMA Director Josh Tanner says about 600 trees fell because of the storm and getting those cleaned up could cost homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.Cities like Hokes Bluff, Gadsden, Southside, and more are coming together to help their neighbors in their time...

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WBRC) - Storm clean-up is underway in Etowah County after officials confirm an EF 0 tornado came through the Sardis area late last Friday. Several nearby cities are coming together to help with the recovery process.

Interim Gadsden Etowah County EMA Director Josh Tanner says about 600 trees fell because of the storm and getting those cleaned up could cost homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Cities like Hokes Bluff, Gadsden, Southside, and more are coming together to help their neighbors in their time of need.

“We experienced in Sardis City and Boaz an EF-0 tornado over the weekend. Late Friday night. Very early Saturday morning. Winds up to 85 miles an hour. Some stronger,” says Tanner.

A few homes were damaged and one trailer was destroyed. Tanner says two people were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He’s thankful that things weren’t worse, but now they are concerned about several trees being down.

“They are perfect ground for snakes to be under,” says Tanner. “They cause further issues with blocking roadways as well as drainage issues the list just goes on and on.”

Tanner says he reached out to Gadsden’s mayor for assistance with debris cleanup and that call led to cities like Attalla and Rainbow City offering their employees and trucks to assist.

“We were very fortunate that a lot of the mayors in the municipalities in the area in the county were able to send up ten public works trucks today to assist with the clean-up process,” says Tanner. “When everybody’s on the same page, everybody’s working together, that’s when Etowah County is at its best.”

The EMA says they are planning another clean-up day soon to work with the cities again to get all of the debris removed.

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Track Covid-19 in Etowah County, Ala.

Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Etowah County areaAbout the dataData is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalization data is a daily average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Etowah County, an area which may be larger than Etowah County itself.The number of daily hospital admissions shows how many patients tested positive for Covid in hospitals and is one of the most reliably reported indicators of Covid’s impact on a community....

Daily Covid-19 admissions in the Etowah County area

About the data

Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hospitalization data is a daily average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Etowah County, an area which may be larger than Etowah County itself.

The number of daily hospital admissions shows how many patients tested positive for Covid in hospitals and is one of the most reliably reported indicators of Covid’s impact on a community.

Total population

Ages 65 and up

Total population

Ages 65 and up

An updated vaccine is recommended for adults and most children. Statewide, 7% of vaccinations did not specify a home county.

Nearby hospitals

Share of I.C.U. beds occupied

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: The hospitals map shows the average I.C.U. occupancy at nearby hospitals in the most recent week with data reported. The data is self-reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by individual hospitals. It excludes counts from hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Indian Health Service. Numbers for hospitalized patients are based on inpatient beds and include I.C.U. beds. Hospitalized Covid-19 patients include both confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023.

How trends have changed in Etowah County

About this data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Notes: Weekly county death data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. Hospitalization data is a weekly average of Covid-19 patients in hospital service areas that intersect with Etowah County. Hospitalization numbers early in the pandemic are undercounts due to incomplete reporting by hospitals to the federal government.

Historical trends in Etowah County

The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data in these charts has been archived and they are no longer being updated. Weekly county case data prior to Jan. 2021 was not reported by the C.D.C. and is sourced from reporting by The New York Times. The C.D.C. stopped reporting data on cases in May 2023. Test positivity data is based only on test results reported to the federal government and is a seven-day average.

In limbo: Controversial development proposed for Etowah tabled after 5-hour meeting

FLAT ROCK, N.C. (WLOS) — A five-hour meeting over a controversial proposed development in Etowah ended with the planning and zoning board voting to table any decision.In limbo: Controversial development proposed for Etowah tabled after 5-hour meetingOn Thursday, Aug. 24, a large crowd gathered at the Blue Ridge Community College auditorium for a special-called meeting of the Henderson County Planning and Zoning Board.More than 60 people signed up to give public comment, all but one of whom voiced their opposition t...

FLAT ROCK, N.C. (WLOS) — A five-hour meeting over a controversial proposed development in Etowah ended with the planning and zoning board voting to table any decision.

In limbo: Controversial development proposed for Etowah tabled after 5-hour meeting

On Thursday, Aug. 24, a large crowd gathered at the Blue Ridge Community College auditorium for a special-called meeting of the Henderson County Planning and Zoning Board.

More than 60 people signed up to give public comment, all but one of whom voiced their opposition to the subdivision master plan proposed by Tribute Investment and Development Inc.

The plan was first proposed as an RV park. It was then changed to a 242-lot subdivision, which the board approved on Aug. 16. The master plan was then revised again ahead of Thursday's special meeting to be comprised of 200 residential lots on a 174-acre parcel, with a subject area of 83.5 acres.

BATTLE FOR THE GREEN: ETOWAH VALLEY RESIDENTS RALLY AGAINST GOLF COURSE DEVELOPMENT PLANS

The new development would be built over land now occupied by the Etowah Valley Golf Course.

Thursday’s vote on the future of the master plan was clouded by questions and concerns from the board and community members.

Representatives of the developer answered a few of those concerns.

Tribute Investment and Development Inc. representatives said they are unsure if environmental studies have been conducted. They also noted the traffic study from the North Carolina Department of Transportation had not yet been completed, and they were unable to elaborate on which type of housing would be constructed on the property – whether it be single-family homes or multiple-family dwellings.

RV PARK WOULD BE A NIGHTMARE, ETOWAH VALLEY RESIDENTS SAY OF PLANS FOR NEARBY GOLF COURSE

The planning and zoning board’s vote to table Thursday’s decision was not unanimous -- six board members voted in favor of tabling the decision, and three were opposed.

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The Henderson County Planning and Zoning Board is now slated to vote on the development’s master plan on Oct. 19, which board members said gives the developer additional time to construct a more concrete plan and get traffic and environmental studies completed.

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