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Home Care In Providence, NC

Home Care Providence, 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.

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 Providence, 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.


“ABC has been helpful on most occasions I have been in assistance. Once or twice substitute caregivers have not been at all satisfactory but for most part they have. Our regular caregiver, Parecia Boynton, is superb but unfortunately has had serious health problems which have kept her from working. Our current substitute, Comswell Williams, is very good and we like her a lot. She would be a very acceptable regular if Parecia Boynton is not able to return.”

Samuel M.

“ABC is a great company that cares about their employees. The pay is good and everyone in the office is extremely helpful. It’s easy to get time off, (just let them know 2 weeks ahead of time). We have monthly in-service & education is offered in person or via zoom. We are given the tools we need to succeed.”

Laraine T.

“Hi my name Amiya and I have been working for ABC for almost 4 months now. I really love this job because it’s very flexible especially since I’m a full time college student. It’s really hard to find jobs like this and if you need days they don’t mind as long your attendance isn’t bad. They are also very understanding. It’s really a great job and I love helping people.”


“I love working for Always Best Care! They're understanding, have a wonderful team in the office that helps make our jobs easier as caregivers! Easy to talk to and communicate. A great atmosphere, fun activities and different things throughout different times that make the work days a little more light and fun!”

Katie B.

“Great place to work!....Smart and Hard Working group of individuals!”


“Always best care is a great company. Staff and residents are always taken care of. If anything is needed there willing to help.”

Hannah S.

“Every time I call the office the staff are very friendly. I love what I do and I really enjoy it.”

Tinisia C.

“I been with this company for Abt a year and I love working for them . They work with you,they care about ur personal life/ problems, really good at matching you with good clients.. i love that you can pick up more hours anytime they are available and we get a text letting us know what town ,time & whats needed done when they have open hours and clients”

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“Always best care is the best senior care company to work for. The schedulers and other staff members are always helping when times need to changed or a shift needs to be changed. You can always count on ABC to get the job done.”

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“I've had great success with abc”

Shanenna S.

“Thank you to Ted for helping us make the adjustment to in-home care! We appreciate your willingness to put up with some negative reactions to your companionship for Bill while I am away from home.”

Susan L.

“Cindy is the perfect fit for my needs and is always kind and respectful toward my husband. I could not have hand picked a better person.”

Pam S.

“Stacy Blackwell is my current caregiver. She is the best ever and I am 95 years old - a lot of “givers” for appraisal . Stacy is naturally effective and efficient . She regularly achieves a level of strengthening and health that evokes a confidence and optimism that I have not earlier experienced. I am now in significant part due to her professional care optimistic about my future life. I wish to continue indefinitely my care from her - please. It”

James T.

“Aliyah fits perfectly with my life style,desires and needs. Ready and able to assist me in any way that I need. I am content and satisfied with our relationship,daily tasks,chores and communication.”

Pearline D.

“Since she first helped bring my husband home from the hospital after a months’ long stay, Talayna Turner has been helping me care for him. Talayna is an excellent listener, efficient worker, and responsible helper. She has helped witpersonal care, computer problems, grocery shopping, and his laundry. I don’t know what I would do without her cheerful presence. Thanks ABC for providing a wonderful caregiver resource in Talayna!”

Joan S.

“Sam is one of the kindest most sincere owners I've met. She truly cares about her clients and staff. Everyone in the office is so helpful.”

Dana N.

“Happy to Service this area!”

Jason L.

“Great caregivers working for a great agency. Everyone wins, especially my Mom. Sometimes the caregivers are taking care of me too; I always learn a new method or better way of finishing personal chores to keep Mom safe and comfortable. Best choice to use this agency over efforts to hire private caregivers. Trust and training make it a blessing to have the assistance from ABC”

Barbara R.

“Incredibly responsive, caring, and professional! They treat your loved one as a unique person for whom they also care! We have had many experiences with home care agencies and this one is exceptional!”

Kristin B.

“I can not tell you how great this company is. I called on a Tuesday at 4 pm because the live in care giver for my father was a "no show". Channing was amazing, caring and so supportive. By Wednesday morning she had people lined up to assist in covering my father's care. Channing also went above and beyond by contacting facilities and homes to help me look into care for my father. Let me explain that she didn't give me a number-she called them on my behalf. Channing could tell I was overwhelmed and did anything she could to help. This is a amazing team of care givers that really cares. I have loved the women they sent out to care for my father. Can't say enough!!!!! J. Wilkins.”

Jo A.

“Always Best Care has provided great care for my dad. I'm grateful that they're available (sometimes on short notice) and that they're so compassionate and easy to work with.”

Jenny E.

“Excellent Service!!”

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


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.


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 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 Providence, 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

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.

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

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. 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 Providence, 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 Providence, 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 Providence, 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.

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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


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


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


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 Providence, 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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Providence Day three-peats as NC state champions, avenging early loss in the process

Providence Day finished the job.The Chargers started the season with a national ranking, high expectations and several marquee games on the schedule. But the ultimate goal was always to win a state championship.On Friday night, they did just that.A late touchdown rush by Ian Cline gave Providence Day the lead with 21 seconds left in the game — and ultimately a 34-27 win against Rabun Gap for a th...

Providence Day finished the job.

The Chargers started the season with a national ranking, high expectations and several marquee games on the schedule. But the ultimate goal was always to win a state championship.

On Friday night, they did just that.

A late touchdown rush by Ian Cline gave Providence Day the lead with 21 seconds left in the game — and ultimately a 34-27 win against Rabun Gap for a their third consecutive NC Independent Schools Division I state championship.

Only four other NCISAA Division I programs have had runs of three or more state titles in a row: Charlotte Christian (2017-20, 2012-14), Charlotte Latin (2005-07), Charlotte Country Day (1981-84) and Raleigh Ravenscroft (1978-80).

“It is pure elation right now,” coach Chad Grier said. “Tonight was exhausting because of all of the ups and downs but I am just as proud of a group of kids as I have ever been in my life. It is really special man.”

Both teams came into the game nationally ranked in most major polls, and Providence Day (12-1) looked to avenge its only loss of the season. Rabun Gap (13-1) beat Providence Day 42-27 in October to give the Eagles — who have long played in the NC private school leagues — a conference title.

On Friday night, Rabun Gap seemed to be in position to beat the Chargers again, leading 21-10 and 27-17 in the second half. But trailing by 10 in the fourth quarter, Chargers quarterback Jadyn Davis, a finalist for NC Mr. Football and a Michigan recruit, led back-to-back scoring drives to help his team rally. He threw a touchdown to Jordan Shipp on the first one, and after the Chargers got a safety, he handed off to Cline for the second.

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“We knew when we got the ball back we were going to go score,” Davis said. “I am just super proud of the team and the way they fought. They blocked out the noise and went out there and got it done.”

The play that changed the game was that safety.

Providence Day lineman David Sanders, the nation’s No. 1 recruit in his class, got pressure off the right side of the Rabun Gap offensive line, with his team down 27-24. The Rabun Gap quarterback threw the ball away, trying to avoid a safety, but the intentional grounding penalty gave the Chargers two points — and the ball back.

“(Sanders) went out there and made a huge play,” Grier said. “Then he went down and I went out there to check on him. A lot of people don’t know this but he has played the entire season on a torn labrum and waited till the season was over to get it fixed. When I got out there to him I asked him if he was okay. He said, ‘Coach I am going to be fine.’ So, he went back out and was a part of us scoring and winning.”

Grier said he was happy that his seniors got to go out as champions.

“You can’t ask for a better ending,” he said. “You can’t script that any better. I really haven’t tried to think about it much just yet because it can be emotional. I did have a few moments with all those guys individually. They have been such a big part of the team since I have been here. They are great leaders and great players. They are going to be missed but they left a great legacy.”

Grier gave credit to the Chargers’ defense.

“It was the defense,” Grier said. “Coach (Damon) Coiro and the defensive staff were amazing. Their preparation and game planning were incredible. I don’t want to say (Rabun Gap) panicked, but we got them out of what we thought they could do.”

Rabun Gap had punished the Chargers with its run game in the first meeting. Friday night, Providence Day was much better.

“The kids took the last game personally,” Coiro said. “You look for the positives that come out of the negatives and they took it to heart. Their preparation was fantastic. The past three weeks we were kind of showing (Rabun Gap) what we would do this time around. It was a good, long thought-out plan that the kids and the defensive staff were able to execute.”

Grier said his team did just enough.

“For our kids to come up the mountain four hours and do what they did,” Grier began, “they deserve every accolade they get cause (Rabun Gap) is a good football team.”

This story was originally published November 17, 2023, 10:06 PM.

NCDOT is looking into widening Providence Road

State transportation officials are in the early stages of developing plans to widen Providence Road and improve several of its busiest intersections.But don’t get too excited (or outraged) — any improvements to Providence Road, one of the main arteries between south Charlotte and uptown, would be at least 10 years away.The N.C. Department of Transportation has started what it calls feasibility studies on two projects:1 of 3 2 of 3 3 of 3 NCDOT engineer Brent Canipe told residents of the p...

State transportation officials are in the early stages of developing plans to widen Providence Road and improve several of its busiest intersections.

But don’t get too excited (or outraged) — any improvements to Providence Road, one of the main arteries between south Charlotte and uptown, would be at least 10 years away.

The N.C. Department of Transportation has started what it calls feasibility studies on two projects:

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NCDOT engineer Brent Canipe told residents of the plans at a community meeting in Ballantyne in April. In an interview afterward with The Charlotte Ledger, he said the department is working to figure out some of the basics, like traffic volume and potential costs.

“You’ve got to know how many cars are coming, where they’re coming from,” he said. “You determine the amount of lanes that are necessary to accommodate them, whether you need a bridge, whether you need some other type of innovative treatment. We’re just not there yet.”

There is no state funding committed toward Providence Road, and the potential projects are not in the state’s 10-year planning document. Once NCDOT completes its studies, the projects could be placed in a future 10-year plan and compete for funding.

An NCDOT spokeswoman said this week that the department is still working on cost estimates but has developed a series of draft designs for intersections. The preliminary drawings seem to show adding turn lanes, which are a tight fit on some corners with existing buildings:

A traffic forecast from 2019 shows 44,500 cars a day south of Fairview Road, which would increase to 48,800 a day by 2045. That’s pre-pandemic, of course — but even if commuting patterns are different, Providence is still often clogged.

“Providence Road is a real issue,” City Council member Ed Driggs said at a council committee meeting this week, noting that there are development plans along the corridor. “We heard at my town hall that as far as the state is concerned, any widening of Providence Road or improvements to Providence Road are out there in sort of never-never land.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation this week signed off on a new 10-year road-building plan that pushes back some major construction projects in the Charlotte area.

The new schedule delays 13 projects in Mecklenburg by a year or two, according to the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization — including interchange improvements to Independence Boulevard, widening a five-mile section of Steele Creek Road (N.C. 160) in Steele Creek and widening a three-mile stretch of Johnston Road (U.S. 521) in Ballantyne.

Many more local road projects remain on schedule.

NCDOT has been battling high construction costs and land acquisition costs, which have strained its ability to move projects forward on their earlier timetables. It said in a news release this week that the new plan, called the 2024-2033 State Transportation Improvement Program, “aligns with financial expectations for the next 10 years, making it more reliable for the Department and its partners.”

Here’s the list of the new timelines for the 13 Mecklenburg County projects, with the projects start dates of construction:

Moved from 2024 to 2025

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Merger forms billion-dollar bank in Eastern NC, signals return of M&A

A pair of banks in Eastern North Carolina are merging to create a $1.1 billion institution with more lending power while at the same time signaling the return of M&A, which has been stagnant for the past few years in the state.PB Financial Corporation (PBNC), the holding company for 17-year-old Providence Bank in Rocky Mount, is buying Coastal Bank & Trust (CABT), a bank founded in the midst of the Great Recession and based in the coastal city of Jacksonville.The deal – encompassed of 75 percent stock and 25 perce...

A pair of banks in Eastern North Carolina are merging to create a $1.1 billion institution with more lending power while at the same time signaling the return of M&A, which has been stagnant for the past few years in the state.

PB Financial Corporation (PBNC), the holding company for 17-year-old Providence Bank in Rocky Mount, is buying Coastal Bank & Trust (CABT), a bank founded in the midst of the Great Recession and based in the coastal city of Jacksonville.

The deal – encompassed of 75 percent stock and 25 percent cash – has Coastal merging into Providence, creating a bank with $874 million in loans and $893 million in deposits.

Compare that to what Coastal started with – just $11 million in capital in 2009.

The combined company will operate under the Providence name and keep its headquarters in Rocky Mount.

Providence Bank CEO Ted Whitehurst, who will stay in his role following the deal, told Triangle Business Journal that the combination is about growth – including personnel, all of whom will be retained from Coastal.

Coastal CEO Richard Jefferson will stay on in a senior level position.

For Coastal, the deal means a deeper coffer to draw from in extending loans. Right now, the bank's limit for loan size is about $3 milllion.

“Once we get this deal done, that will move to $20 million,” Whitehurst said, noting that while Coastal has great customer relationships, “they can only do so much business with them, and now they can increase that so we think just the nature of how that will work will make it grow faster.”

Whitehurst said the bank is a good cash position for the buy, having raised just over $8 million in a private placement – some of which will fuel the acquisition.

Once the deal closes, Providence will have 10 full-service offices in Raleigh, Holly Ridge, Jacksonville, Morehead City, Nashville, Richlands, Rocky Mount (where it has two offices), Tarboro and Wilson, with a loan production office in New Bern.

Industry watchers said that the deal looks like a good fit for both banks.

“Providence Bank is one of North Carolina’s most profitable community banks,” said Peter Gwaltney, president and CEO of the North Carolina Bankers Association. “They’re picking up a strong team and customer base through this acquisition of Coastal Bank. The combination of these banks makes a great deal of sense.”

Bill Wagner, managing director of the financial services investment banking group at Raymond James and Associates, said that for Coastal shareholders, it gives longtime backers liquidity options.

“And for Providence, getting bigger is the key to banking these days,” he said.

Ted Roseman, a senior industry analyst for, agrees, saying community banks are looking for more scale due to heightened regulatory burdens and higher deposit costs. He sees a “healthier,” more scalable financial institution created out of the deal.

“Stronger community/regional banks are a plus, given the important role they play in consumer and small-business lending,” he said.

Under the transaction terms, Coastal shareholders may receive either $10 in cash or just over 0.2 shares of PB Financial common stock for each share of Coastal common stock – terms that value the deal at about $25.8 million for those stakeholders.

Whitehurst said those terms were thought to be a good compromise – giving liquidity to investors looking for cash.

Largest NC Banks

June 2022 NC deposits

RankPrior RankBusiness name/
11Bank of America Corp.
22Truist Financial Corp.
33Wells Fargo & Co.

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Matt Kennedy, managing director of the investment banking group at Performance Trust, said that one reason bank consolidation has been down in recent years is a reticence to sell in a depressed valuation environment.

“In this case, the 75-25 percent stock/cash mix provides Coastal shareholders some cash consideration, but it also allows them to be part of the Providence Bank pro forma moving forward,” he said. “If you’re trading from a stock to a stock, you do get to, hopefully, ride up the stock price of the acquirer post transaction.”

He, along with other analysts TBJ spoke with, expects to see more M&A in the coming months, as those kinds of conversations have picked up in the industry amid rising deposit costs and margin compression.

Deal activity has been, for the most part, stagnant in North Carolina – the most recent exceptions being the First Citizens (Nasdaq: FCNCA) buy of Silicon Valley Bank. Also, Winston-Salem’s Piedmont Federal Savings Bank has a pending $36.8 million buyout of Wake Forest Federal Savings and Loan Association.

The Providence deal has already been approved by both bank boards and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2024.

Both Providence and Coastal have come a long way from the bank startups they were just over a decade ago.

Providence began when a group of investors in Rocky Mount raised $13.6 million to start a community bank in 2006. As Whitehurst would later say, “We just needed a real, local community bank in this area, owned by people in this area and headquartered here.”

In 2018, the bank combined with the Wilson-based parent of Cornerstone Bank to create a $424 million-asset institution, a deal that Whitehurst said Wednesday exceeded expectations and validated its plan for Coastal. The bank opened its Raleigh branch on Six Forks Road in late 2020.

Coastal opened its doors in 2009 as banks across the company were shutting down amid the financial shakeup of the Great Recession.

In an interview in 2018, Jefferson described the move as “either very smart or very stupid – history will determine which.” The founders scrambled together $11 million in startup capital, knowing that, if the bank was successful, it would be “one of the few institutions ready to lend” in that environment.

But it was a close call, Jefferson would later say, pointing to regulatory delays and last-minute flights for one-one-one meetings with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

“Nobody knew this, but we ran out of money,” Jefferson told TBJ in 2018. “They gave us approval on a Friday and we opened on the very next Monday, I think.”

In a battle of NC’s two top teams, Rabun Gap stops Providence Day on the road

Rabun Gap cemented its claim as the best high school football team that plays in North Carolina on Friday.The nationally ranked Eagles, who are based in Georgia but play in the North Carolina independent school league, came to Charlotte to face nationally ranked Providence Day and ran up a three-touchdown lead on the Chargers, who have won the past two NCISAA state championships.Rabun Gap’s 42-27 win was no fluke and will give the Eagles home-field advantage in the state playoffs. If Providence Day (8-1) can get back to t...

Rabun Gap cemented its claim as the best high school football team that plays in North Carolina on Friday.

The nationally ranked Eagles, who are based in Georgia but play in the North Carolina independent school league, came to Charlotte to face nationally ranked Providence Day and ran up a three-touchdown lead on the Chargers, who have won the past two NCISAA state championships.

Rabun Gap’s 42-27 win was no fluke and will give the Eagles home-field advantage in the state playoffs. If Providence Day (8-1) can get back to the state final, it will likely have to drive three hours to Georgia to play it.

Friday’s game matched the top two teams playing in NC high school leagues, regardless of class, according to MaxPreps.

And Rabun Gap (10-0), which has players from 11 states and 14 countries, won Friday’s matchup mainly due to its advantage on the offensive and defensive lines. While Providence Day had several key players playing both ways, Rabun Gap mostly two-platooned, and the Eagles — who have played in the N.C. private school league for years — appeared to gradually wear down the Chargers.

But Providence Day still had a big chance early in the third quarter to get back into the game.

Right before halftime, the Chargers had driven 99 yards, capped by a 4-yard run from QB Jadyn Davis, to close to 21-14. Then, to start the third quarter, Providence Day stopped Rabun Gap on third down and the Eagles were ready to punt.

Providence Day, however, appeared to have too many players on the field and coach Chad Grier called timeout. During the break, Rabun Gap coach Derek White decided to go for it, at his 34, employing a bunch formation that Providence Day had trouble with all game.

On that fourth down, Rabun Gap ran a direct snap, in the bunch formation, to wide receiver Trey Horne, a Georgia Tech recruit. Horne, who scored five touchdowns Friday, ran up the middle for a 64-yard score.

4th and 3 #Touchdown@RabunGapEagles 28VS@PDS_ChargersFB 14@ProvidenceDay @charlottepreps @langstonwertzjr #TalkingPrepsNC

— CarolinaVarsity (@CarolinaVarsity) October 21, 2023

Rabun Gap eventually stretched its lead to 35-14. But down 21, Providence Day stormed back, scoring 14 points in three minutes.

Davis, who threw for more than 300 yards, hit Michigan commit Channing Goodwin with a 4-yard pass on fourth-and-goal with 10:28 to play, but a bobbled snap ruined the point-after attempt. Providence Day trailed 35-27.

Down eight, Davis appeared to be ready to get the ball back, but on third-and-long, Rabun Gap again came up with another monster play: Eagles QB Gavin Owens to tight end Darren Agu for a 45-yard gain. That gave the Eagles a first down at the Chargers’ 13. A few plays later, with 6:28 to play, Horn scored his fifth touchdown of the game, extending the Eagles’ lead to 15 points.

This story was originally published October 20, 2023, 10:05 PM.


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