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Home Care In Climax, NC

Home Care Climax, 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 Bennett Place 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 Climax, 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.


“Jaye has been a great caregiver for my Mom. Jaye writes detailed care notes about Mom's day so that we know what is going on even if we live out of town. She goes the extra mile to get Mom out in the sun when the weather is nice and she paints Mom's fingernails, which Mom enjoys. Jaye doesn't hesitate to contact us if Mom needs something or if she has questions. We feel lucky to have her.”

C P.

“We would like to give a shout out to some of the caregivers. We are thankful to have Ms Loretta as a caregiver, she’s very giving, a sweet person, and she works very hard to help us. Such a blessing for Mike and myself. Taylor has such a contagious smile and is so calming for Mike. Always willing to help out however he can. A blessing to us. Tena jumps right in right away as she arrives and is so caring , willing to do whatever task to help ensure all is taken care of and cared for while she’s here. What a blessing Tonya has been for Mike, a contagious caring attitude and willingness to step in and takeover with all things while she’s here. So thankful she’s been put on our caregiver schedule.”


“We are thankful to have Ms Loretta as a caregiver, she’s very giving, a sweet person, and she works very hard to help us. Such a blessing.”


“We have used Always Best for 2 years for my Dad before he passed & now 2 years for my Mom. They are the best! Laura J. With Always Best is phenomenal. She is always pleasant & prompt. She is always willing to go a step beyond to help my Mom in every way with the best attitude!”


“Great staff members to work with from the beginning. Meaning, the recruiter, hiring manager, receptionist, and scheduler. Schedulers are magnificent at finding and replacing hours if needed All staff (including caregivers) REALLY care about thier clients. ????”

Laura J.

“We used Always Best Care Senior Services to assist with 24/7 care in the home of my mother in law. We had used 4 different agencies prior to Always Best, they were exceptional. The quality, compassionate care of the care givers was unmatched and if there was ever a call out - a substitute was sent with in 2 hours. Such peace of mind! I was so impressed with the organization that I ended shifting trajectories in my career and now I am an employee. It was the best decision I ever made! I don't know what took me so long to change! I can not say enough good things about the organization as a consumer and an employee. The Loy family does an amazing job of leading a team of kind, compassionate, caring care givers who give exceptional service.”

Kathleen O.

“Sara Bynum is the best example of a CAREGIVER! Caring is her specialité..She is always prompt, cheerful, patient, industrious, generous, personable, organized, and, additionally, has a delightful sense of humor. I can't sing her praises loud enough!”

Aileen T.

“I am writing for my mother Alice Pearce. We are very happy with the care provided by Jaye. She goes above and beyond in providing loving care for our mother. She always has a good handoff with the previous caregiver and the subsequent caregiver, making sure they know how mother is and what she needs. Mother loves a shower and Jaye is thoughtful in fitting them in when mother wants one and always has her presentable for family visits. She is a good cook and is sensitive to what mother will enjoy, so her appetite is better on Jaye's shift. She is a good communicator with the family and always puts in informative shift notes. She has technical skills. Recently, the facility got a new wifi and she updated the equipment so it all worked. I usually get those calls and she fixed everything without my involvement. She is very flexible and will stay late and take on extra shifts at the last minute. We are indeed fortunate that she is caring for our dear mother.”

Alice P.

“Our family has been pleased with ABC services, thankful for a company to be able to rely on for my Dad's care.”

T C.

“I’m in need of a caregiver for my son and Always Best Senior Care is one of the companies that I contacted. Although they were unable to provide services to us (through no fault of their own) mallory trip time to refer us to a company, including phone number to contact for services. She was very helpful, kind, and attentive to our needs. I appreciate the time they took to assist me the best way they could.”

Lisa L.

“Caregivers (Raina & Aiyana) are very caring and helpful to my father's needs,”

Linda L.

“Caring staff. Patient portal for family. Quick replacement/fill in caregiver.”

Stephany T.

“Britiany has been caring for my mom almost 4 years. She is so kind and patient and willing to help in any way she can. We value Britiany and think of her as family now. We have been so pleased the way in which Always Best Care has worked with us.”

Jeannie H.

“My husband's caregiver Taylor is so very patient with him. She does her work without supervision. We are proud to have her in our home. Sincerely, Jack & Lou”

Jack H.

“We were worried at first with someone taking care of mom. Melanie put us at ease. She is such a big help. Thank you Melanie, thank you all best!!”

Rita C.

“The staff has been very helpful. Michelle is very helpful and friendly.We have never had to have service like this before so we weren’t sure of what to expect. Things have been very good and everyone has been so easy to work with. It makes it easier on everyone in the family. I am thankful to have Michelle come and help us and to the rest of the company for their help and understanding.”

Carol E.

“God has allowed angels to be on earth to help us. My family is blessed to have one of those angels named Theresa who cares for my mother. Theresa is caring, soft spoken, loving and very nurturing in the excellent care she gives to my mother. We are so very thankful and blessed to have her in our lives! Thank you Theresa and Always Best Care!”

Elisabeth C.

“Always Best Care Senior Services has been nothing but professional,nice and very helpful and informative about their healthcare opportunities. My family and myself have been very pleased with Carmen Rhodes our caregiver.She’s very kind,compassionate and knowledgeable about her job .Great job matching us with one of your Always Best Care Senior Services employee.”

Karen M.

“We have been using Always Best Care Senior Services for my mom since early January 2023. They have done a great job of sending wonderful qualified caregivers that genuinely care for our mom. A special shout out to Alexandra Bennick, Wendy Hare, Stella Pride, Savannah Buckland and Aiyana Wright for all their hard work and wonderful care they have given mom. Not only do they do a great job caring for mom, but they clean house, prepare meals, clean dishes and many other household chores. They give my dad and the children a great sense of trust and security knowing she is being well taken care of!”

Greg S.

“You could give Connie Rangel-Ledezma a bonus every day because she is that special to us. Without her, Bob would not be where he is today. She is valued by us and we hope by you! Give her 2 bonuses!!”

Gail N.

“I have worked with about 6 agencies over the last 3 years and Samantha and her team at Always Best Care have been helpful, caring and supportive! They have been there for the unexpected and for the day to day care of my husband. When I need anything, even just a calm voice on the phone, they are there. Our caregiver, Maggie, has become a wonderful part of our family. She truly loves her job and taking care of Tony. She helps me to be less stressed taking care of my husband.”

Kandi S.

“Harvey has become a part of our family! He is so kind and considerate to my father as he cares for him daily. His compassion and desire for the elderly is shown each time he comes to his house. If it were not for Harvey, I would not be able to work, nor would I have peace of mind that Daddy is being taken care of. Thank you Harvey for all that you do and the love that you show to daddy.”

Janet R.

“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.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Climax, 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 Climax, 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. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Company Mill Preserve 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

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 Dave's Original Backyard Grill or visit Ayr Mount, 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 Climax, 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 Climax, 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 Climax, 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:

  • Brookstone Haven of Randleman
  • Am Free
  • Wellington Oaks
  • Clapps Nursing Center Inc
  • Alpha Concord of Greensboro
  • Long's Home For the Aged
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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 Climax, 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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Latest News in Climax, NC

North Carolina farm wins top hay in Southeast

The top prize for the highest-quality hay in the Southeast went to North Carolina’s Mountainside Farms, producing an alfalfa hay with an impressive relative forage quality, or RFQ, of 298.Based in Taylorsville, Mountainside Farms is owned by Steve and Carol Mitchell. The results of the 2023 Southeastern Hay Contest were announced during opening-day ceremonies for the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 17.The contest started 19 years ago and has evo...

The top prize for the highest-quality hay in the Southeast went to North Carolina’s Mountainside Farms, producing an alfalfa hay with an impressive relative forage quality, or RFQ, of 298.

Based in Taylorsville, Mountainside Farms is owned by Steve and Carol Mitchell. The results of the 2023 Southeastern Hay Contest were announced during opening-day ceremonies for the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Ga., Oct. 17.

The contest started 19 years ago and has evolved into a partnership between industry, farmers and Extension from Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

This year, the program was managed by Extension forage specialists Leanne Dillard from Auburn University, Katie Payne from Virginia Tech, and Lisa Baxter from the University of Georgia.

“Like many recent years, 2023 had many challenges for our hay and baleage producers. From higher-than-average rainfall during the spring to drought conditions in the summer, all while fertilizer and other input costs continue to be high,” Dillard said.

The highest-scored hay entered in 2023 wasn’t produced by Mountainside Farms. Beeson Farms from Climax, NC, managed by Josh Beeson, scored an index-breaking 327 RFQ with an alfalfa entry. Beeson Farms won the top prize last year. Sticking to contest rules, last year’s win rendered Beeson Farms ineligible to take the top honors this year. That led the way to Mountainside Farms landing the grand prize.

As overall winner, the Mitchells received a choice of the use of a new Massey Ferguson DM Series disc mower or RK Series rotary rake for the 2024 hay production season, plus $2,000.

The contest received 468 entries in 2023 from eight Southeastern states. With that many entries, according to Dillard, the Southeastern Hay Contest is now the largest forage quality contest in the country.

The RFQ score measures different forages relative to the forages’ overall nutritive value, or their total digestible nutrients, and predicted dry matter intake. Developed by the University of Florida and the University of Wisconsin, it is a means to compare forages, especially Southern forages. RFQ helps producers categorize and price hay lots based on the relative quality. Livestock producers can use the value to balance supplemental diet based on the quality of the hay.

Contest Tidbit: The top RFG score in 2006, the first year of the contest, was 215, which was a legume baleage produced by Troy Platt of Madison County, Fla.

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Fall 2023: Pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes in the Greensboro area

List of Triad pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes to visit for the 2023 season.GREENSBORO, N.C. — The arrival of cooler temperatures, changing colors, and all things pumpkin. Fall is officially here!Here's a list of farms and markets offering pumpkins, hayrides, and more for family and friends to enjoy.Rudd Family Farm The farm store is open 6 to 7 months a year during the spring, summer, and fall growing seasons.4021 Hicone Roa...

List of Triad pumpkin patches, hayrides, and corn mazes to visit for the 2023 season.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The arrival of cooler temperatures, changing colors, and all things pumpkin. Fall is officially here!

Here's a list of farms and markets offering pumpkins, hayrides, and more for family and friends to enjoy.

Rudd Family Farm

The farm store is open 6 to 7 months a year during the spring, summer, and fall growing seasons.

4021 Hicone Road

McLaurin Farms

Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sept. 23-Oct. 29

5601 N. Church Street, Greensboro, NC 27455

Bur-Mil Park Fall Festival

Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bur-Mil-Park, Greensboro, NC

Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market

2914 Sandy Ridge Road, Greensboro, NC 27235

Downtown Graham Pumpkin Bash

Friday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Downtown Graham in Court Square, Graham, NC 27253

Zane's Clodbuster Farms

2023 Corn Maze

Sept. 22 -Nov. 11

5500 Leonard Farm Road, Kernersville, NC

Whitaker Farms

2991 Providence Church Road, Climax, NC 27233

Smith Hollow Farm

Fall on the Farm Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch

Every Saturday and Sunday - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sept. 23 - Nov. 4

5290 Smith Hollow Road, Kernersville

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch at Red Hound Farms

Red Hound Farms, 3239 Frye Bridge Road, Clemmons

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CCCC honors 2021-22 athletes

Submitted photoPosted Wednesday, May 4, 2022 4:57 am Updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 7:57 am From Central Carolina Community CollegeSANFORD — Central Carolina Community College has announced its athletic award recipients for the 2021-2022 school year.Here is a list of all award winners:Men’s Basketball: Derek Gardner of Hampstead, N.C. (Sophomore of the Year), Demarcus McLaurin of Wilmington, N.C. (Freshman of the Year), Alijah Miles of Fayetteville, N.C. (Coaches Award), Tucker Moo...

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SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College has announced its athletic award recipients for the 2021-2022 school year.

Here is a list of all award winners:

Men’s Basketball: Derek Gardner of Hampstead, N.C. (Sophomore of the Year), Demarcus McLaurin of Wilmington, N.C. (Freshman of the Year), Alijah Miles of Fayetteville, N.C. (Coaches Award), Tucker Moore of Siler City, N.C. (Co-Cougar of the Year), Wesley Case of Goldsboro, N.C. (Co-Cougar of the Year), Montell Moore of Fayetteville, N.C. (Most Valuable Player)

Women’s Basketball: Anna Smith of Rockingham, N.C. (Most Valuable Player), Jenna Brooks of Pittsboro, N.C. (Coaches Award), Felisha Chavez of Denver, Colo. (Sportsmanship Award), Asia Waiters of Sayreville, N.J. (Defensive Player of the Year)

Men’s Cross Country: Britt Lehman of Siler City, N.C. (Most Valuable Player), Kyle Howarth of Mebane, N.C. (Most Improved), Jackson Cole of Sanford, N.C. (Sportsmanship Award)

Women’s Cross Country: Bersai Perez of Sanford, N.C. (Most Valuable Player), Angelika Adriano of Aberdeen, N.C. (Most Improved), Emilie Obregon of Dunn, N.C. (Sportsmanship Award)

Golf: Noah Ritch of Climax, N.C. (Most Valuable Player), Cole McBurnett of Sanford, N.C. (Cougar of the Year), Preston Cox of Bear Creek, N.C. (Coaches Award)

Volleyball: Bonnie Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif. (Most Valuable Player), Pristina Tabon of Sanford, N.C. (Best Defense), Tessa Wisniewski of Highlands, N.C. (Best Offense), Anna Smith of Rockingham, N.C. (Coaches Award)

Coach of the Year: Richard Briggs (men’s and women’s cross country)

National Junior College Athletic Association All-Region Academic Award (Fall semester — 3.0 or higher GPA and 12 hours passed):

Men’s Basketball: Derek Gardner (Hampstead, N.C.), Matthew Harbour (Raleigh, N.C.), Kalil Holmes (Wilmington, N.C.), Tucker Moore (Siler City, N.C.), Frank Waldeck (Wilmington, N.C.)

Women’s Basketball: Jenna Brooks (Pittsboro, N.C.), Kayle Mejia (Sanford, N.C.), Dnaesha Saxon (Aiken, S.C.), Anna Smith (Rockingham, N.C.), Asia Waiters (Sayreville, N.J.)

Men’s Cross Country: Colby Day (Frisco, N.C.), Kyle Howarth (Mebane, N.C.), Gabe Lenz (Sanford, N.C.)

Women’s Cross Country: Angelika Adriano (Aberdeen, N.C.), Emilie Obregon (Dunn, N.C.), Bersai Perez (Sanford, N.C.)

Golf: Preston Cox (Bear Creek, N.C.), Cole McBurnett (Sanford, N.C.), David Phillips (Siler City, N.C.), Noah Ritch (Climax, N.C.)

Volleyball: Natalie Johnson (Spring Lake, N.C.), Danya Parvin (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.), Halan Raynor (Coats, N.C.), Anna Smith (Rockingham, N.C.), Pristina Tabon (Sanford, N.C.)

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Pollack Films Presents Fields Of Gold

Pollack Films presents Fields of Gold The Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Story of A.E. Staley with Emmy Award Winning Narrator Peter CoyoteSunday, January 14 Showtimes: 2:30 PM & ...

Pollack Films presents Fields of Gold The Inspirational Rags-to-Riches Story of A.E. Staley with Emmy Award Winning Narrator Peter Coyote

Sunday, January 14 Showtimes: 2:30 PM & 6:00 PM Tickets: $10 Tickets available at Brightside Gallery (170 Worth St) CASH ONLY or Online at

“Fields of Gold”: The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Rise from Barefoot Farmer to Sports Pioneer and Industrialist Who Built a Billion-Dollar Empire: A.E. Staley

Local sites featured in the film include the Patterson Cottage Museum and Shiloh Methodist Church in Liberty, NC, The original Staley Farm in Julian, NC and Climax, NC and the Whitaker Farms in Climax, NC along with sites in Chapel Hill, NC. Rev. Randy Garner, great-nephew of A.E. Staley, who is featured in the film, will be in attendance.

Staley Doc “Fields of Gold” Premieres in Asheboro, North Carolina on January 14, 2024

“Fields Of Gold”: The Incredible True Story of One Man’s Rise from Barefoot Farmer to Sports Pioneer and Industrialist Who Built a Billion-Dollar Empire: A.E. Staley

Los Angeles, CA, December 15, 2023– Pollack Films announced today that the inspirational documentary film “Fields of Gold” will make its North Carolina premiere on January 14, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. ET at the Sunset Theatre in Asheboro, North Carolina. The world premiere held August 18 at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills and the hometown premiere held September 16 at the Lincoln Square Theater in Decatur, Illinois were both received with packed houses and much acclaim.

Local sites featured in the film include the Patterson Cottage Museum and Shiloh Methodist Church in Liberty, NC, The original Staley Farm in Julian, NC and Climax, NC and the Whitaker Farms in Climax, NC along with sites in Chapel Hill, NC. Rev. Randy Garner, great-nephew of A.E. Staley, who is featured in the film, will be in attendance.

Written and directed by Regional Emmy Award-winner Julie Staley of Spencer Films and narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Coyote, this documentary chronicles the incredible journey of Augustus Eugene Staley, born in 1867, from barefoot farmer to the founder and leader of an agricultural empire. The film features Mr. Staley’s ownership of turn-of-twentieth-century baseball and football teams called the Decatur Staleys. The Decatur Staleys football squad led by George Halas, Charles “Chic” Harley, and Edward “Dutch” Sternaman played in Chicago in 1921 and then became the Chicago Bears in 1922.

The film is produced by Michael Pollack, who has recently inked a five-picture financing deal out of Europe and is currently negotiating a four-picture deal out of New York; “Pollack Films is a production company dedicated to creating compelling and impactful films. “We aim to inspire and entertain audiences with stories that make a difference. We want folks to leave the theatre feeling that they have seen a film that matters,” said Michael Pollack, CEO of Pollack Films.

Executive produced by Mark Staley, and the late Grant Staley, both great-grandsons of A.E. Staley, this film is an important family legacy project. In addition, the movie is of monumental importance to the Decatur, Illinois, community. It is supported by The Herald & Review newspaper and The Staley Museum.

Executive Producer Arthur Allan Seidelman who has collected his share of awards supervised the post-production. His awards include two Emmys, the Peabody, the Humanitas, the Western Heritage, several Christophers, and numerous film festival awards. He also recently received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Whittier College, his alma mater. Mr. Seidelman leading the post-production team was instrumental in crafting “Fields of Gold,” guiding the film to shine bright.

The film is also executive produced by Lauren McGill and George Veras. Mr. Veras is a 10-time Emmy Award-winning producer and former COO and Executive Producer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

“Fields of Gold” brings the audience along on the captivating journey of A.E. Staley, a man with a 3rd-grade education who defied all odds to become a pioneering figure in both the agricultural industry and the world of professional sports. The documentary vividly portrays Staley’s unwavering commitment to his employees, his customers, and his community. Throughout his career, Staley demonstrated selflessness and compassion, going above and beyond to take care of his workers during a time when social support systems were lacking.

“What impressed me the most about Gene Staley’s story was that despite the hardships he faced to build his manufacturing business in Decatur, Illinois, in the early 1900s, he cared more about people than money,” said Pollack. “This man went through a lot, lost it all, rolled the dice, and lost again, but he always took care of people. He was selfless. This is what made Staley a success.”

The film also explores Staley’s philanthropic endeavors, from providing sick leave and vacation time to his employees, to personally delivering food during times of hardship. Despite facing numerous challenges, including the Great Depression, Staley’s steadfast determination and vision enabled him to navigate through adversity and emerge as a visionary leader.

At a time when the U.S. Congress had voted against a bill for paid sick leave and vacation time, Staley’s company was one of the few that provided those paid benefits and a death benefit for its employees.

During the Great Depression (1929-1938), though his company struggled, Staley reduced employees’ hours by 33% without cutting their pay. Moreover, he expanded the workforce by 200 employees, resulting in a substantial $1 million increase in the company’s payroll—a staggering figure by today’s standards. “He protected the entire community during this treacherous economy. Staley’s emphasis on employee safety was a top priority that he emphasized every day from the Staley Manufacturing Company plant’s first day of operation,” Pollack added.

“One of Gene’s most ambitious endeavors was the fellowship club which he created for both employee benefits at work and personal social time,” stated Writer and Director Julie Staley, and also a Producer on the project.”The fellowship club gave workers a sense of community and family, eventually leading Gene to create athletic teams. The most notable being a football team the Decatur Staleys, led by George Halas, which later became the Chicago Bears.”

“Fields of Gold” seamlessly blends historical documentation with engaging storytelling elements to provide viewers with a comprehensive and immersive experience. Through meticulous editing techniques, including incorporating movement in still photographs and using stock footage and reenactment footage, the film transports audiences to the era in which Staley lived and worked, creating a visually captivating narrative.

With its balanced representation of Staley’s achievements in both the agricultural and sporting realms, “Fields of Gold” promises to leave a lasting impact on viewers and contribute to a deeper understanding of his transformative journey, leadership, and the enduring power of titans like Augustus Eugene Staley.

CEA Manufacturing & Distribution Winner: NC Lumber Carves Out Sustainable Product

NC Lumber & Supply was first born by a space problem: Hordes of East Coast Lumber Co.’s unwanted wood kept piling up, taking up more and more of the warehouse floor.“We were storing quite a bit of it,” said Rob Moore, co-owner of NC Lumber & Supply.Co-owners Moore and Carter Derrick were then (and continue to be) sales representatives for East Coast Lumber Co., a wholesale wood manufacturing facility in Climax, North Carolina....

NC Lumber & Supply was first born by a space problem: Hordes of East Coast Lumber Co.’s unwanted wood kept piling up, taking up more and more of the warehouse floor.

“We were storing quite a bit of it,” said Rob Moore, co-owner of NC Lumber & Supply.

Co-owners Moore and Carter Derrick were then (and continue to be) sales representatives for East Coast Lumber Co., a wholesale wood manufacturing facility in Climax, North Carolina.

East Coast Lumber processes logs and prepares them to be sold directly to big-box home improvement stores. The process inevitably leaves behind “factory seconds,” which is wood with flaws or gnarls that aren’t ripe for clean-cut construction materials desired by large retailers.

Before, the company would resell the unwanted collections or let them pile up in the warehouse. In April 2016, Derrick and Moore launched a spin-off company, NC Lumber & Supply, with a warehouse off Old Dairy Road in Wilmington.

NC Lumber sells specialty pieces made from factory seconds and uses the East Coast mill to process the wood into new products, including tongue and groove, shiplap siding and flooring, Moore said.

“We just saw an opportunity where we thought we could pair customers with a cheap-value product that we had,” Moore added. “It allowed us to get rid of some of our byproduct that we were producing in-house.”

Today, the company has 11 warehouses across the Southeast and has plans to open up a couple more by the end of the year. Each warehouse is staffed by lumber industry veterans who help customers navigate their specific needs.

Though there are a handful of businesses that also work within the secondary wood market, there aren’t many in the region, and most tend to market themselves as “salvage” operations, Moore said.

“We specialize in real wood siding, paneling and flooring,” he said. “There’s not a lot of people doing that.”

They also offer higher grades of wood of various species.

NC Lumber offers customers an affordable but still quality product. The majority of its customers are DIYers, with many returning small-scale or specialized contractors and house flippers frequenting the warehouse.

The success of NC Lumber has benefitted both organizations, the owners said, giving East Coast Lumber a steady revenue stream.

Compared to working with large retailers while selling East Coast Lumber’s products, Derrick said it’s been gratifying to experience the personal touch of interacting directly with customers through NC Lumber.

“The most rewarding thing about this for me was dealing with the customers,” Derrick said. “We were sitting on our other business dealing over the telephone and not being able to see the end product. In this venture, we talk to the customers, properly educate them on products,” and customers share photos of remodels and furniture crafted with their repurposed wood, he said.

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