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Home Care In Madison, NC

Home Care Madison, 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 Robert M. Bashford House 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 Madison, 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 Madison, 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 Madison, 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 James Madison Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

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

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 L'Etoile Restaurant or visit Harold C. Bradley House, 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 Madison, 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 Madison, 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 Madison, 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:

  • Oak Park Place Madison East
  • BrightStar Senior Living of Madison
  • Assisted Living Madison WI
  • Eden Vista Madison
  • Renaissance Senior Living of Hilldale
  • Madison Pointe Senior Living
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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 Madison, 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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Asphalt tank fire in Madison: Evacuations lifted, business to keep 24-hour fire watch

MADISON, N.C. —Madison fire crews said an asphalt tank fire at a business is now under control. However, the business will keep monitoring the tank while conducting a fire watch over the next 24 hrs.The fire started Tuesday morning around 5:52 a.m. at SealMaster on West Decatur Street in Madison, North Carolina. The fire was contained to a 17,000 galloon outside storage tank.Emergency officials originally ...


Madison fire crews said an asphalt tank fire at a business is now under control. However, the business will keep monitoring the tank while conducting a fire watch over the next 24 hrs.

The fire started Tuesday morning around 5:52 a.m. at SealMaster on West Decatur Street in Madison, North Carolina. The fire was contained to a 17,000 galloon outside storage tank.

Emergency officials originally evacuated everyone within 1,000 feet of the plant. That was about 50 - 75 homes in the general area. They also had those within a half-mile area sheltering in place including Dillard Academy. They have since lifted all evacuations. Fire and emergency crews left the scene around 1:30 p.m.

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Officials said a truck driver is the one who originally noticed the fire and tried to extinguish it. Fire crews said they originally used what's called "Purple K" powder on the fire. However, it didn't work. They called in Regional Hazmat, and Emergency Management in response. They also monitored the fire in the tank by air using drones. They monitored the tank's heat leaves inside and out. Originally, they said the fire increased in speed, smoke and venting. There was also a concern for a possible explosive risk earlier Tuesday. They consulted with the product manufacturer out of Canada to see what to put on it to cool it.

"It's like lava, the cooler it gets, the harder it's supposed to get," said Madison Fire Department Chief Jim Ritchey.

Related: Here's what we know about the asphalt tank fire

They said the problem was the fire was contained in a small area of the tank near the bottom where the air was able to get in from a crack to keep fueling the fire. They have since made a patch to put on the side of the tank in an effort to smother the fire. However, they said it could still off-gas a tiny bit but the zone around it is safe.

They said the tank will now cool down and become a large solid mass. They will then haul it off and disassemble it to find out what caused the fire.

They said a heating unit could have malfunctioned and caused the fire but they're still unsure at this time. The business will also conduct its own investigation into the fire.

Fire crews said the smoldering from the fire could be an irritant to those with respiratory issues. They said a number of fire departments assisted including Winston-Salem Fire Department.


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Fun facts about Madison County Schools

MARSHALL - Madison County Schools students were welcomed back to the classroom Aug. 21.Mars Hill's Anderson Rosenwald School is the only school of its kind still standing in Western North Carolina. Rosenwald schools, named for a wealthy retail executive who backed the effort, were built in the early 20th century to serve Black students across the country when segregation era laws prevented them from attending public schools then reserved for white students only.The News-Record consulted the school system's Sandra...

MARSHALL - Madison County Schools students were welcomed back to the classroom Aug. 21.

Mars Hill's Anderson Rosenwald School is the only school of its kind still standing in Western North Carolina. Rosenwald schools, named for a wealthy retail executive who backed the effort, were built in the early 20th century to serve Black students across the country when segregation era laws prevented them from attending public schools then reserved for white students only.

The News-Record consulted the school system's Sandra Brigman and resources from the Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School to gather some fun facts to know about Madison County Schools.

Historical dates

1874: Per the Friends of Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School's research, free public schools in Madison County were first instated in this year. There were 20 schools for white students, and only one school for Black students.

1926: The historic Marshall High School building was built on Blannahassett Island. The building was recognized on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

1929: Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School's one-room building was constructed. Local organization aimed at preserving the school, The Friends of Mars Hill Anderson Rosenwald School, celebrated its rehabilitation in conjunction with the school system in 2022.

1965: Integration of Madison County Schools.

1974-75: Madison County High School welcomed its first class.

Fun facts

13th out of 115: The school system's rankings in the 2022 School Performance Grades released by the state Department of Public Instruction. Madison County Schools scored a 60% level of proficiency ranking for all subjects and all students. The state level of proficiency average was 51.4%.

625: The number of Madison County Schools staff and personnel. There are 363 full-time staff members and 262 part-time staff members. According to the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the school system is the largest employer in the county.

1,531: The number of students riding a bus per day.

95%: Madison County Schools' four-year graduation cohort rating assigned to it by the state Department of Public Instruction in 2022, tied for the highest such rating assigned by the state that year.

122,894 and 169,974: The number of breakfast and lunch meals distributed to students. This year, all Madison County Schools students will receive free breakfast and lunch meals through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program.

$407,671: The amount of scholarship money awarded to Madison County Schools students.

21: The number of pathways associated with Madison County Schools' Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

McCloud throws career-high 5 TD passes, No. 24 James Madison beats Coastal Carolina 56-14

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — James Madison coach Curt Cignetti is fully on board with his school’s plan for football, even if means the 24th-ranked Dukes won’t play for Sun Belt Conference title.Jordan McCloud threw a career-high five touchdown passes — three to Elijah Sarratt — and Madison rebounded from its only loss to rout Coastal Carolina 56-14 on Saturday.The Dukes (11-1, 7-1 Sun Belt) finished with the East Division’s top record, but they won’t be heading to play West winner Troy next Sat...

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — James Madison coach Curt Cignetti is fully on board with his school’s plan for football, even if means the 24th-ranked Dukes won’t play for Sun Belt Conference title.

Jordan McCloud threw a career-high five touchdown passes — three to Elijah Sarratt — and Madison rebounded from its only loss to rout Coastal Carolina 56-14 on Saturday.

The Dukes (11-1, 7-1 Sun Belt) finished with the East Division’s top record, but they won’t be heading to play West winner Troy next Saturday as they continuing transitioning from the championship subdivision to FBS.

“James Madison is all about the leadership at the top. They’ve had a blueprint and a plan they’ve worked it a long time,” Cignetti said. “The sky is the limit for James Madison.”

James Madison was turned down twice by the NCAA in a bid for a waiver that would make them eligible for the league title game next week as East Division champions — and potentially a New Year’s Six bowl invite as the top Group of Five team.

But James Madison lost in overtime, 26-23, at home to Appalachian State a week ago. The school said in a statement earlier this week that loss “changed the landscape in terms of the nature and timing of our legal options, including the diminished viability of a lawsuit against the NCAA.”

“Hopefully, we get to play another,” Cignetti said.

That’s likely because James Madison would be the first tapped should there not be enough bowl-eligible teams this postseason.

McCloud’s final three TD passes came in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand. The sixth-year player surpassed his old touchdown mark, which he tied three times previously this season. He was 26 of 35 for 324 yards and also ran for a score. Sarratt had six catches for 107 yards.

McCloud and the Dukes dismissed the off-the-field issues in pounding the Chanticleers (7-5, 5-3).

McCloud started the scoring with a 1-yard TD run, then connected with Reggie Brown for a 29-yard score. A pair of short rushing touchdowns by Sarratt and Ty Lawton, the latter just 38 seconds before halftime had the Dukes rolling with a 28-0 lead.

Coastal Carolina would have advanced to the league championship game with a win. Instead, the Chants stumbled badly in the regular-season finale and managed just 74 yards rushing.


James Madison: It was a strong response from the Dukes, who saw their undefeated run come to end a week ago at home against Appalachian State. James Madison is expected to get a bowl game.

Coastal Carolina: Chants fans got a stir when it was announced injured quarterback Grayson McCall would start and warmed up pre-game. But McCall, the three-time Sun Belt player of the year, didn’t get into the contest. He’s missed the past five games with a head injury.


James Madison has had a strong showing in the Sun Belt since joining two seasons ago. The Dukes are a combined 19-4 overall and 13-3 against league opponents. They’ve also been ranked in the Top 25 in each of their FBS seasons.


Coastal Carolina receiver Sam Pinckney continued his NCAA record streak, catching a pass in his 57th straight game. He also broke the Sun Belt mark for career receiving yards held by T.Y. Hilton of Florida International from 2008-11.


James Madison: Likely headed for its first bowl game.

Coastal Carolina: Awaits bowl destination.


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JMU Trounces Queens (N.C.) in Senior Day Shutout

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Five seniors registered points, while two Dukes recorded hat tricks as James Madison field hockey dominated Queens (N.C.), 14-0, at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Saturday afternoon.JMU finished the season 5-12, coming out on top in its final two contests. The Royals ended the 2023 campaign 0-17 in their second season in Division I.The Dukes saw goals from four seniors: ...

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Five seniors registered points, while two Dukes recorded hat tricks as James Madison field hockey dominated Queens (N.C.), 14-0, at the JMU Field Hockey Complex on Saturday afternoon.

JMU finished the season 5-12, coming out on top in its final two contests. The Royals ended the 2023 campaign 0-17 in their second season in Division I.

The Dukes saw goals from four seniors: Mia Julian (4), Tori Carawan (3), Lauren Satchell (1) and Morgan Merritt (1). Classmate Emma Donnelly dished out an assist in the win. Sophomore Alice Roeper (2), Samantha Grimes (1), Lila Harlock (1) and Julie Narleski (1) also found the back of the net.

Senior Brandelynn Heinbaugh started in net and picked up the win, making one save in just under 39 minutes of action. Junior netminder Katie Fricke finished with a clean sheet to earn a combined shutout with Heinbaugh.

Goalkeeper Manisha Desai allowed five goals and made 12 saves, playing the first half. Teammate Grace Meinke stepped in for the second half and recorded 13 stops and let in nine goals.

How It Happened

Quoting Head Coach Chrisy Morgan "I'm really pleased with the performance. I think the emotion of the seniors, knowing that it's their last opportunity, and people playing for the seniors really created a very connected, fast-paced unit out there today, and it's evident with the score. They wanted so much for each other, so people were looking to help rather than be that person. When you're playing that way – when you're playing connected and playing together – the sky's the limit."

Game Notes

'I felt disgusted': Teen shares footage of former teacher accused of taking illicit photos, video of students

NOV. 8, 2023 - A former student of Robert Burnette, who now faces 47 felony charges in connection to alleged illicit photography of students he taught at Madison High School, has come forward to share with News 13 how her recordings of Burnette allegedly taking photos of her in class led to his arrest days later, on May 24, 2022. (Photo courtesy: Ashlyn Davis)MADISON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A former math teacher at Madison High School, ...

NOV. 8, 2023 - A former student of Robert Burnette, who now faces 47 felony charges in connection to alleged illicit photography of students he taught at Madison High School, has come forward to share with News 13 how her recordings of Burnette allegedly taking photos of her in class led to his arrest days later, on May 24, 2022. (Photo courtesy: Ashlyn Davis)

MADISON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A former math teacher at Madison High School, Robert Burnette was arrested on 47 felony charges on May 24, 2022.

According to authorities, Burnette's arrest took place after he was caught taking photos and recording students.

Last month, News 13 spoke with a former student of Burnette’s who was a victim.

Ashlyn Davis, another former student of Burnette's, was the one who recorded Burnette allegedly taking inappropriate photos of her, which then ultimately led to his arrest.

'I felt disgusted': Teen shares footage of former teacher accused of taking illicit photos, video of students

Davis shared her story with News 13 on Wednesday, Nov. 8.


She has lived in Madison County her entire life. She said it was her freshman year of high school when things began to take a turn -- when she was placed in Burnette’s math class.

Davis said Burnette started winking at her and that it progressively got worse.

“He was touching our backs, touching our legs," she said, "and I eventually got to the point where I was constantly watching him.”

She said she began to notice that Burnette would prop his phone up on his desk.


“Whenever the students would walk up to put their papers on the stand, he would move his hand forward to his phone like he was taking a picture,” she said.

She remembered the time she specifically caught Burnette taking a photo of her in one of their conversations.

“He had his phone facing right at me. He was taking a picture and I had asked him, like, 'What are you doing?' and he clicked again and just completely ignored me,” she said.

She said she left class that day with a lot of emotion as it was hard to process what was happening.

“I felt disgusted," Davis said. "I felt like I was dirty, and whenever I was walking, I was wiping down my clothes because I didn’t know what to think.”

Ashlyn went home and explained to her dad, Billy Davis, what had happened.

Billy said as a parent, he was extremely upset, but as someone with a background in law enforcement, he knew that Ashlyn would need proof for anything to happen.

That’s when Ashlyn said she began to plan to change him, recording her.

“I would turn the brightness on my laptop screen all the way down so that I could see his reflection whenever he was walking up behind me,” she said.

She said she had her camera on her phone open and that it was hidden on her desk and she pressed record.

“That’s whenever I caught him two times recording, getting a picture of me,” she said.

She went to the principal’s office to show them the videos, and they immediately called the sheriff’s department.

Burnette was arrested just days later, on May 24, 2022.

Ashlyn said she briefly went back to school for the beginning of her sophomore year, but that, ultimately, it was just too much.

“I couldn’t stomach being in the school after what happened, and it seemed like everything was different," she said. "It didn’t feel like school anymore, and I couldn’t bring myself to feel safe there anymore."

She said she felt like Burnette completely took away her high school experience.

Ashlyn said she couldn’t stand being in a school in which she had been victimized.

In the last year and a half since Burnette was arrested, Ashlyn said she has experienced an emotional rollercoaster.

“It was a lot of showing up to court dates and him not showing and them being continued and continued,” she said.

She said Burnette was recently offered a possible plea deal that would not require him to serve any jail time.

“It’s very difficult that he gets a slap on the wrist after everything that he has done, after everything that he has put us victims through,” she said.

While Ashlyn said it’s been hard, she said she’s holding her head high that because of her actions, there will never be another girl at Madison High victimized by Burnette.

News 13 reached out to District Attorney Seth Banks for confirmation on the possible plea deal. He responded that, as of now, Burnette’s charges had not changed but that he could not go into further detail regarding plea negotiations.

Right now, Burnette’s court date is set for Jan. 2, 2024.


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