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Home Care In Blacksburg, SC

Home Care Blacksburg, SC

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 Alexander Black House & Cultural Center 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 Blacksburg, SC 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.


“Phil Davidson and his staff provides the best service around in the York County area...Very professional and they truly care about their clients...I highly recommend Always Best Care of Rock Hill”

Will J.

“Looking for a loving and caring place for a parent, grandparent or any loved one? Look no further than Phil and his team at Always Best Care of Rock Hill!”

Tamaya M.

“I have enjoyed working with Always Best. They are informative and helpful. When I need to schedule care, they are very responsive. Definitely a good choice in companion care.”


“Always willing to help”

Christine B.

“I have worked for many agencies as a CNA. Always Best Care of Rock Hill, SC is by far the best! They treat their clients and caregivers with generosity and compassion. They go "above and beyond" in every area. You can't go wrong with them.”

Loretta B.

“They gave my mother the most wonderful, loving care. They were very accommodating when we needed to make changes in the schedule. After dealing with two other agencies I wish I had gone with them from the start. They deserve a 10!”

Bobbie S.

“New Employee & I’m loving it already”

Sonda P.

“Needed care for my mother with dementia, and father with medical issues. The team at Always Best Care were very responsive to our needs for 24/7 care for about 8 weeks. They try hard to have the same caregivers come to the house for continuity of care. The family really appreciated Phil's assistance with placing my parents in Assisted Living. His knowledge of the local York County homes was invaluable to placing my parents in a welcoming environment. I would highly recommend Always Best Care to help with senior care!”

Mary E.

“I have had the best support from a caring and supporting staff over the past year. The AMAZING part is that I live in CA and they're providing these services in Rock Hill. When I have any questions they are quick to get my answer back in a timely manner.”

James G.

“I could probably say that I was a past client of this provider, but because I continue to receive words of encouragement and advise from them, I still claim the current client status. Their help with my mother that was provided while she was at home was fantastic. They also have helped guide us through hospital and rehab stays. I would have to give them a 5 star rating and honestly can not think of one thing that went wrong on their part while we used their care The Caregiver was excellent. I wholeheartedly would recommend Always Best Care to anyone that finds themselves needing a caregiver to come along beside them.”


“Always willing to help”

Christine G.

“We're using Always Best Care for my parents. They're fantastic. The caregivers are professional, courteous, entertaining, and accommodating. They mainly provide medication management and companionship. I feel like they give personal touches, and there's a certain professionalism to them that other agencies I contacted didn't have.”


“Excellent care was given to my mother. Thank you for being there when we needed you.”

Robin J.

“Always Best Care has been providing care givers for my 91 year old father for more than 2 years now. I have been happy with their staff. My father is cared for with love and dignity and with their help I've been able to keep him in my home.”

Laura A.

“Always Best Care service was very helpful in locating an assisted living facility for my Mother. Very professional and I would use them again.”


“It was time to consider alternative living arrangements for my mom. She was living on her own in a single-family home that she loved. She was in need of assistance with daily household chores, driving, and managing daily functions. I was given Phil Davidson's name from a social worker. He explained that Phil (and his company Always Best Care), may be a good resource for me and my mom. We began with some in home care (3-5 days a week). Phil met my mom, established a great working relationship with her, and had one of his staff members become my mom's in home caregiver. Phil took the time to get to know my mom and aligned her needs and personality with the right person to help her. Eventually we needed to look for an Assisted Living community. Phil was there to guide us. He arranged meetings with a variety of communities and toured with them with us. Phil knew the right questions to ask and always kept my mom's wishes on his checklist. I especially liked that Phil does not get paid by us, but rather by the facility that we ended up choosing. Phil and his staff were great to work with. Exceptionally professional and understanding of my mom.”

Rich S.

“I had a wonderful experience using Always Best Care Senior Services! The owner, Phil Davidson, along with our wonderful caregiver, Sarah , came to my house so that I could meet them and get to know them before my parents moved in with my family for several months! As we sat discussing our plan of care, I got the feeling they would treat my parents like part of their family! And they sure did! Sarah was kind, patient and very knowledgeable with my parents and their medical issues. Sarah was so helpful to me and my family! I would not have been able to make it through those months without her! I felt at ease and had no worries when I was at work, or having some ME time! I knew my parents were in caring and trustworthy hands! So, I would highly recommend Always Best Care senior Services!!”

Stephanie C.

“Phil, I just wanted to recount to you what my Mother told me on the phone this morning about your employee, and my parent's caretaker, Vicky Jo. Vicky Jo started with my parents in March of 2012, during a very difficult time. My father had fallen and broken his neck, on top of coping with Parkinson's. My mother took care of him, as well as their home and while we could help some, the day to day chores took a toll on her. We were afraid we were going to lose her health as well. In a huge stroke of luck, we were able to find a two-bedroom apartment at Chandler Place which would provide meals and emergency response services, alleviating a good bit of my mom's responsibilities and stress. In an even bigger stroke of luck, we began using Vicky Jo two hours every morning to help my father with bathing and dressing. In the months that followed, Vicky Jo has not only provided physical support, but significant moral support to both my parents. She is very capable, upbeat and genuine. My mother is absolutely devoted to her and feels she can trust her with anything. We couldn't be more grateful for her, and for you as well for providing her to us. I also want to take a moment to thank you, as you have gone above and beyond in your interaction and care of my parents. I can tell you truly care about my folks and their well being and it is such an amazing thing to see in this day and age when everything seems like it is only about the money. Blessing to you and your business. I know that you will be a God Send to other families as well and I wish you the best. Please know that if you are ever in need of a referral, I would be delighted to provide one for you.”

Barbara S.

“It is a pleasure doing business with a professional and ethical company”

Kristen B.

“Phil, We so love Sara and are very appreciative for the way you run your business. You really stand out in an industry and a time when people just go through the motions. You are a very special man and I pray that you will be very successful in your business.”

Karissa L.

“Thank you and your team for providing the great help and assistance during this summer. The care givers that we had were excellent and very professional. Thanks for being so flexible with the scheduling.”

John R.

“Dear Phil, "We would like to thank you and your staff for providing such wonderful live-in care for our Grandfather from June through October 2013. Our family found ourselves in the most unimaginable situation when our Grandmother was unexpectedly hospitalized in late May and ultimately passed away in June. As you know, she was the sole caregiver for our Grandfather who has severe Alzheimer's disease. We are so very fortunate that we discovered your agency! You were able to promptly place qualified caregivers in his home and this gave our family immediate peace of mind. The level of care and compassion that you and your caregivers demonstrated toward our Grandfather is more than we ever anticipated and we will be forever grateful. You all walked with him through the terrible tragedy of losing his wife of 67 years. You and your staff provided extraordinary physical and emotional care for him through his grief and made getting him back to a "normal" life your top priority upon her death. In addition to the care you all provided my Grandfather, you were so kind to help educate us on the progression of Alzheimer's. You were a wonderful resource to us on what to expect in the next phases of this disease and help us plan for long-term care for him. While we are very sad to have to place him in a memory care-assisted living facility, we made the decision knowing that this will be the best place for him as he ages and his disease worsens. Your guidance and expertise in helping us choose the right facility for him helped make this daunting task bearable. Thank you again for all that you have done for our grandfather and for our family! We will be forever grateful!”

Ashley S.

“Phil, We so love Sara and are very appreciative for the way you run your business. You really stand out in an industry and a time when people just go through the motions. You are a very special man and I pray that you will be very successful in your business.”

K L.

“Dear Phil, Thank you and your team for providing the great help and assistance during this summer. The care givers that we had were excellent and very professional. Thanks for being so flexible with the scheduling.”

John A.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in Blacksburg, SC?


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 Blacksburg, SC

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 Heritage Community Park and Natural Area 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 The Black Hen & Bar Blue or visit Historic Smithfield, 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 Blacksburg, SC

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 Blacksburg, SC, 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 SC'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 Blacksburg, SC 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:

  • English Meadows Blacksburg Campus
  • Heritage Hall Blacksburg
  • Showalter Center
  • Progressive Care PCU
  • Kroontje Health Care Center
  • The Heritage House
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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 Blacksburg, SC 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 Blacksburg, SC

Heavy rain, strong winds and snow are possible this weekend across the Southeast

(CNN)Heavy rain and severe storms could lead to damaging winds and flooding this weekend as a rapidly developing low pressure system pushes into the Southeast. This same system could also bring snow as far south as Georgia Sunday morning, as temperatures drop behind the cold front."Heavy rain, strengthening winds, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to expand across the Southeast on Saturday," the Weather Prediction Center said.A Level 2 out of 5 threat for severe storms has been issued for Saturday across ...

(CNN)Heavy rain and severe storms could lead to damaging winds and flooding this weekend as a rapidly developing low pressure system pushes into the Southeast. This same system could also bring snow as far south as Georgia Sunday morning, as temperatures drop behind the cold front.

"Heavy rain, strengthening winds, and possibly severe thunderstorms are expected to expand across the Southeast on Saturday," the Weather Prediction Center said.

A Level 2 out of 5 threat for severe storms has been issued for Saturday across portions of northern Florida, where strong to damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible. Cities under this risk include Tallahassee, Gainesville and Jacksonville. There is also a Level 1 threat for Tampa, Orlando, and Spring Hill, Florida.

Today’s forecast for severe storms

This map shows where the National Weather Service has identified elevated risks of severe weather, which could include thunderstorms, high winds, hail and tornadoes.

Severe weather risk today

Risk outlook from Saturday, March 4, at 3:00 p.m. ET to Sunday, March 5, at 7:00 a.m. ET. Updated Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 2:07 p.m. ET.

Source: National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center

Graphic: John Keefe, CNN

"Winds will also be a concern given the strength of the low pressure system, the National Weather Service Office in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina, said. "There`s also the potential for gravity waves to help force stronger winds to the surface."

Gusty winds are expected along the spine of the southern and central Appalachians which could reach as high as 40 mph.

In addition to the severe threat, a Level 2 out of 4 risk for excessive rainfall has been posted across portions of northern Florida, southeast Georgia, and South Carolina. Flooding is possible from Birmingham, Alabama, to Wilmington, North Carolina, down to Gainesville, Florida. Widespread rainfall totals through Sunday are expected to be between 2 and 3 inches, but some locally higher amounts of 4 to 6 inches are possible across northern Florida, including Tallahassee, and southern Georgia, including Valdosta.

Where rain is expected this week

Here is the cummulative amount of rain and other precipitation forecast for the next seven days.

7-day precipitation forecast, in inches









Data last updated on March 4, 2023.

Source: National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center

Graphic: John Keefe, CNN

Many southern cities, including Tallahassee and Atlanta, will be at risk for flooding due to the ground already being saturated because of recent rains and a wet start to the year.

Since January, Atlanta and Macon in Georgia, and Columbia in South Carolina have all had a surplus of 2 to 4 inches of rain. This will allow for saturation and water run-off to occur more quickly than under normal conditions.

"By Saturday night into Sunday morning, heavy wet snow and/or sleet are expected to develop near/over the central and southern Appalachians when the low pressure system is forecast to further intensify and track near the Carolina coastline," the prediction center said.

Winter weather alerts are in effect for portions of western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee, western Virginia and eastern Kentucky through Sunday.

Snow accumulation will be generally up to 4 inches but highest elevations, such as Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, have the potential to see up to a foot.

Where to expect snow in the days ahead

Here’s the total snowfall the National Weather Service predicts will fall in the contiguous United States.

Snow predicted through Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET

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Forecast as of Saturday, March 4 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Source: National Weather Service, US Census Bureau

Graphic: John Keefe, CNN

Some snow flurries will mix in with rainfall in the lower elevations, though accumulations are expected to remain light.

"There continues to be good agreement on rain changing to snow across the mountains," the Greenville-Spartanburg office said. "There even appears to be the potential for a brief period of snow outside of the mountains late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The North Carolina Foothills would be in a transition zone where some accumulating snow is possible."

The weather service office also emphasizes that while this set up can be good for wintry precipitation, the lack of cold air to start the weekend is the limiting factor. In other words, the snow forecast is uncertain, but the potential is there.

Snow isn't the only concern for the region -- ice may lead to travel hazards through the weekend as well.

"[We] will also have mixed winter precipitation, with some light freezing rain and sleet adding to the travel impact but lessening the potential snow totals," the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, Virginia, said.

Even places as far south as Georgia could see some snow, although don't get your hopes up for any of it to stick to the ground.

"It is becoming more and more likely that portions of North Georgia will see a mix of rain and melting snow throughout Sunday morning," the National Weather Service office in Atlanta said. "It's possible that falling snow could be thick at times, however, with surface temperatures in the mid to upper 30s there may be a big difference in the amount of snow that FALLS, and the amount of snow that STICKS as accumulations could quickly melt."

CNN Meteorologist Haley Brink contributed to this story.

'He's thriving': Blacksburg coach Batchler, family thankful for healthy, happy Maverick

Maverick Batchler was barely home last spring before he was headed back to the hospital.The son of Blacksburg baseball coach Josh Batchler and his wife, Jennifer, Maverick was born prematurely on March 25 at 27 weeks, 5 days. The family endured a lengthy stay in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit before heading home with his family. There, he encountered more problems.“We had a rocky first couple weeks,” Josh said. “They told us he had a hernia on one side o...

Maverick Batchler was barely home last spring before he was headed back to the hospital.

The son of Blacksburg baseball coach Josh Batchler and his wife, Jennifer, Maverick was born prematurely on March 25 at 27 weeks, 5 days. The family endured a lengthy stay in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit before heading home with his family. There, he encountered more problems.

“We had a rocky first couple weeks,” Josh said. “They told us he had a hernia on one side of his lower abdomen, which is common with premature births. They set us up with a specialist and told us to keep an eye on it. On day two or three with him at home, we were on our way to Greenville Children’s Hospital for emergency surgery. He had hernias on both sides.

"It was just unnerving. Here he was, not even supposed to be born yet, and he’s having emergency surgery and spending two nights at the hospital in the middle of a pandemic.”

Since then, other than a short battle with a rotovirus, Maverick has thrived.

“He’s done extremely well,” Josh said. “We’ve had very few setbacks. We’ve been blessed.”

Maverick is doing so well, in fact, that even the eye problems doctors were sure were developing don’t seem to be a serious issue.

“They told us they were confident that he’d be farsighted, and that might need to be corrected,” Josh said. “But they’re saying he’s progressed extremely well, and won’t need correction as long as he continues that trend.”

Maverick is even in the normal range for growth and development for babies near his age, Josh said.

“With preemies, they’re put on the chart they should be at when they’re actually born instead of their due date,” Josh said. “He’s almost nine months, but he really should be almost six months. For six months, he’s right on. He doesn’t sit up yet except for short periods of time. He’s probably more where he would be at six months, but he’s healthy, and he’s had good reports from the doctor.”

He’s also showing some early personality traits.

“He’s persistent,” Josh said with a laugh. “We took him to the doctor a month or so ago, and he dropped his pacifier and couldn’t reach it at the very beginning of the drive. He cried the entire way from Blacksburg to Spartanburg.”

Josh is amazed when he looks back at Maverick’s progress since March.

“He’s a healthy, happy little boy,” he said. “He’s thriving. He’s almost crawling. I was up at 4 a.m., and he was laughing and talking and babbling at me the whole time. We’ll take it. It’s amazing to see what God can do.”

Milliken Investing $27.4 Million in South Carolina

Milliken & Company, a diversified global textile manufacturer with more than 70 locations worldwide, announced plans on Friday to expand operations in Blacksburg, S.C.The company’s $27.4 million investment is expected to create 75 new jobs. ...

Milliken & Company, a diversified global textile manufacturer with more than 70 locations worldwide, announced plans on Friday to expand operations in Blacksburg, S.C.

The company’s $27.4 million investment is expected to create 75 new jobs. South Carolina is home to more than 25 Milliken locations, including textile and chemical manufacturing facilities, showrooms and the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg. Located at 157 New Milliken Road in Blacksburg, Milliken’s Cherokee County expansion will include newly added production lines to increase manufacturing capacity.

“Expanding Magnolia Plant made perfect sense to us as a company,” Milliken president and CEO Halsey Cook said. This plant is on the cutting edge of manufacturing excellence and innovation, and Cherokee County’s support is vital to its operation. We’re grateful for the partnerships with this community and the state, and we’re proud to call South Carolina home.”

Known as the Magnolia Finishing Plant, the facility specializes in workwear, military and flame-resistant apparel. The expansion is expected to be complete by year-end.

The South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development approved a $200,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund (RIF) grant to Cherokee County to assist with costs related to the project.

“South Carolina’s roots in the textile industry have given rise to the evolution of advanced and diversified materials, and we are proud to be home to one such global leader in Milliken & Company,” South Carolina secretary of commerce Harry M. Lightsey III said. “Today’s expansion is a testament to our state’s support for new and existing businesses.”

Milliken said in July it was shutting down its Longleaf Plant, located in Sylvania, Ga., and transitioning all production lines to the expanded and modernized Magnolia Plant. The company said the decision positions it for additional growth in its “Westex: A Milliken Brand” flame-resistant textiles and workwear business units by maximizing production capabilities at the Magnolia Plant.

The transition from the Longleaf facility to the Magnolia Plant also allows Milliken to consolidate its U.S. textile manufacturing footprint to enhance operational efficiencies and increase production capacity.

Ninety Six survives scare from Blacksburg

NINETY SIX —Thursday night’s game gave the hosting Ninety Six Wildcats quite a scare.Ninety Six led by just five points at halftime against a winless Blacksburg team at Wilson-Campbell Stadium.Enter Zayvion King.King rushed for 95 yards in the second half, including a four-yard game-sealing touchdown with 1:34 remaining to give Ninety Six a 24-13 region-opening win over Blacksburg.“We’ll take a win anyway we can get it,” Ninety Six coach Matthew Owings said. “Th...

NINETY SIX —Thursday night’s game gave the hosting Ninety Six Wildcats quite a scare.

Ninety Six led by just five points at halftime against a winless Blacksburg team at Wilson-Campbell Stadium.

Enter Zayvion King.

King rushed for 95 yards in the second half, including a four-yard game-sealing touchdown with 1:34 remaining to give Ninety Six a 24-13 region-opening win over Blacksburg.

“We’ll take a win anyway we can get it,” Ninety Six coach Matthew Owings said. “This is a new season right now. We’re 1-0 in the region. … Guys got to step up. They did a good job stepping up tonight. We got to continue to grow.”

King totaled 139 rush yards on 18 carries along with three receptions for 16 yards. King was also accompanied by running backs Briant Witherspoon and Dreydan Daniel, and quarterback Braden Mitchell in the Ninety Six running game.

The hosting Wildcats combined to rush for 298 yards.

“It’s awesome for Zay. He deserves it, every one of our running backs deserves it,” Owings said. “He knows he’s our guy, he’s a daggum load. He’s a heavy load coming.”

Owings also applauded his offensive line assisting the run game in the absence of injured star player Martavis “Chico” Mason.

“Max McGee, who got the start at tackle, and Owen Syswerda, they hadn’t played a lot of reps, so props to them,” Owings said. “We got a long way to go across the board, they made mistakes but stepping in and having to take almost all of the reps, I’m super proud of them.”

The Ninety Six defense also stepped up in the Thursday night contest. The maroon and gold totaled three sacks on the night along with a recovered fumble by Jaiden Hackett in the first.

Hackett’s recovered fumble helped set up a 42-yard drive that ended in a 15-yard touchdown run by Mitchell.

One striking thing that kept the visiting Wildcats in the game was their opponents’ penalties. Ninety Six lost 105 yards on penalties, many of which came at crucial moments in the fourth quarter.

NSHS drove within the Blacksburg red zone through the final quarter but two penalties worth 15 yards helped cut the drive short at the four-yard-line.

However, a stellar Ninety Six defense stalled the impending drive from Blacksburg.

“It’s little things, being focused before the snap, not having a false start, not rocking forward,” Owings said. “Those definitely hurt, especially in a game where it’s a battle. … It can be devastating, luckily tonight, it wasn’t.”

Next on its region slate, Ninety Six will now take on a 3-3 Landrum squad next Friday on the road. As the maroon and gold looks to its matchup against the Cardinals, Owings wants to see his team continue to grow.

“I know that sounds so cliche, but heck, if you’re doing more than that, a lot of times you’re overthinking it anyways,” Owings said.


Blacksburg 0 7 6 0 — 13

Ninety Six 6 6 6 6 — 24


N — Braden Mitchell 15 run. (kick fail)


B — Zaydron Burris 2 run. (Kolby Capps kick)

N — Briant Witherspoon 3-yard touchdown run. (Run fail)


N — Mitchell 21 run. (Run fail)

B — Burris 31 pass from O’myireia Daniels. (Run fail)


N — Zayvion King 4-yard touchdown run. (Kick fail)


Rushing — N: Braden Mitchell 14-85, Briant Witherspoon 12-39, Zayvion King 18-139, Dreydan Daniel 4-35. B: Jamarkous Dawkins 1-4, Dre Buckson 16-45, O’myireia Daniels 10-13, Zaydron Burris 2-5.

Passing — N: Braden Mitchell 8-15-72-0-1. B: O’myriereia Daniels 11-16-151-1.

Receiving — N: Briant Witherspoon 1-9, Dreydan Daniel 2-21, Ethan Gardner 2-19, Ladarion Waldrop 2-22, Zayvion King 3-16. B: Dre Buckson 2-52, Jamarkous Dawkins 4-28, Cameron Cobb 1-12, Zaydrion Burris 1-31.

Records: Ninety Six 4-2 (1-0), Blacksburg 0-6 (0-1).

Blacksburg SC Water Heater Replacement Firm Celebrates More Than Two Decades In Operation

Jamie Wright leads the family-owned business. He has been serving the water heater needs of the Blacksburg area for more than 20 years, specializing in water heater repair and replacement.AquaCare Water Heater Services and Jamie Wright are pleased to announce that the family-owned company has provided water heater replacement and repair to Blacksburg, SC, residents for over twenty years. The company's licensed water heater pros are available 24/7 and ...

Jamie Wright leads the family-owned business. He has been serving the water heater needs of the Blacksburg area for more than 20 years, specializing in water heater repair and replacement.

AquaCare Water Heater Services and Jamie Wright are pleased to announce that the family-owned company has provided water heater replacement and repair to Blacksburg, SC, residents for over twenty years. The company's licensed water heater pros are available 24/7 and offer high-quality parts and workmanship. Aqua Care provides a one-year guarantee on labor, and the firm is available for a free home safety inspection. Jamie Wright is the founder of Wright Plumbing. The licensed professionals have been helping homeowners with various plumbing needs for twenty years.

Jamie Wright says, "We take pride in our certified plumbers who always provide an efficient and professional experience, no matter the project size. Specializing in water heater services, we only use high-quality brand-name products to ensure satisfaction. We aim to help with any plumbing needs, whether an emergency, routine maintenance or a new installation. Our highly-skilled professionals are available 24/7 with top-notch customer service and trust in our products. The professionals consistently strive to provide convenience and reliability, giving you peace of mind."

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AquaCare professionals aim to exceed customers' expectations with top-quality water heater repairs and replacements that stand the test of time. The team prides itself on exceptional communication and timely service, making the customers' plumbing experience hassle-free from start to finish. The company's vision is to be a premier plumbing provider, delivering reliable service with complete customer satisfaction.

Replacement of aging or failing water heaters can be a perfect investment in optimizing a home's energy efficiency. Water heater replacement gains access to the latest models with updated features. These features can help homeowners cut long-term repair costs in the future. To ensure seamless completion of the job, it is vital to select an experienced professional who can help throughout the entire process, whether the purpose is to replace an old appliance or install a new setup.

To ensure high-quality work within the customer's budget constraints, selecting the right contractor, comparing rates, and asking the right questions are crucial. When dealing with a faulty water heater, avoiding the headaches and hassle of do-it-yourself repairs is best. When fixing or replacing a water heater, it is best to call a professional technician. A pro ensures a safe installation that complies with all laws and codes. Knowledgeable professionals can provide an accurate assessment to preclude any future problems.

Most homeowners consider a water heater essential to provide hot water for all cleaning needs, including dishwashing, laundry, and showering. As with any other household appliance, water heaters can be subject to issues that only the experts know how to troubleshoot. Some typical problems include leaks or tanks rusting from corrosion, low water pressure from clogged pipes, malfunctions with switches, valves, or thermostats, a faulty pilot light or ignition system, or insufficient hot water.

The trained experts at AquaCare Water Heater Services can quickly troubleshoot any issues and let the customer know if repairs or a new installation is needed. Thanks to their skills and experience, an ailing water heater will be back in complete working order quickly and with all safety precautions in place. Licensed plumbers use top-quality replacement parts to operate a hot water heater. Licensed plumbers have access to the highest quality materials and can determine which elements are best for a particular system.

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