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Charlie Kissling - Walnut Hollow Ranch

WNC Agritourism Done Right at Walnut Hollow Ranch Meet Charlie Kissling; owner of Walnut Hollow Ranch, member of the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and an engaged participant in the Visit NC Farms program. Arriving a bit early for my appointment I find Charlie giving a tour of the ranch to a family so I…

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The Learning Center, Murphy NC

The Learning Center – Offering a Future-Ready Campus for Future-Ready Kids Tuition-Free Alternatives for K-8 Students The Learning Center Charter School, a tuition-free public charter school, continues to break ground with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. On-going facility improvements are designed for rich academic opportunities on this “future-ready” campus. The Learning Center Charter School…

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Judy Bruce, Cruise Planners, Murphy, NC

Judy Bruce of Cruise Planners Discusses Creatively Approaching Travel Planning in the time of COVID Early in June Sherry met with Judy Bruce of Cruise Planners to discuss how COVID-19 has affected the travel industry, and how she’s creatively accommodating clients. Check out the video series throughout this post to get the latest info from…

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Tyler Anderson and Sherry Raines on WKRK Live

WKRK LIVE – Upcoming Events, Free Resources for Re-opening Businesses, and the Kindness of Strangers THE HIGHLIGHTS Local Activities Farmer’s Market at L&N Depot will be open Saturday from 9am to 1pm Events The Legendary Ladies of Motown, Mary Wilson and Martha Reeves will be performing at the Smokey Mountain Center for Performing Arts June…

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Summer Tourists are eager and cautious to hit the road?  How do we bring travelers back to the mountains and help them feel safe? Planning before traveling – a serious trend for vacationers | Copyright Thought-Catalog courtesy Unsplash On June 10, Chamber staff attended a webinar led by Marlise Taylor, Research Analyst for Visit NC.…

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Visit WNC Farms Promoting Agritourism The Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce is offering an exceptional marketing opportunity to promote the agritourism industry in Western North Carolina. We want to help visitors and local consumers find the best our agritourism has to offer with the Visit NC Farms app. A Combined Effort of North Carolina’s Agricultural…

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Coosa Creek, a marketing products firm in Blairsville, GA

Coosa Creek – Reaching out, Making masks “I cannot wait until we can sit and have a cup of coffee together”  Shelley Eyerly of Coosa Creek Marketing and Scrubs expressed in a FB video post last week how eager she was to get back in touch with customers and friends in the community. With 600…

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Dana Luther, owner of Horseshoe Creek Riding Stables, in Murphy NC

Challenges of Caring for Rescue Horses During the COVID-19 Pandemic Saving the horses. That is the biggest part of Dana Luther’s life out at Horseshoe Creek Riding Stables. From early childhood Dana has saved horses from devastating situations and she continues her crusade still. Her non-profit organization, Equine Second Chance is wholly supported by her…

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Baby Alpacas at the Alpaca Ranch at Cobb Creek Cabins in Murphy, NC

Life on the Farm: Vacation in Alpaca Paradise “Welcome to the Old Cobb Homestead” is the sign that beckons me forward as I enter The Alpaca Ranch at Cobb Creek Cabins. I have appointment with owner Veronica Taraszewskifor a tour of this prime example of agritourism. This is a working farm with six fully furnished log…

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From the Executive Director Information on COVID-19 Relief: This week I had the opportunity to participate in a virtual meeting regarding information on COVID-19 relief with the North Carolina District Director of the Small Business Association, Mr. Thomas Stith. Also joining him; SBA Western North Carolina Area Manager Sharon Harvey. This meeting was facilitated by…

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