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From NC.gov:

Governor Roy Cooper has announced another step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. The Executive Order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services. The Order went into effect on March 31, 2020. It will remain in effect for sixty days or until adjusted by a superseding Executive Order. An Executive Order rescinding the State of Emergency in North Carolina will rescind this Executive Order.

For Covid-19 updates, including stats on case counts in North Carolina, contact information for Health Departments in all NC Counties, information about child care, how to help, college, school and business information, unemployment information, managing health, providers, information about the virus, FAQs, and much more. Stay safe. Stay home.

Link to the State of North Carolina's Coronavirus Disease - Covid-19 Response in NC.

Coronavirus Exposes Rural Health Care Weaknesses

Apr 2, 2020
WRAL News

Reposted with permission from WRAL:

By Cullen Browder, WRAL anchor/reporter

RALEIGH, N.C. — There are more than 21,000 hospital beds in North Carolina. About a third are vacant. Space is much tighter for beds in intensive care, where only 22% of the state's 3,200 beds are currently empty. Although it is flu season, the vacancy rate is below the average because some hospitals have canceled elective procedures to free up space.

We're all looking for ways to help our friends who own businesses in WNC. Here's one way to make a difference and still stay in line with social distancing:

Go to this website: #AshevilleStrong

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Collage of guitar parts and WNCW sign
Vicki Dameron

Greetings! It's that time again - Spring Fundraiser 2020 is right around the corner! We have some incredible thank you gifts lined up for our funder from some super talented artists and business owners residing in, and around, the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Jay Lichty is one of those folks, and one of the best guitar and ukulele luthiers in the country. We're lucky to call him a friend of the station. Lichty has graciously donated this guitar to WNCW in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. We'll be giving it away during our Spring Fundraiser, March 29 - April 4, 2020.

In this interview - a discussion about Haywood County Commissioners dealing with and eventually voting in the current statewide hot topic of Second Amendment Sanctuary Status and  gun rights.  Our guest from Smoky Mountain News, Staff Writer Cory Vaillancourt, shared information with WNCW about commissioner's decisions and the public's reaction, both those in opposition and support. Originally aired on Feb. 5, 2020

Asheville's Civic Center Has A New Name

Feb 6, 2020

For many years this downtown Asheville venue has hosted concerts, conferences, trade shows, sporting events and more, attracting attendees from all over western North Carolina.  What had been known in recent years as the U.S. Cellular Center has now become 'Harrah's Cherokee Center Asheville' - the same Harrah's that oversees Harrah's Cherokee Casino in North Carolina. The Center's General Manager Chris Corl was our guest and he talked about what has happened and previewed news about exciting additions for the future.  

At 7pm Sunday evening, host Kim Clark will share music from some WNCW perennial favorites, including Darrell Scott, who was here for an interview and performance session this past June 7th - 23 years to the day of his visit here with Sam Bush, John Cowan and Larry Atamanuik back in 1996. Also on tap are the good vibes and sweet harmonies of Chatham Rabbits, whose songs are steeped in the culture and history of working-class North Carolina. 

Two bands playing bluegrass music
By Joe Kendrick

We've got two sessions recorded at the International Bluegrass Music Association's annual festival in Raleigh, NC for "Goin' Across the Mountain." At Noon Host Joe Greene will share music featuring Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers; they won the Entertainer Of The Year award at this year’s IBMA as well as Collaborative Recording Of The Year for “The Guitar Song” with Del McCoury. Then, at 5pm, we bring you our Fireside Collective session. Jesse laquinto, Carson White, Tommy Maher, Joe Cicero, and Alex Genova comprise one of Western NC's most exciting young string bands.

Not your momma's Argentinian bluegrass band... She didn't have one, did she?! Actually, this string band out of Argentina, Mexico, and North Carolina incorporates a lot of great Latin American styles into their shows as well as bluegrass and old-time, and we're excited to welcome to 'NCW for their first appearance. They play the Mountain Song Festival in Brevard on Saturday.

One of the most revered storyteller/singer/songwriters of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, and one whom we've loved playing and hosting at WNCW since our first years, Michael Reno Harrell returns to Studio B before his Saturday show in Asheville and a number of assorted appearances throughout the South this Fall. Consider this one of our first mini-celebrations of the station's 30th anniversary! Perhaps he'll have some "Southern suggestions" for us....

Tune in as we welcome two of our all-time favorite songwriters to Studio B, for a song swap in advance of their Asheville show Friday night. The Grey Eagle concert is a fundraiser for Beloved Asheville, which provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to use their voices, skills and unique gifts to transform their lives and communities.

Two men smiling posing for camera
Mike Gavin

Isothermal Community College recently hosted the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents Summer Quarterly Meeting.  Over 50 college presidents from all over the state gathered on the ICC campus.  This included outgoing President of the NCACCP, this past year, Dr. David Shockley - president of Surry Community College.  Shockley is guest on this Friday Feature from August 9, 2019.

Posted by Host and Producer of The Friday Feature Interview- Paul Foster, WNCW Senior Producer, News Director, and Morning Edition Regional Host

Band members playing music on stage
John Gillespie

Dan Lotti once said, “For me, the whole artistic process is rooted in a sort of spiritual practice. I’m not outwardly yogic, but every single day I’m involved in a yogic practice of meditation and stretching. I think that practice inevitably breathes and inspires the music. It opens you up to a lot of different perspectives.” For Dan and his band Dangermuffin, the music they make is meant for both fun and for healing. Their songs are both for bringing community together, and for letting loose and enjoying a tight jam. Here, those jams are mostly acoustic.

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