New Technology Transforms Protected Area Management, aided by North Carolina Zoo


Efforts to combat poaching of wildlife in Asia, Africa and Latin America have just gotten smarter with the release of a powerful new extension to the widely adopted Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) from the SMART Partnership. Called SMART Connect, the new technology allows rangers and conservation area managers to exchange critical information and transmit data in real time. SMART Connect delivers a revolutionary suite of services improving access to data for park staff and managers on pressing issues such as poaching and human wildlife conflict. SMART Connect expands…

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New Salvation Army leaders prepare for Christmas

As a 10-year old, Luis Viera worked in the Puerto Rican family furniture business, twisting and bending rattan. Around the same time, Lucy Luz was helping her mother care of her three younger brothers and was very busy in her church. Today, the 60-year old Luis joins his wife, Lucy, 57, as the new officers and pastors of the Salvation Army in Asheboro. They were sent here in January to make significant changes to the local operation which serves Randolph, Montgomery and Richmond counties. They have been overhauling the entire…

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I Am Asheboro – Karie King

Karie King

I was born in High Point NC and spent my youth moving around the piedmont. I’ve lived in Sophia, Randleman, Seagrove, Stokesdale, and Ramseur before planting my flag in Asheboro when I was 21. What I like most about Asheboro is the small town feel and room for growth. The location is perfect to raise a family, yet not too far from bigger cities, the coast and the mountains. I have been a small business owner in Asheboro for almost 16 years. My husband Scott and I owned and operated…

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Date Night – Eddie & Renee Voncannon

  How did you meet? Eddie: I first set eyes on Renee in the summer of 1974 at the Memorial Swimming Pool in Asheboro (It was all about that white BIKINI!!) It was surely Love at First Sight! I saw her, but she did not see me. I was smitten with her! Renee: As fate would have it, I went to Asheboro High School in the Fall of 1974 as a sophomore, and this guy Eddie had the locker right beside mine. We were in the same homeroom class, and…

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J. Brewer & Co. Hair Studio – 16 Years and Growing!

J. Brewer & Co. Hair Salon

J. Brewer & Co Hair Studio opened its doors on July 3, 2001 in a 600 sq. ft. office space with four hair stylists. After six months, owner and stylist Jennifer Brewer knew the salon would need more space soon. Two and a half years later, they moved to a new space on Cox Street, with 1,200 sq. ft., eight stylists and added a nail technician. Six years later, with the cost of commercial rent on the rise, they began looking for a piece of property to purchase. A mutual…

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