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County to set groundwork for $30 million in bonds at Aug. 7 meeting

The resolution sets the stage for the county to reimburse itself through bonds should it initially finance planned construction projects with operating funds. According to Internal Revenue Service regulations, wrote Interim County Manager George Wood, a bond resolution must precede spending money on projects that might later be refinanced using bonds.

THE LONGEST DAY: Adult day programs provide social opportunities and recreation for seniors and people with disabilities who can't be left alone during the day. But with state funding for these programs stagnant for the last decade, many rural communities struggle to provide the service. When the programs close — as could happen at the Heritage Adult Day Retreat in Burnsville — families are left with few options for respite care.

Yancey County adult day care illuminate­s concerns for aging population

Family members who depend on Heritage Adult Day Retreat in Burnsville to provide a safe, stimulating daytime environment for loved ones with disabilities and dementia face a potential interruption or closure of the resource. With state funding for adult day care flat and the need continuing to grow, 40 similar programs have closed across the state since 2007.