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In our first post on Retirement in North Carolina, we touched on many factors drawing retirees to the state. We discussed taxes, beaches, mountains, weather, and seasons. The term “halfbacks” was explained as a retiree who initially moves to Florida but chooses to come “halfway back” to the Mid-Atlantic and reside in NC. All of these items help to explain the influx and continued interest in retirement age individuals seeking a new start in North Carolina.

On top of these reasons we detail in our previous post, there are still many other items drawing this demographic to NC. In the paragraphs below, we will focus on five more reasons so many are choosing Retirement in North Carolina over other options.

Reasons for Choosing Retirement in North Carolina

A Passage Back in History in NC

Many retirees enjoy the rich and storied history of North Carolina. Whether the battlefields of the Civil War, the Battleship USS North Carolina, or countless other historic sites, visitation of these places is a thrill to any history buff.

North Carolina has a proud, colonial heritage that is well displayed throughout the state. With time-honored and interactive memorials across the state, Retirement in North Carolina will bring you back to these unforgettable historical times.

Retirement in North Carolina Equals a Lower Cost of Living

With the six items, we detail to this point as factors towards Retirement in North Carolina, it may seem somewhat costly. This however could not be further from the truth. In actuality, NC’s overall cost of living is lower than the national average.

The main factors making up the state’s overall low cost of living are actually the most important figures. Transportation, housing, and utilities in NC all rank less than that of the national average. As of June 2020, the cost of living in NC comes in at five percent below that of the U.S. average.

Ride the Blue Ridge Parkway

For many people and many different tastes, the Blue Ridge Parkway is another NC attraction playing into their Retirement in NC. 

Blue Ridge Parkway is a highway lasting almost 470 miles. It runs from Cherokee through Asheville and from Blowing Rock into the state of Virginia. 

Whether you like hiking, bicycling, wildlife, or just beautiful scenery, the Blue Ridge Parkway is an alluring ride to take. On top of the incredible view, see both biodiversity and the rare habitats that make this their home.

For a Sports Enthusiast, Retirement in North Carolina Has Got Your Back

When it comes to a sports fan deciding on somewhere to retire, it should be no surprise they choose NC. Just name the sport and the level of play, and North Carolina has got it.

The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes play in Raleigh, which is also home to the ACC’s North Carolina State Wolfpack. The ‘Pack is always prolific in football, basketball, and other sports. Staying in the ACC is college basketball’s greatest rivals, Duke (Durham) and UNC (Chapel Hill). Charlotte is the home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and NBA’s Hornets. Thus, basically, every sport is accesible and easy to get to during your Retirement in North Carolina.

The Ultimate Getaway to the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks (OBX) is not only a drawing card for Retirement in North Carolina, but it’s also one of the country’s most popular vacation spots, period. This is a group of barrier islands of the NC coast that includes Ocracoke, Hatteras, Bodie, and Roanoke Islands. 

The OBX is great for a weekend trip, or even just the day. With its history, nature, and of course the ocean, the OBX is a favorite among retirees.

This wraps up our look at why so many people are choosing Retirement in North Carolina. To view the first article in this two-part series, follow the link below. To see more reasons why NC is a great fit for you to retire, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

Retire in NC

A name or term that you may not be familiar with in regard to retirees is a “halfback.” However, with all the movement in that age demographic towards the “Tar Heel State,” it may be a term you will want to know. To explain, NC is about “halfway” home to the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-South states from Florida. Thus, the influx of retirees that had originally moved to Florida but are now opting to head to NC have been nicknamed “halfbacks.” A fitting title, but this movement does raise a question as to why so many are choosing this pattern of relocation. Thus, in this post, we will look at 10 reasons to Retire in North Carolina.

While an interesting tale and a catchy name, the “halfbacks” are not the only retirement age residents calling NC their new home. With its known southern hospitality, North Carolina has become one of the country’s top retirement destinations. In this two-part series, we will look at a total of ten reasons why people are flocking to Retire in North Carolina. Below are our first five reasons why.

Reasons to Retire in North Carolina

North Carolina Offers Tax Breaks for Seniors

This one reason right here in many cases may be enough for one to Retire in North Carolina. First, the state has no tax on Social Security income whatsoever. Likewise, the state income taxes have been lowered to a set, flat rate which has been consistently decreasing. 

Also, there is no State Estate Tax in NC and they also boast a considerably low corporate income tax rate. North Carolina is considered a “pro-business” state due to its tax benefits for jobs and seniors. The benefits apply to senior’s looking to start up a business or second career.

Retire in North Carolina and Enjoy its Four Distinctive Seasons

Weather is certainly an attractive selling point that can explain many’s decision to Retire in North Carolina. The state’s weather is somewhat unique. This is due to the four different seasonal weather enjoyed in NC.

A sunny, warm summer day on the state’s gorgeous beaches is a well-spent day . Likewise, take in the awesome mountains of NC during the cooler winter months. One can enjoy the breathtaking changing of colors and scenery each Fall. Also, the beautiful blooming of Springtime is equally as scenic. All in all, the state’s moderate temperatures in all four seasons offer different seasonal activities and allow one to enjoy the outdoors year-round.

The Queen City of Charlotte Offers Something for Everyone

The largest city in the state of North Carolina is Charlotte. Nicknamed the “Queen City,” Charlotte offers a bit of something for all tastes among those opting to Retire in North Carolina. 

A “big city feel with small-town charm” is how Charlotte is often described. Backing that description is the city’s ability to consistently recall its historic past while still progressing in an innovative way. From Carowinds amusement park to classic Civil War landmarks, the Discovery Place, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte is easily accessible and short drive from any area of NC, making it another factor in the numbers choosing to Retire in North Carolina.

Retire to North Carolina and Getaway to the Mountains

As mentioned earlier, the “Tar Heel State” boasts four distinct seasons. Also spoken of is the city of Charlotte having something for everyone. Well likewise, the state is one of few that give you the unique opportunity to visit the beaches to the East and the Mountains to the West. 

First, we will focus on the mountains. NC is home state to both the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. Those opting to Retire in North Carolina can enjoy both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, soaking in the majesty of each area. Resorts for skiing in winter or hiking in summer are all over this region. It would also be remiss to leave out the awesome waterfalls and one of North America’s oldest rivers. Not to mention the farm-fresh foods and great craft beers that come out of this region.

Head to the Coast for the Beaches of NC

From the peaks of the mountains, we now head east and to the coast. A choice to Retire in North Carolina will give you access to over 300 miles of beaches. 

Not only do you have this seemingly endless stretch of sand and ocean, but each take on their own distinct feeling. Most of the NC beaches are surrounding by inviting and fun, small towns. These make great destinations for family get-togethers or just a weekend of sunshine. Thus, the beaches in NC make a perfect place for those who Retire in North Carolina to start new family traditions.

More Reasons to Retire in North Carolina are Yet to Come

While this concludes the first in our two-part series on reasons to Retire in North Carolina, our next post will complete our top ten. If you have interest in some more reasons why NC is the place so many are choosing to retire, visit our “Lifestyle Redefined” at belmontlakepreserve.com.


This is the third and final installment in our series on what is “in” and what’s “out” in the world of Home Design Trends for 2020. Thus far, we have look at tends moving away from traditional looks and some bold colors taking over in certain rooms of the house.

In this our final post of the series, we look at Home Design Trends that favor “fake” over “real,” and vice versa. Additionally, our other two trends in this article will deal with a pair of “f’s,” flooring and fires.

(#1) 2020 Home Design Trends 

What’s In: Real Plants

The upkeep of real marble is so time consuming that most in 2020 are opting for a “faux” marble instead.

 Just as we advertise above, the first trend we look at in this post is one that gives a vote for “the real thing.” While in many cases in the past, it is not too strange to see fake plants, the most recent Home Design Trends are “going greener,” in a real way. 

The addition of nice, real indoor plants is a great way to add a layer and personal feel to your living spaces. It also brings a touch of “outdoors” right into your home.

What’s Out: Fake or Faux Plants

No matter how you say it, “fake or faux” one of our Home Design Trends seeing a decline in 2020 is plants that are not real.

Many feel that although the “imposter” plants look nice, the character that comes with an organically grown plant is missing from these. Not to mention, who wants to “dust” a plant. The move from fake to real, in this case, is a good one in our estimation.

(#2) 2020 Home Design Trends 

What’s In: Fire Bowls for Patios, Decks, or the Yard

This is first in any of our three posts that take our Home Design Trends outside of our home. Yes, it’s counterpart that is on the “out’s” is also an outdoor trend. Likewise, both play into creating a space to relax around a fire.

The fire bowl is a sculpture piece of art for your patio, deck, or yard. Whether they are a gas-fired bowl or one using wood, they are simple to use and install and provide the serenity of the classic “backyard” fire.

What’s Out: Resin Fire Coffee Tables

If you read that name, “Resin Fire Coffee Tables,” you may be uncertain what exactly this piece is. But basically, it is the long rectangular “fire tables” that we have seen in many yards and landscapes the past few years.

The long design and either the coals or wood serving as part of the lighting this type table are pretty impractical to begin with. Add in the fact that they are losing popularity and that they’ve always been messy, and this is why “fire bowls” are taking over.

(#3) 2020 Home Design Trends 

What’s In: Terrazzo Flooring

For those who are unfamiliar, terrazzo flooring is one that finds chips of marble mixed into concrete based flooring. It was the flooring of choice in the mid-20th century for airports, schools, and almost any public building. Slowly, in the past few years, it has garnered more and more popularity among Home Design Trends. Now, in 2020 its popularity is reaching heights where it cannot be ignored. 

Terrazzo flooring has its roots from its time of invention in Venice. It was then that odd-shaped marble pieces in all colors and shapes made this rise in popularity. Once again, the time has come to see flooring become a “work of art” as a result of this style’s return.

What’s Out: Concrete Flooring

Well, this one was pretty predictable given the “In” counterpart above. ger is the cold and flat of concrete as desirable, especially with more style in other Home Design Trends for flooring coming to the forefront.

Sure, concrete flooring was “all the rage” in the 1990s. However, the 1990s are a few decades in our rearview mirror at this point. Likewise, so are the plain, concrete floors.

(#4) 2020 Home Design Trends 

What’s In: “Faux” Marble

We told you in the title of this our last post of three focusing on Home Design Trends that “fake” would” topple “real.” Well, whether you prefer “fake” or” Faux,” the porcelain or man-made materials that look like marble are officially in.

Why you might ask is “Faux” Marble seeing such a rise in 2020? Well, for starters, there is far less upkeep with your countertops with the “faux” as opposed to the real stone being used. Also, the price difference is significant in the favor of the “faux” materials, and in many cases, it can come out looking just as nice.

What’s Out: Real Marble

Well, if you have been following our three-post series, you probably could have guessed where this was going. The polar opposite of the current Home Design Trends regarding plants, in the case of marble, it is the real stuff that is out and the “faux” that has become the choice.

Yes, real marble is undeniably beautiful, but as we mention above, the upkeep is considerable. The work to avoid the inevitable staining or scratching of real marble is more than most are willing or wanting to undertake. Plus, the similarities between the “real deal” and its substitutions are so close, many cannot even tell a difference outside of price.

This is the final of our three-part series detailing the “ins” and “outs” of Home Design Trends in 2020. As you look to add a splash of personality or go bolder than you have before in building a new home this year, we hope that the ideas and trends shown are ones that were of interest. If not, hopefully they at least gave you a few good directions to head in for your build or remodel.

The builder team or your own custom builder can assist you in implementing these trends and any other as you look to build your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve. For a look at floorplans, homes, or lots currently available at BLP, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

We move in this post to our second of three articles in this series. As in the case of our first post, we will not only detail the most popular Home Interior Trends of the year. Besides, we will also speak of a trend similar to ours posted that is seeing a decline in its popularity, too.

That being said, we will again take a look at four Home Interior Trends that are seeing a lot of requests in 2020. Likewise, we will advise you on another four trends on the way “out.”

(#1) 2020 Home Interior Trends 

What’s In: Bold and Colorful Monochromatic Schemes

To clarify, a “monochromatic” color scheme is one that uses only one color. That being said, it has not been uncommon in the past to see a monochromatic scheme. However, in 2020’s Home Interior Trends, the colors have seemed to get bolder than ever.

That’s right, this “ain’t your grandma’s” monochromatic color schemes among our 2020 Home Interior Trends. This year is seeing bold and daring colors like cobalt and other dark blues and even Kelly green.

What’s Out: Pale-Colored Monochromatics

Well, if you read our first Home Interior Trends post, it will come as no surprise this is “what’s out.” As the above “what’s in” explains, a bolder and more eye-catching color is increasing in popularity. 

Thus, the pale and less bold monochromatic schemes are seeing a decline in popularity. It simply appears that people are choosing exciting over safe and this is one way they are injecting some personality into their home.

(#2) 2020 Home Interior Trends 

What’s In: Inside Doors Being Painted Dark or Colors

It looks as though we may have another “pattern” developing here in this post. However, while each of the posts may have painting in common, they certainly are each individually unique Home Interior Trends.

The interior of a door being painted in any color certainly adds both warmth and character to a room. Much with the bolder monochromatics above, these doors are a great way to show a touch of personality.

What’s Out: White, Standard Doors and Trim

This was once the most popular of trends for interior doors and trim. However, as we are seeing, in 2020 popular Home Interior Trends are taking a turn to the bold.

This is certainly not to say that there aren’t many homes with white trim and interior doors. However, there is an upswing in using the interior door to make a statement that isn’t made when it’s white.

(#3) 2020 Home Interior Trends 

What’s In: Earth Tones

Another of our 2020 Home Interior Trends and another addition of paint in a somewhat bold presentation. Actually, it appears a move to the “bold” may be the direction that color in all forms is taking on in the 2020 new home. In this case, you could say new homeowners are “heating” them up.

So, if not full-on “heating” the colors up, there is no disputing they are getting “warmer.” Living and dining room walls are seeing a surge of chocolate brown, olive green, and yellow ochre and most are loving how it looks.

What’s Out: Cool Tones

Well, “cool tones, just like “white doors,” and “pale one-color schemes,” for the time being, it has been nice knowing you”! Not to sound like a broken record (or to make a dated reference like a record player), but 2020 and Home Interior Trends are using color to make a statement.

Undeniably, people are finding areas in their new homes that previously were nice, but safe, color-wise. This change has put the greens, blues, and yellows we talk of ahead of a gray or a real light blue. It is no question a turn from the institutional feel to one that lets the personality shine through.

(#4) 2020 Home Interior Trends 

What’s In: “Washing” a Room in a Single Paint Color

In case there was any “suspense,” make it four-for-four with an increase to boldness in each entry. Similar, but not quite as bold as the “monochromatic” scheme among these Home Interior Trends, the “wash” is seeing an equal rise in popularity.

No, the colors are not necessarily jumping out and grabbing you by the throat like the “Monochromatics.” However, to coat and include the walls, ceiling, and tri all in the same color has a pretty cool flow to it. No wonder new homeowners are becoming more and more about the “wash.”

What’s Out: Accent Walls

Well, maybe not as predictable as our first three “outs” of the day. However, the “one color wash” is gaining momentum among new owners. Thus, accent walls would be somewhat given to be on the decline among Home Interior Trends.

Admittedly, there are some very nice-looking white interior trim and doors. I can’t say personally that I “hate” the accent wall. However, this series is looking at Home Interior Trends for 2020. In the “boldly colored” world that this appears to be, the choice is to “go bold and go whole,” using color for everything.

This is the second of a three-part series on Home Interior Trends for 2020. The first post in this series sort of saw new homeowners leaning away from” tradition.” That is not completely the case in this our second post, however we are for sure seeing a departure from pale colors. Bold and “washing” an entire room with one color is becoming increasingly popular. The brightness is even finding its way to interior doors in 2020. Regardless of what you identify with, it seems there is a movement for “personality” through the use of color. So, no matter how you slice it, bold, pale, or anywhere in between, personality in. anew home is always a good thing.

Do you like the trends you see here? Would you like to see them in your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve? If so, you can speak with our builders about them. To see the current available homes visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

In this post, we continue to showcase the most popular styles in homebuilding this year. Taking a slightly different approach however in this article, we will look at not only a trend that is seeing increased popular. On the contrary, in this series on 2020 Home Interior Design Trends, we will also speak of a corresponding trend that is losing popularity moving forward as well.

For this post, we will look at four Home Interior Design Trends from both sides, “in and out.” Thus, we will not only give you a head’s up regarding some of the most popular ideas but also clue you into that are on “the way out.”

(#1) 2020 Home Interior Design Trends 

What’s In: Fully Integrated Hardware on Kitchen Cabinets

This is a complete detach from another trend in recent years that obviously is losing popularity. Regardless, by fully integrating the hardware, a sleek and seamless look is achieved. This also creates a somewhat calming effect, as the hardware mimics the molding lines for an overall clean and uniform, yet stylish feel.

What’s Out: Kitchen Cabinets with Oversized Pulls

The “detach” we speak of above, is this. Admittedly, there was a period in the not-so-distant past that large, oversized handles and pulls were very desirable among those building or remodeling. 

The bigger, older style, refrigerator type handles that have been used on cabinets are being replaced. Likewise, clunky, big painted pulls and handles are too. Both are seeing much of the integrated hardware we talk of above in their place.

(#2) 2020 Home Interior Design Trends

What’s In: Wallpaper with Floral Prints and Patterns

In what appears to be starting to become a pattern (no pun intended this entry among these 2020 trends is directly related to one on “it’s way out.” 

It is being noted by designers and publications that clients are more and more opting for and stylish floral patterns on their wallpaper in bedrooms especially.

What’s Out: Geometric Prints and Designs

Much as we explain with the “oversized pulls” above, geometric designs and prints had gained popularity. Again, much live those handles, this was almost a throwback trend while it lasted. 

However, it seems currently that geometric prints are out. In their place is the above, floral listing on out Home Interior Design Trends whether in a full wall or an accent role.

(#3) 2020 Home Interior Design Trends

What’s In: An Environmentally Friendly Fireplace

Many recently designed living rooms and even some bedrooms are tending to utilize environmentally friendly fireplaces. There are several reasons that we see make this a stylish and fairly easy choice. 

For starters, you get the comfort and look of the conventional fireplace, but with no need for ventilation. Likewise, these are simple to install, just find an area in which they fit and set it there. Many models “stand-alone” and are beautiful, decorative pieces on their own. This popular item can also be used with a surround or integrated into “built-in” furniture. 

What’s Out: Conventional Gas or Wood Burning Fireplaces

Well, looking at our first two entries that are “in” and their counterparts, this one is no surprise. The reasoning here is convenience and cost-effectiveness mostly.

Whereas the “stand-alone” fireplaces don’t need any ventilation, this type certainly does. Additionally, there is far more maintenance with a conventional fireplace. They also contribute to harmful CO2 emissions, adding to the popularity of its counterpart of our Home Interior Design Trends

(#4) 2020 Home Interior Design Trends

What’s In: Kitchen Islands featuring Cantilevered Eat-In Area

To begin, for those not familiar with the term, “cantilever” is a projecting structure that connects at one end and free at the other. That said, our next Home Interior Design Trends is a kitchen island witha lower surface that can be sat at for dining purposes.

With the popularity of the kitchen in people’s homes for social purposes, this should come as no surprise. The lower seating and easily fashionable look make this one of the most popular of and Home Interior Design Trends on our list.

What’s Out: The Traditional Kitchen Island

Is almost starting to feel as though our Home Interior Design Trends are stepping away from “tradition.” I suppose, in some ways they are, as here we looked at the decrease in popularity of the traditional kitchen island. 

Just as the reasons above make the islands with a lower eat-in area more convenient, they make this type less. Les comfortable to eat. Less convenient in finding that height of stools. Likewise, less child friendly and thus less popular.

In this first of a three-part series on 2020 Home Interior Design Trends, we saw a significant shift from “tradition.” However, it is not necessarily a “traditional” style or looks that is seeing a decrease. More so, it would appear that there is an effort to keep the look and style while integrating efficiency and convenience.

If you decide any of the trends you see here are ones you’d like to see in your new home at Belmont Lake Preserve, you can speak with our builders about them. To see the current available homes visit belmontlakepreserve.com.

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There is no question that many people from across the U.S. seem to find NC as a popular spot to settle. However, do you realize that the amount of North Carolina Relocation families and people have shown a steady climb in numbers for years running? Do you realize the reasoning behind NC climbing into the top five destinations for state-to-state moves?

Well, in this post, we will show the reasoning behind NC becoming such a popular choice for out of staters. Likewise, we will show you why not only a North Carolina Relocation is a great idea for you, but also why, Rocky Mount may be the exact spot in the state for you.

It Seems a Popular Destination, But Exactly How Much Are We Really Seeing?

An estimated 106, 550 people moved from a different state to become an NC resident between 2018-19.

No, it is not just your imagination. The number of North Carolina Relocation residents is not only seeing a climb currently but has been on an upswing for several years.

Now, an “upswing” can mean several things, so long as you are witnessing an increase. But, in the case of North Carolina Relocation and how these people affect the population, it is significant.

As of July 1, 2019, the “Tar Heel State” has seen its population balloon to 10.5 million people. Even more impressive is the state seeing 106,500 new residents come to NC between July 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019.

That increase, due in large part to the North Carolina Relocation residents, was another show of the consistency in which the state is seeing growth.

Consequently, the 106, 550 figure marked the fourth consecutive year that NC has seen a population increase of at least 100,000.

Exactly How Many Residents are a result of North Carolina Relocation?

Let’s put the population increase for the state of North Carolina into perspective. We will compare the NC numbers against the rest of the United States. North Carolina has an overall rate of growth at 1.0 percent since 2018. This is double the growth of the national average (0.5 percent) during this same period. Only three other states of the 50 have seen a higher growth rate (Texas, Florida, and Arizona.)

The majority of the people opting for North Carolina Relocation do come from within the United States, however. This is what is referred to as “in-migrants,” meaning they have moved to NC from outside of the state originally. Just in the past year, NC saw an estimated 81,500 in-migrants come into the state. That accounts for nearly 80 percent of their population growth in the past year.

Of that estimated 81,500, roughly 67,000 moved to NC from within the United States. The highest out of state totals for in-migrants opting for North Carolina Relocation are shown below.

Top 5 States with North Carolina Relocation residents Since 2018

  • New York- 15,000
  • Florida- 13,000
  • New Jersey- 5,500
  • Virginia- 5,400
  • Pennsylvania- 5,100

What Does all This Mean for the Future of NC’s Population?

Although no one can exactly predict the future, the statistics do show patterns that can be read into. Thus, it is expected that by the end of 2020, the population in North Carolina will climb to over 10.6 million residents.

With so many interested in moving to NC, an obvious choice for many North Carolina Relocation prospects would be Rocky Mount. The location of Rocky Mount places you directly between New York and Florida, making an East Coast relocator in a reasonable position to travel for family or whatever the reason if they are from the East. Likewise, with new business booming and its close proximity to the mountains, beaches, and major cities, Rocky Mount becomes a very attractive option.

Also, the affordability and style of the new homes for sale in Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve (BLP) make this the “place to be” in NC. With incredible on-site amenities and a professional 18-hole golf course, BLP is a perfect North Carolina relocation spot.
To see more about the location, amenities, and even home currently available, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.


Basically, all businesses over the past three months have been playing somewhat of waiting and guessing game. Food service and and the like, have been at the forefront of the regulations set forth. Likewise, parameters for visitors laid out for going in public can at times be confusing also. However, one thing for certain is that officials wanted to see the Nash County Farmers Market open for residents. Thus, with some cooperation, proper measures are agreed upon and the market is open once again.

Health Department Agrees an Open Market Can be Safe with Cooperation

The freshest produce in the local area can. be found at Nash County Farmers Market in Rocky Mount.

For an official look at exactly where the Nash County Farmers Market would fall in regard to COVID regulations, we need look no further than the guidelines set forth by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Simply put, the NCDHHS states, “Farmers Markets fall under the same classification as grocery stores and are considered an important source of food for local communities.”

Yes, this makes the Nash County Farmers Market an “essential” business that is able to operate during this time of pandemic. That being said, The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also would weigh in on this subject. They add what may seem obvious in regard to regulations, but these certainly are worth restating.

Thus, any open market must adhere to orders given from federal and state officials. Thus, the Nash County Farmers Market is working alongside NCDACS personnel to be sure the correct protocol is set in place. This way, you still can enjoy the freshest produce and local goods around, while knowing all possible safety precautions to stay safe from COVID-19 are being enforced.

Exactly What Safety Measures Are Being Taken?

With such serious ramifications and the overall anxiety of the public towards COVID-19, this also is a very important question. On top of you being concerned as to the answer here, the Nash County Farmers Market also finds this very important to address and be clear on. Thus, the following measures are being taken very seriously on site at the outdoor market.

  • Hand washing stations have been set up and are available throughout the Nash County Farmers Market
  • All on-site vendors are going to be adequately spaced out to adhere to national and state social distancing regulations.
  • For the time being and until further notice, there will be no concession stand, sampling or on-site food or drink consumption.
  • In accordance with the previous measure, on-site dining spaces and areas have been eliminated until deemed safe and legal to return.
  • Reminders will be given and checked upon to be sure all vendors are cleaning and sanitizing both their equipment and themselves.

Here are a few reminders of exactly how you can do this.

  • First, if you do not feel well in any way. Please stay at home! You can come to the market another time or possibly have a friend pick some items up for you. But this is imperative, if not in 100 percent good health, stay home.
  • Use the conveniently placed hand washing stations on site both upon your arrival, when beginning to shop and when ready to leave. Wash hands thoroughly and refrain from touching your face.
  • Don’t touch any produce, goods, or tems for sale until you are 100 percent committed to buying the item. This again sort of speaks for itself. But is certainly worth a reminder. Vendors can bag items for you ort in many cases have pre-packaged and pre-priced items to avoid any issues with this step.
  • No chatting and hanging around your favorite vendor as have been able to be done in the past. You must honor the Social Distancing requirements, thus, this one is kind of a no-brainer. There is only one customer allowed per vendor booth at a time. So, keep the 6-foot distance, until it’s your turn, then get in, get out, and then get home!
  • As a precautionary move and for their own safety, we also request that you do not bring children with when attending the Nash County Farmers Market.

The Where, the What, and the When of Nash County Farmers Market

The “where” has seen no change. Those of you familiar with the Nash County Farmers Market know its location in historic Rocky Mount. For those who do not, the market’s address is 1006 Peachtree Street in Rocky Mount. The “when” has changed slightly. The current hours of operation at the Nash County Farmers Market are Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. On Tuesday afternoons they are open from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

As for the “what,” there are many who will be on hand selling goods at the Nash County Farmers Market. To see a full list of vendors and all the information you could possibly need, visit their website at nash.ces.ncsu.edu/farmers-market-rocky-mount/.


The date of July 4 in North Carolina is a little more than America’s Birthday for area fisherman. This is because, since legislation was first passed in 1994, anyone across the entire state can enjoy “Free Fishing Day.”

What exactly is “Free Fishing Day,” you may ask? Well, it is exactly what it sounds like, actually. It is one day (July 4) where from 12:00 a.m.- 11:59 p.m., both NC residents and out-of-state visitors may fish statewide, without having to purchase a license. This is not just some free-for-all however, as all other state fishing regulations do apply. For example, length and daily possession limits or all bait and tackle regulations are applicable as usual. The only difference at all is that anyone can fish license-free on “the Fourth.”

Why Have I Never Heard of North Carolina Free Fishing Day?

The 4th of JuFree lFishing Day” is a perfect chance for some great father and son time.

This, is a good question? North Carolina Free Fishing Day is not a new thing. Authorization for the day came from the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) in 1994. The idea and then bill passed by the NCGA is sponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission (NCWC). he entire premise and idea behind the annual “freebie” was a simple one. It was introduced to promote and build the sport of fishing in the “Tar Heel State.”

Over 500 public fishing and boating areas are currently listed on the interactive map at the official NCWC website. Thus, given the combination of celebrating “Independence Day” weekend and North Carolina Free Fishing Day, there may be some issues with crowds on the weekend of the 4th.

Since this is a foreseeable possibility, the NCWC has offered up the following guidelines. These will help to remind those wanting to take part in both the holiday weekend and North Carolina Free Fishing Day of proper etiquette and courtesy.

  • Parking lots will be full. Be patient and calm until an open parking space is available
  • Patiently wait for your turn in the launch line. Its asked that you get in line without blocking or cutting off others
  • If possible, park your vehicle and trailer while someone else is moving the boat away from the ramp
  • Likewise, have someone move the boat away from the ramp while you retrieve your vehicle and trailer
  • Observe no-wake zones and always be cautious

What Effect Does the COVID Regulations Have on This Activity?

A very viable question, given the current situations we are all surrounded by. So, simply put, because of COVID-19, the NCWC recommends maintaining a social distance of at least 6 feet between you and others while on the boat ramp, on beaches or islands, or when rafting up with other boaters. Other than this, it we recommend that you use your better judgment and respect the space of others during this time.

Happy Birthday, America…Let’s Go Fishing!

With all the regulations and “red tape” covered above, let’s get down to the fun part and celebrate our independence. Let’s celebrate it by enjoying one of America’s great outdoor activities as part of North Carolina Free Fishing Day.

Christian Waters, the Chief of Inland Fisheries Division of the NCWC spoke about the annual cost-free day. “Free Fishing Day is a great opportunity for families to enjoy some quality time together on the water.” He also says, “Fishing is a relatively inexpensive activity that anyone, no matter what their age or skill level, can enjoy.”

We couldn’t agree more with Mr. Waters, so we hope to see you all with poles and flags waving high on the upcoming July 4 holiday.

Throughout the recent COVID crisis, the Rocky Mount YMCA family did their best to stay connected in the community. Likewise, the loyal members who also are part of “the family helped the “Y” to make a difference during the recent crisis time. All in all, with a great sense of community leading the way, the Harrison Family Rocky Mount YMCA did what they always have done. Made the community a better place and helped those who were in need. Now, after “lending their collective hands” to help, members will be excited to see that the facility has re-opened with limited services. Thus, in this post, we will detail exactly what activities have returned, and when you can enjoy them.  

While We Were Gone…We Stayed Busy Lending our Helping Hands

Almost 70 percent of the members of the Rocky Mount YMCA offered up their help from the start of the COVID pandemic in mid-March and still are assisting today. During that three-plus month period, the Rocky Mount YMCA was responsible for serving close to 4,000 meals to kids, seniors, and families in need. As a unit we are proud to also have helped provide more than 20 families featuring “essential” workers emergency childcare.

Outdoor Yoga is one of the many returning outdoor exercise activities at Harrison Family YMCA

Welcome Back to the Rocky Mount YMCA, Well, Welcome Partially Back!

In addition to these ways in which the public received assistance with the help of the Rocky Mount YMCA, there were even more. One other way in which the “Y” helped out was through collecting blood. 152 units of blood to be exact. These were gathered during 4 different American Red Cross blood drives hosted at the Rocky Mount YMCA. Likewise, the Harrison “Y” team made deliveries and made check-up calls to over 500 area senior citizens.

After complying with the governor’s original “stay-at-home” policy, the Rocky Mount YMCA was closed to any members for well over two months. Putting safety and the health of members first, this was the only rational decision given the rapid spread across the nation of COVID-19. Following sanitization instructions and social distancing guidelines that were laid out to keep the virus contained. Then with Governor Roy Cooper’s update to his executive order on May 20, several areas of the Rocky Mount YMCA fell under those being able to open their doors beginning June 1. 

Ok, so “partially back?” what exactly does this mean. Well, as a part of the Rocky Mount YMCA’s Stage One re-opening, the doors will be open for members to use the pool and outdoor exercises. All who intend to participate must complete a COVID waiver that can be found at harrisonfamily.org. Below is a complete schedule of events for the “Re-Opening” phase at the Rocky Mount YMCA.

What is Open at the Harrison Family Rocky Mount YMCA? And When is it Open?

Customer Service Hours in the Facility

Mondays – Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Water Fitness Classes (Beginning Monday, June 22nd)

Mondays & Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. 

Lap & Open Swim Reservations

Mondays – Fridays 7 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Walking Club 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Outdoor Group Exercise Classes:

(If the weather calls for a cancellation, you will receive an email and we will do our best to offer that class in our Live Facebook Group.)

Pilates with Katya

Mondays 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

BODYPUMP/Body Sculpt with Haywood 

Mondays 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

HIIT with Abs 

Tuesdays 7 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.

Yoga with Kathleen 

Tuesdays 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. 

Thursdays 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Power Sculpt with Haywood 

Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Zumba with Diane

Fridays 8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

BODYPUMP with Willie

Mondays 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.         

Zumba/Mixed with Diane

Tuesdays 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

BODYPUMP with Marvis

Wednesdays 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Cardio HIIT with Willie

Thursdays 6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

In addition to these items above, there will be “Modified Swim Lessons” beginning on July 6. Also, the “Rec Pool” will be closed from 9-11 a.m. for Camp Programming. After pool use, starting on Monday, June 22, the Men’s and Women’s respective locker rooms on site will be available, too.

Reservations and Memberships at Rocky Mount YMCA

For information on reserving facility time slots, pool time, or, group exercise spots in addition to any answers you may need about membership, visit harrisonfamilyy.org


For nearly fifty years, an emphasis of a “client-first” philosophy was implemented by multiple-time “Realtor of the Year”, Kenneth Moorefield. This led to unmatched success in Rocky Mount home sales for him and his Rocky Mount real estate company. Likewise, the current team at Moorefield Real Estate implements the strategies and techniques they were fortunate enough to learn first-hand from Mr. Moorefield prior to his passing this past September. Many on the staff looked at Moorefield as a mentor and father figure in their real estate careers.

On more than one occasion I had an opportunity to share a few words with Ken. He pointed to several of his employees and it was clear he looked at them with admiration, pride, and confidence. Admiration as he spoke of their youthfulness. Pride is what he wore across his face as he pointed out the incredible statistics and accolades the employees which he spoke of. Confidence, well, Moorefield’s confidence was refreshing, in no way whatsoever arrogant, however, incredibly sure of the fantastic job and results that his top prized realtors would deliver.

Consequently, each realtor who had the opportunity to sit under Moorefield’s tutelage refers to Ken’s ideology often. Likewise, each proud member of the Moorefield Real Estate team strives daily to represent Ken’s namesake and carry on his near half-century tradition of excellence and relationship building with clients, customers, fellow employees, and any resident familiar with the Rocky Mount area.

The name Moorefield is the most trusted name in Rocky Mount real estate.

Carrying on The Moorefield Real Estate Tradition at Belmont Lake Preserve

When the Halle Companies made the purchase of Belmont Lake Preserve in late 2011, any Rocky Mount real estate company had to sit up and take notice. The Halle team began to invest, and invest largely in the over 1,400 -acre, spectacular, forested community, they did. Unlike a previous failed attempt by an ill-prepared suitor for the land, the Halle Companies was able to make the acquisition of Belmont Lake entirely through a cash purchase.

This afforded the Halle Companies the luxury of proceeding with patience and the ability to operate at the proper pace necessary to mold the Belmont Lake property exactly how they envisioned.

If the “top dogs” among any Rocky Mount real estate company had not noticed Belmont Lake Preserve to this point, they were about to. Keeping the community on sound financial footing as noted above, allowed in 2014 for the Halle Companies to begin adding amenities unlike any seen previously in Rocky Mount new home communities.

Unique Amenities and A Move To a Familiar Name in Rocky Mount real estate

These retreat-like additions would see the construction of the “Community Clubhouse.” This featured both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. It also has a state of the art work out facility. Likewise, a Golf Clubhouse was also built. This addition saw the launch of a full time on-site operational restaurant in the “clubhouse.” In addition was a full professional golf pro shop. Obviously, at the time, the “crown jewel” of the community, the Belmont Lake Golf Club, was also given a full revamp. Following the course renovations, the 18-hole, David Johnson professional design course has commonly been named among the state’s most enjoyable and decorated courses.

It would seem that all items were in place for Belmont Lake Preserve to be the premier Rocky Mount new home community. However, the one thing that the Halle Companies still is lacking, was the “realtor/client connection.” Enter Moorefield…

Moorefield and BLP: Rocky Mount’s Perfect Pairing

After very careful consideration, a decision was made to replace the initial “Broker-of-Record” at Belmont Lake Preserve. Residents who were asked “who do you trust?” in Rocky Mount real estate had one answer. Thus, as of July 2016, Moorefield Real Estate is brought in to be the property’s “Exclusive Realtor.”

Ken Moorefield spoke with jubilation us upon his company being Exclusive Realtor at BLP. “We are excited as the leading Rocky Mount real estate company for over four decades to represent the premier development in our city.” He continues, “I’m absolutely thrilled to work alongside, the Halle Companies, who also bring over 40 years of experience and excellence in residential development with them to the table.”

The founder of Moorefield Real Estate continues speaking with excitement about BLP. “With the unique amenities that are exclusive to this community, it’s golf course, the swimming pools, the restaurant, and so forth,” Moorefield starts. “We just can’t wait to put our brush to the canvas and paint this picture that we have been envisioning for all the families and residents of Rocky Mount at Belmont Lake Preserve.”

Moorefield Brings Out the Best for Belmont Lake Preserve

In the introduction to this post, I referred to the interaction that I personally had with Ken Moorefield. This was during the several years in which I had the pleasure of working with him. The conversations saw Ken showing an almost “parent to child” like relationship when speaking of his realtors. He was sure of their capabilities and proud to speak of them. Now as we move forward without Moorefield, no question that two of his “proteges” will continue to lead the way.

As far as the confidence Moorefield had in his “understudies,” well that confidence is something one earns through actions. Ken took great pride in training all of his Rocky Mount real estate company’s employees. However, his pride swelled when discussing the two brokers that came with him to BLP when the relationship started in 2016.

Doing the Moorefield Name Proud

Moorefield was a multi-million-dollar producer in every one of his near fifty years in real estate. As proud as he was of that feat, he no doubt saw some of himself in his “Broker-in-Charge, Jay Hooks. Jay brings a unique relationship with the Rocky Mount public that one only achieves through years of impeccable customer service. Again, like his mentor, Jay has reached a “double digits” in years that he’s been a multi-million-dollar producer. He also boasts several REALTOR Associate of the Year honors to his credit, too.

Much like Mr. Moorefield “lit up” when speaking of Jay, he also took a similar tone when talking of Trevor Foote. Mrs. Foote is also an annual lock for multi-million-dollar production. She too has received countless honors and accolades for her professionalism. She too, like Ken and Jay, shares that ability to form strong bonds and true relationships with her clients.

A “Client First” Philosophy Off into the Future Rocky Mount real estate

With his “proteges,” Hooks and Foote, leading the way, Moorefield Real Estate is in very good hands moving forward. While all involved miss their leader, there is no question each wears his company’s name as a badge of honor. Likewise, they look to do him proud in carrying on the legacy of his Rocky Mount real estate company.

The Moorefield Real Estate philosophy is one that echoes the approach that made Ken Moorefield number one. That philosophy in simplest form states “put the client first.”

This philosophy, at moorefieldrealestate.com basically states the following. “There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional.” Integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge are other traits given emphasis. Lastly, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional network are important also. All of these traits are important pieces to the Moorefield puzzle. On the website it explains these, saying “all of which are hallmarks of how we work.”

Anyone familiar with the Moorefield name over the course of the last fifty or so years, would agree. These are without question hallmarks of how they work. Thus, despite losing a true mentor, Ken’s values live on with his Rocky Mount real estate company. Likewise, it lives on at Belmont Lake Preserve. He and his great team wouldn’t want it any other way.

To see all the great new homes in Rocky Mount currently available at BLP, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.