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Catawba County, North Carolina is ideal for those who have a sense of adventure and a heart for hard work: for people with a passion for making something of themselves, their community, and the future. On “Making Living Better,” WHKY radio host Hal Row gets to know locals who are actively crafting a… read more

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Making Living Better: Jay Brown

April 10th, 2019


It’s a realtor’s job to sell a community along with selling its houses. But for Jay Brown, selling Catawba County is the easy part. An ardent advocate of the place he calls home with his wife Aspen and two children, …

Making Living Better: Jennifer Rowan

March 6th, 2019


How strong is Catawba County’s draw? Just ask Jennifer Rowan and her husband, who fell in love with the Town of Maiden and bought a house there on their first day visiting from southern California. Their family grew …

Making Living Better: Patrick Broos

February 7th, 2019


If hard work pays off, then Patrick Broos is a millionaire. From working in aviation maintenance through his career in healthcare, Patrick and his …

Making Living Better: Anna Price

January 3rd, 2019


Shortly after moving to Catawba County, Anna Price landed the career of her dreams in the hospitality industry. She extended that passion for serving …

Making Living Better: Justus Rowe

December 12th, 2018


In college, Justus Rowe wanted to get back to the basics – like living-in-a-tent-in-the-woods basics. Inspired by the homestead lifestyle, he learned …

Making Living Better: Asia “Mae” Magness

November 8th, 2018


Not every woman gets confused with her grandma, but 31-year-old Asia “Mae” Magness does. Owner of Mae’s Bakery in downtown Maiden, she has reimagined …

Making Living Better: Ariel Allensworth

October 4th, 2018


As a rocket systems specialist at Fort Bragg, Ariel Allensworth wasn’t quite sure how a job like that would transition into a real-world career. …

Making Living Better: Angela Pisel

September 11th, 2018


From the time she was in junior high, Angela Pisel knew she loved writing. After getting a few articles published, she started kicking around an idea for a novel – but it took a broken ankle for her to finally sit down …

Making Living Better: Marietta Burke

August 9th, 2018


Imagine teaching yourself how to make stained glass without the benefit of the internet or YouTube. That’s what Marietta Burke did. Using books and VHS tapes, Marietta learned the craft of stained glass as a teenager. …

Making Living Better: Lucy Her

July 12th, 2018


When she was in third grade, Lucy Her and her family caravanned from California with nine other Hmong families and one U-Haul to start a new life in …

Making Living Better: George Soraya Place

June 7th, 2018


He was hitchhiking in El Salvador while on a Peace Corps mission, and she was riding in the back of her cousin’s pickup truck. This chance encounter led to the perfect match (and another stint with the Peace Corps, this …

Making Living Better: Kelly Stewart

May 8th, 2018


Sometimes it really does take a village. For Kelly Stewart, a village of people in Catawba County helped keep a young boy from a broken home on track …

Making Living Better: David Williams, Barber City Council Member

April 20th, 2018


How does a barber who comes to Catawba County with just the shirt on his back rise up to become a business owner and elected official? And why exactly is the barbershop such a vital community gathering spot? Host Hal …

Making Living Better: Justin Fox, Farmer Industrial Designer

April 15th, 2018


From industrial designer to cider maker, Justin Fox transformed his passion for making things into buying an orchard and crafting a life for himself and his family in Catawba County. Justin joins host Hal Row to talk …

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