Banner Elk McDonald’s reopens July 20

BANNER ELK — McDonald’s restaurant in Banner Elk invites guests to experience McDonald’s in a new and unexpected way, with a newly modernized look featuring self-service kiosks, table service, and modern decor.

The restaurant will host a Grand Reopening on July 20, 2019, where random guests will be chosen to receive a free Big Mac for a year, door prizes, meet and greet with Woody and Buzz from “Toy Story 4” from 4 to 6 p.m., and more.

“We have been looking forward to this day and are excited to share this evolved experience at McDonald’s with our customers,” said owners Patrick and Heather Joyner in a statement. “We appreciate and value our guests’ feedback on this new experience, and we’re looking forward to offering them a new way to dine at McDonald’s.”

SkyLine/SkyBest rates increase

WEST JEFFERSON – SkyLine/SkyBest residential customers will see a 53-cent increase in their telephone bill effective July due to an federally-mandated service contribution factor.

The service factor for the third quarter went up from 18.8 percent to 24.4 percent.

“Most residential customers will see an increase from $1.79 to $2.32,” Powell said in a statement. “The rate to use for the Federal Universal Service Charge is reviewed quarterly and adjusted as needed by the Federal Communications Commission. We have seen slight increases or decreases in the Federal University Service Charge for most quarters in recent years. Lifeline subscribers are not subject to the FUSC.”

SkyLine serves a five-county, 840-square-mile area in Ashe, Alleghany, Avery and Watauga counties plus Johnson County in Tennessee. Established in 1951 and operating out of West Jefferson, the telephone corporation serves 30,000 customers, the most of the eight Telephone Membership Corporations in North Carolina.

LifeStore President, CEO named to North Carolina Bankers Association board

RALEIGH — LifeStore president and CEO Bob Washburn was named to the North Carolina Bankers Association Board of Directors during the NCBA’s 123rd annual convention June 23-26, according to a news release.

Washburn is one of six incoming board members, who will be headed by incoming chairman Wendell Begley, president and CEO of Black Mountain Savings Bank in Black Mountain, and vice chairman Charles Frederick, Market President of North Carolina of TD Bank in Asheville, according to NCBA Director of Communications and Professional Development Brianna Reeder.

“Our new chairman, Wendell Begley, and this group of passionate, hard-working and innovative bankers will be strong advocates for North Carolina’s banking industry,” said NCBA President and CEO Peter Gwaltney in a statement.

The NCBA is a professional trade organization providing advocacy, leadership and support for its dynamic banking membership base, according to the press release.

Thomas Sherrill and Jamie Shell contributed reporting to this article.

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