• Give a Big Shout Out to: 

    Nancy Ehlig Evans, Mary Ellen Jones and Carol Wolfe who have been sewing masks to be delivered to  Lake Lure, Chimney Rock, Fairfield and Bills Creek Fire Departments, Lake Lure Police Dept. and Hickory Nut Gorge EMT/Rescue.

    If you can sew a straight seam, you, too, could help make masks!  Contact Mary at the Chamber at info@hickorynutchamber.org  if you can help sew masks for first responders.

  • Update from PANGAEA Internet Update from PANGAEA Internet

    PANGAEA Internet, a local nonprofit company, has responded to Governor Cooper’s request for help from Internet Service Providers. Effective March 20, PANGAEA has upgraded the bandwidth limits and extended the usage periods on our free public Wi-Fi systems in Polk and Rutherford Counties.

    Note that this Wi-Fi service is for basic, low bandwidth uses such as completing homework, sending/receiving email, accessing social media or accessing vital information websites for health care, government or education. Bandwidth of 10 MB down/2 MB up is available for up to three hours per user (before re-authentication is required). The maximum number of users per location is approximately 30.

    Free Outdoor Public Wi-Fi Service Areas (no login required)

    • Chimney Rock Village (Downtown on Main Street)
    • Cliffside (Near Dutch Broad Cafe)
    • Columbus (Downtown on Mills Street)
    • Lake Lure (Town Hall and Visitors Center parking lots; Beach parking area)
    • Ruth (Town Hall parking lot)
    • Saluda (Downtown on Main Street, McCreery Park)
    • Tryon (Downtown on Trade St, Carolina Foothills Chamber parking lot, and Harmon Field: Riding Areas, Track, and Basketball Courts)

    To report service issues or ask questions - email freewifisupport@e-polk.org.  

    Submitted by Ron Walters, PANGAEA Executive Director.