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Name: Beth Heile Age: 54 Profession: Vice-President, NoteWorthy Software, Inc. Education: East Burke High School, 1986; NC State University, 1991 Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering Family: Married to Eric for 27 years, son Zakk Community Involvement: Currently serving as –…

Early Voting

Early voting goes through Saturday, May 14. There are 5 early voting locations open 8:00am-7:30pm on weekdays. May 13 is the only Saturday and hours are 8am-3pm. You can registered to vote and vote at these sites:  Burke County Board…

Parents

My mom is Patricia Jacumin Zimmerman (still in Valdese) and my dad- Glenn Richard Zimmerman (1935-1991). From my mom and dad, I learned about working long, hard hours during the week to make a living, home cooked dinner on the…

Support for Deputies

I was asked my thoughts about staffing at the Sheriff’s Department. The safety of Burke County citizens is paramount. We need dependable service from top-notch deputies who love what they do and know we have their backs. The lack of…

Goal to STAY

My goal is for Burke County to be a desirable place for people to Live, Work, Play and Stay. However, for me, the STAY is not about tourism (though that is important). For me, the STAY is for families staying…

Having a Vision

The best example of my vision and commitment to a project is Valdese Lakeside Park. Seven years ago, I founded Friends of the Valdese Rec, an all-volunteer non-profit to help the Town of Valdese acquire 300 acres on Lake Rhodhiss…

New Radio Ad

I recently recorded the audio for my new radio ad on WSVM. You can hear it here.

Trades Education

I attended the groundbreaking for the Regional Skilled Trades Solution Center at WPCC today. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC and other trades will be taught. This falls in line with my vision of Live, Work, Play and STAY in Burke County. The…

State Appointment

In 2019, I was appointed to the NC Parks and Recreation Authority by NC House Speaker Tim Moore – and I continue to serve today. As part of a 9 member panel, we award matching grants to local governments for…

Proud Rotarian

I first visited Valdese Rotary Club in 2015 as President of Friends of the Valdese Rec to talk about the Valdese Lakeside Park project. I loved the Rotary mission so much that I never stopped attending meetings. I have served…

Business Investment

I was asked why I am in favor of small to medium sized businesses. Because they become a part of our community. Kellex Seating is one example, it started over a garage and now employees 150 people in Valdese that…

School Leadership

I am a member of the Draughn High School Leadership Team which is made up of school administration and department heads, along with parent and student representatives. Attending monthly meetings keeps me up to date with school priorities and allows…

Leaving County

The WPCOG February Newsletter reported that over 50% of Burke residents who work do so in other counties. Adding up the numbers in their graphic, Burke County has approximately 3500 more people leaving the county for work than coming in.…

Organizing Volunteers

As President of Friends of the Valdese Rec, I organized a trail maintenance workday this morning at Valdese Lakeside Park. Since the land was acquired in 2018, I have managed over 2300 volunteer hours. The project has been going on…

State Trails

I serve on a state wide coalition that worked with legislators to include funding for state trails in the state budget. With that, each state trail was assigned a nonprofit – one being Friends of Fonta Flora State Trail, for…

Republican Convention

I attended the Burke County Republican Party Convention today. It was a great event – and a chance for me to remind you — I will be on the Republican ballot for the primary. If you are a registered Republican,…