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Much of the acreage in the Yadkin Valley AVA previously grew tobacco, but farmers are increasingly turning to alternative crops, such as grapes, as the tobacco industry contracts.
Brothers Ed and Charlie Shelton, owners of Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, led efforts to gain AVA status for the Yadkin Valley.
We are very excited that the Yadkin Valley AVA has been approved," said Ed Shelton.
Although Joanne described Ava as a "very clever and chatty girl", she is often in pain and finds daily activities hard.
She said Ava finds it difficult to flatten her feet and has no core strength to stand up on her own so she can only crawl, which also makes her knees hurt.
The toddler currently wears splints and is learning to walk with a "Kaye Walker", along with daily physiotherapy to help relieve the spasticity in her legs and feet, but her parents say the pain will become worse as Ava gets older.
She's only three, so she is too young to understand, but her younger sister has just started to walk, so Ava knows she can't do the same thing," Joanne said.
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