Grow fresh produce in your summer garden

garden1By Natalie Lloyd
Gardening can be a fun and rewarding pastime. It can also be a good shared learning experience for families with children.
If you’re thinking about gardening for the first time, there are a few steps you can take to get your summer garden started.
As you start planning your summer garden, choose a sunny spot. A sunny deck or patio can work well for container plants. A sunny spot in the yard would be an ideal place for a small garden plot. Continue reading

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Republicans Asciutto, Burr face off for NC House seat

By Leah Schmalz
Stanly County Commissioner Peter Asciutto faces incumbent Justin P. Burr for a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives in the May 6 primary. The Republican business owners would represent District 67, which includes Montgomery and Stanly Counties. Continue reading

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Midland moves forward with sewer grant application

By Leah Schmalz
The town council held a public hearing on Thursday to finalize the application to the state for a grant to fund Phase Two of the Old Midland CDBG sewer project. It was the second of two required hearings in order to apply.   Continue reading

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Citizens spread hope through random acts of kindness

Picture 8By Leah Schmalz
If you recently found change in the vending machine or had your meal paid for by the car ahead of you in the drive thru, you may have been the target of a local RAKing project. RAKs are random acts of kindness done for other people, often complete strangers. Continue reading

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Midland opens branch of Carolina Thread Trail

Picture 9By Leah Schmalz
Despite the overcast skies and forecasted rain on Saturday, roughly 50 people attended a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the Pharr Family Preserve Trail in Midland. The crowd included members of Midland’s town council and staff, representatives from the Carolina Thread Trail, and citizens who worked hard to get the trail ready for public use. Continue reading

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Program highlights importantance of local foods

By Natalie Lloyd
Farmers markets and roadside produce stands offer fresh, seasonal foods from local farms. Buying local foods not only supports local farmers, but also sustains the local economy in a big way. Continue reading

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Oakboro declared a Purple Heart City

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Mayor Doug Burgess, holding the Purple Heart City Proclamation, stands with veterans from the Military Order of the Purple Heart and members of the Oakboro Board of Commissioners. At left: The Town of Oakboro received a plaque in memory of Herman Morgan, a United States Navy veteran. PHOTO BY NATALIE LLOYD

By Natalie Lloyd
Veterans from the Military Order of the Purple Heart Wounded Warriors Chapter 634 made a special presentation at the Oakboro Board of Commissioners meeting Monday.
Veteran Ronald Wade presented a plaque to the Town of Oakboro in memory of Herman McKinley “Mack” Morgan, a United States Navy veteran. Morgan was a resident of Oakboro for 25 years. The plaque was given by Clarence and Barbara Morgan Owen, David and Sheila Morgan Allen and Kevin and Trish Morgan.    Continue reading

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Officer Shew presented with intermediate law enforcement certificate

Picture 5By Leah Schmalz
Police Chief Frank Hartsell awarded a certificate to Officer Jeff Shew for completion of his intermediate law enforcement certification at the town council meeting Thursday. Continue reading

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Tandem club enjoys Stanly County cycling

Bill and Joyce Murphy, event organizers for the TWTC, stand with their tandem in front of the Log Barn Park in Stanfield. PHOTOS PROVIDED COURTESY OF THE TAILWIND TANDEM CLUB

Bill and Joyce Murphy, event organizers for the TWTC, stand with their tandem in front of the Log Barn Park in Stanfield. PHOTOS PROVIDED COURTESY OF THE TAILWIND TANDEM CLUB

By Natalie Lloyd
Spring means warmer weather and a chance for outdoor exercise. For members of the Tailwind Tandem Club, a favorite outdoor exercise is tandem bicycling.
Many couples with dif- ferent cycling abilities choose to ride a tandem, a bicycle for two, instead of single bicycles. On single bicycles, a less experienced rider may have difficulty keeping up with a stron- ger, faster rider. Tandem cycling allows a couple to ride together regardless of their different levels of cycling ability. Continue reading

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Midland sees renderings of future Main Street

By Leah Schmalz
Richard Flowe, Planning, Zoning, & Subdivision Administrator, presented two artistic renderings of Main Street and the town hall at the town council meeting last Tuesday. Continue reading

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