Stanly County Partnership for Children to host Pre-K planning/advisory meeting

Stanly County Partnership for Children (Smart Start) will host a meeting of the FY2014-15 Stanly County Planning/Advisory Committee for North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program (NC Pre-K) on Tuesday, September 16, at 1:30 pm. Partnership Meeting Room, Stanly County Partnership for Children, Stanly County Commons, 1000 North First Street, Suite 8, Albemarle, NC. Anyone interested in the NC Pre-K Program in Stanly County is invited to attend this meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to receive a program report including sites & enrollment for the 2014-15 school year. For more information, call 704-982-2038.

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Harvey resigns as Stanfield Town Administrator

By Leah Schmalz

On Monday, September 8, Bob Harvey submitted his official resignation and retirement from his position as administrator of the town of Stanfield. Harvey had worked for the town for five years. The letter said he decided to retire and resign “after numerous hours considering many issues.”

The sudden announcement came as somewhat of a surprise to the town council, but Harvey said he has been considering stepping down for some time. Having already retired from the Department of Defense, he had taken the administrator position as a second career based on his understanding of projects and infrastructure. “We got a lot of big projects done,” he said. “I’ve got some traveling I’ve been wanting to do in New Mexico and Colorado. I decided to smell the roses.”   Continue reading

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Letter from Stanfield Town Administrator Bob Harvey

Editor’s note: Stanfield Town Administrator Bob Harvey wrote the following letter announcing his resignation/retirement.

Mayor, Commissioners and Citizens of Stanfield:

After numerous hours considering many issues I have decided to retire and resign from my position as Administrator of the Town of Stanfield.  I smile when I drive through the Town of Stanfield as I can see many of our accomplishments during the past five years.  The Barn Park upgrades and renovations, new sidewalks, improvements to Pete Hinkle Park, new maintenance building, new Town Hall, West Stanly Street lights with crape myrtle trees and renovated police department to name a few.  There are numerous projects I was planning to present to the Board and also some issues of concern that the Board may want to consider in the future.  I will address these under the specific Commissioners’ area of responsibility for everyone’s consideration. Continue reading

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Midland to hold public comment session this Tuesday at Midland Fire Station #1

8.12midlandAt the town hall meeting on Tuesday, Midland town council voted to continue the public comment session on the sewer capital recovery fee until the following Tuesday, August 19, at 7 pm. Originally, plans were to meet at New Horizons Church, but the location has since been changed to Midland Fire Station #1, 12805 Hwy. 601 South. Council made the decision to meet at a later date and different location because the town hall will only hold 50 people. There were more than 50 people present to speak about the sewer capital recovery fee. Additionally, Planning and Zoning Administrator Richard Flowe will give a presentation on the fee and council wants all residents to be able to see it.

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Midland council, Cabarrus citizens express concern over budget cuts

By Leah Schmalz

At the July 21 Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners meeting, many citizens voiced their disapproval of the budget cuts passed in June in a public comment session that lasted nearly two hours. Among the speakers were Mayor Kathy Kitts and Commissioner Mike Tallent of Midland, who addressed the elimination of $1.8 million in funding for Wallace Park.  Continue reading

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Albertson takes the lead at SCPC

By Natalie Lloyd

Tammy Albertson has taken the lead as the new executive director of the Stanly County Partnership for Children. Albertson transitioned into the director’s role July 1 following Barbara Whitley’s retirement at the end of June.  Continue reading

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Stanfield reviews last year’s accomplishments, looks ahead

By Leah Schmalz

At the town hall meeting last Thursday, Stanfield Town Administrator Bob Harvey presented a list of accomplished projects from the previous fiscal year, as well as a list of goals for the new fiscal year.  Continue reading

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Midland residents raise concerns over capital recovery sewer fee

By Leah Schmalz

Midland residents connected to sewer are raising concerns over an $8.50 fee that will be added to their bills each month as part of the capital recovery program. The news came in a letter residents received on July 18 from the town outlining the capital recovery plan as a way to pay off loans for sewer system improvements throughout the community.  Continue reading

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Charlotte Color Festival comes to Midland Saturday

color festBy Leah Schmalz

The Charlotte Color Festival looks to spread uplifting feelings and usher away worry this Saturday at Oaks Events in Midland. A national event held at cities across the country and the world’s largest color festival, it features vibrant colors, live music, food, yoga and dance. The event follows the Indian tradition of Holi, a traditional festival celebrated for centuries to welcome the arrival of spring and passing of winter. It encourages leaving behind bad feelings and throwing worries to the wind, symbolized by tossing handfuls of powdered colors into the air. The colors are made from cornstarch to be non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Attendees are encouraged to wear white to let the colors show up on their clothing. Running from noon to 5 pm, the festival will feature music from Blue Spirit Wheel, AZitiZ, Dub Kirtan All Stars and Kirtaniyas. Atma Yoga will also be present at the event. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students with a valid ID.

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