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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Alberghini joins Weekly Post and Mint Hill Times staff

Mark Alberghini joins The Weekly Post staff as its Advertising Sales Representative. PHOTO BY NATALIE LLOYD

Mark Alberghini joins The Weekly Post staff as its Advertising Sales Representative. PHOTO BY NATALIE LLOYD

By Natalie Lloyd

Mark Alberghini has recently joined The Weekly Post and Mint Hill Times staff as the advertising sales representative.

Originally from Lake Lure, N.C., Alberghini lived in Charlotte for a time before moving to Stanfield in 1990. During the 90s, he served several terms as mayor of Stanfield. Alberghini said his time as mayor helped him to become familiar with the people and businesses of the community.  Continue reading

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New group will support grieving families

By Natalie Lloyd

In April 2012, Jeff and Paula Fox lost their 23-year-old daughter, Jami Pless, to a car accident. Out of their tragedy, they are now reaching out to make a difference for other families who have experienced the death of a child.

“We wanted to honor Jami’s memory in a way that makes a difference, because she was one of those people who made a difference to everyone she met,” said Paula Fox. Continue reading

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Asciutto recovers from surgery, thanks community

By Leah Schmalz

Stanly County Commissioner Peter Asciutto is recovering at home from bypass surgery to repair five blocked arteries on June 26. Asciutto was running when he passed out. “I was just lucky the guy behind me stopped,” he said. “They said if I were running alone, I wouldn’t have made it.” Continue reading

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Midland adopts street traffic and parking schedules ordinance

midland speedBy Leah Schmalz

The Midland town council adopted a revised street traffic and parking schedules ordinance at the July meeting. The primary change is that some streets with a 35 MPH speed limit are reduced to 25 MPH.

There are 50 total streets that will see a change in speed limit. This requires approximately 60 new signs, for a cost of $9,000. In addition, the town plans to post “Neighborhood Speed Limit 25 MPH” signs within neighborhoods, for an additional cost between $5,000 and $6,000. “We will not start enforcing until the signs are up,” said Cabarrus County Deputy Sheriff Barrett Ellwood. “I’m going to pull everyone in and talk to them. That way they aren’t writing tickets the day the signs go up.”  Continue reading

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Awards presented during Locust council meeting

Council member Mike Haigler presents the business of the month award to Olegario Saldana from Mi Fuente. Photos by Natalie Lloyd

Council member Mike Haigler presents the business of the month award to Olegario Saldana from Mi Fuente. Photos by Natalie Lloyd

By Natalie Lloyd

Two prestigious awards were presented during the city council meeting in Locust last Thursday.

First, Police Chief Frank Hartsell awarded a certificate to Officer Kevin O’Conner for completion of his advanced law enforcement certification. Hartsell said the certification is one of the highest awards a law enforcement officer in North Carolina can receive. The certification required a Bachelor degree and 480 additional training hours, as well as other requirements.  Continue reading

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Midland mayor urges residents to challenge Wallace Park funding cut

By Leah Schmalz

In a 3-2 vote to pass the 2015-2016 Cabarrus County budget with newly proposed cuts, commissioners eliminated $1.8 million in funding for the Wallace Park project in Midland. “With almost half a billion dollars in debt and hundreds of millions of dollars of additional debt potentially in the county’s future, it is irresponsible to fund a new park,” said Commissioner Jason Oesterreich. Continue reading

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West Stanly Fire Department to host community meeting

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The West Stanly Fire Department will host a community meeting Saturday, July 26 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Fire Chief Kenny Crump said the purpose of the event is to allow the community to learn about the personnel, equipment and services provided by the fire department. The West Stanly Fire Department serves the communities of Locust, Stanfield and Rocky River. Continue reading

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Rocky River Vineyards wine available at select Harris Teeters

PHOTO BY LEAH SCHMALZ

PHOTO BY LEAH SCHMALZ

By Leah Schmalz

Rocky River Vineyards, located off Reed Mine Road, recently became an official Harris Teeter wine vendor. Their locally made wine is available at the store’s locations in Mint Hill, Matthews and several others throughout Charlotte.  Continue reading

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Stanfield business recognized by Department of Labor

By Leah Schmalz

Stanley Engineered Fastening, a Stanley Black & Decker Inc. company with a local facility in Stanfield, was recognized by the Department of Labor for safety in the workplace with a Million Hour award.

The North Carolina Department of Labor presents Million Hour awards for businesses that have gone one million employee hours without any injuries or illnesses that lead to time away from work. For each subsequent one million hours reached, the business receives an additional award.

The Stanfield business has gone six million hours without any lost-time accidents. The time span ranges from June 2, 1995 to May 3, 2013. This is the third consecutive year the business has received this award.

The Department of Labor presented this award and others at a luncheon at the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce on June 16. The department began the awards system in 1946 to provide more incentive for accident prevention and workplace safety.

 

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