Fun-N-Learning Daycare will host a locks of Love hair cutting August 4 from 10 am until 12 noon at the center. Families, friends, and the community are invited in making a difference in the lives of children with cancer and other illnesses by cutting and donating their hair. Hair needs to be at least 10 inches in length. The address is 811 Main Street in Locust.
The Stanly County Board of Elections released the unofficial results from the second primary last week. With six percent of registered voters at the poles–approximately more than 2,000 ballots entered–each of the six categories showed clear winners.
John C. Brooks received more than 65 percent of the votes for N.C. Commissioner of Labor over Marlowe Foster for the Democratic Nomination.
Richard Hudson gained the Republican nomination after earning more than 62 percent of the votes for The U.S. House of Representatives District Eight over Scott Keadle who received 38 percent of the votes.
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners voted to give a tax incentive grant to Corning for a proposed $69 million expansion at the plant in Midland.
The commissioners approved a motion to suspend regular procedures to hold the public hearing and take action at the work session last Monday, July 2.
After debate amongst the commissioners, the motion passed 3-2 for the tax incentive. The grant would be a three-year grant equal to 85 percent of the ad valorem taxes on the increase in personal property taxes.
The commissioners debated the necessity of taxing the Cabarrus County citizens versus offering a tax incentive to bring in revenue and jobs from the Corning plant expansion.
“My vote does not have anything to do with Corning. I think they’re a good company. I don’t blame them for asking for the tax incentives. To me, it’s still unfair taxation to the rest of the taxpayers of Cabarrus County. I cant see it any other way,” stated commissioner Larry Burrage.
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Remember when the last time you read the Declaration of Independence? This week, I started looking at what the entire document has to say. In school, it was a usual occurrence to memorize the part that went like this: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Commissioner Aaron Helms officially offered his resignation from the board last Thursday, June 7, at the Stanfield Board of Commissioners meeting. Helms and his wife are in the process of moving outside of the town limits, which will affect Helms’ ability to be on the board.
“What a blessing and joy it has been to work with such a good board the last three years,” Helms said. He will be leaving after being on the board for three years.
After considering their options for either replacing Helms or a commissioner assuming Helms’ responsibilities, a motion was made to keep the board the way it is, with four commissioners and the mayor to break a tie in the event that there is a stall in voting. Commissioner Jason Smith volunteered to assume Helms’ responsibilities for the remainder of the term.
Commissioner Jerry Williams and the rest of the Board reluctantly approved his resignation.
“Sadly, I am in favor,” said Williams.
“It’s bittersweet to leave because this has been home for five years,” said Helms.
The second primary for North Carolina will be Tuesday, July 17 for the Democratic and Republican parties. In the Democratic second primary the office of N.C. Commissioner of Labor is available for voting. For the Republican party, the U.S. House District 8, N.C. Lieutenant Governor, N.C. Commissioner of Insurance, N.C. Secretary of State, and N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction is available for voting. For more information, contact the Board of Elections by phone 704-986-3647 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ongoing debate concerning the Old Bethel School building turned a new corner last Thursday at the Cabarrus County Budget work session when the commissioners voted to begin accepting bids on the property located in Midland.
Commissioner H. Jay White Sr. made a motion to accept new bids on the Old Bethel School with bids beginning at $10,000 with no restrictions.
Last year the county began the process of selling the property to Woodson University for $10,000 with certain restrictions on the sale preventing the university from reselling the property and making a profit on it. The sale did not go through, and Woodson eventually withdrew its offer.
Bethel students got a taste of the fast life of NASCAR last Wednesday, May 23 at the zMAX Race for Education event at Bethel Elementary School.
Students looked in the windows of the Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS) Show Car, played with gadgets on the CMS Fan Van, and took their pictures with LugNut, Mayor Kathy Kitts, council member Rich Wise, and town administrator David Pugh.
“We had a great turnout for something that was put together so short of notice,” said Wise.
The May Race for Education Program matches up NASCAR Drivers in the Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 with a participating North Carolina City. The driver who wins the races will each win a $20,000 zMAX Race to Education award for educational programs in the community with which he is paired.
Colleagues and friends gathered at Stanly Community College last Wednesday to honor and celebrate the retirement of Dr. Tanya H. Davis, the visionary backbone of the Crutchfield campus.
Dr. Micheal Taylor, the former President of SCC described Davis as a visionary thinker and dreamer whose passion for education propelled the new Crutchfield campus.
The “City with a Soul” will soon unveil a gem rich with the history of Locust. For the past six months, the Locust Historical Society has been hard at work beautifying their new home for housing and displaying historical artifacts from the Locust area.
“We hope this will be an enduring contribution to the community that will continue when we are long gone and our children’s grandchildren are here,” said Bill Tucker, chairperson.