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Whitley to retire from SCPC

By Natalie Lloyd

Barbara Whitley, Executive Director for the Stanly County Partnership for Children, will retire June 30. She has been involved with the partnership for over 20 years, serving as executive director for the past 12 years.

The Stanly County Partnership for Children is a nonprofit agency serving children birth to five years old.

SCPC is a local partnership for the statewide Smart Start program. Established in 1993, Smart Start is led by the North Carolina Partnership for Children and 77 local partnerships working in all 100 counties in the state.

Through Smart Start funding, SCPC provides programs and services to help prepare children in Stanly County to enter kindergarten.

“It has been an honor and privilege,” said Whitley, “I have been so fortunate and blessed to have this position.” […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Government, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Midland Magic cancelled until next year

By Leah Schmalz

Celebrate Midland Magic, a local festival held for 12 years, is cancelled for this fall. The committee has plans to hold it again next year.

John Crump, a Midland town councilmember, said the committee had been looking for a larger venue but had planned to hold it one more time at the Midland Fire […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Government, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Riverbend Farm trail, launch open Saturday

By Leah Schmalz

This Saturday at 10 a.m. the Town of Midland and the Carolina Thread Trail will hold a ribbon cutting to officially open the Riverbend Farm trail and canoe and kayak launch. It is the second public access point for this segment of the Carolina Thread Trail.

The natural surface trail is about one mile long. It leads to the southern-most water entry for paddle recreation in Cabarrus County, allowing for access to the Rocky River. The Pharr Family Preserve canoe and kayak launch, which opened in March, is four and a half miles north of this launch.  […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro hires Daniel Smith as Parks & Recreation Director

By Leah Schmalz

At a closed meeting at the beginning of the month, Oakboro town council approved the hire of Daniel Smith as the Parks & Recreation Director. Smith has a Bachelor’s in Parks and Recreation Administration and Master’s in Sports Administration.

Smith starts on June 30 and will be paid an annual salary of $37,440 in the newly created position. The primary purpose of creating the position is to offer more recreational opportunities to the town’s residents.  […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Development, Government, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Cabarrus Acres residents raise concerns over utility costs

By Leah Schmalz

Residents Scott Boles and Stacey Joyner spoke during the public comment session of the Midland meeting last Tuesday regarding the sewer project in Cabarrus Acres. Because of the sewer lines, residents will also have to hookup to Concord city water rather than staying on Aqua water. Boles said the cost to tap in to city water, according to a letter he received, is $2,411 per residence.

Both Boles and Joyner wondered if the town plans to help residents on fixed income afford the cost of tapping on. Pugh said the town has heard from many other residents in Cabarrus Acres as well. “That’s what we needed out of the citizens and that’s something that staff takes very seriously,” he said.  […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Government, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Locust to host new events in 2014

By Natalie Lloyd

The City of Locust will host several new events during the upcoming months. The schedule of events was discussed at the city council meeting last Thursday.
Council member JC Burris spoke about four upcoming events which will take place in Locust this year: Bark in the Park, Touch a Truck, an outdoor expo and a Halloween event. He also hinted at an event in the works for May 2015 that is hoped to bring several thousand to the town center in Locust.
Scott Efird, filling in for Town Administrator Tim Fesperman, also spoke about the plans for the Bark in the Park and Touch a Truck events. He has hopes for both to be big events for Locust. […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Development, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Red Cross discusses plans for new town sign

By Natalie Lloyd
At Monday’s council meeting, the Red Cross Town Council discussed plans for a new town sign.

The sign will be 14 feet long by eight feet high with columns on each end. It will be made of brick with a granite insert.

Morgan Masonry in Midland provided a quote of $6,000–$6,500 for the masonry work on the sign. The brick will be dark red with dark mortar.

The new sign will also have a granite insert. The council discussed design details for the insert such as the size of the insert and the color of the granite and lettering.  […]

By |June 10th, 2014|Breaking News, Development, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Diva Dash 5k expected to bring 5,000 to Midland

By Leah Schmalz

SHAPE Magazine’s Diva Dash, a 5k obstacle course designed for women, is coming to Midland on June 21. It will be held at Riverbend Farm starting at 9 am. Local officials anticipate the event will bring roughly 5,000 visitors to the town.

The event will benefit Friends of the Midland Library. Riverbend Farm is allowing the group to use the general store to sell water and other race merchandise as a way to raise funds. The farm is also providing the first $200 worth of merchandise. Any money received from SHAPE Magazine as a result of the race will be donated to Friends of the Library as well.  […]

By |June 6th, 2014|Development, Towns, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Oakboro employees to receive holiday payment

By Carrie C. Causey

Oakboro Meeting Wrap-up

Monday night, the Oakboro town council recognized Clerk Taffy Smith as being the town’s first clerk to become certified, having recently finished her training. 
Following closed session, the board awarded her achievements by giving her a pay increase of 50 cents an hour, totaling $15 an hour, and an extra week of vacation.
Commissioners also voted to ask their intern David Smith to stay on until May if willing. Smith, Town Administrator Doug Burgess’ grandson, is a graduate student at Wingate University and has been working with the Parks and Recreation department. Burgess told the board Smith had mentioned he’d like to stay on because he has more ideas. 
But the board’s generosity toward their employees didn’t stop there. 
They voted to give all full-time town workers $250 and all part-time employees $100 as a one-time payment during the holiday season. Contract employees, Burgess and Special Projects Manager Larry Branch, will also receive $250. […]

By |November 21st, 2013|Breaking News, Development, Government, Growth|0 Comments

Developer changes plan with ordinance in Midland

By Carrie C. Causey 
A neighborhood developer wants to come back to the Midland Town Council to update a plan to be more in line with a new ordinance. 
During the November 12 meeting, Planning Zoning and Subdivision Administrator Richard Flowe told the town council that the Saddlebrook plan had previously been approved under the town’s old ordinances, but have decided they want a traditional neighborhood development overlay to allow them to make some changes.
“We have found more recently, as we have conversations about different parts of the project, that our new ordinance offers them greater opportunity to do things a little differently than old ordinance,” Flowe said. “The new ordinance design has a greater opportunity and is a win-win for the town, neighborhood and developer. It does it within the same land area.”
December 10, the board will hold a public hearing for the traditional neighborhood development overlay to amend Saddlebrooks’ plan for more open space, different sidewalk positions, among other minor changes. It won’t change the overall plan or zoning, but some of the design.
“This is kind of a first. This is unique and new one for the town,” Flowe said of having someone come back.  […]

By |November 21st, 2013|Breaking News, Development, Growth|0 Comments