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Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist celebrates 250 years as a church

By Leah Schmalz

Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Locust commemorates a major landmark this weekend with the celebration of its 250th anniversary. Organized in 1765 by Primitive Baptists from England, the church was formed 11 years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The weekend festivities consist of several services held throughout the weekend that include a capella congregational singing, preaching, prayer and fellowship. The services take place at 7 pm on Friday and 10:30 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. The morning services are followed by lunch.  […]

Fair Havens Ministry launches Make a Change Campaign

By Natalie Lloyd
During the month of May, Fair Havens Ministry will be collecting loose change for the Make a Change Campaign to raise funds for their ministry.
The focus of Fair Havens Ministry “is to share the love of Jesus in a practical way by providing housing, education and opportunities for a brighter future.”
The ministry aims to renovate the old Bethel School building on Hwy. 24-27 to become an orphanage. With an agreed upon purchase price of $150,000, Fair Havens is currently seeking to raise the $50,000 needed to close on the deed to the property.
Founder Jessica Harris had originally hoped to close on the deed by April 1, but was unsuccessful in raising the needed funds. She now hopes to raise the funds by June 30 to close on the property and proceed with renovations plans. […]

By |May 14th, 2015|Development, Weekly Post, Weekly Post Front Page, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Fair Havens Ministry aims to use old Bethel School as orphanage

By Leah Schmalz
A sign hangs on the front fence of the old Bethel School building on Highway 24-27, proclaiming it the future home of Fair Havens Orphanage. After sitting vacant for years, Mint Hill native Jessica Harris has plans to convert the five buildings and three ball fields into a place of hope for children throughout the area, with a proposed opening date of August 2017. […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Development, Towns, Weekly Post|0 Comments

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