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Oakboro passes resolution to request delayed BOE vote

By Leah Schmalz
Anthony Graves spoke at Oakboro’s February town council meeting to present a proposed resolution to ask the Stanly County Board of Education to delay the vote on any closure or consolidation plans until January 2016. Several days later the council adopted the resolution. The full text can be found on the town’s website and Facebook page.  […]

By |February 28th, 2015|Government, Towns, Weekly Post, Weekly Post Front Page, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Red Cross Council discusses Stanly County Schools’ redistricting plans

By Natalie Lloyd
At Monday’s meeting, Red Cross council members discussed the consolidation and redistricting plans proposed by the Stanly County Board of Education. Former school board member Melvin Poole spoke about the plans and answered questions from the council. Poole, who served on the school board for 18 years, vehemently opposed the plans.  […]

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

Stanfield council, staff visit third grade classes

By Leah Schmalz
Third grade students had the opportunity to learn more about local government firsthand on Thursday with a visit from members of the Stanfield town council, staff and police department.
Mayor Kevin Barbee, Commissioner Jerry Williams, Police Chief Tony Beaver, Interim Town Administrator Bridgette Helms and Officer Ashley Ingram provided an overview of the way the town functions. Students received Stanly County magazines, maps and a copy of the town’s history. “Generally we try to look after the town’s best interests,” said Barbee. “There will be opportunities for you as you get older to get involved.” […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Government, Towns, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Midland extends Saddlebrook hearing, reviews petition

By Leah Schmalz
At January’s meeting last Tuesday, Midland council decided to extend the public hearing on prohibited parking on Saddlebrook Drive until February’s meeting pending more information on the situation.
No one spoke at the hearing, but the town plans to reach out to the impacted households on Saddlebrook Drive to invite them to speak at February’s meeting. There are several options the ordinance could address. It could limit parking on the entire street, limit it on one side only, limit it between certain points or set specific times for restricted parking. The concern is that buses and emergency vehicles would have difficulty on the street with cars parked along both sides. […]

By |January 21st, 2015|Government, Towns, Weekly Post Front Page, Your Hometown|0 Comments

Stanfield addresses covered sewer valve on Big Lick Road

By Leah Schmalz
At the November council meeting, Stanfield officials discussed a mistake made by state workers on the Big Lick Road bridge. The employees covered over a valve on the sewer transmission line with roughly six feet of fill, even though it had been marked. A second valve on the opposite end of the bridge wasn’t covered.
Town officials said other valves along the line remain accessible in the case of an incident. “If anything was to happen, we could shut it off,” said Commissioner Jerry Williams. However, even if the valve remains covered, it would need to be open and secure to avoid issues. […]

By |November 11th, 2014|Government, Towns, Your Hometown|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

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

Banquet benefits the Bridge to Recovery

By Natalie Lloyd

The Bridge to Recovery held a benefit banquet at Loves Grove United Methodist Church in Stanfield this past Saturday evening. Thirty-five tables were sponsored for the event with more than 200 guests in attendance.

The Bridge to Recovery is a Christian sober house for those seeking recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. Serving as a bridge between detox and long-term treatment, BTR helps those seeking sobriety to have a better chance for recovery.  […]

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