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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

Summer reading program kicks off

By Natalie Lloyd

The Stanly County Public Library summer reading program kicked off Wednesday, June 18 with science demonstrations by Mad Science of the Piedmont. From flying toilet paper to bursts of flame, children of all ages learned that science can be fun. At the end of the show, the children were encouraged to learn more about science by checking out books from their local library.  […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Things to do, Towns, 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

“Berry” fun at The Little Farmer’s Corner

By Natalie Lloyd

Squishing berries to make finger paint was just one of the “berry” fun activities for children at The Little Farmer’s Corner Monday morning. Eight children and their caregivers participated in the program.

The Little Farmer’s Corner is a free program held at the Stanly Commons Farmer’s Market in Albemarle. The program will be held every Monday morning at 10 am from June—August. The Little Farmer’s Corner features a variety of fun activities designed to teach children about local foods.

During Monday’s program, the children had the opportunity to touch berries and discuss their color and texture. Activities included berry tasting and finger painting with berry juice. Caregivers could chose to stay with their children or shop at the farmer’s market during the program.  […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Things to do, 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

SCC to Host Medical Open House on June 30

Stanly Community College (SCC) invites the public to attend a Medical Open House on Monday, June 30th, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  The event will take place at our Crutchfield Education Center in Locust, the site of our new Allied Health Signature Campus.  Visitors can attend a general session, then tour our allied health classrooms and labs and have an opportunity to attend up to three breakout sessions of medical programs.  Some of the topics that will be covered during the general session include: the admissions process for medical programs, information about testing requirements, how to prepare for testing, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.  […]

By |June 18th, 2014|Breaking News, 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

Commissioner Asciutto speaks at Stanfield meeting

By Leah Schmalz

Stanly County Commissioner Peter Asciutto spoke during the public comment session at Stanfield’s town hall meeting on Thursday to update the council on what is happening at the county level. Asciutto said he’s been making visits to towns throughout Stanly County.

Asciutto focused primarily on the county’s animal control ordinance that was passed last year, encouraging town officials to spread the word so pet owners understand what the ordinance entails. He said the purpose of the ordinance is to prevent pets from leaving an owner’s property and causing harm to another person. “People have every right to own an animal and have them on their property, but their neighbors also has a right to not have the animal come in and harm them,” he said.  […]

By |June 10th, 2014|Breaking News, Towns, Weekly Post, 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