Whitley to retire from SCPC

By Natalie Lloyd

Barbara Whitley will retire after 12 years as executive director for the SCPC. Photo courtesy of Barbara Whitley

Barbara Whitley will retire after 12 years as executive director for the SCPC. Photo courtesy of Barbara Whitley

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.” Continue reading

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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 & Rescue grounds before moving. However, they ran into a problem with the carnival rides. Although the committee had spoken with the company supplying the rides and signed a contract, the company cancelled due to the need to use their rides at another event.

By this point the committee couldn’t secure replacement carnival rides for the event. “We could not get equivalent rides to what we had been offering at the old show,” said Crump. “We’re sorry we couldn’t have it this year but sometimes there are some circumstances that are outside of your control.”

The committee fully intends to hold the event next year, and is still looking for a larger venue. They still plan to host a Christmas lunch for the seniors in Midland, tentatively scheduled for December 7.

“We do want to thank all the businesses and citizens and vendors…everybody that has supported us in past,” said Crump. “We’ll be back next year, maybe with a better show and bigger show than we’ve had in the past.”

 

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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.  Continue reading

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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.  Continue reading

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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.  Continue reading

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Diva Dash lets women relax from responsibilities

By Leah Schmalz

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 7.19.27 PMAn estimated 350 runners, decked out in colorful tutus and leopard print, showed up Saturday morning at Riverbend Farm in Midland for the Shape Diva Dash 5K. As buffalo and goats looked on, the runners traversed roughly three miles of dirt trail, weaving around the farm and through the woods. They also had the opportunity to conquer 11 obstacles along the way, like monkey bars and a fireman’s pole.   Continue reading

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Local artist visits senior center

By Natalie Lloyd
Local artist Susan Lackey provided a drawing presentation for the West Stanly Senior Center Wednesday, June 18. Lackey has served as president of the Stanly Arts Guild and displays some of her work at the Falling Rivers Gallery in Albemarle. On Wednesday, she spoke about drawing and brought several pieces of her art to show, including her pieces titled “Distraction” and “Innocence.”
The West Stanly Senior Center is located in the old library building next to Ace Hardware in the Locust town center. Lackey’s presentation was part of a full schedule of events at the center.
In addition to their Tuesday and Thursday events, the center is now open on Wednesdays with many activities planned. Custom jewelry making, canasta, bingo, a walking club and a summer book club are just a few of the activities offered each month.
Several new events are on the schedule for July. For those interested in learning more about drawing, Shirley Huckabee will teach two grid drawing classes July 2 and 9. Informational lectures titled “Preventing Cardiovascular Disease” and “What’s Happening to our Bees?” are also scheduled for July.
For a current schedule of events, drop by the center or visit online at www.weststanlycommunitycenter.org.

Local artist Susan Lackey provided a drawing presentation for the West Stanly Senior Center. Photo by Natalie Lloyd

Local artist Susan Lackey provided a drawing presentation for the West Stanly Senior Center. Photo by Natalie Lloyd

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Madelyn’s Book Belles

Madelyn’s Book Belles will hold a book sale and the public is invited to shop. There will be books for everybody. Some of the genres include: cook and art books; fiction and non fiction; religious and how-to; romance and inspirational fiction. There will also be children’s books at rock bottom prices. Times for the sale are Thursday, June 19, 11 am to 5 pm; Friday, June 20, 9 am to 5 pm; Saturday June 21, 9 am to 2 pm. On Saturday all books are 50 percent off and the $1 bag sale begins at 11 am until all books are sold. All proceeds go to projects and pro- grams in the Locust Library.

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Jeff Shelton Memorial Park closed June 16

Officer Jeff Shelton Memorial Park closed June 16 for about a week. The park, located at 2884 Officer Jeff Shelton Drive, next to Locust Elementary School, is closed for storm drainage repairs in the park. The athletic facilities will remain open.

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“Berry” fun at The Little Farmer’s Corner

By Natalie Lloyd

Finger painting with berry juice was just one of the “berry” fun activities at The Little Farmer’s Corner.

Finger painting with berry juice was just one of the “berry” fun activities at The Little Farmer’s Corner.

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.  Continue reading

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