Midland adopts street traffic and parking schedules ordinance

midland speedBy Leah Schmalz

The Midland town council adopted a revised street traffic and parking schedules ordinance at the July meeting. The primary change is that some streets with a 35 MPH speed limit are reduced to 25 MPH.

There are 50 total streets that will see a change in speed limit. This requires approximately 60 new signs, for a cost of $9,000. In addition, the town plans to post “Neighborhood Speed Limit 25 MPH” signs within neighborhoods, for an additional cost between $5,000 and $6,000. “We will not start enforcing until the signs are up,” said Cabarrus County Deputy Sheriff Barrett Ellwood. “I’m going to pull everyone in and talk to them. That way they aren’t writing tickets the day the signs go up.”  Continue reading

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Awards presented during Locust council meeting

Council member Mike Haigler presents the business of the month award to Olegario Saldana from Mi Fuente. Photos by Natalie Lloyd

Council member Mike Haigler presents the business of the month award to Olegario Saldana from Mi Fuente. Photos by Natalie Lloyd

By Natalie Lloyd

Two prestigious awards were presented during the city council meeting in Locust last Thursday.

First, Police Chief Frank Hartsell awarded a certificate to Officer Kevin O’Conner for completion of his advanced law enforcement certification. Hartsell said the certification is one of the highest awards a law enforcement officer in North Carolina can receive. The certification required a Bachelor degree and 480 additional training hours, as well as other requirements.  Continue reading

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Midland mayor urges residents to challenge Wallace Park funding cut

By Leah Schmalz

In a 3-2 vote to pass the 2015-2016 Cabarrus County budget with newly proposed cuts, commissioners eliminated $1.8 million in funding for the Wallace Park project in Midland. “With almost half a billion dollars in debt and hundreds of millions of dollars of additional debt potentially in the county’s future, it is irresponsible to fund a new park,” said Commissioner Jason Oesterreich. Continue reading

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West Stanly Fire Department to host community meeting

meeting2meeting1By Natalie Lloyd

The West Stanly Fire Department will host a community meeting Saturday, July 26 from 11 am to 5 pm.

Fire Chief Kenny Crump said the purpose of the event is to allow the community to learn about the personnel, equipment and services provided by the fire department. The West Stanly Fire Department serves the communities of Locust, Stanfield and Rocky River. Continue reading

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Rocky River Vineyards wine available at select Harris Teeters

PHOTO BY LEAH SCHMALZ

PHOTO BY LEAH SCHMALZ

By Leah Schmalz

Rocky River Vineyards, located off Reed Mine Road, recently became an official Harris Teeter wine vendor. Their locally made wine is available at the store’s locations in Mint Hill, Matthews and several others throughout Charlotte.  Continue reading

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Stanfield business recognized by Department of Labor

By Leah Schmalz

Stanley Engineered Fastening, a Stanley Black & Decker Inc. company with a local facility in Stanfield, was recognized by the Department of Labor for safety in the workplace with a Million Hour award.

The North Carolina Department of Labor presents Million Hour awards for businesses that have gone one million employee hours without any injuries or illnesses that lead to time away from work. For each subsequent one million hours reached, the business receives an additional award.

The Stanfield business has gone six million hours without any lost-time accidents. The time span ranges from June 2, 1995 to May 3, 2013. This is the third consecutive year the business has received this award.

The Department of Labor presented this award and others at a luncheon at the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce on June 16. The department began the awards system in 1946 to provide more incentive for accident prevention and workplace safety.

 

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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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