The Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, local business leaders, and patients joined the staff of Jordan Family Dentistry in a ribbon-cutting and open house celebration last Friday afternoon.
“This part of the country is in the center of everything. We are a great small com- munity that is closer to bigger cities and close to the mountains and to the coast. There is no reason why people shouldn’t want to do business here and live here, I hope your business takes off and is very successful,” said Bill Lawhone, Stanly County Chamber Board Chair and Bank of Stanly President.
Dr. Sherrill Jordan and her staff, Gina McGrew, office manager, and Danielle Almond, dental hygienist, opened the practice in September 2012. The practice is located at 4385 Hwy. 24/27 East, Suite B in the Presnell Business Park in Midland.
“We have been blessed to be here for six months. I could not have done it without Gina and Danielle, they have been with me the whole time. We have learned together and we have had wonderful patients and we look forward to years and years of being the hometown dentist here,” said Jordan.
The Thursday meeting of the Locust City Council was a night of honor and recognition for key leaders in the City of Locust.
Capt. Charles Connell of the Locust Police Department was honored by the council and by the North Carolina Secret Service for a successful career of 35 years. He began his career in Locust in April 1978 before working for the Town of Stanfield and eventually coming back to Locust for the remainder of his career. Connell is the first officer to retire from the Locust PD. He received his pistol and shield from the city for his services.
“The Secret Service owes you a lot. From our director, I want to thank you very much for all your help. You will be sorely missed,” said Melissa Ragland.
Mike Harwood was given a plaque in recognition for the many years of service on the ABC Board. Harwood stepped down from his post as chairman of the board at the November 2012 council meeting. At that time, the council decided to bring the board from a five-person board to a three-person board.
“We are sorry to see him go,” said Mayor Steve Huber while presenting a plaque to Harwood, “But we know he has bigger and better things out there for him.”
A citizen, Stanley Priest, also chose to recognize Capt. Charles Connell and former mayor Scott Efird for their services to the city with plaques of recognition.
“I’ve been enjoyed working for the city, and as far as I am concerned, we have the best group of officers that we could ever have.╩ I may be leaving the job, but I will still be close by and if you need me at any time, I’m there,” said Connell to the council and a waiting audience filled with officers and citizens of the city. Continue reading →
Last month, four weapons were found inside of a vehicle on West Stanly High School’s campus, just days after the Sandy Hook Tragedy. Two airsoft guns were spotted in the rear of the vehicle, according to the Stanly County Sheriff’s office. Further investigation of the vehicle revealed two knives. The student, Casey Dalton Troutman, was issued a criminal summons charging Troutman with possessing weapons on school property. Troutman’s court date was this past Monday, January 14.
On the same day as the incident at West, Bethel Elementary School in Cabarrus County underwent a short lockdown. A man wearing camouflage was seen near the school property with a gun. The man was a local hunter and was spotted by a passer-by near the vicinity of the school. Authorities determined the man was not a threat to the school, and the lockdown was lifted.
In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, questions of safety, gun regulations, and education have come into the spotlight. Parents are taking students out of classrooms, petitions are going up urging the president for stricter laws, and in some instances, veterans have stationed themselves at their children’s schools to promote a safe environment. School shootings have a way of striking at the very core our country’s heart. A place of innocence and learning is violated in the most tragic way, and the repercussions can be found across the nation. What are our schools doing is response? Continue reading →
Midland Town Hall staff and mayor along with property sellers are all smiles while signing the closing documents on the property. Pictured from L-R: Back Row: town clerk Nancy Boyden, town engineer Brian Wilson, assistant Planning, Zoning & Subdivision Administrator, Jana C. McMakin, finance officer Sonya Reynolds, Planning, Zoning & Subdivision Administrator Richard Flowe, and town administrator David Pugh. Front Row: Don Widenhouse, Mayor Kathy Kitts, Connie Hinson, and Willie Hinson. PHOTO BY MICHELLE WATERS
The Midland Town Council and Mayor announced the purchasing of a site for the future Midland Town Hall at the town council meeting last Tuesday, September 11. The town closed on the property two days later.
The town purchased a property of 2.45 acres along with an acceptance of a one-acre donation from owners GATRDO, LLC and Willie and Connie Hinson.
“This is something members of this council and previous Midland Coun- cils have worked diligently to strive for: a community building that Midland can call its own,” said Mayor Kathy Kitts.
The town has been in the process of surveying the property for several months in order to accommodate a building structure such as a town hall.
The location of the property is less than one quarter of a mile south from the intersection of US 601 and Hwy. 24/27. The town will construct a Main Street from US 601 according to the Midland Town Plan 2030.
The unveiling of the first draft of Town Hall rendering will be at the Tuesday, October 9 monthly meeting of the town council. The public may comment on the renderings during the Saturday, October 13 Town Hall meeting from 9 am until 11 am.
Midland Resident Melissa Lily is running for Register of Deeds
Liz Poole is running for a seat on the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners
Richard Hudson is a candidate for Congress
More than 20 candidates for various positions in Cabarrus County and the state came out to a meet and greet with the residents of Midland last Saturday, September 8 at the Midland Volunteer Fire Department Station on Hwy. 601.
Midland council members Rich Wise and Mike Tallent as well as Mayor Kathy Kitts hosted the event.
The candidates ranged from N.C. Eighth District Republican nominee Richard Hudson to Cabarrus County Commissioner Liz Poole. There were also candidates running for school board, Cabarrus County Register of Deeds, state superintendent, and N.C. Court of Appeals.
“I think I am the only candidate for congress that has ridden the mechanical bull at Midland Magic,” said Hudson before giving a serious speech on the importance of creating jobs by cutting taxes, reducing excessive regulations, and funding worker retraining through community college programs.
“My top three priorities are jobs, jobs, and jobs,” Hudson said.
Melissa Lilly, a Midland resident, is running for Cabarrus County Register of Deeds. She has been an employee at the register of deeds since 2005.
“I’m running because I believe I have the knowledge and experience to run that office,” said Lilly.
Another Cabarrus County native at the forum was Liz Poole, Chairman for the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners.
“I am running for re-election. I have the experience to be a county commissioner again. I think it is the best part time job. I have lived in Cabarrus County my entire life, and I have a lot of understanding of what goes on in schools and what goes on in the community,” said Poole.
Midland residents were also able to donate blood at the station with Community Blood Centers of the Carolinas. Through Community Blood Center, any donations made stay within the community. Council member Wise said blood donations are at their lowest during the summer months because schools are not in session. He urged candidates and citizens alike to consider donating.
The next town hall meeting will be October 13 from 9-11 am. All citizens are encouraged to attend.
Thirty-eight Charlotte-area students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships from Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina (RMHC of N.C.) and thirty students have received the $1,000 Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award Scholarship, funded by local McDonald’s Owner and Operators. Katharine Ross of Stanfield was one of the recipients chosen. Award recipients were selected based on outstanding academic achievement and community involvement. The students were recognized at an awards reception, sponsored by McDonald’s, Wednesday, July 11 at the Gastonia Convention Center.
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners voted to give a tax incentive grant to Corning for a proposed $69 million expansion at the plant in Midland.
The commissioners approved a motion to suspend regular procedures to hold the public hearing and take action at the work session last Monday, July 2.
After debate amongst the commissioners, the motion passed 3-2 for the tax incentive. The grant would be a three-year grant equal to 85 percent of the ad valorem taxes on the increase in personal property taxes.
The commissioners debated the necessity of taxing the Cabarrus County citizens versus offering a tax incentive to bring in revenue and jobs from the Corning plant expansion.
“My vote does not have anything to do with Corning. I think they’re a good company. I don’t blame them for asking for the tax incentives. To me, it’s still unfair taxation to the rest of the taxpayers of Cabarrus County. I cant see it any other way,” stated commissioner Larry Burrage. Continue reading →
The Locust Police Department now has neighborhood watch decals available. These decals are available for free to neighborhood watch members for placement on their residences or mailboxes to show membership in the Locust Police Department’s neighborhood watch program.
The decals are made on white reflective material to be seen easily during day or nighttime hours. Due to an initial limited number of decals available, one decal will be available per residence of neighborhood watch members.
The Locust Police Department’s neighborhood watch program is designed to promote an atmosphere of cooperation and communication between neighborhood residents and the Locust Police Department, to keep criminal activity and other disturbances as minimal as possible. Continue reading →
On Wednesday night, early Thursday morning, someone entered Parker Motors Salvage Yard and stole over 100 Aluminum – Alloy wheels, car batteries, and radiators. The average dollar value of the wheels is $60.00 each. If anyone has any info, please contact the Oakboro Police Department @ 704-485-4214.
Below is a list of what the stolen wheels fit.
Mercury – Sable
VW – Jetta
Jeep – Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Liberty
Chevy – Mailbu, Silverado 1500
Cadillac – Deville, Catera, Seville
Dodge – Intrepid, Durango, Dakota
Chrysler – 300 M
Ford – Town & Country, Windstar, Thunder Bird, F-150, Escort, Focus, Escape, Taurus, Explorer, Expedetion
KIA – Spectra
Honda – Accord
Pontiac – Bonneville, Grand Prix, Grand Am
Buick – LaSabre, Park Avenue, Regal, Lucerne
Toyota – Land Rover
BMW – 540 i
Volvo – 80 Series