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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

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

Diva Dash lets women relax from responsibilities

By Leah Schmalz

An 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.   […]

By |June 28th, 2014|Things to do, Weekly Post, Your Hometown|0 Comments

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 […]

By |June 28th, 2014|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

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