2 Free Concerts Saturday, August 26th – Mocksville & Town of Bermuda Run!

tessandtheblackandblue450Davie County has two free concerts Saturday night that are sure to thrill music lovers of all ages.  While downtown Mocksville will be jamming to the best of beach and Motown, Bermuda Run will be dancing to the top tunes of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Mocksville’s Concerts on the Square
Enjoy a little beach and Motown as one of Mocksville’s hometown bands, Tess & the Black & Blues, takes the stage this Saturday night, August 26th, from 7- 10 p.m.in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. Their performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

Formed in 2014, Tess & the Black & Blues plays blues, beach, country, funk, and rock. Band members include: Tess Welch – vocals; Grady McClamrock – rhythm guitar; Gary Chilton – lead guitar; Ken Simonds – bass; Jerry Smith – keyboards; and Darren Boles – drums.

More Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are September 9th — The Real 21 (acoustic, classic rock and country), September 15th — Josh Perryman (acoustic rock & blues), and September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country & rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Bring your lawn chairs. Enjoy downtown Mocksville restaurants, retail shops, and ice cream and gourmet coffee shops.

ericandthechilltones450Bermuda Run’s Sounds on the Square
TheTown of Bermuda Run & Davie County Arts Council will present Eric & The Chill Tones from 7-9 p.m. at the gazebo near Town Hall in the Kinderton Business Park.

This band should come with a warning label because they will get the audience involved like you have never seen! They play just about anything, but focus on 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s cover tunes and Carolina beach music.

Bring a lawn chair, a picnic, a cooler, and don’t forget your dancing shoes! Two dance floors will be available for dancing the night away. The rain date for the concert is Sunday, August 27th at 7 p.m.

For more information about Concerts on the Square in Mocksville, call Tami Langdon at 336.753.6705 or visit http://mocksvillenc.org.

For more information about Sounds on the Square in Bermuda Run, call the Davie County Arts Council at 336.751.3112 or visit daviearts.org

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Free Concert – Mel Jones and Tin Can Alley Take the Stage on the Square in Mocksville This Saturday, August 19th

Tin Can AlleyEnjoy classic soul and R&B from the 1960’s as Tin Can Alley and Mel Jones take the stage this Saturday night, August 19th, from 7 pm-10 pm in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. Their performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

More Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are  August 26th — Tess Black & Blue Band (motown, beach), September 9th — The Real 21 (acoustic, classic rock and country, September 15th — Josh Perryman (acoustic rock and blues), September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock), . All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

Tin Can Alley
Tin Can Alley, made up of Mel Jones, Calvin Johnson, and Don Story, was formed in 2006 as a way to deliver the lyrical power and driving rhythms of the classic soul, R&B, and rock of the 60’s to smaller venues. By toning down percussion, using a doghouse bass, and focusing on the wonderful vocal harmonies found in the songs released by Motown, Stax-Volt, and Atco-Atlantic, the Cans have developed a loyal following throughout the Piedmont and Western NC. Recently, this multi-talented trio has added more percussion for larger venues and continues to perform the music of Marvin Gaye, James Brown, The Beatles, The Coasters, and The Drifters as well as more contemporary artists Steve Winwood, Delbert McClinton, and Steely Dan at festivals, clubs, restaurants, breweries, and wineries in the region.

Mel Jones, percussion, harmonica a resident of Advance, is from the R&B town of Chapel Hill, NC where he was drenched in the classic soul music of the 60’s as he was first learning to sing and play drums. After moving to Western NC, he discovered North Carolina’s rich heritage of bluegrass, old time, and Piedmont blues and added harmonica and began to write and record his own material. He has played with such varied groups as Bro T Holla, the Stanley County Boys, and Split Decision as well as his own Wicker and Jones and Mel Jones and His Bag O’ Bones.

Don Story, guitar- is one of the finest guitarists in North Carolina, and  is constantly in demand for live performances and studio work. He keeps a busy schedule teaching guitar, playing solo shows, and touring with the likes of Split Decision, Face the Music, Mel Jones and His Bag O’ Bones, and The Toneblazers, among others. He has played every Merlefest since its inception.

Calvin Johnson, bass grew up in a musical family from Winston-Salem. Calvin is a veteran multi-instrumentalist that has played blues, country, jazz, and rock and roll with Russ Wilson, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, Max Drake, Armand Lemchek, the Mystery Hillbillies, Mel Jones and His Bag O’ Bones, and many more. He is also an accomplished sound technician that operates his own Calarama Studio.

Break out your lawn chairs this Saturday!
Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

All concerts will be held in the quad on Main Street in downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101. For questions or to get more information contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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Davie County Arts Council Presents the 2017-18 “Season of Applause”

brockEvery year the Davie County Arts Council presents a number of outstanding performances through its Season of Applause! concert series. From rock to bluegrass to piano to the finest celebrity impersonators, you won’t want to miss a single show!

The best way to enjoy them all is to purchase a 2017-2018 Season of Applause! season pass. Season pass holders are guaranteed the same seats for all five performances and save money off the individual ticket price. This year’s sensational season includes:

The Grass Roots
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The Grass Roots is an American rock band that charted hit songs between 1966 and 1975. It was originally the creation of Lou Adler and songwriting duo P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri. In their career, they achieved two gold albums, one gold single and charted singles a total of 21 times. Among their charting singles, they achieved Top 10 three times, Top 20 three times and Top 40 eight times. They sold over twenty millions records worldwide. Current band members are carrying on the legacy with worldwide live performances.

Brock_CenterOn the Border
The Ultimate Eagles Tribute
Saturday, October 21, 2017

When we use the word “ultimate” it is not used lightly. On the Border is comprised of musicians that were hand-selected to play each band member. Not only do they recreate the music of that Eagles member, but they emulate their sound as well. Each musician has his own highly sought after talent on the East Coast with years of experience in other projects. We searched to make sure we would be providing our audience as close to the Eagles as possible. Prepare to be amazed as you hear the well-known Eagles’ songs.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Saturday, November 4, 2017

As a founding member of IIIrd Tyme Out, Russell Moore has seen the group expand and evolve from where it started to where it has risen today. Russell is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the year having won an unprecedented five times. The group has also won prestigious IBMA Vocal Group of the Year not once but numerous times. The Band has a legacy of thirteen albums and two greatest hits collections produced since 1991. They maintain a busy touring schedule playing in almost every state, some more than once. Join us for another great evening of award winning bluegrass music being performed at the Brock.

David-Osborne-Trio-intDavid Osborne
Saturday, January 20, 2018
David Osborne was introduced by pianist Roger Williams as “heir apparent” to the title Pianist to the Presidents during a concert at Sun Coast Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Williams had earned the title performing for many United States Presidents at the White House during his celebrated career. David has since performed for Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43 and Obama multiple times at the White House. David has also performed at the invitation of the White House Tour office as well for private dinners hosted by the Presidents and First Ladies

A Steinway Signature Artist, David has recording sales in the millions of copies. Los Angeles Music Awards has honored David with the following: Pianist of the Year, Concert Performer of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Hollywood Fame Star and Composer/Arranger of the Year.

Making his second appearance at the Brock due to requests from our patrons, we look forward to welcoming David back to Davie County.

Barbara and Frank 375Barbra & Frank
A Sensational Tribute to Sinatra and Streisand
Sharon Owens, as Barbra Streisand & Sebastian Anzaldo, as Frank Sinatra
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2018
It is unlikely that the two powerhouse voices of the century would have ever shared the same stage….until now! They never exactly worked together, only taped a duet in separate recording sessions, but it’s tantalizing to think what it would have been like to have Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra teamed up for a concert tour. Just imagine the possibilities! Would one have outshone the other? Would their onstage banter have been friendly or a bit snippy?

Sharon Owens and Sebastian Anzaldo, two of the most impressive celebrity impersonators in the business, travel the world performing their uncanny tribute to the two famous singers- Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. Their performance will make your Valentine’s date night a special one!

All Season of Applause! shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Season passes are $175 each. Individual tickets are $38 adults; $36 seniors.

You can purchase season passes or individual tickets by visiting the Brock Performing Arts Center’s box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 p.m. or by calling the box office at 336-751-3000.

The Brock Performing Arts Center is located at 622 N. Main St. in Mocksville.

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20th Annual Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf Tournament Monday, September 11

2017 Davie Chamber Pro Scramble

Join the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for one of the best golf tournaments of the year, the 20th Annual Davie County Chamber of Commerce Pro Scramble Golf Tournament on Monday, September 11th at Oak Valley Golf Club.

Davie Chamber Pro Scramble Golf TournamentProfessional golfers from throughout the Carolinas serve as captains of the teams consisting of five amateur players. A shotgun start at noon gets the day started with a post-tournament dinner and awards ceremony to celebrate the winning teams. Because this year’s tournament will take place on Sept 11th, this year’s event will have a patriotic theme, including a contest for Most Patriotic Golf Attire. One lucky player could win $10,000 through a Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by Cameron Insurance Services LLC.

The tournament is the Chamber’s key annual fundraiser and proceeds are designated for furthering the Chamber’s mission to develop business initiatives and support economic development and community projects throughout the year.

“The tournament is an excellent platform for our thriving business community and all its stakeholders to enjoy a day of networking and golf,” said Carolyn McManamy, chamber president. “With the unique team format and beautiful location, the Davie Chamber’s tournament has become one of the top tournaments in the area. As a result, team slots fill quickly and the tournament is often played at capacity. ”

Register Today
Players are invited to register now and hole sponsorship opportunities are still available. The Chamber is also seeking volunteers and door prize donations. Those interested in supporting local businesses by sponsoring the event should contact the chamber office as soon as possible to be included in tournament promotions. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, cost and registration, see the full brochure here and contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304 or www.daviechamber.com.

Oak Valley Golf Club
Oak Valley (Link to Oak Valley) is the only Arnold Palmer designed Golf Club in the Winston-Salem area. The Club has enhanced his creation by completely renovating every bunker on the golf course. Spectacular white sand now highlights the existing 4-Star layout that is carved beautifully into old dairy farmland. The course truly captures the splendor of the western North Carolina foothills and is a tribute to Arnold Palmer’s legacy. Golfers from all over the world have enjoyed Palmer’s beautiful and challenging layout since the course opened in December 1995.

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Beroth Tire & Automotive Breaks Ground in Mocksville

Beroth Tire MocksvilleBeroth Tire & Automotive, a division of Mock-Beroth Tire Group, has broken ground in Mocksville for its fourteenth location.

The 5,200 sq. foot store located on Interstate Drive, next to Sherwin-Williams, is expected to open in October or early November. The company will begin by hiring five employees and will expand to around fifteen. Positions will be available for oil change technicians, tire technicians, as well as experienced technicians with more advanced skills.

“It’s always a great day in Davie County when we can welcome a new business,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, during a groundbreaking ceremony. “And a family-owned and operated company, like Beroth Tire, is a great addition to our family-oriented community. I’d like to thank Bill Junker for his forward thinking and vision in preparing a place for such growth to occur.”

Mocksville Mayor, Will Marklin, also welcomed the company to town. “I was reading online this morning that 90% of businesses in America are family owned or controlled. Family-owned businesses are the backbone of this country. I’m so happy to welcome another family-owned business to this town.”

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire and Auto

The perfect time for a location in Mocksville
According to T. Beroth, owner, the company first began looking at Davie County about 10 years ago. After opening stores in Clemmons and Mooresville, it seemed to be the perfect time to add an additional location in Mocksville.

“We looked and looked for a great location, and we are really glad to be here,” Beroth said.

In the late 1950s, Floyd Mock and his two brothers, Carey and Cecil, started the business in their parents’ garage recapping tires. They opened their first store in 1972 on Country Club Road in Winston-Salem. The business grew through the relationships they built with their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors in the Winston-Salem area.
In 1978, Tom Beroth joined forces with Mock Tire with the opening of the Stokes Tire location in King, NC and subsequently other locations in Winston-Salem on Robinhood Rd., Shattalon Drive, and Peters Creek Parkway as well as stores in Mt. Airy, Elkin, Kernersville, Madison, Lexington, and Mooresville, NC.

The younger generations also have tires in their blood. Tom’s son T. Beroth and grandsons, TJ Beroth and Earlie Gilley, along with Carey’s son Bill, Floyd’s son-in-law Mike McKnight, and Cecil’s son Craig continue the same tradition of real people, right pricing, real easy!

“A lot of family businesses are getting bought out by large retailers, but when you work with family it makes it so much more rewarding,” Beroth said. “Some employees have been with me for 37 years. It truly is a family business.”
“My 82-year-old father still comes into work everyday. He wanted to build one more store, so that’s what we are doing.”

Dedicated to providing friendly, dependable services at affordable prices, Mock-Beroth Tire Group now owns fourteen retail tire and automotive centers and two wholesale warehouses. The company employs around 160 people in the local area.

Beroth attributes the company’s success to Christian values and a genuine concern for customers and employees coupled with an ingrained sense of honesty and natural friendliness.

“Our mission is to provide dependable, quality products and service for a fair price in a friendly, honest, and accommodating environment,” he said.

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Win a Basket of Goodies at Mocksville Farmers Market this Wednesday!

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 anchorWednesdays – Mocksville:  Everyone loves to win! This week at the Mocksville Farmers Market, one lucky attendee is going to win a free picnic basket full of products from all 17 vendors! Products will include delicious fresh produce, delectable baked goods and delightful soaps.

All attendees will receive a free raffle ticket and the drawing will be held at the end of the market.

Don’t Mind the Heat!
The Mocksville Farmers Market has been upgraded with wonderful and colorful awnings that provide cooling shade for farmers, customers… and produce. A misting station is available for extra cooling.

The Mocksville Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays from 3-6 PM in the Junker’s Mill parking lot at 107 Salisbury St.  

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017

There will be something special at the Mocksville Farmers Market every week in August:

Wed., August 2nd … MICHAEL DECKER …To Celebrate National Clown Week, Michael will provide a children’s activity on stage at Junker’s Mill Stage

Wed., August 8th … SAMPLES OF SEASONAL MELONS

Wed., Aug. 15th … ICE TEA SAMPLES for National Tea Month

Wed., Aug. 22nd… BACK TO SCHOOL LUNCH SAMPLES… sliced apples & carrots

Wed., Aug. 30th… CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SAMPLES …  to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Week

Farmers Market 2017 VeggiesDavie County Farmers Markets Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!

Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Wednesdays – Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better

The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers  baked goods, candles, soaps, creams, lotions, farm art, honey, meats, pralines, berries, eggs, and more.  

Fridays – Town of Bermuda Run: The Peachtree Farmers Market is open Fridays from 3:30-7 PM in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

Peachtree Farmers Market – So Much More Than Produce

In addition to produce, the Peachtree Farmers Market offers a variety of specialty items such as water buffalo cheese, seafood, meats, Moravian chicken pies, and handmade jewelry and pottery. Complete details can be found on the market’s Facebook page. The following producers are among those who attend the Peachtree Farmers Market each Friday.  Each Thursday, the Peachtree Farmers Market posts an updated list of vendors attending the market that Friday.

Saturdays – Farmington: The Farmington Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM until noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington.

Farmington Farmers Market – Family-Friendly Fun

The Farmington Farmers Market is a family-friendly market that provides homegrown produce and goods. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, and fresh baked goodies.

After you’ve visited the market, you may want to walk the walking track, play some tennis, do some bird watching or take a hike on the new Farmington Nature Trail, located behind the community center.

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Have Some Great Ideas? Mocksville Tourism Development Wants to Hear from You!

Criterium2Do you have a great idea for a fun new event for Downtown Mocksville? The Mocksville Tourism Development Authority (MTDA) wants to hear from you!

MTDA welcomes proposals for special projects and events funding from area organizations, both profit and not for profit, that are designed to attract visitors to Downtown Mocksville.

“Mocksville Tourism would like to open the doors of communication and extend a helping hand to other organizations working to promote Downtown Mocksville, to increase foot traffic and to enhance economic growth,” said Tami Langdon, chairperson for Mocksville Tourism Development Authority. “We look forward to working together with other groups and supporting their events.”

Just complete the Special Project Funding Request Form and submit it to Mocksville Tourism via email addressed to tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov.

2014-Mocksville-Bed-Race3Davie County Tourism will review funding proposals as needed. Applications will be reviewed and considered at the next regular Mocksville Tourism Board Meeting. The applicant may be invited to present, in person, a formal presentation of the project.

Grant requests must meet the following criteria:

  1. Applicant must show that grant funds will be used for the promotion of tourism that will attract out-of-town visitors generating an increase of lodging facilities, recreational facilities, business establishments, and restaurants.
  2. Grant funds should be used only for expenses directly related to public relations and promotion of Mocksville.
  3. Applications indicating matching funds on a dollar-for-dollar or greater basis are encouraged and may determine project funding.
  4. Grant recipients are encouraged to add the Mocksville Tourism approval/support to any printed media.

For more information, contact Tami Langdon, community development coordinator, at tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov or 336-753-6705.

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Area Businesses are Looking for You – Job Fair – Thursday, July 20th!

davie_county_jobsLooking for a job? Area businesses are looking for you! Find your new career during the job fair this Thursday, July 20th, from 2-6 p.m. at the Davie County Senior Center.

The event is open for veterans only from 2-3 p.m. and then to the public from 3-6 pm.

Davidson County Community College will also be on hand with information about the job resources they provide.

“There will be a lot of opportunity at the job fair since all of these employers are currently hiring,” said David David Monteleone, local veterans employment representative. “Some of the positions require no previous experience because the employer is willing to train.”

He recommends bringing a resume but said that it is not required.

“Anyone looking for a career is encouraged to come,” he said.

Employers include:

● Aerotek
● Allied Universal Security
● Ashley Furniture
● Bradley Personnel
● Clemmons Village (assisted living)
● Coldwell Banker
● Gildan
● Home Instead Senior Care
● House of Raeford
● Joyce Farm
● Randstad
● Reeb Millwork
● The Resource
● Unify

 

The job fair is hosted by the Davie County Senior Center, Davie County Veterans Services, and NC Works Career Center.  The Davie County Senior Center is located at 278 Meroney St. in Mocksville.

Please contact David Monteleone at 336.776.6770 for more information.

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Free Event This Saturday – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

josh tenery intDowntown Mocksville will be “a little bit country” and “a little bit rock and roll” as Josh Tenery and Joel McCarson take the stage this Saturday night, July 15th, from 7 pm-10 pm in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. Their performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

Five Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are August 19th– Tin Can Alley & Mel Jones (America, soft rock, blues); August 26th — Tess Black & Blue Band (motown, beach) and September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

Break out your lawn chairs this Saturday!
Tenery and McCarson are local favorites, frequently playing at area venues such as O’Callahan’s Publick House, Tanglewood Pizza Company, Westbend Winery and Brewery, 4 Oaks Tavern, Lazy Elm Vineyard and Winery, and Chestnut Trail Vineyard.

Joel McCarson intBring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert. Don’t forget to check out the delicious restaurants and unique shops.

All concerts will be held in the quad on Main Street in downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101. For questions or to get more information contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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2017 American Legion Junior State Tournament Begins Friday in Mocksville!

baseball-400Remember the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and the smell of fresh popcorn? Relive those good times as the 2017 North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament kicks off in Mocksville on Friday, July 14th. 

The tournament will be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field from July 14th– 18th .   

A game pass is only $6 per day with multiple games played daily. The tournament is an eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The eight-team field will consist of four area champions, three runner-ups and the host team, Mocksville.  Mocksville has competed in the North Carolina Junior State tournament twice, once in Salisbury (2004) and once in Cherryville (2007).

According to Charles Kurfees, former player and Junior Legion team coach, the first game will begin around 9 a.m. At 7 p.m. there will be an opening ceremony that will include military festivities. Mocksville will play following the ceremony.

He encourages the community to pack the park for these junior players like they did for the senior players on “Turn Back the Clock Night” June 29th.

“The tournament should draw a large crowd and be a fun event for everyone.”

2017 State Tournament Awarded to Mocksville – Just the Beginning?
The tournament is hosted by Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Post 174/Post 54, which won the bid from the state baseball commissioners in March.

Kurfees hopes that if the Post does well with this tournament, it will be elected to host a Senior tournament in the future.  A tournament like this creates a tremendous positive on the local economy.  The 2016 World Series Tournament held in Shelby, NC reported an attendance of over 117,000 fans!

Kurfees feels that “the Legion program is an excellent experience for high school age youth and that participation in the program instills an attitude of hard work, teamwork and friendly competition.”  He added that there are no fees to play. All transportation, uniforms, food and lodging is provided free of charge by the American Legion.

Rich Park is located at 299 Cemetery Street in Mocksville. For more information about the tournament, email Charles Kurfees

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Don’t Miss The Great Bullhole Duck Race Saturday, July 15th in Cooleemee!

Great Bullhole Duck RaceDuck Race with over $800 in Prizes
What is small, yellow, and races? If you said a rubber ducky floating down the South Yadkin River, you would be correct!

More than a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam on Saturday, July 15th at 1:00 PM sharp.

The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win its “owner” a cash prize of $500. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $250, and the 3rd place finisher will win $100. That’s something worth quacking about!

Adopt a Duck Today for Only $5
There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race, You have to buy a ticket. Single Duck tickets are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of six sells for $25, and you can purchase a “Flock” of fifteen for $50.

Buy your duck tickets!
Cooleemee: Village Auto, Town Hall & Davie Discount Drug
Mocksville: Chamber of Commerce, Hot Diggity Diner & Davie Recreation & Park
Salisbury: Convention & Visitors Center in the Gateway Building

Duck tickets will also be sold until 12:45 pm at RiverPark.

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 8th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race. Come out early to enjoy the park, hotdogs, and cold drinks. RiverPark is located at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road). The Duck Race will begin at 1 pm SHARP.

All proceeds from these races go to keep RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls open, clean and safe.  If you love the Bullhole, show your support!

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Free Event ~ Lawn Mower Parade, Free Ice Cream and Watermelon and Free Water Slide – Tuesday, July 4th in Cooleemee!

Since the 1990s, Cooleemee has honored Independence Day with a lawn mower parade that begins at Cooleemee School. Anyone can participate by lining up a patriotically decorated lawn mower, float, car, bicycle or pet by 9:30 a.m. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Bring your lawn chair and view the parade along Marginal Street.

14 Annual 4th of July Lawn Mower Parade

WalMart of Mocksville, a sponsor for this event, is offering free ice cream to the community as well as three $25 prizes for parade entries. Entries must be decorated with an Independence Day theme to be eligible to win a prize.

Festivities follow the parade at the Zachary House and include free watermelon, free ice-cream, and a free inflatable water slide. Hot dogs will be sold by the VFW Post of Cooleemee.

Happy Independence Day!

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Now Hiring! Morrisofa Global Inc. Chooses Mocksville for its First US Distribution Center

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville - Photo: Ed Simmons

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville – Photo: Ed Simmons

Morrisofa Global, an importer and distributer of upholstered furniture, has chosen SouthPoint Business Park in Mocksville for its first US distribution center. The company is currently hiring for its warehousing operation which will begin in July.

Now Hiring
The company is accepting applications for both warehouse supervision and material handlers. Interested parties may apply in person at 130 Enterprise Drive or call 336.753.8300.

Morrisofa’s parent company, Morris Holdings, which started in 2002, designs and manufactures one of the top lines of upholstered sofas and sofa products, including stationary and motion sofas as well as sofas with smart home features like audio, massage, beverage cooling, luetooth, and USB ports. In addition, they are one of the leading exporters of sofa products from China to the United States. This new distribution center will ship to retailers all over the US, including two of their largest customers, Sam’s Club and Costco.

Wayne Stewart, vice-president of Morrisofa Global Inc., anticipates the company will generate $10 million in sales through the distribution center during its first year. That number will increase when the company begins manufacturing operations at the facility, as early as the end of this year.

JOBS – SouthPoint Business Park Helps Davie with Another Win!
Morris Holdings chose the SouthPoint Business Park, located on US 601 S., after an intensive two-month search of North Carolina.

Stewart stated that the company leased the 92,000 sq. ft. building from The Hollingsworth Companies because of its logistical advantage of both North-South and East-West transportation corridors, the availability of skilled labor, and the excellent value of the property.

Terry Bralley, president, Davie County Economic Development Commission said, “We are excited to have the new jobs added to our community, and welcome Morrisofa Global to Mocksville and Davie County. We are in the heart of furniture country, and perfectly located on the east coast for transportation and logistics.”

He is also thankful for the role the SouthPoint Business and The Hollingsworth Companies played in yet another economic development win for Davie County.

“Having a building partner like The Hollingsworth Companies makes a big difference in a rural community.  Without a building program this project would not have happened in our community, even though it’s a perfect fit for us!  This is the 8th company attracted with this public/private partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies.”

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Free Concert! Two Great Bands in Downtown Mocksville – Saturday, June 24th

taylor vaden intNot one, but two exciting bands will perform on Saturday, June 24th from 6-10:30 pm at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater in Downtown Mocksville.

Elvis Tribute Band- Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder at 6 pm

Don’t be a hound dog, put on your blue suede shoes and come reminisce to the sounds of Taylor Vaden and the Memphis Thunder, an incredible Elvis tribute band, from 6-7:30 pm.

Taylor’s performance highlights the persona of Elvis as well as his musical career.

Taylor began his musical journey at the tender age of 7 as an Elvis tribute artist. At 10 years old he performed in front of a sold out audience at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. At 12 he learned to play the guitar and joined the church band and found his true calling as a Contemporary Christian singer and songwriter.  In 2012, Taylor found himself playing guitar and singing back-up vocals for American Idol finalist, Chelsea Sorrell, at local concerts and festivals. They opened for acts such as Charlie Daniels, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Florida-Georgia Line, Colt Ford and more. He released his own Christian album in 2013.

Today, Taylor continues to perform his Elvis Tribute shows while following his heart and writing and performing Contemporary Christian music.

Memphis Thunder
Memphis Thunder, an authentic 50’s era band, is made up of Taylor Vaden as lead vocals/acoustic guitar, Brad Ford on drums, Todd Phillips on upright bass/background vocals,  and Scott Williams on electric guitar/background vocals. Together they won first place in the non-pro division Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at the 2016 Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival held at Legends in Concert. This year they were named the 2017 Georgia Elvis Festival Non-Pro Champions.

silk groove intBeach, Motown, R&B, and Classic Soul- Silk Groove Band at 8 pm
Silk Groove is an energetic and dynamic eleven-piece show band made up of multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated musicians and vocalists featuring live horns, bass, keyboard, guitar and drums. The guys rock the stage, interact with the crowd, and DANCE not only on stage but with their audiences as well.

This band will “make you wanna (shout!), kick your heels up and (shout!), throw your hands up and (shout!)” as they take you on a journey down memory lane, performing beach, motown, R&B, and classic soul. Their performances include the sweets sounds of legendary groups like the Drifters, the Temptations, and Journey, as well as solo artists like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder. You’ll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.

No coolers allowed. Food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

The Mocksville Rotary club will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable foods for A Storehouse for Jesus.

Grab your lawn chair and invite your friends and family to twist, shag, and boogie the night away!

Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 107 S. Salisbury St, Mocksville. For more information about the Summer Fun Beach Days Concert, call 336 753-6705.

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Moving the Needle on Early Childhood Literacy – Introducing “DavieLEADS” – Literacy Empowers Everyone in Davie to Succeed!

DavieLEADS Kickoff-dcbThe desks have been emptied, books packed up, and goodbyes said; but Davie County’s pre-K and elementary school teachers are already looking ahead to an inspiring new literacy program beginning next year, thanks to the Mebane Foundation.

The Mebane Charitable Foundation announced in April a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support DavieLEADS (Literacy Empowers All in Davie to Succeed), a five-year early literacy initiative to improve kindergarten readiness and to increase the percentage of students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

The goals of the initiative are to improve kindergarten readiness from 70 percent to 90 percent and to increase reading proficiency in third grade from 66 percent to 80 percent by 2022.

Details of how those goals would be achieved were introduced to more than 400 Davie County pre-K and elementary school personnel during an end-of-year celebration at Calvary Baptist Church – West Campus complete with pom poms, music, and a few spontaneous dance moves.

The celebration kicked off with a skit designed to allay any fears teachers might have about DavieLEADS and to encourage them to relax and to be open to the exciting literacy initiative to come.

Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation, then congratulated teachers and staff on a successful year and shared his enthusiasm about the partnership that begins next year.

“When Dr. Hartness and his staff presented this proposal to my board it was a scary moment for everyone,” said Larry Colbourne, president of the Mebane Foundation. “What we hope to accomplish is a daunting task. But when we left that meeting, we had a $2.5 million 5-year deal that we are really thrilled about.”

Larry Colbourne - DavieLEADS dcb“I told my board, that without a doubt, if there is a system in North Carolina that can do this, it will be Davie County Schools. You folks in the room can make it happen. I’m confident of that.” – Larry Colbourne

“I would like to make you a promise,” Colbourne added. “The Foundation does not want to get in your way. We are not going to make your jobs any more difficult than they already are. This is about Davie County Schools, the people in this room, and how we can support you.”

Dr. Darrin Hartness, superintendent of Davie County Schools, added, “We wanted to bring you together to help you share in the excitement that we have in what is on the horizon and the things that are ahead for us. I have never been as thrilled about an opportunity as I am about this one. In my career in education, I’ve never seen a commitment from a private entity investing in what we do every day. This initiative with the Mebane Foundation is going to make you an envy of teachers across North Carolina.”

“This is not some silver bullet, some shiny new thing in our school system. Instead, this is an investment in the most important factor in a child’s education because this is an investment in you.”

DavieLEADS Teachers dcbJinda Haynes, assistant superintendent for academic services, shared a historical perspective of some of the past partnerships between the Mebane Foundation and Davie County Schools which included providing Smart Boards in every classroom, funding preschool classrooms at each of the elementary schools as well as a second classroom at Pinebrook Elementary this year, funding a team of teachers to earn their Master’s degrees in Instructional Technology, providing intensive training for teachers in Hill Center methodology, and funding Read to Achieve Camps for struggling readers.

She added that although Davie County Schools is doing well, it is always seeking ways to do even better.

“This school year we began to hear from Dr. Hartness and Larry Colbourne the phrase “moving the needle”. They started asking, “How can we “move the needle”? How can we improve? How can we do even better than we are already doing?

DavieLEADS Skit2 dcb“Everyone in this room knows the importance of education,” Haynes said. “Education allows students to break the cycle of poverty and it opens the doors of opportunity for our children. We know that research tells us the importance of being able to read proficiently by the end of third grade which is why it is a national focus, not just in North Carolina or Davie County.”

“As much as we have to celebrate, and as well as we are doing, the reality is that we still have students that are not on target at the end of third grade and they are not making it,” she added.

“As we looked at our 2015-2016 data, the problem we identified is that 30 percent of our students aren’t ready for kindergarten and  34 percent of our students are not proficient at reading at the end of third grade. As well as we are doing, about a third of our students aren’t making it and we can’t be okay with that one third not being prepared for the future.” – Jinda Haynes

Those questions and concerns led to a series of Mebane Roundtable discussions involving Colbourne, SmartStart, and Davie County Schools administrators,and pre-K – 3rd grade representatives from each elementary school with varied perspectives brainstorming how to improve early childhood literacy. Focus groups involving principals, instructional coaches, reading specialists, media coordinators, private child care directors, and SmartStart gathered input, prioritized, and built buy-in. Together they carefully crafted DavieLEADS, the long-term plan designed to move the needle in early childhood literacy in Davie County.

The grant from the Mebane Foundation provides professional development, materials, and specialized support staff, with supplementary funding for the Read to Achieve Summer Camp for at-risk first, second, and third graders who need extra academic support beyond the regular school year.

DavieLEADS Dr Hartness dcb“We have a chance here and we have to make the absolute most of it,” Dr. Hartness said. “We can be #1 in North Carolina and we can be a place in America where people want to come and learn about how to teach children to read.”

“Larry, this is a tremendous investment in each of the people in this room and into their classrooms. You and your foundation could invest in any district in America and I know you personally travel across America finding the best practices. For you and the Foundation to say you believe in Davie County says something about the people in this room and their commitment to excellence.”

“On behalf of Davie County Schools and our board members that are here today we want to say a tremendous thank you to the Mebane Charitable Foundation for making the largest investment in your history as a Foundation in Davie County Schools.”

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