Rescheduled! – Advance Christmas Parade and Mocksville Horse & Buggy Rides!

Advance_NC_Christmas_ParadeThe holiday season is in full swing! As you make your plans this weekend, include a stop at the annual Advance Christmas parade presented by the Advance Fire Department. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the festivities beginning at 10 a.m. on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th!

All parade participants must line up before 9 a.m. Floats and trailers will meet in the LeBleu parking lot located at 3134 Cornatzer Rd, Advance, NC 27006. All classic cars, fire trucks, motorcycles, horses and other parade participants will meet in the parking lot of Shady Grove Elementary School located at 3179 Cornatzer Rd, Advance, NC 27006. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the school and follows Cornatzer Road, turning right onto Highway 801 and left on Peoples Creek Road.

Registration is FREE and can be done on-site at arrival or pre-registration can be done here

Chicken Stew at Advance Fire Department Following Parade
At the conclusion of this year’s parade, there will be a chicken stew and hot dog fundraiser at the Advance Fire Department. Donations will be accepted.  Relax and enjoy a delicious meal while the streets clear.  At the same location, the Advance Fire Department Auxiliary will sponsor pictures with Santa. Santa will be decked out in his fire department gear in front of the fire truck for children and family pictures. Donations from this event will benefit “What Christmas Is All About.”

“What Christmas Is All About” is an annual event hosted by the Advance Fire Department. Volunteers gather to prepare and deliver gifts to shut-ins, families experiencing sickness or loss, or someone who just needs an extra dose of cheer for Christmas.

Horse and Buggy Rides Wednesday, December 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Christmas season with horse & buggy rides beginning and ending in downtown Mocksville.

Wednesday, December 20 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  
What better way to enjoy the Christmas lights and the spirit of the holiday than a ride down Main Street through Historic Downtown Mocksville in a horse-drawn carriage! The buggy can hold 4-6 people so bring the family and enjoy horse and buggy rides for $5.00 per person-children under 6 ride FREE. Rides depart from and return to West Depot St. near Splatter Art Studio & Styled Gatherings.

While you are downtown, don’t forget to do a little Christmas shopping in the unique shops and dine in one of the delightful restaurants. Happy Holidays!

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5th Annual Best of Davie Awards – Vote Online today!

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Everyone has their favorites – those businesses that take the time to get to know you and go above and beyond to meet your needs each and every time. It’s time again to give them the recognition they deserve by voting online today for the “2017 Best of Davie Awards.” NEW THIS YEAR — NO CATEGORIES, simply vote online for your top three businesses.  That means any Davie County business can win a “Best of Davie” Award!

BestOf2017We all know just how special our community is—and judging from all the new businesses and enterprises choosing to locate here, it seems the word is starting to spread. The Davie County Chamber of Commerce is giving you a chance to highlight the businesses, services, and destinations that make Davie County so appealing with its “Best of Davie Awards.”

This component of the Chamber’s iSHOPDavie initiative offers residents and visitors alike the chance to nominate and vote for the “cream of the crop” among the county’s businesses, service providers, and non-profits. Cast your vote today at www.daviechamber.com.

Davie County Chamber of Commerce President Carolyn McManamy sees the awards as a means for residents to let folks know why they’ve chosen Davie County as their favorite place to live, work, shop, dine, and conduct business.  “This is just another way for us to make a connection with iSHOPDavie and give the community an opportunity to share what they love most about Davie County,” says McManamy. “We were thrilled with the thousands of votes that were cast last year and we would love an even greater response this year.”

McManamy hopes the competition will be a fun way for residents and businesses to connect in a special way. “We hope businesses will use the promotional materials we have designed on social media and at their businesses to invite their customers to nominate them,” she says. “And we want individuals to rally together and show support for others in the community who are deserving of a Best of Davie designation. What better way to show appreciation for a business in the community than to nominate them for a Best of Davie award?” Voting is underway now but ends on December 15th at noon so vote now for Best of Davie! The top 10 businesses will be announced and honored at the Davie Chamber 48th Awards Gala & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan 18th.

Voting Underway Now – Vote Today!
Nomination and voting are already underway at www.daviechamber.com. Interested in finding out who wins? Make plans to attend the Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, January 18th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. Tickets are $55 each and can be reserved by contacting the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336.751.3304 or email chamber@daviecounty.com.

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Free Family Event – Winterfest Coming to Mocksville This Saturday, December 2nd!

Downtown Mocksville will continue it’s holiday celebrations with Winterfest on Saturday, December 2nd from noon- 5:00 p.m. at Junker’s Mill followed by a free holiday concert at the Brock at 7:00 p.m.

New This Year! Progressive Storybook!
This FREE family fun event will feature a progressive storybook “The Snowy Day” (a walking storybook promoted through the Davie County Public Library). Children will start this reading adventure at Sadie’s Unique Boutique (185 N. Main St.) and continue to read the pages of the book in merchant’s storefront windows. Children will collect tokens for each page read. After completing this unique journey, the children will arrive at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater where they will receive a prize bag containing goodies and a coloring book & crayons. A few copies of “The Snowy Day” will also be given away. Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 105 S. Salisbury Street.

Mocksville Winterfest

“I read about this project from the Town of Concord and thought…WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA!” said Tami Langdon, community development coordinator. “The progressive storybook allows us to “hook up” with our local library and promote its services, to involve the entire family with the reading of the book which promotes literacy, AND to get more folks involved with our local merchants and their retail services.”

Inflatables! Hay Rides! Pony Rides!
Winterfest will also include other fun activities such as inflatables (Dual Lane Patriot Slide has a 22-foot drop!), free hay rides after 1:00 p.m., and small pony rides!

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Davie County High School Band Boosters which will be serving hot dogs, pizza, drinks and more and Curtis Chalmers who will be selling “icee” desserts and hot drinks, or enjoy one of Mocksville’s delicious downtown restaurants.

Please Bring Nonperishable Food Items for A Storehouse for Jesus
This is the season for giving, so please bring non-perishable food items for A Storehouse for Jesus. As part of their RUSH (Rotarians United to Stop Hunger) campaign, the Mocksville Rotary Club will have collection boxes available around Junker’s Mill.

This wonderful family event is presented by the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority.

Free Holiday Concert at the Brock Performing Arts Center
The holiday celebrations in Mocksville on December 2nd will not end with Winterfest! Once Winterfest is over, and you’ve had a delicious meal at one of Mocksville’s downtown restaurants, head to the Brock Performing Arts Center to enjoy the Christmas Celebration at the Brock,  a FREE holiday concert featuring talented local musicians performing your favorite Christmas melodies! Bring the family out for this great family-friendly, family-fun event which begins at 7 p.m. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Theatre doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about Winterfest, call the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at 336.753.6705.

For more information about the Christmas Celebration at the Brock call 336.751.3000.

The Brock Performing Arts Center is located at 622 N Main St., Mocksville, NC 27028.

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The 2017 War Eagles Christmas Ornament – Commemorating 61 Years at old Davie County High School

2017 ornament intAs family and friends gather together for Thanksgiving this week, the 2017 “War Eagles Christmas” ornament is a perfect gift idea for this holiday season.

This ornament commemorates Davie County High School, the sole traditional high school in the Davie County system for 61 years. Established in 1956, DCHS has been home to many generations of students and was the educational foundation for much success throughout our community and beyond. The walls of this school hold many stories and memories and we are grateful to be a part of its history. This ornament, in celebration of our original county-wide high school, serves as a perfect reminder of that legacy as we transition to a bright and exciting future at the new high school.

Ornaments may be purchased for $8.00 at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, Foster Drug Co., Daniel Furniture, Mocksville Town Hall, and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Checks are accepted and should be made out to Town of Mocksville.

The “War Eagles Christmas” ornament is the 27th in a series of annual ornaments commemorating a landmark, a tradition, or a memory of Davie County. The series began in 1991 with a glass ball ornament depicting the Davie County Courthouse. Local artists created each of the designs and also sold prints. The 2012 Celebration of Trees ornament marked the transition from glass to pewter.

27 Years of Davie County Historic Christmas Ornaments
1991    Davie County Courthouse
1992    Old Davie County Jail
1993    60th Anniversary Downtown Oaks
1994    Old Davie County Courthouse 1837-1922 SOLD OUT
1995    Old Log Cabin  SOLD OUT
1996    Main Street  SOLD OUT
1997    Old Bank of Davie
1998    Cherry Hill Church
1999    Cooleemee Plantation
2000    Everest Building
2001    J.P. Green Milling
2002    First Presbyterian Church
2003    First Methodist Church
2004    Center Arbor – 1876
2005    Junkers Mill
2006    Advance Methodist Church
2007    Fork Baptist Church
2008    Mocksville High School  SOLD OUT
2009    Martin Brothers  SOLD OUT
2010    Millers  …NOTE ONLY 2 LEFT
2011    Daniel Furniture
2012    Celebration of Trees  SOLD OUT
2013    Let It Snow  SOLD OUT
2014    Snowflake
2015    Tractor  SOLD OUT
2016    Fire Truck
2017    Old Davie High School War Eagle commemorative

These ornaments from previous years will be available after Thanksgiving at Town Hall for $9.00.
The 2017 ornament was designed and dated by House of Morgan Pewter, owned and operated by Kent and Martha Morgan of Mount Airy, NC, whose pewter ornaments are featured and for purchase from Our State Magazine ©.

House of Morgan Pewter
The Morgan’s interest in pewter occurred after watching craftsmen working in pewter during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. They returned home and did quite a bit of research and then tried casting small pewter objects. They are entirely self-taught, with trial and error being their primary teacher. For the first 17 years, this was a part-time venture. In 1997, Kent resigned his job in accounting from a textile company. Martha retired from teaching English at Mount Airy High School in 2000. They both now work with pewter full time and have exposure throughout the Southeast.  Our State Magazine features their pewter ornaments and some jewelry pieces.

The craft of casting pewter has been around for over 2,000 years.  This art reached its pinnacle in Europe in the eighteenth century.  The House of Morgan continues this tradition by employing the finest craftsmen in Europe and the United States to carve original designs for its detailed Christmas ornaments.  Using these designs with old world distinction, the House of Morgan casts each ornament by hand, maintaining old world tradition and maximizing the detail, quality, and beauty of hand cast pewter.

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Delighting the Crowds at the Mocksville Bed Races

“Twas the Night Before Bed Race” and all through the town,
were a series of teams wishing the flag would go down;
More rapid than eagles the race beds they came,
And the crowds whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now Manna Movers! Now Snoozers! Now WXII!
On Magic Elves! On Skills USA! On Flash CW! On Premier Reindeer!

The town of Mocksville raced into the Christmas season on November 17th with the 6th Annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race as 18 race teams made the mad dash down Main Street.

2017 Mocksville Bed Races
2017 Mocksville Bed Races!
Thank you to Ed Simmons for the awesome photos!

Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin kicked off the night mentioning the construction of the park and new facilities in town. The Race saw another good turnout this year with the streets full of families, fun and holiday spirit. Volunteers passed out noisemakers and t-shirts and between races the DJ had folks dancing in the streets. All the racing and dancing made people hungry enough that both food trucks in attendance, Michael Burton’s Smoke Wagon and the Davie High Band Boosters, completely sold out of food.

The event was covered by two news stations, WXII 12 and affiliate CW 20, whose racing teams faced off in the first race of the night. Both stations, hopeful to win it all, stacked their racing teams with track stars from the Davie War Eagles cross country track team. However, this year’s competition was stiff and the secret to winning may have been to have “missile” in the team name.

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
The fastest team, Cathy Riddle Missile,  took home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up, Krazy Legs Missile, collected $125. Skills USA, the third-place finisher, rolled away with $75. Yesterday’s Kids, the only senior team to enter this year’s race, handily won the $100 prize for the fastest senior team. Krazy Legs Missile, the 2nd place team also won the $50 prize for being the Most Outrageous.  A Total Package prize of $50 went to the Surf USA team for having the best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message, and costumes.

Special Thanks
Tami Langdon, Mocksville’s community development coordinator,  is grateful to everyone who pitched in to make the event a great success. “Kudos and thanks to Event Organizer Denise Hendrix and her daughter Jordan who manages the Facebook page, Mike West and the Davie Public Works for lights, equipment, and course setup, volunteers from the Davie County Early College, Trailers of the East Coast for the event trailer (and for bringing 2 teamsagain this year), and the Mocksville Police Department.

Complete Race Results

First Place: CATHY RIDDLE MISSILE ( $200)
Matt Davidson
Chris Branford
Jonathan Creason
Jamie Spry
Eric Davidson

Second Place: KRAZY LEGS MISSILE( $125
Also voted Most Outrageous ($50)
Karl Schwartz
Chris Cole
Thomas Reynolds
Jake Kitchene
John Herzog

Third Place: DAVIE HIGH SCHOOL SKILLS USA
Ben Summers
Garrett Chandler
Cody Taylor
Jack Reynolds
Cooper Wall

Senior Award: ( $100) YESTERDAY’S KIDS ( Davie County Senior Games)
Judy Phillips
Dave Sammons
Greg Hill
Mike Barnett
Peggy Evans

Total Package ($50): SURF USA
Tyler Zickmund
Mikhail Harris
Salem Cartner
Ben Marklin
Mandy Owen

2017 Mocksville Bed Race Team Listing

CAMP MANNA MOVERS
Josh Goodman
Andrew Daywalt
Max Wooten
Jason McCray
Cassidy Kluttz

CPP MAGIC ELVES (CPP GLOBAL)
Tim Stafford
Russ Sanford
Natasha Chambers
Cameron Scales
Nathan Erwin

FLASH CW (CW 20)
Briana Conner
Clay Summers
Parker Prysiazniuk
Paige Riordan
Emerson Frantz

FRAGILE ( IT’S FRENCH)
Jay Kimura
Scott Berry
TJ Hupp
Jacob Johnson
Tyrone Neely
Eric Dearth

HOUSE OF RAEFORD
Erica White
Carlos Salgado
Kenny McHon]
Milton Cain Jr
Elijah MacLean
Nyesha Hosch – alternate

INGERSOLL RAND
Charlie Clarke
Derrick Faulkner
Erica Roe
James Wilkerson
Scott Coe

LIGHTNING LANIE (WXII 12)
Lanie Pope
Trey Raisbeck
Braxton Folmar
Emily Pender
Jill Staley

MOCKSVILLE MASONIC LODGE
Brian Myers
Jake Reavis
Jamie White
Darby Correll
Carlton Terry

PREMIER REINDEER ( PREMIER REALTY)
Sierra Foster
Emery Rosenbaum
Justin Boardwine
Malik Polk
Morgan Flores
Katie Walton
*Marjorie Foster ( Captain)

SKILLS USA ( Davie High School)
Ben Summers
Garrett Chandler
Cody Taylor
Jack Reynolds
Cooper Wall

SNOOZERS ( RESCUE HOUSE CHURCH)
Gerardo Mancilla
Chandler Woodruff
Gavin Freeman
Sammy Rosenquist
Monty Landreth
Kamron Lantz
Landon Miller

THE STORM (DCCC Surgical Technology Program)
Brianna DeRouin
Colby Seaford
Dylan Andrade
Amber Hodges
Jessica Slater

SUPER MARIO KART (TRAILERS OF THE EAST COAST)  
Princess Peach aka Bethany Bumgarner
Mario aka Jerry Smith
Wario aka Brandon Butner
Luigi aka Andrew Sanders
Waluigi aka Daniel Gough
Hugo Murillo (Captain)

TEAM USA (TRAILERS OF THE EAST COAST)
Jordan Miller Hendrix
J.C. Williard
Tatum Williams
Sam Williams
Jeff Forman
Marsha Smith (Captain)

Hometown Christmas Parade
The “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, which kicked off the holiday spirit, was followed by the annual Hometown Christmas Parade. The “It’s a 50’s Christmas” themed parade featured everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats, candy for the kids, and of course, Santa Claus.

Congratulations to this year’s Hometown Christmas Parade winners:
1st Place:  Girl Scout Troops 2580 & 2417
2nd Place: Davie Co. Public Library – FOL
3rd Place:  Spotlight Dance Company
Honorable Mention:  Total Real Estate LLC

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who participated in this year’s Hometown Christmas Parade and to all the volunteers who helped make this a safe and enjoyable event for Davie County. Special thank yous to our judges who helped decide the best entries in the parade and to our Grand Marshal, The Fire Departments of Davie County, led by the Mocksville Fire Department, who also escorted Santa down Main Street.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2017 Christmas Season – We’ll see you at the bed races in 2018!

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This Weekend – Friday Night Bed Races, Christmas Parade and Winterfest Coming to Mocksville!

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Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 17th as 15 intrepid teams from local businesses, non-profits, WXII-12 News, and CW Channel 20.1 take part in the 6th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races.

The festivities will begin with the lighting of the downtown businesses at dusk followed by the Parade of Beds at 6 pm. The bed races will begin at 6:15 as CW takes on WXII. WXII Chief Meteorologist Lanie Pope is determined that her team will place in the top three this year!

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The fastest senior team will receive $100 and the Most Outrageous team will pick up $50. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message, and costumes. This year’s race is sponsored by Yadtel.

Enjoy 2016 Mocksville Bed Race Pictures!
Mocksville Bed Races -2016 ‘Twas The Night Before Bed Race!

Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, the goal of the bed race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are appropriate.

Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot Street to Gaither Street: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)

Main Street will be Closed at 5:30
Main Street from Gaither Street to the ­­­­­corner of Main Street/601/64 ­­­­­­­­­will close at 5:30 pm in preparation for the race. Plenty of bleacher-seating will be available. O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, The Factory Coffeehouse, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators. Michael Burton’s Smoke Wagon will be serving barbecue, smoked nachos, smoked chicken wings and corn dogs near Sadie’s Unique Boutique on North Main Street and the Davie High Band Boosters will be selling hot dogs, pizza, and cold and hot drinks near the Mocksville Police Station.

RUSH -Rotary United to Stop Hunger will be collecting canned goods and non-perishables for A Storehouse for Jesus.

Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “It’s a 50’s Christmas” Begins at Noon
The holidays would not be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s blast from the past theme is “It’s a 50’s Christmas.” What happened in the 1950s? …”I Love Lucy” premiered on television…The Diner’s Club began issuing the first credit cards…Swanson introduced Frozen TV Dinners…”The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered & the Disneyland theme park in California opened…Ray Kroc started the McDonald’s chain….Elvis Presley had his first hit song, “Heartbreak Hotel”…NASA was created…Wham-O invented the Hula Hoop….Alaska & Hawaii were admitted as the 49th and 50th states to the US…The original series of The Twilight Zone aired as well as Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke & The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.

The parade will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats, candy for the kids, and of course, Santa Claus. The parade will depart from Rich Park at noon Saturday and will travel down Main Street, turn left on Depot Street, and end at Railroad Street where dismantling will begin. Prizes will be awarded to the best parade participants. First place wins $75; second place will receive $50; and third place earns $25.

Find Your Parade Seat Early and do a Little Christmas Shopping on Saturday!
Several downtown merchants will be hosting annual holiday open houses with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.

The Market on Main
143 N. Main Street • Open 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Featuring: “Fresh From The Farm” USDA Meats, Vegetables, Eggs, Artisans, Antiques, Jams, Jellies, Baked Goods, Honey, & More!

Splatter Art Studio
110 W. Depot Street • Open House 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Featuring: Hand Painted Holiday Gifts and Art for Purchase. Special Discounted Gift Certificates for Classes. Refreshments and Live Music.

Styled Gatherings
114 W. Depot Street • Open House 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Featuring: New Arrivals, Prize Drawings, Giveaways, and Refreshments.

Sadie’s Unique Boutique
185 N. Main Street • Open House 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Featuring: Shopping Discounts, Holiday Gifts, Giveaways, and Refreshments

Counter Point Music
50 Court Square • Open at 10 a.m.
Join us for Refreshments & Promotional Offers immediately following the parade

Winterfest – Free Family Event Saturday, December 2nd
Downtown Mocksville’s holiday celebrations continue with Winterfest on Saturday, December 2nd from noon- 5 p.m.

This FREE family fun event will include inflatables (Dual Lane Patriot Slide has a 22 foot drop!), free hay rides after 1 p.m., small pony rides, ice painting sculptures, and a progressive story book “The Snowy Day” (a walking story book promoted through the Davie County Library). Children will start at Sadie’s Unique Boutique (185 N. Main St.) and read the pages of the book in each merchant’s windows. After reading all of the pages the children arrive at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater parking lot where they will receive a prize bag containing goodies and a coloring book & crayons. A few copies of “The Snowy Day” will also be given away. Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 105 S. Salisbury Street.

Horse & Buggy Rides in Downtown Mocksville December 9th
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season in Historic Downtown Mocksville on a relaxing horse and buggy ride on Friday, December 9th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The horse and buggy will leave from West Depot Street (near Styled Gatherings). The cost is $5 per person, children under six are free.

2017 Christmas Ornament Commemorates Old Davie High School
The 2017 Mocksville Town Christmas Ornament is a tribute to the old Davie High School. This beautiful pewter keepsake depicts the Davie County War Eagle as well as the address and years of the school. The ornament is $8 and can be purchased at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, and Town Hall. Ornaments from past years are available for sale at Town Hall for $9.

Questions?
For more information about the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, Winterfest, or horse and buggy rides contact the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at (336) 753-6705. For more information about the “It’s a 50’s Christmas” Hometown Christmas Parade, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.

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Students Explore Career Options as Davie County Celebrates Manufacturing Day 2017

careerday2017-01To celebrate Manufacturing Day 2017, several local businesses and Davie County manufacturers provided a unique opportunity for all eighth-grade students in Davie County.

Davie County participated in National Manufacturing Day for the first time this year through the collaborative efforts of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Davie County Schools, Davie County Economic Development, DCCC and the Davie business community.

On October 6th, students from Ellis and North Davie Middle Schools each toured two different locations including DEX Heavy Duty Parts, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Ingersoll Rand, Pro Refrigeration, DCCC – Davie Campus, WFBH-Davie Medical Center – Bermuda Run and the Davie Construction – Dragonfly House construction site.

South Davie students toured Ashley Furniture and met the company’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, Ron Wanek, on October 12th. Many of these students had attended Mocksville Elementary and written to Wanek asking him to locate his new manufacturing and distribution facility in Davie County. They got to experience the fruits of their labor first-hand.

Davie County Students Explore Career Options During Manufacturing Day 2017

Approximately 500 students and staff were exposed to the many outstanding career opportunities that exist here in the county. Business leaders provided informative tours including examples of how their employees use math, science, technology, and communication skills. Students were intrigued with the emphasis on safety, size of the facilities, variety of jobs including the educational requirements for the job, and the machinery used in the day-to-day operation of the businesses.  DCCC showcased its many educational programs through informational stations as well as tours of its mobile labs, a fire truck, and a tractor trailer used for the truck driving program.

careerday2017-02Hosted annually, Manufacturing Day is a national event executed at the local level and typically focuses on manufacturing careers. “We expanded the types of businesses students visited to better align the many opportunities available here in Davie. With a newly opened state-of-the-art medical facility in Bermuda Run, expansive career path offerings at DCCC and the opportunity for a comprehensive tour of an active construction site, our event was truly a “career exploration day” for our students,” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“Middle school students are the next generation workforce and these tours are designed to expose them to career opportunities, show how their current and future curriculum ties to real- world careers and ignite interest in their future,” McManamy said. “During the tours, businesses showcased the scope of jobs available at their facilities and discussed the requisite higher education or skills training needed. For example, students who toured Davie Construction’s building site for the Dragonfly House learned about the many different functions needed to complete a project – from architecture and engineering to site supervision and actual building of the structure.”

“We have received such great feedback from our businesses as well as the students and teachers,” she said. “This is the first in a series of programs that will directly connect our students to our businesses. The next steps will involve developing a formal program where students of various ages are exposed to a broad variety of career paths and educational opportunities,” McManamy said. “Aligning business needs with curriculum will ensure Davie County has a ready and able workforce to meet the challenges of businesses today and in the future.”

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Just HOPE Masquerade Fundraiser at Triple J Manor House Saturday, November 11th

justHOPEint01Join Just HOPE for a night of mystery and fun as they “Unmask the Face of Homelessness” and raise funds to help transition families in Davie County from homeless to housed by attending their Masquerade Event on Saturday, November 11th at the Triple J Manor House in Mocksville.

Just HOPE Gives Hope Where it is Needed Most
Just HOPE, Inc. is a community outreach agency that provides services to those who are homeless/displaced or lack reliable transportation in Davie County. It serves hot meals at local motels/campgrounds, deliver food boxes to those in need, and provides a family day center for those needing assistance in our community but don’t know where to look.

The Just HOPE Masquerade will be held from 6:00-10:00 PM at the beautiful Triple J Manor House. Formal dress is NOT required. Dress comfortably for a night of good food, good fun, and good company for a great cause!  Guests will have a delicious dinner catered by Milestone Memories while being serenaded by the delightful voice of Lauren Light. Enjoy performances by Three Graces Entertainment and dance the night away to the hits played by DJ Payne. The silent auction is packed with unique gift items and there will be a cash bar for guests to enjoy local wines and beer.

More than 250 people attended last year’s event and raised $22,000. This year’s goal is $30,000.

“I was blown away at the amount of support at last year’s event,” said Krystal Dumas, Just HOPE’s executive director. “I never imagined  doubling our original fundraising goal and selling out of tickets! It was an amazing event and made a huge impact on our community. We now have our own building, no longer having to rent, and we have successfully transitioned over 200 families since last year’s event. I can only pray that this year is just as much of a blessing.”

Fabulous Silent Auction Items Include:
Signed Cam Newton Carolina Panthers jersey and other NFL memorabilia

Nascar Package: (4) grandstand Nascar SPRINT All-Star race tickets, Nascar Hall of Fame passes, and dinner for (4).

Family Weekend Package: (4) Tweetsie Railroad passes, Kaleideum Museum passes for (2) adults and all children in the household, Scoops ice cream certificate, and dinner gift certificate.

Ladies Night Out: Paint & Sip certificate, Village Tavern dinner gift card, and a bottle of Weathervane Vineyard wine.

Vacation Package: A week’s stay at Ocean Spray Condo at Atlantic Beach, Shell gas card, and an Outback gift certificate.

Spoil yourself package: (4) Spray tan sessions from Spray of Sunshine, $350 Torque Crossfit certificate, $50 Honor Darling certificate, and a NV Spa certificate.

Other items for auction: Pandora Jewelry, collectible framed artwork, Elvis Presley memorabilia, golf package, pottery, Holiday themed basket, Camping Package, and more!

How  Does Just HOPE Inc. Serve Our Community?
Just HOPE, also known as JHI, was founded in January of 2010 by Krystal Dumas as a mobile food pantry to serve those who lacked reliable transportation to get to valuable resources and services. Most of the clients served didn’t qualify for traditional assistance, such as food stamps or Work First. The mobile pantry is still in operation and delivers to an average of 75 families monthly along with emergency cases on a day to day basis.

“We wanted to meet people’s needs but not duplicate services offered by other agencies in the county,” Dumas said. “That’s how we ended up focusing on the homeless and those without transportation.”

According to Dumas, the homeless population in Davie County has been overlooked for a long time, mainly because most people thought they didn’t exist.

“Families are going through hard times and falling through government program cracks. These families are living in multi-family households with unsafe sleeping situations, living in motels, sleeping in their cars, and even residing in tents wherever they can find a vacant space of land,” she said. “Until JHI started the Homeless Prevention Program in 2013, Davie County did not have specific resources or agencies dedicated to helping this population.”

Slowly but surely, these families are being assisted by JHI in finding permanent shelter…somewhere to call HOME.

“Once we’ve addressed a family’s hunger needs, we work to identify the root cause of why they are in the situation they are in,” Dumas said. “Sometimes it is because of high rent, high electricity bills, or high repair bills on their home. Often it is because a parent is underemployed or has lost a job. No two families’ situation is the same.”

“It is easier to find the root of the problem than to continue applying a band-aid,” she added. “Many of our elderly clients are on a fixed income and will continue to need some assistance, but most of our families only need our services for three to six months after we address the root of their needs.”

While these families transition to their own home, they need assistance with many different things. JHI assists with food and hygiene items, job search, budget building, agency referrals, case management, substance abuse referrals, and counseling. Until they locate permanent housing, JHI’s home office acts as their mail center, laundry facility, a place to use the phone and receive important messages, and an escape from the harsh weather conditions during the day. JHI operates a family day center that offers amenities often not available to families living in a tent or hotel room. Computers are available for job searches, creating resumes, taking online classes and doing homework. A family room with couches provides families a place to hang out together and JHI hosts weekly dinner & a movie and board game nights.

“The family day center is really a kind of therapy,” said Dumas. “It helps the families to interact with other families going through similar situations. Often they are able to help each other and learn from each other.”

After they find housing, JHI assists with furniture, clothing, and household items from its in-house thrift store, which it operates to help fund its services.

Dumas is extremely grateful to the generous sponsors who are making the event possible. They include:
Silver Mask Level:  Blue Layne Boutique and Fuller Welding & Fabricators

Bronze Mask Level: Campers Inn, Meg Brown Home Furnishings, VF Jeans, Woodard & Company Asset Management Group, Inc., and Yadtel

Black Mask Level: BB&T of Mocksville and Piedmont Bonding Services

Patron Mask Level: Foster Drug Company, Hillsdale Dental, and Jockey International

Tickets for the Masquerade are $55 per person or $100 for two and can be purchased at 643 Wilkesboro Street in Mocksville or by contacting Krystal Dumas at (336) 909-4241 or jhiexecutivedirector@gmail.com.

You Can Help Too!
JHI gladly accepts donations of food, supplies, coupons, or money from individuals, businesses, and organizations.  The thrift store accepts clothing, shoes, movies, books, household items, furniture, and other items families would need that are starting over in a new home. As a non-profit agency, JHI is always in looking for organizations to sponsor food or hygiene item drives, or other fundraisers.

Just HOPE Inc. is a United Way partner agency and is located at 643 Wilkesboro Street, Mocksville, NC 27028. For more information about the organization, its services, or hours of operation, visit www.justHOPEinc.org or call (336) 909-4241.

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Don’t Miss the 4th Annual iSHOPDavie Expo at WinMock on Thursday, November 2

2017 iShopDavie expo 01-intThe Davie County Chamber of Commerce is presenting the 4th Annual iSHOPDavie Gift Shopping Expo Thursday, November 2nd from 2:30pm to 7:00pm at WinMock at Kinderton, 168 E. Kinderton Way, Bermuda Run.  Over fifty vendors will be showcasing and selling their products and services to the public.  Several local restaurants and caterers will be onsite offering a wide variety of food samplings and items to purchase. Once again we will be showcasing Davie County wines by the glass for interested shoppers. As in year’s past, the Davie Chamber is giving back to our community. A $1.00 admission/donation will be collected at the door and all proceeds from both wine sales and admission will be donated to Shop with a Cop and Toys for Tots.

“Last year’s event was a huge success with over 500 attendees shopping with our local vendors.  This year – we’re putting a bigger emphasis on gift shopping, and consider our expo as a Kick Off to Christmas Shopping with a local flair!  This Shopping Expo gives area residents the chance to buy unique and interesting items while supporting our local businesses and making a positive impact on the economic vitality of our community.” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

2017 iShopDavie expo 02-intWith a few spaces still available, interested vendors are encouraged to contact the Chamber office immediately as last year’s event sold out.

This event is one of several events organized by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce throughout the year.  For more information on the Davie County Chamber or for this event, please email chamber@daviecounty.com or call 336-751-3304.

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All Aboard! DCCC Enrollment Bus – Custom Built to Deliver Opportunity!

DCCC-Enrollment-Bus-anchorWhen the staff at DCCC, the Community College of Davidson and Davie Counties, comes up with a way to expand opportunity to more members of our community, the wheels start rolling.

Most recently, the DCCC Enrollment Services staff came up with the idea of building an enrollment bus that could be taken to community events and locations throughout the year to engage prospective students and help them learn about opportunities at the college and jumpstart the admissions process.

On Tuesday, October 10th DCCC held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate and announce the enrollment bus!

“We’re excited about connecting with the community at events all over Davidson and Davie counties,” said Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC.

The DCCC Enrollment Bus is scheduled to appear at local libraries, high schools, and a variety of community events. The college hopes the bus gives those in the community an opportunity to learn more about college programs and the benefits of higher education.

“By meeting the community where they are, the college is breaking barriers and helping to bridge the gap between the needs of the community and the resources that can help transform lives through higher education,” said Rittling.

The bus features three computer stations, a digital display screen, and meeting space for prospective students. A portion of funds helping make the DCCC Enrollment Bus a reality comes from the John M. Belk Endowment.

DCCC Enrollment Bus – Custom Built to Deliver Opportunity!

DCCC Partners with Trailers of the East Coast to Make Enrollment Bus a Reality
When the DCCC enrollment services staff had the idea of converting an existing campus bus into the enrollment bus, they met with the team at Trailers of the East Coast to assess the viability of this approach.  The college had previously worked with the company on several custom-built mobile projects, including a mobile classroom that delivers on-site training in advanced manufacturing directly to local companies.

In April, DCCC team members Rhonda Coats, VP of Student Affairs, Laura Yarborough, VP of Finance and Administrative Services and DeeDe Pinckney, Director of Marketing and Communications met Trailers of the East Coast Service Manager Brad Byrd and Co-Owner Clint Junker and the plan started coming together.

Using Computer Assisted Design (CAD) software, the Trailers of the East Coast team developed the interior schematics, defined the work requirements and the Trailers of the East Coast custom-build and fabrication teams went to work, stripping the bus down to the frame and building out the final product to achieve the DCCC enrollment bus vision.  Meetings were held periodically during the build-out to ensure that every detail was perfect as the vision came to life.

Complete with an on-board generator to supply power for lights, computer work stations, network  communications, heat, air conditioning and a power awning, the enrollment bus is completely self-sufficient, able to travel and serve prospective students from just about anywhere without the need to coordinate local power or communication hook-ups.  Interior furnishings include custom built couch and lounge tables with electrical outlets, task and ambient lighting, a large screen digital display panel, 3 computer work-stations, and meeting space with seating to meet with prospective students.

The Trailers of the East Coast Graphics team finished the lab off with an exciting, attention-getting graphic wrap on the outside of the bus to let the world know that The Future is Here at DCCC!

Teamwork Makes it Happen
Trailers of the East Coast in Mocksville works with customers from across the nation to create mobile hospitality centersvending trailersmobile manufacturing labsmobile health screening unitsmobile command centerscustom concession trailers and mobile trade shows and more.

With this world-class experience and a reputation of exceeding the expectations of their customers, Trailers of the East Coast has had the opportunity to work with The American Humane Association, Sprint,  The North Carolina Lions ClubsThe Top Shelf CompanyNorth Carolina Community CollegesBowman Gray Racing, and Wake Forest University, the Greensboro Police DepartmentDrop-Em Wear Clothing and lifestyle apparelDavidson County Community College, and commercial enterprise like Flygt/Xylem and many more.

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Free Books for Davie County Children! Smart Start Receives Funding to Expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Across NC

dolly-reads-to-kidsThe love of reading begins in a parent’s arms. Snuggling together with a good book creates connections that help build young children’s brains and conditions their minds and memories.

For the past 10 years, Smart Start of Davie County has been raising funds to provide free books to the county’s youngest readers through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Soon even more Davie County children will be able to benefit from this program thanks to additional funding provided by the North Carolina General Assembly.  

“Approximately 700 children in Davie County, aged birth to five, receive free Imagination Library books each month,” said Gena Taylor, Executive Director, Smart Start of Davie County.  “With the state expansion funds, we can enroll more children.  Parents can call, email, or stop by Smart Start of Davie to register their child for free books!! Please email  info@daviesmartstart.org or call 336-751-2113.”

During the 2017 legislative session, North Carolina state lawmakers included $3.5 in the first year of the budget and $7 million in the second year for the Smart Start network to offer free books through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to children across the state. Imagination Library was created to foster a love of reading  in preschool children and to ensure that every child born has books, regardless of their family’s income. Children aged birth to five receive the gift of a specially selected book delivered right to their home each month.

“I’m thrilled that my Imagination Library is going to be offered to so many children in North Carolina” stated Dolly Parton, the founder of Imagination Library. “Working together we can help children dream more, learn more, care more, and be more.”

“Our state leaders clearly understand how important an early love of reading is for each child’s success in school and later in life,” stated Cindy Watkins, the President of the North Carolina Partnership for Children that oversees the Smart Start network, “Smart Start works in every community to ensure young children have a strong foundation for starting kindergarten – now we can offer this important literacy program to that critical work.”

baby-readingHistory of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could ensure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

Dolly’s Imagination Library became so popular that in the year 2000 she announced that she would make the program available for replication to any community that was willing to partner with her to support it locally. Since the initial program launch in the United States, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has gone from just a few dozen books to over 80,000,000 books mailed to children in the United States, into Canada and across the proverbial pond into the United Kingdom! Currently over 1600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 1,000,000 children each and every month. Already statistics and independent reports have shown Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library drastically improves early childhood literacy for children enrolled in the program. Further studies have shown improved scores during early literacy testing.

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On the Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute at Brock Performing Arts Center Saturday, October 21st – Tickets Available Now!

On-The-Border-intEagles fans will have a “Peaceful Easy Feeling” as On the Border — The Ultimate Eagles Tribute band takes the stage at the Brock Performing Arts Center on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30 pm.

What sets this Eagles Tribute apart from any other, is that they were each hand selected to play the respected member: not only to recreate the music of that Eagles member, but to emulate their sound as well.  On the Border does just that. Prepare to be amazed!   

They perform shows all over the U.S. at major festivals, music venues, casinos, theaters, corporate and private events.  Their passion, showmanship and precise attention to replicating the details of The Eagles music, has earned them critical acclaim, name recognition, and a very loyal following. Together, they reproduce the recordings of the Eagles catalog with stunning guitar work, lead vocals, and the harmonies have been said to capture the feeling of being at an actual Eagles concert!   

On the Border – The Ultimate Eagles Tribute from Charlotte, NC, continues to be touted as the most authentic sounding Eagles Tribute band in the country and in 2015, were crowned “The Greatest Eagles Tribute Band in the World” by AXSTV and Katie Daryl!

 

“A good impersonation can be indistinguishable from the real thing, which is why method actors are no longer allowed to play dictators.  Although the Eagles have encouraged the world to “Take It Easy” for more than four decades, taking on the roles of the genteel Classic Rockers from Southern California is a tough task. Not just any musician can nail the harmonies of Glenn Frey and Don Henley, or pull off the talk-box guitar solos of Joe Walsh. With dedication, a surplus of musical chops, and a shelf full of paper-mâché Grammys, On the Border: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute pulls it off, treating fans to an authentic concert experience while journeying through The Eagles’ songbook. The band covers every hit, from ballads such as “Desperado” and “Lyin’ Eyes” to rave-ups such as “Life in the Fast Lane” and “Heartache Tonight” with such accuracy, that listeners may permanently confuse On the Border with the real Eagles.  It’s truly a masterful sound to witness for yourself.”  –  Quote from The “Fillmore Charlotte” a Live Nation Venue

Season of Applause
This concert is part of the 2017-2018 Season of Applause! performance series sponsored by the Davie County Arts Council, which is dedicated to the discovery, appreciation and enrichment of the arts throughout Davie County. The Arts Council has been carrying out its mission of “Connecting PEOPLE to the ARTS!” for decades.

All Season of Applause! shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Other upcoming shows include Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out;  David Osborne ‘Pianist To The Presidents'; and Barbra and Frank, A Tribute.

Tickets Available Online Now
Tickets for all shows are Adult: $38; Student / Senior: $36 and may be purchased at http://daviearts.org/shows-tickets/ or 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. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (336) 751-3112.

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Free Family Event! Oaks Festival ~Saturday 10-14 ~ Downtown Mocksville

oaks03intEnjoy a full day of fun for the entire family during the annual Oaks Festival, this Saturday, October 14th, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. in historic downtown Mocksville. Dozens of vendors will feature unique craft and gift items as well as showcase local businesses. There will be food vendors, lots of free kids’ activities, and free live music at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater beginning at noon.

Crafts, Christmas Specialties, and Unique Items for Sale
Shoppers will be delighted with the unique array of crafts, holiday gifts and decor offered by 56 different vendors. New this year are Living the Dream Farms with muscadine jams, jellies, and juices; and Yellow Bell Farms offering baked goods, artisan breads, cakes, and holiday candies.

Tantalize your tastebuds with traditional festival food including fried Twinkies and pork sandwiches. Hands of Hope Church will again be cooking fish, pork, and BBQ, as well as offering delicious cakes.  

oaks02intBring Your Lawn Chair and Enjoy Free Concerts – Live Music All Day!
Music lovers will appreciate the live music at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater starting at noon:

  • Noon — Rylie & Damon, who are straight from Nashville.
  • 1:50 —  Mel Jones & Bag O Bones
  • 3:25 —   Wafer Thin, featuring Brent Naylor
  • 5:00 – 7:00 —  Exit 180, which includes local artist Josh Tenery

Bring your own chair or blanket. No coolers, please, as alcohol will be available for purchase.

Free Inflatables, Balloon Art, Games, and More for the Kids
Kids of all ages will enjoy the inflatables as well as the amazing balloon sculptures created by artist, Michael Decker.

The non-profit organization, Supporters of Guardian ad Litem (SOGAL), will be raising funds by offering a number of children’s activities including a pumpkin seed spitting contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, and free pumpkin cutouts for taking pictures.

SOGAL promotes the work of the Guardian ad Litem program of Davidson and Davie Counties by providing assistance to GAL volunteers as they advocate for abused and neglected children. Funds raised by SOGAL have been used to pay for clothing and shoes for abused and neglected children entering foster care, send neglected children to summer camp, purchase Christmas gift cards for foster children placed with relatives, and provide ongoing training for GAL volunteers as well as recognize and celebrate their selfless work.

For more information about the Oaks Festival, please contact Tami Langdon, community development coordinator, at tlangdon@mocksvillenc.gov, or PH: 336-753-6705, CELL: 336-909-2263.

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Davie High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) – Among the Best in North Carolina!

jbarnes-darlagoldfuss-intA four-year college degree is not the only pathway to a rewarding, high-paying career; just ask Janet Barnes and Darla Goldfuss.

As facilitators of Davie High’s Career and Technical Education (CTE)  program, it is their job to open the eyes of students to all of their career options.

Enrolling in CTE classes and courses of study is an excellent way to explore these other pathways.

“We are programmed to think that the more post-secondary education a student gets is better and that a four-year degree will ensure future employment, but that isn’t always the case,” said Barnes.

“There are technical programs that need students with strong math skills, like in the engineering fields. Students who get a two-year degree in computer-integrated manufacturing or electronics engineering have the opportunity for advancement and management positions.”

“And employers are fighting for them,” Goldfuss chimed in, “and are sometimes willing to pay for their education.”

“There are so many high flyers from community colleges who have incredibly successful careers, but there are a lot of students who think they have to get their 4-year degree in mechanical engineering to get those jobs,” Goldfuss explained. “There are so many other options. I wish we could broaden all students’ horizons.”

rsz_health_science_cte_davie_county_high_school_intExplore Career Options Tuition Free
“Sometimes kids don’t know what they want to do,” Goldfuss added. “Our classes, and the DCCC Career and College Promise program, where you aren’t paying tuition, are a great place for students to find out if a field is really for them.”

Goldfuss gave an example, ”We had a young lady who went all the way through the certified nursing program, but when I saw her at Harris Teeter after graduation, she was going to Liberty for communications. She found out tuition-free that nursing was not what she wanted to do.”

“This is a perfect time in life for students to find out what they like, before their parents spend all of that money on tuition or the student shoulders the financial responsibility and comes out with a mound of debt and no direction,” Goldfuss said.

CTE classes provide students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers, and Davie High has many options for students to explore. The expanded CTE facilities at the new high school allow more students to participate in the most popular programs and will provide enhanced learning opportunities as well as the ability to increase the number of CTE concentrations offered.

rsz_auto-tech-cte-intDavie CTE Ranked Among Best in the State of North Carolina
The school currently offers CTE courses in agriculture, business, health science, family and consumer science, marketing, technology, and trade and industry. Davie’s program is consistently ranked in the top 10 across the state.

Several of these areas of study also offer certifications. The certifications, such as the NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research) certification available to students who complete concentrations in carpentry, masonry, and core & sustainable construction, demonstrate a student’s skill level and makes them highly desirable to prospective employers.

In addition, seniors, who qualify as a concentrator, which means they have taken four classes in a pathway, have the opportunity to get an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Credential. The credential certifies the essential skills for workplace success. Employers look for it from job candidates, whether they come directly from high school or through postsecondary paths because it is a valid predictor of job performance.

Goldfuss expects to test around 150 students this year and said that Davie students do well on the test. Two years ago, Davie was number three in the state for their WorkKeys results, and although fewer than 1% of people who take the nationwide test, usually adults,  get a platinum level credential, a student from Davie has gotten one each of the past three years.

rsz_tech-engineering-design-cte-intCTE Internships- Real World Experience & Work-Based Learning
Internships are available for juniors and seniors in all CTE areas. Internships help students connect what they are learning to the real world, and they provide key skills needed for getting a job after graduation. They are also a great way to explore career options and meet the people who work in them.

Davie High currently has interns at Fuller Welding, Gesipa, Harris Teeter, MAC Builders, Shore Fencing, and Southern Ties Boutique.

“Internships are where the rubber really meets the road,” Goldfuss said. “This is where the kids get out there and find out if what they thought would be so cool really is.”

“We are always looking for anyone who would give our students work-based learning experiences,” Barnes added. She is also grateful to the Mocksville Rotary Club for providing job shadowing opportunities for juniors in the program.

The school also sponsors a number of career and technical student organizations such as the National Technical Honor Society, DECA, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), SkillsUSA , Technology Student Association (TSA), FCCLA, Future Educators Association (FEA), FFA, and HOSA. These organizations provide students with additional opportunities to explore their chosen field through leadership development, networking, and competitions.

CTE Students Engaged, Graduating, and Experiencing Success
Barnes noted that CTE involvement not only enhances students’ career options, it increases their educational engagement.

“More than 90% of students who enroll in career and technical education graduate because they have found something they are interested in and invested in,” she said. “The regular graduation rate across the nation is around 80%, so that is a huge difference.”  

Research studies agree. A study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute used data from Arkansas to explore whether students benefit from Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework – and, more specifically, from focused sequences of CTE courses aligned to certain industries. The study finds positive outcomes in graduation, postsecondary degree attainment, and salary for CTE concentrators. Key findings include:

  • Students with greater CTE exposure are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in a two-year college, be employed, and earn higher wages.
  • CTE students are just as likely to pursue a four-year degree as their peers. There was little evidence of “tracking.”
  • The more CTE courses students take, the better their education and labor market outcomes. Among other positive outcomes, CTE concentrators are more likely to graduate high school by 21 percentage points when compared to otherwise similar students.

Barnes and Goldfuss agree that the benefits of a career and technical education can be endless and they both love their jobs. “It’s great to open students’ eyes a little bit and to help them to find the pathway that will lead them to their best and most successful future.”

For more information about Davie County High School’s Career and Technical Education program, please email barnesj@davie.k12.nc.us or goldfussd@davie.k12.nc.us or call the high school at 336.751.5905.

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Register Now! — “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade – November 17-18th

Bed Race 2016 WXIIThe holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time to get in the spirit by registering for the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade. The bed race will be held Friday night, November 17th at 6 pm followed by the parade on Saturday, November 18th at noon.

Join the whacky, whimsical, and outrageous teams race bed sleds down Main Street in a competitive yet FUN event! Industry, corporations, churches, nonprofits, and individuals are invited to participate. Television station WXII is joining the competition for the fourth year!

Presented by the Mocksville Tourism Authority, the annual “Twas The Night Before Bed Race” has become one of Mocksville’s most popular events with dozens of teams competing for the cheers of the fans and $600 in cash prizes.

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The fastest senior team will receive $100 and the  Most Outrageous team will pick up $50. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message and costumes.

The cost is only $30 per team AND you may enter the Mocksville Christmas Parade the next day for FREE.

Bed Race Meeting Thursday, October 5th
Would you like more information before signing up? Please attend the bed race general meeting on Thursday, October 5th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Mocksville Town Hall to have all of your questions answered.

Download the 2017 Bed Race Registration Form. Bed Race Packets are also available at Mocksville Town Hall at 171 S. Clement St. or Twas the Night Before Bed Race Facebook. You may call Tami Langdon at 336-753-6705 for more details.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 14th. Get your teams together and begin planning now to compete in the hilarious, fun event!

christmas parade banner opening 450Register Now for the Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 18th!
The Hometown Christmas Parade is a beloved tradition and has been delighting young and old for decades. This year’s theme is “It’s a 50’s Christmas.”

What happened in the 50’s? — “I Love Lucy” premiered on television…The Diner’s Club began issuing the first credit cards…Swanson introduced Frozen TV Dinners…”The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered & the Disneyland theme park in California opened…Ray Kroc started the McDonald’s chain….Elvis Presley had his first hit song, “Heartbreak Hotel”…NASA was created…Wham-O invented the Hula Hoop….Alaska & Hawaii were admitted as the 49th and 50th states to the US…The original series of The Twilight Zone aired as well as Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke & The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin premiered.

Parade categories include: businesses, churches, civic/non-profit groups, schools, single/individual entries, and horses with entry fees ranging from $10 to $25. Download the 2017 Mocksville Christmas Parade Entry Form.

First prize will win $75, second place with receive $50, and the third place entry will take home $25.

Consideration will be given for line-up order on a first-come, first-served basis.  

You can sign up for the Christmas parade by dropping off or mailing your entry form (along with a check payable to Davie County Chamber of Commerce) to 135 South Salisbury St., Mocksville, 27028. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, November 8th at noon. For more information, call the Chamber at (336) 751-3304.

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