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

2017 Mocksville Bed Races PR2 450Races Friday night, Parade Saturday
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.”

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“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.

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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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Riverwalk in Bermuda Run & Concert on the Square in Mocksville This Saturday, September 23rd

riverwalk01 intLive music, art, storytelling, and kids activities — Davie County has something fun for everyone this Saturday, September 23rd.

Shop with local artists, enjoy live music, storytelling, children’s activities and food at the River Walk Art Festival from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Town Square, 120 Kinderton Boulevard, in the Town of Bermuda Run. This free event is hosted by The Town of Bermuda Run and Davie County Arts Council. The rain date is Saturday, September 30th.

Unique Creations by North Carolina Artists
The following gifted artists will be sharing their work and selling their unique creations:

  • KITTY AMOS / Fiber Artist /
  • ELLEN BALL / Handcrafted Jewelry / Hickory, NC
  • BONNIE BERGEN /Visual Artist / Winston-Salem, NC
  • CARL BISHOP / Acrylic Artwork / Mocksville, NC
  • SARA BREWER / Acrylic and Watercolor Artwork / Mocksville, NC
  • GINA BROWNING / Handcrafted gold and silver jewelry / Leasburg, NC
  • SUSIE CHRISTIANSEN / Fiber Artist / Advance, NC
  • GINNIE CONAWAY / Visual Artist & Potter / Winston-Salem, NC
  • MARIE CRAIG / Author / Mocksville, NC
  • DAVIE COUNTY LIBRARY / Mocksville & Cooleemee, NC
  • VICKY DUDLEY / Garden Art / Booneville, NC
  • BILL GRAMLEY / Pastels / Lewsiville, NC
  • GERALD MARION / Visual Art / Mocksville, NC
  • VANESSA MEBEL / Mosaics / Advance, NC
  • CLINT MILLER / Woodcarver / Mocksville, NC
  • CAROLINE MOTTINGER / Visual Artist / Durham, NC
  • NANCY NAIGLE / Author / Advance, NC
  • ETHAN PENDRY / Wood Wall Art / Raleigh, NC
  • PHOTO CLUB’S (5) MEMBERS / Davie County and Randleman, NC
  • GAY POTEET / Potter / Advance, NC
  • CHIP PUTNAM / Publisher / Clemmons, NC
  • RENEGADE WRITER’S GUILD MEMBERS / Davie County, NC
  • TERECIA TALLEY / Garden Art / Booneville, NC

Live Music Will Have You Clapping and Tapping!
A day of art would not be complete without great music.

  • 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.-  DAVIE COMMUNITY BAND
  • NOON – 1:30 p.m. – TESS AND THE BLACK AND BLUE BAND
  • 2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. –  ERIN CARTER DAVIDSON
  • 2:50 p.m. – 4 p.m. –  DAN DODSON & BROCK PLAYERS

Storytelling!
The following storytellers will be sharing delightful stories for children and adults!

  • 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. –  SANDRA VANCE, Mocksville, NC
  • 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – VICKI BYRD, Elkin, NC
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. –  SHANNON GRIMES, Advance, NC
  • 11:30 a.m. – Noon – LONA BARTLETT, Charlotte, NC
  • Noon -12:30 p.m. –  ELIZABETH CARTER, Statesville, NC
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – CYNTHIA MOORE BROWN, Summerville, NC
  • 1 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. –  REVONDA CROW, Wilkesboro, NC
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. –  BILL CAMPBELL, Mocksville, NC
  • 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. –  REVONDA CROW, Wilkesboro, NC
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. –  LONA BARTLETT, Charlotte, NC
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. –  CYNTHIA MOORE BROWN, Summerville, NC

Imagination Castle Offers Free Fun for the Kids
Children can visit the Imagination Castle to create six different works of art!  All of these children’s activities are FREE for them to enjoy!

Enjoy Delicious Treats
The following food vendors will be on hand to tempt your taste buds:

BOY SCOUT TROOP 732v-vGreat hamburgers and hot dogs with all of the fixin’s with proceeds to pay for their BSA 2018 Sea Base Adventure.

MEL’S MINI DONUTS – Best doughnuts made onsite

CHALMERS’ ICIE AND FROSTY REFRESHMENTS – Refreshing ice cold drinks

happyones int 425Downtown Mocksville’s Free Concert on the Square Begins at 7 pm
After a delightful day at the Riverwalk Art Festival in Bermuda Run, head over to Downtown Mocksville and enjoy acoustic pop and rock by The Happy Ones  from 7 – 10 pm in the quad on Main Street near Restaurant 101. This will be this summer’s final performance of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

The Happy Ones are an original modern pop/rock acoustic trio with a high-energy but warm and inviting stage presence. Made up of Brad Ratledge-guitar & lead vocals: Amanda Barnette-vocals & percussion; and Jason Hamilton-guitar, percussion & vocals, this hometown group is a favorite at area wineries, restaurants, and festivals.  

Enjoy creative original music and covers songs from The Eagles, Tom Petty, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Phillip Phillips, Train, American Authors, Sara Evans,  Tears for Fears, Maroon 5, and many more.  

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

For more information about the River Walk Art Festival, please call the Davie County Arts Council at 336-751-3112.

For questions about Concerts on the Square, contact Tami Langdon at (336) 753-6705 or visit http://www.mocksvillenc.org.

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SouthPoint Developer Believes Investments in Davie County & America Have a Bright Future

Joe Hollingsworth Southpoint MocksvilleJoe Hollingsworth believes that the next dozen years will be a continued expansion like America has never seen before.

As owner and CEO of the Hollingsworth Companies, the largest non-urban industrial real estate developer and construction firm in the southeastern United States, which owns the SouthPoint Industrial Park on US Hwy 601 in Mocksville, he carefully researches economic trends.

“It is my belief that the next 12 years will be the best economic period of our lives,” Hollingsworth said.

“We are coming out of the “Perfect Storm” that had formed against industrial development in the last 10 years. Over-regulation in banking, building codes, and environmental regulations had a virtual stranglehold on industrial developers.”

“While I hear the naysayers and economists pontificate on why this expansion has matured and is getting close to the end, I maintain that never in America’s existence has there been more oppression, rules, regulations, and productivity killers put in the place than the last 12 years.    But that is changing. According to recent figures in the Wall Street Journal, over 600 rules and regulations spread out over all departments of federal government have been revised, lifted, or altered to reflect an easier way to do business, all in the last 7 months,” he said.

“The revised rules coupled with the present administration’s intentions over the next 3 years will transform America into achieving productivity and wage increases at a pace that it has historically enjoyed. These changes will allow business to return to the citizens of our country the opportunity and individual growth they deserve.”

“We are investing in it. Many of our 124 tenants are investing in it, and the outcome will benefit us all.  Internally, we have seen three times as many prospects per month and two times as many real deals as compared to any time during the last 10 years.”

Hollingsworth believes North Carolina and Davie County are primed and ready to take advantage of this improving economic climate.

“At the state level, the North Carolina Legislature understood the challenges, and didn’t just talk about them, they actually made the changes necessary to create the right business environment in North Carolina, and they are not done yet!”

“Through the hard work of the North Carolina Legislature, and the strong leadership of your local representative, Julia Howard, one of the most crippling regulations, the International Energy Conservation Code, was repealed for industrial properties. This represents at least a 16% cost savings for one of our industrial buildings.”

“The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina also has been a great partner helping us across the state with all of our North Carolina properties; and, with the recent grant announcement to extend the road and utilities, this expansion was possible.”

Hollingsworth is willing to “put his money where his mouth is.” On Monday, his company broke ground on Phase III of the SouthPoint Industrial Park. Construction will begin immediately on a 108,960 square foot spec building and three pre-graded building pads. This combined 641,000 square feet of additional industrial space has the potential of providing hundreds of new jobs over the next five years.

“We could NOT have proceeded with this park expansion without this regulatory reform. Having a more business friendly regulatory environment is a positive step in making North Carolina more competitive. But what industry really wants are modern, flexible industrial spec buildings, and they want them NOW at a reasonable cost!”

“If there is no available stock of industrial buildings, the opportunity is missed and the growth just simply does not happen.”

But thanks to the Hollingsworth Companies, Davie County will be prepared. The four new sites should be completed by the end of the first quarter in 2018.

“We deal in seventeen states and 41 municipalities and Davie County has the best consistent leadership we deal with that realizes what it takes to grow a community,” Hollingsworth added. “We will spend more speculative dollars betting on future prospects in Davie County than anywhere else we do business this year.”

“The expansion of SouthPoint Business Park here in Mocksville will ensure that this community will keep winning for the next 20 years.”

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Groundbreaking at Southpoint Industrial Park in Mocksville – A Job Creation Machine!

Local and state officials and members of the business community gathered to celebrate phase III of the SouthPoint Industrial Park in Mocksville as well as the longtime partnership between Davie County and the Hollingsworth Companies which has provided the community with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in investments.

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The Hollingsworth Companies broke ground September 11, 2017 on construction of a 108,960 square foot spec building and three pre-graded building pads in the industrial park on US Hwy 601, paving the way for continued economic growth in Davie County. This combined 641,000 square feet of additional industrial space has the potential of providing hundreds of additional jobs over the next five years.

Joe Hollingsworth Southpoint Mocksville“I would like to thank the community for being willing to invest time, effort, and money into being a true partner in making this park successful in the past and even more in the future,” said Joe Hollingsworth, Owner and CEO of the Hollingsworth Companies. ”This truly is a partnership, and I want to thank the entire county for their willingness to help us develop their area. We pledge that we will be an even better partner for the next 20 years than we have been for the past 20 years and we’ll keep this thing going.”

Representative Julia Howard, North Carolina House of Representatives, thanked Joe Hollingsworth for having the vision it took to come to Davie County. “Here we are, a little rural community in the middle of nowhere with a tract of land, but you had a vision of what that could become…We are very grateful that you believed in us and took that step to partner with us. We are approaching the 20-year mark, and I hope that as we reach the 40-year mark another group of people will be sitting under another tent celebrating another expansion.”

Julia Howard Southpoint Expansion“You stick with us and we will stick with you because we are proud to be your partner,” she added.

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, is equally thankful for the relationship. “The partnership we have with the Hollingsworth Companies has allowed Davie County to leverage private money rather than risking the public’s money. We’ve been able to focus on what we do best — water, sewer, roads, and infrastructure.”

He went on to say that “Economic development really is a team sport, it takes each and everyone of us working together to make these kinds of projects happen.  Our representatives in Raleigh along with the elected officials from across Davie County have learned how to coordinate efforts to get things done quickly and efficiently.”

‘It is a very competitive world we live in today,” Bralley added. “What really makes the difference is figuring out the opportunities that are out there and what it will take to make things happen. This community, time and time again, has led by example in terms of finding ways to get rid of impediments to growth.”

“We have been very successful in attracting industry and investment into this area to the point that today there are no existing buildings left in inventory and we have an unemployment rate that is one of the lowest in the state at about 3.5%. We can’t stop there. We have to look to the future. We all know that industry is looking for existing buildings because they want to be able to move in within 90 days.”

The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) has played a vital role in helping Davie County attract that industry and investment in the area by offering grants for job development, building reuse, and infrastructure and marketing the area to prospective companies.

Christopher Chung, EDPNC CEO, said, “It’s always exciting to see communities take a proactive approach in adding more “product” in their market, and it’s what often differentiates the most successful local economic development efforts.”

“Davie County is fortunate to have great partner like Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies… Best of luck as you all begin focusing on the really fun part:  finding tenants for those buildings!”

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Free Event This Friday – Josh Perryman in the Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series!

jpshperryan intEnjoy acoustic rock and blues as Josh Perryman takes the stage this Friday night, September 15th, from 7 p.m-10 p.m in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville. His performance is part of the free Concerts on the Square series sponsored by the Town of Mocksville.

More Free Concerts for 2017
The Concerts on the Square series is winding down with only one free concert left for the 2017 season. Brad Ratledge will perform acoustic country and rock on September 23rd from 7 p.m.- 10 p.m.

Josh Perryman
New York native, Josh Perryman, has devoted nearly his entire life to making music. A self-taught guitarist, Josh discovered his passion for playing music very early in life. He had natural talent paired with an enthusiasm for making music that led him to choosing music as his career.

After moving to North Carolina, he toured with several regional bands, including Raleigh based Weekend Excursion. During his time with Weekend Excursion, Josh was able to tour extensively, sharing the stage with a variety of nationally known and respected artists. The band’s music was also featured on television shows including Dawson’s Creek and MTV’s The Real World.

After Weekend Excursion Josh went on to play with hometown bands Tidal and Rude Mood while developing a solo act. In addition to his solo work, Josh now rocks out with Statesville based Sista T and the Smokin’ Section.

An energetic performer, Josh draws his musical influence from rock and blues legends such as Warren Haynes, Duane Allman, and Van Morrison. While these influences are evident in his style, he is versatile and unafraid to stretch beyond his musical comfort zone. Playing a combination of original music and covers, his performances are fresh and unique, and he has something to offer to a variety of musical tastes.

Break out your lawn chairs this Friday!
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 www.mocksvillenc.org

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Free Event This Saturday – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

threal21int2Enjoy acoustic, classic rock and country covers and original music as The Real 21 takes the stage this Saturday night, September 9th, from 7 p.m-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.

More Free Concerts for 2017
Future performances are September 15th — Josh Perryman (acoustic rock and blues), September 23rd —Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

The Real 21
Good friends. Good music. Good times. The Real 21 is based out of the Mocksville/Winston- Salem area. The band performs regularly at area restaurants, wineries, and festivals. They cover a range of music from The Avett Brothers, Rolling Stones, Houndmouth and SO much more. They’ve also been hitting the studio hard and working on several originals.

Band members include Jaclyn McMahon- Vocals, Justin Thompson- Guitar/Vocals, and Kenny Orsillo- Banjo/Drums//Guitar/Vocals

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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