Professional Bike in Mocksville on Thursday ~ NASCAR on 2 Wheels!

Mocksville-Criterium3Cycling is one of the hottest sports in America. According to Scarborough Research, the number of folks who have ridden a bike jumped an amazing 25% — from 47.72 million to 59.67 million — between the Spring of 2010 and Spring 2013.  And just as the number of folks biking for recreation or commuting purposes has grown greatly, so has the interest in competitive cycling, especially in short-course, closed-circuit races called criterium.

On Thursday, July 30, folks from Davie County and surrounding communities will get a taste of this exciting sport during the 2015 Giordana Crossroads Classic Criterium in Downtown Mocksville.  Cyclists will compete in timed races, three consisting of amateur riders (though cash prizes are awarded), and races pitting riders from professional teams against each other in 60 minutes of what can only be described as hair-raising action.

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There are a couple of things that make a criterium a great spectator sport. Watch a multistage bicycle race like the Tour De France in person, and you get a single glimpse of the horde of rides – but the short, closed-circuit of a criterium means you can see the cyclists jockeying for position for almost the entire event. The Mocksville course is a mere half-mile in length, and pros can hit speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. Add in 90-degree turns, and what you’ve got is pretty much a pedal-powered version of NASCAR.

Mocksville-Criterium5While the bulk of teams will come from North and South Carolina, cash prizes and the thrill of competition lure teams from across the nation to take part in the Crossroads Classic.  Last year, for instance, professional teams California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia made the journey to Mocksville.

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Things get rolling at 5:15 PM, as streets are shut down and the course is set up. (Note to Mocksville residents All vehicles inside the bike race area will not be able to leave from 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM.)  At 9:00 PM, the professional riders begin their hour-long competition.

For complete details on this free event, visit Giordana Crossroads Classic where you can also learn more about criterium, including how to compete in upcoming events.

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Free Outdoor Concert This Friday Night in Mocksville!

Restaurant_101_MocksvilleFree concert!  The Mystery Hillbillies will perform from 7 – 9:30 PM this Friday evening, July 24, under the oaks in Historic Downtown Mocksville near Restaurant 101.

The Mystery Hillbillies  is a blend of boogie, western swing, and rockabilly.  Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the shade of the majestic oak trees on the historic square with this trio of musicians.  While Downtown enjoy our dining, downtown shops, ice cream from “Scoops” and more.

Bring your lawn chairs and join us for an evening of fun and music on the square!  In the event of rain, Mystery Hillbillies will perform inside Restaurant 101.  For more information, please call 336 909-2263.

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Help Wanted – Join the Dynamic Team at the Davie Chamber!

Davie Chamber of CommerceIf you are an outgoing person with excellent customer service skills and have never met a stranger, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce is looking for you!

Meet and help new people every day at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.   The Davie Chamber helps newcomers discover the best places in town; helps tourists navigate the exciting golf courses, vineyards, dining, entertainment, community events and the many historical and cultural gems scattered across Davie County; helps residents keep up with all of the exciting events with a very active online community event calendar; and we get to do all of this while helping our members grow their businesses and create jobs in our community.

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce is seeking a part time person with excellent communication and organizational skills who enjoys working with the public.  This person likes taking the initiative and being proactive.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 2-3 years experience, the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, and excellent computer skills.  This position pays $10/Hour and is 25 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 12-5 PM.

Send Resume Today!
Apply via mail to:
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
135 S. Salisbury Street
Mocksville, NC 2702

Apply via fax to:
336 751-5697

Apply via email to:
chamber@daviecounty.com

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Don’t Miss The Great Bullhole Duck Race and Tube Race This Saturday in Cooleemee!

Great Bullhole Duck RaceDuck Race, Tube Race, Trophies and over $500 in Prizes
You would have to be crazy to race down a river if you were less than four inches long and weighed only a few ounces or you might find comfort in numbers. Whatever gives them the courage, over a thousand rubber ducks will take a plunge into the South Yadkin near the Cooleemee dam this Saturday, July 18th at 1:00 PM sharp.

The first numbered duck to reach the finish line downriver will win their “owner” a cash prize of $300. The 2nd place winner will garner its ticket-buyer $150 with the 3rd place better will win $75. That’s some duck grease to take home!

Adopt a Duck Today for Only $5
There’s only one way to win those cash prizes in the Duck Race,  You have to buy a ticket.  Single Duck tickets are $5 each, a “Quack Pack” of six sells for $25, and you can purchase a “Flock” of fifteen for $50. You do not have to be present to win but you must show your numbered ticket stub to collect your prize.

Tickets can be purchased at Davie Parks and Recreation and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville, in Cooleemee at the Zachary House, Village Auto, Davie Discount Drug, Cooleemee Town Hall and Cooleemee Hardware, and in Woodleaf at Jacobs Western Store.  For tickets and more info, call Mike Garner at 336-4078151

Cooleemee at the Zachary House or at Cooleemee Town Hall, at Village Auto, Davie Discount Drugs, at the Chamber of Commerce in Mocksville and in Woodleaf at Jacob’s Western Store.  Duck tickets will also be sold until 1 pm at RiverPark but no later.

Duck Race Begins 1:00 PM Sharp
This is the 6th year for the Great Bullhole Duck Race and it will run from 10:30 am to 2 pm at RiverPark, found at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road (just ½ mile from Cooleemee off Hwy 801 & Needmore Road).  There will be games, food, and some special kids activities. The Duck Race will begin at 1 pm SHARP.

Tube Race Registration
The 3rd Annual South Yadkin Tube Race will once again run in conjunction with this event and it begins at 10:30 AM at the Cooleemee Junction Wildlife area. First place winner is awarded a unique trophy and a $100 cash prize.

Official Tube Race contestants must fill out a registration form, a liability waiver and have signed a copy of the Official Rules. Regulation tubes and life vests can be rented at the Junction before the race begins ($5 each). To get registered, call (336) 284-6040.

 

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

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Carolina Precision Machining, Inc. – Davie County Firm Growing and Creating Aviation Jobs

Steve Vick and Terry Bralley at Carolina Precision Machining

Steve Vick and Terry Bralley at Carolina Precision Machining

Aviation has been creating jobs and opportunities in North Carolina since the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright and the aerospace industry is still a very important job growth cluster for North Carolina.

Carolina Precision Machining, Inc. (CPM), a home-grown Davie County aerospace manufacturer has relocated its manufacturing operation to the former Trim Building located in Mocksville at 351 Bethel Church Road.  Founded in Davie County by Steve Vick in 1993, CPM manufactures precision machine parts for aerospace, aviation and heavy equipment manufacturers.  The company currently employs 30 people and this move will help the company create 10-25 new jobs over the next 12 to 18 months.

Entrepreneurial Talent – The Secret to Long Term Economic Vitality
According to Terry Bralley, Davie County Economic Development Commission President, “While big economic development deals like Ashley Furniture, Avgol, Baptist Health, Gildan, and Avgol get lots of attention and news coverage, it is the small business entrepreneur that creates most of the jobs in this country.  Entrepreneurs in Davie County like Steve Vick know how to get things done.  They are taking the initiative, assuming the risk, and putting our people to work.

“Davie County seems to have the right combination of factors that make this fertile ground for the entrepreneurial mind-set.  We are growing but we are still small enough that a small business owner in Davie County can feel like a big fish in a small pond.  Many of these successful leaders are up and coming young folks with vision, high energy, passion and talent.  We’re blessed to have folks like Steve in our community.  The Davie County EDC is looking at ways to foster and grow this entrepreneurial talent base.

Improved workflows and room for expansion pave the way for job growth
The new location provides room for expansion and reduces operating costs by enabling dramatic work-flow efficiency improvements. According to Steve Vick, “This new location gave us a clean slate and the opportunity to think outside the box and re-configure workflows from scratch; improving efficiency, reducing costs and making us a more valuable partner for our customers.  The additional floor space and plant layout has allowed us to improve every aspect of our operation. “

One of the biggest advantages of the new location is additional space for new equipment.  CPM is in the process of installing and configuring their newest laser in the new location.  The cost of cutting hard-to-machine materials by conventional mechanical machining processes is high due to the low material removal rate and short tool life.  Some materials are not possible to be cut by the conventional machining process at all.  Laser beam machining uses a laser beam to remove materials without mechanical engagement with the work-piece material.

Public & Private Sector Partnerships – Economic Development is a Team Sport
The North Carolina Community Colleges system, DCCC Community College and the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board worked together in support of private sector job growth at CPM.

With the support of an Incumbent Workers Grant from The Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board and a Workforce Development Grant from Davidson County Community College and the North Carolina Community College System, CPM earned the coveted aerospace manufacturing certifications AS9100C and ISO 9001:2008 in 2013 paving the way for continued job growth in the aviation sector.

According to Steve, “The AS9100C certification enables CPM to compete on a level playing field with firms that are many times our size in the aerospace industry.   It is unique for a firm our size to achieve this prestigious certification and it demonstrates our commitment to “Total Customer Satisfaction”.

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission said, “Congratulations to Steve Vick and to the entire team at Carolina Precision Machining.  It is impressive when a firm is able to compete at this level and we look forward to the continued success of Steve Vick and the entire team at Carolina Precision Machining.

About Carolina Precision Machining
Carolina Precision Machining is a privately owned and operated company established in 1993.  CPM provides precision machine part manufacturing services for aerospace, aviation and heavy equipment manufacturers with quality that is certified to comply with AS 9100C and ISO 9001:2008 requirements.

Skilled machinists at CPM do high-precision, close tolerance tooling work and high volume turning and milling. They also perform first article inspection components and prototypes prior to production.

Carolina Precision Machining can be reached by telephone at 336 751-7788 and on the web at www.cpmmachining.com.

Additional Reporting on CPM Expansion
Triad Business Journal – Mocksville machining firm to add up to 25 jobs
Winston Salem Journal – Precision expanding, adding to 10-25 jobs

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Free Movie Night – WinMock at Kinderton in Town of Bermuda Run -Thursday, 8 PM!

You are invited to the Town of Bermuda Run for some free family-friendly outdoor entertainment this Thursday evening.  WinMock at Kinderton presents the hit movie “Despicable Me 2” at 8:30 PM this Thursday, July 9th.

Admission is free… and there will be fresh hot popcorn and beverages available for purchase. A donation of canned goods for the Second Harvest Food Bank is encouraged.

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Bring your chairs and blankets and come sit out on the lawn at WinMock.
This hit movie from Universal Pictures earned rave reviews.  three books, a video game and several other products based on the movie have also been released.  “Despicable Me 2″ A sequel to the original is scheduled for theatrical release next month.

Become a fan – What a great way to show your thanks!
Please join us in thanking the following generous sponsors of Community Movie Night!  Images below include links to the respective organizations’ Facebook Pages.

 

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Free Activities Abound this Fourth of July Holiday Weekend in Davie County!

Old Glory American Flag 2Fireworks, wagon rides through Rich Park, kiddie train rides, kiddie pedal tractor races, antique tractors, a ladies frying pan toss, and even a lawn mower parade are part of the weekend activities as our nation celebrates its 239th birthday, our community has a week planned that is filled with fun for all ages!  There are many free and exciting events for everyone to enjoy.

Free Fireworks Display – July 4th Celebration at Rich Park
Bring your family out for an evening of Fourth of July fun, music, food and fireworks.  Parking is $5 per car beginning at 5:00 pm.  You may walk in for free & parking will be available behind the Brock Gym.  Music will be available and then a Fireworks display @ 9:30.

Free Event – 16th Annual Tractor & Engine & Show Parade
All day Friday and Saturday
– The weekend will be full of the sights and sounds of yesteryear at the 16th Annual PAPA Antique Tractor and Engine show.  Again, this event is free and boasts antique tractors, farm equipment, and a host of vendors.  Step back in time this Independence Day weekend and celebrate the heritage of Davie County with this event which runs Friday and Saturday. PAPA stands for Piedmont Antique Power Association, Inc.  This non-profit group exists to assist charitable organizations in the community.

The annual tractor parade through historic downtown Mocksville is a celebration of North Carolina’s rich farming heritage and a celebration of the great American spirit of Independence with a tribute to our military veterans.

There are wagon rides through Rich Park on both days.  Friday promises fun with antique displays, bingo games ($5 entry in Cow patty Bingo), tractor pulls, live music, and various other activities.  Saturday begins with a parade of Antique Tractors in historic Downtown Mocksville at 10am.  After the parade, there will be a kiddie pull, auction sale, raffle in which someone will win an antique 1950 8N Ford “Red Belly” Tractor!  There are other prizes as well including a cash prize.

Here is a list of activities to enjoy:

Friday Events:

7:00 am – Gates open to the public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display
Farm equipment demonstrations through-out the day

Afternoon and Evening events:
Kiddie train rides
Kiddie pedal tractor race
Tractor skill events
Wheel barrow race
Ladies frying pan toss
Wagon rides through Rich Park
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)

6:30 pm – Live Music

Saturday Events:
7:00 am – Gates open to public  –  No entrance fee
All day – Tractors, Hit & Miss engines and farm equipment on display

Morning events:
9:00 am – Tractors begin to line-up for the Parade through downtown Mocksville
10:00 am – Parade begins through Mocksville
11:00 am – Kiddie pedal pull

Afternoon events:
12:30 pm – Auction of consigned and donated items
Tractor skill events
Cow pattie bingo ($5.00 entry fee)
Wagon rides through Rich Park
Kiddie train rides

3:00 pm – Raffle drawing for tractor or prize money

Food will be for sale provided by the Mocksville Masonic Lodge both days.

Ice Cream will be for sale provided by PAPA For more information contact Piedmont Antique Power Association Bob Conaway @ 336.909.5818 or Arthur Bostick 336.414.7834.

Free Event ~ Lawnmower Parade with Free Ice Cream, Watermelon and Snow Cones
Saturday
– Since the 1990s, Independence Day is honored by a Lawnmower Parade that begins at Cooleemee School. Anyone can participate by lining up a patriotically decorated lawnmower, float, car, bicycle or pet by 9:30 AM on Saturday, July 4th.  The parade begins at 10am.

Judges will be in the crowd and there will be prizes to win at the parade’s end on the Zachary House grounds. Bring your lawn chair and view the parade along Marginal Street.

Following the parade guests will enjoy free watermelon for all under the arbor.  Hot dogs and cold drinks will be for sale at the Cook Shack and historic displays about the American Revolution in the Forks of the Yadkin will be on view on the patio. The July 4th activities are sponsored by the Town of Cooleemee.

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Join the Cash Mob! – Let’s Do Lunch at Maria’s Salvadorian Cuisine

iShopDavie-holding-signThe Davie County Chamber of Commerce announces the next “Let’s Do Lunch” event for 11:45 am Tuesday, June 23rd at Maria’s Salvadorian Cuisine in Mocksville.  “Let’s Do Lunch” is an informal lunch event with a “Cash Mob” twist.  The Davie Chamber coordinates with local restaurants to host the event and invites the community to come out for lunch and make a difference at a local business.

Let’s Do Lunch is open to everyone – chamber members, prospects or anyone who wants to support our local restaurants.  Participating in Let’s Do Lunch is very easy – simply decide to have lunch at the designated restaurant – no reservations required!   Make plans with friends, co-workers or family members and join us on Tuesday, June 23rd at Maria’s Salvadorian Cuisine. You’ll enjoy a great meal while showing your support for one of our many great restaurants in Davie County.

Let’s Do Lunch” is a part of the Davie Chamber’s ishopdavie initiative which is designed to support the local business community and raise awareness of the importance of doing business where we live, send our kids to school and pay taxes.  “Let’s Do Lunch was created with two goals in mind:  first, to make a financial impact on one of our businesses and second, to keep the focus on doing business in Davie County” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.  We have received very positive feedback from restaurant owners and lunch attendees.  The atmosphere is always very relaxed and welcoming.  We see large groups from nearby offices and singles who come in and join an established table – we’re all among friends and it just works!” said McManamy.

For over 40 years, the Davie County Chamber of Commerce has served the business community as the catalyst of business growth and economic development.   Chamber members work together to promote a strong and vibrant business community throughout Davie County.  As the county-wide Chamber, the Davie Chamber represents businesses from Cooleemee to Advance, Mocksville to Bermuda Run and all points in between.  The Davie Chamber office is located at 135 S Salisbury Street in Mocksville where you will also find the Davie County Visitor Center and Davie County Economic Development Commission office.    For more information on joining the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, please call 336.751.3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com.

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Pack the Park Night for American Legion Baseball – This Sunday, June 21!

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On Sunday, June 21st our Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Team will be taking on rival Rowan County at 7:00pm on Mondo Field at Rich Park in Mocksville.  This is “Pack the Park” night where the community is invited to bring back some of the heritage of the 80’s and 90’s by filling up the stands, the hillside, and the areas around the field.  Come on out, bring your family, and enjoy the sights and sounds of America’s Game under the lights.

Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and up.  Children 12 and under are free.  Traditional baseball food is available at the concession stand.

As summer settles in around us, the bleachers at Mondo field in Mocksville (Rich Park) are filled with loving parents, siblings, friends, and community partners.  There are few games more authentic and passionate than watching young men play their hearts out for the most American game in history, baseball.

Remaining 2015 Schedule
Home – Thursday, June 18 – vs. Greensboro – Rich Park, 7 PM
Away – Friday, June 19 – vs. Eastern Randolph – Grady Lawson Field, 7 PM
Home – Sunday, June 21 – vs. Rowan County – Rich Park, 7 PM, Pack the Park Night
Home – Monday, June 22 – vs. Randolph Co. (Asheboro) – Rich Park, 7 PM – Make-Up Game
Away – Tuesday, June 23 – vs Kernersville – East Forsyth HS, 7 PM
Home – Wednesday, June 24 – vs Mooresville – Rich Park HS, 7 PM
Away – Thursday, June 25 – vs Kannapolis – North West Cabbarus HS, 7 PM
Home – Thursday, June 27 – vs Winston-Salem – Rich Park HS, 7 PM
Away – Sunday, June 28 – vs. Concord – Cental Cabbarus HS, 7 PM
Away – All Star Game/Showcase – McCrary Park

2015 Playoff Schedule
Friday, July 3 – First Round Playoff Series Begins – Best 2 of 3
Monday, July 6 – Second Round Playoffs Begin – Best 3 of 5
Sunday, July 12 – Third Round Playoffs Begin – Best 3 of 5
Saturday, July 18 – Area III Championship Series – Best 3 of 5
Tuesday, August 4 – Southeast Regional Tournament – McCrary Park, Asheboro, NC
Thursday, August 13 – American Legion World Series – Keeter Stadium, Shelby, NC

Hometown Stories and Local Heroes
A national sports writer and television producer, Matt Gibson, once observed that “American Legion Baseball is perhaps the purest form of the sport and the most fun to watch.  There are no player salaries and the grueling schedule leaves little time for beach trips or summer vacations for these young men.  This kind of sacrifice means that only those who really love the game are playing. American Legion Baseball is about hometown stories, local heroes and love for the game.”

Legion Baseball – The Community
The Mocksville Davie American Legion Baseball team is in full swing in their 34th season since it began again after a break in the mid 1960s.  American Legion Baseball is a long held tradition in Davie County.  It brings together some of the best high school baseball players from Davie and surrounding counties to complete to be the best in an annual tournament in Shelby, NC.

“It’s always been the best quality ball for this age of boys that’s been in this country ever,” said Sonny Kurfees, one of the founding members of the Mocksville Legion team in the early 80s. “Legion baseball provides people in the community a chance to come out and see some of the greatest players that they should know from their community play some other great players.  Plus, it’s great entertainment that helps the community grow,” Kurfees continued.

In the 80’s and 90’s the stands and the grassy knolls alongside the field used to be packed with fans. “That’s the way it ought be again” Kurfees said. “You know, people used to come out here. People couldn’t wait to get here.  It ought to be that way now.”

“I’d like to see more fans come out here and support the team,” Charles Kurfees (the team manager) said. “I don’t think they understand the importance of having a baseball team like this in the community.  It’s a great thing. It’s a veteran’s program too; it’s a great thing to bring your family out on a summer night as the cool air settles in under the lights and enjoy baseball.”

Legion Baseball – Teamwork and Love of the Game
Jacob Tutterow, an assistant coach on the team who used to play under Coach Charles Kurfees said, “I liked getting to know people from this area.  I’m not from around here, I’m from North Iredell.  So it was a chance to get know some other guys from the team, from Davie County.  It was a chance to bond and mesh and make friendships.  I still talk to a lot of the players that I played with.”

Barrett Hennings, the first baseman said, “It’s really relaxed out here.  We just try to get a win. It’s not uptight, you know what I’m saying; you just have fun while you’re playing.

Ross Hoffner who is in his 6th year with the Legion teams said, “It’s a good chance for the players around here, who say, don’t have the money to go play showcase or anything.  It’s free and it’s a good environment and we play on a beautiful field.  The team takes great care of you, you know, hot dogs after the games, meal money on the roads.  It’s more about the team out here; it’s not just about the individuals.”

Legion Baseball – Training Ground for the Pros
“A lot of major league baseball players came up through Legion Baseball,” said Sonny Kurfees.  “We have never charged a player to play.  We furnish everything, uniforms, bats, balls, everything. It doesn’t cost them anything at all.  We travel on a bus when we go to away games.”  As I watched them practice each player truly seemed to love the instruction from their coaches, whether is was batting practice or defensive maneuvering.  They were grateful for the instruction.  Legion baseball is more than just a game, it’s an opportunity to find hope and significance in yourself.

 

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Announcing Free Healthcare Seminars, Classes and Events from Wake Forest Baptist Health

WFBH-BestHealthWake Forest Baptist Health continues to invest in our community by providing a wealth of free resources in an initiative called BestHealth.

Besthealth offers free health seminars, screenings and lifestyle events to help you live a healthier life while staying on top of the latest advances in medicine.  In addition to free health screenings, members of the BestHealth program can receive discounts at restaurants, pet stores, salons, gift stores, and more.

All Classes Are Free  – Grab a Friend and Encourage One Another!
Classes include creative solutions for grocery store meals, fun dance classes that tingle the soul, and boot camps. This program has a lot waiting to help you become a better version of yourself.  All of the classes are free and open to the public.  Grab a friend and encourage one another.

There are programs planned for adults and programs offered for the entire family.  Classes and events are scheduled for Davie County, Clemmons and Winston Salem locations.

Become a member today by visiting http://www.wakehealth.edu/BestHealth/Membership.

For a full list of merchants offering discounts, please visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/BestHealth/Membership/Merchant-Discounts.htm.

Adult Programs

Wed. June 10 (11:00a-12:00p): Bunions & Hammertoes
Wake Forest Baptist Health: Davie Medical Center, Plaza 1, 4th Floor Conference Rooms 1 & 2, Bermuda Run. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Thu. June 11 (12:00p-1:30p): Stroke Awareness & Prevention (Free Lunch Provided)
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza, Country Club Road, Diabetes Classroom, Winston-Salem. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Sat. June 13 (9:00a-10:00a): Boot Camp: Fitness
Jerry Long YMCA, entrance track, Clemmons. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Mon. June 15 (4:30p-5:30p): Greek Style Line Dancing
Wake Forest Baptist Health – Piedmont Plaza (Kitty Hawk Room), Winston-Salem.  Pre-Registration Required.  Wear supportive shoes. Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Wed. June 17 (2:00p-3:00p): Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Wake Forest Baptist Health: Davie Medical Center, Plaza 1 (Cardiac Classroom), Bermuda Run. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Mon. June 22 (4:00p-5:00p): Atrial Fibrillation: Causes & Effects
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza, Country Club Road, Diabetes Classroom, Winston-Salem. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Wed. June 24 (2p-4p): Advance Directive (Living Will & Healthcare Power of Attorney)
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza, Country Club Road, Diabetes Classroom, Winston-Salem. Free notary. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Sat. June 27 (9:00a-10:00a): Boot Camp: Fitness
Jerry Long YMCA, entrance track, Clemmons. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378).

Family Friendly Programs

Wed. June 10 (5:00p-6:00p): Container Gardening 101
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Mini-Meatloaves with Italian Peas.  Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email: dpratt@wakehealth.edu.

Tue. June 16 (6:00p-7:15p): My Kids are Driving Me Crazy!
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Positive Discipline Based Classes. Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email: dpratt@wakehealth.edu.

Tue. June 23 (6:00p-7:00p): Learn to Cook a Balanced Meal
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Hands-on cooking class.  Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email: dpratt@wakehealth.edu.

Tue. June 30 (6:00p-7:00p): Learn to Cook a Balanced Meal
Brenner FIT, William G. White Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem.  Hands-on cooking class.  Pre-Registration Required.  Call (336) 713-BEST (2378) or email: dpratt@wakehealth.edu.

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Free Concerts, Movies and River Walk Festival – This Summer in the Town of Bermuda Run

Carolina Brass Band

This summer the Town of Bermuda Run and Davie County Arts Council are offering Davie County families several free events as part of their summer concert series and summer movie nights.

Music pops a little louder in the summertime – We throw off the shackles of the indoors for refreshing summer breezes and the beautiful outdoors.  We engage our senses as we experience the world beyond our devices.  Do you enjoy taking your family out for a walk, a dance, and some laughter?  Knowing that there is something to see, something to do, something to experience, makes our time out together better.

Jazz-Up Independence Day with a 28 Member Brass Band
On June 20, 2015 at 7:00pm the North Carolina Brass Band will showcase an exhilarating performance.  This twenty-eight member band is sure to energize kids and adults alike.  This event is pocketed between Memorial Day and Independence Day to honor our fallen heroes and our great nation.  So, bring out your family for a patriotic evening that is sure to please. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Brock Performing Arts Center on N. Main St. in Mocksville.

Free Family Movie Nights at WinMock
The Town of Bermuda Run is also hosting free movies for the whole family at the WinMock Barn.  Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets to rest on the lawn.  Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase.  Movies begin promptly at 8:30pm and donations to Second Harvest Food Bank are encouraged.

Movie Night Schedule
June 11 – Big Hero 6
July 9 – Despicable Me 2
August 13 – Cinderella

The River Walk Festival – Arts & Antiques By the River
On September 26th, Bermuda Run and the Davie County Arts Council is hosting a festival to celebrate artists and antiques of Davie County.  This event, called River Walk Festival will also be held at the Kinderton Business Park.  Vendors will be on hand to sell their creative items for your home.  Also peruse many antique items sure to catch the eye of distinguished buying.  Guests will also be entertained by several local musicians with the Rain Check Band ending out the evenings festivities.  This is a free event welcome to all.

Make Your Plans to Attend Now
Band performances will be held at the Kinderton Business Park Gazebo and Green, 120 Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 (off Highway 158).  There is plenty of space, so bring your lawn chairs, a cool drink and some snacks while you and your family enjoy concerts, movies and the River Walk Festival.  For questions or to get more information contact either the Davie County Arts Council, (336) 751-300, www.daviearts.org or the Town of Bermuda Run, (336) 998-0906 www.townofbr.com.

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Davie County Welcomes DEX Heavy Duty Parts and 38 New Jobs

Celebrating DEX

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and Davie County EDC President Terry Bralley celebrate DEX move to North Carolina.

The Volvo Group invested $2.6 million into the renovation of the 210,000 square-foot Dex building located at 2016 Cornatzer Road in Advance, North Carolina and created 38 new jobs in Davie County.  The building is located on 38 acres near Interstate 40.

Automotive Industry Discovers Davie County
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory travelled to Davie County today to welcome DEX to North Carolina.  Governor McCrory was joined by executives of the Volvo Group, Dex Heavy Duty Parts LLC and local and state officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Dex facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour.

Dex, a Volvo Group subsidiary and leading supplier of recycled, renovated and surplus medium- and heavy-duty truck parts, offers new life to trucks by offering recycled and renovated parts to second- and third-generation truck owners.

Why DEX Chose Davie County
In 2009 the Mack Truck HQ was moved from Allentown, PA to Greensboro, NC – creating some 500 new jobs.

The DEX operation relocated to Davie County from Floyd, Virginia in August of 2014.  They moved to Davie County for close-in access to major Interstate Highways I-40, I-77 and I-85, access to an educated workforce, and the ability to “recycle” an existing textile manufacturing plant to a new life – which is what Dex does – “recycles” trucks and truck parts.

“The Volvo Group is pleased to open another facility in North Carolina,” said Dennis Slagle, president of Volvo Group Trucks Sales North America. “Dex Heavy Duty Parts takes old trucks and recycles them – refurbishing some parts for resale and recycling others for reuse – which is not only a natural extension of our business, but perfectly exemplifies our core value of care for the environment.”

“Since 2012, Dex has recycled more than three million pounds of material,” said Darin Redmon, director of operations for Dex Heavy Duty Parts. “We are the only OEM that has a complete lifecycle channel for its products.”

Governor McCrory Welcomes Volvo/DEX to North Carolina
“We welcome this investment by the Volvo Group and Dex Heavy Duty Parts in our state,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “It’s always great to see companies move to North Carolina and we appreciate Dex Heavy Duty Parts’ commitment to our state and environment. Employers know North Carolina is a great place to invest because of our friendly business climate, infrastructure and talented workforce.”

According to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, “DEX came to Davie County because we had the right building available, with rail service, at the right location. We have only a couple of existing buildings still available for companies looking at a Davie County location.  We have plenty of sites available but most companies are looking for existing buildings. For additional information on doing business in Davie County, North Carolina, please visit www.daviecountyedc.com.

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Another Win for Davie County – Avgol to Invest $40 Million & Create 50 New Jobs

Aerial View of Mocksville Avgol Plant With Rail Service Visible

Aerial View of Mocksville Avgol Plant With Rail Service Visible

Avgol has announced plans to invest $40,000,000 and create 50 new jobs in Mocksville by expanding and adding a new production line to its plant in Mocksville.  The addition of a fifth production line will make the Mocksville plant the world’s largest single producer of non-woven fabric.

Jessi Andrade, (Avgol Human Resource Manager) mentioned that Avgol plans to hire several skill level positions in the summer of 2015 to “give them a year of training on the job.”  Avgol expects to host a job fair late in 2015 or early 2016 to hire additional positions. The average annual salary for these new jobs at Avgol will be $35,000 with benefits.

Avgol, a global leader in the production of non-woven fabric for things like diapers and feminine products has recently been eying a place to expand operations to keep up with increased product demand.   Avgol has four facilities across the globe: Tel-Aviv, Israel; Hubei, China; Tula, Russia; and Mocksville, North Carolina, USA.  With all of these options, Avgol chose Mocksville for this growth.

Transportation and Logistics:  Rail in Davie County Helps Fuel Economic Growth
The new Avgol production line in Mocksville represents the 4th expansion for Avgol in Davie County since they purchased the plant from Unifi in 2001.  At that time the plant consisted of a single production line.  The installation of a rail spur in 2005 for the delivery of inbound raw materials for manufacturing has helped make NC and Davie County a strategic location for Avgol.

Engineered Non-Woven Fabrics – Science & Industry Join Forces, Fuel Job Growth
The manufacturing of engineered fabrics is at the leading edge of a textile revival in North Carolina and advanced technology is at the heart of non-woven manufacturing.  Avgol has utilized training and support services provided by North Carolina State University’s Non-Woven Institute (NWI).

The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, is the world’s first accredited academic program for the interdisciplinary field of engineered fabrics.  The NWI is an innovative global partnership between industry, government and academe. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform, the Nonwovens Institute engages experts from industry and higher education in building next-generation nonwoven applications while also providing training and guidance to the field’s future leaders.

Economic Development Trending Up for Davie
Add Avgol to a string of recent economic development victories like Ashley Furniture and Gildan ActiveWear and you discover a trend; furniture and textile manufacturing is coming back. Ashley furniture will have 1200 employees by year end and Gildan is on track to have 300 employees.

Andrade explained that Avgol offers “great benefits and the wages are competitive. If you or someone you know is interested in working with Avgol, the best thing to do is drop by and talk with us, and be on the lookout for our job fair later this year.”

Davie County Winning the Global Competition for Jobs
For this win, Davie County and the Town of Mocksville both approved economic development incentives that were a key piece of this victory.  Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission tells us that economic development is a team sport.  If we continue working together as a community, Davie County continue to win the global competition for jobs.

Please join us in thanking Avgol for continuing to invest in Davie County!

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300 More Jobs for Davie County as Ashley Furniture Continues to Grow

Davie_County_NC_Jobs-2It takes all kinds of jobs to run a furniture company and Ashley Furniture is bringing even more of those jobs to Davie County.  It was announced today that over the next several months Ashley Furniture will add 300 jobs to the manufacturing center in Davie County bringing the total Ashley Furniture Davie County workforce to 1,200 employees.

Ashley Furniture – Under Promising and Over-Delivering
Reality rarely beats projections when it comes to initial projections on the number of jobs to be created when a new facility opens.  In Ashley Furniture’s case, the reality blows the early projections out of the water!  When Ashley first announced the opening of a new manufacturing center in Advance, NC they committed to having a workforce of 550 in place by 2017.  As of May, 2015 the facility already employs over 800 people.  With over 2,8 million square feet (65 acres under roof), the Ashley Furniture Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Advance, North Carolina is poised to become the largest furniture manufacturing facility in the world.

Job seekers should apply in-person at the Davie County plant or online at www.ashleyfurniture.com.  Many of these jobs are also posted to www.daviecountyblog.com/jobs.

Why Ashley Furniture Selected Davie County
The decision on where to invest in a new manufacturing plant is one of the most important decisions a company makes. Long term success for the company requires the right location, the availability of a skilled workforce, strong workforce development programs, and well developed utility, energy, communication, and transportation assets.  All of these components are in place in Davie County.

Davie County’s location in central North Carolina, bisected by I-40, with I-85 and I-77 only minutes away is within a one day drive of 60% of the US market, one half of the nation’s population and one trillion dollars of industrial production. Rail freight services available through Southern and Norfolk Southern and two major airports within about an hour’s drive also make Davie County an attractive location for manufacturing.

Davie County Economic Development Commission
A key player in helping match companies in search of new opportunities with critical infrastructure and land-related resources is the Davie County Economic Development Commission.  Visit the Davie County EDC web site to learn what Davie County has to offer for businesses of all sizes in one of North Carolina’s most progressive and business friendly counties.

Ashley Furniture is a Global Company with Operations in 123 Countries
Ashley Furniture has been in business since 1945.  It began manufacturing furniture in 1970 in Arcadia, Wis.  Today Ashley, who has been showcasing its products at High Point Market for close to 40 years, is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world.  The company currently operates manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and California and has a distribution warehouse facility located in Brandon, Fla.  Today Ashley employs 12,000 employees in the United States. All of Ashley’s manufacturing operations are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology to maximize efficiencies to better serve customers’ needs.  Ashley is a global company doing business in 123 countries… AND Davie County, North Carolina!

In the News:
MyFox8 – Ashley Furniture Adding 300 Jobs in Davie County
WXII12 – Ashley Furniture plans to add 300 jobs within months in Davie County
Triad Business Journal – Ashley adding 300 jobs at Davie plant

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Free Community Event This Saturday ~ KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family

kidsfest-mocksville-postKidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is co-sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. and the Mocksville-Davie Parks and Recreation Department.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house, fire truck and smoke house, bunnies, a magic show and Balloonist, Zumba, YMCA obstacle course and Yoga, Lowe’s Build and Grow, Mad Science, door prizes and more.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11:00 AM.  New to KidsFest this year will be North Carolina Rail Yard Buddies with an O gauge display of model trains.

Family Resouces
Parent/Child sessions including bike safety, in conjunction with Active Routes to School bike helmet fittings (while supplies last). There will be many representatives from community non-profits and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources.

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required to receive tickets and passes for some of the activities and to be eligible for a drawing for a family prize basket.

There were over 800 folks in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at www.daviesmartstart.org.

Schedule of Activities – 2015 Kidsfest

TIME Presentation Location Presenter
10:00-12:45 Raffle Tickets Inside / Outside Smart Start
10:00-10:15 Welcome & Announcements Main Stage Smart Start / DJ
10:20-10:35 Zumba Main Stage Krysta Gary
10:40-10:50 Announcements Main Stage DJ
11:00-11:30 Davie Combined Chorus Main Stage Davie County Elementary Schools
11:35-11:50 Yoga Main Stage Pearl Holston
11:55-12:25 Magic Show Main Stage Ryan Short
12:30-12:40 Announcements/Last Call Tickets Main Stage DJ
12:45 Ticket Sales Stop ************************* *************************
1:00-1:15 Raffle Winners Main Stage Smart Start/DJ
1:30-2:00 Announcement / Thanks! Main Stage Smart Start

***Balloon Sculpting by Ryan Short throughout the day***

10:00-2:00 Entertainments/Crafts/Games Inside/Outside Vendors
10:00-Gone Bike Helmets/Bike Safety Class Inside Smart Start/Active Routes to School/Mocksville Police Dept.
10:00-2:00 Bounce Houses Outside Smart Start
10:00-2:00 Mad Science Outside Mad Science
10:00-2:00 Face Painting Outside FEA
10:00-2:00 Slushy Outside Sunset Slush
10:00-2:00 Trains Inside NC Rail Yard Buddies
10:00-2:00 Lowes Build and Grow Outside Lowes

 

 

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