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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant requests must meet the following criteria:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employers include:

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

 

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

Please contact David Monteleone at 336.776.6770 for more information.

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Free Event This Saturday – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville - Photo: Ed Simmons

SouthPoint Business Park Mocksville – Photo: Ed Simmons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Free Event This Saturday – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

Mocksville concerts on the square posterMocksville will be rocking as Surry Line kicks off the free Concerts on the Square concert series this Saturday night, June 10th, from 7 pm-10 pm in the quad near Restaurant 101 in downtown Mocksville.

Five Free Concerts for 2017
This is the first of five free concerts sponsored by the Town of Mocksville. Future performances are July 15th — Josh Tenery & Joel McCarson (soft rock, country); August 19th– Tin Can Alley & Mel Jones (America, soft rock, blues); August 26th — Tess Black & Blue Band (motown, beach) and September 23rd — Brad Ratledge (acoustic country, rock). All of the concerts begin at 7 pm.

Break out your lawn chairs this Saturday!
Although Surry Line is known for its own unique sound, it’s genre of music would fit mostly into the Americana, Country, Rockabilly style. Surry Line has a long list of cover tunes that span all the way from Elvis to Guns and Roses, Johnny Cash to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Webb Pierce to Janis Joplin, and Charlie Daniels to Darious Rucker to name a few. One thing that sets Surry Line apart from other bands that cover these artist is their unique sound and their ability to make these cover songs, that have been done thousands of times, into something that sounds fresh and new.

While the songs that they cover keep the audience entertained, it’s the original songs of Surry Line that keep the audience interested and coming back for more. These songs have proven to hold the attention of strangers and passers by from the first time Surry Line performed in 2014.

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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Free Ice Cream Wednesday at the Mocksville Farmers Market

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini1Davie County farmers markets are always warm and inviting, but come out to the Mocksville Farmers Market this Wednesday for a free cold treat.

During the the month of June, the Mocksville Farmers Market will be hosting a dairy campaign with a different special offer each week:

Wed., June7th…FREE ICE CREAM for customers from 4-5 pm, while supplies last.

Wed., June 14th…COOKIES AND MILK…Sample our vendors’ cookies with a glass of COLD milk

Wed., June 21st…CHEESE & CRACKERS & BREADS…Sample vendors’ delicious BREADS & CRACKERS with a chunk of CHEESE

Wed., June 28th…SWAP DAIRY RECIPES…Recipes that even the kids can make! And let’s sample a few of these recipes.

Davie County Farmers Markets Every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday – Admission is free and the benefits are endless!
Enjoy Davie County Farmers Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington according to the following schedule.

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini2Wednesdays – Mocksville Farmers Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. In addition to fresh produce, the market offers  baked goods, candles, soaps, creams, lotions, farm art, honey, meats, pralines, berries, eggs, and more.  

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

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

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

Mocksville Farmers Market 2017 Ini3Farmington Farmers Market – Family-Friendly Fun
The Farmington Farmers Market is a family-friendly market that provides homegrown produce and goods. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, and fresh baked goodies.

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

Have fun shopping at Davie County farmers markets
Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community.  These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

iShopdavie LogoSave money at Davie County farmers markets
One of the reasons to shop at a farmers market is to support the local economy.  Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

Farmer’s markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money by making the products purchased a greater value. In essence, a person is getting 6.5 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer Consuming Local Produce from Davie County farmers markets
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmers markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

iShopDavie
Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.

For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Have fun, save money & live longer by frequenting your Davie County Farmers Markets.  Your family will thank you.

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“Cruise-In” Monday Night in Mocksville!

PIEDMONT_CARSVisit the beautiful and historic square in downtown Mocksville on Monday evening, June 5th, for  “Cruise-In” presented by the Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association.  Festivities begin at 5:30 and continue until dark.

All types of cars ranging from old classics to the cars of tomorrow will be on display.  The cruise-in draws participants from the surrounding areas stretching from the Virginia border to the Sandhills ~ West from Wilkes County and East to Alamance and Wake Counties.  If the weather is kind, the cruise-in will draw as many as 300 cars.

In addition to the cars, the event features music by DJ, Barry Rentz and 50/50 drawings. Don’t forget to visit the downtown restaurants and shops.

The cruise-ins also provide car owners the opportunity to get out and drive, which is the real fun of owning a specialty  car.  Enthusiasts come together to share their love of cars with others and to answer questions about cars, the town of Mocksville, and the cruise-ins.

Piedmont C.A.R.S Association
Piedmont C.A.R.S. Association is a non-profit organization comprised of people with a love of cars. Members are devoted to using their interest in classic, antique, restored, and special interest cars to bring together car owners with similar interests while acting as a service organization dedicated to participating in service projects that benefit the community.

Come on out and join the fun!  If you can’t make it tonight,  Downtown Mocksville Cruise-Ins are held on the first  Monday of each month from April through September. For more information, call 336.492-6053.

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

BlockFest Collage 2KidsFest: Fun for the Whole Family will be held Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m.until 2 p.m. at the Brock Gym and Masonic Picnic Grounds located at 644 North Main Street in Mocksville.

This free community event is sponsored by Smart Start of Davie County in conjunction with Davie Recreation and Parks and Davie Family YMCA, and will occur rain or shine.  The goal of KidsFest is to provide a fun day of learning for children and to raise awareness for the services and activities available to families of young children in Davie County.

A Host of Activities for Children and Families
Kids of all ages will enjoy the excitement of an inflatable obstacle course, bounce house,  bunnies, a magic show and balloonist, Zumba, face painting, and much more.

The Davie YMCA is providing a “smoothie bike”. Riding the bike powers the attached blender to make smoothies! The YMCA will offer a youth training session at 10 a.m. on the main stage and the Senior Center Boogie Brigade Dancers will showcase their fancy footwork at 10:20 a.m. in the picnic area.  A combined all-county elementary school choral performance will be presented at 11 a.m.

kidsfest anchor1New This Year
New this year to KidsFest is BlockFest, a research-based exhibit that helps raise awareness of early math and science learning by offering hands-on block play experiences to families with young children. Parents, preschool teachers and the community will become more knowledgeable about the importance of early math and science learning as it affects both school readiness and later math success.  BlockFest is for children birth-5 years old and will be held in the Brock Gym from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Space for BlockFest is limited.

Home Safety classes will be offered at 10 a.m. and at 1:15 p.m. Free home safety kits will be given to the first 15 families registered for each session.

Family Resources
This year’s featured parent/child session is called Kidpower. Hosted by Davie Domestic Violence in conjunction with Kidpower North Carolina, Kidpower teaches personal safety and boundary-setting skills. There will be a session at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5 years and a session at 12:30 p.m. for ages 5+.

There will be many representatives from community non-profit and service agencies hosting crafts, games and providing information to parents on family resources. Each vendor inside the gym will feature an interactive activity for children. Smart Start will be giving away free T-shirts to young children attending the event, while supplies last.

“Smart Start celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and we want to thank the community for their support of our organization offering early education programs and family support since 1997,” said Gena Taylor,  Executive Director of Smart Start of Davie County.

“Our annual KidsFest shows families how much fun it can be to learn and do activities together. We want to encourage parents to visit with the variety of local agencies to learn more about the programs and services that are available to them in Davie County.”

All events at KidsFest are free, but registration is required. There were over 1,000 people in attendance at this event last year. Save time by visiting the Smart Start website to pre-register at www.daviesmartstart.org. After completing the online registration, stop by one of the three registration tables the day of the event to get your welcome goodie bag! Smart Start will also be raffling a Radio Flyer tricycle.  Everyone that registers will receive a door prize ticket for a chance to win and can earn more tickets by visiting the vendor tables and learning more about resources.

Volunteers are still needed and will receive a free t-shirt!  Sign up on the Smart Start website.

Smart Start of Davie County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization serving all children in Davie County, from birth to five, by providing quality resources and services for families and child care providers that build a foundation for lifelong learning and success. Call Smart Start at 336-751-2113 or visitwww.daviesmartstart.org for more information.

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Become a Work of Art During Color Downtown 2017–Register Today!

color downtownColor Downtown 2017 is an event the whole family will enjoy … dance and twirl in your tutu, hop, skip, run, or walk your way through downtown Mocksville and Rich Park on Saturday, May 20, and be transformed into a colorful work of art with each color station you pass.

Last year more than 500 people enjoyed being doused with colored cornstarch as they traveled a course through six different color stations. The Color Downtown 2017 kicks  off at Rich Park at 3 pm and ends with a color explosion grand finale.

“We are so excited about our biggest fundraiser which supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault during their time of greatest need,” said Lorri Hayes, director of Davie Domestic Violence Services & Rape Crisis Center. “The funds raised provide the services our clients need during their crisis — emergency housing, food, shelter, the crisis line, and counseling.”

“This year’s numbers are low right now, so we really need people to sign up,” she added.

The Color Downtown raised $10,230 last year.  This year’s goal is $15,000.

Register now to join in the fun! The cost is $23 per person, $20 each for groups of two or more, and children five and under are free. http://www.active.com/mocksville-nc/running/distance-running-races/color-downtown-2017-29660255?int=

Event details and schedule
Color Downtown is a fun run so it will not be timed, but to keep count of participants on the day of the event, each will be assigned a bib number. The bibs will be distributed at packet pick-up and must be worn on the day of the event.

***After April 28th, t-shirts will only be available for PURCHASE at packet pickup and on event day! T-shirts will NOT come with registration***

Packet pickup will be held May 15-17 from 3 PM -7 PM at the Mocksville Library at 371 North Main St. Unfortunately, the day of the event will be too chaotic to include same day packet pick-up.

Presenting sponsors are Vogler Koontz PLLC and Family Care Center of Mocksville.

For more information, contact Molly Ridenhour at molly@davielife.com.

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Peachtree Farmers Market Opens This Friday! ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

mocksville farmers market augustThe Peachtree Farmers Market will open this Friday, April 28th, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run.

A typical week’s offerings include: fresh eggs, goat cheese, vegetables, fruits, honey, grass-fed beef, pork, fresh NC seafood, jellies, jams, juices, breads, shiitake mushrooms, plants, cut and potted flowers, baked goods, farm crafts, stone-ground cornmeal, flour & grits, goat milk soap, dried apples, jumbo red-skinned peanuts.

For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email peachtreefarmersmarket@yadtel.net. Follow the Peachtree Farmers Market on Facebook for an up-to-date list of the week’s vendors.

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 13th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 13, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. You will find seasonal produce, plants, honey & jams, fresh eggs, goat’s milk soaps & lotions, fresh baked goodies, and local hormone-free meats including beef, lamb, and pork.

This market supports small, backyard growers and only charges a fee of $5.00 to set up.

If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

 

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketHave Fun
The atmosphere at the farmers market is warm and inviting. Farmers markets provide an opportunity for local farmers to get together in a social setting along with members of the local community. These gatherings strengthen communities, create a sense of belonging and ownership, and often lead to greater involvement in local issues by those who share a common interest in healthy environments and healthy lifestyles.

Save Money
Farmers markets in North Carolina are not taxed which saves you money.  In essence, a person is getting 6.75 percent more product for their money through the elimination of sales tax.

Live Longer
There are distinct health benefits to eating local, fresh produce.  One of these benefits is that fresh produce is harvested when it is ripe.  The greatest amount of vitamins naturally found in produce is available ONLY when the crop is picked ripened.  Most chain stores purchase produce from other states, and therefore the crops are picked early and ripen off the vine in a truck.  This renders the vitamins much weaker to the consumer.

Another health benefit is that because the produce is not shipped, it does not need to be waxed or treated.  This again gives the produce not only an excellent flavor, but also makes it a healthier choice.  Finally, most area farmer’s markets offer organic choices, eliminating pesticides from your diet.

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Everyone benefits when dollars stay in the local community.  The farmers are supported and can continue to grow their crops, and the money spent stays in the community rather than being shipped elsewhere.  This helps the local economy thrive.   For even more ways to save while supporting your friends and neighbors please check out iShopDavie, an exciting and rewarding program from your Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

Davie County Farmers Market Schedule
Davie County Farmers Markets are now operating in the towns of Mocksville, Bermuda Run and Farmington.  There is a market open each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday according to the following schedule.

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

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

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

See you at the Farmer’s Market!

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You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting This Thursday to Celebrate Total Renovation of Mocksville Comfort Inn and Suites

Mocksville Comfort Inn StoryTo celebrate its total renovation, the Comfort Inn & Suites in Mocksville is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:30 pm, and the public is invited to attend. The hotel is owned and operated by Davie Hospitality and is located at 629 Madison Road.

“We’ve replaced everything, right down to the bathtubs,” said Vijay Barad, Managing Partner, with a smile. “We can’t wait to show this beautiful property to the community and to invite them to use it for all of their lodging needs. We are well-equipped to serve business travelers, families, and groups in town for a special event.”

With 61 guestrooms, including 26 suites, the Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites can accommodate individuals or groups of all sizes. The hotel features the Comfort brand’s new look and feel which includes a contemporary yet classic design, rich color hues and convenient amenities throughout the property. Guestrooms now feature new bedding packages which complement Comfort’s Truly Yours Pick Your Pillow program, which offers guests the option of firm and soft pillows on the bed.

The hotel features free high speed Internet, in-room coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, as well as a meeting room, outdoor seasonal pool, and exercise room. The Mocksville Comfort Inn & Suites also offers the brand’s signature complimentary hot breakfast, with healthy and satisfying options including a delicious flavored waffle station, hot eggs and meats, yogurt and a variety of fresh fruits.

This hotel participates in Choice Privileges®, the loyalty rewards program from Choice Hotels. Membership is free and offers points good towards free nights, airline miles, gift certificates and more while staying at any Choice Hotels properties.

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Mocksville Wins Bid to Host 2017 American Legion Junior State Tournament!

Mocksville Davie Legion Team Photo 7-9-2012-resized

American Legion Baseball has been a summertime mainstay in the Mocksville/Davie area for decades. I recall as a child watching the games with hundreds of supporting fans, sitting on “the hill” or in the stand with friends and family…ready to pounce at a stray ball and trying to not become a peanut gallery casualty.  Then I would wait for the end of the game, anxiously hoping the players would sign my hard-earned ball. I remember my grandfather taking us to the game but, never getting out of his car.  I also remember the Rich Park hot dogs, best around, as well as the popcorn and ice cold sodas.

Come and relive those good times this summer as the Mocksville-Davie American Legion Baseball Post 174/Post 54 hosts the 2017 North Carolina Junior American Legion Baseball State Championship Tournament!

The tournament will be held at Rich Park’s Mando Field July 14th– 19th, 2017.  The eight-team field will consist of four area champions, three runner-ups and the host team, Mocksville.  Mocksville has competed in the North Carolina Junior State tournament twice, once in Salisbury (2004) and once in Cherryville (2007).

baseball-400State Baseball Commissioners Select Mocksville after Visit to Mando Field and Rich Park
Mr. Charles Kurfees, former player and Junior Legion team coach, explained that the tournament rotates every year between the four areas of the state.  This year was our area’s turn. Our region, Region III, includes cities from Burlington to Albermarle.  Six out of 22 teams bid on the tournament. The bids and proposals are reviewed by the state baseball commissioners who also conduct a site survey of the facilities.  A vote is cast and Mocksville won over some great programs for this year’s slot.  Mr. Kurfees hopes that if the Post does well with this tournament, it will be elected to host a Senior tournament in the future.  A tournament like this creates a tremendous positive on the local economy.  The 2016 World Series Tournament held in Shelby, NC reported an attendance of over 117,000 fans!

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

“Some of the best days of my life”
Former Junior and Senior ball player, Jacob Barber, commented that “the Legion program was the best. You compete with and get to know some of the best players in the state.  It’s hard work, you play a lot of games in a short span of time, and it’s hot, but it’s worth every minute of it.  It’s truly the Boys of Summer.  Those were some of the best days of my life.”

History of American Legion Baseball
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.

Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time.

American Legion Baseball is a national institution that still stands behind the traditional values upon which it was founded in 1925.  It has thrived through wars, national tragedies, and times of despair.  American Legion Baseball has taught hundreds of thousands of young Americans the importance of sportsmanship, good health and faithful citizenship. The program promotes equality, making teammates out of young athletes, regardless of race, income levels, or social standings.  American Legion Baseball has been and continues to be one of many stepping stones to adulthood for millions of young men. Many  have gone on to serve the country or community, raise families, or compete at the highest level.

The league was first proposed at an American Legion state convention in Milbank, SD, when Sioux Falls attorney and Department Commander Frank G. McCormick invited his close friend, Maj. John L. Griffith to address the convention. Instead of a traditional speech, Griffith spoke about the positive impact athletics has on youth.

“The American Legion could well consider the advisability of assisting in the training of young Americans through athletic games,” Griffith stated during the convention. “Athletic competition teaches courage and respect for others, fostering their growth into active citizens.”

The convention agreed and passed a resolution urging the Legion to create an organized summer baseball league that started each June.  National Commander James A. Drain backed the resolution, which passed that fall at the Legion’s national convention in Omaha, Neb.  It read:

“RESOLVED: That the American Legion… inaugurate and conduct baseball leagues and tournaments for local championships. And that local champions determined by the competition be given the opportunity to compete in departmental, sectional and regional tournaments and that a junior world series championship baseball series be conducted at each national convention….”

The first program in the world to provide a national baseball tournament for teenagers, American Legion baseball was born.

N.C. Junior American Legion State Tournament Sites:
2001-Goldsboro
2002-Goldsboro
2003-Forest City
2004-Salisbury
2005-Hickory
2006-Cary
2007-Cherryville
2008-Kinston
2009-Asheboro
2010-Durham
2011-Hickory
2012-Swansboro
2013-Kernersville
2014-Raleigh
2015-Granite Falls
2016-Shelby
2017-Mocksville

Be sure to mark your calendar for this season’s events and come out and support your American Legion Baseball!

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Opening Doors in Davie County — Reeb Millwork Expanding, Adding Jobs

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has awarded the Town of Mocksville a $100,000 building reuse grant that will facilitate a 10-job expansion as well as renovations at REEB Millwork. The grant is part of a total capital investment of $320,451. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors,interior doors, columns and accessories stairs across the eastern United States.

Reeb - opening doors“Opening doors in Davie County is what we continue to do as Reeb brings new jobs and opportunities to our community,” said Davie County Economic Development President Terry Bralley. “With Reeb, Davie County now hosts one of the largest distributors of custom mill products on the east coast.”

Reeb Mocksville, North Carolina, located at 346 Bethel Church Road, is one of five east coast branches for the family-owned door distribution company. Building One, as it’s referred to, is 242,000 sq. ft. and sits on 29 acres.The building and property, formerly King Sash & Door, was purchased by Reeb in 2010 in order to expand operations and offer full-line service to the Carolinas,  southern Virginia and northeast Georgia.

The Mocksville branch opened with a staff of 45 people and six shipping docks. Now the company employs a staff of 110 and operates 19 shipping docks, according to Office Manager Scott Rush. “We’ve been growing and hiring and things are going well.”

Securing this grant will bring approximately ten new jobs to the Mocksville location. Reeb is looking to fill positions for assemblers, warehouse, drivers, and customer service. The company offers a comprehensive benefits package for employees that includes medical, dental, vision, paid time off, and a 401K retirement program. At each of its five locations, the company makes an effort to get involved in the local community in the form of hands-on training and education, and community outreach.

“ We were happy to assist their current growth needs to make this possible,” Bralley said. “The talented craftsmanship of our workforce coordinates with the vision and talent of Reeb’s  management as they open new markets and experience tremendous growth at this location,” Bralley said.

As the company continues to grow, so will the number of jobs. Reeb has grown consistently over the last three decades and is now the largest distributor of exterior doors on the east coast working with over 3,500 dealers and their customers.

To aid in the recent growth, Reeb Mocksville will be undergoing renovations that include installing more energy efficient lighting in the warehouse, adding additional shipping docks, upgrading bathrooms and the breakroom, expanding office space, and adding a showroom.

In Davie County, the company assembles interior and exterior doors made of wood, fiberglass and steel. The company creates an array of both custom specialty doors and standard doors that are sold by home improvement stores and contractor yards throughout the area. Each is built on a per-order basis with a three-day turnaround time for stock products, according to Rush.

mike-crume-2Davie County resident and Reeb’s Director of Product, Mike Crume, who began working for the company in 2013, has had a positive experience stating, “Great people throughout the organization help drive everyone to improve themselves, as well as the products and services provided to our customers.”

“Reeb is truly unique in offering a tremendous amount of growth opportunities,” says Crume. As for the working environment one can expect, he added, “It’s built upon a foundation of core values that resonates through the company. It’s really a great place to work.” To view current open positions, visit Reeb’s career page at www.reeb.com/careers.

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