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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Davie Chamber Pro Scramble

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beroth Tire & Automotive Breaks Ground in Mocksville

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

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

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

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

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire

Mocksville Welcomes Beroth Tire and Auto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Employers include:

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

 

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

Please contact David Monteleone at 336.776.6770 for more information.

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Free Event This Saturday – Mocksville Concerts on the Square Series

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

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

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

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

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

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2017 American Legion Junior State Tournament Begins Friday in Mocksville!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Bermuda Run Garden Club Invites you to “Feed the Beast!” – Shred Event Saturday, May 20th

Bermuda-Run-Shred-EventbPurge those piles, clean out those cabinets, and support your community.

The Bermuda Run Garden Club would like to help you get rid of your old, outdated paperwork during their biannual paper-shredding event on Saturday, May 20th, rain or shine.

The event will take place from 9 am – noon in the Bermuda Run Town Hall parking off US 158 at 120 Kinderton Boulevard.

Cor365’s mobile truck, “The Beast,” will shred your papers onsite to protect your privacy. Shredding outdated personal documents, bank statements, insurance policies, etc. helps to eliminate identity fraud as well as protects our environment by recycling paper. The shredded material is recycled into paper towels and napkins.

The cost is $5 cash per brown paper grocery bag or equivalent sized box. This event is for paper shredding only. Please do not include cardboard, carbon paper, plastics, transparencies, or electronic materials, like CDs or microfiche.

Bermuda-Run-Shred-EventcFeed the Best is a Win-Win for Everyone!
This event is a win-win for everyone. Not only do you get to safely and securely rid yourself of superfluous paperwork, the proceeds go to community programs supported by the club.

Through its fundraisers, the Bermuda Run Garden Club has donated thousands of dollars to various Davie County community programs. .

The club has supported A Storehouse for Jesus, by donating food, sponsoring meals at Thanksgiving, conducting a blanket drive, and creating centerpieces for the annual Christmas dinner.

Other projects have included donating books on horticulture and design to the Davie County Public Library, creating small bouquets of flowers once each quarter for the Meals on Wheels food trays, providing centerpieces for a dinner that benefits Hospice, and supporting Pearls of Empowerment. Many club members serve as lunch buddies for Pinebrook Elementary School.

In November, the club hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for the exceptional children and teachers from the Davie County schools.

In addition, the club gives money to the Davie Community Foundation to support the Children’s Reading Program Summer Camp, which provides students with the extra reading assistance they need to move on to the next grade level.

The club also combined proceeds from the shredding events and the annual geranium sale to establish a $5000 endowed fund with the Davie County Community Foundation. The Bermuda Run Garden Club Community Fund provides grants to projects that impact youth, literacy, and healthy living in Davie County.

The club’s next shredding event will be held at the Bermuda Run Town Hall in October.

For more information, contact Marie at (336) 650-5518 or check out the Bermuda Run Garden Club’s website.

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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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Davie’s the Place for a Job!

davie_county_jobsNeed a job?

Come to Davie County.

Ashley Furniture is hiring. Gildan is hiring. Avgol is hiring.

And with the county’s unemployment rate at 4.3%, local companies are reversing past trends and hiring workers from beyond Davie County.

That’s right. Davie County – long a bedroom community for jobs outside of the county – is becoming the place to come to get a job.

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, says that despite the lack of available workers, interest remains strong among businesses hoping to expand or locate here.

He’s working on recruiting jobs with higher than average pay for this area, and companies are beginning to realize that to get the best workers, higher wages may be necessary.

“Hopefully, they’ll put benefits together, a better package and reach out to a larger area,” Bralley said. “We’re recruiting people from other locations. Most people who want to work and who can work can find a job,” he said.

Bralley said Davie County is still in a good position to recruit business.

And as Wake Forest Baptist Davie Medical Center opens the in-bed facility later this year, he expects that area on NC 801 just off I-40 to be a hotbed of retail and commercial growth.

Economic development is working on a strategic plan to recruit higher-paying jobs, he said.

“It’s a different world and it’s changing rapidly,” he said. “We’re in a good position – a good location next door to an urban area.”

Davie is a prime location for transportation-related companies, with easy access to major highways, airports and ports. Manufacturing and distribution companies continue to show the most interest in Davie.

What do companies want when looking for a new location? A building, ready to move in, that meets all of their needs. When do they want it? Now.

“Nothing ever appears to happen quickly, but having a building is key,” Bralley said. “We’re doing better than most.”

Thanks to Hollingsworth Companies, which operates SouthPoint Business Park off US 601 North in Mocksville, Davie County is in a better position than most. Hollingsworth maintains ready to move into buildings, and a recent effort between economic development, Mocksville, Davie County and the state, 85 more acres will become available in that business park.

Companies looking for a new location look all over, Bralley said. Davie, when in contention, usually competes with other North Carolina counties as well as areas in several other states.

Last year didn’t see a lot of new starts, but Davie companies are doing well and expanding, Bralley said.

REEB Millwork on Bethel Church Road in Mocksville added 10 jobs, and renovated the building. The company custom-manufactures and distributes millwork products such as entry doors, interior doors, columns and accessory stairs across the eastern United States. It employs 110 people here.

Sabeti Wain Aerospace continues to grow at its space on US 64 West at Valley Road in Mocksville. Sabeti Wain makes airline seat covers for Southwest Airlines and others at the local site.

Triple J Manor House opened last year in Mocksville, giving local folks a place to have large gatherings, including weddings and receptions. Originally built in the early 1800s for Benjamin F. Holton, the farmhouse was transformed by the Junker family into a 6,000-square-foot venue.

Comfort Bilt Windows and Doors also had a good year, hiring more workers at its plant in SouthPoint. “I don’t know that the community knows that we are here, what we do, or how much opportunity we have to offer,” said Michael Barron, plant manager. “We are proud of the fact that we’ve never had a layoff, even during the recession.” It was the first business in SouthPoint, opening in 1999.

Gesipa Fasteners, also in SouthPoint, created 16 new jobs last year. The company traditionally makes rivets and riveting systems, but has expanded to offer custom products for its customers. “The new equipment we are buying will allow us to do research and development as well as custom production right on site,” said Mark Grigg, plant manager. “We are equipped to make whatever fastener a company might need.”

Shelba D. Johnson Trucking opened a location in an old industrial site off Milling Road last year. The company is a major player in the furniture transportation industry. The company hired eight warehouse workers for the 168,820-square-foot building, and hopes to double the number of employees in coming months.

Economic development, the county, chamber of commerce and towns here collaborated for a retail study by Retail Coach last year – a study that will help recruit retail businesses that could be successful, Bralley said.

“Our goal is to recruit more retail, restaurants and entertainment to Davie County to offer our residents more opportunities to buy clothing, electronics or whatever they need locally; to retain the businesses and restaurants already here; and to keep our current shopping centers and districts vibrant while developing new centers,” Bralley said.

By Mike Barnhardt, Davie County Enterprise Record. Reprinted with Permission

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Davie County Chamber to Host Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon – Register Today!

Signature Women's Luncheon

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2017 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday, April 12th at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run. The event starts at 11:30 am. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal catered by J. Randall’s Catering and More. The featured presentation is I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity by Timogi Jackson, the Empowerment Specialist.

“The luncheon is always a great networking event for women, but it is also a wonderful learning opportunity. Our presentations often focus on topics of personal enrichment and professional growth,” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

A speaker, educator, and life coach, Timogi inspires audiences all over the country to maximize their power. Her dynamic motivational keynotes, presentations, and panel discussions at colleges, businesses, and other organizations are always enlightening and engaging.

She is the author of Activation Required: Reconnecting To Your Purpose, Pack Light!: Packing With Your Purpose In Mind, and I’m A Lady And A Woman – Embrace The Essence Of Your Femininity. She is the host of Timogi Today and co-host of In Bold Print. Both shows air on public access TV in Durham and Chapel Hill.

Empowerment Call, Timogi’s weekly live telephone program, attracts men and women throughout the country to spend 15 minutes every Thursday night being empowered. Her YouTube channel is filled with videos educators and organizations can use today to empower professionals and students.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of the many events the Davie Chamber hosts each year. The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of sponsoring businesses. The Chamber extends its sincere thanks to this year’s event sponsors and Chamber Champions: A Cleaner World, Allegacy Federal Credit Union, BB&T, Davidson County Community College Small Business Center, Davie Business Women’s Association, Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine, Duke Energy, Edward Jones- Steve Talton Financial Advisor, Filet of Chicken, Funder, Avgol, Ingersoll Rand, Kelly Office Solutions, United Way of Davie County, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, Journal West, Yadtel Telecom, 360 Lawn Care, DEX Heavy Duty Parts, RayLen Vineyards & Winery and The Swicegood Group Real Estate & Auction.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Signature Women’s Luncheon. Reservations are required and tickets are $22 for Chamber members and $27 for guests. For more information or to make a reservation, contact the Davie County Chamber at 336-751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com.

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Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run – Inpatient Bed Tower Opens Monday, April 3

Davie Medical Center Inpatient Wing OpenWith the completion of the inpatient wing, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center today kept a promise it made to the residents of Davie County a long time ago.

“When we first proposed this new hospital, it was always our intent to have an inpatient wing so that people in Davie County could receive care and treatment close to home,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “Today marks the fulfillment of that commitment we made to the citizens of Davie County nine years ago.”

Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission, thanked the citizens of Davie County for their support as well as  patience and trust in the leadership throughout the process.

A lot went into the development of this facility from the citizenship on up,” Bralley said. “This is one of the things we’ve done in Davie County that has really united us in terms of pulling together for the common good.”

Davie Medical Center StaircaseDavie Medical Center – a Hospital for Today and the Future
The three-story, 78,220-square-foot addition officially opens Monday, April 3, and will consolidate all Davie Medical Center services into one location. The hospital in Mocksville was decommissioned last week.

In addition to 50 general medical-surgical beds, the new $47 million wing offers an inpatient pharmacy, a chapel, a cafe, rehabilitation facilities, offices for Wake Forest Baptist physicians, therapists and staff. It also has a history wall that honors the past with key keepsakes, photographs and video memories of the first Davie County Hospital over its more than 60 years of providing care to county residents.

“Davie Medical Center is a hospital for today and the future,” said Chad Brown, M.H.A./M.B.A., president, Davie Medical Center. “We have been seeing patients for more than three years in our emergency department, clinics and outpatient departments. Now that we have inpatient services here, we can deliver a full range of high quality, patient- and family-centered care that serves all ages in our community in one location.”

The inpatient services, uniquely fitted to serve the growing community, are located across three floors of the new facility.

Davie Medical Center, Bermuda Run - Inpatient Bed Tower Opening

Joint replacement program. The top floor is dedicated to the joint replacement program, which offers inpatient hip- and knee-replacement surgeries. Some of the room designs include lifts to help safely move patients to and from the bed. The floor also features an inpatient rehabilitation gym to aid in recovery.

ACE unit. The first floor of the inpatient addition houses an acute care for the elderly (ACE) unit. The ACE unit creates a care destination for geriatric patients and leverages Wake Forest Baptist’s 25 years of experience in geriatric practice and faculty research. The Davie Medical Center ACE unit will expand the capacity of Wake Forest Medical Center’s internationally known J. Paul Sticht Center.

The first floor also will have designated medical-surgical beds that allow medical and surgical admissions from the hospital’s emergency department as well as offer an option for those living nearby to receive care close to home when appropriate.

All patient rooms are private and large enough for family members to stay with their loved one. Each room is equipped with convertible furniture that can be used as a bed, couch, or a work station with plugs for electronics.  The  GetWellNetwork, an interactive video system which offers video education, ways to communicate with and recognized hospital staff, television, internet access, on-demand movies, and games, will be available in patient rooms. This new technology supports the Medical Center’s commitment to patient- and family-centered care by encouraging collaboration between patients, families and health care teams.

Community Day Open House, Saturday, April 1
The public is invited to tour the new wing during the Davie Medical Center’s Open House and Community Day this Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. There will be fun activities for the entire family:

  • Activities for kids
  • Delicious food courtesy of Lowes Foods
  • Health screenings (heart, foot, memory and more)
  • Music and entertainment
  • Giveaways
  • Cooking demonstrations with samples

WFBH – Davie Medical Center is located at 329 NC Hwy 801, Bermuda Run, 27006. For more information about Community Day, call 336.998.1300 or visit http://www.wakehealth.edu/Davie-Medical-Center/About/News-and-Events/Events/Open-House-and-Community-Day.htm

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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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