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In the Service of Others ~ Davie County Equestrian to Lead Special Olympics Team in 2015 World Games

dixieland farm Marissa BrzescinskiMarissa Lee Brzescinski has been selected as the next Head Coach for the 2015 US Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles California. Marissa currently serves as the Head Coach for the Davie County Special Olympics Equestrian Team, and has served previously as the Assistant Coach for Team USA at the 2007 Games in Shanghai, China and the 2011 Games in Athens, Greece. The 2015 World Games will be held in Los Angeles California from July 25th-August 2nd, 2015. For additional information, please visit,, or

Marissa was introduced to the Special Olympics program shortly after moving to Davie County in 2003.  She describes herself as falling in love with the Special Olympics Equestrian program and being “hooked” ever since her first training session with the Davie County team.  Marissa coaches at Dixieland Farm in Mocksville, which she owns with her husband, Kris.  Many of the horses that the athletes use are owned by Dixieland, where they are trained to work with the needs of the participants.

Dixieland Farms Stables Davie CountySpecial Olympics athletes have taught Marissa the power of the human spirit, to never give up and to truly love what you do.  Not a training session or show goes by that she is not blown away by the spirit of camaraderie and the determination that the athletes display. Special Olympics inspires Marissa to try harder, to give more, to extend herself in the service of others and to be an inspiration to those around her.  Marissa inspires Special Olympics athletes and their families throughout the year.

The athletes who make up the 2015 Team USA Equestrian team hail from Arizona, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  To qualify for the World Games, athletes must receive a Gold Medal at a State-Level Competition and meet other qualifications.

North Carolina – Special Olympics Pioneer
North Carolina was one of the early pioneers in the Special Olympics Equestrian sports, which became a model for developing the national program.  Coach Brzescinski currently serves as an advisor for the NC Sports Development Team for Special Olympics North Carolina, and her athletes regularly compete in local and regional events representing Davie County.

Dixieland Farm HorseAthletes Bring Courage and a Smile
The games include Dressage, English and Western Equitation, Western Riding, Working Trails, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, and Team Relays.  Marissa adds, at the World Games, “They do not get bring their own horses with them, instead they will have to ride horses assigned to them upon arrival in Los Angeles…horses they have never met and know nothing about.  Part of what I love about coaching the World Games athletes is the particular challenge of having to ride an unfamiliar horse. This is something that would NEVER be expected of an Olympic rider or most other riders in any competition, much less an international competition.  Yet, these athletes show up and ride whatever horse they’re given, with little time to practice or even get to know their mount before having to enter the show ring.  Each Athlete does this with courage and a smile!”

Equestrian Training – Life Skills, Drive and Determination
Equestrian sports are highly regarded in Special Olympics competition for the life skills taught and practiced in the training. Special needs athletes with various disabilities are empowered by working with horses and riding. Working with large animals helps the athletes develop coordination, good posture, balance, and body awareness, as well as teaching them to respect nature and how to groom and care  for the animals. Marissa feels blessed to be part of the program, “I’ve learned so much from my athletes; tolerance, strength under pressure, good sportsmanship, perseverance…and try to instill in them not only the skills they need to compete in the sport on the local, state, national and international level, but also the drive and determination to meet each


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Time for a New Career? Introduction to Industrial Technology at DCCC Davie Campus

davie_county_jobsWhat do Ashley Furniture, Pro Refrigeration, Dunlop Tyres, Ingersoll Rand, Hampton Inn, Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Campus, Lee Jeans, Funder America, Avgol and CPP Global all have in common?  They have all expanded or opened new facilities in Davie County over the last several years… AND, they all need people with proven skills in industrial technology.

In a perfect example of how North Carolina Community Colleges respond to the needs of local industry and prepare students for local careers, the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College will offer a new course,  Introduction to Industrial Technology  beginning in February, 2015.

This course introduces students to the repair and maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems, and physical structures of commercial and industrial institutions.  This introductory course will also prepare students to enter more advanced programs and apprenticeship programs at DCCC.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Safety
  • PLC/Sensors
  • Drive Systems
  • Motor Repair
  • Basic Welding
  • Hydraulics/Pneumatics
  • Basic Electricity

DCCC – Impacting Economic Development
“Workforce development is high on the list of priorities for every site selection project we see,” said Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “DCCC is doing an outstanding job supporting the training of our workforce and is one of the key factors helping economic development maintain and create jobs in Davie County.”

Sign-Up Today
The course begins on February 2, 2015.  For more information or to register for this program, contact Kim Smith, program director, Workforce and Continuing Education at 336-751-2885, ext. 4852 or visit DCCC’s Davie Campus at 1205 Salisbury Road in Mocksville.


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Celebrate the Christmas Season in Historic Farmington This Saturday, December 6

farmington community centerOn Saturday, December 6th, from 10 am until 3 pm, the Farmington Community Center and Nature Park at 1723 Farmington Road, Mocksville will come alive with the sounds and sights of the season for the 3rd Annual Christmas in Historic Farmington.

Come on out and listen to beautiful Christmas music sung by The Journeys, a mother and son (who is autistic) from Dobson who make beautiful music together and share the joys of having  a child with special needs, but wonderful God-given talents.  Also featured will be Steve Gray and Berach Choir and Cornerstone Christian Church Choir.

Many local businesses will be set up in the gym sharing their products and services for your Christmas shopping needs.  Homemade soups, stews, grilled cheese and more will be served by the ladies of the Board of Directors of the center.

Santa will be present to speak with the little ones (and the little ones at heart).  There will also be face-painting and other kids activities, including the Polar Express train ride (weather-permitting) and Horse and Wagon rides.

Admission is free, but please considers bringing a can of food to donate to the Girl Scout Gold Award Project Food Pantry at Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Fork.   There will also be information available on the forthcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Project Dog Park which will be located at the center and will feature a memorial to our fallen canine officers, such as Gorky.

Please come out to enjoy the Farmington Community Center and support the development of the Nature Park behind the center and bring your family for some holiday fun!

For more information, please contact Anna Beauchamp, Secretary of the Board, at 336-782-2376 or by email at


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Mocksville Winterfest – Free Events for the Entire Family

Mocksville Winterfest Ice RinkThe Town of Mocksville, the Mocksville Merchants Association and the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority is hosting  Winterfest in downtown – Hay rides, Snowzilla, an ice skating rink and an inflatable toboggan slide.   These are all free events!

During these events, the Town of Mocksville will be collecting canned goods to be donated to Storehouse for Jesus.

Mocksville WInterfest Snowzilla

Saturday, December 13 – Free Event – Snowzilla
Join us for “Snowzilla” on Saturday, December 13, from 12 noon until 5 PM at Junkers Mill outdoor theater in downtown Mocksville.  At 31 feet tall and 90 feet long, this massive mobile snow tube with moon bounce is the only one of its kind in North America.  The inflatable toboggan slide is made for adults and children. It is perfect for simulating a slide down a snow covered hill when winter conditions are not available. This is a massive attraction and riders board a snow tube for the ride to the bottom of the slide. It is a high throughput piece and is the only one in the United States.  It has tremendous WOW factor. You simply climb up the stairs, sit in your inflatable snow tube and down you come spinning and twisting.

Saturday, January 3 – Free Event – Ice Skating Rink and Inflatable Toboggan Slide
Join us again in historic downtown Mocksville on Saturday, January 3rd from 12 noon until 5 PM at Junkers Mill outdoor theater for free ice skating and the inflatable toboggan slide.  Ice skates will be supplied!  Come enjoy the fun on this artificial skating surface that accommodates up to 30 people at a time, perimeter fencing, rubber matting and of course, SKATES! Skate sizes range from youth 9 to adult 13 so everyone has a chance to use the rink! Refreshments and food will be available for purchase at this event.

Mocksville Winterfest toboggan tunnelThe toboggan slide is over 90 feet long! The brand new Toboggan Tunnel combines speed, adrenaline and mystery into one amazing attraction. At over 15′ tall and 45′ long with twin roller lanes covered by a snow covered tunnel, there is mystery and intrigue as to what this tunnel has to offer. There is no other slide like this in the United States.

The ice rink will be constructed from synthetic ice.  Synthetic ice consists of a unique plastic polymer that best resembles the consistency of the world’s largest white cutting board.  Outdoor, indoor, and anywhere ice skating rinks are fitted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in 4’ X 8’ synthetic ice sheets. The ice panels are then coated with a lubricating solution that reduces contact friction and enhances the glide and speed of the skating experience.

Mark your calendars.  Come on out, bring the kids, and skate and slide with us in downtown Mocksville!  Food and beverages will be available for purchase at each of these free events.


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Gildan to Fill 90 New Jobs in Mocksville by January – Job Fair Friday, December 5 at DCCC Davie Campus

Gildan-Mocksville-Under-ConstructionThe Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College and the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board will host a job fair on Friday, December 5 for the new Gildan Yarns facility in Mocksville.

Gildan will accept applications from noon to 7 p.m. at the Davie Campus Administration Building for the 90 positions to be filled between now and January 2015.

Gildan investing $112 million and creating 290 new jobs in Davie County
Construction is underway and signs of progress on the new Gildan facility East of Interstate 40 located on Interstate Drive in Mocksville are clearly visible along Interstate-40 between Mocksville exits 168 and 170.

They are seeking skilled workers for positions in industrial maintenance and industrial HVAC, as well as experienced textile workers. Specific job titles include card room shift technicians, drawer/comber technicians, electronic technicians, HVAC technicians, roving technicians, spin overhauler technicians, winder technicians, lab technicians and textile operators.

Technicians should be mechanically inclined and possess good troubleshooting skills to identify, analyze and correct breakdowns. Previous maintenance experience is preferred. Candidates must be able to work 12-hour shifts, days or nights.

Davie_County_NC_JobsWorkforce Development & Location Are Key Factors in Economic Development Wins
In addition to co-sponsoring the job fair, DCCC is developing customized training for Gildan in areas from leadership and supervisory skills to safety procedures and computer skills. The college will also work with Gildan to support specialized training specific to their equipment and operations.

“Through development of this customized training, DCCC is fulfilling part of our mission to help our community members enhance their quality of life,” says Teresa Kines, dean, Davie Campus. “We hope that those who attend will also see the benefits of continuing their education at DCCC in one of our manufacturing programs.”

Terry Bralley, president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission has noted that “While Rowan still has Parkdale Mills and Tuscarora Yarn, Davie hasn’t had a textile manufacturing plant for years” Bralley said. This project is changing all that.  Davie County’s skilled workforce, excellent workforce development programs and our location on Interstate 40 just a few miles away from I-77 and I-85 makes this an ideal location for manufacturing.”

DCCC’s Davie Campus is located at 1205 Salisbury Road, Mocksville.


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Annual Hometown Christmas Parade Next Saturday – Register by Monday!

Mocksville Christmas ParadeHometown Christmas Parade ~ “Winter Wonderland”
Don’t miss the 2014 Hometown Christmas Parade sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, November 22 in historic downtown Mocksville.

This year’s parade theme is “Winter Wonderland,” and all types of entries are welcome, from horseback riders and single vehicles to full-blown floats featuring performers and folks walking in a group.  First-place prize for the parade participants is $75; second place wins $50 and third place earns $25.

There are a couple of tips you should keep in mind as you prepare your parade entry. Candy can be tossed to the crowd (so long as you don’t entice children into the street where they might be hurt by the procession), but Santas are not allowed. He’s already slated to appear on the Chamber of Commerce float, and someone who’s as busy as Saint Nick is at this time of year doesn’t want to overbook!

Don’t Miss Out ~ Registration Deadline November 17
If you snooze you’ll lose—the deadline for applications for the Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade is Monday, November 17.  You can sign up your team for the Bed Race by calling Mocksville Town Hall at 753-6700 or mailing a bed race entry form (along with a check payable to Historic Davie, Inc.) to 171 Clement St., Mocksville, 27028.

Parade participants can download the 2014 parade entry form or pick up a copy at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 135 South Salisbury Street.






Bed Race Entry Form
Parade Entry Form
Town of Mocksville
Davie County Chamber of Commerce


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JOBS, JOBS, JOBS – Dozens of Openings

Davie_County_NC_JobsDozens of full time and part time job openings in and around Davie County have been posted this week to the Davie County Jobs listing.

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New Job Openings Posted Daily
Here is a sampling of openings posted this week:  Service Writer at Trailers of the East Coast, Stockroom Attendant at Ashley Furniture, Distribution Superintendant at Ashley Furniture, Inside Sales Representative at REEB Millwork, Manufacturing and Assembly at Debbie’s Staffing, Sales Associate at Food Lion, Supervisor Warehouse Operations at Novant Health, Accountant/CPA at Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Packaging Engineer at Haywood Industries, Assistant Manager at Rent-A-Center, and many more.

About Davie County Jobs
The job openings are an aggregation of publicly available data provided by various national resources. Job listing data is geo-targeted to Davie County but the radius includes surrounding areas.

While every effort has been made to include only the most reliable and nationally recognized job listing services, we do not control the data.  The Davie County jobs listed are only a small portion of the jobs listed on each of the major online job sites.

Additional Resources:
Continuously updated list of Davie County Jobs
Davie County Chamber of Commerce
Davie County Economic Development Commission


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Thank You Davie Chamber ~ Pre-Holiday Expo Unites Local Businesses with Local Shoppers

Davie Chamber Business and Shopping Expo After Hours 2014The 2014 Davie Chamber Business and Shopping Expo was a great opportunity for Davie County business owners to get up close and personal with Davie County shoppers in this prelude to the 2014 holiday season.

WinMock at Kinderton, the stunning barn in the Town of Bermuda Run converted into an event center by Sterling Events was the perfect setting for this holiday themed evening.

WinMock, decked out with the finery, baubles and décor of the Christmas holidays was filled to capacity with excited shoppers perusing the wares of local wineries, caterers, retail shops, business and professional service providers, local non-profits, service organizations and local restaurants.  This pre-holiday expo is sure to become an annual event.

The following Davie Chamber supporters helped make this event possible; A Full Measure Catering, Advance Florist, Alex Cloer Furniture & Décor, Animal Hospital of East Davie , Back to Basics Herb Shop, Bank of the Carolinas, Birdhouses by Jerry, Bizzy Beez, Business Marketplace, California Fresh Catering, Carolina Bible Camp, Cissy’s Closet, City Lights Catering, Clemmons Bicycle Inc., Costco, Custom Bookkeeping & Payroll Solutions, David J. Barabe, DDS, Davidson County Community College, Davie Family YMCA, Edward Jones – Steve Talton, Gym 365, Habitat for Humanity  – RESTORE, Humane Society of Davie County, Ink It Promotional Products, Just Gems, Just Hope, Inc., LaVerne’s Southern Bistro & Bakery, Life’s A Stitch, Log Cabin Naturals, Mary Kay – Tara Olsen, MiMi’s Accessories, Mobile Muscle, North Carolina Skinny Wraps, Partners Western Company, Pearl Girls, PIP Printing and Marketing Services, Sagebrush Steakhouse, Savory Spoon, Shaklee, The Book Rack, The Country Vet, Thirty-One Gifts, Total Real Estate, LLC, Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center, and Wild Mountain Designs & Art.

Enjoy the photos below from the 2014 Business and Shopping Expo.  Keep an eye on the Davie County Chamber of Commerce Community Events Calendar and be sure you don’t miss out on events like this in the future and join the Davie Chamber on Facebook!

Thank you to Sterling Events and WinMock at Kinderton for hosting this event and to Lowe’s Home Improvement and Habitat for Humanity – RESTORE for providing the holiday décor.


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Bed Races and Hometown Christmas Parade Will Kick-off 2014 Hometown Holiday Celebration

2014 Mocksville Bed Race3 The word “bedroll” will take on a whole new meaning on Friday, November 21 in Historic Downtown Mocksville as intrepid teams from across Davie County and beyond take part in the 3rd annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race.

The zany competition is a warmup for the main event: the annual Hometown Christmas Parade to be held the next day starting at 2:00 PM.

New This Year ~ Kids Character Maze Kids can join the fun this year with the Kids Character Maze.  Kids between the ages of 5 and 9, dressed in your favorite character costume, need to check in at the registration desk by 6 PM.  A $1 registration fee will be donated to “Shop with a Cop” and the first 0 to register will receive a free goodie bag.

Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work? Like any sprint, the goal of the Bed Race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are great, but riders have to wear something. Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers. Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot to Gaither: beds must measure least 3′ x 6′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)

At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $100 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $75 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $50. The Most Outrageous and Most Creative teams will each pick up a $50 prize, and the slowest team also gets $50. Download your 2014 Bed Race Packet and register today!

Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “Winter Wonderland”
For those who want to join in on the holiday celebration but at a little slower pace, the Hometown Christmas Parade sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce is just the ticket. This year’s theme is “Winter Wonderland,” and all types of entries are welcome, from horseback riders and single vehicles to full-blown floats featuring performers and folks walking in a group. The first-place prize for the parade participants is $75; second place wins $50 and third place earns $25. There are a couple of tips you should keep in mind as you prepare your parade entry. Candy can be tossed to the crowd (so long as you don’t entice children into the street where they might be hurt by the procession), but Santas are not allowed. He’s already slated to appear on the Chamber of Commerce float, and someone who’s as busy as Saint Nick is at this time of year doesn’t want to overbook! The registration fee for the Bed Race is $25.  This entry fee also entitles you to an entry in the hometown Christmas Parade the next day.

Don’t Miss Out ~ Registration Deadline November 17
But if you snooze you’ll lose—the deadline for applications for the Bed Race and the Hometown Christmas Parade is November 17. You can sign up your team for the Bed Race by calling Mocksville Town Hall at 753-6700 or mailing a bed race entry form (along with a check payable to Historic Davie, Inc.) to 171 Clement St., Mocksville, 27028. Parade participants can download the 2014 parade entry form or pick up a copy at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 135 South Salisbury Street.

Bed Race Entry Form
Parade Entry Form
Town of Mocksville
Davie County Chamber of Commerce


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“iShopDavie” Business and Shopping Expo at WinMock Next Thursday


iShopDavie Business ExpoPlease join us for this free community event.  The First Annual Shopping and Business Expo will be held in the Town of Bermuda Run at the stunning WinMock at Kinderton next Thursday, November 6 from 4-7 PM.

Over 40 vendors will be upstairs in the loft with a wide assortment of products and services for sale as well as area caterers and restaurants will be offering samples of their signature dishes.

The Davie Chamber will be showcasing Davie County wines for a donation to help support local Toys for Tots and Shop with a Cop.

This is your chance to get an early jump start on your holiday shopping while supporting our local businesses and keeping your dollars in the community.


The businesses you support by shopping in Davie County:

  • make donations and investments in our community,
  • pay wages that get spent locally,
  • pay local taxes that sustain our schools, police, fire, and other public services,
  • utilize local services for marketing, accounting, advertising, printing, etc.,
  • purchase local business supplies, signage, utilities, etc.


The iShopDavie campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting businesses in Davie County.

 Top 10 Reasons to Buy Local
On a dollar-for-dollar basis, the local economic impact of shopping locally is significant.  The following top 10 list from the Institute for Local Self Reliance helps to explain the benefits to the local economy.

1.  Local Character and Prosperity – In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage.

2.  Community Well-Being – Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to local causes.

3. Local Decision-Making – Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

4.  Keeping Dollars in the Local Economy – Locally owned businesses recycle a large share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

5.  Job and Wages – Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits.

6.  Entrepreneurship – Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

7.  Public Benefits and Costs – Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls.

8.  Environmental Sustainability – Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

9.  Competition – A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term.

10.  Product Diversity – A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Download the Davie Chamber App Today
Think before you spend – check out what’s already here in Davie County.  If you own a smartphone, download the Davie Chamber app from iTunes or Google Play for money saving coupons, information on local events, and more.

Why Support “iShopDavie”? Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie Chamber says it best  “When we choose to purchase goods and services in the community where we live, pay taxes and send our children to school, we are investing in the well-being of our community and also creating a more prosperous place to live.  When we spend our money online or in other communities, we’re investing in their success, not ours.  This Shopping Expo gives local consumers the chance to support several local businesses all under one roof and to have a positive impact on the economic vitality of our local business community.”

The Easiest Way to Stay Up To Date on Davie County Events
Remember to check the Davie Chamber events calendar to stay up to date on what’s going on in Davie County


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Dunlop Bringing New Aviation Manufacturing Jobs to Mocksville

British manufacturer Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has selected Mocksville, North Carolina as the site for its first retreading facility in the United States.

Tdunlop aircraft tyres mocksvillehe company, the world’s only specialist aircraft tire manufacturer and retreader, will use the Mocksville location to boost its competitiveness across the Americas, particularly on popular narrow and wide-bodied jet airliners and military aircraft.

“We plan to create at least 40 jobs within our first two years of operation and there is the prospect of more to follow as we expand our presence in the market,” said Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ chairman, Ian Edmondson.

“We have been encouraged by the positive response to our plans by the local community. The site offers good transport links and we are confident that we can find an excellent work force within the Mocksville and Davie County region.”  The company may begin hiring for these positions sometime after the end of this year.  For information on these and other jobs in and around Davie County, please keep an eye on Davie County Jobs.

Mocksville – A Business Friendly Community
According to a report in the Triad Business Journal, another selling point for Dunlop was Mocksville’s business friendly atmosphere.  Don Moss, a vice president with the Charlotte office of Collier’s International, who helped Dunlop with site selection, said the town is “extremely flexible” in helping companies get through the permitting process. “I will say that they are one of the more flexible communities in the Carolinas and Virginia that I work with,” Moss said of Mocksville. “That’s really kind of a unique story for the town.”

James Stockert, who works with the Davie County Economic Development Commission said: “Like all economic development wins bringing new jobs into Davie County, this win was the result of many people in our community working together to make things happen.  “We are grateful that Dunlop Aircraft Tyres sees Davie County as a great location with a prepared workforce and has chosen to bring good jobs to our community.”




The Hollingsworth Companies and Mocksville – A Winning Formula for Success

SouthPoint-Davie-County-Aerial90% of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into.  While some communities have taken public funds to compete with developers, Davie County has taken the opposite approach of supporting private sector efforts and partnering with private developers rather than competing with them.

SouthPoint Business Park, located just north of Interstate 40 on US highway 601 is an example of this approach.  Owned and developed by site-selection expert Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies, SouthPoint provides Davie County with high-quality class A building inventory. This is an advantage that every community and every economic developer would love to have.

SouthPoint is a natural choice for logistics and includes major regional warehouses.  The secret is that it has also become a superb location for light manufacturing.  Workforce development efforts by the Davie Campus of Davidson County Community College, a strong work ethic rooted in an agricultural history, and people who would rather work close to home than drive into an urban area have all contributed to the high productivity that is part of the park’s success.   Companies like Amarr Garage Doors, Metal Sales Corporation, Gesipa USA and Comfort-Bilt Windows and Doors now call Davie County home.

According to Davie County Economic Development Commission President Terry Bralley, “Our partnership with The Hollingsworth Companies means that we have an inventory of available buildings and permitted lots for people who don’t have time to waste.  Further, we are blessed with a developer like Joe Hollingsworth who is flexible enough to lease, sell, or provide equity capital for companies locating in our community.”

“We continue to be bullish on Davie County and have purchased additional land for future growth, said Chip Sisk, senior vice president and industrial real estate director for The Hollingsworth Companies; “This is a low cost, labor-rich community with a pro-business mindset on an interstate highway.  And that’s a winning formula for business success.”


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Ashley Furniture Grand Opening Celebration – 657 Employees Today – 800 Employees by Year End!

Ashley Furniture celebrated the grand opening of its 2,800,000 square foot Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Advance, North Carolina on Friday, October 17.  Local leaders and dignitaries from across the state of North Carolina were on hand to thank Ashley Furniture for investing in Davie County, North Carolina and to help celebrate the grand opening of what is slated to become the largest furniture manufacturing facility in the world.

Ashley Furniture Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Center Grand Opening

Governor Pat McCrory celebrated his birthday with a birthday cake presented to him during the event. During his remarks, the Governor waved toward the Ashley Furniture employees attending the event and said that celebrating the hundreds of new jobs created by Ashley Furniture in Advance, North Carolina made this his best birthday yet!

With over 2,8 million square feet (65 acres under roof), the Ashley Furniture Mid-Atlantic Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Advance, North Carolina is poised to become the largest furniture manufacturing facility in the world.


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Don’t Miss the Annual Bullhole Catfish Fry – Saturday, October 18th

bullhole-catfish-fry-musicOn Saturday, October 18th, Ron Shoaf will be frying catfish fillets, hush puppies and fries along with Ron Webb, Ron Bivins and nearly a dozen other childhood buddies at RiverPark’s 12th Annual Fall Catfish Fry.  The annual catfish fry was started to raise funds to purchase land for the park.  Today, the annual event is held to raise funds to keep the 80-acre nature park open and clean.

The Bullhole Catfish Fry begins at 11 am and ends at 2 pm.  There will be a line for those with who have already purchased tickets in advance and a separate take-out line to keep things moving. The $8 ticket includes fish, French fries, cole slaw, hush-puppies, drink and dessert.

In addition to the food and fellowship there will be some local bluegrass musicians on hand for entertainment. The music is always good, and bluegrass is just perfect for the natural areas of the park.

The fish fry takes place at the end of 645 Erwin Temple Church Road under the Margaret C. Woodson Picnic Shelter off of Needmore Road in Rowan County. That’s just across the river from the small towen of Cooleemee.  Dedicated local volunteers served well over four hundred hungry patrons last year. Once again there will be a silent auction of items donated by individuals and businesses.

“The water flowed so swiftly over those mossy rocks. It would just carry you down,” says Ron Shoaf, remembering summer days on the South Yadkin River at the Bullhole in Cooleemee. “The swimming pool closed every Wednesday, and that’s where we would head. It wasn’t supervised but no one really ever worried back then.”

bullhole-catfish-fry-teamRon Webb comes back to Cooleemee all the way from Easley, South Carolina with his wife, Cathy. “This is my heritage. It’s where I came up and it’s a great cause.” Every year, Ron Shoaf’s brother, Earl, hauls his fryer from Raleigh for the annual event. “This thing has gotten so big we really need another couple of fryers,” says Bivins, who hopes the event will continue to grow.

Tickets are available until Friday at 4 pm: in Cooleemee at the Zachary House, Town Hall and at Village Auto–in Mocksville at the Chamber of Commerce –in Salisbury at the LandTrust in the old Train Depot. For more info call RiverPark Event Coordinator Stephanie Waller at (704) 245-2993.


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Four Oaks Festival – Free Community Event This Saturday!

Mocksville Four Oaks Festival PosterCome out to downtown Mocksville for a day of family fun during the annual Four Oaks Festival this Saturday, October 11 from 10 AM until 6:30 PM with live music all day beginning at noon. Enjoy many unique craft vendors and shop for a variety of crafts, Christmas gifts and decorations.  There will be food vendors, lots of free Kids’ activities, and free live music at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater beginning at noon.

Climbing Wall, Inflatable and More for the Kids
Crafts, foods, and the Kids’ Area will set among the Oaks on Main St. and run down Depot St. leading to Junker’s Outdoor Theater.  The Kids’ Area includes inflatable, a climbing wall, pedal carts and course.

Bring Your Lawn Chair and Enjoy the Free Concert – Live Music All Day!
Music will start at Noon and continue until 6:30 p.m. BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR AND NO COOLERS, PLEASE.  Alcohol and water will be for sale at Junker’s Mill and food vendors will be at the top of the hill on Depot Street.

Entertainment Schedule:
Noon….The Flying Saucers and the Doo Wap sounds of the 60’s.
1:45…..Cast Iron Skillet with Southern Rock and R & B.
3:15…..Legends and their phenomenal Classic Rock.
4:45…..Phatt City with Beach Music and Motown Favorites.


For more information om the Four Oaks Festival, please call (336) 909-2263, visit the Downtown Mocksville Merchants Association on the web or visit Davie County Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events.

Holiday Events Coming Up
This is just one of the many community events that are coming up during the holiday season.  For a complete listing of community events throughout Davie County, see the Davie County Events Calendar hosted by yourDavie County Chamber of Commerce.

The 2014 Hometown Holiday Celebration kicks off with the Bed Races on Friday, November 21st followed by the Hometown Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 22nd.

If you have never shopped or visited downtown Mocksville, this would be a great day to stop in and find out what you have been missing. Stop in and visit with some of our friendly shop owners and shop at the local stores along Main Street.  Visit Scops Ice Cream store, a town favorite, dine at Restaurant 101 (delicious sandwiches and entrees) or O’Callahans (an Irish Eatery & Pub).


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Free Event – Community Day and Anniversary Celebration – Davie Medical Center

Davie Medical Center

On Sunday, October 5, 2014 form 2-5 PM, Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center is hosting a community day and a one year anniversary celebration.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Davie Medical Center, located at 313 NC Hwy 801 North, Bermuda Run.

Face Painting, Balloon Art, Cooking Demonstrations, Zumba Demo and more
 The Davie Medical Center community day and anniversary celebration will feature free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, tours, entertainment, healthy activities and the introduction of the walking trails surrounding the buildings. Activities will include sample casts for children plus vehicles from Smith Grove Fire Department and Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Lowes Foods, a neighbor of Davie Medical Center, will be on hand to provide refreshments, including samples from its Sausage Works and Pick n’ Prep areas of its newly renovated store. Guests at the event also will have the opportunity to register for prizes and can vote on a name for the larger walking trail surrounding Davie Medical Center.

In the event of rain, most of the community day and anniversary celebration activities will be moved inside Davie Medical Center. For more information, please visit  or call 888-716-WAKE.

Wake Forest Baptist Health − Davie Medical Center ( is a state-of-the-art medical campus that features a physician office building, outpatient surgical center and 24/7 emergency department, as well as a sleep center, rehabilitation, imaging, laboratory and pharmacy services. Davie Medical Center offers the nationally ranked care provided by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in a convenient location at the intersection of Interstate 40 and state Highway 801 in Bermuda Run.


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