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The Mocksville Farmers Market opens this Wednesday, April 26th, and will be open each Wednesday from 3-6 pm in the Junker’s Mill parking lot located at 107 South Salisbury Street. For more information, please call 336-671-0553 or 336-753-6700.
The Peachtree Farmers Markets Opens Friday, April 28th
The Peachtree Farmers Market will reopen on 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.
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 Market Getting Bigger & Better
The Mocksville Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products. The following producers have joined the market and are expected to attend this Wednesday.
Angela & Ann Anderson–Produce, Jams, Baked Goods
Brenda Baity– Baked Goods
Jason Booth– Candles
Melissa Curran–Soaps, Creams, Lotions
Christine Davis–Bath & Body, Farm Arts
Phillip Hanes– Produce
Barbara Hedrick–Farm Crafts/Crochet
Scott & Martha Holden–Produce
Brent Hunter– Produce/Meats
Sandra Kieffer –Produce, Jams, Muscadines
Lazy Elm Winery (Chris Bolcato)–Wines, Farm Crafts
Tim Martin–Produce, Plants, Honey
Justin & Holly Miller– Produce, Eggs, Plants
Ralph Phillips–Wooden Crafts
Marie Sagraves–Soaps, Eggs, Plants
Lee Stallard– Produce, Eggs, Jams, Baked Goods
Amy Stinson– Jams, Jellies,Salsas, Pickles
Lynn & Dixie St. Clair–Produce, Fruit
Teresa Swisher–Baked Goods
Harold Wood–Produce, Berries
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.
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.
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.
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!
Rhonda has won seven straight Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), plus Entertainer of the Year in 2001; she also took home Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Entertainer of the Year honors five times running between 2002 and 2006. Her music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute breakneck instrumentals to heart-wrenching ballads.
For more than 15 years, Rhonda has represented Martha White, quality baking products from cornbread to biscuits. Rhonda is also known to make a mean ragin’ cornbread! Don’t miss out when the legendary Martha White Bluegrass Express tour bus rolls in to Mocksville for an epic one-night-only performance. Rhonda’s last show at the Brock Performing Arts Center was to a “sold-out” audience. Reserve your seat today!
2016-2017 Season of Applause at the Brock
This concert is part of the 2016-2017 Season of Applause! performance series sponsored by the Davie County Arts Council, which is dedicated to the discovery, appreciation and enrichment of the arts throughout Davie County. The Arts Council has been carrying out its mission of “Connecting PEOPLE to the ARTS!” for decades.
Other upcoming shows include The Grassroots, an American rock band that charted hits from 1967-1975; On The Border, comprised of musicians that were hand-selected by the Eagles to play the band’s respective members; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) most awarded Male Vocalist of the Year; David Osborne, who has carried the title ‘Pianist To The Presidents’ since President Jimmy Carter; and Barbra and Frank, A Tribute, by Sharon Owens & Sebastian Anzaldo, two of the most impressive celebrity impersonators.,
Tickets Available Online Now
Tickets for all shows are Adult: $33; Student / Senior: $32 and may be purchased at http://daviearts.org/shows-tickets/ or by visiting the Brock Performing Arts Center at 622 North Main St., Mocksville. The box office is open Monday – Friday from noon to 5 pm and one hour before performances. For more information, contact the Arts Council at (336) 751-3112.
Mebane Foundation Grant to Fund Five Year Multi-Million Dollar Transformative Initiative with Davie County Schools to Address Early Literacy
The Mebane Charitable Foundation, located in Mocksville, NC, has approved a grant of almost $2.5 million to Davie County Schools to support 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 Mebane Foundation has been funding quality literacy interventions for years, but we felt it was time to find a partner and aggressively move the needle toward kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency by the end of third grade,” said Larry Colbourne, President of the Mebane Foundation. “Over the years we’ve invested heavily in Davie County and many of those assets remain and are alive and well, making Davie County the obvious choice for this long-term and strategic early literacy initiative.”
Davie County Schools has a rich history of academic success and consistently ranks in the top 10-15 percent of districts in the state of North Carolina. But despite the county’s successful academic performance, approximately 30 percent of students do not enter kindergarten “ready” according to DIAL scores (Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning) and 34 percent do not show reading proficiency by the end of the third grade as demonstrated on the NC End-of-Grade (EOG) Reading Test
The goals of this 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. This project will impact approximately 2,300 students each year over the 5-year implementation period.
“Our county leadership and community partners all seem to be working from the same sheet of music, thus we felt the time was right to throw out such a bold set of metrics that if reached, would put Davie County schools at the top in North Carolina,” Colbourne said.
“We’ve been following closely the recommendations of the Business Roundtable, a national group of CEO’s from around the country, led by folks like North Carolina’s own Jim Goodnight of SAS, and at this moment in time we believe, as do they, that kindergarten readiness and reading proficiency by third grade are the keys to the future success of our workforce and our country.”
Initially, this project will be a collaborative effort between Davie County Schools, Smart Start, and the public/private preschools. The grant from the Mebane Foundation will provide professional development, materials, and specialized support staff totaling $2,447,188.00 over 5 years, with additional 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. In addition, this project will develop and build the professional capacity of 111 preschool through third grade classroom teachers in Davie County Schools and 14 preschool teachers in private facilities. These educators will continue impacting countless students for years to come.
The partnership will demonstrate how districts can leverage high quality professional development and technology to support individualized learning and improve overall reading results, especially for those students who are most difficult to reach.
Colbourne added, “Through the partnerships created with the Healthy Davie Initiative we feel this five-year plan will only get stronger as we move forward. Initially, I see it heavily involving our partners at Davie County Schools, Smart Start and our county daycares, but as it evolves, we have the ability and county partnerships to make enhancements on the fly. We will do this!”
“Davie County Schools is extremely excited to partner with the Mebane Foundation and other community organizations to make significant improvements in early literacy,” said Dr. Darrin Hartness, the Superintendent of Davie County Schools. “This partnership will be a national model for ensuring early literacy in preschool through third grade.”
“This public-private partnership between Davie County Schools and the Mebane Foundation creates a unique opportunity to provide high quality professional development, strengthen instruction, and deliver the most effective learning experiences for all children in Davie County. We will focus efforts to ensure our children are developing foundational literacy skills from preschool through early grades. Research clearly indicates the correlation between reading proficiency by third grade and success in school; equipping our children early with these essential literacy skills prepares them for life. Through this collaboration, improvements in literacy will open doors of opportunity for students, and our community will be on a path to a more competitive and prosperous future.”
“We want to thank the Mebane Foundation leadership and Board of Directors for their confidence and continued investment in Davie County,” continued Hartness. “Your generosity and support allow us to provide experiences far beyond what can be funded in other public schools. You have challenged us to dream and to sharpen our focus. Our teachers and the children we serve are blessed by your intentional efforts to change lives through literacy.”
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.
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.
“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 – 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.
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
- 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
From an early age, students are programmed to believe that they must earn a bachelor’s degree to obtain a high-paying job, but only 33 percent of jobs in North Carolina actually require a four-year college degree.
That’s a statistic James Horne wishes he had known before enrolling at East Carolina University following high school graduation. After failing out twice because “his heart wasn’t in it,” Horne knew he had to find a different way. He found it through the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.
“I wish I had heard about this in pre-k,” said Horne with a laugh. He is enrolled in Davidson County Community College’s applied engineering and maintenance program and has worked as a maintenance technician apprentice at Kurz Transfer Products for the past seven months. “When I graduated high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I wish I had known a program like this existed. I learn better in a hands-on environment, so this has been such a phenomenal opportunity for me.”
“This has probably been the best seven months of my entire life. I am extremely happy with where I am at,” he added.
Horne was one of the panelists to share his perspective on the value of apprenticeships during an Apprenticeship Summit at DCCC on March 10th. More than 100 business representatives, educators, and students gathered to hear more about the merits of the NCWorks Apprenticeship Program.
Through the apprenticeship program, apprentices train for an industry by receiving a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training. Participants are paid for their work, and their wages will increase as they progress in the program. Apprentices work as they complete their classes and their work schedule is determined by their respective employers. When they graduate, apprentices receive a Certificate of Completion and will have earned the highly skilled “journeyworker” designation. The program can last one to five years, depending on the occupation. In addition to manufacturing, there are apprenticeship opportunities in business, accounting, hospitality and health-related fields.
According to Dr. Pam Howse, Executive Director of Work-based Learning for the NC Department of Commerce, there are currently 5,335 apprentices in the program, double the number enrolled two years ago, but she would like to see that number continue to grow. Her challenge is educating both young people and businesses about the rewards they could receive by participating in the apprenticeship program.
Students are completing apprenticeships with a career, a good income, and no college debt.
Dr. howse shared stories of a 22-year-old who owned his car and had just bought his first house and of a young woman who completed her program with a starting salary of $37,500.
“We know statistically that 45% of all jobs over the next decade will be in the middle skills occupations which require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor’s degree,” said Howse. “More than 50% of companies report plans to increase US-based production by at least 5% in the next five years.”
“Nationwide we have a skills gap, particularly in the areas of business, manufacturing, computers and information sciences, engineering, technology, repair and transportation,” Howse said. “We know that in North carolina today there are 12,000 unfilled IT jobs. These are jobs that pay very well, $50,000 a year or greater. If you are in a cyber security field, that’s well over a 6 figure job. We know that a lot of young people don’t know what those jobs look like.”
“We are shoving everybody down this one path to go to Chapel Hill or NC State and we know statistically that not all are going to do well. There is a very high failure rate for many college freshmen who enter into the university system because they are not prepared for college,” she added. “If North Carolina industry is to be globally competitive, students must graduate from high school career or college ready. We need to shift our thinking about how we prepare our students for work.”
That shift will require a shift in the way both students and parents think as well. For many, the idea of an apprenticeship conjures up thoughts of a dark, dirty, dangerous place with low-paying jobs. According to Lisa Hawk, Business Services Coordinator of the Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board, that is simply not the truth.
Hawk has taken students and parents on tours of manufacturing sites to show them how clean and well-maintained they are, while 2013 statistics from the US Department of Labor indicate average starting wages for Registered Apprentices at $16.50 per hour with graduates earning an average of $59,900 per year.
North Carolina apprenticeships are a career strategy that works! To find out more about apprenticeships in North Carolina, go to https://www.nccommerce.com/wf/job-seekers/apprenticeships.
You’re Invited! Ribbon Cutting This Thursday to Celebrate Total Renovation of Mocksville Comfort Inn and Suites
To 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.
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).
State 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:
Be sure to mark your calendar for this season’s events and come out and support your American Legion Baseball!
Do you want to develop a healthier lifestyle but don’t know how to get started? You can find the answers by attending the 2017 For Your Health Expo on Tuesday, March 14th, at the Davie Family YMCA in Mocksville.
Free Community Event Offers Healthy Tips for Everyone
Presented by the Davie County Chamber and the Davie Family YMCA, the For Your Health Expo runs from 9 am to 1 pm and is free to adults of all ages. This annual community event brings vendors of healthy lifestyle products and services together under one roof to offer Davie County residents a convenient one-stop healthy lifestyle information experience.
“Our Health Expo was established as a community service event and provides an opportunity for each organization to serve its members and the Davie community,” said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.
Free Health Screenings and More
Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Center, the For Your Health Expo offers access to important information as well as direct interaction with a variety of medical service providers. Several free health screenings will be offered including: blood pressure, cholesterol, HDL, glucose, A1C, bone density and much more.
With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal well-being at an all-time high, the For Your Health Expo provides residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.
Plan to stop by the Davie Family YMCA on Tuesday, March 14th to start your journey of healthy living. Do it for your health and for the health of your family! For more information, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at 336-751-3304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these leprechauns from the swift completion of their race. The 29th annual Shamrock 5K & 10K Run will be held on Saturday, March 4th, 2017. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to A Storehouse for Jesus.
Fun for the Whole Family!
“We have had many repeat runners who have participated in our race year in and year out, including the late Margaret Haggerty, who ran in the first 27 Shamrock Runs,” said David Taylor, parish business manager for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “Such loyalty from our runners shows that the race is a fun, family event for both young and old.”
People Helping People – 29 Years of Community Giving
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church has been hosting the Shamrock Run for 29 years to help local charities and the Davie County community! The Shamrock Run began back in 1988 as a church fundraiser.
Approximately 15 years ago, the church decided to have a greater impact on the community by sponsoring organizations that help those in need. The 2016 event raised money for the Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center. The Shamrock Run has raised thousands for organizations in need throughout Davie County including Habitat for Humanity, Davie Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center, the Davie County Pregnancy Care Center, Hospice & Palliative Care of Davie County, and the Davie Family YMCA.
“In addition to raising money, we hope to bring awareness to the different organizations that serve those in need,” said Taylor. “Hopefully that awareness will provide them will new volunteers and additional donations.”
“We hope our participants get a little bit of enjoyment from running as they give back to the community as well,” he added.
Participants may register online at www.active.com until noon on Wednesday March 1st, and in person on Friday, March 3rd from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race.
This Corporate Challenge Fitness Run/Walk will be featured again this year. Each group with over 10 participants will be recognized at the awards ceremony after the 5K.
The 5k and 10k races are certified by the USA Track and Field Association and will run a scenic route through the heart of historic downtown Mocksville.
Friday, March 3rd
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup
Saturday, March 4th RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:15AM—5K Run & Fun Walk
9:15AM—5K Awards Ceremony & Festivities Begin
10:15AM—10K Awards Ceremony Begins
***All Morning: Refreshments and Entertainment featuring Josh Tenery of Exit 180 Band!
The Shamrock Run will be using Racing Toes as the race timing provider. The disposable chip system will assist with faster packet pick-ups, smaller lines, and less confusion on the day of the race!
Sponsors Make it Happen
“We appreciate the support of our local police and EMS over the years in directing traffic and having a medical presence in our downtown area,” said Taylor. “ We also appreciate the Davie County Chamber of Commerce for advertising the race on its billboard on I-40 as well as its website each year. We’d like to give a special thank you to our sponsors, who truly make the charity and race possible. Our food has always set us apart from other races and we are thankful to have many different types of food to offer.”
St Francis of Assisi Church is located at 862 Yadkinville Rd., Mocksville, NC.
For additional information, please email Director@ShamrockRunNC.com or call the church office at (336) 751-2973. Please visit and join them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shamrock-Run-Mocksville-NC/298722960174991, or on the web at www.ShamrockRunNC.com.
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce’s iShopDavie initiative encourages everyone to SHOP local, SAVE money & GROW our economy. The Davie Chamber loves doing business with its members and recently had another chance to “practice what it preaches” when making energy-saving upgrades to the office.
The Chamber and its members learned about the Duke Energy small business grant program when Trey Copeland of LIME Energy spoke at a monthly Let’s Do Lunch and Learn event. As a partner with Duke Energy, Lime Energy meets with business owners to perform complimentary energy audits and provide estimates of cost savings when businesses choose to install energy-efficient lighting. The grants make the upgrade very affordable while driving down the energy costs for the businesses.
Carolyn McManamy, president of the Chamber, invited Copeland to complete an energy audit to determine if the Chamber’s building was a good candidate for the program. “The audit showed that the cost of replacing the old fixtures with new ones would pay for itself in a short time, resulting in significant energy savings,” McManamy said. “This is an older building, so it made good fiscal sense for us to go ahead with the upgrade to save money and reduce our energy use.”
Lime Energy partners with area electricians to complete the actual installations of new fixtures, which gave the Chamber an opportunity to work with another member. The new lights were installed by Tom Lentz, owner of Davie Electrical Company.
“We have had Tom and his crew work on the office in the past, and Tom is very involved with the Davie Chamber, so there was no question who we wanted working in our office,” McManamy said. “Both Lime Energy and Davie Electrical were great to work with because they worked around our busy and unpredictable schedule to minimize disruptions.”
Soon after the lighting upgrade was completed, the Davie Chamber had the opportunity to enhance its curb appeal while supporting another member and displaying a product made in Mocksville.
That offer came from Michael Barron, plant manager of Comfort Bilt Windows & Doors, who was at the office for a meeting and had the chance to spend time in the visitor center/lobby. He hadn’t visited the Chamber office in a while and commented on how welcoming and inviting the office felt.
“Over the last few years, we have worked to improve the appearance of the office including painting the brown wood paneling a light tan, rearranging the tourism and business materials, and installing a sliding barn door, built by Justin Draughn Construction, for our conference room area. Outside we have front porch rockers and a screen door. All of these changes have dramatically improved the look and feel of our office and visitor center,” McManamy said.
“Michael said he liked the overall effect, but thought it would look even better with a screen door that was made locally. He then graciously offered to donate a new storm/screen door made by Comfort Bilt right here in Mocksville.”
“The door is beautiful and we have received so many compliments from people who come to our office. More importantly, we enjoy having the opportunity to tell the “door” story and feel very fortunate to have such great businesses here in our community. Comfort Bilt is known for being supportive of the community and we are proud to have a locally-made product on display at our office!” said McManamy.
The Chamber’s iShopDavie campaign is designed to shine a spotlight on the importance of supporting businesses in Davie County. Purchasing goods and services where we live, pay taxes and send our kids to school contributes to a thriving community with a high quality of life. It truly matters where you spend your money and the Davie Chamber is committed to doing business first and foremost – with its members!
The Davie County Chamber of Commerce shops local, do you?
Lace up your running shoes, and have a chillin’ good time while supporting a great cause — take part in the 6th Annual Popsicle 5k Run! All abilities are welcome. The route begins at Mocksville Elementary across from Rich Park and goes through Mocksville and the new Greenway. The Race kicks off at 8:30 am, with packet pick up and on-site registration beginning at 7:15 am. Click here to register today.
Not a runner? No worries! Walk for a Billion Steps – This year walkers are invited to join in and to help Davie County meet the Healthy Davie Challenge to Walk a Billion Steps in 100 days! Sign up to be a part of the fun!
Race Day Fun
- Come in your favorite wintery costume. The most crazy/creative Chilly costume will take home a prize!
- Raffle – each registrant will receive a raffle ticket with their race number.
- Brain Freeze Challenge- Eat a popsicle at the beginning, middle, and end of the race.
- ZERO K- sign up the morning of the race if you are there to support a friend but do not want to run. You’ll get a t-shirt (up to the first 300) and coffee and not have to run an inch!
- Fun Run- Kids (10 & under) there with a runner can participate in a short race after the 5K has finished.
- “Sports Walk” where kids can win a Healthy Davie backpack of goodies.
- Face Painting.
- Popsicle Palooza – Eat the most popsicles in 3 minutes to win the prize!
- There will be great food after the race, as well as raffle prize opportunities for participants.
$20 through February 18, and $15 for team registrants. New this year is a special category for Go Far Students ($10), and Davie County High School athletes and students ($15). There is a fee of $10 for each child wishing to participate in the Fun Run. All fees go up beginning February 19th.
SURF Board ~ Empowering the Young People of Davie County
All proceeds from the Popsicle Run 5K support youth-led projects in Davie County! Organized under the Davie Community Foundation, the SURF (Students Understanding Real Futures) Board is a youth grant-making organization for high school aged youth in Davie County. Each year SURF hosts a fundraiser to raise money to grant out in the spring. The proceeds from the Popsicle Run empower young people by supporting their projects through grants from SURF.
SURF Board members seek sponsorships from local Davie County businesses and individuals. Last year the students were issued a $10K Challenge by Davie Community Foundation President Jane Simpson. They met and exceeded their sponsor goal, raising over $13,000. To celebrate their success, Simpson arrived at the run dressed as a grape and cherry Popsicle, riding in a decorated cart.
A Record $12,212 and Nine Grants Given in 2016!
That record-breaking success enabled the Davie Community Foundation SURF Board to award nine grants totaling $12,212 to youth- led projects that benefit the youth and children in Davie County..
“I am super proud of all of their hard work to raise the money, and their discernment as they heard grant requests, and made their decisions,” said SURF Advisor Tami Daniel. “They have raised over $14,000 in sponsorships so far this year, so I hope a lot of students will apply because the board will have a lot of grant money to give.”
For information on the 2016 grant awards, please visit SURF Board Awards $12,212 in Grants!
Funding for Your Youth Led Project
Does your school club have a service project idea, but lack money to get it started? Are you involved in a church youth group that could use a grant to fund an outreach project? You may be eligible for funding from the S.U.R.F. Board Youth Grantmakers. All 6th-12th grade students who reside in Davie County are eligible to apply.
How to Apply for a Grant
The SURF Board is accepting applications for the 2017 grant cycle. Applications will only be accepted through the online application process. Deadline for submitting a grant request is March 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
Projects selected for grant awards must:
- Address general issues that impact the youth of Davie County.
- Involve at least two youth in planning & carrying out the project.
- Have an adult ally (21 or older)
CLICK HERE to fill out a Grant Request.The request is online and can be found at https://www.daviefoundation.org/surf-grants/
“I have a passion for Youth and Service, and it has truly been a pleasure to serve as the advisor for this amazing Board of students the past three years,” said Daniel. “While on the SURF Board, the students learn important life skills, and how to reach out and connect with community business leaders. Watching these students set personal and group goals and then working to achieve them is really rewarding.”
“We are so appreciative of everyone who has stood beside SURF in making great things happen through the SURF Grants. From Sponsors, Volunteers, Runners, Grantees, Grant Advisors, Friends, and Parents it could not happen without you! SURF says thank you for your support, and we look forward to accomplishing even greater things in the future!” she added.
New SURF Board Members Will be Selected in June
The SURF Board is made up of 21 high school students who are residents of Davie County. Homeschool students and high school students who attend school outside of Davie County are invited to apply. New board members are selected annually in June and interviewed by the current board of students.
For more information about the Popsicle 5K or the SURF Board, contact the Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903, or email email@example.com.
Dozens of Human Resources Managers from companies across Davie County met during the last week of January at the Triple J Manor House in Mocksville to discuss the state of the County in terms of workforce development.
Sustained growth in the number of manufacturing and industrial jobs being created in Davie County over the last 5 years is putting pressure on HR managers to attract and retain the talented workforce that is necessary to compete successfully in a growing economy.
As with most challenges in Davie County, local leaders are stepping up to the plate to develop plans of action to address this pressure before it becomes a limiting factor for continued economic development. The Davie County Economic Development Commission, the Davie Chamber of Commerce, Davidson County Community College and the Davie County School System worked together to host a “Lunch and Learn” meeting on Wednesday, January 25 with manufacturing and industry HR managers from across the county.
Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina
Dr. Pamela Howze, from the North Carolina Department of Commerce and NC Works delivered the feature presentation, “Apprenticeship Programs in North Carolina.”
Many are familiar with “OJT” or On the Job Training and an apprenticeship program works in much the same way. The expert shows the apprentice how to do a task, watches as the apprentice practices portions of the task, and then turns over more and more responsibility until the apprentice is proficient enough to accomplish the task independently. According to Dr. Howze, there are 400K apprentices across the USA in more than 1,000 occupations with 150,000 employers.
Apprentices start at a low wage scale and as they make progress their wage is increased. Many are very productive in their second year of Apprenticeship. A 2009 Return on Investment Study says that for every dollar spent on Apprenticeship training, an employer receives a benefit, on average of $1.47
The State of North Carolina is currently supporting apprenticeship initiatives by offering free community college tuition to any North Carolina workers that enter an apprenticeship program. The North Carolina Department of Commerce has also submitted a $1.3 million grant proposal to grow apprenticeship programs across the state.
After the presentation by Dr. Howze, HR managers engaged in a substantive period of brainstorming and lively discussion with Dr. Howze and with representatives from Davie County Schools, Davidson County Community College and local temporary agencies who were also on hand in support of the HR managers and Davie County Industry. Discussion was wide ranging, exploring a number of options and arrangements were made by several companies to continue the discussion with local leaders after the meeting.
In Davie County, Economic Development is a Team Sport
As Terry Bralley noted, “Economic Development is a team sport. As we move forward as a community, we must create a local awareness that we are in competition with the world.”
Dozens of Davie County’s best got a chance to shine during the Best of Davie Awards! The awards were presented during the 47th Annual Davie County Chamber Awards Gala and Annual Meeting held at WinMock at Kinderton on Thursday, January 19th.
Thank You – Over 2000 Votes Cast!
Voting for the 2016 Best of Davie was open to all members of the community. More than 2000 online ballots were submitted.
“The Davie Chamber hosts the Annual Awards Gala to celebrate the successes of the year and to honor businesses and individuals who do so much to make our community great,“ said Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. “Once again, this year’s event was sold out and we had a fantastic night celebrating our Best of Davie Winners as well as our Business of the Year and EC Tatum Award Winner.”
“Best of Davie Awards were designed to give our community a voice in who they believe are the best businesses in Davie County,” she added. “Based on the significant increase in voting this year, we have not only found a great way to shine the spotlight on our local businesses, but we have clearly engaged our community as well. Preliminary plans are already in the works for next year’s Best of Davie program and the winners will be announced at the 48th Awards Gala on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at WinMock at Kinderton.”
The 2016 Best of Davie Winners!
Please join us in thanking the Davie Chamber for supporting, and helping to promote a strong and vibrant business community.
Business of the Year:
Davie Construction Co.
E.C. Tatum Humanitarian Award:
J. Russell Suggs, Jr.
Best Professional Service Provider
Martin & Van Hoy, LLP.
Runner Up: Novant Health Davie Medical Assoc.
Best Civic / Nonprofit
The Dragonfly House
Runner Up: Just Hope, Inc.
Best Golf Course
Pudding Ridge Golf Club
Runner Up: Oak Valley Golf Club
Best Place to Get Beautiful
Runner Up: Gemini Hair & Nail Fashions
Best Place to Shop
Runner Up: Walmart
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
Runner Up: Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards, LLC
Best Place to Get Fit
Davie Family YMCA
Runner Up: Combat Athletics
Best Place to Worship
Runner Up: Hillsdale United Methodist Church
Cozart’s Handyman Services
Runner Up: Blakley Landscaping Services, Inc.
Best New Business
The Factory Coffeehouse
Runner Up: Corners Coffee + Art + Framing + Wine
Best Place for Your Pet
The Country Veterinary Hospital
Runner Up: Valley Animal Clinic
Runner Up: O’Callahans Publik House
Best Medical/Dental or Vision Practice
Carolina Center for Eye Care
Runner Up: Mocksville Vision Center
Jessica Marie Photography
Runner Up: One Shot Photography
Best Place to Work
Davie County Schools
Runner Up: Rescue House
The Kitchen Sink Award
Mirror Image Cleaning Service
Runner Up: Justin Draughn Construction, LLC
To join the Chamber or to discover all that it has to offer, call (336) 751-3304 or visit www.daviechamber.com. The Davie Chamber of Commerce is located at 135 South Salisbury St., Mocksville.