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Peachtree Farmers Market Opens this Friday, April 29th!

Mocksville-Farmers-MarketSpring is in the air and the Davie County Farmers Markets are gearing up!  

The Peachtree Farmers Markets Opens this Friday, April 29th
The Peachtree Farmers Market will reopen on Friday, April 29, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run. For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email

Peachtree Farmers Market Vendors
The Peachtree Farmers Market is growing and adding new producers for even more fresh, healthy and local products.   The following producers are among those who will attend this Friday.

  • Yellow Bell Farm
  • Cherry Hill Farm LLC
  • Galliher Farm
  • Treat Yourself!
  • Sweet Petunia Bakery
  • Fading D Farm LLC
  • Steele 5 Farm
  • Pixie Garden & Gifts Inc  
  • Creature Comforts
  • That Peanut Guy
  • MikNik Farm
  • Simple Chaos Farm
  • Somerset Farm
  • Ingram Strawberry Farm
  • Myers Mushrooms & More
  • Two Happy Potters  
  • Silver Muse
  • Brasstown Chocolates
  • A Full Measure
  • OBX seafood

The Food Freaks food truck will also be on site opening night.

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 7th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 7, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. If you would like to be a vendor at the market, or for more information, please contact Melanie at 336-998-2912.

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.

See you at the Farmer’s Market!


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Counting our Lucky Stars in Davie County – SouthPoint Business Park Expanding!

SouthPoint Business Park Davie County NCTerry Bralley counts Davie County’s lucky stars every day; one of the brightest is its partnership with the Hollingsworth Companies.

The Davie County Economic Development Commission and the Hollingsworth Companies have announced an agreement to expand the SouthPoint Business by an additional 80 acres. Phase II of the SouthPoint Business Park will add three lots to the park with 425,000 square feet to 750,000 square feet of additional industrial space. Only one building of 90,960 square feet is still available from Phase I of the project.

“As the supply of quality, modern industrial buildings is dwindling in North Carolina, we expect our only remaining building to fill quickly. The Phase II expansion will allow us to have land ready to capture the next project as soon as this building is filled, and continue to grow industry and jobs in Mocksville.” Tom Wortham – SVP of Architecture and Development of The Hollingsworth Companies said.

Hollingsworth Companies Making a Difference in our Community
“When we were initially looking for a private partner to shoulder the risk of speculative industrial development, we couldn’t find anyone locally who would take the risk in a small town like Mocksville,” said Bralley, the president of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “But over in Tennessee,  we met the Hollingsworth Companies and not only were they willing, they were enthusiastic; and they still are nearly twenty years later. We have had a lot of big announcements in the last few years, and they are great, but the steady brick by brick approach of Hollingsworth has really made a difference in our community.”

In 1998, the Hollingsworth Companies founded the SouthPoint Business Park, which is comprised of 112 acres in 8 lots with 885,262 square feet of industrial facilities, and is located just north of Interstate 40 on US Hwy 601. The park is home to Larson Comfort Bilt, Gesipa Fasteners, Metal Sales Manufacturing, Davie Warehousing, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Entre Matic, and Seneca Medical.

90% of Companies Relocating Looking for Existing Building Inventory
According to Bralley,  ninety percent of all companies seeking a new location are looking for an existing building to move into.  “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. This is an advantage that every small community and every economic developer would love to have and it continues to bring jobs and opportunity to Mocksville and Davie County.”

Economic Development is a Team Sport
This expansion became possible when the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority awarded the Town of Mocksville a $450,000 grant from the Industrial Development Fund to install a new road on Quality Drive in the Southpoint Business Park. This road will open up approximately 85 acres of land for future development.

The Rural Infrastructure Authority was established as part of the Rural Economic Development Division at the NC Department of Commerce to assist with the review and approval of grants for rural areas in the state.  The grants-making programs of the Division include assistance for building reuse and restoration, water and sewer infrastructure, and economic innovation in rural communities.

20 Year Partnership with Hollingsworth Companies Continues to Pay Divdidends
“Our nearly 20-year public/private partnership has developed into a rare and cherished catalyst to economic development in Mocksville and Davie County,” Bralley added. “We are super excited to see the expansion of the SouthPoint Business Park, it just means there will be more good news to come. Stay tuned…”


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Mocksville Farmers Market Opens This Wednesday! ~ Have Fun, Save Money & Live Longer

mocksville farmers market augustThe Mocksville Farmers Market opens this Wednesday, April 20, and will be open each Wednesday from 3-6 pm in the Mocksville Town Hall Parking Lot located at 171 S. Clement St in Mocksville, just a block down W Depot Street from the town square.  For more information, please call 336-671-0553 or 336-753-6700.

The Peachtree Farmers Markets Opens Friday, April 29th
The Peachtree Farmers Market will reopen on Friday, April 29, from 3:30-7 pm in the parking lot at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center in the Town of Bermuda Run. For more information, please call (336) 655-4399 or email

The Farmington Farmers Market Opens Saturday, May 7th
The Farmington Farmers Market will reopen on Saturday, May 7, from 8 am- noon at the Farmington Community Center located at 1723 Farmington Road, Farmington. 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 are among those who will attend this Wednesday.

    • Holly Miller w/ Cherry Hills Farms – Strawberries
    • Christine Davis w/ Sweet  Bath & Body Treats
    • Marie Sagraves – eggs and baked goods
    • Daniel Stroup – herbs and plants
    • Amy Stinson – selling jams, jellies, pickles and relishes
    • Barbara Hedrick – crafts
    • Aileen Steelman – selling tomatoes and produce
    • Tim Martin – produce
    • Don Crater – produce
    • Sandra Keiffer – produce

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

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

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

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

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 Mocksville Town Hall parking lot located at 171 South Clement Street in Mocksville, just a block down West Depot Street from the town square.

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

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

See you at the Farmer’s Market!


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Celebrate Spring At 5 Davie County Wineries!

Whether it’s a festival, special tasting, or simply a beautiful day to enjoy nature and unwind with family and friends, spring is the perfect time of year to visit all five Davie County wineries and vineyards. Here are some “grape” events coming up soon!

April Vineyard Events

Chestnut Trail Vineyard’s Music From The Porch – The Stanley Allred Project

Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 3-6 pm.

Chestnut Trail VineyardsEnjoy everything from The Eagles to Incubus, as The Stanley Allred Project plays a variety of pop and country music with 3-part harmony vocals. The band always has a good time when they play, often having the audience join in with some percussion instruments on a song or two. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic to enjoy great live music and a relaxed atmosphere suitable for the whole family. Wine will be available to purchase by the bottle or glass. Other non-alcoholic beverages, popcorn and snacks will also be available to purchase. Leashed and well behaved pets are welcome. **NO outside alcohol or smoking allowed on the property.**

Chestnut Trail Vineyard is located at 640 Cedar Grove Church Rd, Mocksville. Spring and Summer hours are Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm. For more information, call  Chestnut Trail at  336.655.4755 or visit

Misty Creek Vineyards Concert – Mood Swingz

Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 2-4 pm

Misty Creek Wine and VineyardsGrab a glass of wine and enjoy the music of Mood Swingz. Husband and wife duo, Bob and Liz Spencer, will entertain you with their original music as well as a number of oldies but goodies.  Misty Creek favorites, the Spencers will also perform on  April 30 and May 14 from 2-4 pm.

During tastings, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of our farm, and maybe later venture out for a self-guided tour of our vineyards. The vineyard is child, family and dog friendly, and on a given Saturday you’ll find a happy mix of pups, kids and folks who enjoy good wine.

Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards is located at 710 Wyo Road, Mocksville. Hours are Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 2-6 pm. For more information, call Misty Creek at 336-998-3303 or visit .

RayLen Vineyards and Winery Spring Fling Local Market

Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 11 am- 5 pm.

Raylen Wines and VineyardSupport your local businesses by shopping at RayLen Vineyards Spring Fling Local Market. Local favorites in attendance will include Laura’s Secret, Carolina Monthly, Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge, Batistini Farms, Log Cabin Naturals, Glover Studios, Scents of Southern Market Collections, Originate Handcrafted Jewelry and Felted Wool Designs. Plus, enjoy the delicious Food Freaks of NC on site all afternoon with musical stylings from local artist Colin Allured while you shop. Enjoy great wine and go local on April 16th at RayLen! Event entry is complimentary and open to the public. Rain or shine. Please no outside alcohol. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs permitted.

RayLen Vineyards & Winery is located at 3577 US-158 in Mocksville. Raylen’s spring and summer hours are: 11 am to 6 pm – Monday to Saturday, 12 to 5 pm – Sundays. For more information about the winery, call (336) 998-3100 or visit

RayLen  “Girls Just Want to Have Wine” Night

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6-8 pm.

It’s ladies night! Grab your closest friends and wine down Wednesday. Shop local vendors including Laura’s Secret, Originate Handcrafted Jewelry, Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge and massages by The Lavender Room while sipping on a complimentary glass of RayLen wine. This event is complimentary and open to the public.

RayLen Sunset Wine Dinner

Friday, April 29, 2016 from 7-9 pm.

Spring is finally here! Celebrate with a delightful four course dinner paired perfectly with RayLen’s newest vintages while you enjoy acoustic musical entertainment and a peaceful sunset among the vines. Dinner will be hosted in RayLen’s Pavilion. First course begins promptly at 7pm. Reservations required by April 25th and space is limited. $80 per person. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling the tasting room at 336-998-3100.

May Vineyard Events

Misty Creek Vineyards Concert- Summerfield Band

Saturday, May 8, 2016 from 2-4 pm.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a glass of wine and a concert. The Summerfield Band  will entertain mom with a variety of Irish folk tunes as well as mandolin music.   

RayLen Mimosas For Mom Brunch

Saturday May 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm and 1:15 pm

Celebrate your Mother this year at RayLen Vineyards & Winery. D & F Catering will be providing a delicious spring brunch, the perfect way to show your mother how much she means to you! Ticket purchase will include buffet brunch and two glasses of wine. Reservations are required. Event is rain or shine. Seatings will be at 12:30 PM and 1:15 PM. Tickets will be $35 per person, and $25 without alcohol. Reservations are required by May 5th. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling the tasting room at 336.998.3100.

RayLen Friday Night Live

Friday, May 13, 2016 5:30- 8:30 pm

RayLen Vineyards & Winery Friday Night Lives are back! Schedule listed below. This series of events is complimentary and open to the public. Join in this summer for great music, wine and food! Every other Friday on the below listed dates from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Picnic baskets and chairs welcome, please no outside alcohol. Rain or shine.

5/13 Ghassan’s // Jessica Mashburn Music
6/10 Food Freaks of NC // Will Jones
6/24 Giannos of High Point // Colin Allured
7/8 Camel City Grill // Wendy Wooten
7/22 Food Freaks of NC // Karoke Night with Tiger Paw Entertainment
8/12 TBD // Jessica Mashburn Music

RayLen Drinks and Dogs

Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Bring your best doggie friend out to RayLen Vineyards & Winery for a fun and furry day supporting Humane Society of Davie County! Gunny Smitty’s Hot Dogs will be serving up some great hot “dogs” alongside your favorite dog-friendly vendors including Carolina Monthly & Aristopets plus Laura’s Secret. And don’t forget to grab a picture with your pup from The Portrait Gallery, snapping memorable moments all afternoon! Mark your calender for a doggy day to remember! The Humane Society of Davie County will be on site with a few adoptable dogs for a meet and greet with information on how you can become a sponsor or adopt! Friendly, vaccinated and leashed pups only please! Donations will be accepted for admission. Below you will find the Humane Society wish list. Each person may bring any of the below items or a monetary donation of 5 dollars per person (minimum, please feel free to donate more!) for event entry. Entry includes a complimentary glass of wine. Event is rain or shine. All proceeds go to the Humane Society of Davie County. HSDC Wishlist: Pedigree Puppy Food; Purina One Adult Cat Food Salmon Flavor; Purina Kitten Chow; Small, Medium, & Large collars; Small, Medium, & Large harnesses; Paper Towels; Bleach;;Toilet Paper; White Distilled Vinegar; Finish All in One Dish Soap; Laundry Soap; Dog & Cat Toys; New or gently used Blankets & Towels.

RayLen Blues & BBQ Festival

Saturday,  May 28, 2016 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

Join RayLen Vineyards & Winery for their annual Blues & BBQ Festival! Celebrate with blues band Abe Reid and The Spikedrivers. Bullzhead Branz Sauce Co. will be serving up delicious BBQ for purchase all day long! Event is rain or shine. No outside alcohol or coolers please. Picnic baskets and chairs permitted. $5 Advance Tickets // $10 At the Gate Complimentary to members with advance purchase only. Advance tickets available until April 26th at 11pm. Ticket purchase includes parking, entertainment and one complimentary glass of wine or featured wine tasting. Please call the tasting room to purchase at 3369983100 or visit

Garden Gate Wine and VineyardGarden Gate Vineyard

Any day is a great day to enjoy a glass of wine and the beauty of nature at Garden Gate Vineyard. They offer a delightful variety of Muscadine and fruit wines as well as sangria and mulled wine. Tastings are free or $5 if you would like a souvenir glass.

The vineyard is located at 261 Scenic Drive in Mocksville. The tasting room is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12-5 and by appointment. For more information, call 336-751-3794 or visit

Lazy Elm

Lazy Elm VineyardEnjoy the perfect sunset while sipping the perfect wine at Lazy Elm. For $7 you may sample all 9 wines, including a unique port-style dessert wine and keep your glass as a souvenir.

The vineyard is located at 523 Danner Road, Mocksville. The wine tasting room is open Monday – Friday by appointment; Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish: Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish! For more information, call (336) 909-4914 or visit

Davie County Winery Hours and Locations

Chestnut Trail Vineyard
Chestnut Trail Vineyard is located at 640 Cedar Grove Church Rd, Mocksville. Spring and Summer hours are Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm. For more information, call  Chestnut Trail at  336.655.4755 or visit

Garden Gate Vineyard
The Garden Gate Vineyard is located at 261 Scenic Drive in Mocksville. The tasting room is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12-5 and by appointment. For more information, call
336-751-3794 or visit

Lazy Elm Vineyard
The Lazy Elm Vineyard is located at 523 Danner Road, Mocksville. The wine tasting room is open 
Monday – Friday by appointment; Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish: Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm ‘ish! For more information, call (336) 909-4914 or visit

Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards
Misty Creek Farm & Vineyards is located at 710 Wyo Road, Mocksville. Hours are Friday
4-8 pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, and Sunday 2-6 pm. For more information, call Misty Creek at 336-998-3303 or visit

RayLen Vineyards and Winery
RayLen Vineyards & Winery is located at 3577 US-158 in Mocksville. Raylen’s spring and summer hours are: 11 am to 6 pm – Monday to Saturday, 12 to 5 pm – Sundays. For more information about the winery, call (336) 998-3100 or visit



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The Factory Coffeehouse – Now Hiring!

Now hiring! The Factory CThe Factory Coffeehouse Mocksville Aoffeehouse is opening the first of May in downtown Mocksville, across from O’Callahan’s. They have about 6 positions to fill.

The Factory serves spectacular hand-crafted coffee drinks like Cappuccinos, Lattes and Mochas, and they do so in a rustic atmosphere, designed with a French farmhouse in mind. They’ve partnered with Krankies, a local roaster in Winston Salem with a strong following, in order to serve Davie County a great coffee experience!

Team members will be responsible for engaging with customers, taking orders  and preparing coffee drinks and food items. Management is looking for people who are energetic, personable, and ready for a fun but challenging workplace.

You can apply today on their website at They are also holding open interviews on Thursday, April 14th at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. Interview times are from 9-12 and 2-5.

To follow The Factory, please visit their Facebook page at


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Davie County Expanding Retail Options

davie_county_jobsDavie County – A Picturesque Community with Small Town Charm and Big City Potential.
“Davie County continues a remarkable economic recovery, and we have had tremendous success attracting international manufacturing giants including Ashley Furniture, CPP Global, Dex/Volvo, Dunlop Tyre, and Gildan Activewear,“ said Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The Davie County Economic Development Commission believes it is now time to direct some of our attention to growing our retail base.”


“We realized as a small community, but with a terrific location connected to a major interstate, we needed the help of an outside professional to assist us with attracting those larger retailers that will help minimize sales leakage, fill vacant storefronts and lots, and expand our retail options,” he added. “We hired the Retail Coach to help us develop and implement a retail sales plan for the entire county. The EDC has invited the towns of Bermuda Run, Cooleemee, and Mocksville, and the Chamber of Commerce to actively engage in the process. We believe this retail plan is another way to add value to the county and will help us grow our future.”

“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,” said Bralley.

Davie County’s close proximity to the Charlotte and Winston-Salem markets, easy access to Interstate 40, and regional draw due to Wake Forest Baptist Health- Davie Medical Center, make it a prime spot for expanding retail and restaurant options.

Carolyn McManamy, President of the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, is excited about what this project means for the community. “In 2013, the Davie Chamber launched the iSHOPDAVIE shop local program to draw attention to the importance of supporting local businesses and the impact shopping local has on the Davie economy and our quality of life,” she said.  “Working with the Retail Coach will provide us with the right tools to attract new retail and restaurants that compliment what is already here.  It will also offer useful information and assistance to our existing businesses to help them grow their customer base and increase their profitability.  We know that having more shopping and dining options here in Davie County means more jobs and increased sales tax revenues both of which are vital to a thriving local economy, and that is our ultimate goal!” said McManamy.

The Retail Coach, a retail recruitment and consulting firm, is a pioneer of the retail recruitment industry. With clients in 29 states and 86% repeat clients, The Retail Coach uses their expertise to help communities reach their goals.

During a meeting with The Retail Coach leadership, officials from Bermuda Run said their goals for the partnership include expanding retail near Wake Forest Baptist Health and Davie Medical Center to give citizens and hospital-goers more retail choices. Mocksville officials said they would like to expand their retail base as a whole, while also putting a focus on their vibrant downtown. Cooleemee officials would like more retailers for everyday conveniences.

To achieve these goals, The Retail Coach will begin by determining a Retail Trade Area, or the area from which the county receives most of its consumers. This includes interviewing retailers and community stakeholders and plotting point-of-sale data. Next, the team will conduct a demographic analysis for both the county and the Retail Trade Area. This is followed by a Gap Analysis, used to identify sales leakage to other communities. Using this and similar data, the team will make a target list of retailers and restaurants that would be a good fit in Davie County.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with Davie County in this process. Our team has already been on the ground and sees unique opportunities for Bermuda Run, Mocksville, and Cooleemee. Our Retail Trade Area determination and Retail Gap Analysis process will help these opportunities stand out to potential retailers, restaurants, and developers,” said The Retail Coach Vice President Aaron Farmer, who will be Davie County’s point-of-contact with the company, along with Director—Retail Strategy Scott Emison.

Both appreciative and excited about the opportunities that a focus on retail will bring to the community.  Will Marklin, Mayor of Mocksville, said “Any time  we can discover  new ways to support and  grow our local economy it is exciting!   We are most appreciative of EDC to have the opportunity to work with The Retail Coach.  Their ability to create resources of potential  new retail and provide data to support and promote our existing retail  will be time well spent in Mocksville.”

John Chandler, Cooleemee Town Clerk, is eager to see new businesses locate in Cooleemee. “It is good for an outside group to see us as we are and to assess our needs in regards to economic growth,” he said. “We sit around here brainstorming about what we need in our community as far as retail, but that is usually the end of it. We look forward to the Retail Coach  contacting potential businesses that would consider our area.”

For more information on Davie County, North Carolina, visit  For more information on The Retail Coach, visit


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Help Wanted – Dunlop Aircraft Tires Pre-Employment Event in Mocksville Tuesday, April 5

davie_county_jobsDunlop Aircraft Tires, DCCC, and Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development will be sponsoring a pre-hiring event on Tuesday, April 5th at the Dunlop Aircraft Tire facility located at 205 Enterprise Way in Mocksville.  Qualified individuals will be given information about a realistic job preview they will have to attend before being considered for employment.

Dunlop Aircraft Tires
205 Enterprise Way, Mocksville

April 5, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Must bring resume to the pre-hiring event.
High School Diploma or GED is required.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
No previous experience required; training will be provided on the job.


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2016 Davie Chamber Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon – Come “Shine” with Us!

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The Davie County Chamber of Commerce will host its 2016 Annual Signature Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, April 14th, at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run starting at 11:30am.  Guests will enjoy a delicious meal created by caterer Bette Hauser of Savory Spoon.  The featured presentation is “S.H.I.N.E. an illuminated Life – 5 Steps to Self-Mastery by Nicole Greer, CEO & Principle Coach of Vibrant Coaching.

“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.  This year, we are focusing on ourselves and how to live a more purposeful and vibrant life.  Guest speaker Nicole Greer will talk about how our dreams, desires and destiny are our life’s light and that they represent our talents, gifts and calling.  She will show us how given the right environment for a flicker to become a flame, our light from deep within will reveal our dreams in detail, ignite our heart with desires and illuminate our destiny. Our guests are in for an inspiring and uplifting self-journey of how best to SHINE and live an illuminated life.” said Carolyn McManamy, Davie Chamber President.

The Signature Women’s Luncheon is one of many events the Davie County Chamber hosts each year.  The luncheon is made possible by the generosity and support of our sponsoring businesses.  We extend our sincere thanks to this year’s Event Sponsors and Chamber Champions:  WinMock at Kinderton, 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, and Yadtel Telecom.

Women of Davie County and the surrounding area are invited and encouraged to attend the 2016 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 of Commerce at 751-3304 or by email:


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HELP WANTED: Davie County Job Fair Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center

davie_county_jobsJobs, Jobs, Jobs
Businesses looking for skilled employees to fill available positions and area job seekers have the opportunity to come together at a job fair to be held on Monday, March 28th at the Davie County Senior Center at 278 Meroney Street, Mocksville.

The Job Fair will be open to Veterans only from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. All job seekers are invited to attend from 3:00 pm –  6:00 pm.

Companies participating include:

  • Ashley Furniture Industries
  • Austin Electrical Enclosures
  • Autumn Care
  • Carillon Assisted Living
  • Davidson County Community College
  • Golding Farms Foods
  • Lowe’s Home Improvement
  • Lydall
  • Mega Force
  • NC Army National Guard
  • REEB Millwork Corporation
  • The Resources
  • Unifi Manufacturing Inc.
  • Workforce Unlimited

For more information, please contact David Monteleone, 336-776-6770, or


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Squire Boone Plaza Gets a New Lease on Life

The Squire Boone Plaza in Mocksville is getting a new lease on life with a new owner, a new name, and a fresh coat of paint.

But these changes are just the beginning. David Tsui, the new owner, has already replaced the roof, and plans to continue remodeling the newly-named Eastgate Shopping Center, as well as improve the parking lot and walkways.


(l-r) Don Moss, David Tsui, and Terry Bralley celebrate new lease on life for former Squire Boone Plaza shopping center.

Creating the perfect atmosphere at the right price
“I want to make the Eastgate Shopping Center a place that tenants are proud of and customers will want to shop, while also keeping the rent at a reasonable price,” said Tsui, who prides himself on being a hands-on property owner. “I want to make sure the tenants are happy and feel taken care of,” he added. “I gave each of the tenants my cell phone number and told them to call me if they need anything.”

License Plate Agency Reopening this Spring
New tenants are coming to the shopping center. The NC License Plate Agency will reopen this spring in the former Central Carolina Bank building;  Mary Esparza, who is famous for her “taco trailer,” is opening the El Taco restaurant where Perk a Latte used to be sometime this spring, as well.

Fastenal, which sells industrial, safety, and construction supplies and offers services including inventory management, manufacturing, and tool repair, celebrated its grand opening on March 18th.

Peebles, Davie Jewelers, Unique Hair Care and Glamourous Nails will remain in the shopping center, and the Internet Cafe has returned.

“We have experienced tremendous success with industrial growth,” said Terry Bralley,  President of the Davie County Economic Development Commission. “The  Davie County economy in general has rebounded, and we hope the rising tide will bring additional retail shops and small businesses.”

Retail Space Still Available
Several spaces of different sizes are still available for lease, and Tsui is willing to work with potential tenants to create the perfect space. He would love to see a grocery store return to the center.

Tsui, a former doctor turned real estate investor, credits his entrepreneurial spirit and strong work ethic to his father, who emigrated from China in 1983 with nothing, and now owns two Chinese restaurants in Chapel Hill. Tsui and his wife also own a medical supply company in Mebane that specializes in orthopedic bracing.

From Mebane to Mocksville
Tsui discovered Mocksville in a rather round-about away. He worked with Don Moss,  a vice-president with the Charlotte office of Colliers International, several years ago while searching for a location for his medical supply company. When he became interested in purchasing a shopping center, he again called Moss.

Moss, a site-selection specialist who worked with Joe Hollingsworth and the Hollingsworth Companies to bring Gildan and Dunlop Tyre to Davie County, had driven by Squire Boone Plaza many times and knew it was available. It was a match made in Heaven.

After one visit to Davie County, Tsui and his wife were hooked. “We found wonderful people  wherever we went,” he said. “This is a great community with a great location. We are excited to be here, and look forward to continuing to invest in this community in the future.”


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Free Health Screenings & More ~ Come out to the Prime of Life Health & Lifestyle Expo

Steve The Food GuyHas your New Year’s resolution to live a healthier lifestyle been derailed? Get back on track by attending the 2016 Prime of Life Health & Lifestyle Expo on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run.

Free Community Event Offers Healthy Tips for Everyone
Sponsored by the Davie County Chamber, the Prime of Life Health & Lifestyle Expo runs from 10 am to 3 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.

“While this event may appear to be geared toward a more mature audience,” said Carolyn McManamy, president of the Chamber. “This expo has something for everyone whether you are a stay-at-home mom, retiree, empty-nester, or simply seeking information for a more healthy you.”

Free Health Screenings and More
Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center and Novant Health Medical Center, the Prime of Life Health & Lifestyle 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.

This year’s expo will also feature dynamic presentations by Steve the Food Guy who will explain how to eat healthy, release fat, balance blood sugar, detox, and reduce inflammation; Dr. Patrick Whalen of Wake Forest Baptist Health will be discussing Atrial Fibrillation; Dr William Ward of Novant Health will be speaking on Makoplasty (partial joint replacement and knee pain).

With healthcare costs on the rise and interest in personal well-being at an all-time high, the Prime of Life Health & Lifestyle Expo provides residents with a great opportunity to take positive steps toward improving their health.

Plan to stop in at WinMock at Kinderton on Wednesday, March 23rd 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


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Golden Leaf Helps Davie County Land 1,400 Manufacturing, Textile Jobs

Golden LEAF awards $3.5 million in grants to bring projects to life

Davie_County_NC_JobsIn 2011, Davie County’s unemployment rate reached 13% with minimal job prospects on the horizon. Today, the county boasts a 4.3% unemployment rate and booming businesses, according to Terry Bralley, President of the Davie County Economic Development Corporation. Much of that dip in the jobless rate results from job growth in manufacturing and textiles. The county has gained approximately 1,400 new jobs in those sectors in the last five years, thanks in part to two grants totaling $3.5 million from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

Golden LEAF awarded Davie County $2.5 million in 2011 to purchase equipment to lease to Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. Ashley Furniture agreed to repay the full cost of the equipment plus interest. One of the grant requirements required Ashley Furniture to create 550 new jobs by the end of 2014. The state reported in October 2015 that Ashley Furniture had 1,100 workers and needs 450 more.

Golden Leaf Foundation – A Davie County Job Creation Partner
“The Golden LEAF Foundation played a big part,” Bralley said. “It took a lot of work to bring Ashley Furniture here with the state and Golden LEAF coming together as partners on the project. This was really helpful for our community. Everybody gets really excited about bringing in jobs.”

To help bring the manufacturing jobs to the area, RJ Reynolds donated half of its stemmery plant to the county.

“The county was able to replace the tobacco industry jobs with furniture manufacturing jobs,” Bralley said. “And Ashley Furniture job announcements keep coming.”

Golden LEAF awarded Davie County another $1 million grant in 2013 to buy equipment to lease to Gildan Yarns, LLC. Gildan, a leading supplier of cotton and cotton-blend apparel, agreed to pay the full cost of the equipment plus interest, and was required to create 501 new jobs by December 31, 2016, with an average annual wage of $32,303 plus benefits. According to the grant stipulations, 292 new jobs were to be created in Davie County, with Rowan County and Bladen County also landing new jobs. The total capital investment of the company is $40 million in real property and $72 million in personal property. Gildan also plans to increase its purchases of NC-grown cotton. To date, Gildan has created 300 jobs at the Davie site.

“The Golden LEAF grants were a real shot in the arm for our county,” Davie County Manager Michael Ruffin said. “We are now bringing a workforce from outside our county to work here. They make the money here and spend the money here. It’s a real win.”


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Join the Fun — 28th Annual Shamrock Run this Saturday!

Margaret HaggertyNeither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay these leprechauns from the swift completion of their race.

The 28th annual Shamrock 5K & 10K Run will be held on Saturday, March 5th, 2016. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to The Dragonfly House Children’s Advocacy Center.

This Year’s Race is Run in Honor and Memory of Margaret Haggerty
It is with great sadness we remember the passing of Margaret Haggerty this past year. Margaret complete the 27th Annual Shamrock Run at the age of 91. Margaret began running at around the age of 60 and competed in marathons on every (inhabited) continent the world over!  The 28th Annual Shamrock Run is dedicated in honor and memory of Ms. Haggerty. This is a picture of Margaret crossing the finish line of the 26th Annual Shamrock Run.

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,” Taylor said. “Margaret ran in every one of our previous 27 races.  Such loyalty from our runners shows that the race is a fun, family event for both young and old.”

People Helping People – 28 Years of Community Giving
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church has been hosting the Shamrock Run for 28 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 2015 event raised money for Habitat for Humanity. The Shamrock Run has raised thousands for organizations in need throughout Davie County including 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 David Taylor, parish business manager for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. “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 until noon on Wednesday March 2nd, and in person on Friday, March 4th from 4-7 PM and on the day of the race.  Download and complete the 2016 Shamrock Run registration form which includes the schedule of events, fees, directions, etc.

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.

Race Schedule:

Friday, March 4th
4PM – 7PM— In-Person Registration and Early Packet Pickup

Saturday, March 5th RACE DAY!
7:00AM—Race Day Packet Pickup begins
8:15AM—5K Run Steps off
8:15AM—Competitive Walk & Fun Walk
9:00AM—10K Run Steps off
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 once again be using Ultimate Race Management 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.”

Primary sponsors for this year’s race include: O’Callahan’s Publick House Pub & Eatery, Subway of Mocksville, 100.7 FM WSIC, Walmart, Sheetz, Walgreen’s, SunTrust, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Jockey.

For additional information, please visit  and join them on Facebook at


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Davie High Automotive Skills Training Program Awarded $10,000 Grant from Ingersoll Rand

In order to do a job right, you must have the right tools for the job. Ingersoll Rand is helping to make that possible for students in Davie County High School’s automotive program.

Ingersoll Rand, the Official Power Tools of NASCAR, has awarded Davie County High School with a $10,000 Real Tools for Schools grant for its automotive skills training program.  The $10,000 grant will help Davie County High School improve automotive classrooms and courses with updated equipment, supplies, instructor training and curricula.

Congratulations! Fortune Names Ingersoll Rand “Among World’s Most Admired Companies”
In addition to thanking Ingersoll Rand for their generous contribution to the success of Davie County students, please join us in congratulating Ingersoll Rand for placing in the Top 10 in Community Responsibility Category Among FORTUNE’s Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies.  

Stacey West, Summer Rogers, Doyle Nicholson, Seth James, Donna McNeil

Stacey West, Summer Rogers, Doyle Nicholson, Seth James, Donna McNeil

These students are the future of the automotive technology industry
Davie County High School’s automotive vocational  program received one of the first Real Tools for Schools grants because of the quality of its application, according to Jennifer Hutchins, communications manager for Ingersoll Rand. “Ingersoll Rand was excited to see the school’s plans to put the money to use to enhance the training of future automotive technicians,” she said. “Our goal is to provide funding for classroom and coursework improvements. We also want to build relationships with schools in close proximity to company sites and engage our employees to work with students on learning enrichment programs.  Working with automotive students in communities where we do business, and building and maintaining those relationships is important to Ingersoll Rand,” Hutchins added.

In addition to the grants, Ingersoll Rand Power Tools employees are partnering with participating high schools to deliver seminars, hands-on training and learning enrichment experiences for students enrolled in automotive technician programs.

“These students are the future of the automotive technology industry. Ingersoll Rand is proud to support technical education for students that prepares them for success and enhances job readiness,” says Donny Simmons, president of Ingersoll Rand Power Tools.

Ingersoll_Rand_Mocksville_Davie_CountyIngersoll Rand–400 Strong and 50 Years of Excellence in Mocksville
The Mocksville North Carolina plant, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in May 2015,  first opened in 1965 and began machining rotary components for air compressors. Throughout the years the Mocksville team has manufactured assemblies and components for a number of products within Ingersoll Rand’s product portfolio, including Centac™ and rotary assemblies.

Within the last six years, the plant has experienced tremendous growth as select assembly operations for Trane® and Thermo King® equipment were moved to the Mocksville plant.

Today, Mocksville employs a world-class workforce of more than 400 full-time associates dedicated to efficiency and quality. The Mocksville operation represents the enduring strength of Ingersoll Rand as a manufacturer and is known within the company for its excellent continuous improvement program, safety record and team spirit.

Learn More
The Ingersoll Rand Real Tools for Schools program is sponsored by the Ingersoll Rand Foundation and the company’s Power Tools business to enhance education for high-school students in automotive technology programs. For more information about the Real Tools For Schools grant visit


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POPSICLE 5K This Saturday February 20th – Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike!

Lace up your running shoes, and have a chillin’ good time while supporting a great cause — take part in the 5th 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 open beginning at 7:15 am. Click here to register today.

Popsicle 5K Claim to Fame – This Davie County race was the
inspiration for the July 2013 Cover of Readers Digest Magazine! 

Reader’s Digest Cover Story Features Davie Community Foundation SURF Board Popsicle 5k Run

Reader’s Digest Cover Story Features Davie Community Foundation SURF Board Popsicle 5k Run


Readers Digest – July, 2013
“Reason Number 28:  “We Tell Cold Weather to Take a Hike.  The Popsicle 5K in Davie County, North Carolina, an annual fundraiser for local youth projects, lives up to its chilly name.  The race is held in February, and festivities include an ice-pop eating contest called the Brain Freeze Challenge.”


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.
  • 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.

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 had a profit of $8,285.57, twenty percent of which was put into their endowment fund to benefit future boards in their grantmaking.

The Board hopes to have a record-breaking year! They were issued a $10K Challenge by Davie Community Foundation President Jane Simpson. They met and exceeded their sponsor goal, and are excited to put that money to work this year.

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.

How to Apply for a Grant
The  SURF Board  is accepting applications for the 2016 grant cycle.  New this year, applications will only be accepted through the online application process.  Deadline for submitting a grant request is February 26, 2016 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

$17,840 Awarded by SURF Board
Over the past four years, the Davie Community Foundation SURF Board has awarded $17,840 to fund Youth Led projects to benefit the youth and children of Davie County.

2012 Grants = $5,300
Davie High Hunger Fighters – $4,000: Provided daily meals for 32 Davie High students for the summer. Food was packaged by the students and confidentially delivered by volunteer teachers.

Davie County Young Filmmakers – $1,300:Purchased an iMac for editing purposes.

2013 Grants = $4,000
Davie County 4-H – Clover Club – $500: Funds purchased  puppet show supplies for the club to provide entertaining and educational puppet shows for pre-school and elementary students.

Davie County 4-H – Wardrobe Warriors – $1,000: Funds purchased stylish teen clothes to  be donated to A Storehouse for Jesus to be distributed specifically to teens in need in the community. This project aims to help teens in need gain confidence and fit in with their peers.

Davie High Hunger Fighters – Stockings for School – $500: To purchase school supplies to be distributed through the Hunger Fighters program. The program aimed to help replenish school supplies for Davie High students in need mid-way through the year.

Davie High Odyssey of the Mind – $2,000: Funds went to the Davie High team’s registration fees for the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competition, which the team advanced to after winning at the state level. In May at Michigan State University, the DHS team finished 7th in the world competition!

2014 Grants = $2,610
Davie High STEM Ambassadors – Birthdays in a Box – $960: Funds purchased all of the supplies needed to hold a child’s birthday party. Supplies were assembled in a decorated box and delivered to A Storehouse for Jesus for distribution to 50 needy families with children with upcoming birthdays. Birthday boxes included cake mix, icing, Kool-Aid mix, cups, plates, napkins, utensils, balloons, birthday banner, bubbles, and party favors.

Davie High Hunger Fighters – Stockings for School – $1,650: Funds  provided school supplies in Christmas stockings to students at Davie High, Ellis Middle, North Davie Middle, and South Davie Middle Schools. The stockings were intended to replenish school supplies for needy students for the second semester. Stockings were distributed through the Hunger Fighters and Bookbags for Hope programs in the middle and high schools. Project organizers plan to pack 178 stockings for distribution in December 2014.

2015 SURF Grants = $5,930
Bike Safety Project – Garrett Penley and Boy Scout Troop 575 were awarded $1,000 to host a Bike Safety Day at Rich Park in April. The first twenty-five students to sign up received a coupon for a free bike helmet. The day  included instruction on the proper use and care of your bicycle, as well as how to mountain bike.

DHS Science Preparedness – Katelyn Sammons, Grace Cain and the Science Olympiad Team at Davie High were awarded $985 to pay for the fee to compete on the State level, and to host a Science Camp for middle school students last summer.

Hopping for Hope – Austin Lowery and Elaina Burr were awarded $585 to create Easter Baskets for the children at the Dragonfly House. These baskets provided comfort, joy, and hope to children who have not experienced much joy or hope in their lives.

Summer Bags for Homeless – Allison Staley and the DHS National Honor Society were awarded $1,500 to create Summer Bags for the Homeless Students in Davie County. There are currently 105 students classified as homeless. The brightly colored bags contained  hygiene products and well as some toys and activities to entertain these students during the summer.

Davie Hair Drive – Molly Hartness, Grace Nixon, and the DHS Junior Civitans were awarded $300 for the 2015 Hair Drive to be held at Davie High on May 12th. The hair drive will collect eight inches or more of hair from participants to create wigs for cancer patients.

Stockings for School – Grace Cain and the Davie Hunger Fighters were awarded $1,560 to create stockings filled with school supplies for Middle School and High School Students in Davie County. This is the third year that this project has been funded, and local Guidance Counselors say that it makes a huge difference for these students.

“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 two years,” said SURF Advisor Tami Daniel.  “While on the SURF Board, the students learn important life skills, and how to reach out and connect with community business leaders.

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 Davie County High School students. New board members are selected annually in June and interviewed by the current board of students. This year, the Board will be looking for five new members.

For more information about the Popsicle 5K or the SURF Board,  contact the Davie Community Foundation at 336-753-6903, or email


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