July 10, 2018

Mocksville House of Raeford Plant Sold – New Owners will Expand Operations, Add Jobs!

House of Raeford Farms has announced the sale of its Mocksville, NC-based chicken processing plant to long-time customer Brakebush Brothers, Inc. of Westfield, WI. The central portion of the manufacturing facility off Eaton Road was heavily damaged by a fire last December. Brakebush plans to restore the 72,000 square foot plant with state-of-the-art processing equipment. The updated facility will accommodate three production lines when fully utilized, which is projected for spring 2019. According to Brakebush’s website, the company is retaining the employment of many of the management, administrative and hourly staff. When at full capacity, the plant will employ over […]
July 5, 2018
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Davie County Schools + Hill RAP and A+ Training for Read to Achieve Camp – Helping Students Discover their Strengths and Improve Literacy Skills!

The teachers became the students as 28 Davie County educators explored using the arts to teach reading, a skill that is fundamental for success in school as well as in life. This A+ Schools training was in preparation for Davie’s summer Read to Achieve Camp which is designed to help third graders who have not met state requirements in reading to advance to the fourth grade. The camp also includes first and second graders who demonstrated the potential of reaching grade-level proficiency in reading with extra help in the summer. This intensive four-week camp began on Monday, June 25th. The […]
July 1, 2018

Free Event –20th Annual Patriotic Lawn Mower Parade To Cut a Path Through Cooleemee! Wednesday, July 4th! Also, Ducks on Sale for Duck Race!

Come enjoy the annual July 4th patriotic lawn mower parade in Cooleemee this Wednesday! patriotic event sponsored by the town of Cooleemee grows each year as entrants decorate a wide variety of lawn mowers, old and new.  The lawn mower floats will parade up and down the quiet streets of Cooleemee beginning at 10 a.m. starting at the Cooleemee Elementary School.  Come follow along the parade route and enjoy a stroll down the historic and picturesque streets lined with great old shade trees and historic mill homes. Free Watermelon & More Following the parade there will be festivities on the Zachary House grounds […]
June 13, 2018

Summer Beach Days Free Concert Downtown Mocksville – Saturday, June 16th

Bring your shagging shoes, good friends & family, and a hearty appetite to Downtown Mocksville for Summer Beach Days this Saturday, June 16th. This free concert will be held from 6-10:30 p.m. at Junkers Mill Outdoor Theater, 107 S. Salisbury St. Enjoy a little Blues, Beach, Country, Funk, and Rock with hometown band, Tess & the Black & Blue from 6 -7:30 p.m. Founded in 2014, this multi-talented group features Davie County locals Tess Welch – Vocals; Grady McClamrock – Rhythm guitar; Gary Chilton – Lead guitar; Ken Simonds – Bass; Jerry Smith – Keyboards; and Darren Boles – Drums.   […]
June 10, 2018

Auditions Saturday, June 16th – Brock Players Prepare for “Farce of Habit” for Dinner Theater Performance at Triple J Manor House!

The Brock Players will hold open auditions for their upcoming comedy Farce of Habit Saturday, June 16th, at 10 a.m. in the Brock Performing Arts Center Theatre. There may need to be call-backs that same afternoon. Those who want to audition are encouraged to stop by the Brock Monday-Friday between the hours of 12-4 p.m. to review the lines that will be read by each character on audition day. Roles are available for five adult women and four adult men. Characters’ ages range from 20-80 years for both men and women. No experience is necessary. Those auditioning will be asked […]
June 3, 2018

ApSeed and Mebane Foundation Join Forces to Provide 1,000 Mobile Touchscreen Tablet e-Readers FREE to Qualifying Davie County Preschool Children

The Mebane Foundation and ApSeed Early Childhood Education have joined forces to increase literacy scores among at-risk children in Davie County by providing a free e-Reader preloaded with applications designed to improve literacy and strengthen vocabulary. Thanks to a $105,000 grant from the Foundation, based in Mocksville, NC, 1,000 custom-built tablets, called Seedlings, will be distributed free of charge to children 0-4 whose families are enrolled in the WIC program through the Davie County Department of Public Health or Parents as Teachers through Smart Start of Davie County. Studies indicate that economically-disadvantaged children hear 30 million fewer words by the […]
May 28, 2018

Ingersoll Rand Expanding Apprenticeship Program in Mocksville

Ashley Kern calls Craig Moore her first success story. The first to complete Ingersoll Rand’s apprenticeship program which began in 2015, Moore is now a full-time employee in the Mocksville plant’s maintenance department. “Craig is our first success story and a poster child for the program,” Kern, human resources generalist, said with a smile. “He did an awesome job in the apprenticeship program, finished his schooling at DCCC, and the maintenance team has had really positive things to say about him. We are thrilled to now have him on board full time.” Moore, who works third shift troubleshooting and repairing […]
May 18, 2018

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs – Ingersoll Rand “Showcase Facility” Expanding in Mocksville

Ingersoll Rand is expanding its operations with plans to create 25 jobs and invest nearly $30 million in the Mocksville plant by the end of 2019. The Mocksville plant sits on 130 acres in Davie County, employs around 400 full-time employees, and supports the Compression Technology Services Branch of Ingersoll Rand through the manufacturing of Rotary, Centrifugal, and Thermo King air compressors and fabricating parts for our Trane businesses. The capital investment is the result of the plant’s endeavor to become Ingersoll Rand’s “showcase facility,” according to Ashley Kern, Senior Human Resources Generalist. “Becoming a showcase facility is a three-pronged […]
May 15, 2018

NC Reads – Learn How You Can Help

Summer learning loss erases gains made during the school year, but summer learning programs keep kids growing! Studies show that children who read at least six books during the summer maintain or improve their reading skills, while children who didn’t read any books saw their reading skills decline by as much as one grade level. You can help! The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s statewide summer reading initiative, NC Reads, is underway and has four goals: ensure that preschool and elementary students have books to read at home so that they learn the joy of reading from an early […]