September 24, 2021

SPORTSFIELD SPECIALTIES IS MAKING MOVES IN NORTH CAROLINA: Industry-Leading Sports Equipment Manufacturer Announces a Move & Expansion to Mockville

The next time local baseball star Whit Merrifield crashes into the wall catching a flyball, the pads protecting him may have been made by a company that also calls Davie County home. For over 20 years, Sportsfield Specialties, whose central headquarters is based in Upstate NY, has been the industry-leading manufacturer of athletic field equipment for all levels of play. Their soft goods operation, which produces netting systems, padding, and mats, will move from its current location in Salisbury, NC, to a new facility in Mocksville (Davie County). The impetus for the move is the increased demand for products like […]
September 20, 2021

IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Nathan Andrews

Nathan Andrews wants to be a law enforcement officer.  The 2020 Davie High graduate is pursuing an Associates’s degree in criminal justice at Davidson-Davie Community College and plans to complete the college’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program as soon as he meets the age requirement.  Thanks to IGNITE DAVIE, Andrews will be able to complete his Associate’s degree free of charge.  IGNITE DAVIE is a college promise program that pays tuition and fees with a stipend for books for graduates to attend Davidson-Davie Community College full time in a certificate, diploma, or associate/transfer program at either campus. IGNITE DAVIE is […]
September 13, 2021
(L to R) Lt. Mark Crater, Officer Karen Austin, and Lt. Bob Dewitt of the Davie County Sheriff’s Office are three of the officers that patrol the Town of Mocksville.

Mocksville or Mayberry? Patrol Officers Focus on Building Community

If you’ve walked down Main Street in Mocksville lately, you’ve probably received a hearty “hello” from Officer Karen Austin of the Davie County Sheriff’s Office.  As the downtown foot patrol officer, much of her shift is spent meeting and greeting residents, checking on business owners, and showing children that law enforcement officers are friends.  “Karen’s special skillset is the ability to interact with people,” said Lt. Bob Dewitt, DCSO. “She has never met a stranger, which works well with our community policing initiative.”   Even though he spends most of his day patrolling by car, DeWitt keeps his windows open […]
September 8, 2021
New Terry Bralley Trophy Announced by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce

Davie Chamber Introduces New Award to Pro Scramble

Davie County golfers are practicing their putting as they prepare for the Davie County Chamber of Commerce 24th Pro Scramble Golf Tournament which will be held at Bermuda Run Country Club on September 13th. The tournament is a favorite among the business community for its unique format of five amateur players paired with a professional golfer.  As the Chamber’s key annual fundraiser, proceeds are designated to fund their major business and economic development initiatives as well as networking and educational programs. “Highlights of the tournament include a “Hole in One” contest, a “Chipping Wall Challenge, and “Closest to the Pin […]
September 7, 2021

Davie County Offers Fun for the Whole Family this Saturday, September 11

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Look no farther than Davie County. Activities for all ages include an antique tractor show, an all-day bluegrass festival with children’s activities, and two evening concerts!  Antique Tractor & Engine Show  Step back in time, relax, eat, and have lots of family fun at the 21st Antique Tractor & Engine show sponsored by the Piedmont Antique Power Association. Gates open at 9 a.m. at the Farmington Community Center, 1723 Farmington Rd.  Come view a variety of antique tractors and Hit N’ Miss engines from a variety of brands such as John Deer, International, […]
August 31, 2021

Carolina Shutters & Blinds to Manufacture Custom Window Treatments in Mocksville

Last year’s COVID-related stay-at-home orders have fueled a strong desire among many consumers to improve their living space and a local company is pivoting to meet the growing demand for its custom window treatments.  Carolina Shutters & Blinds, which provides locally-made shutters and regionally-made blinds and shades to commercial and residential customers across North Carolina, has relocated to the Willow Oaks Shopping Center in Mocksville to increase its manufacturing capacity and to have the space to add additional product lines. The company has transferred the 18 employees from its former Winston-Salem location and is currently hiring production team members, installers, […]
August 30, 2021
Logan Ballou-Tomel works full-time at Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mocksville while studying to become a surgical technologist

IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Logan Ballou-Tomel

Logan Ballou-Tomel wants to be a surgical technologist.  He spent this summer studying and learning as much as possible about the procedures, tools, conduct, and other aspects of surgical technology before beginning the program at Davidson-Davie Community College this fall.  Thanks to IGNITE DAVIE, the 2020 Davie High graduate was able to complete his general education classes and will complete the first four semesters of the five-semester certification program free of charge. “When Sandra Porter and others from the college came to Davie and told us about the IGNITE DAVIE program, I knew that it was a great opportunity and […]
August 30, 2021

Ashley Furniture Internships Offers Davie Students Real-World Experience

This summer, classroom assignments came to life for three Davie County students as they gained practical work experience and helped solve real-world problems during an internship, also known as “work-based learning experience,” in the automation engineering department at Ashley Furniture Industries’ (Ashley) advanced manufacturing facility in Advance.  “We feel that the real work experience that the students can get and the knowledge that they can gain with an internship is crucial and beneficial for the student in their education, career, and life,” said Bill Webb, automation and robotics manager. “The students get exposed to real-world activities and challenges that they […]
August 23, 2021

IGNITE DAVIE Student Highlight: Austin Cook

Austin Cook wants to be an anesthesiologist.  It typically takes 12-14 years to become a licensed anesthesiologist: four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school, and four years of residency, followed by one year in a fellowship program or two years in private practice. Thanks to IGNITE DAVIE and taking NC Career and College Promise dual enrollment classes at Davie County High School, the 2020 graduate just earned his Associates of Science Degree at Davidson-Davie Community College in only one year — free of charge.  “It’s going to be a long journey, so having those first two years […]