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September 21, 2013
9/21/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

After September 21, 2013
9/28/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

9/28/2013
Crafting Tools the American Indian Way

The MARC invites you to learn something new about American Indian culture, try your hand at crafting one of the important tools of American Indian life and help us add something special to our American Indian ex-hibits during this three session workshop on net-making.

Donna Atkins, an area artisan who produces beautiful and useful reproductions of tools used by American Indians in our region, will demonstrate and supervise the process from wrapping bark and other natural materials into cordage to assembling a working fishing net. The finished net will be put on display at the MARC to help visitors imagine a different way of life.

Session 1: Saturday September 28

There are only twelve seats available for these sessions. Call the MARC e-mail to reserve yours today. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Session 1: Saturday, September 28th. from 1pm to 3:30pm
Session 2: Saturday, October 5
Session 3: Saturday, October 12

Museum & Archives of Rockingham County


1086 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth, NC 27375

336-634-4949. www.themarconline.org. MARCconnection@gmail.com
10/5/2013
Tracking Your American Indian Heritage

Do you have American Indian ancestry? If you do or think you might join us at the MARC on Saturday, October 5th from 10am-12pm and learn about tracing those lines. You may dis-cover your own connections.

Debbie Dunlap Cummings, a native of Rockingham County who has extensive knowledge of both Rockingham and Stokes Counties will lead the program. She has a Certificate of Gene-alogy from Boston University and has been researching family and local history for more than twenty years.

Admission to the program is $5 for adults, $3.50 for seniors & students. Entrance to the museum is included in the program price.

Museum & Archives of Rockingham County




1086 NC Hwy 65, Wentworth, NC 27375

336-634-4949. www.themarconline.org. MARCconnection@gmail.com


10/5/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

10/12/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

10/12/2013
Pride of Morehead Invitational
10/16/2013
Mayodan STEP team works to build economic prosperity

By STEVE LAWSON Staff writer 
The Reidsville Review, Eden Daily News, The Madison Messenger

 
Small Town Economic Prosperity program team members from Mayodan presented the four strategies developed to achieve that prosperity to the Mayodan Town Council at the Oct. 10 agenda meeting. A formal presentation of those strategies, along with those developed by members of Madison’s STEP team, will be delivered during a joint meeting of the two teams beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Center.
 
Mayodan’s first two strategies – create a Mayodan brand and marketing plan and implement a Mayodan beautification and physical improvements program – primarily dealt with the town’s identification and appearance. The two final strategies relate more to the area’s natural assets and the town’s future business opportunities.

The STEP teams from Madison and Mayodan share the third strategy, which is to “utilize the natural resources in and around Mayodan and Madison.” Team members believe most residents of the neighboring towns realize the natural beauty and recreational opportunities provided by the area’s rivers and forests. But they also felt those plentiful assets often get taken for granted.

While several local businesses offer tourists recreational-related goods and services, many residents still find it difficult to locate and enjoy those options. The strategy points to the underdevelopment of those natural assets and seeks to develop increased exposure for existing recreational opportunities and create new ones.

Team members believe this strategy not only attracts more visitors, residents and businesses, but also helps to improve health and quality of life for current and future residents. It also creates more environmental and tourist related job opportunities and strengthens the local economy.

The fourth and final Mayodan STEP strategy seeks to evolve a new niche industry to replace losses due to the closing and dismantling of the mill that provided livelihoods for the town’s residents for more than 100 years. In order to demonstrate Mayodan can be more than a mill town without a mill, the team suggests developing an environment that would facilitate artists and artisans in creating unique and marketable products.

Focusing on inspiring venues such as the Mayo River State Park, Farris Memorial Park and Autumn Creek Vineyards, the fourth strategy suggests creating an oversight committee to connect artists and artisans from a broad geographic area to opportunities already in place in Mayodan or that could be developed in the future. Some of those ideas include artisan-themed events during the year and storefront displays in downtown shop windows.

The oversight group would create and maintain a publicly accessible database of artists and artisans that could be used to generate business and allow networking between individuals and businesses. The group would coordinate with similar existing groups, such as the Rockingham County Arts Council and Rockingham Community College.

The Mayodan STEP team promised council members they would continue to work at overcoming obstacles that deterred past groups from fully implementing previous economic development plans.

Mayodan was also recently accepted into the North Carolina Small Town Main Street program. Town officials invite all interested residents and business owners to attend a breakfast meeting about the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday at town hall.

10/19/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

10/22/2013
Kalo Foods Expands with Lowes Foods

Kalo Foods, North Carolina’s new commercial gluten free bakery in Rockingham County, is expanding their product distribution to 12 Lowes Foods grocery stores effective October 22 in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Jamestown, Kernersville, Greensboro, Oak Ridge, Reidsville and Burlington. 

Kalo brand gluten free products (bread, cupcakes, cookies, pizza crusts, pancake mix, waffle mix and brownie mix) are now available in the bakery section of the Lowes Food stores.

“Lowes Foods has been a great local partner supporting local food producers like us” according to Michael Cusato, President of Kalo Foods, LLC.

Kalo Foods, LLC is a service disabled veteran owned small business and operator of an exclusively gluten free commercial wholesale bakery facility located in Stokesdale, Rockingham County, North Carolina.  The company currently services grocers from Greenville, South Carolina to Annapolis, Maryland.

10/26/2013
Trunk or Treat with Live Music
Come out to Pearman Ballpark, located at 181 Bethany Road, Reidsville NC for
Trunk or Treat 10/26/13 from 4-7pm
Live music from the Tyler Millard Band
Watch a "spooky" movie after 7pm!
Come dressed in your best costume and trick or treat in the school parking lot!
Stay for dinner a the "spooky" movie
10/26/2013
West Rockingham Farmer's Market

West Rock Farmers’ Market’s hours of operation are Saturdays, July 6 through Oct. 26 from 7 a.m. to noon.

The market is located at the corner of NC 704 and Ayersville Road in Mayodan, beside the Airport Drive-in.

For additional information and updates on events at the market, please visit the West Rock Farmers’ Market Facebook group at tinyurl.com/WestRockMarket or the Town of Mayodan’s webpage at www.townofmayodan.com.

The West Rock Farmers’ Market is a collaboration between The Madison Merchants Association along with the Towns of Mayodan and Madison in an effort to boost the local economy, support local farmers, promote healthy lifestyles and bring a bigger sense of community to our area.

10/26/2013
Owl Prowl
                                                                              
Mayo River State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan, NC 27027
Meet at park office @ 7:00pm
For more information or directions call the park office at 336-427-2530.
 
Come take a night hike with a ranger and explore the mysterious world of owls. Listen for the different calls of owls while exploring their habitats and their place in the environment. Please dress appropriately for existing weather conditions. Bring your own flashlight and bug spray. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
10/26/2013
Owl Prowl
Mayo Rive State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Rd., Mayodan, NC  27027
Meet at the park office at 7:00pm
For more information or directions call 336-427-2530

Come take a night hike with a ranger and explore the mysterious world of owls. Listen for the differnt calls of owls while exploring their habitiats and their place in the environment. Please dress appropriately for existing weather conditions.  Bring your own flashlight and bug spray. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
11/1/2013 - 11/3/2013
3rd. Annual Artist Open Studio Tour
Dan River Art Market & Gallery presents its Annual Artist Open Studio Tour.
Self-Guided Tour of over 30 Artists in 15 locations in Rockingham County.
Opening Reception Friday 6-8pm - Tours are Friday 1-5pm, Sat 10-5pm, Sun 1-5pm

For maps and more information visit artsinrockingham.org/events
or 336-349-4039
11/7/2013
Baxter Robot Demo at RCC

Rockingham Community College will host a demonstration of the Baxter Robot on campus on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. in the Industrial Technologies Building, Room 103-E.

Instructor Anthony Edwards will be on hand to demonstrate and answer questions. Baxter is a new type of robot that is easily programmable to meet the needs of manufacturers. This robot is affordable for small manufacturers.

The link below will connect you to a video that describes the Baxter Robot:

http://youtu.be/4OIxWMTrGl8

11/7/2013
The Tile Shop Expands in Eden

Eden, NC—The Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development and The City of Eden are pleased to announce that The Tile Shop is expanding in Eden.

The Tile Shop, located at 9351 Axton Road in Ridgeway, VA, has expanded its warehouse space in the former MGM facility on New Street in Eden. Company representatives expect this expansion to result in job growth during the next two years. 

The Tile Shop is a Minnesota-based company that operates 86 stores in 28 states. The company recently expanded their Ridgeway, VA distribution center shipping department and opened an on-site manufacturing facility.

The Tile Shop sells an extensive variety of tile products including floor and wall tile, natural stone, ceramic and porcelain tile, glass mosaics, and metal. They also carry accents and finishing pieces. Its www.tileshop.com web site supplies answers to frequently asked questions and offers other guidance on how to perform do-it-yourself home improvement tasks.

“We are pleased that The Tile Shop was able to expand on our side of the border,” remarked Mike Dougherty, director of Economic Development for the City of Eden. “We look forward to their continued growth.

“Having The Tile Shop expand into Rockingham County is good news and we look forward to supporting the company’s continued growth, especially the creation of new jobs, in the future,” added Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.

 

11/14/2013 - 11/17/2013
Tournament of Champions Bird Dog Competition
Willow Oaks Plantation in Eden, NC is proud to present the first inaugural Tournament of Champions to be held November 14 - 17, 2013! The intent of this event is to bring all of the best dogs and competitors to one location and vie for the title “Champion of Champions”! To qualify for this event, your dog has to have a Champion title in any field trial/hunt test/bird hunting organization. However, since this is the first year of this event we will accept any dog on a first come first serve basis!

Open Pointing
Open Flushing
Amateur Pointing (based on dogs age. Dogs that have not turned four before January of this year)
Ladies Pointing
Ladies Flushing
Youth Division

For more information or to register contact Matt Behe 919-631-4262 or www.willowoaksplantation.com
11/22/2013
Reidsville's Christmas Tree Lighting, Celebration & Downtown Open House
Come to Downtown Reidsville and kick off the Holiday Season with Christmas Carolers, Snow Sledding, Hayrides, Marshmallow Roasting and much more!
Santa arrives at 6:30pm at Mural Park!
Refreshments and Promotions at Participating Downtown Merchants.
11/23/2013
Reidsville Christmas Parade
Come out and enjoy the Reidsville Christmas Parade!
Saturday, November 23
Parade starts at 4:00pm
For more information call WGSR Star News ata336-344-6288
11/30/2013
MARC Presents an 1845 Piedmont Christmas at Wright Tavern
Join the Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) for
"An 1845 Piedmont Christmas at Wright Tavern."
Saturday, November 30, 2013
1-4 p.m.

Step back into the mid-19th Century and see how people celebrated Christmas in Rockingham County.  Enjoy the festive season at Wright Tavern (est. 1816), the MARC at Rockingham County's Historic Courthouse (est. 1907), High Rock Plantation (est. 1808) and the museum at Madison Dry Goods in the former Penn Hardware building (est. 1908).

Tickets are available for purchase online at
www.themarconline.org and at the MARC.  Tickets for adults (ages 12 & over) $15; children (ages 0-11) FREE.  For more information contact the MARC at 336.634.4949 or send an email to marcconnection@gmail.com.


12/3/2013
Draper Village Tree Lighting
Join the Draper Village Community in Eden NC for their Holiday Tree Lighting.
Tuesday, December 3 at 6:30pm
Old-fashioned Christmas caroling, cookies and hot chocolate at the corner of Fieldcrest Rd. and Stadium Dr., Eden NC
12/3/2013
Rockingham County Partnership and TDA Release 2nd Issue of Our Town Magazine
Wentworth, NCThe Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (Partnership) and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) are pleased to release the second issue of Our Town, Rockingham CountyOur Town, Rockingham County is a glossy magazine that features more than 100 pages of articles, photos, information and ads that highlight the great people, places and things happening in Rockingham County.

“Just like our first issue, the new Our Town, Rockingham County is designed to give people a snapshot of our entire county,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism for the Rockingham County Partnership.  “It covers everything from each individual municipality to education, our economy, recreation, the arts, and much more.  In this second issue, we tried to go one step further and help readers make a deeper connection with our community.”

The magazine is free and will be distributed throughout the entire county in local businesses, hotels, Chambers, shops, restaurants and governmental offices.  It will also be mailed in visitor packets to people requesting information about Rockingham County.   Copies will also be available at the Piedmont-Triad Visitor’s Center on U.S. 29 in Pelham. 

Our Town, Rockingham County is a joint project of the Rockingham County Partnership and the Tourism Development Authority.  For more information or to receive a copy, contact the Partnership office at 336-342-8138 or ryount@ncnorthstar.com.

12/7/2013
Christmas Open House at the Penn House
Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Penn House!
You are invited to attend the Christmas Open House for Fun, food, & Holiday Cheer!
Deviate, A Cappella Performing Christmas Carols and Edge of the World music.
2:00 - 5:00pm
324 Maple Ave. 
Reidsville, NC  27320
Please bring a canned food item for the local food pantry.
12/8/2013
Christmas Tour of Homes
The Eden Preservation Society's 16th. Annual
Christmas Tour of Homes
Christmas Shoppe & Holiday Bake Sale
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 - 2pm until 5pm
Tickets may be purchased at the following locations:  Belladonna's Front Porch, Railroad Cafe, Eden Chamber of Commerce, Grany's Antiques, House of Health, Smith Landing Gifts, Layne's Pharmacy, Brbour Studio
Admission $10
12/9/2013
Rockingham's Cundiff Appointed to Gov.'s RIA
CUNDIFF APPOINTED TO GOVERNOR'S RURAL INFRASTRUCTURE AUTHORITY

EDEN, NC--North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Eden business owner and Chairwoman of the Rockingham Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development Board, Pam Cundiff, as one of 15 state-wide members to the newly established North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority. Cundiff was selected at the recommendation of NC Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham, Guilford) and will serve in this new position until June of 2016.

The Authority will be chaired by Dr. Patricia Mitchell, assistant secretary for the newly created Rural Economic Development Division of the NC Department of Commerce. The authority reviews and authorizes grants and loans for rural areas within the state. Members formulate policies for making these loans and grants and create ways for the Rural Economic Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce to effectively aid local governments in meeting preliminary project planning costs, as well providing insight into the application and review process. The group, which had its first meeting December 6th in Raleigh, also reviews the efficacy of these loans and grant programs and submits its ideas for improvement by September 1 of each year.

"As a small business owner who has been actively involved in our community for years, Pam Cundiff has a keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities within rural communities," said Berger.  "She will be a great representative on the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority."

Cundiff says she was honored to be asked to serve on this important committee. "It is a privilege to serve in this capacity for the citizens of North Carolina and fellow Rockingham County residents," she stated.  "I will make every effort to represent our community, all of the state's rural areas, and fulfill the expectations of this appointment. I am appreciative of the confidence expressed by President Pro Tempore Berger and Gov. McCrory in my abilities to contribute to North Carolina's economic development efforts."

Cundiff has extensive economic development experience. She was first appointed to the Rockingham County Economic Development Commission in 1989, the first female and youngest member. After serving the maximum nine years allowed, she returned to the Board in 2001. She was Co -Chair of the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic Development, a public private partnership, in 2003. She Chaired the Board in 2005, 2008-2009 and currently holds that position. Cundiff also served three years on the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority.

Cundiff served on Piedmont Triad Partnership board from 1993-98 and on its Executive Council from 1994-1997.

In 1993, Cundiff earned the prestigious Eden Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award. She was Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors from 1984-1986 and was voted Member of the Year in1989.

Cundiff served on the Eden City Council from 1993-1997 and Chaired the Board of Trustees of Morehead Memorial Hospital from 2000-2001.

In addition to all of her community involvement, Cundiff has owned and operated a successful small business in Eden for more than 30 years, Travel Consultants, Inc.
12/10/2013
Candlelight Downtown
Experience the magical moments of Christmas on Main Street
Historic Leaksville Shopping District, Eden NC
6pm - 8pm
Shops open late with special sales & treats!
FREE Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Live Nativity Scene, visit with Santa, live music and much more!

12/21/2013
Wentworth Christmas Parade
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO WEATHER THE PARADE HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 11:00AM!


 



12/25/2013
MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
1/1/2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 
1/1/2014
Mayo River State Park First Day Hike
11:00am
Start off 2014 with a First Day Hike at Mayo River State Park. First Day Hikes are a fairly new tradition and are gaining popularity all across North Carolina. The program is intended to encourage our citizens to enjoy our parks and to become active at the same time. Join in with other Tarheels hiking in their local parks all across the state by coming out to walk with us. We will meet in the parking lot at the Mayo Mountain Access (500 Old Mayo Park Road, Mayodan) at 11:00am and hike the 1.8 mile Mayo Mountain Trail. This is a relatively easy trail, climbing a slight incline for about half the distance. Then the trail levels out and descends back to the parking area. We will be walking at an easy pace, making stops along the way to discuss natural features along the trail, as well as some history of the area and plans for the future of the park. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. For more information, call the park office at 336-427-2530.

 

1/30/2014
Eden Receives Certified Retirement Community Certificate
 (Eden, NC) – North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker presented the official Certified Retirement Community certificate to Eden at a ceremony that took place at Eden City Hall on January 23, 2014. “This designation is not handed out lightly,” stated Decker. “Eden’s name has historically been linked to a garden spot, a unique and special place.” She spoke of passing through the community during her trips to Virginia and finding the people very hospitable. Decker encouraged the city to attract active retirees who would contribute to the community with their time, talents and knowledge. NC Senate Pro-Tem, who hails from Eden, also spoke favorably about the community. “My wife Pat and I chose to live in Eden thirty years ago,” remarked Berger. “We have enjoyed Eden and found it very welcoming to us from the very beginning.”

The ceremony began with the Morehead High School JROTC Color Guard presenting the colors, followed by a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem performed by the Morehead High School Singers. Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle recognized the Eden Certified Retirement Community Committee that worked for six months on the application that was submitted for consideration in July of 2013. “I appreciate the work this group did to help us achieve this designation. Coming on the heels of our 2011 All-America City award, this is just another acknowledgment that Eden is a special community,” Tuggle stated.

The city will actively market itself to retirees, especially those living in the northeastern part of the country according to Mike Dougherty, Director of Economic Development for the City of Eden. “Many people who live in those areas will not be able to remain there in their retirement years because of the high taxation burden.” Dougherty stated. “They will be seeking affordable locations in which to live comfortably and become active members of the community.”

The Certified Retirement Community designation allows Eden to be marketed on the Department of Commerce Retire in NC web site and to attend numerous trade shows where all of North Carolina’s Certified Retirement Communities are showcased. The city is in the process of completing the special web page, Retire in Eden NC that will be part of the Explore Eden NC web site. It has completed a marketing brochure and is considering other marketing venues.

For more information on the Certified Retirement Community designation, contact Mike Dougherty at 336-613-4941 or at mdougherty@edennc.us

2/3/2014
Reidsville Downtown Projects Honored
 

ScalesStreetDowntownReidsvilleReidsville Downtown Corporation today announced that two local projects were recognized for their excellence in the 2013 N.C. Main Street Awards competition. Celtic Fringe Bistro, LLC received top honors in the category of Best Adaptive Reuse Project, and ”Kelly’s Way” was a winner in the category of Best Outdoor Space Improvement.

 

The N.C. Main Street program’s annual awards competition recognizes the outstanding achievements of particpating communities in categories reflecting the four areas of focus for Main Street: organization, design, economic restructuring and promotion. A panel that included staff from the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments, Appalachian Regional Commission, Office of Community Planning, Office of Urban Development and Davie County Community Development Corporation reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.

Following the judging, Office of Urban Development Director Liz Parham remarked, “North Carolina Main Street and Small Town Main Street Awards represent some of the very best revitalization work taking place in our state. Whether it’s a streetscape project that makes the central business district more walkable and attractive, a building rehabilitation that provides space for exciting new businesses, a special event that builds on the heritage of the community, or one of many other exemplary projects that contributes to the vitality of Main Street downtowns, these award-winners are outstanding examples of partnerships, innovation, quality, and sustainability and serve as models for other small towns and cities throughout North Carolina.”

On Thursday, January 30, 2014, the following awards were announced:

Best Public-Private Partnership in Downtown Revitalization

Fuquay-Varina – The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina

Best Innovation

Lincolnton – Lovable Lincolnton Possibility Tour

Best Public Relations Effort

Burlington – The We Are Downtown Community Involvement Process

Best Fundraising Effort

Edenton – Save the Taylor Theatre!

Best Downtown Special Event or Event Series

Hendersonville – Rhythm & Brews Concert Series – Inaugural Season

New Bern – Mumfest

Best Retail Promotion

Garner – Downtown Pop-up Shops

Best Downtown Image-Building Campaign

Lincolnton – Pots on Parade

Best Economic Development Incentive

Goldsboro – Business Incentive Grant Program

Best Adaptive Reuse Project

Reidsville – Celtic Fringe Bistro, LLC

Best Upper Floor Redevelopment

Roxboro – The Apartments at 114 South Main

Best Business Retention, Expansion or Recruitment Effort

Concord – Carolina Courts

Best Historic Rehabilitation Project

Hickory – Olde Hickory Station

Smithfield –115-117 S. Third Street

Best Facade Rehabilitation Project for More Than $15,000

Roxboro – Former First National Bank Building

Best Outdoor Space Improvement

Clinton – Clinton Phase III Downtown Revitalization Project

Reidsville – “Kelly’s Way”

The Main Street program, based on economic revitalization within the context of historic preservation, was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to share an effective downtown revitalization strategy which they had developed for smaller towns. Selected as an original Main Street state in 1980, North Carolina has seen its program grow from five communities to 61. The economic impact of the program has grown as well. Combined public and private investment in North Carolina Main Street downtowns totals more than $2.06 billion dollars.

The North Carolina Main Street program provides technical assistance, education and networking opportunities to its communities. The program is part of the Department of Commerce’s Office of Urban Development, Rural Economic Development Division.


2/8/2014
7th Annual Tasting Extravaganza
 
2/13/2014
Valentine Social!

Market Street Studio
231 South Scales St.
Downtown Reidsville  
(Floating) 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Sponsored by Betsy Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center

Tickets: $15.00 includes:  Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beverages, door prizes, music and much more.

For tickets and more information contact Judy Wall at 342-4386 or the Betsy Jeff Penn 4H Center at 349-9445.
2/20/2014
Rockingham County Tourism encourages people to experience upper sections of Dan River

The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority certainly regrets the situation on the Dan River and we are concerned about the possible environmental impacts.  At this time, we do not know the full extent of the environmental impacts or the effects this will have on our aquatic life or river recreation in Rockingham County.

We are confident that Duke Energy will do all that is necessary to fully-mitigate this accident.  Local, State and Federal environmental officials are working closely with Duke Energy to monitor the situation and we will follow any recommendations that will follow as a result of the investigation.

 During this clean-up period, we would like to remind paddling, tubing and fishing enthusiasts that they are invited to experience the upper sections of the Dan River in Rockingham County above the spill.  These sections still offer many miles of great river recreational opportunities.   There are five public accesses available for put in and take out above the spill site and that equates to approximately 20 total miles of clean water for enjoyment.

 We also have the Mayo and Smith rivers in Rockingham County for more river recreation opportunities.   There are public access points on both of these rivers as well.  

 We are happy to provide copies of our Rockingham County Rivers Guide to anyone interested.  Just call our office at 336.342.8138 to request a copy or download a copy on our web site: www.ncnorthstar.com/tourism/rivers

2/20/2014
Madison store hosts museum upstairs
It’s a look through the window at history.

It’s also a chance to enjoy a piece of the town of Madison.

The Madison Dry Goods Co. has reopened its museum above the Dry Goods and Country Store in downtown historical Madison at 104 West Murphy St., Madison.

“It’s the best way to illustrate the history of the building,” owner Richard Miller said. “It’s accurate.”

Richard Miller owns the building and business with his wife, Kathy. Richard Miller and his wife have owned the business since 1995 and love the opportunity it has provided them to help raise awareness of the town of Madison.

The building was originally the Hotel Sterling and Penn Hardware Co., circa 1908. The walls of the store are adorned with timepieces from a day gone by.

Upstairs in the museum, time takes a rewind – there is original wood flooring, hotel guest rooms in the condition they would have been in the historic Hotel Sterling, along with an embalming room, kitchen and a country store.

“We’ve held onto artifacts that people donate,” Miller said. Visitors and members of the community help fill up the spaces in the old store with pieces of history.

The store still utilizes an old timey cash register that still goes ‘ca-ching.’ Miller said the only electronic piece of equipment in the building is a hand-held calculator. Miller said the warning chime in the cash register is actually a theft deterrent. If a clerk was across the store and heard the chime, he or she knew someone was in the register that was not supposed to be.

The Madison Dry Goods Co. and Dry Goods Country Store still has the old wooden flooring. In fact, in the middle of the store remains the original flooring and there are indentions from all the years previous where the clerk used to stand behind the historic counter – two shoe-size dips that stand tall from history.

2/23/2014
A Celebration of American Music
The Museum and Archives of Rockingham County (the MARC) is proud to present “A Celebration of American Music,” to be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Reidsville Senior High School Auditorium, 1901 South Park Drive in Reidsville.  Admission for adults is $8 and students $5. Tickets are available at the museum, located in the former Rockingham County Courthouse in Wentworth, as well as online at www.themarconline.org. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the work of the museum.

The program will present selections from a diverse group of musical groups and artists from throughout Rockingham County, including choirs from First Baptist Church, First Christian Church Youth Choir, Jones Chapel Baptist Church, Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.  School groups such as the Rockingham High School duet Brandon and Daniel Scearce, McMichael High School Phoenix Singers, Morehead High School Jazz Band, Reidsville High School Chorus will also perform along with the Rockingham Community Band.  Solo performances by singer Anthony Hearn, Native American flutist Carol Leach (A Song of Sunday) and instrumentalist and singer Wayne Seymour will also be featured. Masters of Ceremony Wayne Seymour, a local musician and story teller, and Rochelle Tucker, a choir director and prominent member of our community insure an enjoyable afternoon.

“This program promises to be an exciting and entertaining evening of great music presented by a diverse group of outstanding local artists. It is or pleasure to host this event,” according to Kim Proctor, Director of the museum. 

For more information, call the museum at 336-634-4949 or by email at MARCconnection@gmail.com, or visit the museum web site at www.themarconline.org.

In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held on March 2, 2014.
3/15/2014
Casino Night Fundraiser for Downtown Reidsville
3/15/2014
Hike with a Ranger at Mayo River State Park
Join a Park Ranger at Mayo River State Park for a leisurely stroll on the 1.8-mile Mayo Mountain Ridge Trail at Mayo Mountain Access. Enjoy this walk as the ranger discusses the flora and fauna along the way. The hike will start at 1:00pm. Meet at the parking lot near the picnic shelter. For more information or directions call (336) 427-2530 or visit www.ncparks.gov and click on Mayo River under Find A Park.


Mayo River State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Rd.
Mayodan, NC  27027



 

3/17/2014
Commissioners Vote to Reorganize Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2014

Contact:
Lance Metzler
Rockingham County Manager
336.342.8101
lmetzler@co.rockingham.nc.us
-OR-
Mable Scott, public information officer
Rockingham County Government
336.342.8342
mscott@co.rockingham.nc.us

Commissioners Support Resolution to Reorganize Rockingham County’s Economic Development Service Delivery Structure

Rockingham County, NC—During a special called meeting tonight, the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution of support to reorganize the County’s economic development service delivery structure.  The resolution was agreed upon following a presentation on the Economic Development Assessment and Recommendations for Rockingham County by Don Kirkman, founding principal of Kirkman Economic Development Consulting (KEDC) in Greensboro.

Kirkman and the UNC School of Government (SOG) were hired for the project by a consortium of Rockingham County entities, which includes the Rockingham County Government, the Reidsville Area Foundation and the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development.

The specific tasks of this project were to:
1. Review Rockingham County’s existing economic development organizations and structures.
2. Assess public and private sector leadership perceptions and opinions concerning economic development in Rockingham County.
3. Recommend changes to the economic development model that would improve economic development service delivery in the County.

The evaluation included an extensive analysis of the three primary county-supported organizations providing economic development and tourism services: the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (the “Partnership”), the Rockingham County Business & Technology Center (the “BTC”), and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (the “TDA”). 

KEDC conducted over 40 interviews with community leaders and others involved with economic development in Rockingham County.  Based on the feedback provided through interviews, as well as their independent review, KEDC and the SOG offer the following 10 recommendations.  The first five directly concern the economic development delivery model in Rockingham County, and the remaining five address complementary issues that can enhance the effectiveness of the economic development services provided in the County.
1. Continue to deliver County economic development services through the Partnership, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation.
2. Combine the programs of the BTC under the Partnership.
3. Remove tourism responsibilities from the Partnership and place them directly under TDA management, with staffing provided by the County under contract.
4. Modify the Partnership’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to reduce board size, eliminate memberships, and enhance transparency and accountability.
5. Co-locate the Partnership (including the BTC functions), the TDA and the Rockingham Community College Small Business Center.
6. Develop an Operational Plan to prioritize resource allocations for economic development services.
7. Conduct regular economic development training programs for elected officials and other community leaders.
8. Hire an experienced economic development professional as Partnership President. (following the retirement of Graham Pervier in June 2014)
9. Conduct a private sector fundraising campaign to augment Partnership funding.
10. Review all real estate owned and optioned by the Partnership.

Click here for a copy of the full report.

“This report includes 10 recommendations that we believe will improve economic development outcomes for Rockingham County,” said Don Kirkman.  “The most significant among the recommendations are combining the BTC and the Partnership under the Partnership umbrella, and the transfer of tourism marketing responsibilities from the Partnership to the TDA.”

Kirkman added, “Rockingham County citizens and elected leaders should be encouraged.  The County has many assets and strengths, and most importantly, its leaders and the citizens they represent share a passion for improving this community and the lives of those who reside here.”

“The NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development confirmed that domestic visitors spent $62.3 million in Rockingham County last year, an increase of 3.74 percent. Business NC rated Rockingham County seventh in the state with construction in the last few months.  NEWS 2 reported Rockingham County attracted six expansion projects over a million dollars including Ruger with $26 million and 473 jobs.  Add to that Amcor, Albaad, Sans Fibers, and the list goes on and on,” said Lance Metzler, Rockingham County Manager.
 
“We’ve seen success in a tight economy but we must do more.  This objective study, assessment, and subsequent recommendations are vital to attract, retain and grow economic development and tourism.  Reorganizing our economic development service delivery structure will propel our economic engine so doing business in Rockingham County is more efficient, more effective, and more focused,” added Metzler.

The current Rockingham County Partnership Board of Directors will vote on the Resolution of Support at its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.


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3/19/2014
Partnership Adopts Resolution to Reorganize

Partnership Board Supports Resolution to Reorganize Rockingham County’s
Economic Development Service Delivery Structure

Rockingham County, NC—At its monthly meeting this morning, the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development Board of Directors adopted a resolution of support to reorganize the County’s economic development service delivery structure.  This is a similar resolution of support like the one adopted by the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners on Monday night. 

The resolution follows an Economic Development Assessment and Recommendations for Rockingham County that was conducted by Don Kirkman, founding principal of Kirkman Economic Development Consulting (KEDC) in Greensboro.

Kirkman and the UNC School of Government (SOG) were hired for the project by a consortium of Rockingham County entities, which includes the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development, Rockingham County Government and the Reidsville Area Foundation.

The evaluation included an extensive analysis of the three primary county-supported organizations providing economic development and tourism services: the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development (the “Partnership”), the Rockingham County Business & Technology Center (the “BTC”), and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (the “TDA”). 

Based on the feedback provided through more than 40 interviews, as well as their independent review, KEDC and the SOG offer the following 10 recommendations.  The first five directly concern the economic development delivery model in Rockingham County, and the remaining five address complementary issues that can enhance the effectiveness of the economic development services provided in the County.
1. Continue to deliver County economic development services through the Partnership, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation.
2. Combine the programs of the BTC under the Partnership.
3. Remove tourism responsibilities from the Partnership and place them directly under TDA management, with staffing provided by the County under contract.
4. Modify the Partnership’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws to reduce board size, eliminate memberships, and enhance transparency and accountability.
5. Co-locate the Partnership (including the BTC functions), the TDA and the Rockingham Community College Small Business Center.
6. Develop an Operational Plan to prioritize resource allocations for economic development services.
7. Conduct regular economic development training programs for elected officials and other community leaders.
8. Hire an experienced economic development professional as Partnership President. (following the retirement of Graham Pervier in June 2014)
9. Conduct a private sector fundraising campaign to augment Partnership funding.
10. Review all real estate owned and optioned by the Partnership.

A copy of the full report is available at: http://www.ncnorthstar.com/pubs/EconomicPubs

“As Don Kirkman noted in the report, there is no ‘one best way’ to organize for economic development. We want an organization structure that people are excited about and that they will support. There is agreement that we should have a smaller board, that the BTC should be merged into the Partnership, and that the TDA should stand alone. Co-locating the Partnership, the TDA and RCC Small Business Center will be a good move because it will keep everyone working together,” said Graham Pervier, president of the Rockingham County Partnership.

“Provided the Commissioners continue their committed funding and support, this reorganization will allow a single portal for both large corporations and small businesses.  Support will be available to new entities as well as existing industry and commerce.  Our Board is grateful for the continued support and partnership with RCC, the crown jewel of our ‘North Star’,” said Pam Cundiff, chair of the Rockingham County Partnership Board.


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3/20/2014
Rockingham County Arts Council Studio Tour Meeting
 Join the Rockingham County Arts Council for a gathering to discuss the future of the Rockingham County Arts Council Artist Studio Tour, Artists, participants, interested community members, local residents please come and share your ideas. Refreshments provided. If you care about the arts and the studio tour in Rockingham County, you should plan to attend.

This event will be held at the Agricultural Extension Building, 525 NC Highway 65, Wentworth NC (Old Wentworth School).  

RSVP by Thursday, March 13th (we need a head count for the refreshments!!) info@artsinrockingham.org, call 336.349-4039, mail RCAC, POBox 83, Wentworth, NC 27375

 Contact Kathryn Gauldin with questions. Director@artsinrockingham.org, call 336/349-4039


Facebook Event invitation link: https://www.facebook.com/events/469720376462200/

 

3/20/2014
Dinner & History
The Museum & Archives of Rockingham County (MARC) is pleased to announce the first program of the 2014 Dinner & History Series on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 pm at the museum. The program, entitled “Madame Hancock, Modiste: The Rockingham County Years” highlights the life and career of Mollie “Madame” Hancock, a Rockingham County native and legend. Miss Mollie rose from carrying her father’s bricks on a wagon pulled by a mule to being a first-class business woman and a high fashion designer for clients in Rockingham County and across the United States.

The program begins with dinner in the museum and continues with the introduction of the newest MARC exhibit by Executive Director Kim Proctor. Todd Southard, historian and fashion expert, will enlighten us with a presentation on high fashion designs of the early 20th century. Madame Hancock’s descendants will be on hand to share their memories.
See her work, hear her story and revel in the fabrics, colors and designs of another era. Join us!

Dinner is served between 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. It will be followed by the program from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Cost for tickets is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students.

Tickets are available at the museum or on-line atwww.themarconline.org and will go on sale beginning March 12. The deadline to order is Tuesday March 18th at 5pm. Only 50 seats are available for this special program.

The program is sponsored by the MARC, Madame Hancock’s descendants, Karastan, a division of Mohawk Industries, Inc. and others. The MARC is a mission-driven organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, disseminating, and exhibiting the history, culture, human and natural resources of Rockingham County, North Carolina, for the benefit of present and future generations.

To learn more, please visit www.themarconline.org or 336-634-4949.
3/28/2014
Cycle North Carolina to Stop in Reidsville


North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker Announces the Cycle North Carolina 16th Annual “Mountains to Coast” Route
-Featuring an overnight stop in Reidsville, making this the fourth time a Rockingham County location has been included on the ride.-

RALEIGH, North Carolina– North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Sharon Decker, announced the 2014 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives at the North Carolina Division of Tourism offices in Raleigh, NC.

To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, visit: http://cnc.ncsports.org/contentPages.cfm/contentVariable/Route_Announcement

The sixteenth-annual ride is scheduled for a Sparta to Hatteras Village route, from September 27 to October 4, 2014. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.

Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on September 27th at Alleghany High School in Sparta, and will arrive at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village on October 4th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Mt. Airy, Reidsville, Oxford, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton and Manteo.

The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capital Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners. Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state. During the past 16 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited more than 650 North Carolina communities.

Registration brochures will be available soon and online registration is already open at www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.
 
According to Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker, “We are thrilled to host an overnight stay to more than 1,000 cyclists, families and friends in our beautiful city on Monday, September 29.  We have great plans to welcome them to our area and showcase what Reidsville has to offer, including an evening concert at Market Square. It’s a great opportunity for our businesses and community to shine and highlight why we ‘Live Simply. Think Big’. “

“We are excited that the Cycle North Carolina ‘Mountains to Coast’ route will once again feature a stop in Rockingham County.  This time, cyclists will spend the night in Reidsville at the Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Center.  We can’t wait to welcome these visitors to our community and are honored to be part of this wonderful event for a fourth time,” said Robin Yount, vice president of Tourism for the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority.

The City of Reidsville and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority worked together for the last several months on the proposal to host Cycle North Carolina.  Officials with each organization, as well as many others, will be partnering in planning the activities and hospitality for the overnight stop on September 29th.

For more information on Cycle North Carolina, contact NCAS at (919) 361-1133, or visit the Cycle North Carolina Web site at, www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

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3/31/2014
Duke Energy to remove coal ash from the Dan River near Danville

DANVILLE, Va. – Duke Energy will soon begin removal of a deposit of coal ash from the Dan River, just upstream of the Schoolfield Dam in Danville, Va.

The deposit was identified through an extensive survey of the river, conducted by teams from Duke Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal and state agencies.

As part of the project, Duke Energy will stage crews and equipment at Abreu Grogan Park, in Danville. The park will be closed to the public, beginning April 1, to facilitate work on the project.

Work at the site and in the river is expected to be completed in late June, with Grogan Park reopening to the public by early July.

Danville citizens and others can find out more about the park closure, schedule for reopening and any changes to programming at www.danville-va.gov. Danville citizens should expect additional equipment and traffic, and some additional noise around Grogan Park during the project.
Duke Energy has compensated the city of Danville for use of the park and lost revenue associated with programming at the park.

“This important work is a continuation of Duke Energy’s pledge to do the right thing for the river and surrounding communities,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy president – North Carolina. “We are committed to working with the city of Danville, as well as state and federal agencies, to complete this work and to be responsive to the citizens of this community. We regret any inconvenience to those who use the park. We pledged that we would be accountable, and we are working hard to honor that pledge.”

Duke Energy crews and contractors will be removing material that has been identified and prioritized by the company, the U.S. EPA and other federal and state agencies. Crews will use vacuum dredging and dewatering equipment in the park and the river as part of the removal operation.

The removal process will involve vacuuming material from the river and then removing water from that material. The material is then placed in lined containers for transport to an approved lined landfill.

Crews will also remove material accumulated as part of the treatment process at the Danville water treatment facility near Grogan Park, and dispose of it in an approved lined landfill. Public drinking water in Danville remains safe. Ongoing water sampling demonstrates the Dan River has returned to pre-event water quality conditions.

Crews will carefully monitor Duke Energy’s work throughout this project and take steps to protect drinking water and prevent downstream movement of material.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.  

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4/4/2014
Eden fights to set the record straight on coal ash spill

From the Triad Business Journal
Justin Catanoso, Contributing writer

The Dan River ran black with Duke Energy’s leaking coal ash the first week in February. But in years past, the river has run red and blue and sometimes green.

Long before the Clean Water Act of 1972, the once-thriving textiles companies along the Dan in Rockingham County routinely discharged their dyes directly into the river. That’s not all. Raw sewage ran into the Dan, as did fertilizers from riverfront farm fields. Locals say they instinctively knew when it was safe to dip a line for catfish or small mouth bass, and when to steer clear.

But an old river like the Dan, which starts as a mountain stream just outside Roanoke, Va., and weaves for 200 miles back and forth across the state lines until it empties into Kerr Lake north of Raleigh, is a dynamic, ever-changing thing. It can recover from all manner of eco-assaults once protective laws are implemented and followed.

But given the growing importance of outdoor recreation and water sales in Rockingham County, which pump millions of dollars annually into the local economy — the looming question now is: Can the river recover again, this time from the third-worst coal ash spill in U.S. history? Tons of toxic black sludge laced with arsenic, mercury, lead, selenium, cadmium and boron now coat a 70-mile stretch of river bottom and river banks from east of Eden to Danville, South Boston and into Kerr Lake.

Add this irony for Eden and a host of Dan River communities west — upstream — of the spill: Their Dan River has no coal ash. It is just as clean and safe as in the days before the massive spill.

That simple point has been lost in the great deluge of ongoing media coverage. Eden and Rockingham County have perhaps never gotten so much sustained national attention. Virtually all of it negative. Water, and coal ash, flow downstream. But a toxic perception has flowed in both directions.

What follows are stories of those touched by the spill and how they are coping. They are collateral damage in an environmental disaster for which, at the moment, there still are more questions than answers.

Safe water for sale — really

Mike Dougherty, Eden’s director of economic development, has come to hate Google alerts. For two months, his email inbox has filled with scores of national news stories carrying an Eden dateline.

“When you are charged with getting people to come here because of our water resources, as I am, it’s just a real problem,” Dougherty says from his corner office at City Hall on Stadium Drive. “People see all this horrible information about the coal ash spill, and they have no idea of exactly where it happened. It just says Eden.”

The datelines are accurate. Duke Energy’s Dan River steam plant and the two coal ash ponds that accidentally dumped the toxic waste and slurry into the river have an Eden address. But most of the Dan, as it flows past Eden, is upstream, or west of, the spill site.

Significantly, the intake for Eden’s water department is more than three miles and a bend of the river behind the spill. As Dougherty notes, unless coal ash can “swim upstream like salmon” and over a spillway dam at the Duke Energy plant, Eden’s drinking water is unaffected.

The Dan River has been a rich source of revenue for Eden. The town has the capacity to pull and treat 20 million gallons a day from the Dan to sell to city and county residents and businesses. When its manufacturing base was humming, Eden sold more than 14 million gallons of Dan River water a day, much of it to mills like Fieldcrest and Spray Cotton, says Terry Shelton, Eden’s director of environmental services.

Now, the city sells about 7 million gallons of water on weekdays, an amount that generated $6.9 million in revenue last year. The Miller-Coors Brewery in Eden buys about half of it. Shelton said he called Miller-Coors soon after the spill to assure plant managers that their water source was safe.

The concern still lingers.

“A mortgage company for a California family moving to Eden required me to write a letter stating our drinking water wasn’t compromised by the coal ash spill,” Shelton said. “The family saw the news and had concerns from that far away.”

Dougherty dashes from his office to grab a poster-sized map of the Dan River within the city limits. Bright red stars mark the distance between Eden’s water intake and the spill site.

“We’ve got to get this message out,” he says. “We are going to have to figure out how to rebrand and refocus this situation. Our water is an important revenue stream. People need to understand that they can come to Eden and still get great water, and be on the rivers, and that things are no different today than they were in January.”

God and the river

Benjamin Adkins, 37, a welder dressed in overalls and a camouflage ballcap, holds his 3-year-old son Benson on his hip. He’s a native of Eden. He shows up at Draper Landing on the banks of the Dan, two miles below the coal-ash spill site, to tell his story. A national reporter from Boston awaits him.

“It’s horrible, man, it’s horrible,” Adkins says behind dark sunglasses. “This was my spot. This was going to be my son’s spot. I know every inch of this river, from Hanging Rock to Danville. I’ve canoed it all. Now I’ve got to stop using this stretch of the river."

“I will go upriver, above where the spill happened. I’ll go to the Smith and Mayo rivers (also in Rockingham County). This won’t keep me off the water. But this here, this was my spot. This is where I learned to fish, learned to swim. This is where I saw God and knew he was real."

“Now there’s coal ash in there, filled with all kinds of toxins. It’s ruined, and it breaks my heart — for me and for him. Yeah, I’m angry. I want it cleaned up. They need to get this stuff out of the river.”

A tainted logo

Nearly 10 years ago, Eden adopted a new motto – the Land of Two Rivers. A colorful new city seal was created last year. The Dan and Smith rivers, once infrastructure for the city’s manufacturing base, has come to be viewed as a different kind of economic asset: travel and tourism.
There was no way that outdoor recreation was going to replace the thousands of textile jobs lost in the past 15 years. But the rivers became a distinguishing feature, an emblem of pride, a quality-of-life selling point in the hunt for new employers, or for city dwellers eager to get away for a day or weekend.

In Rockingham County, tourism now generates more than $62 million in annual revenue, according to county data. That figure is up $15 million from 1999. There are more than 500 jobs in the county in travel and tourism — many of them paddling outfitters, campground operators, fishing guides.

“In the last 10 years, this industry has really exploded here,” says Cindy Adams, Eden’s coordinator of tourism and special events. “With our new greenway, Freedom Park, the rivers, the trails, along with everything the county is doing, we’ve branded ourselves as an outdoor community. We are seen more in that light.”

It’s quite possible that a decade’s worth of progress has been erased in a month; one of Eden’s two rivers is perceived not as blue, as seen on the logo, but as black with coal ash.

“When I first heard about the spill, I thought, ‘Oh no, this is going to scare people,’” Adams recalls. “I knew this was going to be a challenge for us to overcome. But how do you tackle it effectively with so few dollars?”
Eden’s entire budget for tourism is $60,000. It helps pay for a few ads in Our State and Blue Ridge Outdoors magazines. It helps promote locally the city’s annual Riverfest. It doesn’t go very far.

In Raleigh, at the Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism Film and Sports Development, Executive Director Wit Tuttell says his office is eager to help, to the extent that it can.

With travel season coming, Tuttell says he will work with Adams and county officials to come up with a PR strategy to offset the impact of the spill. The office will make available free advertising on its VisitNC.com website, ads that typically cost thousands of dollars.

But Tuttell has no emergency funds to help Eden hire a PR firm that specializes in crisis management, which Adams and Dougherty say they need, or for billboards, which they also want.

Adams and Dougherty believe Duke Energy will, as its executives have promised, deal with the environmental damage to the river. But will the company help Eden, Rockingham County and other communities and businesses cope with the perceptual fallout from the spill by funding a PR campaign?

Paige Sheehan, a Duke Energy spokesperson, declines to answer the question directly.

“We have a long relationship with these communities and we continue to work closely with these communities as we come to understand their perspective and their needs,” she says. “I can assure you we are having these discussions. We care about these communities. They matter to us.”

Bottom of the food chain

Brian Williams trudges along a sodden riverbank about a mile downstream from the spill site. The surface glistens a slick, muddy brown and looks about as it should. But the footprints of Williams’ boots reveal otherwise – a thin, black layer of coal ash just below the surface.

“You don’t have to look too far to see where the coal ash has deposited,” says Williams, a program manager with the Dan River Basin Association, a nonprofit conservation group. “That’s the whole problem. It’s sliding down the river like a giant mudslide and it’s depositing in different places.

“You might not see much in the part of the river where the water is moving fast. But in the eddies, in the nooks and crannies along the banks, that’s where it’s piling up. That’s also where stuff lives.”

Williams says he doesn’t doubt official reports out of Danville, Va., the first population area downstream from the spill, that drinking water samples remain clear of coal-ash toxins. The biggest threat, he believes, is to the bottom of the food chain — the mussels, clams, stoneflies and crayfish that nestle in river mud and are food for fish, birds and wildlife.

Duke Energy says it is constantly monitoring river conditions downstream. So are the EPA and state environmental officials. But given the controversies surrounding the state’s initial tepid response to the spill and lack of oversight of the coal ash ponds in general, Williams said his group will continue to do its own independent testing.

“The heavy metals in coal ash aren’t dissolving; they aren’t going way,” Williams says.”

Upstream, downstream

Andrew Jones is co-owner of Jessup Mill, an outdoor recreation company on the Dan River in the Westfield community of western Stokes County, not far from the Virginia line. His business is some 50 miles upstream from the coal ash ponds. But you wouldn’t know that from his customer inquiries.

“I’ve gotten a number of calls and social media contacts from people asking ‘is the water quality good?” Jones says. “The fact is, our water here comes from the mountains not that far above us. The water quality is good and getting better.

“But it does seem to me as if the perception of the entire river has been stained.”

Jones says that business at Jessup Mill has improved each of the past four years since opening. He had high hopes for an even better spring and summer this year. Now he’s not so sure. It’s early still, but reservations are off.
“I don’t know how to get the message out that we have clean water here,” he says. “I can’t imagine what it’s like being downstream in the fallout zone.”

Mark Bishopric and Jeff Johnston know all too well. They are co-owners of Three River Outfitters, a canoe-and-kayak rental company in Eden. Last year, they ran 26 different river trips on the Dan, Smith and Mayo for some 1,200 customers. They have no idea if they’ll reach that number this season.

“Of our 26 trips, 23 are completely unaffected by the spill; they are all upriver on clean water,” Bishopic says. “We can say that on our website, but there is a Niagra Falls of negative stuff out there, and just a little creek of good news.”

Johnston is also a founding member of the Dan River Basin Association. He owns farmland along the Dan and loves the serenity that comes with paddling on a wide, slow-moving river.

“I’m trying to keep this in perspective. The spill is not catastrophic,” says Johnston as he floats downstream in his Old Town canoe. “But compared to what it was? It’s huge. It’s egregious. We don’t know what the ecological damage is, or the economic damage. But we will know the economic damage a lot sooner, that’s for sure.”


Justin Catanoso, executive editor of Triad Business Journal from 1998 to 2011, is a contributor and director of journalism at Wake Forest University.

4/5/2014
Swing Night Special
Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department Presents "A SALUTE TO OUR VETERANS"
Featuring The Greensboro Big Band
FREE Swing Lessons:  7:00 - 7:50pm
Dancing:  8:00-10pm
Advanced Tickets:  $10.00 - Door:  $15.00 - Reserve Table $100 (8 tickets)

For More Information Call:  336-548-2789 or 336-548-9572
4/9/2014
Highlighting the good life

That economic impact aids Rockingham County again this year as the route brings the cyclists to Reidsville as part of the 16th annual Cycle N.C. ride. This will be the fourth time the event has stopped in the county and the second time in Reidsville.

Riders stopped Reidsville in 2001 and Eden in 2004. The last overnight stay for the cross-state cyclists was in 2011 at Mayodan’s Autumn Creek Vineyards.

This year’s journey begins in Sparta on Sept. 27 and covers an average of 60 miles per day until it ends Oct. 4 at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village. Overnight host towns preparing to welcome participants and tourism dollars along with Reidsville include Mt. Airy, Oxford, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton and Manteo.

Reidsville will be the second stop along the route on Sept. 29, when as many as 1,100 cyclists arrive at the Jeff-Betsy Penn 4-H Center – the official Rockingham County host location.

Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker expressed excitement about being a part of this year’s “Mountains to Coast” ride. Donecker said hosting the event provides a great opportunity for the community and local businesses and he looks forward to welcoming the cyclists, their families and friends.

“We have great plans to welcome them to our area and showcase what Reidsville has to offer, including an evening concert at Market Square,” Donecker said.

Robin Yount, vice president of tourism for the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority, said the TDA worked closely with Reidsville leaders for several months on a proposal to host Cycle N.C. Yount said the event has both immediate and long-term significance for the county.

“There is significant impact to our community because it also gives us the opportunity to showcase our county to a group of people that we would normally not have the opportunity to reach,” Yount said.

Cycle N.C participants will spend the night camping at the 4-H Center or area hotels. Yount said the TDA would host a welcome tent at the center and use Pelham Transportation to shuttle riders and guests to local restaurants and hotels.

“There’s a large number of them that do opt to stay in local hotels,” Yount said. “I already know that hotels in both Eden and Reidsville are already filling up for that night.”

Shuttles would also transport participants to special events planned for them in Reidsville. In addition to the music, food and give-aways planned for the 4-H Center, Reidsville will host a concert for the riders and guests at Market Square that evening.

Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote healthy lifestyles, provide economic impact for the state’s rural communities and promote the unparalleled cultural and geographical diversity of North Carolina. The event generally attracts participants from more than 20 states and Canada.

Chuck Hobgood is president of North Carolina Amateur Sports, which is the nonprofit organization that organizes Cycle North Carolina each year. Hobgood said many of the event’s participants are executive level employees with their respective companies.

The ride enables these business leaders to discover future vacation destinations for their families, as well as sites for possible relocation of their companies or retirement locations.

Hobgood said he wants the cycling community to discover that North Carolina is not only open for business, but still the best place in the nation to visit.

Cycle North Carolina is the state's only cross-state, fully-supported ride. It is mostly a camping event, but many hotel and bed & breakfast accommodations in overnight towns across the state are already sold out.

Registration is still open for the event and riders can register for the entire distance, multiple-day options, or single-day options.

Visit www.ncsports.org or call (919) 361-1133 for more information, or to register.

4/10/2014
Dan River Art market & Gallery Exhibit
Dan River Art Market & Gallery Presents an Environmental Imagery Exhibit Titled “Down To Earth: Artistic Interpretations of Our Environment”
Join Artists, the Arts Community and the Rockingham County Arts Council at the Dan River Art Market & Gallery for an exhibit of imagery that describes the beauty of nature, the use of nature by business and society and interpretations of Environmental Art. Several local artists are joining this exhibit: Cheryl Garrity of Madison, NC, who has won several awards with the Fine Art Festival Association and has been published in environmental periodicals, is a recognized photographer of landscapes, wildflowers and wildlife with selections of her work on permanent exhibit at the Justice Center in Wentworth, NC and a variety of locations throughout our county and the Triad.
This special exhibit is pleased to include the photography of recent Carl V. Galie, Jr, recent winner of the Roosevelt - Ashe Conservation award for Journalism for his work on mountain top removal. Carl and North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti have joined together to create a literary and artistic coalition of Galie’s photo documentary, “Lost on the Road to Oblivion: The Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country.”  
The exhibit and reception will be held Thursday, April 10 from 6-8pm and are free and open to the public. The exhibit remains in the Gallery through April 2014.
For more information please contact the Rockingham County Arts Council at 336. 349-4039 and info@artsinrockingham.org

 

 

4/19/2014
Lake Reidsville Easter Egg Hunt
9:00am - 1:00pm For ages 10 and younger $1 per car
For more information call 336-349-4738
4/27/2014
Dan River firms worry about perception

From the News & Record
by Nancy McLaughlin 


EDEN
— Michael Strader dropped his line in the Dan River near the Draper entryway and waited for the fish — catfish he hoped.
 
“If I catch any it’s dinner tonight,” Strader said Saturday, just feet from the bank of a river now known around the world for the third-largest coal ash spill in the United States.

Strader’s fishing spot is upstream from the Feb. 2 Duke Energy spill into the Dan River, and outside the 70-mile stretch east of Eden now with a coat of coal ash on the bottom. The power company spilled nearly 39,000 tons of toxic ash into the water and has begun dredging portions of the area.

Locals like Strader know the water upstream was unaffected, but those who make their living off the river through tubing, kayaking and other recreational activities hope potential customers — especially those far away and keeping up by news stories — understand that, too. The river is about 214 miles long.

The season is just getting started. It officially begins Thursday and lasts through September. Business owners and managers say things really get going once schools let out and into July, so they won’t know the full impact until the end of the season. Still, what they’re hearing bothers them.

“That 70 miles that it has affected is, by perception, the whole river,” said David Hoskins, who runs the Dan River Company in Stokes County — nearly 50 miles upstream from the coal ash spill. “It’s rocks, trees and water — very pristine out here.

“In the news stories, everyone just says the Dan River,” Hoskins said. “That’s like saying there is a spill on the Mississippi River — where? That’s thousands of miles of waterway.”

While his company’s website touts “great river adventures,” it has been recently updated with “We are 50-plus miles upstream from the ash spill in Eden, N.C.” and “Our water is one of the cleanest in N.C.”

The site urges customers to help spread the word. His clientele includes large corporations that bring people from other countries into the area. Hoskins wonders: Will someone in Los Angeles see a story in the paper that doesn’t go on to explain the specific contamination and pick another site without investigating?

“I also rely on mom and dad and the kids,” Hoskins said. “They are not avid outdoors people. They want to go into a park setting. They want the experience of being in the middle of nowhere but an hour from home. If they associate the Dan River with coal ash, they’re going to do something else. Plain and simple. The first two words of my corporation say Dan River.”

Marc Bishopric, one of the managers of Three Rivers Outfitters, says the easy part for his business is redirecting trips planned for the affected area. His company offers 26 trips they regularly do on the water, with just three of them through what is now contaminated.

“Those trips were probably 8 to 15 percent of business in a normal year,” Bishopric said.

The area was popular with some people because there was more water in the Dan River at that point — even in the dry seasons, he said. But other routes are popular for other reasons — reasons he says they might not even get to pitch.

“Our concern is that that Scout master or other group leader, because of what they’ve heard or read in the paper, they’re not ... considering any of the trips that we might offer,” Bishopric said. “There are plenty of opportunities to boat in areas where you don’t have to worry about the effects of the coal ash spill..."

Click here for complete article.

5/1/2014
India-Based Textile Company to Create 84 Jobs in Rockingham County

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Shri Govindaraja (SGR) Textiles will be locating its textile operations in Rockingham County. The company plans to invest more than $40 million and create 84 jobs over the next two years in Eden.

“We’re committed to increasing the number of jobs through international cooperation,” said Governor McCrory. “With a strong labor force and proximity to cotton-growing regions and ports, Shri Govindaraja Textiles will succeed in North Carolina.”

Shri Govindaraja Textiles Private Limited (SGT) is a part of the Jayavilas Group in Aruppukottai, India. The group is the largest spinner in India with a total installed capacity of 1.1 million spindles and has a workforce of 30,000 employees.

“The company will not only buy North Carolina cotton, but will produce the combed yarn here as well," said Secretary Decker. "Innovative companies like SGR Textiles are bringing new machinery that will be put to good use by our talented workforce in Rockingham County.”

SGT has 14 manufacturing units spread across two states in Southern India. The company has a capacity of 400,000 spindles installed with latest modern machineries. This helps the traditional textile company save labor costs and achieve better operational efficiency. The company manufactures combed/carded yarn ranging from 20s to 160s counts.

“SGT has decided to set up a state-of-the-art yarn manufacturing facility in Eden after an extensive search and comparative study that we undertook amongst nine different states and various counties,” stated Ramkumar Varadarajan, managing director of SGR Textiles. “The input cost advantage and the skilled workforce present in Eden will aid in our successful implementation and operation of the project. I sincerely thank the support offered by the State Commerce Department, Eden City officials, US Commercial Service officials and the Consul General at the American Consulate in Chennai, India for really helping us expedite the search, selection and commencement process.”

Salaries will vary by job function, but average annual payroll is estimated to be nearly $2 million plus benefits.

The NC Department of Commerce’s Rural Infrastructure Authority Board awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the City of Eden to assist SGRTEX with up to 50 percent of building up fit costs. The company will locate in an 180,000-square-foot building at 335 Summit Road that was formerly owned by Karastan, Inc.

“This is welcome news for Rockingham County,” said Senator Phil Berger. “Shri Govindaraja Textiles’ decision to expand will bring needed jobs to our community and help continue our rich tradition of manufacturing high-quality textile products.”

“It is great to see manufacturing coming back to North Carolina, and I am proud to see our rich textile heritage on the rise once again,” said Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest. “There are numerous reasons this company chose North Carolina including our abundant agricultural and human resources, our existing manufacturing facilities, our low energy costs and our competitive tax structure.”

“We are pleased to welcome SGR Textiles to Eden,” said Eden Mayor Wayne Tuggle. He added, “Eden has a rich textile heritage and it is gratifying to see this company invest in our community and provide much-needed jobs.”

Partners that helped with this project include: The N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. Community College System, Rockingham County Partnership for Economic & Tourism Development, Rockingham County and the City of Eden.

For more information about SGR Textiles, including job opportunities, visit http://sgrtex.com/.

5/3/2014
2014 Derby Day-Run For The Roses
 
5/3/2014
MARGAREIDSVILLE
The Reidsville Downtown Corporation invites you to "MARGAREIDSVILLE" at the Downtown Reidsville Event Center.
Enjoy Margarita's & Cheeseburger's in Paradise
Beach Games & Prizes
DJ Jason French "The Mayor"
$10 cover charge - tickets can be purchased at LaBoutique, A. NIcoles, Scales St. Music, Screen Print Plus, and Reidsville Chamber of Commerce or call 336-347-2307; tscoble@ci.reidsville.nc.us

5/10/2014
Keystone Cops for the Arts 5K run/walk
Fundraiser for Rockingham County Schools Art Program
8:00am - 3:00 PM (Rain or Shine)
Rockingham County Rockingham Sheriff's office!
170 NC 54, Reidsville NC  27320
Benefiting the Rockingham County Schools Arts Programs
Lunch provided to participants and Volunteers
Early Registration $15 (walk/run) or $25 (Cycling)
For more information: http://tinyurl.com/kcfta2014



5/19/2014
Enjoy the Great Outdoors this Summer


Summer Turns Attention to the Great Outdoors
NC Division of Tourism to Underscore the Point at Dan River Event

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 19, 2014) — With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer travel season, the North Carolina Division of Tourism will launch a celebration of the state’s endless outdoor allure at a riverside event in Eden on Tuesday.

“We want travelers to explore the trails, waterways and other attractions that make North Carolina a premier destination for outdoor lovers,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of the state Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. “The state is home to natural beauty of the highest order, from our skyscraper mountains to our towering dunes, with incredible landscapes across vast expanses in between.”

In partnership with Rockingham County and the City of Eden, the Division chose the Leaksville Landing in Eden as the site for Tuesday’s 10 a.m. event to underscore that North Carolina sections of the Dan River are open for recreation.

“The media focus on the Dan River creates a prime opportunity for us to showcase a magnificent waterway and the natural areas that make up the river basin,” Tuttell said. “Whether you launch a kayak from the Leaksville Landing or hike the new Riverbluffs Trail at Hanging Rock State Park, you’ll find the experience richly rewarding.”

During Tuesday’s event, Three Rivers Outfitters andDan River Adventures will offer free kayak, canoe and tubing excursions, and visitors can study wondrous aquatic insects in the Dan River Basin Association’s “Tub of Bugs” traveling exhibit. Local officials will present information about river safety as well as opportunities for recreation at Mayo River State Park, Haw River State Park and Lake Reidsville.

Elsewhere in North Carolina, accommodations and attractions have created packages and deals that will encourage travelers to experience the outdoors throughout the summer. Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock is offering summer packages that feature ziplining, fly-fishing and horseback riding. A package at Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis takes travelers on a hike through the Linville Gorge Federal Wilderness Area. Family Fun Month at Beech Mountain treats travelers to lodging discounts and organized outdoor activities, and the Outdoor Water Adventure Package at the Hampton Inn and Holiday Express in Wilkesboro centers on an excursion to the Yadkin River or West Kerr Lake.

Outfitters entice outdoor lovers with summer savings, such as a $5 coupon for rafting, caving, hiking and other guided trips with River and Earth Adventures. Kitty Hawk Kites pairs two hang-gliding experiences into a Taste of Flight package for savings of more than 10 percent; the Ultimate Way to Fly kiteboarding package uses the same approach. For groups of 10 or more, Capstone Climbing & Adventure in Concord offers 10 percent discounts; non-profits take off 5 percent more.
For travel-planning tools and more inspiration — including a newDan River itinerary by Joe Miller, author of “Adventure Carolinas: Your Go-To Guide for Multi-Sport Outdoor Recreation” (Southern Gateways Guides) — check out VisitNC.com.

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At a glance

What: Summer Travel Kick-off Event.
When: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Where: Leaksville Landing access point (Hamilton Street/Old State Highway 87 at the Dan River bridge), Eden.
Participants:
•Wit Tuttell, executive director, North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.
•Keith Duncan, Rockingham County Commissioner.
•Wayne Tuggle, mayor of Eden.
•Dan River Basin Association, Three Rivers Outfitters, Dan River Adventures, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, Rockingham County Emergency Services (Swift Water Rescue Team with hovercraft), Mayo River State Park, Haw River State Park, Lake Reidsville, Dan River Boat Race organizers and others.

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To access advance photos, as well as images and b-roll from the event, register for an account at NCPix.com using Tourism News as the registration code.

CONTACT:
Beth Gargan
919-733-7420 
bgargan@nccommerce.com

Suzanne Brown
919-715-6703
sbrown@nccommerce.com

 

5/19/2014
Outdoor Adventure Travel Ideas for the Northern Piedmont

Outdoor Adventure in the Northern Piedmont


The Dan River offers recreational canoeing, kayaking and tubing for all skill levels.


Adventure for the indecisive: That could be the motto for Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties. Hike or go horseback riding? Ride a bike through the rolling Piedmont countryside or rock climb? Maybe take a nice flatwater paddle, or step it up a notch on some challenging whitewater? Go tubing? Zip lining?

Give yourself a week when you come to North Carolina’s northern Piedmont and you won’t have to worry about making hard choices – you can do it all. Best of all, it’s a big adventure vacation that can be done on a small budget: Several campgrounds in the area make great base camps, including the shaded, mountain-top campground at Hanging Rock State Park ($20 a day), which has the added plus of access to the park’s 12-acre mountain lake with bathhouse and beach. Its cool waters are just the thing to revive your adventurous spirit.

Each day of this itinerary can be a stand-alone day trip, or the days can be combined to create a multiday outdoor adventure.

7-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Paddle the Dan, kick back at the Green Heron

Day 2: Hike the Sauratown Mountains

Day 3: Tour de Piedmont with a pit stop in Reidsville

Day 4: Riding the range, climbing

Day 5: Whitewater paddling, Dick’s Drive-In, Eden Drive-in

Day 6: Rock climbing

Day 7: Tubing, zip line


Day 1: Paddle the Dan River, then unwind on it

The perfect river paddle combines idyllic scenery with a dash of friskiness. That sums up the 6.5-mile Preserve and Park Run trip offered by the Dan River Company in Danbury. Nearly six miles of the trip on the Dan River is through the 1,000-acre Hammer-Stern Wilderness Preserve, where rock outcrops give the impression of paddling in higher climes 50 miles to the west. When you’ve paddled through the preserve, you won’t even notice because you’ll be floating the equally pristine northern boundary of Hanging Rock State Park, which also offers further protection from development. Rental rates, with shuttle, start at $40.

Take out at the Dan River Company’s facility off Flinchum Road (a gravel road, enhancing the day’s isolated feel), shower, then walk up the stairs to the Green Heron Club, which describes itself as “a music venue with drinks, not a bar with music.” Enjoy local craft beer, ale or wine and listen to regional musicians as you let your day on the water wash over you.

Day 2: Hike the Sauratowns

Hanging Rock and Pilot Mountain state parks bookend the ancient Sauratown Mountain range, which spans about 30 miles. Though the weathered Sauratowns only top out today at around 2,600 feet, that’s still 1,700 feet above the surrounding countryside, offering hikers an Appalachian experience in the Piedmont. Hanging Rock has 18 miles of trail that takes hikers past waterfalls (Window and Hidden Falls on the 3.6-mile Indian Creek Trail) and to mountaintop outcrops with 360-degree views (the 1.3-mile Hanging Rock Trail, the 4.6-mile Moore’s Wall Loop Trail). Pilot Mountain is known for its start-at-the-top philosophy that gives immediate access to the base of its iconic 200-foot-high pinnacle. The Grindstone, Mountain and Ledge Spring trails offer a more extensive and serene look at the mountain that was used as a lookout by its earliest inhabitants. The two mountains are linked by the 25-mile Sauratown Trail, part of the statewide Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

After a long day on the trail you’ll be up for a long evening in front of a plate of food. The town of Pilot Mountain has plenty of options, from the Mountain View Restaurant with its family-style Southern cooking, to Aunt Bea’s, with all-day breakfast and local barbecue. Or, if you’re camping and cooking your own meals, stock up on local produce at the Pilot Mountain Pride store in Mount Airy.

Day 3: Take a road ride, feed a road appetite

Every three years, the annual Cycle North Carolina weeklong bike ride travels through the state’s northern tier (the 2014 ride, Sept. 27 through Oct. 4, begins in Sparta and overnights in Mount Airy and Reidsville on its way to Hatteras). The route takes advantage of roads with low traffic volume and the high plateau, which affords grand views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to the north and the rolling Piedmont countryside.

Highly recommended as the Cycle North Carolina route is, it’s far from your only option. Rockingham County alone has five designated bike routes totaling more than 250 miles, and the popular Triple Hump Ride (a.k.a. Three Mountain Metric) is a scenic and challenging 62-mile spin through Surry and Stokes counties that climbs Hanging Rock, Pilot Mountain and Sauratown Mountain.

Whatever your ride, make sure it includes a stop in downtown Reidsville: within a five-block area of downtown a hungry cyclist can find just about any fuel to replenish both soul and stomach. There’s the funky Downtown Dog House (save room for homemade ice cream), the Heffinger Heist Restaurant (a sports bar with frog legs) and Cafe 99 (the 50s theme will take you back to the days of heavy steel bike frames and white sidewalls). Reidsville makes for a good stop, too, because it’s home to Reidsville Bicycles, one of the few bike shops around.

Day 4: Ridin’ the range, learning the land

The Sauratown Trail was built not as a hiking trail, but as a bridle trail to give local equestrians a place to ride. The result is a 25-mile trail that offers horseback riders lots of quality time in the saddle. Tokota Horse Stables near the east end of the trail helps the horseless experience the “cowboy way of life” with rides that last one to two hours and take you to the foot of Hanging Rock. $25 an hour.

Experiencing that cowboy way of life may make you curious about other aspects of life hereabouts. And frankly, four days into your adventure vacation you may be up for a more cerebral rather than physical kind of exploring. The Eden Historical Museum captures local life from the prehistoric area, to the development of the communities of Leaksville, Spray and Draper, to the three communities’ consolidation in 1967 to form Eden, to the present day. Farming has long played a role in the regional economy; the Horne Creek Farm near Pinnacle gives a sense of what that life was like around 1900. Tour the family’s original farmhouse, check out a tobacco curing barn and more at this state historic site. Get a feel for the local arts community with a visit to the Dan River Art Market Gallery in Wentworth.

Day 5: Whitewater paddling, take in a (drive-in) movie

The first day of your trip, paddling the Dan River, has stuck with you. The scenery was great, but those heart-pumping Class I rapids – might there be more challenging water around? Indeed there is. Three Rivers Outfitters in Eden runs trips, appropriately, on the three main rivers in the area, the Dan, Mayo and Smith. If you have your own boat, Three Rivers will provide advice and a shuttle; if you need a boat, Three Rivers requires a guide accompany any group taking its boats on Class II water or above. When there’s water, the Mayo in particular is known for its Class III thrills. (Moving water, by the way, is rated on a scale of Class I to VI, I being a perky riffle, VI being the domain of the paddling elite.)

In the 1950s, drive-in movie theaters were all the rage; by the end of the century, they were all but gone. But a handful remain, including the Eden Drive-In. Get the kids in their jammies, visit the snack bar, hang the speaker on your window and enjoy a night of first-run films. $6 for adults, $3 for kids 6 to 11, kids 5 and under free.

Day 6: Zip lining, tubing

It’s hard to find two adventures that scream family fun more than zip lining and tubing. Carolina Ziplines Canopy Tour in Westfield has more than a mile and a half of cable offering about two hours of elevated exploring. There’s a high course for the already adventurous, a low course for those who need to ease into the experience. For a totally different experience, check out the nighttime Lantern Tour (which is on the high course, but you’ll never know). Rates start at $80 for adults, $40 for kids 3 to 12.

Cap a morning zip line tour with an afternoon of lazy tubing on the Dan River. Dan River Adventures runs a 2.5-mile stretch of the Dan, between Lindsey Bridge and 704 Bridge, which takes two to four hours, depending upon river conditions and the number of ways you can find to prolong the experience. And if you thought a tube was a tube, then you haven’t seen the Cadillac of tubes, which is called The Cadillac. Comes with a mesh bottom and backrest; Dan River Adventures reports The Cadillac is popular “especially among more mature tubers.” $13 for the tube and shuttle ($22 for The Cadillac).

Ravenous after a day of flying through the air and drifting atop the water? Check out Dick’s Drive-In in Eden, where, since 1963, this family-owned restaurant has been offering curb service. And not just burgers and fries: you can get a meat and two vegetables delivered as well.

Day 7: Peak with a climb

You graduated from the low course to the high course on yesterday’s zip line tour and discovered, “Hey, maybe I don’t have a thing about heights.” So here you are at Pilot Mountain, strapped into a harness and about to climb Goldilocks, one of about 100 routes in Pilot Mountain’s Ledge Spring area. Rated at 5.5 on the Yosemite Decimal System, Goldilocks is considered a beginner route, but there’s plenty of challenge for more experienced climbers: Black and Blue Velvet, for instance, which tops the Yosemite Decimal System scale at 5.13. Of course, you’ll get all this explained by your guide from Boone-based Rock Dimensions. Rates vary depending upon group size.

When you top out and your day on the rock – and your adventure vacation as well – is done, you’ll appreciate the ironic twist of having finished on Goldilocks: It won’t matter what bed you collapse into, any one will feel just right.

Enjoy all the area has to offer by mixing and matching activities and events to your particular interest. Be sure to check days and hours of operation for each venue.

Joe Miller is the author of Adventure Carolinas and other guidebooks, and writes about health, fitness and adventure at GetGoingNC.com.

5/20/2014
Kick-Off the Summer Travel Season

When:  Tuesday, May 20th at 10 a.m.
Where:  Leaksville Landing, Dan River Access in   Eden, NC (at the Hamilton Street Bridge)
What:  

Join the North Carolina Division of Tourism Film & Sports Development, the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority and the City of Eden Economic & Tourism Development as we kick off the 2014 summer travel season.  Officials from the NC Division of Tourism will be on-site to help us celebrate all that is good about the Dan River and to promote the abundant outdoor activities found in our state.

5/20/2014
NC Division of Tourism's Kick-Off of the 2014 Travel Season in Rockingham County
AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Summer Travel Kick-off Event.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

WHERE: Leaksville Landing access point (Hamilton Street/Old State Highway 87 at the Dan River bridge), Eden.

PARTICIPANTS:

·       Wit Tuttell, executive director, North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports   Development

·       Keith Duncan, Rockingham County Commissioner.

·       Wayne Tuggle, mayor of Eden.

·       Dan River Basin Association, Three Rivers Outfitters, Dan River Adventures, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, Rockingham County Emergency Services (Swift Water Recue Team with hovercraft), Mayo River State Park, Lake Reidsville and Dan River Boat Race organizers.

With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer travel season, the North Carolina Division of Tourism will launch a celebration of the state’s endless outdoor allure at a riverside event in Eden on Tuesday.

“We want travelers to explore the trails, waterways and other attractions that make North Carolina a premier destination for outdoor lovers,” said Wit Tuttell, executive director of the state Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development. “The state is home to natural beauty of the highest order, from our skyscraper mountains to our towering dunes, with incredible landscapes across vast expanses in between.”

In partnership with Rockingham County and the City of Eden, the Division chose the Leaksville Landing in Eden as the site for Tuesday’s 10 a.m. event to underscore that North Carolina sections of the Dan River are open for recreation.

“The media focus on the Dan River creates a prime opportunity for us to showcase a magnificent waterway and the natural areas that make up the river basin,” Tuttell said. “Whether you launch a kayak from the Leaksville Landing or hike the new Riverbluffs Trail at Hanging Rock State Park, you’ll find the experience richly rewarding.”

During Tuesday’s event, Three Rivers Outfitters and Dan River Adventures will offer free 1.5 mile kayak, canoe and tubing excursions, and visitors can study wondrous aquatic insects in the Dan River Basin Association’s “Tub of Bugs” traveling exhibit. Local officials will present information about river safety as well as opportunities for recreation at Mayo River State Park and Lake Reidsville.

To access advance photos and b-roll from the event, register at NCPix.com using Tourism News as the registration code.

All our invited to come out and hear about what to expect for the 2014 summer travel season as well as see first-hand the great outdoor recreation activities offered in Rockingham County and the entire state.

5/21/2014
Memorial Day & Summer Deals
Check out these Memorial Day & Summer Deals from our local outfitters.  Spend time paddling our rivers: The Dan, Mayo and Smith.  Play in our lakes: Lake Reidsville and Belews Lake.  There is plenty of water fun for everyone in Rockingham County!

Local outfitters with special offers:

5/24/2014
Mayo River State Park Community Fishing Day
Saturday, May 24 @ Mayo Mountain Access
9:30am – 2:30pm
www.ncstateparks.gov
mayo.river@ncparks.gov
For more information or directions call 336-427-2530

The third annual Mayo River State Park Community Fishing Day will feature a kids fishing derby for ages 15 and under. Prizes will be awarded for heaviest, longest and shortest fish in different age categories. One single prize will be awarded to the adult who catches the heaviest fish of the day. This will be a special license exempt day. All members of the family may participate without having a fishing license. In addition to prizes for catching fish, door prizes will be given throughout the day to kids registered for the event. Additional activities include bluegrass music, a crafts booth for children, casting games with prizes, and some displays including Rockingham County history, local recreation, and emergency medical services. Hotdogs, chips and drinks will be provided. There will be a limited amount of tackle and bait for the public to use. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own bait with worms and night crawlers being the best. Sunscreen and bug repellant are a good idea as well as extra drinking water. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult who will be present in the park the entire time the child or children they are watching are in the park. Please call the Mayo River State Park office for more details.

5/31/2014
Music on Monroe
5/31/2014
6th. Annual Beach Music Benefit for Hopsice
Beach Music Benefit for Hospice of Rockingham County!Featuring: The Fantastic Shakers and Billy Smith & the Impacts
1:00-6:00pm Harvest Ridge Farm, 327 Service Road, Ruffin, NC
For additional information contact Hospice of Rockingham County at 336-427-3088 or www.hospiceofrockinghamcounty.com OR Harvest Ridge Farm at 336-344-5522
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate
 
6/3/2014
Reidsville Ranks in 10 Best Cities in NC

From Fox 8 News...

A recent study ranks the 10 best cities in North Carolina — and two Piedmont cities made the list.

The study ranked the cities based on five key factors:
1.Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime
2.Commute Time
3.Income
4.Residents Who Attended Some College
5.Restaurants Per Capita

Credit Donkey, a credit card comparison company who conducted the study, says:

“Picking the right spot to settle down is no easy decision. Living near a major metropolitan area such as Raleigh-Durham offers a broader range of options when it comes to jobs, schools and homes but it also means a higher cost of living. Smaller towns, on the other hand, offer the southern hospitality you’re looking for at an affordable price. We’ve put together a list of cities that offer the best of both worlds when it comes to work and play.”

Here’s the list of the top 10 cities in North Carolina, according toCreditDonkey:

10. REIDSVILLE

“A 30-minute drive from Greensboro, Reidsville is one of the smaller cities on our list, with a population of just over 14,000. Nestled in the heart of Rockingham County, this small rural town still packs a big punch in terms of its rich history and unique attractions. Walking tours are one of the most popular ways to experience everything the city has to offer, and a relatively low crime rate means you’ll be safe when you’re out and about.”

Odds of Being a Victim of a Violent Crime: 1 in 276
 Commute Time: 21.6 minutes
 Income: $34,700
 Residents Who Attended Some College: 25%
 Restaurants: 1 per 287 inhabitants
 Did You Know: Williamsburg School, considered the first public school in North Carolina, was established just outside Reidsville in 1840.

Click here to see the full list & story.

 

6/7/2014
Annual Piedmont Pottery Festival


6/7/2014
Lake Reidsville Annual Kids' Fishing Rodeo
8:30am - 11:30am Lunch Provided at 11:30am Ages 12 and under FREE - Fishing Poles and Bait Provided - Prizes Awarded For more information call Lake Reidsville at 336-349-4738
6/13/2014 - 6/14/2014
Charlie Poole Music Festival
The Charlie Poole Music Festival, now celebrating its 19th year, is a project of Piedmont Folk Legacies, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and preserve the musical and cultural legacy of the Piedmont region and to celebrate its influence on the development of American vernacular music, as exemplified by Charlie Poole.

The festival is held each year on the second weekend of June in Eden, North Carolina, home and final resting place of Poole. Fans come from far and wide to celebrate the special contribution that Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers made to American music.

19th Annual Charlie Poole Music Festival
June 13-14, 2014
Location: Governor Morehead Park, 422 Church St., Eden, NC 27288.


For more information visit
www.charlie-poole.com
6/16/2014
TDA Announces 2014-2015 Grant Recipients

The Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is pleased to announce that it approved a total of $40,000 in marketing grants to various organizations throughout the county for promoting local events and attractions in 2014 and 2015. 

The Board received 20 grant applications for this year’s grant cycle and voted to fund a portion of 18, which includes new and repeat events.

“We received requests for 20 excellent events.  We are excited to see the variety of things planned for Rockingham County in the coming year and look forward to supporting them.” said Robin Yount, vice present of Tourism.  “We also encourage the community to support these events so we can see them grow and attract more visitors to Rockingham County.”


The 2014-2015 Marketing and Promotional Grants are awarded to:

•Best of the Best Field Trial Tournament
•City of Eden for Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament
•City of Eden for the Piedmont Pottery Festival
•City of Eden for Riverfest
•City of Reidsville for Clam Jam
•City of Reidsville for the Penn House Wedding Shows
•Dan River Boat Race
•Eden YMCA for swim meets
•Eden YMCA for 2014 Girls Softball Dixie State Tournament
•Mayodan Homecoming/Antique Festival
•MHS Wrestling Boosters for East Coast Challenge
•MHS Wrestling Boosters for Sara Wilkes Invitational Tournament
•MHS Wrestling Boosters for Super 32 Challenge
•Piedmont Folk Legacies for Charlie Poole Music Festival
•Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Reidsville Homegrown Festival
•Reidsville Downtown Corporation for Tour of Reidsville Bike Criterion
•Rockingham County Arts Council for Community Arts Fest
•Rockingham County Arts Council for Studio Tour

 


 

 


 

6/25/2014
Help Build Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail

Rockingham County Groups Work Together to Build Mountain Bike Trail

-Volunteers needed to construct beginner sections on Saturday, June 28-

Members of the Dan River Basin Association andTown of Mayodan are building the Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail at Farris Memorial Park in Mayodan.  The groups are calling for volunteers to help in building the beginner sections of the trail on Saturday, June 28th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Farris Memorial Park, 2878 Park Road in Mayodan.  No experience is necessary to come volunteer.

The plan for Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail is to build a friendly mountain bike track that will inspire kids (and adults) to rise to the FUN of being outdoors and on a trail.  When this trail is complete it will be one-quarter of a mile of rolling track suitable for new mountain bikers. Eventually the groups wish to purchase bikes and helmets that would be available to adults and children who want to learn this sport.

The trail is shaded and volunteers will be working in the morning before it gets too hot.  Volunteers are asked to wear cool, comfortable clothing, socks and closed-toed shoes. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a sense of adventure. If you have them, the following tools would be helpful: loppers, maddox, heavy rakes.
 
If it's raining, please check in with Jenny Edwards at (336) 339-6169 before you come out to make sure the event is still on.

Many thanks go out to the Dan River Basin Association members, Town of Mayodan, Reidsville Area Foundation, REI, Prillaman Landscaping and Greensboro Fat Tire for all their support in making this project a reality.

For more information, contact:
The Town of Mayodan at 336.427.0241 or Dan River Basin Association at 336.339.6169.

6/28/2014
Volunteers Needed! Help Build Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail
 Rockingham County Groups Work Together to Build Mountain Bike Trail
-Volunteers needed to construct beginner sections on Saturday, June 28-

Members of the Dan River Basin Association andTown of Mayodan are building the Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail at Farris Memorial Park in Mayodan.  The groups are calling for volunteers to help in building the beginner sections of the trail on Saturday, June 28th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Farris Memorial Park, 2878 Park Road in Mayodan.  No experience is necessary to come volunteer.

The plan for Mayodan Mountain Bike Trail is to build a friendly mountain bike track that will inspire kids (and adults) to rise to the FUN of being outdoors and on a trail.  When this trail is complete it will be one-quarter of a mile of rolling track suitable for new mountain bikers. Eventually the groups wish to purchase bikes and helmets that would be available to adults and children who want to learn this sport.

The trail is shaded and volunteers will be working in the morning before it gets too hot.  Volunteers are asked to wear cool, comfortable clothing, socks and closed-toed shoes. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray, and a sense of adventure. If you have them, the following tools would be helpful: loppers, maddox, heavy rakes.
 
If it's raining, please check in with Jenny Edwards at (336) 339-6169 before you come out to make sure the event is still on.

Many thanks go out to the Dan River Basin Association members, Town of Mayodan, Reidsville Area Foundation, REI, Prillaman Landscaping and Greensboro Fat Tire for all their support in making this project a reality.

For more information, contact:
The Town of Mayodan at 336.427.0241 or Dan River Basin Association at 336.339.6169.

7/2/2014
Local Cyclists Now Have Trail

Local bike riders now have their own trail within city limits.

A 30-acre, wooded area across from the Reidsville Lake entrance is now home to a newly completed bike trail.  Reidsville Mountain Bike Trail was proposed more than a year ago by Reidsville Bicycles owner Bill Davis and others.

“I’ve been trying to do something here in the local community as opposed to people having to drive down to Greensboro or even to Danville, which is what I do,” Davis said. “I throw my bike in the truck and drive down to Greensboro, so it was ideal to try to get a trail system here.”

The trail is a mile long.

“We’ve had some various delays but with the new mayor, who’s avid about the trail was very responsive to us on moving to put the trail system in,” Davis said. “We have a bike race here that we host each fall that he attended last year and he loves it. So, he’s very excited about whatever we can do here in the community.”

Davis said the trail is family friendly.

“The trail is laid out so that pretty much anyone would be able to ride it,” he said. “You could even take your kid out there, although there are woody areas.”

 The future goal for the trail is to draw people from outside of Rockingham County.

Davis said they plan to start doing regularly scheduled Saturday morning rides to build interest locally and to get more people involved.

 “As to my involvement, I’ve been over there multiple times with a rig or a chainsaw to help clear the trail and we’ve had volunteers,” Davis said. “There may be changes just to make it even nicer to ride.”

The trail gives cyclists the opportunity to not ride on the roads, according to Davis.

“This was a driving force,” he said. “The cyclists won’t have to deal with all the potential hazards of riding on the road.”

Well, unless they chose to.

For more information on the bike trail, visit www.reidsvillebicycles.com or www.facebook.com/reidsvillemtbtrail.

7/3/2014
The place for small town living, outdoor fun & JOBS!

From 88.5 WFDD
http://wfdd.org/post/rockingham-county-place-small-town-living-outdoor-fun-and-jobs


Looking for a job? Look in Rockingham County.

It’s just after 12:30 in the afternoon and at Café  99, almost every table is full. A life-size figure of Marilyn Monroe eyes a tray of three hot dogs all the way, with a side of chips, waiting at the pick-up window. Near the front, table-top figurines of the ‘Rat Pack’ raise a glass and grin over customers’ shoulders as they devour home-made chicken salad sandwiches.

Café 99 sits on South Scales Street in Reidsville. Stepping inside is like stepping back into the 50’s and 60’s.  But owner David Gerrells isn't always smiling. “We have a difficult problem finding employees.” He manages six part-time employees in the restaurant. He also has about ten workers for his catering business, CaterFest.

“Now if we needed people to look at a TV screen or phone screen, anybody could do it,” says Gerrells. “But now days we have to teach people how to count money back because they don’t get that in school anymore.“ Gerrells says his best hiring tool is networking through his current workers.

Reidsville is one of the 6 cities and towns that make up Rockingham County. With a population of nearly 93,000, it sits in the northern rural part of the Piedmont just under the Virginia state line. Rockingham also has an unusual problem...more than 600 open jobs but few qualified applicants. Graham Pervier is president for the Rockingham County Partnership for Economic and Tourism Development. He says this problem is partially connected to a skills gap.

“Increasingly we see jobs that require a higher level of skills, machinists, welders,” says Pervier. According to Pervier, this area used to thrive in textile and tobacco manufacturing, but that's changed.  “We have a number of companies where community college training or some technical skill is almost an entry level requirement. Not just in Rockingham County but throughout the Triad, jobs going begging and good people looking for jobs, but there’s a skills discrepancy there.”

Online at NCWorks.gov, you'll find everything from a warehouse worker, to  industry sales reps. There's even a search for a field chemist and a dentist. The state commerce department admits some of these posts may be duplicates since companies advertise jobs at different sites. “We now have Bridgestone Aircraft Tire, an international company in Madison. We have Weil McLain in Eden, Ruger Firearms in Mayodan which will eventually have 500 well-paid employees,” explains Pervier. “Then we’ve done well in Rockingham County in the plastics, particularly in recycling. Two of the top 25 plastic recyclers in North America are located in Reidsville. Then expansions are always important. Most of these companies have other facilities in other states and in other countries.”

One company that's expanding and hiring is Israeli based Albaad. Its Reidsville plant, Albaad USA, employs 175 people who produce an array of body and facial wipes and distributes tampons.  Kathryn Harris is the Human Resource and Safety Manager. She says this is the third expansions since the plant began 10 years ago and the company prefers to hire from the local population.

“I generally always have hourly positions,” says Harris. However, in this rural community, she says it's hard to find workers who are highly trained or who have hi-tech design and engineering skills. “We have a production scheduler and a quality control document administrator. But we cannot find people locally who have those skill sets who can come in the door and fill any of those positions.” Since June, Harris has had to fill 10 professional openings. So far, she’s hired four people, two with of them from outside of Reidsville and Rockingham County. She’s also hiring for a new third production shift that goes into effect in August. That’s another 50 jobs. And according to Harris qualified workers need more than technical know-how. They also need soft skills. Such as appropriate dress, timeliness, good interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills and not letting your digital device be a distraction.

In her 30 years of experience, she's witnessed a range of candidates lacking soft skills. “It’s just unbelievable the number of people who come to an interview in their pajamas and slippers, people who come into the door with kids in a stroller, when they’re sitting in front of you they’re texting. I’ve had this happen to me, they’ll bring in their lunch from McDonalds and say, I didn’t get time to eat. ‘Well I’m sorry, you don’t get to eat with me either.’”

On July 1, the North Carolina Commerce Department released the latest unemployment figures. As of May 2014, Rockingham’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.5 percent, an increase of 2 tenths of a percent from 7.3 in April. In Forsyth County, it's 6.4 percent up from 5.9 percent.  Guilford County's unemployment rate rose from 6.3 percent almost a full percentage point to 7.1. Harris and Pervier agree, a greater emphasis needs to be put on developing soft and technical skills beginning in high school. If not, Rockingham's residents won't be qualified for jobs area employers need to fill.
 

7/3/2014
Lake Reidsville Independence Day Celebration
THURSDAY, JULY 3RD. 
The Celebration will begin at 4:00pm and will conclude after a FIREWORKS display over Lake Reidsville that will launch at 10:00pm.
Games, Rides, food and refreshments and great music.
Concerts beginning at 5:30 pm!
$5.00 per car or $2.00 per walk-up


7/4/2014
Triad Vacationland

Triad vacationland: Outdoors activity hard to tally, but still a draw

By Matt Evans, Triad Business Journal

Dan River7

Courtesy of VisitNC.com
The Dan River near Eden is a popular destination for kayakers.

Quantifying how many take advantage, however, is a challenge. Thankfully, you don’t need to buy a ticket to go on a hike or a bike ride in many places. Many of those partaking are day-trippers, driving as much as an hour or two for a day of adventure.

But the state’s most recent regional visitation research from 2012 found outdoor activities such as hiking, ecotouring, fishing and biking to be less of a priority for overnight visitors to the Triad, with only 2 to 3 percent of them taking part that year. (For comparison, about 15 percent of overnight visitors to western North Carolina went hiking in 2012, and about 10 percent went on nature tours.)

The geographic reach of the Triad’s outdoor draw is probably a bit shorter than it is for some of the more dramatic natural features that define the Old North State, according to Joe Miller. Miller wrote an outdoors column for the Raleigh News & Observer for 17 years, has cataloged the variety of outdoor activities available in the Piedmont for the state’s tourism website and also runs his own site, www.GetGoingNC.com.

It’s not hard at all to find fun in the sun in the Triad - Miller’s article for www.VisitNC.com outlines a busy seven-day itinerary that includes paddling the Dan River, hiking in Hanging Rock State Park, biking in Rockingham County and more. He considers the Triad a place for outdoorsy types “in-the-know” - where they can find natural features that aren’t overrun with people even on holidays, and that are closer at hand for many urban refugees.

“For people in the Triangle, for instance, going up to Hanging Rock is the closest real mountain experience they can get without actually going all the way up to the mountains,” Miller said. “From that standpoint, there are a lot of good attributes. Like rock climbing at Hanging Rock or Pilot Mountain - they may have a somewhat smaller audience, but they’re very popular with the Southeastern rock-climbing community.”

Of course, it’s nice to avoid the crowds when you’re the tourist, but outfitters, tour guides and other businesses don’t mind when things get busy, and state tourism officials are trying to bring as many people in as possible.

“I do think they’re trying to be more ambitious about marketing” the outdoors, which is the foundation of the state’s tourism branding strategy, Miller said. “I’ve always thought North Carolina in general could do a better job promoting its resources, but that’s an area in particular that is pretty under-appreciated. The mountain-like aspect (of the Triad) alone I think is something to market better.”

7/4/2014
Eden Kiwanis Ole Fashion Fourth of July
Annual Ole Fashioned July 4th Celebration at Morehead High School - Pierce St., Eden NC Eden, NC 2728 
Enjoy music, food, fun and fireworks!
Thursday, July 3rd: 5-10 pm
Friday, July 4th: 2-10 pm (FIREWORKS SHOW)
Admission is free! 
7/5/2014
Western Rockingham Independence Day Celebration
7/5/2014
Mayo River State Park CREEK CREEP

Come out and join a Mayo River State Park Ranger for a CREEK CREEP!  Take a walk in a cool stream as we overturn rocks and stir up the water to see what life we can find.

Meet at the park office @1:00pm then travel to Pheasant Road and enjoy a leisurely stroll in the babbling brook.
Participants should expect to get wet so dress appropriately, including footwear.

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Pheasant Road which is a short drive.

For more information or directions call the park office at 336-427-2530.

7/15/2014
EPA Says Dan River Back to Pre-Spill Quality

From GoDanRiver.com

Water quality in the Dan River has returned to “normal,” according to Myles Bartos of the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
Bartos, who is charge of overseeing the coal ash cleanup project near the Schoolfield Dam, made his remarks Tuesday night to Danville City Council.
 
Bartos did point out that the Dan River has “historical” environmental quality issues — including lead, arsenic, selenium and PCBs — but that Duke Energy is not being required to clean them up since they were not responsible for creating them.

7/22/2014
DHHS Lifts Recreational Advisory for Dan River

Raleigh, N.C. - NC DHHS' Division of Public Health is updating the health advisories issued in February 2014 related to the coal ash spill in the Dan River near Eden. The advisories address concerns associated with human exposure and consumption of fish and shellfish.

Recreational Water Advisory

DHHS is recommending lifting the recreational water advisory after evaluating the most recent available surface water and sediment data from the Dan River downstream from the coal ash spill. The large coal ash deposit that remained in North Carolina was removed June 30, 2014. DHHS has evaluated sediment and surface water data collected after the work was completed that confirms that no incidental ingestion or skin contact risk exists for the sediment or the river water. Contaminants associated with the coal ash spill are at levels that should not pose a health risk during recreational use of the river. The Department will continue to monitor data as it becomes available to identify potential health risks.

Fish and Shellfish Consumption

A potential fish and shellfish consumption hazard still exists immediately downstream of the release. DHHS recommends that people not consume any fish or shellfish collected from the Dan River in North Carolina downstream of the Duke Power-Eden spill site.

DHHS will evaluate the data from fish samples as it becomes available to identify when health risks associated with eating the fish are no longer a concern.
 

7/26/2014
Shagging in the Vines Featuring Jim Quick & Coastline Band and The Night Move Band
 
7/26/2014
Shaggin on Fieldcrest
Eden Tourism Development & the Draper Merchants Association present "Shaggin on Fieldcrest!"

5pm until 9pm
Fieldcrest Road in Draper Village in Beautiful Eden, NC

Fun kids area / Area Shag Clubs / Great and Vendors / Car Cruise
Music from the Craig Woodard Band.

For more information call Cindy Adams at 336-612-8049
8/2/2014
Dan River Boat Race

Celebrate the 24th year of the Dan River Boat Race! 
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014
Race begins at 10:00 a.m.

The 2.5 mile race takes place on a section of the Dan River near Madison, NC that is classified flat with Class I rapids.  It is a fun and adventurous section suitable for all skill levels.  First-timers are welcome!  So gather your canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddle boards and join the fun.  Prizes & awards given out at the end of the race.  Children must be minimum age of 6 to participate and those 12 and under must be accompanied by an experience adult.

Race Day: check in from 7:30- 10 a.m. at Lindsey Bridge Access (775 Lindsey Bridge Rd in Madison).  Race ends at 704 Bridge Access (Water St. in Madison).
Parking & shuttle available.  On-site boat rentals available, call 336.548.9572 to reserve.

Registration forms available at http://www.danriverboatrace.org/

 

Visit www.danriverboatrace.org for more info.

8/14/2014
CNA Job Fair
8/16/2014
Mayo River State Park CREEK CREEP
 CREEK CREEP – Saturday, August 16 – Meet at park office at 1:00pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED at 336-427-2530
Come out and join a park ranger for a creek creep! Take a walk in a cool stream as we overturn rocks and stir up the water to see what life we can find. From the park office, we will travel together to park property off Pheasant Road and enjoy a leisurely stroll along a babbling brook. Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Pheasant Road. Dress appropriately and wear old lace-up shoes (no flip-flops).
Expect to get wet!
For more information, directions and sign-up call 336-427-2530.

 

 

8/16/2014
Clam Jam
Come out and enjoy a Low Country Boil tasting and enjoy the headline entertainment, Sons of Sailors, a Jimmy buffet Tribute Band.
Local wineries, craft beverages along with the arts and great music!
this is a ticketed event and prices are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate and $10 for designated driver admission.
4:00pm - 10:00pm
Market Squoare in downtown Reidsville, NC
For more information visit: www.clamjamnc.com or 336-349-1099
8/30/2014
ASTRONOMY at Mayo Mountain River Access

Saturday, August 30th. and Friday, September 26th.
Mayo River State Park
Are you curious about what you see in the night sky? Come and join staff at Mayo River State Park as they give a tour of the night sky and offer views through a telescope.
Meet at the field near the park office.  The program should finish by 11:30pm. For more information and directions please contact the park office at 336-427-2530.

9/5/2014 - 9/6/2014
Mayodan Homecoming & Antique Festival

Antique Festival will be held Friday and Saturday, September 5th and 6th at Jake Atkinson Ballpark, 503 W. Main Street, from 8:00am - 5:00pm daily ($2 admission).

The Homecoming Festival will be held downtown at Main & 2nd Ave. on Saturday, September 6th from 9:00am - 8:00pm (free admission).  There will be great music, food, craft vendors, and a Cruise-In sponsored by the Downtown Mayodan Merchants Association.  The "Part Time Party Time" band will perform at 6p.m. on Saturday.
9/13/2014
2nd Annual Rockingham County GospelFest

You're invited to the second, annual Rockingham County GospelFest, a free, family-friendly, cultural event, 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13th, Rockingham Community College Amphitheater, County Home Rd., Wentworth.  Please bring refreshments, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy GospelFest artists, groups, ensembles, bands, choirs, and praise dancers present hymns, spirituals, folk, country, rap, and contemporary music.

For more information about GospelFest, contact Rockingham Community College Director of Public Information Kim Pryor at 336.342.4261/ext. 2170 or pryork@rockinghamcc.edu; or Rockingham County Government Public Information Officer Mable Scott at 336.342.8342 or mscott@co.rockingham.nc.  

9/19/2014 - 9/20/2014
11th Annual Eden Riverfest
9/21/2014
Run with the Cows 5K Fun Run/Walk
Run with the Cows 5K Fun Run/Walk
Sunday, September 21, 2014
at the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail

Pre-Registration: $25 before 9/8/14
$30 thereafter

Includes event T-shirt*, a goodie bag and a finisher’s award.
This is not a timed event.

Check in (and late registration) 1:30pm
Run/Walk Starts 2:30pm

*must register by 9/8/14 to guarantee event T-shirt

Location of trail: (GPS 36.382734,-79.703124)
Just west of 2138 Wentworth St, Reidsville, NC
See maps and detailed directions at www.chinquapenntrail.org

Questions contact:
T Butler: 336-349-5727
members@danriver.org

Becky Loyacano:904-327-7300
beckyloyacano@yahoo.com

Visit us on Facebook , Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail

Register by mail below, or click 5K registration link at www.chinquapenntrail.org 
9/27/2014
Fish With A Ranger

FISH WITH A RANGER – Saturday, September 27 at the Mayo River State Park

Meet at picnic area parking lot at 1:00pm

Do you have a child who loves to fish? Do you have a child who has never been fishing before? Bring them to fish with a park ranger at Mayo River State Park. Please bring your fishing pole and tackle. If you do not have a pole, the park has them that can be loaned out.

For more information or directions call the park office at 336-427-2530.

9/27/2014
Stoneville Fall Festival
13th Annual Stoneville Rotary Fall Festival!
 
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Great food, live music, crafts, raffles and lots of fun in beautiful downtown Stoneville NC.
Hosted by the Stoneville Rotary Club.
For more information contact: 336-573-3977 or 336-423-9721. 
9/28/2014
Hike with a Ranger at Mayo River State Park
Join a Park Ranger at Mayo River State Park for a leisurely stroll on the 1.8-mile Mayo Mountain Ridge Trail at Mayo Mountain Access. Enjoy this walk as the ranger discusses the flora and fauna along the way. The hike will start at 1:00pm. Meet at the parking lot near the picnic shelter. For more information or directions call (336) 427-2530 or visit www.ncparks.gov and click on Mayo River under Find A Park.


Mayo River State Park
500 Old Mayo Park Rd.
Mayodan, NC  27027
10/4/2014
Madison Heritage Festival

Madison Heritage Festival.. Historical Downtown Madison
Saturday Oct. 4th 10-7
Music on 2 Stages..Tribute to National Recording Artists The Hoppers,which were inducted into Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.They will be here for a one hour show.Eric and the Chilltones will close out the evening from 5 to 7.
Over 100 vendors,demonsrations,Kids Area,Food Court and lots more! For more info call Danny Smith @ 336-548-2305 or Bobby Pleasants @ 336-427-2112.
Applications are being taken now for food and crafters available @ MadisonHeritageFestival.com

10/10/2014 - 10/11/2014
Reidsville Downtown Homegrown Festival
Arts, Crafts, Antiques and Collectables; lots of Food and Fun fill the streets of Downtown Reidsville while music from two stages fill the air. For more information: 336-347-2307 rdc@ci.reidsville.nc.us www.downtownreidsvillenc.com
10/11/2014
Mayo River State Park Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl – Saturday, October 11

Meet at the park office at 7:00pm

Come take a night hike with a ranger as we explore the mysterious world of owls. We will listen for the different calls of owls while exploring their habitats and their place in the environment. Please dress appropriately for existing weather conditions. Bring your own flashlights and bug spray. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be canceled.
For more information or directions call 336-427-2530.

10/11/2014
PRIDE OF MOREHEAD INVITATIONAL
Come out and enjoy this impressive gathering of talent and showmanship as some of the best marching bands in North Carolina and Virginia compete at Morehead High School in Eden, N.C.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Competition begins at 3 p.m. at Panther Stadium in Eden, NC
ADMISSION:  $6 adults - $4 students - 6 & Under Free
For more information visit PRIDEOFMOREHEAD.COM
10/31/2014
Treat Street
The Historic Downtown Leaksville Merchants present 
TREAT STREET
3pm - 6pm on Washington St., Eden NC
Children may dress up and trick-o-treat with participating merchants. Costume contest begoms at 6pm in Washington Street Park



11/15/2014
Hospice 3rd. Annual Comedy Dinner
Hospice of Rockingham County invites you to join them for their 3rd Annual Comedy Dinner
Featuring Kelly Swanson
 
Join us for an evening of good food and good laughs for a great cause!
Saturday, November 15th at 6:30pm First Presbyterian Church, 582 Southwood Drive, Eden, NC

Ticket Price: $50.00 (includes dinner and entertainment) For additional information, call 336-427-9022
Seating is limited—purchase your tickets soon! You may purchase tickets online at www.hospiceofrockinghamcounty.com or via telephone with MasterCard or VISA
If you are interested in purchasing a full table (8 tickets), call the HRC office for details All proceeds to help provide end-of-life care to uninsured patients

Award-winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker and author, Kelly Swanson will present her hilarious and motivating one-woman show “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?” to make you laugh, help you feel appreciated, and point you to a happier ever after. Her wacky cast of southern characters have charmed audiences from coast to coast, from convention halls to cruise ships. www.kellyswanson.net
12/12/2014
Downtown Madison Christmas Stroll
Downtown Madison, NC Come to Historic Downtown Madison and stroll the streets, meet the Merchants and register to win prizes. Santa will be here so bring your kids and camera! Marsh Mellows to roast, stew by the rescue squad, Horse and buggy rides, vendors, carolers, a live nativity great fun for everyone!!

September 27, 2014
Stoneville Fall Festival
more info

September 27, 2014
Fish With A Ranger
more info