Abby Cavenaugh

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After a downward trend, Anson County's unemployment rate increased 0.7 percent for the month of July, to 8 percent, according to numbers released Wednesday morning by the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division.
The 8-percent July rate means that of Anson's 10,632-strong workforce, a total of 847 people receive

Anson's unemployment on the rise

After a downward trend, Anson County's unemployment rate increased 0.7 percent for the month of July, to 8 percent, according to numbers released Wednesday morning by the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The 8-percent July rate means that of Anson's 10,632-strong workforce, a total of 847 people receive

Two young Wadesboro men are being hailed as heroes for helping protect their home against a fire last week.
Mekhi Brooks, 11, and Rondell Thompson, 15, were at home alone on Aug. 21, making themselves some food while their mother, Monica Brooks, was at work at Brown Creek Correctional in Polkton.
Wadesboro Fire Chief Marc Sessions said that altho

Brothers help save home, thanks to fire safety education

Two young Wadesboro men are being hailed as heroes for helping protect their home against a fire last week. Mekhi Brooks, 11, and Rondell Thompson, 15, were at home alone on Aug. 21, making themselves some food while their mother, Monica Brooks, was at work at Brown Creek Correctional in Polkton. Wadesboro Fire Chief Marc Sessions said that altho

Anson County Parks and Recreation director Jeff Waisner will be inducted into the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame in October.
The inductions of Waisner and fellow inductee Brad Childress will take place on Oct. 13 in the Education Center of Stanly Regional Medical Center.
Waisner was inducted into the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame in 2

Parks & Rec director to be inducted into Stanly Sports Hall of Fame

Anson County Parks and Recreation director Jeff Waisner will be inducted into the Stanly County Sports Hall of Fame in October. The inductions of Waisner and fellow inductee Brad Childress will take place on Oct. 13 in the Education Center of Stanly Regional Medical Center. Waisner was inducted into the Wingate University Sports Hall of Fame in 2

Anson County Schools Superintendent Michael Freeman reported a very positive start to the 2014-15 school year on Monday.
“Our opening day of school was very successful,” he said. “Board of Education members and I agreed that we all observed many very positive situations at our schools. Students were quickly engaged in appropriate

Anson heads back to school

Anson County Schools Superintendent Michael Freeman reported a very positive start to the 2014-15 school year on Monday. “Our opening day of school was very successful,” he said. “Board of Education members and I agreed that we all observed many very positive situations at our schools. Students were quickly engaged in appropriate

Abbington Grove of Wadesboro, a planned multi-family apartment complex, was one of the recipients of federal tax credits from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. The agency announced Aug. 19 the award of federal tax credits and other financing to build $423 million of affordable apartments in 37 counties. The work is expected to support 8,54

New apartment complex gets federal tax credits

Abbington Grove of Wadesboro, a planned multi-family apartment complex, was one of the recipients of federal tax credits from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. The agency announced Aug. 19 the award of federal tax credits and other financing to build $423 million of affordable apartments in 37 counties. The work is expected to support 8,54

For the fourth straight year, Anson County has topped AAA Carolinas' list of the most dangerous North Carolina counties for tractor-trailer collisions. The report was based on AAA's analysis of 2013 data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Anson County was ranked No. 1 for best chance of being in a collision with a tractor traile

Anson tops most dangerous list for tractor trailers

For the fourth straight year, Anson County has topped AAA Carolinas' list of the most dangerous North Carolina counties for tractor-trailer collisions. The report was based on AAA's analysis of 2013 data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Anson County was ranked No. 1 for best chance of being in a collision with a tractor traile

The tragic death of Robin Williams last week has opened many people's eyes to the plight of those who suffer with depression. It's not merely something you can “get over” or “cheer up” or choose not to be. I saw a tweet that said asking someone why they're depressed is like asking someone why they're diabetic. And that is th

Out of the shadows

The tragic death of Robin Williams last week has opened many people's eyes to the plight of those who suffer with depression. It's not merely something you can “get over” or “cheer up” or choose not to be. I saw a tweet that said asking someone why they're depressed is like asking someone why they're diabetic. And that is th

After the Anson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to move forward with putting alcohol sales to a vote in the November elections, questions have arisen from many residents about what exactly the vote means and which commissioners voted for it or against it.
The vote was 4-2, with Commissioners Dr. Jim Sims and Bobby Sikes voting agains

Commissioners split on alcohol sales vote

After the Anson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to move forward with putting alcohol sales to a vote in the November elections, questions have arisen from many residents about what exactly the vote means and which commissioners voted for it or against it. The vote was 4-2, with Commissioners Dr. Jim Sims and Bobby Sikes voting agains

Eddie Clyde Helms, 61, of Marshville was arrested Tuesday morning for the November 1988 murder of John T. Griffin III in Peachland, as well as a 2012 murder in Union County.
Griffin was shot to death while installing a TV antenna on his roof, Sheriff Tommy Allen said.
Helms was also charged in the 2012 Union County murder of Charles Ronald Godwin

Marshville man arrested for 1988 murder

Eddie Clyde Helms, 61, of Marshville was arrested Tuesday morning for the November 1988 murder of John T. Griffin III in Peachland, as well as a 2012 murder in Union County. Griffin was shot to death while installing a TV antenna on his roof, Sheriff Tommy Allen said. Helms was also charged in the 2012 Union County murder of Charles Ronald Godwin

Eddie Clyde Helms, 61, of Marshville was arrested Tuesday morning for the November 1988 murder of John T. Griffin III in Peachland, as well as a 2012 murder in Union County. Griffin was shot to death while installing a TV antenna on his roof on Nov. 10, 1988, Sheriff Tommy Allen said. While he was on the roof, Griffin was ambushed, shot with a .12-

UPDATED: Marshville man arrested on 24-year-old murder charges

Eddie Clyde Helms, 61, of Marshville was arrested Tuesday morning for the November 1988 murder of John T. Griffin III in Peachland, as well as a 2012 murder in Union County. Griffin was shot to death while installing a TV antenna on his roof on Nov. 10, 1988, Sheriff Tommy Allen said. While he was on the roof, Griffin was ambushed, shot with a .12-

After a recent vote by the Wadesboro Town Council concerning alcohol sales at this fall's Taste of the Pee Dee Festival, alcohol sales in Anson County have come to the forefront.
At its most recent monthly meeting, the Wadesboro Town Council amended an earlier vote on alcohol sales during the festival. The new vote means that alcoholic beverages w

Alcohol sales may come to a vote

After a recent vote by the Wadesboro Town Council concerning alcohol sales at this fall's Taste of the Pee Dee Festival, alcohol sales in Anson County have come to the forefront. At its most recent monthly meeting, the Wadesboro Town Council amended an earlier vote on alcohol sales during the festival. The new vote means that alcoholic beverages w

After the Anson County Board of Commissioners awarded one of its surplus sheriff's patrol vehicles to the town of Morven last month, three more town officials appeared before the commissioners this month to ask for the same courtesy. Ansonville Mayor Lyndell Ingram, Lilesville Police Chief Bobby Gallimore and Peachland Mayor Richard Allen all waite

Town officials seek free patrol cars from county

After the Anson County Board of Commissioners awarded one of its surplus sheriff's patrol vehicles to the town of Morven last month, three more town officials appeared before the commissioners this month to ask for the same courtesy. Ansonville Mayor Lyndell Ingram, Lilesville Police Chief Bobby Gallimore and Peachland Mayor Richard Allen all waite

Last week, the N.C. General Assembly passed a state budget that includes a 7-percent pay raise for public school teachers statewide.
Although a press release from House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) touted the raise as “the largest teacher pay raise in state history,” the budget compro

State budget includes pay raise for teachers

Last week, the N.C. General Assembly passed a state budget that includes a 7-percent pay raise for public school teachers statewide. Although a press release from House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) touted the raise as “the largest teacher pay raise in state history,” the budget compro




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