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Arsonist arrested in Morven

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On the evening of April 9, firefighters and the N.C. Forest Service were dispatched to multiple woods fires in the Morven area.N.C. Forest Service District 3 Ranger Jay Strider said that he investigated the fires, along with Anson County Fire Marshal Rodney Diggs, and with information provided by a firefighter with the Morven Fire Department, they were able to make an arrest.Steven Dennis Dean was arrested by the Anson County Sheriff’s Office and charged with five counts of arson.


AEDC gets update on various projects

The Anson Economic Development Corporation had a relatively short meeting Thursday morning, during which the local business leaders caught up on various goings-on that affect economic development in the county.Don Altieri brought up a website, called Career Headline, which was put together by the Centralina Workforce Development board to help employers and employees find the right skill sets. “It’s geared toward job seekers but it also shows data on the entire region,&#...

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County water rates remain unchanged for next year

The Anson County Board of Commissioners has approved the fiscal year 2014-15 Utilities Budget, County Manager Lawrence Gatewood reported Thursday. There is no change in water and wastewater rates for next year.The late payment fee will increase from $5 to $10, effective July 1, 2014.Comments or questions should be submitted to Mike Sessions, director, Anson County Utilities Department, 704-694-5208.

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Easter weekend travelers will find prices lower than last year

CHARLOTTE — While gasoline prices have climbed 36 cents a gallon since Christmas, they are still 5.6 cents a gallon less on average in North Carolina than they were last Easter.Typically a family stay-at-home holiday, Easter gas prices always serve as precursor to higher prices due to the May 1 national deadline for refineries to start producing less-polluting summer-blend fuel. This transition pressures prices upward because supply becomes crimped.North Carolina p...

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Sen. McLaurin hosts first meeting of Young Leaders Advisory Council

On Tuesday night, Sen. Gene McLaurin hosted what he hopes will be the first of many future meetings of what he calls the Young Leaders Advisory Council. The council is made up of business and community leaders in their 20s, 30s and 40s throughout Anson County and other neighboring counties.McLaurin said he got the idea from a similar group of young professionals in Scotland County, which is also part of the five-county district he serves in the N.C. Senate. “I’ve been i...

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State legislators ranked on effectiveness, attendance

All state senators and representatives were ranked on their effectiveness and attendance for 2013 in a report released by the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research on April 8.Senator Gene McLaurin (D-25) and Rep. Mark Brody (R-55), who represent Anson County in the General Assembly, received respectable marks in the survey. Both are freshmen in the state legislature, and both are very active in their home counties of Richmond, for McLaurin, and Union, for Brody. However, both are ...

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PPES honors Terrific Kids

Peachland-Polkton Elementary School held its Terrific Kids Celebration for the third nine weeks last Tuesday. Pictured are the students who were recognized for this honor. Front row, from left, ArRiyonah Addison, Bostyn Bridgers, Aaliyah Phillips-Murdock, Will Kelly, Genesis Moore, Logan Davis, Faith Dyne, Ladante Huntley, Kayla Barrino, Dylan Kiser, Anniston Anastas, James Martin, Saria Maske, Gage Lookabill, Za’Dariya Wall, Brayden Burr, Robin Wilhoit, Andrew Hill, Brandon Miranda-Gom...

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Saying thanks is not enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we meet veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans.They can be forgiven if they think “Thanks for your service” is an incomplete thank you, an insincere and hollow expression, showing a lack of understanding and real appreciation of what these men and women had been through.So how can we appreciate what they have done, if we have no idea about their real experiences?There is help. In 12 ...

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Even constituents agree: Washington spending is out of hand

This week, I heard from countless constituents concerned with Washington’s out-of-control spending and insurmountable debt. I’d like to share a letter I received from a constituent in Concord:“My wife and I are most concerned about the huge and growing debt the U.S. has accrued. I urge you and Congress to do what is necessary to cut government spending as necessary to get rid of the deficit. Ronald Reagan said it best when he said the problem with U.S. Government ...

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BRLC offers free USDA food commodities April 22

Burnsville Recreation & Learning Center Emergency Food Pantry has received a large shipment of TEFAP products. The food commodities are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Federal Income Guidelines will be the determining factor for each individual’s eligibility.Leg quarters and apple sauce from March commodities will be available until it is all given out. The food items will be made available to only Ansonians that qualify. If you have not regi...

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Board of Elections shares information on absentee ballots

In an effort to provide our military and overseas voters with the greatest opportunity to vote, the Anson County Board of Elections is providing information to our armed forces:SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR OVERSEAS MILITARY VOTERSSome citizens, such as people serving in the military who are away from their permanent home on Election Day, their families, or U.S. citizens who are living abroad, have special voting rights and ways to register to vote. These people have the choi...

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Citizens Academy class graduates

The 12th Anson Sheriff’s Citizens Academy held its graduation ceremony on Thursday.Sheriff Tommy Allen presented a certificate of completion and a small badge lapel pin to each graduate. He also showed a video of many of the photos taken of the activities the class did set to appropriately-themed music including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Bad Boys,” and the James Bond theme song.

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Anson High School earns $2 million Youth Career-Connect Grant

“The future is now,” beamed Charles Murphy, principal of Anson High School, when asked his reaction to the new federal Youth Career-Connect Grant which the school system has received. “For years we have wanted to unite Career-Technical Education with academics to help students prepare for success in college and careers. With this grant funding we will now be able to provide the resources to advance their preparation in key STEM areas.”

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One arrested, four still at large in countywide drug roundup

UPDATE: On March 27, the Anson County Sheriff’s Office led a major drug bust, the culmination of an eight-month long investigation. Fourteen people were arrested two weeks ago, and, Sheriff Tommy Allen reported on Monday, one more individual has been arrested in connection with the drug bust operation. Four individuals are still at large, and are being sought by the Sheriff’s Office.The March 27 drug roundup netted 178 charges against 29 individuals. Firearms, money, co...

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Friends of Anson County Animal Shelter holds first organizational meeting

The Anson County Health Department is pleased to report that the newly formed Board of the Friend of the Anson County Animal Shelter, Inc., held its organizational meeting on April 8.This is a volunteer group whose mission is to support the operation of the new animal shelter in Anson County. The nonprofit will manage fundraising and ongoing donations for the shelter. The seven-member volunteer board includes Sheriff Tommy Allen, County Manager Lawrence Gatewood, Interim Health Dep...

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Grace Senior Center hosts annual Senior Fashion Show

Eight ladies took part in Grace Senior Center’s second Senior Fashion Show, held Thursday morning at the Lockhart-Taylor Center in Wadesboro. Judges County Clerk Bonnie Huntley, Extension Agent Erin Dempsey and Grace Senior Center employee Wanda Talbott had a tough time deciding the four winners from among the stylish women who took a turn on the “catwalk.”Rosa Smith, who wore a two-piece red suit and matching hat, was ultimately named the winner for both her outf...

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Lilesville Fire Department receives donation from NCEMC

The Lilesville Fire Department recently received a $5,000 donation from North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation. The money will be used to purchase new rescue equipment to help the fire department achieve a specialty certification from the state, according to EMC. Shawn Flowler, manager of N.C. EMC’s gas peaking plant in Anson County, presented the donation to LFD Chief Marty K. Morton Jr.Morton said the department is preparing to be inspected for the Heavy Rescue cert...

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Board of Elections discusses Lilesville voting locations, office safety

The Board of Elections had a full agenda during its meeting last Tuesday, discussing its Lilesville voting plan, and office and ballot security.Lilesville Voting PlanThe board discussed the few possible voting locations in Lilesville. Although Lilesville Elementary School is an option, the board has been trying to move voting locations out of schools for safety reasons. The only other facility large enough to house the voters and equipment is the fire de...

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