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Anson’s unemployment on the rise

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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 received unemployment benefits for the month.June’s rate was 7.3 percent, a full 3 percent lower than the 10.3 percent rate in July 2013, so the rate continues to decrease when compared with last year. Unemployment rates increased in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties in July, but when compared to the same month last year, unemployment rates decreased in all 100 counties.

 

Refuge to discontinue GMO crops by 2016

By 2016, national wildlife refuges across the country will discontinue their use of genetically modified crops and certain pesticides.J.D. Bricken, manager of Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge in Wadesboro, said that the order will affect the local refuge. The refuge has a cooperative farming program that allows farmers to harvest 80 percent of the crop, leaving 20 percent standing to provide food and shelter to wildlife. With the new ban, farmers will still be able to participate in the pro...

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Town of Wadesboro closed for Labor Day holiday

The Wadesboro Town Hall will be closed Sept. 1 for the Labor Day Holiday.There will be no garbage pick-up on Sept. 1 due to the Labor Day Holiday. Monday’s garbage route will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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Back to school and back to the legislature

As our schools are set to begin the new school year, students are both nervous and excited, parents are encouraging their children and helping them get ready, backpacks are filled with school supplies, teachers are getting classrooms and lesson plans prepared, as well as the many other things that are required for a new school year. Administrators are finalizing many details and last but not least support personnel are getting school facilities clean and in order. Everyone is full of anticipa...

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We should follow Churchill’s advice for dealing with ISIS

Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The escalating tensions stemming from these events threaten to destabilize the world at large and serve as a chilling reminder that evil does indeed exist.

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Final public hearing on oil and gas rules moved to different location

RALEIGH — A Sept. 12 public hearing devoted to North Carolina’s oil and gas rules is being moved to another spot on the Western Carolina University campus — the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center, 92 Catamount Road.University officials opted to move the venue of the hearing. The original plan was to have the public hearing at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

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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 teaching and learning activities.”

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Chamber continues school supply drive

The Anson County Chamber of Commerce, along with the Wadesboro Rotary Club has been collecting school supplies throughout the month of August and are still taking donations.Paper, pencils, pens and/or crayons and markers can be brought to the Chamber by the end of August. Monetary donations will also be accepted, and the Chamber will purchase the items for you if you would like. Monetary donations may be made to Anson County Chamber, P.O. Box 305, Wadesboro, NC 28170. Please mark i...

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Anson students flock to Back-to-School Bash

More than 2,000 people turned out for the Back to School Bash,held on Aug. 16, prior to the start of the new school year on Aug. 25.

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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 2006, and has a long history with the sport of baseball.

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Prayer Walks held as school begins

Anson County Woman’s Missionary Union leaders invited other Ansonians to join them Saturday morning at 9 a.m. to offer prayer for the new school year. A different leader was assigned to each school so that at the same time, prayer was offered across the county for students, their parents and guardians, teachers and administrators.

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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 8,540 jobs statewide and generate more than $13.4 million in local tax revenue, according to a press release from the Housing Finance Agency....

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Youngster continues tradition of donating toys to Sheriff’s Office

For the eighth year in a row, Logan Goodwin and his grandmother, Diane Goodwin, brought dozens of new stuffed animals and cartoon figures to the Anson County Sheriff’s Office to be given out to children in crisis situations.Since Logan began this project other organizations and individuals have also provided similar items to the sheriff. “He really started a trend,” Sheriff Tommy Allen said. “We share these with other law enforcement agencies as well as the ...

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HOLLA! tennis event planned for Saturday

The HOLLA! Eagles tennis team will be holding a yard sale this Saturday at the HOLLA! Center in Morven. Clothes, shoes, household items, and many more goodies will be available for purchase.Also the Carolinas Medical Center mobile health screening unit will be on site. For the uninsured, Obamacare administrators will be available for sign-ups. The event will commence at 7 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.For more information, call 704-465-1790.

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Landlord arrested over prematurely evicting tenants

Officers arrested Joan Taylor of Norwood on multiple felony charges last Thursday.A tenant at one of Taylor’s rental properties made the larceny complaint to the Wadesboro Police Department, according to Capt. Brandon Chewning. Taylor was subsequently charged with three felonies: breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, and larceny of a motor vehicle.

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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 the truth. It̵...

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Bringing jobs back to N.C.

North Carolina’s businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow and create jobs. It’s a state priority, as well as one of my own, to support industries and small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs in our local communities. Now more than ever, our businesses and workers need real solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, and provide more opportunity. Unfortunately, our small businesses an...

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A letter of thanks to town of Wadesboro

I would like to thank the Wadesboro Town Manager, Mr. Alex Sewell, and his maintenance staff for the quick response to the hazard on Reddington Street, Wadesboro. Your quick and efficient work done may very well save a life. I thank you all again, and if I can ever be of assistance to your department, I will give the same quick response. May God bless you all.Rev. Charles H. Ford Sr.Wadesboro...

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