Governor advocates for job readiness at local stop

MOORESVILLE – “What am I doing here talking about education with the Superintendent of the Year?” Gov. Pat McCrory asked March 6 as he began his keynote speech for the Career Bridge Advisory Council Symposium.

McCrory, after giving kudos to Superintendent Mark Edwards, addressed the crowd of about 1,000 Mooresville Graded School District students, parents and teachers at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.

He hit on one of his main concerns – job readiness. As someone who has a heart for vocational training, he meets regularly with leaders of industries across the state.

“Businesses have job openings but they tell me they don’t find qualified candidates,” he said.

McCrory sees the need for all kinds of technical skills, such as AC/Heating and agriculture equipment repair.

“We need a career choice path for both vocations and college,” he said.

After his speech, The Herald Weekly asked McCrory what he thought of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools  adding more magnet programs and school-within-a-school concepts.

“It’s a good first step and it needs to get better,” he replied. “We need to streamline and give more flexibility for teachers and flexibility in testing the methods.”

 

Davidson raises affordable home prices

DAVIDSON — After months of discussion, Davidson commissioners approved a 2 percent sales price increase for affordable homes with restricted deeds.

Davidson Affordable Housing Coordinator Cindy Reid said 56 homes are in the affordable housing program, which is geared toward people with incomes close to the area median income of $64,200, depending on family size. Deeds are restricted so homeowners will sell their properties to others participating in the program. However, the income index has decreased in recent years because of unemployment, lowering the allowed sales price of those homes.

So affordable housing homeowners, who purchased between 2008 and 2013, don’t lose money when trying to sell their homes this year, the board agreed to raise the price restriction by 2 percent.

“Two or three percent doesn’t sound like much, but when the homeowner adds an additional 5 percent for real estate commission, it’s really going up 7-8 percent,” Reid said. “If you add too much to the sale price, you get to the point it’s not affordable for the income level it’s designed to be affordable to.” 

 

Drink, eat local at chili, beer farmers market fundraiser

DAVIDSON — Get a taste of local flavors during the upcoming Chili and Beer Event, hosted by the Davidson Farmer’s Market and Summit Coffee.

It takes place 10 a.m.-noon March 22 at the market, between Main and Jackson streets.

The $10 ticket pays for up to four beef, chicken and vegetarian chili samples made by market vendors, plus a “generous” sample of a North Carolina beer with each, Market Manager Courtney Spear said.  It’s a fundraiser for the farmer’s market.

Attendance is capped at 60 tickets, which are available 5-7 p.m. March 21 at Summit Coffee or at the market March 22. All ages are welcome, though have ID ready. Non-alcoholic drinks are offered.

“It’s important that they are using ground beef, potatoes and almost all the things that go into the soups and stew, to demonstrate that you can buy just about everything at the market,” Spear said. “And it tastes better, is fresher and comes from within 100 miles of Davidson.”

March 22 is the final winter market. Kickoff for the spring market is April 5. 

 

Police find cocaine during traffic stop

CORNELIUS — Town police apprehended a man March 10 on cocaine charges.

Cornelius Police stopped Brian Edward Patterson, 41, of Cornelius at Catawba Road near Statesville Avenue during a traffic stop and they began investigating for drugs, said Cornelius Police Public Information Officer Betsy Shores. 

He was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. Shores said she didn’t know how much he had, but said it was a routine arrest. He was taken to jail on a $15,000 secured bond.