Abby Cavenaugh

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The monthly Anson County Board of Education meeting on Nov. 24 was filled with kudos for local students, school board members and community leaders.
During the recognition portion of the meeting, Superintendent Michael Freeman honored numerous students for their accomplishments.
First up, the Anson High School varsity volleyball team and coaches

School board honors students, community leaders

The monthly Anson County Board of Education meeting on Nov. 24 was filled with kudos for local students, school board members and community leaders. During the recognition portion of the meeting, Superintendent Michael Freeman honored numerous students for their accomplishments. First up, the Anson High School varsity volleyball team and coaches

The Anson County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the Peachland area.
According to a press release issued late Monday night, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen confirmed that his office is investigating the deaths of a 33-year-old black male and a 3-year-old female near Peachland.
Sheriff's deputies responded to the c

Sheriff's Office investigating apparent murder-suicide

The Anson County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the Peachland area. According to a press release issued late Monday night, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen confirmed that his office is investigating the deaths of a 33-year-old black male and a 3-year-old female near Peachland. Sheriff's deputies responded to the c

Come Monday, Dec. 1, Anson County will have a new sheriff for the first time in more than 12 years. Current Sheriff Tommy Allen announced his impending retirement last year, and is looking forward to his last day in office on Nov. 30.
“I've had no second thoughts,” he said. “I'm feeling really good about it.”
The sheriff s

Sheriff Allen prepares for retirement

Come Monday, Dec. 1, Anson County will have a new sheriff for the first time in more than 12 years. Current Sheriff Tommy Allen announced his impending retirement last year, and is looking forward to his last day in office on Nov. 30. “I've had no second thoughts,” he said. “I'm feeling really good about it.” The sheriff s

AEDC gets update on various projects

The Anson Economic Development Corporation got an update on several ongoing county projects at the group's regular monthly meeting Thursday morning. Anson County Board of Commissioners Chair Anna Baucom updated the AEDC members on the county's plans, once current County Manager Lawrence Gatewood resigns at the end of the year. “We have appo

No charges will be filed against Morven Fire Chief Mark Holloway, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen announced Thursday morning.
Holloway had been accused of mishandling fire department funds and questionable uses of the fire department's vehicles.
Some of the allegations included checks not being deposited, questionable purchases and unauthorized

No charges to be filed against Morven fire chief

No charges will be filed against Morven Fire Chief Mark Holloway, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen announced Thursday morning. Holloway had been accused of mishandling fire department funds and questionable uses of the fire department's vehicles. Some of the allegations included checks not being deposited, questionable purchases and unauthorized

On Thursday morning, practical nursing students from South Piedmont Community College gave out a total of 615 winter coats, as well as hats, scarves and gloves to needy residents of Anson County.
“Our overall goal was to give back to Anson County,” said Kay Edwards, who headed up the project. “Union County has so many more opport

SPCC nursing students provide free coats

On Thursday morning, practical nursing students from South Piedmont Community College gave out a total of 615 winter coats, as well as hats, scarves and gloves to needy residents of Anson County. “Our overall goal was to give back to Anson County,” said Kay Edwards, who headed up the project. “Union County has so many more opport

It has come to The Anson Record's attention that there was an oversight in last week's front-page article, “'911 baby' doing fine.”
According to Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen, Tammy Little of Lilesville was also on the scene of the “911 baby” birth on Sept. 27, at about the same time as Hallie Bennett, who was mentioned

Update on '911 baby'

It has come to The Anson Record's attention that there was an oversight in last week's front-page article, “'911 baby' doing fine.” According to Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen, Tammy Little of Lilesville was also on the scene of the “911 baby” birth on Sept. 27, at about the same time as Hallie Bennett, who was mentioned

Sheriff: Morven fire chief won't face charges

WADESBORO — No charges will be filed against Morven Fire Chief Mark Holloway, Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen announced Thursday morning. Holloway had been accused of mishandling fire department funds and questionable uses of the fire department's vehicles. Some of the allegations included checks not being deposited, questionable purchases

LILESVILLE — A newborn and his mother are “both doing fine” a little over a month after the baby was birthed with help from a 911 dispatcher.
An urgent call from the Lilesville area came into the 911 communications center on Sept. 27. Hallie Bennett reported that a young lady, Latavias Bennett, was going into labor.
Anson County

'911 baby' happy, healthy after phone birth

LILESVILLE — A newborn and his mother are “both doing fine” a little over a month after the baby was birthed with help from a 911 dispatcher. An urgent call from the Lilesville area came into the 911 communications center on Sept. 27. Hallie Bennett reported that a young lady, Latavias Bennett, was going into labor. Anson County

A Lilesville newborn and his mother are “both doing fine” a little over a month after the baby was birthed with help from a 911 dispatcher.
An urgent call from the Lilesville area came into the 911 Center on Sept. 27. Hallie Bennett reported that a young lady, Latavias Bennett, was going into labor.
Anson County dispatcher LaShonda Sp

'911 baby' doing fine after being birthed over the phone

A Lilesville newborn and his mother are “both doing fine” a little over a month after the baby was birthed with help from a 911 dispatcher. An urgent call from the Lilesville area came into the 911 Center on Sept. 27. Hallie Bennett reported that a young lady, Latavias Bennett, was going into labor. Anson County dispatcher LaShonda Sp

After a closed session during the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 10, the Anson County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint its chair, Anna Baucom, as interim county manager once the current county manager finishes his tenure next month.
Lawrence Gatewood, who has served as county manager since 2010, said his last day will be Dec. 31. He added

Baucom to serve as interim county manager

After a closed session during the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 10, the Anson County Board of Commissioners voted to appoint its chair, Anna Baucom, as interim county manager once the current county manager finishes his tenure next month. Lawrence Gatewood, who has served as county manager since 2010, said his last day will be Dec. 31. He added

Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen, who will retire in December, was recently presented with the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine by N.C. Senator Gene McLaurin.
Allen was first elected sheriff in 1978, the youngest sheriff in the state. He served four terms to 1994. Allen stayed out of law enforcement for eight years. He then ran for sheriff

Retiring sheriff receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen, who will retire in December, was recently presented with the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine by N.C. Senator Gene McLaurin. Allen was first elected sheriff in 1978, the youngest sheriff in the state. He served four terms to 1994. Allen stayed out of law enforcement for eight years. He then ran for sheriff

A Wadesboro family is homeless after a fire destroyed their home at 611 Salisbury St. on Monday.
Wadesboro Fire Chief Marc Sessions said the fire department was called to the structure fire at 7:45 a.m. Monday. The home, a two-story brick structure, was already under heavy fire conditions when firefighters arrived, Sessions said.
“The famil

Fire destroys Wadesboro home

A Wadesboro family is homeless after a fire destroyed their home at 611 Salisbury St. on Monday. Wadesboro Fire Chief Marc Sessions said the fire department was called to the structure fire at 7:45 a.m. Monday. The home, a two-story brick structure, was already under heavy fire conditions when firefighters arrived, Sessions said. “The famil

Anson County celebrated Veterans Day with its annual parade through Uptown Wadesboro on Monday, followed by its annual ceremony in front of the courthouse and an afternoon event at Ray Shelton Ballfield.
County and municipal leaders, JROTC members, members of VFW Post 10403, the HOLLA Center's tennis team, members of Just for Kicks, firefighters a

Anson County veterans celebrated with parade, ceremony

Anson County celebrated Veterans Day with its annual parade through Uptown Wadesboro on Monday, followed by its annual ceremony in front of the courthouse and an afternoon event at Ray Shelton Ballfield. County and municipal leaders, JROTC members, members of VFW Post 10403, the HOLLA Center's tennis team, members of Just for Kicks, firefighters a

Commissioners consider adding Wadesboro to county water

During a busy regular monthly meeting on Monday night, the Anson County Board of Commissioners heard a request from the town of Wadesboro for the town to tap into Anson County's water supply. County utilities director Mike Sessions said his department has been looking into this, and is considering running a 24-inch redundant water line from Lilesv

Out of 10 North Carolina counties lobbying for a -cent sales tax referendum to improve education, only Anson and Ashe were successful. According to the N.C. Board of Elections, sales tax referendums failed in Bertie, Bladen, Carteret, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Rockingham and Stanly counties.
So what made the referendum successful in Anson?

Anson voters say yes to quarter-of-a-cent sales tax, no to alcohol

Out of 10 North Carolina counties lobbying for a -cent sales tax referendum to improve education, only Anson and Ashe were successful. According to the N.C. Board of Elections, sales tax referendums failed in Bertie, Bladen, Carteret, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Rockingham and Stanly counties. So what made the referendum successful in Anson?

WADESBORO — Police arrested a bank robbery suspect on Tuesday, less than 15 hours after the holdup at Wadesboro's BB&T branch.
Curtis Lugene Pratt Jr., 28, faces a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Wadesboro Police Department.
Officers responded to the bank robbery call at 3:48 p.m. Monday, but the robber had a

Police arrest suspect in BB&T robbery

WADESBORO — Police arrested a bank robbery suspect on Tuesday, less than 15 hours after the holdup at Wadesboro's BB&T branch. Curtis Lugene Pratt Jr., 28, faces a charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to the Wadesboro Police Department. Officers responded to the bank robbery call at 3:48 p.m. Monday, but the robber had a

Wadesboro Police arrested Curtis Lugene Pratt, Jr., 28, after he allegedly robbed the Wadesboro BB&T on Monday.
Officers responded to the bank robbery call on Monday at 3:48 p.m. but the suspect had already left the building. Police received a description of the suspect, who was described as a tall black male wearing a black coat, according to

Wadesboro police arrest bank robbery suspect

Wadesboro Police arrested Curtis Lugene Pratt, Jr., 28, after he allegedly robbed the Wadesboro BB&T on Monday. Officers responded to the bank robbery call on Monday at 3:48 p.m. but the suspect had already left the building. Police received a description of the suspect, who was described as a tall black male wearing a black coat, according to

The results of the 2014 mid-term election were not available by press time Tuesday, so please see the most up-to-date results on our website, www.ansonrecord.com, and in next week's issue, out Nov. 12.
Anson County Board of Elections director Steve Adams reported Monday that 2,305 county residents cast ballots during early voting, which ended Satu

2014 election results will be available online

The results of the 2014 mid-term election were not available by press time Tuesday, so please see the most up-to-date results on our website, www.ansonrecord.com, and in next week's issue, out Nov. 12. Anson County Board of Elections director Steve Adams reported Monday that 2,305 county residents cast ballots during early voting, which ended Satu

WADESBORO — Anson County commissioners must issue a conditional-use permit to Strata Solar for a Carver Street solar farm, a Superior Court judge ruled this month.
The Anson County Board of Commissioners had previously denied Strata Solar's request for a permit on two occasions. The first denial came after a lengthy hearing in October 2013,

Judge orders county to issue solar farm permit

WADESBORO — Anson County commissioners must issue a conditional-use permit to Strata Solar for a Carver Street solar farm, a Superior Court judge ruled this month. The Anson County Board of Commissioners had previously denied Strata Solar's request for a permit on two occasions. The first denial came after a lengthy hearing in October 2013,





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