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Citizens Academy class graduates

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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.


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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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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Caraway Foundation, HOLLA! give 122 AHS students computers

Thanks to the Caraway Foundation, HOLLA! and the Kramden Institute, 122 Anson High School students have refurbished computers in their homes, completely free of charge.The computer giveaway at AHS completes the organizations’ first loop around to all Anson County schools. Since January 2013, computers have been placed in nearly 500 homes in Anson County.The computers are refurbished and provided by Kramden Institute in Durham. “Their mission is to make sure e...

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LES sweet potato project named one of best in N.C.

Lilesville Elementary School is one of three schools in the county that was selected as first place winners of the N.C. Sweet Potato Month Promotion. The judges were very impressed with the broad range of activities the schools took part in and how the entire school was involved. North Carolina Department of Agriculture marketing specialist Heather Barnes will be coming to visit Anson County Schools at some point in the near future.Sweet potatoes have been around since the prehisto...

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Anson County’s unemployment drops 1.1 percent in February

Anson County’s unemployment rate took a steep drop in February, down to 7.5 percent, according to a report released Wednesday morning by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division.The 7.5 rate is down 1.1 percent from January’s rate of 8.6 percent. When compared to the same time period last year, Anson’s unemployment is down 4 percent from the February 2013 rate of 11.5 percent.

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Carolinas HealthCare System names Henderson to lead Anson facility

WADESBORO — Carolinas HealthCare System announced that Gary Henderson will serve as the assistant vice president of the new Carolinas Healthcare System-Anson campus, as Dr. Fredrick Thompson retires and begins a new role as director of the Anson County Health Department.Henderson recently served as the executive director for two long-term care facilities within the System, Jesse Helms Nursing Center in Monroe, and Lillie Bennett Nursing Center in Wadesboro.“G...

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Saluting our 911 Center employees

The third week of this month, April 13-19, will be National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, a national salute to all of the men and women dedicated to serving 911 centers all across the nation. This was first established in 1991 by an act of Congress and has been an annual national event since.It is estimated that there are over 200,000 public safety dispatchers across our nation. These are highly trained and dedicated individuals who work long hours, nights and holidays to s...

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Rep. Brody shares March interim news

Rep. Mark Brody has shared news from his office for the month of March.Land Development CommitteeThe Committee on Land Development had its third meeting this month where members discussed a number of potential solutions to prevent the adverse situation caused by land development projects that become abandoned as the result of a defunct developer.Link: Desert...

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We need to improve programs to help working, impoverished Americans

This week I had the privilege of joining my colleague Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02) for a panel discussion at the third Annual Poverty Summit led by Catholic Charities USA. The summit brings local community leaders and policy makers together for a discussion about ways to end poverty in the United States.

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Citizens Academy holds final class before Thursday’s graduation

The Anson Sheriff’s Citizens Academy met last Thursday for its final class session before graduation.A representative with the Department of Homeland Security began, providing an overview of the history and functions of the department, including its protection from/response to terrorist attacks, man-made accidents and natural disasters.The representative listed a variety of crimes DHS may work on investigating, including sex trafficking, counterfeiting merchandise,...

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Wadesboro Council denies RV park, increases fire tax

The Wadesboro Town Council voted for an increase in a fire district tax and voted down a proposed RV park during its meeting on Monday.The park’s proposed location on Airport Road was controversial as nearby residents complained that there were safety concerns about having a park so close to home. The board heard both from supporters of the park and residents who were against it.

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