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Living the Good Life

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Welcome to the April issue. April is the perfect month to appreciate all this season has to offer! As you are reading this, hopefully you have had time to take in a baseball game, get out to the lake for a boat ride, or enjoy a picnic with your family. This month also brings art crawls, wine tastings, and many other downtown events in both Mooresville and Statesville. Whatever your pleasure, we are so fortunate in this area to have numerous events for every member of the family to enjoy. This is also a wonderful time of year to hit the links if you are a golfer. Did you ever try playing disc golf? It is gaining in popularity and is a fun sport that most family members can play. Maybe you prefer horseback riding. If so, there are numerous trails and places to ride throughout our area. Try to get out as much as possible to soak up the warm sunshine during the month of April! Until next month, thank you for reading the April issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

Myron T. Gough Publisher-Iredell Living

Iredell Living the Good Life

April 2018

Mailing Address - P.O. Box 57 Harmony, NC 28634 (704) 546-5511 E-mail - CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Kristie Darling • Kirk Ballard • David Bradley Meredith Collins • Kathy Wheeler Lauren Davidson • Dr. Lindsay Spears COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Shane Greene Photography COVER STORY Bell Landscape Supply Editorial Stock photography, unless otherwise noted, is from iStock.

RETRACTION: In the March issue, on pages 18 and 19, the photos for All Generations Audiology were incorrectly credited. Moments by Heather Edmunds Photography took those photos.

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Spring has arrived! It is time to

brighten up our décor and clean out our flower beds and pots, getting them ready for some May plantings. I don’t know about you, but after hibernating during the cold winter months, I am ready to let the sunshine in! Bring the color of spring indoors by replacing dark throw pillows and bedding with light, airy colors. Arrange pitchers of tulips and other fresh flowers or simply display a bowl of lemons. Open the blinds and drapes, clean the windows, and let the sun pour in! If the weather permits, open the windows for a fresh breeze, and air out your indoor spaces. Choose a sunny window, and start an herb garden in small pots. The new colors and plants will not only brighten your space but will lift your mood. If you like planting a vegetable garden, then April is your month in our area according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. On their website at, they offer a planting calendar under the gardening tab. Just put in your zip code, and a 12-month calendar is produced that explains what to plant when. According to our area’s calendar, April is perfect for planting beets, broccoli, summer cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, kale, leeks, lettuce,

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potatoes, spinach, peas, and other vegetables. You want to wait until May to plant melons, okra, peppers, squash, and tomatoes. This is a very handy website, especially for new gardeners. The Almanac also estimates that our last frost will be around April 4th. For that reason, I typically wait until May to plant any annuals. I have learned this lesson the hard way, by planting flowers too early only to lose them to a late frost. In my defense, it is extremely difficult to visit a garden center or greenhouse when all those flowers are in bloom and not make an impulsive purchase! However, if you buy them too early, you will be bringing them indoors to avoid frost and cold weather that can damage or even kill the plant. Instead, I now spend April cleaning outdoor spaces and furniture, clearing out pots and adding new soil, and prepping flower beds–– pulling weeds, turning mulch, and adding fresh mulch where needed––in preparation of planting those beautiful blooms in May. Don’t despair. Warm weather is just around the corner. Enjoy April and its mild temperatures. Before long, we will be reminiscing about spring when summer rolls around and the weather is smoldering!

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Bell Landscape Supply

Your Local One-Stop Landscape Shop By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography (except where noted)

Local? One-stop? Let me add, problem solver! When it comes to finding solutions to any landscaping issue you have, Bell Landscape Supply is a home-grown source here in Iredell County. If your concerns about projects sound like this: Where do I get all this stuff? Why isn’t this working? I need help! Or, I know I want it to look beautiful, but I don’t know how to get there, then this is your place! Jason Drum is president and co-owner of Bell Landscape Supply. This spring, Jason, along with partners Dwayne Bell and David Sherrill, and all the employees are celebrating Bell 12


Landscape’s seventh anniversary by continuing the company’s practice of making certain every customer is satisfied they got their money’s worth, and more. WHO WE ARE, WHAT WE DO Rated five stars on Google, with glowing reviews on Facebook, Bell Landscape Supply is the place to go for a large, unique selection of the right materials and plants at competitive prices. “We opened primarily as a mulch and stone yard, and quickly saw that homeowners and contractors needed to have a local source for everything landscaping, with

great advice, too,” Jason explained as he showed me around the landscape yard. “Nowadays, we have just about any product you might need for outdoor projects, from plants, organic compost and mulch, to custom blended grass seed, fertilizer and lime, boulders, flagstone, pavers, and retaining wall block. All these products can be picked up or delivered. We have a full line of accessories and tools, and our people know their stuff.” Jason and his crew offer consultation services to develop custom plans for new or established yards and landscapes. They can also refer dependable contractors to install what they sell for folks who don’t want to do the work themselves, although, many homeowners do enjoy getting their hands dirty in the garden. SPECIALTIES AT BELL LANDSCAPE “Our focus is always to provide the right recommendations and the right materials at a reasonable price” said David Walker, nursery manager. David’s knowledge of plants and special touch for landscape design keep customers coming back for his good advice. “Plants have specific requirements for healthy growth; it’s important the soil, sun exposure, fertilizer, and water are considered. With a large selection of dependable trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetables, and flowers, a visit to Bell Landscape Supply is a gardeners’ shopping delight. Expert advice included. CUSTOMER SERVICE IS NUMBER ONE “It’s important we ask questions and listen carefully to what our customers want so we can help them get the right items to fit their needs and budget,” Jason continued, “People should understand, for instance, that while spring may seem like the right time to overseed, it really isn’t; fall is best. We can start now preparing the lawn with fertilizer and weed control products,

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On the cover Jason Drum, president and co-owner, of Bell Landscape Supply Opposite page Bell’s friendly crew is focused on providing excellent customer service. Left– bird’s eye view Left–A shows the vast, colorful selection of materials for your home. Photo provided by Bell Landscape Supply IREDELL LIVING • APRIL 2018


but we should wait until fall to sow.” Bell Landscape Supply has their own specially blended grass seed mixes developed specifically for our area: Bell’s premium turf blend and Bell’s southern shade mix. If you’ve ever tried to grow grass in the shade, I recommend learning about their will take the guess work out of seed selection for this tricky setting.

Fescue Lawn Care Guide Early Spring: 15-0-5 fertilizer with Dimension pre-emergent weed control Late Spring: 0-0-7 fertilizer with Iron and Dimension Summer: keep an eye out for lawn disease and pests. Generally, no fertilizer applications. Early Fall: core aerate lawn, apply starter fertilizer, lime and seed Late Fall: apply 28-2-3 fertilizer *For an organic option, substitute Holganix 7-9-5 fertilizer Custom blended soils, fertilizer, and organic composts also make a big difference in lawn and garden success. Bell’s topsoil and garden soil blends have been developed for vegetable gardens, landscape beds, and lawns. They greatly improve soil structure of the hard clay soil we see here. “Roots grow where there is water and air,” Jason said. “Garden success requires quality materials and amending soil correctly. Our products are selected for their high standards.” One fine product line is local favorite, Daddy Pete’s soils and amendments. Sold in bags or bulk, people know they’ll get great results with this tried and true brand.


Above, top to bottom • Ron Springer is ready to load a scoop of mulch on your truck or trailer. • Need it delivered? Bell Landscape Supply offers fast and friendly service. • Dwayne Bell, David Sherrill and Jason Drum established Bell Landscape Supply in March, 2011.



MULCH AND STONE ADD SO MUCH “Mulch is our number one seller,” Jason explained, “Our red oak mulch is always in high demand, and we have the best South Carolina long-leaf pine needle bales. We have 12 types of mulch you can select onsite to pick up yourself or have delivered, each with specific qualities for any situation. Our staff can help you choose the best one, whether it’s our mixed hardwood, shredded pine, cedar chips, or high quality deco mulches.” Rock products include 10 decorative gravels for beds and pathways, like high-end Timberlite, unique for it’s beautiful coloring, Appalachia river rock, from tiny pea gravel size to football size, and a large selection of decorative Tennessee fieldstone boulders. Gorgeous, hand-split, natural thin veneer complements any color scheme. It is often used for facing home foundations and for dry-stack garden walls. Their huge selection of stone can create fire pits, retaining walls, borders, walkways,

and patios. Getting the best advice on drainage and energy efficient landscape solutions can make or break your project. “We help you put the right products in the right places,” Jason said, “for easy care and maintenance and the look that suits your style. We take into consideration your time, energy, and expense for a beautiful, user-friendly result.”

Photo provided by Bell Landscape Supply

Photo provided by Bell Landscape Supply

A LITTLE HISTORY Jason had worked in landscaping since 1999, most recently as a designer for a large landscaping company in Hickory. After losing his job in the great recession, he was looking for new opportunities. At a family gathering, Jason asked his cousin and president of Bell Construction, Dwayne Bell, how the landscaping at his home was going. Dwayne mentioned he was thinking of starting a mulch yard at the construction company. After weeks of planning, the initial effort to open the landscape supply store with Jason as manager was put aside. Knowing this business was a great opportunity, Jason asked Dwayne and David Sherrill if he could become a managing partner to help ease the financial uncertainty of a start-up business in a struggling economy. “Kelly encouraged me to look past our fears and go for it,” Jason said, “She knew that not doing this could lead to regret. My dad, Wayne Drum, has been there for me throughout this endeavor. He was, and still is, a huge moral support. Dad worked every Saturday for the first six years and refused to take any pay. In the early years, we would see a truck coming down the road and just wish for it to pull in. I can’t thank him enough, or David, Dwayne, Judy Cashion, and everyone at Bell Construction for all their tremendous support.” Jason and Kelly have a seven-year-old daughter, Avery, who enjoys music, dance, reading, and swimming. Their threeyear-old son, Jaxon, loves it when Daddy brings home a dump truck from work. He enjoys playing in the mulch with his toy tractors. Kelly is a valued teacher for Catawba County Schools and an Appalachian State University alumna. SPRING IS HERE! “We’re all about helping create beautiful landscapes that work for our customers,” Jason shared. “Our products and materials are top-quality, our advice is sound, and our people provide the best in customer service. We stand behind everything we sell, and our reputation reflects that.” It’s springtime, and I suggest a visit to discover how Jason and his team can help your project come to fruition. With a mission to provide quality, hand-selected landscape materials to homeowners and contractors, and bring the beauty of nature to your backyard, you will be well served with results you will love for years to come.


Above, top to bottom • Fully stocked stone yard for every project. Custom orders are welcome. • Jason gives timely landscaping advice every Friday at 8:45 am on WAME 92.9 FM. • Bell Landscape Supply is renowned for their beautiful South Carolina long leaf pine straw. Bell Landscape Supply 2472 Northside Drive, Statesville 704.253.7010 Facebook – Bell Landscape Supply, Inc. IREDELL LIVING • APRIL 2018


#DetoxFromSocialMedia By Lauren Davidson

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I have a confession to make: I am downright sick of social media. A few months ago, I read an article about smartphone apps that monitor your use of every app on your phone. The one I chose to download also monitored the total time you spent on your phone each day and how many times you checked your phone. The average time I spent on my phone was about two hours a day, which I learned was far less than the national average for my age group (shoutout to my fellow millennials!) of about five hours a day. The app also tells you which apps are sucking up the majority of your time, and I wasn’t surprised by what topped my list at all: Instagram. Here’s the thing, though. I don’t actually enjoy Instagram or social media. I don’t have a Twitter, and I only check Facebook for local events. I actually really wish there was a separate site specifically for that purpose, so I wouldn’t 16


have to scroll through people’s political rants or endless baby photos. I don’t think I would have a Facebook account at all if it weren’t for the groups that I’m in and the local event invitations. As for Snapchat, I probably check mine about once a day and sometimes forget it’s even installed on my phone. Instagram is really where my problem lies. Just like many of you, I scroll mindlessly through Instagram and don’t even really process what I’m absorbing, and that’s worrisome. I have an aunt who used to turn down book or TV recommendations based on the fact that she wanted to be very intentional about what she was taking in. I used to think that was weird, but now I’m in full support of that idea. When I think about the content that I’m constantly looking at, none of it seems authentic. Maybe it’s because I follow a lot of influencers, but I feel like everyone is just trying to sell me something,

whether it’s an actual product or a lifestyle. Even my normal friends have adopted this same social media tactic: the lighting has to be perfect, the plate has to be arranged at just the right angle. I feel frustrated because, not only do I use it on a personal basis, but also for my business. Frankly, when I go on a social media detox, which I do pretty frequently on my personal account, I notice that I miss references in conversations, and sometimes people are offended. For instance, I had a meeting scheduled with someone recently, and they assumed that I knew they had the flu, even though they hadn’t emailed or texted me about it. Because they had posted on social media, they just figured I would have seen it. That’s the reason I tell myself that I can’t sever ties with social media, but is that really true? Just like any addiction, it may just be an excuse.


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Left–Dr. Stephen Giordano, DO, and the staff of Carolina Age Management Institute. Front row–Cassie Peters, LE; Hana Petrea, LE; Erin Sheffield, Administrator Back row–Jessica Hodge, Cheryl Cloninger, LE; Dr. Stephen Giordano, DO; Sally Wesselman, RN; Kailey Girst (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) Opposite page–Photos of an actual patient of Dr. Giordano two months after having one deep laser resurfacing treatment for wrinkles around the eyes. Laser resurfacing stimulates the growth of new collagen over a 4 to 6 month period. (Photos provided by CAMI)

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One of the most important things to me, as a dentist, is to make sure my patients are well informed and understand the decisions they make about their oral health. An ongoing conversation in the dental world is about amalgam and its safety. What is a dental amalgam? Dental amalgam is a material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay. It is a mixture of liquid mercury and a powdered alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. Can a patient be harmed by amalgam? Amalgam is considered a safe, affordable, and durable material. It has been studied and reviewed extensively and has established a record of safety and effectiveness.

Is Mercury In Dental Fillings Safe? By Dr. Lindsay Spears Photos by Tabitha Goforth

Is mercury in amalgam the same as the mercury in some types of fish? No. There are several different chemical forms of mercury: elemental mercury, inorganic mercury, and methylmercury. The form used in amalgam is elemental mercury, which releases mercury vapor. The form of mercury found in fish is methylmercury, a type of organic mercury. The body processes these forms of mercury differently and has different levels of tolerance for each. Methylmercury is much more toxic than mercury vapor. Should I consider having my amalgam fillings removed? If the fillings are in good condition and there is no decay beneath the filling, the FDA does not recommend that the amalgam fillings be removed or replaced. Removing sound amalgam fillings results in unnecessary loss of healthy tooth structure and exposes the patient to additional mercury vapor released during the removal process.

About the Author

Dr. Lindsay Spears is a dentist and owner of Carolina Crossroads Dental Care located at 1316 Davie Avenue, Suite B, in Statesville. Dr. Spears provides affordable, topnotch dental care for all ages. To make an appointment, call 704.322.3288. For more information, visit

What are the alternatives to amalgam? Tooth-colored composite fillings are the most common alternative to amalgam. They may be less durable than amalgam and may need to be replaced more frequently, however. Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. Individuals can decrease their risk of cavities and other dental diseases by brushing their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and visiting the dentist regularly. IREDELL LIVING • APRIL 2018



Our Best Tomorrow

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



have had several mentors over the course of my not so young professional career…Burke Robertson from Mount Airy taught me the value of a vibrant downtown as the heartbeat of any community. Michael Johnson, Bob Dooley, Marin Tomlin, and others showed me the incredible impact of folks working together for a common cause during Statesville’s downtown revitalization. From Mayor Costi Kutteh I learned how critically important it is to let everyone have a voice. From my dear friend and predecessor Danny Hearn, I learned the absolute necessity to look beyond yesterday and today. He would tell me to “work for your best tomorrow.” During the local election cycle of 2017, many pertinent issues came to the forefront of conversation—community safety, economic vitality on various segments of the community, below average median family income, and others. All concerns have value and demand our focus. Our “best tomorrow” requires our attention regarding many areas of concern. From my view, our best tomorrow will be one in which we are characterized by: 1. A community that has open forums to clear the air and focus on getting to know one another. We must re-learn that the art of communication is much more than making sure YOU know how I feel. 2. We are a community that understands that our downtown is not the entire body of Statesville, but rather, it is the heart. If you want to become more physically fit, you first must make sure your heart is healthy; thus it is with downtown.

We have seen it become a driving force for our economy. 3. We must intentionally focus on those areas in our town that are socio-economically distraught. We must seek opportunities to bring new jobs, money, and hope into these areas. 4. We must create an environment in which people feel safe throughout our community. That means we ALL have a part to play, not just law enforcement. We must stand tall, together, against violence. 5. Our best tomorrow is one in which our median family income well exceeds the state average. There is rarely a silver bullet to get us to this position. If we simply got more people into jobs, right now, that could have a significant impact on median family income. There is no doubt that your “better tomorrow” will be different from mine, and that is quite alright. Reaching beyond today requires courage, foresight, a vision that encompasses many variant facets, and more courage. Progressive thinking—having the mettle to think about what CAN be—is a precious and underappreciated value these days. We have a number of very important issues to wrangle over in the course of the next year—the revitalization of the Vance Hotel, the economic vitality of Shelton Avenue, better police/community relationships, job growth, and many others. My plea is to think/speak/ act progressively in a broad fashion. To simply say, “no,” without an offer of an alternative plan should be unacceptable. We always deserve our “best tomorrow.”



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Fun April & May Events

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 30



n Friday, April 13th, we host our Swinging for Small Business Golf Tournament at the new Mooresville Golf Club. Do you need a day out of the office? Prefer to do business on the green? So do many others! As a form of corporate entertainment, golf’s first virtue is that people of any age can play it. The sport’s second strength is that, thanks to the handicap system, people of widely differing abilities can compete against each other. This makes the game more fun. Golf’s third asset is that you only spend a small portion of a four-hour game actually hitting the ball, so there is plenty of time to talk shop. Last, and most importantly, golf is a fine test of character. Golf rewards players who remain calm under pressure, never lose their temper, and think strategically. These are all virtues in business, too. This year, we have our event at the new Mooresville Golf Club. The course features beautiful rolling terrain and scenic views that golfers of all abilities will enjoy as it offers a challenging experience to novice and professional golf enthusiasts alike. The golf course renovations include brand new grasses around the entire course, new cart paths, new irrigation/pump house, and 18 holes redesigned by Kris Spence. It is a well-rounded course with lots of variety that will test your shot making abilities. Come join us on Friday, April 13th. The 35th Anniversary of Race City Festival will welcome food trucks and more than 20,000 people to downtown Mooresville on May 12th.

The Race City Festival is Mooresville’s downtown celebration that coincides with the kickoff of racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is annually scheduled at the start of Race Week, the celebration of all things related to racing in our area. Race Week brings thousands to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the All-Star Race. Our festival itself starts on Saturday, May 12th, and runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It’s a rain or shine event. Main and Broad Streets will be closed to traffic between Iredell and McClellan Avenues. A colorful fair of food trucks, crafts, games, and entertainment will fill the streets. With nearly 200 vendors, this year’s festival will be complete with children’s entertainment, dance troupes, live music, martial arts performances, a variety of arts and crafts, and even a spotlight on locally grown produce and products. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day with a variety of performances appearing on the main stage. The main stage will be positioned on Broad Street in the food truck court, and the beer garden will be located near the Mooresville Christian Mission. NASCAR will spotlight race cars and historic automobiles from area motorsports museums and other participating vendors. Pick up a racing collectable or a beautiful piece of locally produced artwork. There will be family fun and food for everyone! The 35th Anniversary of Race City Festival welcomes young and old to downtown Mooresville. Everyone will be there! You should be, too.

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