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Welcome to the August issue. If you haven’t utilized our neighborhood farmer’s market, August is the perfect month to do so. Be sure to check out the delicious, locally grown fruits and veggies offered by our friends and neighbors while growing season is still at its peak. As the calendar turns to August, school buses roll once again. Both students and teachers are filled with excitement as they head back to the classroom for another school year. We wish them all a season filled with safety, lots of learning, good times they will treasure, and memories made that will last a lifetime. Our friend David Bradley will be starting his new job as President of the Athens, Georgia Chamber of Commerce on August 1. David has been the Greater Statesville Chamber President for the past 13 years, and his help and support of Iredell Living Magazine has been invaluable through the years. He will be missed, but we wish for him much success on his new job. Thank you, David! Until next month, thank you for reading the August issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

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• Before School Starts

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• Cavin–Cook Funeral Home & Crematory Meaningful Service Since 1925

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• Bernice Scott Touching Lives And Hearts

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• Peoples Bank Growing To Serve More Iredell Customers

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• The Tapestry Of Friendship

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• What’s Cooking?! Healthy Pecan Treats

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• Iredell Resources

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• A Word From The Statesville Chamber Beginning A New Journey

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• A Word From The Mooresville–South Iredell Chamber Professional Women’s Conference September 20th With Molly Grantham

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Before School Starts By Kathy Wheeler

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Whether your child is going to grade school, high school, or off to college, you still have a few weeks left before school begins. Make a list of things that have to be done to prepare them for their first day back, and then go out and have some fun! The to-do-list will keep you on track while you attend to the more important things, like creating memories and spending quality time with your family. Children grow up fast. They will never be this age again, so savor just being together before it gets so busy that everyone can barely keep up! For the parents of college freshmen, prepare yourself to let go. It will be harder on you than them. They will be doing new and exciting things, while you will be left with your imagination, going through the worst possible scenarios! However, try not to make your worry

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their problem. Just remember, it may be their first time being totally responsible for themselves, so they will have enough adjusting to do without taking your text or calls five times a day. Give them some space to acclimate and be there for them when they need you. After they’ve had a chance to get settled in and into the swing of things, maybe you can take a weekend to visit…that is, of course, if they don’t already have plans. If your young adult will be driving to college this year, a membership to AAA might be a good purchase for them. Regardless, teach them the basics, like how to change a flat and jump-start their car. Have their spare checked for proper inflation and change the oil before they leave. A set of jumper cables and a spare key may come in handy. Do some research to find a local car repair service

for general maintenance and in case they need minor repairs while away. As a parent we like to think we have taken every opportunity to prepare our children to be independent. We’ve tried to make them as responsible for themselves as their age and maturity would allow, letting them taste failure as well as the victory of success so they can build confidence in their abilities. Often, when the time comes to let them exercise real independence, we might feel a void and question whether we have done enough to prepare them. Young adults are resilient and will land on their feet. Have faith in what you have taught them and their ability to figure out the rest. At Iredell Living Magazine, we wish all students a successful year, and hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

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The campus of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory includes Heritage House, Pet Pilgrimage Crematory & Memorials, and Mooresville Monument Company. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography)

Meaningful Service Since 1925 By Kristie Darling

If you look up “exemplary funeral director,” you would find a photo of Mike Cook. And, if the need arises in your family to call on Mike Cook, your experience would be of the highest quality, personal, and memorable. “For me, each service is about celebrating a life,” Mike shared. “We’re telling that person’s story in a couple hours or a day, and we want to get it right. There are no do-overs with a funeral.” Indeed, every detail, from the first appointment or phone call to well beyond the service itself, is attended to with care and compassion. Mike has filled his funeral home with a professional staff whose reputation for comforting service and personal attention to grieving families is well known 12

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in our region. For over 40 years, Mike has honored the family legacy of J.P. Cavin, who established the funeral home in 1925. “Mike has not only taken care of my family for nearly 35 years, he’s taken care of me,” Vicki Brawley told me. “My brother died in Beirut in 1983, and all those complicated arrangements were taken care of. Mike comforted my mom when Dad passed away, and he was a pallbearer for her just recently. And he was there for me when my husband died two years ago. It’s very comforting to feel secure with someone you trust, someone who has your best interests at heart. Everyone at Cavin-Cook is like that.” IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT FUNERALS “At least 90% of what we do is family care,” Jeremy Brown told me. Jeremy is a licensed funeral director who’s been at Cavin-Cook for 14 years. “Our staff understands that we’re not finished just because the funeral is over. There are hundreds of decisions to make before, during, and after a funeral, and sometimes this comes as a surprise to families. Some figure they’ve got it covered, because they have a burial plot or because Dad told them he didn’t want a funeral. Unfortunately, there are still matters that will require making decisions, and when those decisions need to be made, families can be overwhelmed. Our job, really, is to guide them through the process of creating an ideal experience, which is different for everyone.” At Cavin-Cook, providing the ideal experience includes offering pre-planning (a worthwhile step for anyone), listening, encouraging families to share their stories and wishes, and then helping them through their journey and all its passages. PRE-PLANNING - WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU? Choosing your own arrangements in advance, when you have plenty of time and knowledgeable help, can make all the difference. “Pre-planning is a gift to your family,” Dana Trull, funeral director apprentice, said. “When family members are here, making final arrangements, those who have a plan in place are much more comfortable in the process. They know they are doing what their loved one really wanted.” We know it’s a good idea to plan ahead, but we put off making an appointment. I recommend you do this now for yourself and your spouse and encourage parents to do this when they are healthy and can tell you how they would like to be honored and remembered. You will be guided through every detail of what’s needed for your plan including options for funeral financing, if you so choose. Advance plans can be transferred to any funeral home if needed in the future.

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On the cover–from right to left H. Mike Cook, owner of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory and Michael Cook, vice president of operations. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) Above, top to bottom • The Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory lobby • Cavin-Cook provides versatility for gatherings of any size by having two large gathering rooms: an all-faith chapel; and Heritage House, a beautiful 2,600 squarefoot reception hall. • The charming Heritage House terrace allows events to flow outdoors. (Photos above provided by Cavin-Cook) IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2018

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CELEBRATING LIFE “50 years ago, it didn’t matter who you were, funeral services were very similar,” Mike said with a smile. “People are unique, and I believe each service needs to be personal—it’s OK to be personal! Churches are seeing this transformation, with contemporary services, new music, and so on. With all we do, I really want each family to celebrate life in their own, unique way. We’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.” I was amazed to hear how families’ wishes were honored at Cavin-Cook: one family brought their dog to say his last good-byes and provide comfort; an avid fisherman’s urn was transported to the cemetery in his prized boat; a gleaming motorcycle was the backdrop for the service of a bike rider; and when a small child’s viewing was held, she was placed in her very own bed so her young siblings could be with her in a familiar setting one last time. Celebrations of life that include personal details and special touches are very comforting—they can raise spirits and promote healing through story-telling among friends and family. “Mr. Cook is service oriented, and I’ve never heard him turn down a family’s request for something special. You have to be passionate to do this work, and he is fully dedicated to making every celebration exactly what the family wants,” Jeremy noted. “I’ve worked at other funeral homes, and it’s not the approach you typically see in this business. We’re not profit-driven. Being family-owned and operated makes a positive difference in the personal service people receive. We hear that a lot.” Jeremy explained that arranging for care after a death is a life service—he’s always on call—his cell phone is on 24/7. “Within five minutes of a family phone call, we call back, and promptly respond to immediate needs, such as transporting a loved one to our facility. It really is a calling,” he said.

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• Cavin-Cook offers an array of unique urns, caskets, jewelry and keepsakes from around the world as well as from local craftsmen. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography) • A multi-screen video wall offers a unique backdrop for memorial services. (Photo provided by Cavin-Cook) • Cavin-Cook will help you create a personal tribute that is as unique as the life that is being celebrated. (Photo provided by Cavin-Cook)

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Funeral directors assist with arrangements concerning traditional burial and cremation options (Cavin-Cook is the only Iredell County funeral home operating an on-site crematory, so your loved one never leaves their care), details related to the visitation and service, arrangements for clergy, music, transportation for family and special friends, and perhaps a family meal after the service. Family gatherings are often held at Heritage House, a lovely facility conveniently located on the same grounds as the funeral home. In the days following a funeral, there are additional tasks that require families’ attention, and Cavin-Cook’s staff are there to assist then, as well.


“Our services include assistance even after the funeral,” Dana explained. “We know there are things still to do and offer a checklist, so we can help you get everything done.” Staff can help explain such items as insurance, death benefits, Social Security, and resources that might assist you. GRIEF SUPPORT — YOU ARE NOT ALONE The Grief Share support program at Cavin-Cook meets weekly. “Everyone’s journey through grief is different, but it’s something everyone must go through,” Dana continued. “It’s amazing watching people transform from tears to laughter as they receive guidance and support from others on the same path. Because grief can be especially hard during the holidays, we offer additional services at certain times of the year.” In addition, Cavin-Cook partners with providers specially trained in helping families with specific needs, such as coping with the loss of a child or losing a loved one to suicide. Last February, Noah joined the folks at Cavin-Cook. Noah means comfort, and this particular Noah is a seven-month-old standard poodle who will soon begin grief therapy training and become a certified grief therapy dog. “Some families ask for him to be present at their visitation,” Dana told me, “and it’s wonderful to see peace come over people when they pet him and talk to him. The unconditional love dogs give us does wonders.” It is truly the people who make Cavin-Cook a very special place. You couldn’t put your family in better hands. Exceptional, professional service, with your needs attended to by compassionate people—isn’t this what we all desire when we’re celebrating the life of a loved one?

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• The Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory front entrance (Photo provided by Cavin-Cook) • Their experienced staff can assist families in choosing a special memorial keepsake. (Photo provided by Cavin-Cook) • Noah, the resident grief therapy dog, provides comfort to grieving families. (Photo by Shane Greene Photography)

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Bernice Scott

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ocal volunteer and Mooresville resident Bernice Scott, known as Miss Bee around the community, packed something extra when she moved to North Carolina in 2007—a strong desire to serve others in her new hometown. “Service is something that keeps you in touch with what’s going on in your community and connects you with the people in it,” said Miss Bee. “There isn’t much Miss Bee can’t—or won’t—do to make her community a better place to live,” said Louis Smith, life care pastor at LIFE Fellowship Church in Cornelius. “Her drive is rare and is part of every aspect of her life. Nothing stops Miss Bee when she recognizes a real need. Her lack of expertise or training on a particular issue has zero bearing on her ability to accomplish whatever project she takes on.” 16

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For Miss Bee, helping others and sharing her skills is a way of life, something she could not live without. And for the community she lives in and serves, it would not be the place it is without her. In fact, Miss Bee’s presence is so much a part of the community’s fabric that many forget she arrived only 11 years ago from Massachusetts. “In less than one year as a resident, she was already volunteering and working to make our community a better place to be,” said Sylvia Spury, community development manager for the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce. A FRESH START After her husband, Gordon, passed away in 2002, Miss Bee wanted a change of scenery. She did a little research and chose Mooresville, because it was a quaint, up-and-coming community located halfway between her sister Loretta

Bonasera in Florida and her daughter, Sharon and her family, in Massachusetts. She also has a son, David Scott, who lives in Mooresville. Miss Bee has been a part of multiple community and faith-based organizations, such as The Cove Church Grief Sharing Program, Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce, Serenity House, and Hope of Mooresville (HOMe). “Her energy, determination, and lack of fear in tackling any worthy project is not only remarkable but also inspiring,” said Pastor Smith. Those close to Miss Bee characterize her as a funny, warm, and thoughtful friend deeply rooted in her Christian faith and firmly grounded in family connections. Miss Bee credits those attributes with helping her cope with a stage 4 pancre-


atic cancer diagnosis in April 2017. Doctors told her she had four to six months, depending on chemotherapy treatment. Her sister, Loretta, moved in to help care for her while she underwent treatment. By November, the cancer had metastasized to her lungs, her kidneys stopped functioning, and she required dialysis three days a week. In December, Miss Bee started planning her celebration of life. “Planning her celebration of life was bittersweet,” said Sylvia. “I teased her then, and still do today, that she has FOMO—fear of missing out, and wasn’t even going to let us have a memorial service without her present.” Miss Bee laughed and agreed to that, “If I’m going to spend my money on a party in my honor, I’m going to make sure I’m there to enjoy it.”

Miss Bee, who turned 75 in June, has seen a significant improvement in her health in recent months. The pancreatic cancer is in a holding pattern, and her kidneys are currently functioning at 98 percent. She is no longer on dialysis, and her sister has gone back home to Florida. Miss Bee says she’s looking forward to serving again. “Some people come into our lives and touch our hearts so deeply that we are never the same again,” said Sylvia. “That’s Miss Bee.”

The winter ceremony represented a chance to play social matchmaker with more than 200 people so they could meet each other and network how they could continue the work she started. “It didn’t surprise me as others shared stories of love, appreciation, and support for Miss Bee, that when her time came to speak, she reported on a local mission project she served that was about to open and told all of us about the financial need and encouraged us all to contribute,” said Sylvia.

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Growing to Serve More Iredell Customers By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

For over 100 years, Peoples Bank has been faithfully serving the Catawba County area. In 2008, they expanded into Iredell County with a Mooresville location, followed by a branch in Cornelius. Peoples Bank is excited about the growing Iredell market as they continue to achieve their mission of meeting customer needs. Last year, they took their commitment to customer service and community to a new level with a brand refresh and new tagline, “Be Exceptional.” Nothing really changed about the bank’s values and focus, but the new branding allowed them to better communicate their focus. 18

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“Be Exceptional” has quickly evolved into what Peoples Bank strives to be every day. Whether they are making internal decisions or decisions for their customers, they are dedicated to meeting the exceptional standard. CEO Lance Sellers started his banking career in 1984. He joined Peoples Bank in 1998 as the chief credit officer. Growing up in Gaston County, this is home for Lance and his family. “Being able to work with small, family-owned, local companies and to see them grow and succeed is what makes my job enjoyable,” Lance said. “You know just how much you impact your community

when you see new jobs being created and the way that positively affects the community.” Peoples Bank is quite simply focused on people. Being a community bank is a special niche, because customers consider their bankers to be their friends. “Customers want to be known by name and treated as a person,” Lance said. “The expectation when they walk in the door is that we know who they are, ask how their family is doing, and care about them. Our goal is for every customer to walk away feeling like that has been accomplished. We want to work with families and local companies and watch


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The Tapestry of FRIENDSHIP By Emily Buckley

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Seasons bring shifts in the atmosphere; trials and accomplishments and people in and out of our lives. Some people become strangers or acquaintances, and the fortunate few share our inner passions and challenges. Sometimes we forget how blessed we are to have friends that are able and willing to remain with us throughout the evershifting winds of change.

warrior who has always been within. These friends know how to celebrate happiness, encouraging a childlike joy to emerge. When our heart breaks, they gather the shards and hand them back in perfect progression, reminding us we are not undone. They’re not afraid to question our motives to be sure we are staying true to our convictions and character.

I have been extremely privileged to grow up with my best friend. We have been childish together, learned together, laughed together, cried together, and matured together. We leaned upon each other’s support while individually discovering who we are and who we want to be. Most importantly, I have realized how true friendship causes our authentic and genuine self to surface when we need it most.

It is important to remember that this kind of authentic connection isn’t sudden. It is not fireworks and shooting stars. Instead, it is most beautiful in a raw and natural state, coming into our lives as though it was meant to be there all along. It grounds our vulnerabilities, granting them liberty to ebb and flow in a beneficial way. There is something to be said for the vulnerability of allowing yourself to let love in and express it in return. What a lovely thing it is to be able to have the confidence to place your trust in something solid. Swallowing pride to see from another perspective

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is yet another practice. Comfort in vulnerability stems from placing yourself in the path of failure in order to succeed. As we appreciate the myriad of ways a transparent connection can benefit us in the long haul, we must not forget to reciprocate these qualities that enable us to be the best version of ourselves. We must show our dear ones gratitude, compassion, and understanding. We must take the time to be fully present and feel what our friends are expressing to us. As people come in and out of your lives, reflect on the reasons you and your friends have chosen to stay. Live generously, be kind, and run from complacency in your connections. Allowing your friendships to unfurl into a rich tapestry is a one-of a-kind experience, stitching many colorful memories along the way.


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Raw Materials Company is seeking an energetic college graduate with a strong attention to detail, and who can work in a collaborative manner to achieve daily customer and company goals. The position is entry level with the short term goal to reward achievement for more day-to-day job functions . More function capability = increase of pay. $23,000 - $25K to start. For consideration please call Megan at ext. 206.

(704) 662-6685 105 Singleton Road, Unit 104 • Mooresville, NC 28117

www.ExpressPros.com/MooresvilleNC


What's Cooking?! Healthy Pecan Treats

Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts Makes 24

2 ¼ 2 ½ ½

cups pecan pieces or halves cup butter, melted tablespoons sugar cup lemon curd cup blueberries or raspberries and powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions Heat oven to 350° F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. In food processor, blend pecans, butter and sugar until mixture forms coarse dough. Scoop about 2 teaspoons of pecan mixture into each muffin tin. Use fingers to press mixture evenly along bottom and up the sides of each muffin cup. Bake 12 minutes, or until mini pecan crusts are golden brown. Allow crusts to cool completely before removing from pan. Spoon 1 teaspoon lemon curd into each crust. Top each with one raspberry or three small blueberries. Dust with powdered sugar.

Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage” 1

teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

½

medium onion, diced (about ½ cup) 1 tablespoon coconut aminos 1 teaspoon sage 1 teaspoon thyme ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon black pepper ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 cup raw pecan halves 12 eggs, beaten ¾ cup fat-free or low-fat milk 1 ¼ teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped Nonstick cooking spray

Directions Heat oven to 325° F.

To make pecan sausage: In a pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, coconut aminos, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Cook about 4 minutes until onion is translucent. In food processor, pulse onion mixture and pecans until a consistency of ground beef is reached, about 8-10 pulses. In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper until combined. Add pecan sausage and spinach and stir. Lightly spray nonstick 12-by-17inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture onto prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked. Recipes and photos courtesy of American Pecan Council. For more recipes, visit AmericanPecan.com IREDELL LIVING • AUGUST 2018

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Kiawah Island

VA C AT I O N R E N TA L

* One Bedroom villa + sleeper sofa * Lagoon view * Walk or bike to beach * Easy access to golf and tennis To Reserve a Week this Summer, Call Linda at:

(704) 657-0237

FOR SALE BY OWNER

2.31 Acre Lot #49 • $44,900 Located within

The Peninsula At Lake James This beautiful gated community on Lake James has the following amenities: • A Dock Infinity Pool • Private Boat Storage

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828.238.3224

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Iredell Resources Iredell County Government www.co.iredell.nc.us

Downtown Statesville Development Corporation

Iredell County Sheriff’s Dept.

704-878-3436 www.downtownstatesvillenc.org

Statesville 704-878-3180 Mooresville 704-664-7500 www.iredellsheriff.com

Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Iredell Public Library

704-878-3480 • www.visitstatesville.org

704-878-3090 • www.iredell.lib.nc.us

Statesville Regional Development

Iredell Museums 704-873-7347 • www.iredellmuseums.org

Iredell Arts Council 704-873-6100 • iredellartscouncil.org

Iredell County Area Transportation System (ICATS)

704-663-7026 www.ci.mooresville.nc.us

704-878-3493 www.statesvillenc.net

704-878-3429

Statesville 704-878-3135 Mooresville 704-664-3869

Iredell-Statesville Schools

704-878-3200 • www.mitchellcc.edu

Boys & Girls Clubs

/www.iss.k12.nc.us

Statesville Fire and Police Non Emergency Police - 704-878-3406 Fire - 704-878-3425 www.statesvillenc.net

704-397-2429 • www.piedmontbgc.org

United Way of Iredell County

Statesville Family YMCA

704-872-3000 www.unitedwayofiredell.org

704-873-9622 • www.ymcanwnc.org

Board of Elections Voter Registration: 704-878-3140

STATESVILLE City of Statesville

MOORESVILLE Town of Mooresville 704-663-3800 www.ci.mooresville.nc.us

704-878-3583 • www.ci.statesville.nc.us

Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce

Greater Statesville Chamber

704-664-3898 www.mooresvillenc.org

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704-658-2530 • www.mgsd.k12.nc.us

Statesville Civic Center

Iredell County Veterans Office

Mitchell Community College

Mooresville Graded School District Mooresville Recreation Department

Statesville Recreation and Parks Department

Domestic Violence

Fire & Rescue 704-664-1338 Police 704-664-3311 www.ci.mooresville.nc.us

704-871-0062 www.StatesvilleRegion.com

704-873-9393

704-872-3403 • fifthstreetministries.com

Mooresville Fire & Rescue & Police Department Non Emergency

Mooresville South-Iredell Economic Development Corp. (MSIEDC) 704-664-6922 www.edcmooresville.org

Mooresville Public Library 317-831-7323 • www.mooresvillelib.org

Charles Mack Citizen Center 704-662-3334 www.cmccmooresville.com

United Way of Central Carolinas Serving Mooresvill/Lake Norman 704-664-2284 www.uwcentralcarolinas.org

TROUTMAN Town of Troutman 704-528-7600 www.townoftroutman.org

Troutman Police Dept. & Fire Dept.–Non Emergency Police: 704-528-7610 Fire: 704-528-4576


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I A WORD FROM

Beginning A New Journey

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce

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do not fashion myself to be a writer, by any stretch of the imagination. For the last eleven years, the publisher/staff of Iredell Living magazine have allotted space for my monthly musings about the joys and opportunities of living in this wonderful place. I am grateful to them and to their readership.

statement about who they are and what is important. Statesville made that statement with the streetscape plan. There are more statements Statesville needs to make, but courage resides here, and statements will be made.

This month, my wife and I begin a new life journey in Athens, Georgia. We don’t entertain this move lightly—this being only the second time we have uprooted ourselves in 30 years. When we moved down here with identical twin 12-year-old girls and a seven-year-old daughter, we had two hopes:

1. Find the people who are seeking to make positive changes to the community and follow them. Our world is full of naysayers that complain about, well, anything. Don’t let them drag you down. When someone is willing to invest time and money to make a positive change—jump on board THAT train. 2. A low tax rate is good, but if a low tax rate is the best selling point for your community, you don’t have much to sell. Which communities would Statesville and Iredell County strive to emulate? Develop a plan to make that happen. Investing in your community’s future is a great investment. Waiting until someone else invests in your community is a sure way to delay ANY investment. 3. In virtually every religion there is some semblance of the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is quite simple to say, yet more difficult to practice. Statesville residents practice this better than most. Focus on practicing even harder.

1. Dawn and I could handle about anything, but we simply prayed our daughters would be accepted; and 2. Built on the back of plenty of hard work by many who walked the path before me, Statesville had great opportunities. We hoped to join others embracing a brighter future. Thirteen years later—and it is mighty hard to see the keyboard through my tears—we consider how open, embracing, and loving this community has been. We have cried, laughed, cried, bled, and laughed some more with so many people. Our tiny munchkins have become thriving adults, and the proud Statesville heritage is emblazoned on their souls. The whole Bradley family has been richly and deeply loved. We will forever thank God for this awesome place. The community has changed much since 2005. A streetscape that is perhaps the most aesthetic in North Carolina IS driving interest in the community. Communities MUST make a

My hope is to simply leave with three implorations:

We will miss the smiles, the heart, and most importantly, the soul of this blessed place. Everyday, we each have the often undervalued opportunity to shape the lives of others. You have been wonderful artists in shaping ours. We are blessed to call Statesville home!


New Member Spotlight David Carleton,

owner of Crossroads Cycling Co. is thriving in downtown Statesville. He is a retired police officer, State Department Contractor, and graduate from Mitchell Community College.

Fitness goals such as competing in a duathlon quickly grew into more than a hobby and David eventually stumbled into a fruitful career with Trek Bikes. He knows Statesville and likes that the town has a strong sense of community and the area supports the needs of individuals and families alike. David’s two daughters and wife love to help, especially when there’s a festival downtown or big event at the shop. 121 North Center Street, Suite 101 • Statesville, NC 28677 www.statesvillechamber.org • (704) 873-2892

nc o ert mer um C S FREE

2018 Entertainment 2017 SCHEDULE

from 5:30pm-8:30pm on West Broad Street in Downtown Statesville

SERIES

May 4 - The Party Parrot Band (Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band) May 18 - Darrell Harwood (Country) June 1 - Catalinas (Beach) June 8 - N-Spire (Jazz, R&B, Pop, Beach) June 29 - Kids in America (Totally 80's Tribute Band) August 10 – Divided by Four (Motown, Soul, Funk) August 24 - RadioJacks (Pop, Top 40) September 7 - Phatt City (Beach)       No dogs, pets, or outside beverages/coolers allowed.

Statesville Ag & Turf 704-873-2088

®

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Photo by Captain Gus

T A WORD FROM

Professional Women’s Conference September 20th with Molly Grantham

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

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he impact of women-owned businesses on the U.S. economy is large and continues to grow. Almost all (99.9%) of women-owned businesses are considered small businesses (fewer than 500 employees). Thirty-six percent of all businesses are women-owned, and they account for 12 percent of all sales and 15 percent of employment. An additional 2.5 million businesses are owned equally by women and men. The Professional Women’s Network (PWN) has developed quickly into a popular forum for making connections. The Mooresville Chamber’s PWN was created to connect these women business owners. They hold a monthly event, which has already offered members a new opportunity to learn about particular aspects of the great community in which they live, work, and play. The enthusiastic leadership for PWN is a perfect example of making the Chamber work for you and your products and services. Women-owned businesses are becoming the nation’s job creation engine, and this organization is poised to encourage that fact. Our first ever Professional Women’s Conference last September was a successful sellout with guest speaker Sheri Lynch. Everyone who attended this great event walked away with renewed confidence and were moved by the inspirational stories shared by the women business leader’s panels. It’s important to have great products; passion, enthusiasm, and emotion will set you apart. Some of the topics addressed last year include: each of you has a demanding career, how do you manage a work/ life balance? How has networking with other women in the community helped you grow as a professional? Is there a specific woman you met while networking who helped your career? This year’s event will again be at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in downtown Mooresville. The date is

Thursday, September 20th with networking and breakfast from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, and then information panels until noon. Lunch and learn runs until 1 pm. This year’s special guest speaker is Molly Grantham. Molly Grantham is an Emmy-award winning anchor and investigative reporter in Charlotte, North Carolina. Besides her public and often nutty job, she also balances motherhood, social media madness, the swirling cycle of life, and just recently added book author to her list of accomplishments. Grantham self-published, Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom, just months after her mother’s death from breast cancer. Grantham admits she always wanted to write a book, but it wasn’t until 2017, when her mother’s illness emerged again, that she realized she had already started writing one—and not the book she’d expected. “I have a beautiful storyline in my head. Beautiful fiction. Well-written prose. I’ve wanted to write a book since I was about 10,” she says. “And it was in January, and I was like, ‘I think it’s already in my face. I think I’ve written a book.’” With the book out and in the midst of adding book signings to her busy work schedule, Grantham has continued to write her monthly Facebook installments about parenting. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives in Charlotte with her husband, two children, and wonder dog Fisher. The first 100 people to sign-up will get an autographed copy of Molly’s new book. Call us today! As your Chamber launched the year, strategic focus has been on small business resources, the value that our members realize through Chamber membership, and education/workforce development initiatives. By working together for positive change and building on local strengths, the MooresvilleLake Norman region will continue to be a major center for business innovation and entrepreneurship.


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