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Welcome to the July issue. With summer in full swing, we start the second half of 2018. July is typically our hottest month of the year as temperatures soar into the 90s most days. If you work or play outside, remember to take frequent breaks and stay hydrated. And if you are fair skinned like me, don’t forget to apply sunscreen often with an SPF of 30 or more. I hope your summer days are filled with lots of fun attending ball games, festivals, concerts, and many other activities. May your gardens be growing and bursting with fresh vegetables to share with friends and neighbors. And, both children and parents alike are anticipating the approach of summer camp and time spent bonding at mountain and beach retreats. July 4th is one of my favorite holidays as we celebrate Independence Day on the first Wednesday of the month this year. Being in the company of friends and family while grilling out with lots of good food is a great way to spend this holiday! Until next month, thank you for reading the July issue of Iredell Living Magazine!

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Summer is in full swing! It is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Plan a trip to your favorite Carolina beach, an escape to the mountains of North Carolina, or just pack a picnic lunch and hit one of the many beautiful lakes in our area. People are in a celebratory mood the entire month for good reason. We start the month celebrating our freedoms and our independence as a country. Please remember those who have fought to preserve our freedom. Vacations, cookouts, picnics, swimming, outdoor concerts, and of course, gathering for fireworks displays are all popular things to do in July. Temperatures soar during July, so protect yourself from the heat and sun by being prepared. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. To calculate how many ounces you should drink each day, multiply your body weight by 67%. A person weighing 120 pounds should drink 80 ounces per day and more if they are 8


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STATESVILLE July 3 • Signal Hill Drive Viewing is best from the north side of Signal Hill Mall and Statesville Soccer Complex • Fireworks begin between 9PM and 9:30PM MOORESVILLE Lowes YMCA, 170 Joe Knox Avenue Tuesday, July 3 • 4PM to 10PM Kids Games • Inflatables • Vendors Kids in America – 80s Tribute band Fireworks following TROUTMAN Saturday, June 30 • Independence Day Parade begins at 11AM at the Iredell County Fairgrounds and ends at the American Legion Hall • Independence Day Festival will be held at the Iredell County Fairgrounds starting at 5PM and Fireworks at 9:30PM. DENVER Saturday, June 30 • Denver Fireworks Spectacular at East Lincoln High School 6471 NC-73, Denver • Festival starts at 4PM • Music, dunking booth, kids games, food • Fireworks at dark Bands include Kelby Costner, Tyler Hatley and Little Mtn Band, and Mark Chestnutt. CHARLOTTE U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte July 3-4 • Live music starts at 6PM with fireworks each night • No smoking • No coolers • Bring a blanket or chair LANGTREE LIVE CONCERTS 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville • Thursdays 7PM–9PM • No outside coolers • Bring a lawn chair. July 5: Blue Monday - 80s & 90s July 12: Colby Dobbs – Pop & Funk July 19: Bad Co – Tribute Band July 26: Gump Fiction – 90s

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Patients Come First

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Perhaps you’ve heard the term, “medical home?” It is defined as a model of primary care that is patientcentered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It’s not a place; it’s a philosophy and, very often, it is a partnership of like-minded health care providers within a community. In Iredell and its surrounding counties, you should not be surprised that Piedmont HealthCare is the certified medical home to thousands of individuals and families. They rely on this extensive multi-specialty group, one of the largest in North Carolina and the Southeast, to be there when an urgent medical situation arises, or there’s a need to be seen for an illness or injury, a routine check-up, or well-baby visit—and everything that affects your health in between. 12


You’ve seen the signature green signs throughout our towns and neighborhoods. Within Piedmont HealthCare’s extensive group of providers, which, by the way, is independently owned and directed by doctors, not by an off-site corporation, are 55 locations, almost 200 physicians and providers, and 850 staff professionals who are skilled and knowledgeable in more than 30 specialties, from audiology to weight management. This extensive network of health care providers maintains the latest in medical advances, cutting-edge technologies, on-going training, improvements, and growth so that we can receive the best medical care close to home. IT WOULDN’T BE FULL-SERVICE WITHOUT ANCILLARY SERVICES So, what does ancillary services mean? “We want people to understand that we’re not just doctors’ offices,” said Jeff Smith, community champion and Piedmont HealthCare’s CEO. Jeff has been on board at PHC about five years, and our community sees the benefits of his commitment to good health and good community all around us. “Part of our service is to provide the highest quality care at the best cost. We maintain a system of ancillary services, like our two urgent care centers, imaging and mammography centers, our sleep lab, and the central lab, that allows us to do just that. It’s less expensive to come into one of our urgent care facilities, when appropriate, than to an emergency room in a hospital, for instance.” URGENT CARE—There are two urgent care centers within PHC. Dr. Robert Kimball is medical director of Statesville Urgent Care and PHC Express Care in Mooresville. Both facilities are excellent options instead of the emergency room where a long wait and big bill are likely. Providers who specialize in injuries, illnesses, exams, testing, and treatments staff these facilities, often with extended hours for convenience and shorter wait times. School, camp and sports physicals, pre-

employment exams, flu shots, travel medicine and vaccines, and custom occupational medicine treatments are among their many services. The urgent care clinics have the advantage of the entire Piedmont HealthCare medical team. Providers there can call any specialists to consult on treatment planning. All patient medical records are available throughout the network electronically, keeping everyone up-to-date and aware of histories and medications. This system is linked to Iredell Memorial’s medical records, as well. If needed, the Urgent Care team can provide all necessary paperwork and set up an admission to Iredell Memorial Hospital, Davis Regional or Lake Norman Regional Medical Centers. RADIOLOGY & IMAGING—The cost of other ancillary services, such as imaging with x-rays, ultra-sound, CT scans, MRIs, mammograms, bone density testing, and cardiograms is also less than the ER. Mammography Statesville is just across the parking lot from Urgent Care on Sullivan Road, and Mammography Mooresville is on Fairview Road, near Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Highly skilled, experienced radiology -


On the cover–Tim Thieme, director of imaging services, shown with a 64 slice CT scanner at Piedmont HealthCare’s CT facility in Statesville. Opposite page–Jackie performing an MRI of a knee at our Statesville Imaging center Below: PHC’s Statesville Imaging Center located at 617 Sullivan Road. • Tammy Neely performing a Dexa scan • Pam Murray performing a 3-D Mammogram



technicians operate state-of-the-art, 3-D mammography scan ners. This new equipment helps reduce the need for multiple diagnostic breast cancer scans, saving women added stress. “Our CT equipment has just been upgraded from a 16 to 64 slice,” Jeff Smith explained. “This gives physicians a better diagnostic tool with 64 high-resolution anatomical image cuts that form a 3-dimensional view of internal organs.” SLEEP LABS—For the 40% of us reporting a lack of sleep, sleep labs are critical. Piedmont HealthCare has sleep labs in Statesville, Mooresville, and Huntersville staffed by board certified providers who specialize in sleep medicine and neurology. Sleep disorders can be caused by snoring, obesity, excessive sleepiness during the day, restless sleep, depression, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes. Real-time sleep testing done in the lab helps diagnose and treat the underlying cause of sleep disorders. CENTRAL LAB—If you’ve never needed blood drawn and lab work done, you should check your pulse. “It is so convenient and easy when I need to get tests done,” a recent patient told me. “Typically, there’s just a short wait, the technicians are really great, in terms of comfort and ease, and it’s never a hassle.” With early morning and after work hours, the central lab at PHC is located beside Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville. It’s a full-service accredited laboratory staffed by medical lab technicians whose work supports the PHC doctors who need that information about their patients. Lab testing can include hematology, immunoassay, microbiology, urinalysis, A1C testing, and rapid diagnostic kit testing. Central Lab is one more benefit of PHC’s comprehensive, full-service network.

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• Pam Woodward performing a thyroid ultrasound • Leko Morris-Myers prepares a patient for a sleep study in Piedmont HealthCare’s new sleep center in Mooresville.

IMPROVEMENT & GROWTH “Our physicians come to us from all over the United States,” said Jeff Taylor, director of human services and operations. “Our reputation, our location, and the benefits of PHC’s ongoing support of our doctors and their practices are well known, and we are grateful to attract some of the finest providers out there. Dr. Craig Washburn just came on board, joining Lake Norman Neurology in Charlotte—just one of a number of new physicians at Piedmont HealthCare.” Additions to the Piedmont HealthCare family who will start later this summer include Dr. Ariel Ansley, (SUNY University) obstetrician/gynecologist; Dr. Roderick Elias, (Brown University) neurologist; Dr. Golnar Lashgari, (Temple University) family medicine physician; Dr. Brandon Marion (Wake Forest Baptist) and Dr. Nikhiel Rua, (Bridgeport Hospital Center/Yale New Ha-



ven Health) gastroenterologists; and Dr. Jips Zachariah, (Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital) cardiologist. Their offices are conveniently located throughout the PHC system and all are accepting new patients. “Our core values really say it all,” Jeff Smith explained. “Any operation, every team, that adheres to these standards will provide the very best services. We believe the people at Piedmont HealthCare are among the very best at that.”

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• Our patients come first – Our primary purpose is to serve our patients by providing the highest quality care in a patient friendly, safe, and compassionate manner. • We are physician led – We are committed to physician leadership and developing an environment that is professionally rewarding and attractive to new and established physicians. • A culture of collaboration, cooperation and communication – Our size, number of specialties, and practice sites are an asset to patient care. Physicians and staff are committed to integrating patient care through consistent, effective communication. • An innovative organization – PHC is committed to developing services, infrastructure, and best practices to provide patients with the best health care available. • The employer of choice – PHC recognizes that our most important assets are our people.

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NC 10% Local Food Campaign? By Kellee Payne

The NC 10% campaign and Iredell County Cooperative Extension have launched Eat Local Iredell, a local campaign to shine a spotlight on food providers based in Iredell County. It is led by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The initiative hopes to encourage consumers to seek out and patronize local food providers, restaurants, farmers’ markets, and wineries. It is also intended to increase consumers’, businesses’, and decision makers’ knowledge about the economic importance of local foods in the county. What is considered to be local depends on many factors. The 10% Campaign focuses on farms, farmers’ markets, and retail establishments that foster directto-consumer sales of county or North Carolina produced foods. Why buy local? North Carolina spends about $35 billion a year on food. If individuals spent just 10%, estimated at $1.05 per day locally, $3.5 billion would be available in the local economy. Buying locally benefits the community, our health, economy, and the environment. Within the community, local food businesses increase vitality, livability, and resiliency. Buying foods

directly from farmers can improve eating behaviors and decrease long-term health care costs. The dollars spent at local businesses also re-circulate, multiplying their impact in the surrounding community. Local agriculture is beneficial to the environment, because farms can preserve open spaces and conserve natural resources for communities. “Supporting local food business infrastructure can encourage resilient economic development in North Carolina, especially in small and rural communities,” said Robyn Stout, NC 10% Campaign state coordinator. “Building markets for local farmers drives demand for local food business infrastructure, creates supply chain jobs, and revitalizes agriculture lands. In North Carolina, we have a strong sense of nostalgia for our small communities. Local foods can grow our nostalgia into modern opportunities to entice young entrepreneurs to stay on the farm.” If you would like to become a partner, sign up now! Individuals can sign up their household with a goal of spending at least 10% of their existing food budget on North Carolina grown, raised, and caught products. You will receive

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Left–Relaxing on the porch with great friends and conversation Below–Dove Creek performs at The Gardens once a month, always a toe-tapping good time! Opposite page • The main dining room is set up and ready for service. • Lunch at East Coast Wings–one of the many outings planned by Activity Coordinator Holly Brown!

THE GARDENS OF STATESVILLE PREMIER SENIOR LIVING By Meredith Collins | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

Residents at The Gardens of Statesville stay active with weekly outings to restaurants, field trips, family nights, and lots of music. The assisted living facility is licensed for 67 residents. Right next door, there is Cardinal Village with 15 one to two bedroom living cottages, an option for those who want to remain a little more independent. The facility offers a medical director, registered nurse, inhouse therapy, and much more. Mechelle Kanipe, executive director, says the focus on activities keeps residents happy and engaged. The summer 18


calendar is full of activities like Bingo, music, cooking, lunch bunch, exercise classes, movie nights, Bible studies, and outings to shop and eat. “We really try to gear our activities to our current population of residents,” Mechelle said. “We ask

them what they want to do. We do a lot of trips out in the community. We go out to eat once a week and shopping two to three times a month. The love of music is really strong in this community, whether it’s gospel or music from the 50s and 60s, so a lot of our activities are geared toward music and live entertainment.” A big focus at The Gardens is also on nutrition. Carolina Nutrition Company provides dietician approved meals based on regional tastes. Meals are offered for a regular diet, consistent carbohydrate diet, or for a no added salt diet. They provide three balanced nutritional meals each day, as well as snacks. A typical lunch would be herb roast turkey with gravy, herb stuffing, green beans, dinner roll, and banana pudding for dessert. Alternate menu items are also available. Word gets out among those searching for assisted living care. “Statesville is a small town,

voted best retirement living for the last two years.” One thing people appreciate about The Gardens is that residents can have small pets. “We currently have a sweet girl by the name of Little Bit, a faithful companion, who brightens the day of our residents when she is making the rounds through the community,” Mechelle said. “She’s a joy and spoiled rotten by all of us.” Quarterly family night is another way The Gardens makes it enjoyable for residents. Around 100 people join residents and staff to enjoy food and fellowship. “We provide dinner for everyone and feature entertainment and education,” Mechelle says.

and many of our residents are here due to friends and family who have been here in the past and recommended us,” Mechelle said. “We’ve been

One Statesville resident shared a testimonial about her experience. “Our family enthusiastically recommends The Gardens,” Sandra Harrison wrote. “Mechelle Kanipe met with us, heard our story and our needs, and kindly and compassionately worked with us. As we approach the end of Mom’s third year at The Gardens, not a day passes that we are not grateful for her life there. She is loved, well cared for, has wonderful food and activities, is close to other residents, and has come to see The Gardens as her home.” The Gardens encourages you to visit today and make an impact in the life of someone you love. 2147 Davie Avenue, Statesville 704-878-0123

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Pushing Your Limits–Turning Fear into Action By Emily Buckley

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No matter who we are or where we are in life, a tie that binds is the fact that we all face difficult seasons in life. Tragedy strikes, misfortune appears, and seeds of fear are often planted as a result. Throughout a period of threat or distress a person learns to become a survivor, which is an incredible achievement. Still, there comes a time when the immediate peril and upheaval are significantly past. Next comes a vital process, one we must not ignore. This is the time to evolve from simply surviving into thriving! A transition like this requires a great deal of reflection and patience. Most of us are conditioned to live in suppressed fear, because somewhere along the way we began to rely on comfort instead of nourishment. The difference between the two is this—comfort is stagnant, nourishment is growth. We use fixed beliefs, opinions, and mechanical habits to avoid core anger, panic, and pain. Thankfully, the transformation process can be accomplished in small shifts of 20


mental perspective. Challenging small daily fears in a healthy way can help begin the fight, rather than the flight, instinct. Creating a safe place where you feel at ease and protected is a proactive exercise. In your space, tuning into the fear objectively can make fears easier to understand, and in turn, easier to solve. Fear of the dark, anxiety over public speaking, or uncertainty of being alone can feel like an insurmountable issue. Still, making a conscious effort and action plan to challenge these insecurities can make it easier to do what we dread, and over time fear can transform into freedom. My motto has become, “Do what you fear and love what you do.” In addition, another way to invoke growth is to prune back the dead branches—the excuses and bad habits developed to scrape by and survive another day. For some, time management is not a priority; others allow themselves to become disconnected from their emotions and people around them. Some people put

up walls by letting their health become compromised. When these road blocks are recognized and dealt with, it is easier to gain confidence in ways that are empowering, which in turn allows us to confront the fears we once let inhibit us. Small steps like these help pave the way from a life of complacency to a life that is thriving and full of anticipation for the future, all while building up an internal treasury of assets available to be drawn from frequently. Lastly, it is valuable to harness a mindset that remembers that we will all experience constant cycles of change. We are too complex to exist otherwise. Because, friends, we are not onedimensional. What you see is not all that you get. With each moment, with each chapter, another part comes to fruition. Some pieces are cracked and stained. Some are beautifully interwoven in alluring colors. All sides connect us, distinguish us, and refine us into our being.

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Explore By Lauren Davidson

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I once worked at a company that had “summer hours” and it was amazing. Many girls in the department would group together and enjoy a long lunch or have a pool day. It was a lot better than hacking out emails while staring forlornly at the sunny day just out of reach from your desk. It also didn’t affect productivity, because everyone was willing to work a little harder to have that half day off on Friday. Many weekends, my fiancé and I would use that time to take a weekend jaunt. I think that’s my favorite part about living in North Carolina: the proximity to excellent vacation destinations. For instance, as a graduate from Appalachian State, I frequently drive up to Blowing Rock for a weekend. In the summer, it’s a lot cooler than the Piedmont, and I love a scenic hike, or if I’m in a more relaxed mood, tube down the river. 22


These weekend trips have allowed us to see many parts of our state that we’d never given much thought to, and I encourage you to explore more this summer. Sometimes, we just start driving with no destination and no plans— some of our best memories have been made this way. For instance, we once began to drive north and ended up in Virginia. We found a family-run winery down a gravel road and loved seeing the colorful fall leaves in the country. It was beautiful. And memorable—we actually got engaged that day! Other times, we ended up at a “chicken stew” in Mount Airy and an oyster roast in Duck. If you’re more of a planner (I admit, I am one of these people), then pick a random destination close by and start researching. We once attended a wedding in Oriental and took an extra day to explore New Bern and Beaufort. It was beautiful, and we had a blast!

Just try to leave a little time to chance; you never know what you’ll find or who you will meet! A curious nature is what you must adopt to have fun. Our state is filled with beautiful places and hidden gems that a lot of us have never seen. My father once told me that as long as you have a full tank of gas, you’re never lost, and that’s really all you need to get going. While world travel can be expensive and requires planning, there are many truly special places that are right in your backyard. Why not just start driving and see where you end up? Maybe you’ll even find your new favorite watering hole or stumble upon the best barbecue in the state. Throw your cares (and GPS) to the wind and start exploring. You’d be amazed to discover everything that’s just a tank of gas away.


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Happy July 4th!

(8 positions • Statesville and Mooresville) Due to the explosion in e-commerce warehouse functions such as Selector, Inventory Specialist, and Shipping & Receiving Clerk are in high demand. Two large companies are paying $11 $15/hour for long term, permanent placement. Health Insurance benefits and steady work pace offered. Will TRAIN on forklift positions. Inquire by calling (704) 662-6685 ext. 206.

Jamie Ottinger, Owner

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 dayto-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 IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2018


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What's Cooking?! Spice It Up with Jalapenos

Serve up some spice with fun party dishes. These party-perfect recipes can help you take flavors to new heights while adding a kick of spice. Make your next fiesta one to remember!

Jalapeno Brownies Serves 16

½ 1 2 1 1 ½ ¹/³ ¼ ¼

cup vegetable oil cup sugar eggs can (4 ounces) diced jalapenos, pureed teaspoon vanilla cup, plus 3 tablespoons, all-purpose flour cup cocoa powder teaspoon baking powder teaspoon salt powdered sugar (optional)


Heat oven to 350° F. In medium bowl, whisk oil, sugar, eggs, jalapenos and vanilla until blended. In separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Mix just until combined. Pour into greased 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until brownies pull away from sides of pan easily. Cool in pan on wire rack.

cilantro Chipotle-ranch dressing (optional)

Directions Tip: Dust with powdered sugar before serving for added flavor and enhanced presentation.

Tortilla Pizzas Serves 4

4 1

flour tortillas (8 inches) can (15 ounces) refried black beans 4 fresh plum tomatoes, chopped 1 can (4 ounces) sliced jalapenos, drained 1¹/³ cups shredded Mexican cheese blend 1 tablespoon chopped fresh

Heat oven to 400° F. Bake tortillas directly on oven rack 2 minutes. Cool. Spread 1/4 cup beans onto each tortilla. Top evenly with tomatoes, jalapenos and cheese. Bake 8 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro just before serving. Tip: For added flavor, drizzle pizzas with chipotle-ranch dressing. Recipes and photos courtesy of Rio Luna. For more recipes, visit IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2018


© 2010 Photos by Linda Wilson

Iredell Resources Iredell County Government

Downtown Statesville Development Corporation

Iredell County Sheriff’s Dept.


Statesville 704-878-3180 Mooresville 704-664-7500

Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Iredell Public Library

704-878-3480 •

704-878-3090 •

Statesville Regional Development

Iredell Museums 704-873-7347 •

Iredell Arts Council 704-873-6100 •

Iredell County Area Transportation System (ICATS)




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

Iredell-Statesville Schools

704-878-3200 •

Boys & Girls Clubs


Statesville Fire and Police Non Emergency Police - 704-878-3406 Fire - 704-878-3425

704-397-2429 •

United Way of Iredell County

Statesville Family YMCA


704-873-9622 •

Board of Elections Voter Registration: 704-878-3140

STATESVILLE City of Statesville

MOORESVILLE Town of Mooresville 704-663-3800

704-878-3583 •

Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce

Greater Statesville Chamber


of Commerce 704-873-2892 • 26


704-658-2530 •

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



704-872-3403 •

Mooresville Fire & Rescue & Police Department Non Emergency

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

Mooresville Public Library 317-831-7323 •

Charles Mack Citizen Center 704-662-3334

United Way of Central Carolinas Serving Mooresvill/Lake Norman 704-664-2284

TROUTMAN Town of Troutman 704-528-7600

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




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Community Development–We Need YOU!

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



y wife and I have begun piecing together jigsaw puzzles. It’s a ten-year cycle or something. We complete four or five puzzles a month or two and then…find another hobby. Our method is similar to our comrades of puzzledom. We start with the easy, outside edges and then pull together pieces of similar, smaller components within the puzzle. I wait until I have most of the easy parts done before I work on that miserable sky or seascape whose pieces are not defined. When we stick with it, we eventually get there. Community development is eerily similar, with the exception that there aren’t many straight-edged pieces. In our always incomplete community mosaic, there are numerous small scenes requiring a hands-on approach putting pieces in place. When pieces are missing or don’t fit together, the hole is what catches our attention. But once one small section is done, we move to the next section. We might work on several community issues and get them right, but, just like a 1,000-piece puzzle, if we have 999 pieces in position but one piece outstanding, that gets our attention. There are many scenes in Statesville’s puzzle. Historic Downtown has gotten a great deal of focus over the last few years. The investment of time, effort, and dollars has paid off in 200+ new downtown jobs, and a unique and powerful sense of place. There are still some missing pieces, but not many that would suggest we haven’t cobbled together a dynamic engine of activity. We must continue to make improvements on the work that has gotten us to this spot while expanding our focus into other areas.

County housing issues abound. Improvements will require more effort than simply putting components of the puzzle together. We need to educate ourselves. Workforce housing IS needed. We need to work together as public and private partners to determine our 15-year housing strategy. Jobs are plentiful, but a soft, skilled workforce is not. There are interesting bedfellows working on a number of workforce development initiatives. Together, we will strategically develop workforce/talent opportunities that will receive accolades far and wide. One focus will be middle school children but not without a commitment to better educate high school students about available and immediate careers that await them here. Diversity and inclusion also demand attention. We are a better, stronger, and more resilient community when we hold hands together regardless of race, gender, and creed. We must find ways to celebrate our heritages together, to find commonalities that join us rather than differences that separate us. Do you want to have a hand in putting the puzzle together? We need you. We need people to take a look at this grand plan with new, creative eyes. We need you to stand up and defend the positive aspects of the community and commit to lending a hand in those areas that aim to become something better. We need YOU to know you are needed. I love puzzles. I believe they are most fun when there are a bunch of good minds working on them. Join us!

Iredell County Parks & Recreation Outdoor Programs

Wildlife Explorer

Stumpy Creek Park • $10 AUG 12 • SEPT 9


Lake James JULY 7 Lake Tillery JULY 21 Watauga Lake AUG 4

Cardboard Boat Regatta Fundraiser $35


Intro JULY 14 & AUG 25 Intermediate SEPT 8

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New Member Spotlight Samantha McJunkin,

executive chef, is the proprietor of The Chef’s House. Samantha was born and raised in Iredell County. After graduating from Johnson & Wales Culinary School, she spread her wings into the low country of South Carolina, Charleston and Hilton Head. No matter where she worked she noticed the relationship people have with food, which is fuel for the body. Her priority now is working with and teaching others how to properly portion food, healthy meal planning, healthy eating habits, building relationships with local farmers and helping to grow the thriving downtown Statesville Restaurant scene. 121 North Center Street, Suite 101 • Statesville, NC 28677 • (704) 873-2892 IREDELL LIVING • JULY 2018


Photo by Captain Gus


Get Connected Visit Us Online

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


he Chamber of Commerce is a portal to information and services available to the public. We are the front porch of MooresvilleSouth Iredell where questions are met with answers that connect solutions to problems. A recent review of our web statistics indicate that people across the community looked to us to find local and county agencies. Last year, over 28,000 people went to our website looking for various governmental offices. 38,000 times individuals opened the Chamber website looking for connections to the Mooresville Graded School District, Iredell-Statesville Schools, Mitchell Community College, Gardner-Webb University, and the NASCAR Technical Institute. These educational institutions are linked to our website to help share information with the public. As an advocate for small business, we work with Mitchell Community College, the Small Business Resource Center, Centralina Workforce, Gardner-Webb University, the Town of Mooresville, MSI-EDC to help Iredell County become a Work Ready Community. The Mooresville Chamber has a direct link to The North Carolina Manufacturing Institute. The Institute is a public/private collaboration of partners and investors linking and leveraging assets and resources to close the manufacturing skills gap through workforce training and certification, as well as improving the image of manufacturing opportunities among job seekers. We also assist manufacturers to improve recruitment, selection, and retention of talent. In the last year, there were over 100 free workshops that provided educational and technological training. Mitchell Community College Small Business Resource Center, Score, and the Small Business Administration held private, confidential business counseling to help business owners become profitable and sustainable

with advice about how to keep their business and their business plan on track. For over 35 years, the Mooresville Chamber has hosted the Race City Festival in historic downtown Mooresville. This annual event brings over 200 vendors to Main and Broad Streets for a one-day arts, crafts, and business celebration that attracts over 20,000 people. For many, this is their first introduction to the 70 shops in the heart of downtown. Chamber ribbon cuttings celebrated over 118 new business openings in 2017. These small businesses invested in their dream with their own money by buying and remodeling existing vacant properties. This helps create more local jobs; the increased sales tax revenue helps keep property taxes down. Nonprofits within our area also appear on our website. Agencies like Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, The Christian Mission, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Goodwill Industries, United Way, the Salvation Army, the Selma Burke Center, Dove House, and Children’s Hope Alliance are just some of the nonprofits that have enjoyed exposure on the Chamber website. Nonprofits are vital to the survival of our growing community; these organizations were visited 68,000 times through our website— up from 38,000 the previous year. Our town has grown from one ZIP code to two, because the population has grown to over 80,000 residents. With this many people there is a great need for government services. For those who have fallen through the cracks, there’s an even greater need. Often times, they look to the Chamber of Commerce for information about finding those agencies. The Chamber truly is a portal to information and services available to all.






Welcome to Iredell Living Magazine online. We invite you to read the July 2018 issue featuring Piedmont HealthCare. Our advertisers make it...


Welcome to Iredell Living Magazine online. We invite you to read the July 2018 issue featuring Piedmont HealthCare. Our advertisers make it...