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Welcome to the October issue.


October promises to be among the busiest months of the year! Our area has two of the signature events in this part of the state in the fall, as we celebrate OktoberFest in Hickory and BalloonFest in Statesville. These events offer the opportunity to get out and mingle with the crowd and

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enjoy live music, food and drink, crafts, and much more! Tell your friends and neighbors and make plans now to attend both events in the month of October! October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Much progress has been made in the fight against this dreaded disease, but there is more work to be done. Early detection is key to a positive outcome. Women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by limiting alcohol intake, not smoking,

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Ah, the weather has cooled off and fall has arrived in full color. Pumpkins, mums, and scarecrows decorate entrances to homes, and splashes of yellow, orange, and red naturally enhance the landscape. People are wearing pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and creative costumes are being designed and bought for Halloween. According to The Knot, October has become one of the most popular months for weddings, tied with September and surpassing June. Outdoor fall weddings are popular as the trend takes advantage of the cooler weather and beautiful scenery. The fall festival scene continues into October. In Hickory, Oktoberfest is the main event held October 13–15 downtown. The festival features hundreds of food and commercial vendors, amusement rides, carnival rides, two beer gardens, and three stages filled with entertainment. Oktoberfest opens on 8


Friday 5-11PM, Saturday 10AM-11PM, and Sunday Noon-5PM. Visit for more information. Carolina BalloonFest is the attraction to attend in Statesville held October 20–22 at the Statesville Regional Airport. Weather permitting, morning balloon competitions and afternoon mass ascensions will astound the crowds. In addition, fun can be had by all with live entertainment, North Carolina wine and craft beer, festival food and a kid’s zone. Visit for daily schedules and ticket information. A trip to the mountains for some gorgeous scenery, a hike in the woods, an outing on the lake, or a visit to one of the many wineries in our area offer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Don’t forget a visit to a pumpkin patch for that perfect jack-o-lantern, a stroll through a corn maze, or a hay ride just for fun.

As the month winds down and children ascend upon our neighborhoods dressed in their costumes, let’s work together to keep them safe. Turn on your porch light, clear out debris, and light the pathway to your door. Consider using LED or battery-operated candles instead of real candles in your pumpkins. Watch for children while you are driving, especially if there are cars parked on the side of the road. Trick-or-treaters are excited and having fun. They may not be paying attention and attempt to cross the road between cars. Adding reflective tape to your child’s costume will help drivers see them better. If you have older children who are going out with friends unsupervised, have a plan to know where they will go and who they will be with, and ask them to check in periodically. Finally, and this is the hardest one for me, try not to eat all the candy you bought for the kids! Although, a few pieces won’t hurt you.

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Home is Where Your Heart Is By Kristie Darling | Photos by Shane Greene Photography

If home really is where your heart is, doesn’t it make sense to put some love and intentionality into the plans for your next home? Perhaps you’ve been thinking about building your dream home, a special place to downsize or retire, or a move into something fresh and new. Before you finalize your course, visit Magnolia Glen, a beautiful, peaceful, and safe neighborhood on the north side of Statesville. “When Carol and I decided to move from Wilkesboro to Statesville,” RL Davis told me, “we found just what we envisioned in Magnolia Glen. Our real estate agent, Linda Ervin, recommended this community because we wanted a well-built home with little upkeep, proximity to parks, shopping, medical facilities, restaurants, and a place that’s within walking distance to town.” 12


RL has been in the construction and home building business for over 45 years, and he has a good eye for quality construction and elegant design. He and Carol were very pleased with their lovely home and so impressed by the Magnolia Glen neighborhood and its two-dozen traditional style homes, that they purchased not only their own new house, but also the remaining 25 undeveloped building sites. The Davises have picked up where the previous developer left off, and are now looking for potential new home owners for Phase II of the development, especially those in the 55-plus age range, to join them and build themselves a new home and a new place for their hearts. THE NEIGHBORHOOD Take an easy stroll through Magnolia Glen and you’ll find single family homes and traditional townhomes with garages and well-manicured lawns that circle a large central park and gazebo. “Our plan is to complete the neighborhood by selling building sites for upper-end homes that blend in with the existing residences,” RL explained, “and finish the neighborhood out with sidewalks and street lamps. There are no through streets, so no speeding traffic. The community is enclosed by a stately brick wall, with the neighborhood’s west side bordered by woods. We are a safe and quiet location where you can be comfortable walking the dog, riding your bike, letting the grandkids play in the park, or enjoying iced tea on the front porch.” The neighborhood is just five minutes from great restaurants, the YMCA, and Iredell Memorial Hospital, with easy access to I-40 to the north and historic downtown Statesville to the south. There’s a grocery store and pharmacy across the street. THE HOMES Quiet streets of lovely homes are the setting for a three- to five-year building plan that is underway. “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with WAC Contracting, Inc., national award-winning builders in Mooresville,” Carol told me. “Their reputation for exceptional quality and craftsmanship in their residential construction is only exceeded by their integrity, honesty, and a true hands-on approach to working with their clients. I believe meeting Wyatt Clark, Sr. and Wyatt, Jr. was a ‘meant to be’ experience for us.” With over 50 years of combined experience in the construction industry, Wyatt Clark, Sr. and his son Wyatt, Jr. joined forces and formed WAC Contracting, Inc. in 2008. Wyatt, Sr. shared, “For us, our business is not just a license hang-


On the cover–Magnolia Glen Phase II Developers RL and Carol Davis with RCD Omni, LLC Opposite page–Magnolia Glen park with gazebo Above, top to bottom–HOA Board–John Hancock; Brenda Baker; Jerrie Greene, president; Don Koepnic; Ellie McMillan (Not pictured) • Magnolia Glen HOA board meeting with developers RL and Carol Davis • Phase II builders–Wyatt Clark, Jr. and Wyatt Clark, Sr. with WAC Contracting (Photo provided by WAC Contracting) IREDELL LIVING • OCTOBER 2017


ing on the wall; it’s a family business that we have built together.” Both Wyatt, Sr. and Wyatt, Jr. shared with me their excitement about this opportunity to complete the development of Magnolia Glen in Phase II by assisting homeowners to affordably build a home they will love for years to come. WAC Contractors and their team are actively working on designs that will soon be available for buyers to choose from. The designs will feature a variety of architectural details that will include open floor plans featuring wide doorways, zero threshold showers, and a variety of finishes. A model home is planned for prospective homeowners to tour. Carol and RL’s office is in their home in Magnolia Glen, one of the first homes you see when you drive into the neighborhood from Gregory Road off North Center Street. When you enter the light-filled great room, you immediately feel at home. The first floor features high ceilings, a beautiful tile fireplace, and built-in bookshelves. Their open kitchen has a large eating bar and lovely cabinets. The master suite and second bedroom are also large and comfortable. An enclosed porch off the kitchen leads you to the patio and lawn out back; the Davis house is an inviting setting where friends and family feel at home. In keeping with the traditional style set by the existing homes, high-end, affordable homes of brick, stone, and Hardie board will be designed for accessibility, comfort, energy efficiency, and ease of maintenance. “Our target market is 55-year-olds and up—people nearing or at retirement age,” RL said. “Two- and three-bedrooms, from about 1600 to 2200 square feet on one floor, unless a second story is requested. Homes will be in the $250,000 to $300,000 range. WAC Contracting is very accommodating and wants each new homeowner’s requirements to be met.” HOA membership includes yard maintenance and irrigation system, street lights, and other planned amenities.

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• Magnolia Glen entrance from Gregory Street and Center Street • Realtor Linda Ervin showing some of the available building sites • Two-story, single-family home showing brick exterior



FAMILY OWNED, FAMILY FRIENDLY RL and Carol come by their new enterprise honestly. RL started doing carpentry with his father when he was 12. Then came Vietnam, a move to Charlotte and a successful residential/commercial building career. Since meeting at church in Charlotte over 26 years ago, the couple’s life together has been filled with many

adventures: after retiring from building, RL and Carol raised cows and horses at their Wilkes County farm, and they’ve done mission work with Baptist Men and Samaritan’s Purse. “RL is a type-A personality,” Carol explained with a smile. “He’s been a builder all his life. When he was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, I asked him to build me something, like a jewelry box, that I could keep. Instead, he built me a beautiful house. Truth be told, we’re here in Statesville because of ALS. After his diagnosis, we realized that we needed to be much closer to Salisbury and his VA doctors, so we started looking at a change in lifestyle and location.” They sold their house in just two weeks, so they knew this move to Statesville was part of a bigger plan. After they moved in, the good news was, they found out just how friendly and generous their new neighbors in Magnolia Glen are—the bad news was, they discovered their wonderful new neighbors because, after moving in, RL broke his hip and needed help with things like shoveling the snow and trips to the doctors! But, they settled in, and the rest is history. BUILD A NEW HOME IN MAGNOLIA GLEN “We really believe this community is, and will become even more so, the best place to live in Statesville,” Carol said. “It's so close to everything. We already know the folks who live here, and they are great neighbors. They made us feel welcome when we moved in, and we’ve been encouraged since we started this new enterprise. We’ve always loved inspirational things, positive things. Magnolia Glen is very positive—this is the perfect place for us to live.” Plan a visit to Magnolia Glen, it could change your life in very positive ways!

Builder: Wyatt Clark, WAC Contracting 704.799.1752 Developer: RL & Carol Davis, RCD Omni LLC 704.682.0791 Realtor: Team Ervin Realty 704.878.7553

OPEN HOUSE Magnolia Glen will host an open house on October 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can tour existing homes, meet the builders, lenders, and the neighbors, and pick out a building site! Financing is available. Realtors are welcome. Get a preview at the Facebook page, Magnolia Glen Community.

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• One-story, single-family homes • Magnolia Glen entrance from Race Street



Having Confidence By Lauren Davidson

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A friend recently confided in me that she felt “stuck.” I think we’ve all felt that way at one point or another. I’m in my mid-twenties, and sometimes it feels as if my career/relationship/life in general hasn’t reached the point where it should be. It’s easy to lose your identity sometimes when you’re a full-time employee, a parent, or just a person transitioning through life’s many changes. It’s important, in these moments, to recognize the issue, and to course-correct as soon as you can. Even though we all feel at some point that we’re not where we should be, sometimes we’re just too hard on ourselves. While having high standards for yourself is important, don’t beat yourself up about not meeting those goals every time. Sometimes, you need to take a step back and reevaluate to regain your confidence.

By tackling these things head on, you’ll build your confidence and rid your life of the negativity. Remember, there’s no one lording over you, forcing you to live your life a certain way. If things aren’t working, you can change them, or at least change your attitude toward the issue.

Identify the Issue More than likely, it feels like life has just gotten away from you, but is that really the case? Try pinpointing any specific issues that have reached a point where they no longer feel controllable or are simply making you feel uncomfortable.

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Set Small Goals I think this applies most to work, debt, and exercise. When a task seems insurmountable, like losing 40 pounds or finishing a big project, the first step taken is often the hardest. By setting small goals, like waking up an hour earlier to go on a walk every day, your big obstacle will be broken down into attainable portions. By tackling each goal, your confidence will mount enough so you can conquer your overall goal.

to time. It may seem fake or cheesy, but giving yourself compliments really does help. I try to be mindful of when I’m having negative thoughts about myself so that I can replace them with positive ones. For instance, I’m the only person in my position at work without an MBA. I could let that hold me back, and sometimes I admittedly feel a little inferior because of it. Instead, I remind myself of the initiatives that I’ve accomplished to build back my self-esteem. Take Time for Yourself Taking time for yourself is often overlooked, especially if you’re a parent, but it’s so important to do. If you don’t love yourself, who will? Take an afternoon to go to the movies, or relax in a peaceful bath. Whatever you do, make sure it feels like you’re treating yourself. No matter how great your friends, family, or spouse are, make sure that you are your own advocate and best friend. A good way to put this into practice is to spend time alone doing something that makes you happy.

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Left–Resident Ernestine sharing a moment with Resident Care Director Lisa Stewart, RN. Below–Music to our ears! Regional Vice President Greg Thompson often shares his talents. Opposite page– Lisa confirming resident Ethel is ready to start her day Aromatherapy session with longtime staff members–Lead Med Tech Lisa Pope and Resident Care Coordinator Monique Byers


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 in Statesville is licensed for 67 residents. Next door is Cardinal Village, with 15 one- to two-bedroom homes, an option for those who want to remain a little more independent. Mechelle Kanipe has served as The Gardens’ executive director for three years and has been working in long-term care since 2000. Mechelle says the longevity of the staff is key to their success. “We have about 40 staff,” Mechelle said. “A lot of our employees have been here for many years. Our resident care coordinator, Monique Byers, has been here for 19 years. Other key staff, including several medical technicians, CNAs, and housekeepers, are also long-time staff members.”

One thing people appreciate about The Gardens is that they do allow residents to have small pets. “Pets keep us young,” Mechelle said. “The benefit outweighs anything else.” The staff at The Gardens keeps their residents active, doing things they enjoy. “We really try to gear our activities to our current population of residents,” Mechelle said. “We ask them what they want to do, so we provide a lot of trips out in the community, we go out to eat once a week and go shopping two or three times a month. Our people really love music, from gospel to music from the 50s and 60s, so a lot of our activities include music and live entertainment.”

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Residents enjoy their quarterly family night hosted at The Gardens. They typically have about 100 family and friends over to enjoy food and fellowship. “We provide dinner for everyone and feature entertainment and education,” Mechelle says. Everyone works together to make sure The Gardens is a warm home environment for those who live there. The plan must be working, because The Gardens was named “The Best Retirement Living Center” and received a Reader’s Choice award from the Statesville Record & Landmark last year. Statesville resident Sandra Harrison shared a testimonial about her family’s experience. “We enthusiastically recommend The Gardens,” she wrote. “Mechelle Kanipe met with us person-

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Are you bored with the same mundane weekend routine? Would you like to try something new this fall or have a bit of adventure with your family this month? I have a few recommendations for an impromptu trip. Jetton Park is a great place to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The park is in the North Park region of Cornelius and spans 104 acres. Jetton Park has a great beach area, picnic shelters, playground, and tennis courts, along with a 1.3-mile bike trail, a 1.5-mile walking and roller blade trail, and a formal garden. If you are feeling hungry before or after visiting the park, a great place to stop is Birkdale Village. Families can dine on the patio at Brixx Pizza or EEZ Sushi and then grab dessert at Ben & Jerry’s or TCBY. Lake Lure is my all-time favorite choice for a day trip. The lake is 720 acres with about 21 miles of shoreline. Lake Lure is a man-made lake surrounded by breathtaking views of the mountains, located east of Asheville. The mountain town has so much to

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Shedding excess pounds doesn’t have to mean depriving yourself of your favorite foods, including red meat. A study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center shows that healthy, higher-protein diets, including lean beef, can be beneficial to not only weight loss, but also maintaining muscle mass and heart health.

Grilled Southwestern Steak & Colorful Vegetables Recipe courtesy of the Beef Checkoff Total time: 25-35 minutes • Servings: 6


beef top round steak, cut 1-inch thick (about 1 1/2 pounds) Salt, to taste

Marinade: 1/4 1/4 1 1 1 1/2

cup fresh lime juice cup prepared mild salsa tablespoon chopped garlic tablespoon olive oil teaspoon ground cumin teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Colorful Vegetables: 2 1

8 2

tablespoons olive oil medium green or red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch strips ounces button mushrooms, sliced 1/4-inch thick cups zucchini, sliced 1/4inch thick

3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes 1/4 cup chopped green onions


In small bowl, combine marinade ingredients. Place beef steak and marinade in food-safe plastic bag; turn steak to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator 6 hours, or as long as overnight, turning occasionally. Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on grill over medium, ash-covered coals. For medium-rare

doneness (145° F), grill covered, turning once, 12-14 minutes (on gas grill over medium heat, 16-19 minutes). To Prepare Colorful Vegetables: In large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add bell pepper strips; cook and stir 1-2 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Add mushrooms, zucchini, cumin, salt and black pepper; cook and stir 3-4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Add tomatoes and green onions; cook and stir 1 minute. Carve steak into thin slices; season with salt, to taste. Serve with colorful vegetables. Recipe & photo courtesy of National Cattleman's Beef Association. Visit: IREDELL LIVING • OCTOBER 2017




Finding Common Ground

y wife and I see perhaps three movies a month. We see the exact same scenes and we hear the same dialog, so one might think we would have a very similar reaction. That would be far from the truth! The reality is that we both carry our own baggage into the theater. That baggage is packed by our experiences growing up, what’s happening at work, and something as important as having too much butter (or whatever that stuff really is) on our popcorn. There are occasions when we utter our divergent views on the film and leave it at that. When we take the time to really discuss our different analyses of the film and embrace that thought diversity, usually we appreciate each other more. During this political cycle when we’ve had a record number of contenders throw their names in the ring for public office in Statesville, we hear a great deal of alternative perceptions about the community. There is almost always similar thoughts on both sides, and these views have merit. There must be some common ground. There is no absolutely right answer, but an opportunity to bridge the real or perceptional chasm exists. The power of a community lies in its willingness to build that bridge. 1. Statesville is languishing in lack of growth. We need more shopping, more things to do, and more people.

David Bradley President and CEO Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce



In a recent meeting with the data analyst at the Charlotte Chamber, we learned that two of the fastest growing zip codes in Iredell County are the two Statesville zip codes. Surprisingly, we are growing at a higher rate than the two Mooresville zip codes. A rising population is bringing, and will bring, more shopping opportunities. Compared to five years ago, the variety of entertainment options is immense. Iredell County’s growth is outpacing the national and regional average growth rates.

Common Ground: There are significant pockets of the city that are NOT seeing shopping/entertainment expansion. Private investment will come when the value and expectation of profitability are realized. It is incumbent on public partners to provide the infrastructure to expedite possibility. 2. There aren’t any jobs in Statesville and Iredell County. The only jobs available are low paying. In June, 2017, NC Works Online noted that there were 3,800 jobs posted and available in Iredell County, yet only 3,300 who were unemployed and looking. A quick look at those jobs will show pay scales ranging from $10 per hour to over $100,000 a year. Interestingly, this is not counting a vast number of jobs that we know are on the horizon. Common Ground: There are pockets of our population that are either un- or under-employed. They might not be tapped into NC Works Online. We need to build a better communications pipeline to reach all members of our community to make people aware and participating in the growing economy. The most readily available jobs are in skilled trades (electrician, HVAC service technician, masonry, welding, etc.) and in advanced manufacturing. Mitchell Community College has programming that can help provide training in almost all of these areas. Our greatest challenge is to avoid the simple and oft used practice of having our opinion and throwing darts at those we don’t agree with. Our greatest opportunity is to look at those and other significant issues and create tools that can help us build communal conversations. You have our assurance that this Chamber will be working toward that goal over the next few years.

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For the Love of Humanity

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



hen asked, “What is the first sign you look for to explain an ancient civilization?” the anthropologist Margaret Mead gave a surprising response: a “healed femur,” not a tool or piece of clothing as expected. A person with a broken femur can't survive to hunt or escape enemies unless they have help. Thus, a healed femur indicates that someone else helped that person, rather than abandoning them and saving only themselves. Isn't that what we are all about? Healing femurs of one sort or another? This year, hundreds of nonprofit professionals came together to learn and share at the North Carolina Philanthropy Conference. The Association of Fundraising Professionals is over 29,000 members strong in 227 chapters throughout the world. They work to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, and education. The association promotes development and high ethical standards among fundraising professionals. Donated dollars and volunteer hours are needed by all nonprofits. This collaboration goes on across the country. North Carolina Volunteerism Statistics for 2015: • 25.8% of us volunteer. • 2.1 million volunteers. • 85.9% help our neighbors. • 29.8 volunteer hours per resident. • 230.6 million service hours. • $5.5 billion of service contributed. Nonprofits enhance North Carolina’s quality of life and help attract and retain business here. • Delivering needed services–food banks feed the hungry, hospices care for the dying. • Educating the public on vital issues–the dangers of smoking, stopping child abuse. • Finding solutions–cleaning up polluted streams, providing day care for working families. • Nurturing culture–showcasing music, theatre, arts, and history. • Engaging the community–volunteer with Habitat, serve on boards of

directors. • Being a voice for the voiceless– advocating for disabled children and seniors. • Improving government policies– researching and advocating for ways to improve education. • Providing faith-based activities– houses of worship, community service projects. • Nonprofits provide 400,000 jobs or 10% of all jobs. • Nonprofit employees are highlyeducated and committed to their organizations’ missions. They are private entrepreneurs working in the public interest to solve tough problems. • Nonprofits put $38 billion into North Carolina’s economy annually. • The nonprofits pay more than $15 billion in wages to North Carolinians. • Nonprofits’ $38 billion annual impact on the state’s economy compares to $19 billion just 10 years earlier. The Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce is a community champion and an advocate for business. We put the needs of local communities first, strengthening public-private partnerships that underpin all our work in the community. Our programs build stronger, more efficient, and more sustainable networks capable of mobilizing volunteers to address local needs. We measure and continually improve our programs’ benefits to serve stakeholders, participants, community organizations, and our business members. By building collaborations wherever possible across our programs and with other regional partners, we are able to reach our goals. Volunteering is the perfect way to feel connected to your community. The simple act of offering your skills and enthusiasm will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own. The MSI Chamber and our nonprofit partners could not function without the energy and input of our volunteers.


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