The Weddington Journal - March 2020

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WEDDINGTON JOURNAL T h e O f f i c i a l N e w s l e t t e r f o r t h e To w n o f W e d d i n g t o n , N o r t h C a r o l i n a


In this issue...

4 5 Upcoming Community Events 6 Council Meeting Recap

The Deal Family Historical Article

Pages 2 & 3 Getting to know


Town Council members.

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Weddington Journal - The Official Community Newsletter for the Town of Weddington - March 2020



or the next few months, the town will be sharing a series about Weddington Town Council members. Each Council member who participates will share why serving their community is important to them, and will give a little background information about how they came to live in the Town of Weddington. In this issue we would like to introduce Mayor Elizabeth Callis and Council Member Janice Propst.

Mayor Elizabeth Callis


ayor Callis, a native of Charlotte, is serving her second term as mayor. As a child, Mayor Callis spent many years visiting her family’s farm here in Weddington, eventually moving to the area at the age of 15. Her father dedicated a great deal of his life to working for the Weddington community; it was his top priority to protect the town from high density commercial development. Growing up in a house with parents that served the community taught Mayor Callis the importance of being involved and leading by example, and now she does the same with her own children. When asked about her favorite quality of Weddington, Mayor Callis shared that it is the open space and farmland that is still present today. As a native of the area, her love for Weddington and its rural character has become part of her identity. Mayor Callis decided to run for mayor because of her strong desire to be active within the community. She looks forward to working with the Council on the opportunity to provide the


Weddington community with a new park. With Weddington’s tremendous growth in the last 20 years, Mayor Callis feels it is crucial that the remaining land is developed in a way that will protect and preserve what originally drew people to Weddington in the first place. Mayor Callis shared that she is “humbled by the overwhelming support from the most recent election and she looks forward to continuing to serve our residents.”

Mayor Pro Tem Janice Propst


ayor Pro Tem Janice Propst is also a native of Weddington. Her family has been a part of this community for over five generations. Her great grandfather, Jacob Allen Deal, came to this community in 1878, settled, married, raised a large family, and created a successful family farm. Propst spent her childhood in Weddington but left to attend Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After receiving her degree, she returned to the Charlotte area. Twenty years ago, she returned to the Town of Weddington and built her home on the family farm.

Weddington Journal - The Official Community Newsletter for the Town of Weddington - March 2020

INGTON’S TOWN COUNCIL The November 2019 election began Janice’s second term on Council and will be her fifth year serving the Weddington Community. Janice shared that she loves the rural character of Weddington and that Weddington today, like in the past, is still a community mostly centered around family. Her fondest memories of this community come from having a wonderful extended family living right nearby on the farm. Her grandfather was one of nine brothers, so she was fortunate to grow up with great aunts and great uncles who lived just down the street. Her great aunts and uncles loved her and her family like their own grandchildren. With the farm came all the great farm animals, trips to fish at the pond with her grandfather, riding in the truck to help feed the cattle, her grandmother’s wonderful farm fresh meals, picking fresh vegetables from the garden, and rides on the back of the truck as her dad helped her grandfather harvest the bales of hay. According to Propst, Weddington was just a beautiful, very rural community with family farms dotting the countryside. Mayor Pro Tem Propst shared the following, “I am looking forward to working with our new Council in the new year. We have such a great group of public servants on this Council and I know we all want the best for our little town. Hopefully we can get started on creating a town park over time, and find new ways to give our residents a feeling of community. We will have our Food Truck Fridays in May, and hopefully expand on the events we offer. We want our residents to feel a part of the community no matter where they have come from,

they belong and Weddington feels like home…I think knowing the past, helps preserve a part of the past for our future.” Janice Propst has always volunteered and actively protected the Weddington community. She initially ran for Council because others in the community asked her to. As a native of the town, she feels that it’s important for people that have lived here awhile to be a part of the process. She knows the history of the town, and respects the families that made Weddington a great place to live.


he Town of Weddington would like to thank Mayor Callis and Mayor Pro Tem Propst for sharing with us their ties to the Weddington Community and why being a Council member is so important to them. We hope that as a community, you will get to know your Council Members through this series and we look forward to sharing information about other Council members in next month’s edition of The Weddington Journal.


Weddington Journal - The Official Community Newsletter for the Town of Weddington - March 2020

T H E D E A L F A M I LY a Weddington Historical Article


hile the community continues to grow, one of the original farms of Weddington still stands today at 610 Weddington Road.

As a traveling salesman of washing machines, Jacob Deal arrived in Union County in 1878. He traveled from Newton, NC on a horse drawn carriage pulled by his horse, Charley. One of his stops along the way was at the home of a Civil War veteran, Andrew Jackson Moore. It was here that Mr. Deal met the young daughter of Andrew Moore, Lydia Ann. The result of that meeting was the first wedding ceremony performed in the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. Mr. Moore gifted 60 acres of land to the newlyweds that adjoined his property in the Sandy Ridge Township. Jacob Deal began to work the land and established an extensive farming operation. He also owned a cotton gin and sawmill and was able to sell his products in Monroe, Matthews, and Charlotte. The Deals constructed a new home in 1913 and that structure still stands today. The Deal family had nine sons and continued to prosper after the passing of Jacob in 1926. They continued the farm, sawmill, and cotton gin businesses. Ownership of the original farm has since passed to Jacob and Lydia’s grandchildren, and is still in their possession today.


Weddington Journal - The Official Community Newsletter for the Town of Weddington - March 2020

W H AT ’ S C O M I N G U P I N W E D D I N G T O N ? Defensive Driving Course

The Town of Weddington, in conjunction with The Weddington Community and Fitness Center, is hosting a Teen Driver Safety Class conducted by the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina. The course is for drivers between the ages of 15 and 19 who currently have a learner’s permit or driver’s license. There are 12 spots available which will be obtained on a first come, first served basis. The cost of the course is $75; signups will begin on Wednesday, February 26 th. Class spots can be reserved by calling the Safety Council directly at (704) 644-4200.

Community Litter Sweep and Shredding Event The Town of Weddington is hosting the annual Community Litter Sweep on Saturday, April 25 th at 8 AM - 12 noon. Volunteers and community groups are needed! We will meet at Town Hall located at 1924 Weddington Road, Weddington, NC 28104. Trash bags, gloves and orange safety vests will be provided to all participants. The town will provide coffee and donuts. Following the litter sweep, there will be a prize for the two most unusal trash items. Truliant Federal Credit Union will be sponsoring an onsite shredding event in the Town Hall parking at 12 noon following the Community Litter Sweep. Please contact Town Hall with questions at (704) 846-2709.

Food Truck Fridays Food Truck Fridays will be here before you know it! Save the date for the first four Fridays in May. We will gather in the Town Hall parking lot to enjoy delicious food and beverage trucks, entertainment, and games for the whole family. Be sure to check the Town of Weddington’s Facebook and Instagram pages for more details. We can’t wait for another successful community event.

Weddington Upcoming Events Weddington’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting, November 20 th Weddington 5K Turkey Trot, Thanksgiving Day, November 26 th

(We will share more details as the events get closer.)


Weddington Journal - The Official Community Newsletter for the Town of Weddington - March 2020

Council Meeting Recaps - January & February


he first Council Meetings of 2020 were held on the evenings of January 13 th and February 10 th . The Council amended the regular meeting schedule to change April’s meeting from the 13 th to the 6 th to avoid conflicting with Easter Monday and UCPS Spring Break Schedule. Staff was authorized to enter into a contract for repairs to the Wesley Chapel Volunteer Fire Department on Hemby Road. The Council appointed Ed Goscick and Jen Conway as new planning board members. The town has received a lot of positive feedback regarding the new traffic signal on southbound Twelve Mile Creek and Hwy 84. The Weddington Optimist Club, partnering with WCWAA, is requesting financial assistance from the town for WCWAA’s maintenance and rehab of the park and athletic fields that serve thousands of Weddington children. The Council held a public hearing for a text amendment to establish Stormwater Review Board duties to the Planning Board and voted to approve the text amendment. The Town Administrator/Planner was appointed as the Stormwater Administrator. Events update: The Council announced that the town will be co-sponsoring a teen Driver Safety Class to be held on March 28th. The sign-up opportunity will be first come first served and opened the last week in February. Other events discussed were the spring Litter Sweep which will be held on Saturday, April 25th. Truliant Credit Union will sponsor a shredding event that day as well. The town Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Friday, November 20th and there will be an inaguaral 5K Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving Day. The next Council meeting is scheduled for March 9th at 7:00 PM.

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