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Memoral Day Event is Friday at the Courthouse

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each gravesite at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. You are invited to be a part of a Laying of the Wreath in honor of our fallen heros this Friday, May 26 at 11 a.m. in front of the Anson County Courthouse. There will be no Memorial Day events in Wadesboro on Monday, May 29.

Wildlife Commission Seeks Publics Help with Alligator Sightings

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking the publics assistance with a new citizen science project that will help the agency answer the question, Where do people see alligators in North Carolina?

Anyone, whether a resident or visitor, who spots an alligator in the wild in North Carolina is asked to upload and share their photos on the project titled NC Alligators, which launched today on the free online platform iNaturalist. People can upload their photos via a computer at or they can download the free iNaturalist app, which is available for iPhone and Android. Submitting an alligator observation is very easy, said Alicia Davis, a natural resources technician with the Commission and the project curator.

If you see an alligator and can take a picture, you simply upload the photo to iNaturalist and add it to the NC Alligators project. If the picture you upload was taken with a smartphone, the iNaturalist platform automatically gathers data on when and where the photo was taken. If you take the picture with a traditional camera, you can drop a pin where you saw the alligator using the Google map on the website.

Observers should exercise caution and keep a safe distance away when photographing alligators, Davis added. Its easy to get caught up in the excitement of seeing an alligator and get too close, which could be dangerous, Davis said. Also, we dont want people feeding them to get a better picture. Not only is that dangerous for both the observer and the animal, but it is also illegal. The Commission launched the NC Alligators project to learn more about the distribution of alligators in the state. Currently, alligators have a natural distribution range of about 25 coastal counties in North Carolina, which is the northern extent of the alligators range. Previous scientific work has shown that researchers need to monitor alligators so they can better understand how alligator populations respond to habitat changes, such as saltwater intrusion, fluctuation in water levels, and habitat loss. Data collected from this project will also help us identify areas with high potential for human-alligator interactions, Davis said. We could use this type of information to reduce negative interactions between people and alligators. For example, these observations could help WRC staff decide where to focus educational efforts about alligators. People who want to report observations but do not want to use iNaturalist can send their alligator observations directly to Davis at

. The email should include:
" A photo of the alligator
" When it was observed (date and time)
" The location where it was found (GPS coordinates are best, but a detailed location description is acceptable)
" Estimation of size class (1) Hatchling-3 feet; (2) 3-6 feet; (3) 6-9 feet; (4) More than 9 feet; or (5) Unknown Other ways the public can help the Commission learn more about alligators in North Carolina are:
" Reporting locations of alligator nests
" Providing access to private property for alligator surveys For more information, contact Davis at or 919-707-4087.
To learn more about alligators in North Carolina, read the Commissions Coexisting with Alligators and American Alligator wildlife profile, both at .

Target gift card for first-time platelet donors

Platelet donors needed now!

Platelet donors are needed every day to help the thousands of local patients battling cancer, chronic diseases and traumatic injuries, and you can help.

Because of your blood type, you could be a perfect candidate for platelet donation. Your platelets can be transfused to twice as many patients as your red blood cells.

Platelets are so important that we are offering all first-time platelet donors a special thank you gift in May! Present to donate platelets at any of our five donation centers from May 1 to May 31 and you will receive a $15 Target gift card!*

We urge all eligible platelet donors to make a donation appointment at one of CBCC's five donation centers as soon as possible. Please call 1-888-59BLOOD, email or go online to make your appointment!

*Gift cards cannot be sold or redeemed for cash and will be fulfilled via email, text, or postal mail.

Pre-Kindergarten Program Available for the 2017-18 School Year.

Anson County Partnership for Children is accepting applications for NC Pre-K, a kindergarten readiness initiative that is proven to help four-year-olds gain basic skills needed for success in elementary school.

Children who are four years of age before August 31, 2017, are eligible to apply for this high-quality program, which is free to qualifying families.

A high priority is placed on serving children who meet the following criteria: childs family is at or below 75% of the state median income level; a disability has been identified; limited English proficiency, developmental differences, chronic health conditions, or a parent who is active military service personnel. NC Pre-K classes operate on a regular school calendar and are designed to address emotional and social development, physical health, language development, and cognitive functioning. Through the incorporation of indoor and outdoor learning environments, students participate in active learning experiences to foster a lifetime love of learning. There are currently four centers operating NC Pre-K classes in Anson County. These classes are located at Anson Childrens Center, Central Center for Children and Families, Morven Elementary School, and Open Doors Center for Children.

Parents or guardians interested in learning more about the NC Pre-K program should contact Karen Gerald at 704-694-4036 (Ext. 105) or

. Applications are available in the Partnerships Early Childhood Resource Center, located at 117 South Greene Street in Wadesboro, from 1 to 5 or online at

Book Sale Fundraiser

Book Sale Fundraiser for Hampton B. Allen Libruary The community is invited to a Book Sale hosted by the Hampton B. Allen Library on Saturday, June 3 in the Wadesboro IGA parking lot. There will be lots of special finds so dont miss this sale. All funds raised will go to help support the library and its many programs that benefit Anson County. The sale runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Come find that special book for your home, and enjoy the fun and fellowship.

Free Dental Clinic at Deep Creek Baptist Church
Deep Creek Baptist Church will hold a free dental clinic on Friday, June 9 in the church fellowship hall. This service will be available to anyone who does not have dental insurance or Medicaid and needs their teeth cleaned, filled or pulled. Each participant will be asked to pay $7 if possible to help with expenses. If you would like to have this service, please make an appointment by calling Sandra Ketchie at 704-694-6865. If there is no answer, please leave a message and she will call you back.

Anson County Parks and Recreation Little Park Pool Opens

The Swimming Pool at Little Park opens on Saturday, June 3 for the summer! The hours are from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the weekends until Tuesday, June 13. Starting on June 13 the schedule will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saurday and Sunday, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The cost is $1 per person. For more information call Wendell Small at 704-695-2782.

Connections Family Support Meeting

Connections Family Support Meeting is Thursday For those people serving children with emotional, learning or behavioral challenges The Connections Family Support Program holds a group meeting for parents, grandparents and foster parents serving children with emotional, learning or behavioral challenges on the third Thursday of each month at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, located at 612 Salisbury Street in Wadesboro, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and re- sources are provided free. Contact Suzanne Maness at (910) 627-1769, toll free (877) 211-5995, or by email at for more information.

Parks & Recreation Swim Lessons

Anson County Parks & Recreation will be offering swim lessons. There will be different classes for various age groups and skill levels, from beginners to advanced. The cost is $18. There must be a minimum of 10 in each class in order to have the class. Classes are open for registration until the first day of class.

Classes will be held July 10-20, July 24-August 3 and August 7-17. The daily schedule is: 8-9 a.m. Adult swim lessons

" 9:30-10 a.m. Youth beginners

10:15-11 a.m. Youth advanced

11:15-11:45 a.m. Parent & Child, Preschool

You can register at Little Park in Wadesboro, or at the schools below between the hours of 2 to 3:30 p.m.:

Tuesday, May 16 - Wadesboro Elementary School Gym

Wednesday, May 17 - Wadesboro Primary School

Thursday, May 18 - Peachland-Polkton Elementary School

Tuesday, May 23 - Ansonville Elementary School

Wednesday, May 24 - Lilesville Elementary School Ballfield

Thursday, May 25 - Morven Elementary School

For more information call Jeff Waisner at 704-695-2550, Wendell Small at 704-695-2782 or Morris Gatewood at 704-694-5751.

Upcoming Important Dates in 2017 from the Board of Elections

Anson County will have Municipal Election in November 2017 This is a listing of upcoming Anson County Board of Elections meetings and other important dates. To appear on a meeting agenda you must provide a notice in writing by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the meeting. The Board of Elections is located at 402 Morven Road in Wadesboro. For more information call Steve Adams, Director of Elections, at 704-994-3223.

Tuesday January 10 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 11 - 2016 Fourth Quarter Report Due - 163-278.9(A)(5a)

Thursday, January 12 - Notices of Report Due mailed for 2016 Year End Semi-annual Report - 163-278.23

Friday, January 27 - 2016 Year End Semi-annual Report Due - 163-278.9(a)(6)

Tuesday, January 31 - Send SBOE Certification of Late or Delinquent Campaign Reports  2016 Fourth Quarter Reports

Monday, February 13 & Tuesday, February 14 - Elections Conference in Durham, NC

Tuesday, February 21 - Regular Board Meeting at 5 p.m. (Changed due to training in Durham)

Tuesday, March 14 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Monday, April 10 & Tuesday, April 11 - Elections Conference in Wilmington, NC

Friday, April 14 - County Closed for Good Friday Holiday

Monday, April 17 & Tues- day, April 18 - Elections Training in Wilmington, NC

Tuesday, April 18 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Monday, May 29 - County Closed for Memorial Day

Monday, June 12 - Deadline for Party Chairs to submit names of new Board members

Tuesday, June 13 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m. (Last meeting with current board.) Tuesday, July 4 - County Closed for Independence Day

" Tuesday, July 18 - Board of Elections Meeting at 12 p.m. (First meeting with new board. Oaths to be taken & officers are to be elected.)

Friday, July 7 at 12 noon - Candidate Filing for Municipal / Town Elections begins

Tuesday, July 18 at 5 p.m. - Deadline to With- draw notice of candidacy

Friday, July 21 at 12 noon - Candidate Filing Ends for Municipal / Town Elections

Sunday, July 30 - Publish UOCAVA Notice for November Election

Friday, August 4 - Dead- line to file a challenge to a candidate for November Election

Tuesday, August 22 - Board Meeting Appoint Chief Judges/Judges of Precinct Locations for 2 years

Monday, September 4 - County Closed for Labor Day

Tuesday, September 12 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Week of September 18th - Begin Publishing Legal Election Notice/ Buffer Zone Notice

Monday, October 2 at 11 a.m. - Logic and Accuracy Testing for Nov. Election

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. - Poll Worker Training for Municipal Election

Thursday, October 5 - Mock Election for November

" Sunday, October 8 - Absentee by Mail Ballots available for November 7th, Municipal Election

Tuesday, October 10 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. - Poll Worker Make Up Training For Municipal Election

Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. - Early Voting Training for Municipal Election

Friday, October 13 at 5 p.m. - Voter Registration Deadline for November

Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m. - One Stop Ob- server list Due

Tuesday, October 17 at 5 p.m. - Absentee Board Meeting 1 for November Election

Thursday, October 19 - Early Voting Be- gins for Municipal Elections (Wadesboro)

Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m. - Absentee Board Meeting 2 for November Election

Tuesday, October 31 at 5 p.m. - Absentee Board Meeting 3 for Nov. Election

Tuesday, October 31 at 5 p.m. - Last Day to request Absentee by Mail Ballot for November

Thursday, November 2 at 10 a.m. - Election Day Observer list Due

Saturday, November 4 at 1 p.m. - Early

Voting Ends for November Election

Cervical Cancer Awareness Information January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness Information January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Anson County Health Department wants you to know that theres a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV dont know they are infected. HPV is also a major cause of cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news:

The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.

Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care. In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Anson County Health Department encourages:

" Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21

" Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didnt get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine. Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy. Call for a yearly appointment with your primary doctor or with Anson County Health Departments Family Planning or Well Woman clinic. The Anson County Health Department is located at 110 Ashe Street in Wadesboro. The telephone number is (704) 694-5188.

Veterans Memorial Dedication at Wadesboro City Park

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Veterans Memorial that has been constructed at Wadesboro City Park. The event will take place this Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. The memorial and ceremony are sponsored by the Anson County Veterans Council. Wadesboro City Park is located near Anson Pediatrics, just off Morven Road on Gatewood Street.