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Dancercise Class Offered at Grace Senior Center

Dancercise, which is exercising while dancing, is being offered at Grace Senior Center. Dancercise is a blend of aerobics and dance moves, some- thing that many people find to be lots of fun. Participants enjoy great music and learn actual dance moves. The class being offered is a beginners class. There is no registration and no charge for the class. The class is ongoing. So, if you didnt make it to the first class there is still plenty of opportunity to join in later. Each month the schedules will be given out with class dates and times.

The Dancercise class is held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays, and 1 to 2 p.m. on Mondays. This class is open to anyone who wants to exercise! For more information and to register call Findey Knotts or Eva Diggs at 704-694-6616.


Anson Rescue Squads Delicious
All You Can Eat Breakfast

Everyone is invited to come enjoy a delicious all you can eat breakfast hosted by the Anson Rescue Squad this Saturday morning, April 29, from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. It will take place at the Rescue Squad building, located at 208 East Morgan Street in Wadesboro. The cost is only $8 per person.


Democratic Women of North Carolina Regional Meeting

You are invited to the regional meeting of the Democratic Women of North Carolina that will be held this Saturday, April 29. The 10 a.m. event will take place in the Community Room at Carolinas HealthCare System Anson on Highway 74 in Wadesboro. The guest speaker for the event is Lucinda Guinn. Guinn is the Vice President of Campaigns at Emilys List. This event is hosted by the new organized Democratic Women of Anson County.


NC MedAssist - OTC Medicine Give Away

NC MedAssist - Free OTC Medicine Give Away

Thu May 4, 2017 9am  2pm Eastern Time

Where: Lockhart-Taylor Center at SPCC


Encouragement Group Called Living after Losing Seminar

Connections Family Support Program is hosting guest speaker Debbie Spears on Thursday, May 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Rockingham in the Fellowship Hall (located at 410 East Washington Street in Rockingham), from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. She will be speaking about what led her decision to start an encouragement group called Living after Losing . She had experienced several life changing events over the years, but nothing could have prepared her for what was about to happen on July 9, 2011 at 2:31 p.m. in the afternoon. A sudden and horrific car accident changed the life of this happily married mother of 22 years and the lives of her three sons forever. Debbie Spears lives and works in Richmond County as an elementary school teacher. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Elementary Education. She understands and knows that grief and loss in life is inevitable, but the question is, how do we handle the difficult times and move forward to living after losing. Mrs. Spears desire is to share real strategies with others that she has actively used to help her minute by minute and day by day to reach the point where there is hope in living after one has suffered tremendous loss in life. Families, community members, providers, and professionals are encouraged to attend this special event. Space is limited and the deadline to register is May 2. Lunch will be provided at no charge. Connections Family Support Program is funded by Sandhills Center in collaboration with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in North Carolina . To register for this event please contact Suzanne Maness toll free at 877-211-5995 or by email at connectionsfsp@gmail.com .


Over the Counter Medicine Give Away to Anson County Residents

NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that gives free prescription medicine to low-income and uninsured people. They will hold a free Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day in Wadesboro on Thursday, May 4. The event, which is sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, is open to any individual or family needing OTC medication. The give away will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lockhart- Taylor Center. located at 514 North Washington Street in Wadesboro. Identification is not needed to participate. Carolinas HealthCare System is proud to sponsor the over-the-counter medicine give away in Wadesboro, said Mike Lutes, president of Carolinas HealthCare System Union. The OTC Give Away Day is expected to have a huge impact on the community. Our mission at Carolinas HealthCare System is to bring health, hope and healing to all, and what better way than to partner with NC MedAssist to do so. We know that even with insurance, many people cannot afford OTC products. This will be the first OTC event held in Wadesboro. Individuals will receive $100 worth of OTC product, which includes items such as allergy relief, pain relief, in- digestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins. NC MedAssists overall goal is to help ease the cost for those who are making the choice between buying food or purchasing medication. The OTC program relies on community volunteers. Serving over 1,000 individuals in one day takes many hands to make sure the program runs smoothly and that all patients are served before the door closes. NC MedAssist is partnering with Carolinas HealthCare System to have volunteers serve in roles such as pharmacy consultation, client personal shoppers, and OTC sorters. If you would like to volunteer, please visit www.medassist.org/volunteer to sign up.

We are honored to bring an OTC Give Away Day to Anson and Union Counties, thanks to Carolinas HealthCare System, said Executive Director Lori Giang. NC MedAssist is excited to work with the community to give back to our neighbors in need. Through the OTC Give Away we will be able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free pharmacy program resources. No one should go without medicine, and this program is enabling us to reach those who are unaware of our services. Last year NC MedAssist gave away more than $1.9 million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners. This year, the organization plans to give away more than $2 million. There are currently more than 11,700 adults in both Anson and Union County who live below the federal poverty level and do not qualify for insurance. For more information on the OTC Program and NC MedAssist , please visit www.medassist.org . About NC MedAssist : Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians . MedAssist offers three programs that dress the needs of chil- addren and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over The Counter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program.

MedAssist dispenses more than $39 million worth of free prescription medication to 14,000 low-in- come North Carolinians each year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist .org


May River Paddle Day

May River Paddle Day

Sat May 6, 2017 12pm  6pm

Where: Hwy 52 Launch


Yard Sale to Benefit the Anson Animal Shelter

The community is invited to attend a Yard Sale at the Anson County Animal Shelter on Saturday, May 6. The event will take place from 8 a.m. until. All funds raised by this sale will go toward helping the animals at the shelter. There will be hot dogs, chips, popcorn, drinks and a split the pot drawing.

Donations of dog and cat food, bleach, laundry detergent, dish liquid and paper towels will be gratefully accepted. Come and meet all the furry friends at the shelter that are awaiting their forever homes.

Who knows, you may find a dog or cat that you just cannot resist taking home with you! Any support you can offer, whether by purchasing some of the great items on sale or by donating items or money, will be of great benefit to the animals at the shelter. Together we can save the abandoned animals in Anson County.

The Anson Animal Shelter is located on Highway 74 in Polkton at the entrance to the Field of Dreams


American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course Anson County Parks & Recreation

American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course Anson County Parks & Recreation is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course. The beginners class runs from April 28-30. The renewal class runs from May 5-7.

To be eligible for the Lifeguarding course the participant must be 15 years of age on or before the final scheduled session of this course. The participant must successfully complete the following:

1) Swim 300 yards continuously, using these strokes in the following order:

-100 yards of front crawl using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick. Rhythmic breathing can be performed either by breathing to the side or the front.

-100 yards of breaststroke using a pull, breathe, kick or glide sequence.

-100 yards of either the front crawl or breaststroke. The 100 yards may be a combination of front crawl and breaststroke.

2) Starting in the water, swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to the starting point with the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps, within 1 minute 40 seconds. For more information or to enroll call 704-695-2782


Living Healthy with Diabetes Workshop

April 6 - Learn how to feel better...healthier...happier Living with or caring for someone with Diabetes can affect your quality of life. Grace Senior Center is offering a six-week Living Healthy with Diabetes workshop. It is designed to help you better manage your Diabetes and live a happier, healthier life! You dont have to stop doing the things you love to do. The key to getting the most out of life is learning to manage your symptoms. No matter your situation, Living Healthy with Diabetes can assist you in taking control. Whether you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have had diabetes for years, this workshop will give the support you need to find practical ways to deal with your stress, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. Previous participants have stated they have benefited from this class more than any other diabetes class they have attended.

The Living Healthy with Diabetes classes will be held at the Grace Senior Center, located at 199 Highway 742 South in Wadesboro, just past IGA. This is a six week class that is scheduled for every Thursday, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. It starts April 6 and runs through May 11. Class size is limited and registration is required. Call Rita Short at 704-694-6217 or 704-994-3494 and start living healthy!


Annual Yard Sale of the Carolinas

Saturday, May 13 in Chesterfield Registration is underway for the Yard Sale of the Carolinas to be held in Chesterfield on Saturday, May 13. The event will be held from 7 a.m. to 12 noon in the 200 and 300 blocks of West Main Street in front of the Chesterfield County Courthouse. The event is co-sponsored by the Greater Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and Hospice of Chesterfield County's Sunshine Shoppe thrift and gift store. The yard sale provides a great opportunity for individuals, families, civic groups and churches to raise funds by selling items. Spaces are available for $15 (one parking space) and you may reserve multiple spaces. There are a limited number of spaces available. Residents and organizations are also encouraged to have yard sales on their own property that day. The Town has suspended the yard sale permit requirement for the day of the event. Those having yard sales outside of the street sale are encouraged to register their yard sale as well. A list of yard sales within the town limits will be made available to those visiting the street sale. Registration forms are available at the Hospice of Chesterfield County office, located at 700 West Boulevard, and the Sunshine Shoppe, located at 122 Main Street, both in Chesterfield. The deadline for registrations is May 10 and spaces are limited.

more information or to have a registration form mailed to you, please email jdouglashcc@hotmail.com or call the Hospice office at (843) 623-9155.


Senior Information and Health Fair

Grace Senior Centers annual Senior Information/Health Fair will be held on Tuesday, May 16 at the Lockhart-Taylor Centers Ingram Room. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please con- tact Grace Senior Center to register and for additional information at 704-694-6616.


Lets Get Real Marriage Conference

Have you thought about attending a marriage conference, but didnt have time to go out of town? Heres your opportunity to attend one of the best marriage conferences. Dale and Jena Forehand of Stained Glass Ministries will be leading their Lets Get Real Marriage Conference at First Baptist Church, Lee Avenue, Wadesboro on May 19th  21st. Dale and Jena are sought after speakers for conferences and events across the country, including keynote speakers at Lifeways Marriage Getaways. The conference will be Friday night at 7:00, Saturday morning at 9:00, and during worship Sunday morning at 11:00.

The conference is open to everyone&single, seriously dating, engaged, newly married, married for many years, empty-nesters. It is a spiritual and relationship revival. Cost for the conference will be $15 per person through April 15th and $20 per person after April 15th.

Please contact the church at (704) 694-9365 or denealbennett@yahoo.com for more information and to register for this event. You can also check out www.daleandjena.com for more information about Stained Glass Ministries

When: Sun May 21, 2017 11am  12pm

Where: First Baptist Church, Lee Avenue, Wadesboro


Board of Education Meeting

All meetings are held on the last Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.
All regular meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Closed Session immediately following the opening of the meeting. Open Session begins at 6:30 p.m. Meetings will be held in the Charles Riddle Staff Development Center at the Board of Education Office, located at 320 Camden Road in Wadesboro, unless otherwise noted. Open Session begins at 3:30 p.m.

Closed Session begins at 3:45 p.m.

Open Session begins at 4:30 p.m.

April 18, 20 16

Budget Development Workshop : 3:30-5:30 p.m.
(Additional dates to be determined if needed.)

May 22, 2017


Upcoming Board of Education Meeting Dates

All meetings are held on the last Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. All regular meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Closed Session immediately following the opening of the meeting. Open Session begins at 6:30 p.m. Any changes in time will be published in The Express Newspaper, posted on the Anson County Schools website and posted on the doors at the Board of Education District Office.

Meetings will be held in the Charles Riddle Staff Develop- ment Center at the Board of Education Office, located at 320 Camden Road in Wadesboro, unless otherwise noted.

Budget Development Workshop

3:30-5:30 p.m.

(Additional dates to be determined if needed.)

May 22, 2017


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 iNaturalist.org 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 alicia.davis@ncwildlife.org

. 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 alicia.davis@ncwildlife.org 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 www.ncwildlife.org .


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.