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Metal Sculpture Class in July

Join the Cheraw Arts Commission in July for Metal Sculpture classes with Internationally acclaimed SC sculptor Bob Doster. The Arts Commission is offering a two day workshop on Wednesday and Thursday, July 19 and 20. The 9 to 11 a.m. classes at the Cheraw Community Center are geared for both students (4th grade & up ) and adults. Participants will design their pieces, cut the metal shapes and paint their whimsical creations. As a teaching artist, Bob Doster has worked with over 150,000 students of all ages. Cost of the two day workshop is $50, which includes all supplies. Call the Cheraw Arts Commission at 843.537.8420 x 12 to pre- register or for additional information.

Anson County Parks & Recreation Swim Lessons Dates

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 June 12-22, June 26-July 6 & July 10-20. 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

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

SPCC Offering 1 Day Science Camp for Rising 6th to 8th Graders

South Piedmont Community College is offering a Science Camp on Tuesday, July 25 for rising sixth to eighth graders. The camp will take place at the Polkton campus in Room 203 of the Martin Tech Building. SPCC is hosting the NC BioNetwork to help with the camp. Activities include a solar oven, soda rockets and homemade prosthesis devices to name a few. More information is available at . Register at . The $10 registration fee will cover lunch

Suicide Lunch & Learn Program

A lunch & learn program entitled How to Prevent Suicide and Care For Those Affected will be held on Thursday, July 27 at the First United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall, located at 410 East Washington Street in Rockingham, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. NC Chapter Area Director Betsy Rhodes with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and Dana Cea, AFSP-NC Chapter Area Co-Chair & Communications Ambassador will be the guest speakers

. Lunch and resources are provided free.

Contact Suzanne Maness at (910) 627-1769, toll free (877) 211-5995, or by email at connections- to register. The deadline to register is Monday, July 24.

Free Groceries for Families in Need August 2

For families in need, free groceries will be available. The Mobile Food Pantry and CHS Mobile Health Unit will be at Wingate Baptist Church, located at 109 Elm Street, on Wednesday, August 2. Please arrive and register between 8:30 and 11 a.m. The food distribution begins upon the truck arrival, usually between 10 to 10:30 a.m.

" Be sure to bring your own bags, boxes or carts to carry your food.

" Arrive between 9:30 to 11 a.m. to be sure you can receive food.

" If it is raining the day of or before the delivery, contact Anson Crisis Ministry for a recorded message to know if it is cancelled: 704-694-2445.

" You can only pick up food for yourself and one other registered household.

Interested in volunteering for the Mobile Food Pantry? Email . The goal of the Mobile Food Pantry is to feed the hungry and serve those in need. If you are in need before or after the distribution of food date, please contact Anson Crisis Ministry at (704) 694-2445 or Union County Crisis Assistance at (704) 225-0440.

Stride for Pride Tennis Shoe Drive

Stride for Pride Tennis Shoe Drive Begins Another Season Please consider a donation of shoes or money to help less fortunate students The Shaundasia T. Smith Stride with Pride has begun their 7th annual season of collecting donations of new tennis shoes and/or money used to purchase tennis shoes that will be provided to underprivileged youth of all diversities in Anson County. These shoes are given to youth ranging in age from kindergarten to 12th grade, and all sizes are needed. Stride with Pride is a joint effort of Sheriff Landric Reid and Patti Poulnott of Judys Tax Service. Through the generous contributions of our community, last year Stride with Pride was able to give over 420 pairs of tennis shoes out. For 2017 the goal is to put a smile on as many faces as possible! Collections for the upcoming school year will be going on through August 15, but you can contribute at any time during the year. Sheriff Reid said, Patti Poulnott and I will be working to collect new shoes and monetary donations from area supporters. We hope that you will consider joining us in this important effort to help a child walk the halls of success this new school year. Patti Poulnott said, Through your generosity we can help our youth stride with pride this coming school year.
Collections are going on now. We hope that you will consider joining us to help our local children. If you would like to donate shoes or money, you can go to Judys Tax Service which is located at 102 South Rutherford Street in uptown Wadesboro. If you would like for someone to pick up your donation, or if you want more information, you can contact Patti Poulnott at 704-694- 8386 or or Sheriff Reid at 704-695-7771 or .

On the Road, On the Water, Dont Drink and Drive Campaign

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State High- way Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off the seventh annual On the Road, On the Water, Dont Drink and Drive campaign with a news conference Thurs- day at Upper Barton Creek on Falls Lake. The multi- agency safety initiative works to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the states roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. Ac- cording to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, North Car- olina ranks 10th nationally in boating fatalities.
No person should have to suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of impaired driving, said Maj. Todd Kennedy of the Wildlife Resources Commission. Every alcohol-re- lated death on our roadways and waterways is preventable. Whether on the road or on the water, if alcohol is going to be a part of your plans, have a designated driver.
Starting Memoral Day weekend, enforcement officers are conducting sobriety checkpoints and promoting public awareness to deter impaired operation of vehicles and ves- sels. Awareness and enforcement efforts are centered on four of the busiest summer weekends, including:

" June 30July 2, 2017
(Operation Dry Water)

" July 79, 2017

" September 24, 2017

In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood- alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is sub- stantially impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.
The campaign is coordinated by the Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Forensic Tests for Alcohol, and supported by local police and sheriffs offices, along with participating non-governmental organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For more information on boating safety and regulations visit or call 919-707-0031.

Anson County Farmers Market Opens Saturday

It is time again to purchase locally grown vegetables and other items at the Anson County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, June 17. The market will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 28. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Farmers Market is located 1736 Highway 52 South in Wadesboro, just past Wadesboro Primary School. For more information contact Francis Campbell at 704-690-0638

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.

Town Council Meetings: First Monday of each month

July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2

ANSONVILLE Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at the water department. For more information, call 704.826.8404

LILESVILLE Town Council at 6:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.848.4711 or visit

McFARLAN Town Council at 7:30 p.m. at town hall

MORVEN Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at town hall

PEACHLAND Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.272.7781 or visit

POLKTON Town Council at 6:30 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.272.7463 or visit

WADESBORO Town Council at 5:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.694.5171 or visit

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.