Dec. 31, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Food pantry receives $20,000 in grant funding

As Fairgrove Family Resource Center awaits a $20,000 check from Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Executive Director Terri Fisher says she has an extensive game plan of how she will put the money to use.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Friends of stabbing victim want closure

Two months after Tammy Sellers Holland was discovered lying unconscious inside her Trinity home, her friends mourn her loss with a resigned acknowledgment of the possibility they may never know who killed her.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Hear well this New Year

I tell my grandsons that I have superpowers. Can you guess what it is? I tell them that I have bionic ears, but in reality what that means is that I wear a pair of hearing aids. The “receiver in the canal” devices are nearly invisible unless you look really close.

Dec. 31, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Brown Middle School FBLA comes home a winner

Four members from Brown Middle School’s FBLA team were rewarded for their hard work and dedication at the Triad Regional Competency Skills Conference held earlier this month at C.W. Stanford Middle School in Hillsborough, N.C.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 11:15 AM

Chamber champions shopping small

The presents have been unwrapped, consumed, returned and even regifted. And yet, the true economic impact of Christmas shopping in the Chair City remains to be seen – and will likely remain a mystery in the days ahead. Despite the delayed gratification of an imminent spike in retail sales numbers, the Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce is in the Christmas spirit, nonetheless.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

City council approves radio purchase

The Thomasville City Council unanimously approved the purchase of Motorola radio equipment totaling $939,278.17 at a special meeting Monday.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

New Year, New Flu

On Monday, the Virginia Department of Health announced two preschool-aged children in the eastern part of state have died from the flu. Since Dec. 13 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 11 pediatric flu deaths so far this season.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

Four Thomasville fires occur within one week

Mary Miller’s hand covered her mouth in disbelief when she viewed the destruction wrought by a Dec. 19 fire which ripped through her daughter’s home on Hillcrest Road. The grouping of cherry-red ribbons and a wreath which adorned the front of the home attached to a blackened roof and carport attested to a family planning for the holidays when tragedy suddenly struck.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Habitat project provides family home for Christmas

For Christmas, most families exchange presents wrapped neatly beneath the tree. Thanks to the Thomasville chapter of Habitat for Humanity, one family will have a living room in which celebrate in this year. Lillian Slaughter, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Thomasville, and Mayor Joe Bennett presented the Tate family with a new home on Woodlawn Street.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Fireplaces, space heaters contribute to high fire danger during winter

It's just about time to take down lights, candles and other Christmas items, but holiday decor isn't the only winter fire hazard. While finding ways to stay toasty warm this winter, Fire and Life Safety Director Dolly Hulin extends tips for heating safety.


Dec. 24, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Santa is one cool dude

When it comes to believing whether or not Santa Claus is the real deal, 9-year old Zion Everette has done his homework. The Liberty Drive Elementary School fourth grader, along with four of his classmates from Ms. Kristen Kennedy’s class gathered in the library before heading out for a field trip to the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, to take a train ride to the "North Pole” on the Polar Express.

Dec. 24, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

UAC to run animal shelter

The United Animal Coalition will take over the Davidson County Animal Shelter after its board voted last Wednesday night to approve a contract proposal from the Davidson County Board of Commissioners.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 10:02 AM

East Davidson FBLA Chapter takes top prizes

Jennifer Adcock, Business teacher and FBLA advisor graduated from East Davidson and was an active member herself in the club when she was a student. For 15 years,  Adcock has been a passionate advocate for community service and helping others. She works tirelessly — in and out of the classroom — to instill character and sense of stewardship in all of her students.

“God gives each of us special gifts and it’s up to us to decide how we use them,” said Adcock. “It makes me so happy to see our club work hard to do for others who are in need. This club is constantly giving back and finding ways to serve the community we live in. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing the students win at competitions, but what matters most to me is that they actually see and feel what it is like to do for others.”

In addition to assembling and delivering 122 Christmas presents to the residents of Libertywood Nursing Center in Thomasville, Adcock said FBLA members opted out of simply dropping the gifts off but chose instead to personally visit with each resident and wish them a Merry Christmas.

“The students wanted to show those folks they cared and spend a little time with them,” Adcock said. “That kind of thoughtfulness reflects what kind of kids we have participating in this club. They are awesome.”

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 09:51 AM

Council approves resolution for Project Wildcat

The Thomasville City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday to support Project Wildcat, an economic development project intended to bring a textile company to the Chair City.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

Love Feast this Sunday

Memorial United Methodist Church will hold a traditional Love Feast at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 in the sanctuary. A long-standing tradition at the church, the annual event typically attracts between 350 and 400 participants.

Dec. 20, 2014 @ 09:44 AM

Young Marines partner with Masonic Lodge for Toys for Tots

Thomasville Masonic Lodge 214 will host Toys for Tots today for a third consecutive year, bringing hundreds of area children the opportunity to receive presents and visit with Santa Claus.


Dec. 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Emerging from the fog

Growing up, I adored my father in a 1960s sitcom way. Even mundane events had a heroic feel when he spun the narrative.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Unemployment rate falls for third straight month

A month after the unemployment rate in Davidson County reached its lowest point since before the Great Recession, it fell dramatically once again in October, falling below six percent for the first time in six years.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Christmas comes to Mills Home

Like many other boys his age, Thomas, 8, is eager to play with his toys after arriving home after school. His toy of choice is a remote control police car complete with siren.

Dec. 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

For the past three weeks, Thomasville’s master genealogist and historian Randy Hepler has shared basic tips on ways to begin tracing your family history and genealogy. In this final installment, Randy takes us back to one of the most treasured times in his own personal history and shows why staying in close touch with living relatives and preserving family artifacts, including physical structures, can be one of the most incredible gifts you leave behind for generations to come.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 07:15 AM

THS coaches push student athletes to make a play for success

Long after the Friday night lights have been switched off at Cushwa Stadium and the basketball court has fallen silent from the beat of a bouncing ball. Even after the volleyball net and wrestling mats have been rolled up for the season and the track and soccer fields have emptied out for the last time, for the athletes who participate in a variety of sports at Thomasville High School, making a personal commitment to academic excellence now is the only way to ensure they will make it in the game of life according to Thomasville High School Athletic director Steve Bare.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 07:15 AM

Brenner Fit Academy coming next month

Beginning in January Thomasville parents will have a unique opportunity to learn nutrition, physical activity and other healthy moves they can incorporate into their family’s lifestyle.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 07:15 AM

Commissioners pitch animal shelter proposal

The Davidson County Board of Commissioners proposed a $325,000 contract with the United Animal Coalition on Tuesday to facilitate a takeover of the Davidson County Animal Shelter.


Dec. 13, 2014 @ 07:15 AM

Descending into darkness

In one moment, Danny Kennedy's eyelids were at rest. The next, they snapped open, only to remain that way sporadically through the nightmarish hours that would follow.

Dec. 10, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Restaurant to donate portion of sales to displaced family

Tommy's Bar-B-Que will host a fundraiser Saturday for a family whose home was destroyed by fire the day after Thanksgiving.