The City of Burlington Joins Nourishing North Carolina to Provide Fresh Produce, Physical Activity for the Community

April 18, 2013 3:41 PM

Burlington, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has awarded the Celo Faucette Community Garden at North Park a $3,000 grant through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden effort making local, healthy food more accessible to people across the state. In June 2011, BCBSNC launched the program in partnership with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) to create or enhance community gardens in all 100 North Carolina counties.

“This grant will allow us to expand our garden so we can provide fresh, local produce for more people in our community and encourage healthy eating habits,” said William Gattis, Director of the Mayco Bigelow Center at North Park. “We are proud to be part of the Nourishing North Carolina network. Our garden not only provides healthy food, it also provides a safe area for our neighbors to work together, share a public green space and be physically active through gardening.”

North Carolinians continue to face serious health issues, and the state’s obesity rates remain at alarming levels. In fact, nearly two-thirds of adults in North Carolina are overweight or obese due to unhealthy eating and physical inactivity, which is above the national average[1]. Community gardens are just one targeted but impactful way to address health issues across North Carolina.

“Communities across North Carolina are embracing this initiative and rolling up their sleeves to help North Carolinians eat better and live healthier lives. This is important work that reaches far beyond the growing season,” said Brad Wilson, BCBSNC president and CEO.

Located in North Park at 849 Sharpe Road in Burlington, the Celo Faucette Community Garden began in 2012 with only five plots. After a successful community building day, held on April 6, 2013, 15 more plots were constructed. Planned additions to the garden include fencing, a storage shed, a children’s play garden and an information board for gardening tips. This garden brings low-cost “farm fresh” vegetables to the tables of our community members, some of whom may not otherwise be able to afford the luxury.

By 2014, Nourishing North Carolina is expected to ultimately provide North Carolina communities with 190,000 pounds of produce, which will enhance the nutritional value of nearly 150,000 meals. Just in its first year, the program donated more than two tons of produce to food shelter and rescue organizations across the state. North Park In Motion (NPIM), Elon University volunteers and the City of Burlington have worked together to create this functional and nourishing space for the Celo Faucette Community Garden and the community members for whom it will benefit.

For a complete list of participating gardens, visit NCRPA’s Nourishing North Carolina webpage at Also, like Nourishing North Carolina on Facebook.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to more than 3.6 million members, including approximately 900,000 served on behalf of other Blue Plans. For 78 years, the company has served its customers by offering health insurance at a competitive price and has served the people of North Carolina through support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere Institute in 2012. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit BCBSNC online at

About NCRPA:
Founded in 1944, the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association (NCRPA) is a nonprofit education and advocacy organization, dedicated to the advancement of the park, recreation and leisure professions in our state. NCRPA empowers park and recreation professionals and citizen board members through educational opportunities that enhance their ability to change lives and impact communities on a daily basis for the citizens of North Carolina. For an overview of the programs and services offered by the organization, visit .



Alamance County Volunteers Sought To Clean Up Bowden Branch Creek

April 1, 2013 11:42 AM

Burlington, NC – In an effort to prepare for Earth Day, Monday April 22nd two consecutive Saturday stream cleanups of Bowden Branch Creek a tributary of Little Alamance Creek will be held April 13, 2013 & April 20, 2013. This event is organized by the City of Burlington & the City of Graham to promote the protection of water quality, riparian ecosystems, and recreational uses within Alamance County.

Participants will meet for the cleanup at 8:00 am on either date at the Old Moose Lodge parking lot located at 624 Interstate Service Road, Burlington NC 27215. If you would like to participate as a volunteer, sponsor, or another method of support you can contact the City of Burlington at or call (336) 222-5140 to register as a participant. For more details on either event follow the included links for these two events:


New Promotional Tool for your Event

April 1, 2013 10:49 AM

The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is implementing a new program to allow hotels and businesses in the area advertise to a larger audience. Beginning Monday, March 18, 2013, any news worthy events wanting to be promoted can be sent to Events will be posted on our social media and website.

Questions? Email


Country Suites by Carlson, Burlington, NC Announces Veteran’s Day Free Night Stay

October 11, 2012 10:57 AM

Burlington, North Carolina (October 10, 2012)—The Country Suites by Carlson, Burlington, NC located at 3211 Wilson Dr., today announced its Veteran’s Day Free Night Stay.  The free night stay is for the evening of November 11th, 2012.  All Veterans, along with spouse and children, can enjoy a complimentary night at the hotel.  Included in the stay:  Evening reception with appetizers provided by several local restaurants, a gift bag for each suite and complimentary Be Our Guest hot breakfast.

Reservations can be made by visiting  or by calling the hotel directly, 336-584-1115.

Proper ID required at check in:   Military ID, DD-214


The Burke Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast thanks military with free night stay

October 11, 2012 10:49 AM

The Burke Manor Inn, in Gibsonville, North Carolina is participating in BETTER WAY TO STAY’s B&Bs for Vets program.

The Burke Manor Inn is saying “thank you” to current and past military personnel by offering a free night stay on Sunday, November 11th. The B&B has 3 rooms available and will be having a lottery, winners announced October 28th. Please call the B&B at (336) 449-6266 to sign up. Valid Until November 12, 2012.

ABOUT THE BURKE MANOR INN The Burke Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast is a prestigious, historical, full-service inn offering nine luxurious guest rooms, each with a private bath. The ambiance of the home, combined with food and service that is second to none, sets us apart from the rest. The Inn was designed to offer privacy as well as modern amenities demanded by today’s traveler. Even locals say “it’s not how far away you go, it’s how far away you feel!”

ABOUT BETTER WAY TO STAY A grassroots campaign to help travelers discover today’s inns and B&B experience. Brought to you by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International and hundreds of B&B associations, directories, vendors and innkeepers, the Better Way To Stay campaign seeks to bust myths and build confidence in the B&B brand.

ABOUT B&BS FOR VETS B&Bs for Vets is an industry-wide effort to thank active and retired military and vets for their service to our country.  Hundreds of inns and B&Bs will open their doors on November 11, 2012 so veterans can spend a day to honor them at a B&B and receive a smile and thank you from an innkeeper.



State Grant Will Help HRT Partnership Create Paddle Access at Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road

June 14, 2012 2:52 PM

The stretch of the Haw between Saxapahaw and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road has always been one of the most popular for Haw River Trail paddlers. Unfortunately, a great trip has always ended with a difficult ascent up a muddy river bank, over private property and to a car parked on the shoulder of the road. A new grant awarded to Haw River Trail Partnership will help change that experience, creating a new public paddle access at the intersection of the Haw River and Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road. The $40,000 Recreational Trail Program grant will help fund the cooperative effort between Alamance County, Orange County and the NC Department of Transportation, which is allowing the paddle access on the site of the old bridge over the Haw River. The new paddle access will extend the Haw River Paddle Trail by nearly six miles, and will serve as the final paddle access needed on the Haw in Alamance and Orange counties. The new Greensboro-Chapel Hill Road access is slated to open in 2013.

For More Information about the Haw River Trail:


Carousel Festival Selects Headliner

May 17, 2012 1:26 PM

Singer-songwriter Mac McAnally, part of the Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, will headline the 25th annual Burlington Carousel Festival at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Burlington City Park, 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington.

The two-time reigning Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year, also a solo artist, has penned songs with country music superstars such as Kenny Chesney. According to Mary Faucette of the Burlington Recreation and Parks Department, “they (Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band) are taking a break during that time so he was able to be here.”

Admission to the two-day festival is free and hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16. For more information on the festival, visit or call (336) 222-5030.




USA South Readies for 2012 Spring Championships

April 4, 2012 4:33 PM

(FAYETTEVILLE,N.C.) – The USA South Conference Tournaments for baseball, softball, women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and men’s golf all begin next week. With the exception of women’s tennis, all sports will be played exclusively in Burlington, North Carolina for the seventh consecutive year. The women’s tennis tournament will get underway with first round action on-campus before heading to Burlington.

Each tournament has its own official tournament website. These websites, found below, contain facility directions, brackets, schedules, results and links to any live stats, audio and/or video broadcasts that are available.

The baseball tournament will take place from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15 at the Burlington Athletic Stadium, home of the Minor League Burlington Royals. The tournament will feature a double-elimination format and include all seven USA South teams. The tournament’s championship game(s) on Sunday are scheduled to be available via video webcast, at no charge. Click HERE for the official baseball tournament website.

Across town, at Springwood Park, the softball and women’s lacrosse tournaments will begin on Friday, April 13. The softball tournament is a double-elimination three-day event which includes all ten Conference teams, while the women’s lacrosse competition will conclude in two days and feature the league’s top four teams. As is the case with baseball, both the women’s lacrosse championship game on Saturday, April 14 and the softball championship game(s) on Sunday, April 15 are scheduled to be video webcast, at no charge. Click HERE for the official softball tournament website. Click HERE for the official women’s lacrosse tournament website.

Stoney Creek Golf Club will play host to the men’s golf championship, which begins on Friday, April 13. The championship will include all seven USA South teams competing in a three-day, 54-hole, event with the final round taking place on Sunday, April 15. Click HERE for the official men’s golf tournament website.

Finally, the men’s and women’s tennis tournaments will begin at Burlington Tennis Center on Friday, April 13 and continue through Sunday, April 15. All seven Conference men’s teams will meet in Burlington while the league’s top-seven women’s teams will welcome the winner of one play-in match. The women will open play on each of the first two days, followed by the men. Both the men and women will begin their championship round at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 15. The championship is scheduled to be audio broadcasted. Click HERE for the official men’s tennis tournament website and click HERE for the official women’s tennis tournament website.

For more information on the city of Burlington, North Carolina please click HERE.

As always, continue to visit the official website of the USA South Athletic Conference,, for any information on the Conference tournaments and teams.


Mike Christie

Assistant Commissioner

USA South Athletic Conference

P: 910-630-7326

F: 910-630-7622



Destination: Saxapahaw

April 1, 2012 9:39 AM

By Chris Lavender / Times-News

SAXAPAHAW — It’s been 18 years since Dixie Yarns closed the former textile mill in Saxapahaw, which paved the way for the town’s renewal.

The site along the Haw River has been the center of economic activity for more than 150 years. The textile mill still stands. Buildings that once housed spinning yarn now house residential and commercial businesses.

Both the upper and lower mill sites have been developed to attract new residents who call Saxapahaw their home and who have a vested interest in seeing the town’s growth succeed. Jordan Properties Chairman John Jordan has lived in Saxapahaw for all of his life. Jordan, 76, has seen the former mill village transformed into a viable place again for new residents to enjoy.

“It’s a safe place to live,” Jordan said.

Jordan’s family purchased the abandoned textile mill in 1927. His father, B. Everett Jordan, became the mill’s general manager. The family later sold the textile mill in 1978 to Dixie Yarns. There were 66 mill village houses still at the site when Dixie Yarns made its purchase.

John Jordan purchased and developed the remaining mill village houses and converted them into rental property units since Dixie Yarns had no use for the houses.

Most of the residents who had worked at the former textile mill were from Gastonia, east Tennessee and from the local area, according to Jordan. Today, many residents in Saxapahaw are originally from Chapel Hill and Orange County.

Jordan said 1980 marked a time when most of the mill workers had moved away from the community and new residents began moving in. The lower mill space was slowly transformed into residential and commercial space and the area promoted living in a clean environment.

“We had to sell what others didn’t have and that was the river,” Jordan said. “We created a good community for people to want to come and live.”

Forty-three cottages near the mill and 75 apartments developed in the lower mill space are filled. Jordan said there was a waiting list to rent these properties.

“Now people live here and go some other place to work,” Jordan said.

Saxapahaw is more than just the brick and mortar used to build the former textile mill and surrounding buildings. Local business entrepreneurs Jeff Barney, Claire Haslam, Doug Williams, Mac Jordan, Heather LaGarde and Tom LaGarde are among those who have helped Saxapahaw write its next chapter. Together, they have helped develop much of the upper mill space.

Barney came to Saxapahaw in 2008 and converted the town’s lone gas station into a community center and multi-food business. With help from Cameron Ratliff, The Saxapahaw General Store has continued to thrive and become more than just a tourist attraction. Barney said a full-time general manger was recently hired to run the store. The store will also expand its catering services beginning this year.

A community garden was planted nearby that will provide the store with fresh produce for its customers. Barney said all of the general store’s food waste is sent to Cozi Farms, where it is used to feed the farm’s animals and create compost piles.

Barney said he recently applied for a Rural Advancement for Farmers Institute grant to buy new equipment for his general store. Barney said the grant will allow him to buy a new freezer and produce cooler for the store’s use.

A part of Barney’s catering business will include providing food to The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw. The pub opened in December 2010 and is run by Claire Haslam.

“We had about 175 people on the first night and have been busy ever since,” Haslam said.

The Eddy Pub is located in the upper mill above the Cup 22 Coffee House. Both businesses allow local residents and visitors a place to unwind and relax.

There’s also an outdoor amphitheater just outside Cup 22 where live music will be featured this year.

“It’s a community spot for people from Greensboro to Raleigh to visit,” Haslam said.

Williams has overseen the development of the upper mill site since about 2008. Williams said last week that the development has been a collaboration among several businesses.

“The people who move here develop their own culture and build friendships,” Williams said. “It’s a special part of what is happening here. It’s all community based.”

Twenty-nine new condominiums developed at the upper mill site will go on sale in 30 days, Williams said. Mac Jordan was an integral part of the condominiums development project. Jordan said the units include one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.

“We tried to use as much original material as we could,” Jordan said.

Jordan said the new units included rain water harvesting systems and solar energy technology. There’s still room in the upper mill to develop. Williams said two significant spaces remain and a new bakery could be developed at one of the available spaces.

The Haw River Ballroom developed at the upper mill site continues to draw large crowds. Heather and Tom LaGarde run and operate the ball room. Heather LaGarde said the ballroom was an extension of Saxapahaw’s summer music concert series which begins in May and runs through August.

“It took years and years of planning to make the ballroom possible,” Heather LaGarde said. “It opened last summer.”

LaGarde said she hoped Saxapahaw would become a retreat area for artists who endure extended tour schedules. The Haw River Ballroom is a music hall that provides a variety of entertainment.

Parking for events in Saxapahaw has become an issue in recent years. LaGarde said she believed most of the town’s parking issues were solved when parking was no longer allowed on the sides of streets and a new field was opened for additional parking.

Balancing growth in Saxapahaw will continue to be a challenge. LaGarde said she believed the town was able to balance growth during the past 10 years since it was gradual.

“We want to make sure everyone is engaged,” LaGarde said.

Williams said Saxapahaw purchased a bio-diesel bus for public transportation last year. Community leaders hope to form or attract a non-profit group to help run the bus for public transportation in Saxapahaw. Williams said the bus could be running as early as May for the town.

On April 20, the Haw River Ballroom will serve as host to Switchpoint, which will include a concert and conference retreat for global thinkers to share ideas on how to make communities stronger. A group of Saxapahaw business leaders will also travel on May 15 to Grand Rapids, Mich., to participate in the 10th annual Business Alliance For Local Living Economies business conference.

Barney said BALLE had requested Saxapahaw leaders to attend the four-day conference to share their success stories with other communities attending the conference.

Current Saxapahaw businesses include Roxy Farms Antiques, The HawBridge School, Haw River Canoe and Kayak, Cozi Farms, Sandy’s Antiques, The Aya Fiber Studio, Benjamin Vineyards, Bourbon, Dogs and Art Studio, The Bridge at Rivermill, Cup 22 Coffee House, The Eddy Pub, The Haw River Ballroom, The Inn at Bingham School, Jordan Properties, Out of the Fire, Paperhand Puppet, River Landing Inn, The Saxapahaw General Store, Saxapahaw Farmer’s Market and Music, Saxapahaw Rivermill Offices, Victory Calls Stables, Brand New Day Consulting, and Metaform Movement and Massage.

Several of these business owners said last week they had decided to relocate or open their new businesses in Saxapahaw because of its location near the Haw River and central location between the Triad and Triangle.

Below is a list of websites for items of interest in the Saxapahaw community. A simple Internet search may yield many more points of interest.


National racing series to make rare visit to Ace Speedway

March 29, 2012 9:03 AM

Adam Smith / Times-News

ALTAMAHAW — Could the next Jeff Gordon or the next Tony Stewart or the next Kasey Kahne or the next Ryan Newman be pulling into Ace Speedway this weekend?

It’s entirely possible.

Those elite level NASCAR drivers cut their racing teeth in the United States Auto Club, which arrives at the race track in northwestern Alamance County for back-to-back nights of competition on Friday and Saturday.

“This series is where they came from,” Ace general manager Brad Allen said Wednesday. “This series, these cars, prepared them for what they do now. If you’re a race fan, you’re aware of the heritage that’s coming here.”

The USAC Mopar National Midgets and USAC Midwest / Eastern Ford Focuses, ultra-quick machines that resemble go-karts on steroids, are scheduled to practice this afternoon at Ace.

The visit marks something of a milestone for Ace, long a preferred landing spot for regionalized touring circuits — such as Hooters ProCup or various Southern Modifieds series — but rarely a stop for a national racing series.

“These guys are professional race car drivers. This is what they do for a living,” Allen said. “The fact we’re on the national stage here at Ace Speedway is a pretty big honor that we’re just realizing the scope of now. It’s something we haven’t seen here before.”

For example, Bryan Clauson will try to secure his third consecutive USAC Mopar National Midget championship this year. He also hopes to make his Indianapolis 500 debut, too.

From racing at Ace in March to the Brickyard in May, that would form an unheard of progression.

Other drivers to watch this weekend include Darren Hagen, who won a USAC event in February at Ocala, Fla., and has claimed Midget titles on pavement the last two years.

Levi Jones, Bobby Santos III and Mario Clouser also figure to be in the mix at Ace.

“They’ll be names that people know sooner rather than later,” Allen said.

And with NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit touching down nearby in Martinsville, Va., this weekend, maybe — just maybe — a Gordon or a Stewart or a Kahne might swing by Ace to remember their USAC roots.

“We’re right inMartinsville’s backyard,” Allen said. “You never know the odds of one of them showing up on Friday night.”