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Sweet Tea Classic in Burlington Features Dogs From 7 States

March 26, 2012 10:42 AM

Burlington, NC — More than 250 dogs from seven states faced off  in the fast, fun sport of flyball over the weekend.

Fifty teams competed in the “Sweet Tea Classic” tournament.

Flyball is a sport that involves teams of four dogs who compete in a relay race.  Dogs must clear four hurdles to reach a box where they trigger the release of a ball and then carry that ball back over the four hurdles.  Then, their next teammate completes the cycle.  The fastest team wins.

The Fun Fur flyball club in Mebane sponsored the tournament.

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Music Reunites Old Friends

March 8, 2012 3:00 AM

By Charity Apple / Times-News

SAXAPAHAW — Ketch Secor was enjoying “a very spring-like day in Nashville” last Thursday afternoon.

The award-winning musician reminisced about living in Greensboro and playing music with Heather Sullivan of Elon in the band The Grown-Ups. He was fresh out of high school at the time.

On March 16, Secor and his lifelong friend, Critter Fuqua, will perform at the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, for the first time. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert is at 8 p.m. It is a reunion of sorts, considering that the band is not only celebrating its 20th anniversary; rather, Fuqua hasn’t been an active member of the band for a few years, but the two friends have stayed in touch.

The two met in seventh grade and “we became fast friends,” Secor said in a phone interview. “We egged each other on musically. He would learn blues guitar and I would learn harmonica.”

Their kinship grew and the duo created an act similar to the great duos of the 1920s; they played southern roots music, fed by the tradition of players in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, where they lived.

The two friends went on to form Old Crow Medicine Show in New York in 1998 but later settled in Boone. The band would play music in front of a local pharmacy there; that’s where they were discovered by Doc Watson, who asked them to play for MerleFest.

Secor, who at the time described himself as “a Mohawk-sporting renegade fiddler,” recalled working in tobacco during the summer, something he called “a dying art,” and playing on the street corner to passersby.

Not long after that, the Old Crow Medicine Show relocated to Nashville and began performing on the Grand Ole Opry, toured with Merle Haggard and made regular appearances on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Even though the Old Crow Medicine Show has earned numerous accolades and awards, including gold records, Secor said he still likes to take to the street to perform.

“It’s good to be there,” he said. “It’s my favorite stage. It’s great for performers whether you’re starting out or not. If you can’t play there, you have no business playing on a stage elsewhere. It teaches you discipline and how to keep an audience. With all of the distractions of traffic, car alarms and restaurants beckoning you, if you can get a crowd and attract an audience to the point that they stop what they’re doing, well, that’s the power of music.”

The late African-American fiddler Joe Thompson was one of his mentors and inspiration for old-time fiddle playing. Upon learning of Thompson’s recent death, Secor said “there’s just nobody else like him. When it comes to old-time music, you need an eyewitness. The music speaks to events in history.”

Secor was 18 years old when he first went to Thompson’s house in Mebane to play.

“A hog was hanging in the smokehouse next door. It was salty and smoky smelling. Joe’s lovely wife served us potato chips and cold drinks. And we played — songs like ‘Dona Got A Ramblin’ Mind.’ I’m sad to hear about his death. What a treasure he was and what a treasure of great recordings he left behind. He was part of a dying breed of mankind, not just a dying breed of musicians,” he said.

During the Haw River Ballroom concert, Secor said they’ll be sure to play some Thompson’s tunes, in tribute to him, along with original songs such as “Wagon Wheel,” “Take ’Em Away” and “James River Blues.”

Tickets are $18 to $20 and can be purchased at For more details, call (336) 675-2440 or visit


Burlington City Council OKs downtown farmers market

March 6, 2012 10:25 AM

Molly McGowan/Times-News

Come April, people will be able to purchase fresh produce Saturday mornings at a farmers market in downtown Burlington.

The City Council on Tuesday night approved Burlington Downtown Farmers Market, Inc.’s request to use the city parking lot behind Company Shops Market, bordering Webb Avenue, every Saturday morning from April through October for a farmer-owned-and-operated market.

Eric Henry, on the co-op’s board of directors, told the council he and the rest of the board have been encouraged by the city’s support of Company Shops Market, and, “We want to take it to the next step.” He said, “There’s not a Saturday morning farmers market in Alamance County,” and behind the co-op is the perfect location.

In a news release Henry handed out at the meeting, Chris Bartlett, general manager of the co-op, expressed his support of the farmers market location and said the two would foster a symbiotic relationship.

“Company Shops Market has many products that will enhance the purchases made at the Farmers Market, while enjoying the atmosphere of community spirit,” Bartlett said in the release.

“I think they kind of see it as a win-win situation for their Saturday morning business,” added Anne Morris, executive director of the Burlington Downtown Corporation. Henry made it clear the farmers market will be owned and run by the farmers themselves.

“It will be an independent organization, separate from the (Burlington) Downtown Corporation and Company Shops,” he said.

Thus far, the five “founding farmers” of the Burlington Downtown Farmers Market are Ray Christopher, of Timberwood Organic Farm near Efland, Buck Cochran, of Peacehaven Community Farm in Whitsett, Chris and Jamie Brie Murray, of Sunset Farms, and Charlie Sydnor, of Braeburn Farm, both in Snow Camp.

The market’s initial funding was supplied by Healthy Alamance and Alamance Regional Medical Center.

“Healthy Alamance continues to support efforts that connect communities to healthy opportunities, such as increasing access to fresh foods,” said Director of Healthy Alamance April Durr in the news release. “Research shows that a neighborhood farmers market can have a significant impact on our obesity rates.”

At the meeting, Henry told the council, “We’re all ready to go … we need an OK from you.” He said the farmers have completed the legal process of making the farmers market incorporated, have registered with the state and have liability insurance, since the Saturday market would be held on city property.

Peggy Reece, Burlington’s director of finance and risk management, said staff did not yet have proof of insurance in hand. Therefore, the City Council approved the Burlington Downtown Farmers Market’s request to use the city parking lot on Saturdays, contigent on showing proof of insurance.

The exact dates and hours of the market will be determined by the farmers, but projected times are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays from April through October.

Farmers interested in participating in the Burlington Downtown Farmers Market should call Christiana Kernodle at 336-213-2631.


Burlington City Park Amusement Rides Open for the Spring Season

February 10, 2012 11:40 AM

The Burlington City Park amusement rides will open weekends for the spring season on March 3rd, weather permitting. Bring your family out to City Park and start a tradition today! Rides include the Historic Dentzel Carousel, train, planes, boats, and cars. For more information, please call (336) 222-5030 or visit


New Website Launch

December 1, 2011 1:48 PM

Visit our new website…be a part of Alamance County!


Tourism Grant Applications

November 14, 2011 1:46 PM

Tourism Grant Applications were mailed August 10th, 2011. If you would like to receive one and didn’t get one in the mail or would like an electronic copy please contact Robert Cox at 336-570-1444 or via email at Please allow a day or two for mailed copies to be received.