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he history of Davidson County is linked intimately to the ageless presence of the Yadkin River, along whose banks Native Americans camped more than 12,000 years ago. The river’s importance as a trading route was well-established even before the first European settlers traveled it in the early 1700s, and legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone lived along its banks. Later, mills and manufacturing facilities capitalized on the river’s energy, with a dam project forming High Rock Lake, the second-largest in North Carolina. Today, the river’s flow is harnessed

less for trade and more for recreation, as the Yadkin has become a favorite avenue for paddlers, who enjoy its smooth serenity and the lake’s broad surface in canoes, kayaks and even trendy paddle boards. And, with both the river and lake long renowned for their finned residents, kayak fishing has become a fast-growing activity, while paddlers also revel in the wildlife and forests found along the river. Pristine Natural Setting “The Yadkin River is a beautiful natural setting and an often overlooked asset,” says William Deal, executive

Pierce Ford of High Point enters Boone’s Cave. Left: A kayaker paddles the Yadkin River near Boone’s Cave Park in Lexington.

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Pictures of Thomasville’s Past
murals in Thomasville are both beautiful to behold and a preservation of the city’s memories. six murals around downtown Thomasville give locals and tourists alike a glimpse into the city’s past. one at the corner of main and Trade streets depicts the old railroad, historic depot and long-burned-down mock hotel. The east main mural shows scenes from the mills home Campus of Baptist Children’s homes of north Carolina. murals are also located on Commerce and Randolph streets and at the entrance of Cates Alley. no matter which you visit, you’re sure to witness a piece of Thomasville’s treasured history.

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Remembering the nation’s heroes
The north Carolina memorial Day Parade and Ceremony has become one of the biggest memorial Day events in the south. each year, the town of Thomasville holds this daylong celebration to honor the men and women who have fought for the nation. it begins at the vietnam veteran’s memorial with a wreath-laying ceremony and continues at memorial Park. event-goers can enjoy a parade featuring large military vehicles and equipment, patriotic songs and performances, a keynote speaker and a 21-gun salute.

Camp for Kids and more
Rock climbing, canoeing, swimming, hiking and fishing are only a few of the activities kids can enjoy at Camp Walter Johnson. The camp is situated near Denton and is open from mid-June to August. it welcomes kids every year from around the Carolinas. Run by the salvation Army, it has been changing the lives of children since 1974, and is now emerging as a place for business retreats and conferences. For more information, visit www.campwj.com.

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Journey Through Time
native American history is honored in Davidson County. Just visit the vastly popular exhibit A Shadow Passes: The Native American Peoples of the Yadkin Valley at the Davidson County historical museum. With almost 200 artifacts on display, one can journey through time and discover the 12,000-year-old presence of native American people who once lived in north Carolina’s Yadkin River valley. A first-floor gallery features an archeology display, complete with a simulated dig. on the second floor, a courtroom exhibit traces native American presence through the Paleo-indian, Archaic and Woodland cultural periods. it also features an original mural and diorama of a native American village by local artist Chip holton.

Fast Facts
n thomasville’s Big Chair, a symbol of the area’s rich history of furniture making, rises 18 feet from its base. n high rock lake covers 15,000 acres and has been host to the Bassmaster Classic fishing competition four times. n the old davidson County Courthouse now serves as the County’s historical museum. n Boone’s Cave park features devil’s den, a cave along the yadkin river where daniel Boone reportedly hid from american indian marauders. n pga golfer Bubba Watson and his wife angie own a summer home at high rock lake and enjoy living in davidson County.

Barbecue Cook-off
There’s only one place in the world to find Lexington-style barbecue and that’s Lexington, n.C. here they’re known for slow-cooking pork shoulders over hickory wood, giving their ‘cue a distinct taste all its own. Known as the barbecue capital of the country, Lexington is also home to the Capital City Cook-off. This new, annual event pits teams against one another in four areas of barbecue (brisket, ribs, pork shoulders, chicken), and is a way for people across the nation to show off their best barbecue and win prizes. Participants and visitors can enjoy good food, good music and a good time for the whole family. The 2012 event will take place April 27 and 28.

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skate at Doak sk8te Park
at the doak sk8te park there’s always time for fun. located off main street in thomasville, this former tennis court now includes a 3-foot mini ramp, 3-foot quarter pipe, two 5-foot quarter pipes, a pyramid with a 10-foot rail, 16-inch-tall flat bar rail and a 12-foot kink rail that declines from 28 to 10 inches. through fundraisers and donations, including a grant from professional skater tony hawk’s foundation and the help of youth skate boarders, this park has given skaters a place to practice their skills and have fun. skaters can skate for free but must first sign a waiver and obtain a permit from the parks and recreation office. For more information, call the office at (336) 475-4280.

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he history of Davidson County is linked intimately to the ageless presence of the Yadkin River, along whose banks Native Americans camped more than 12,000 years ago. The river’s importance as a trading route was well-established even before the first European settlers traveled it in the early 1700s, and legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone lived along its banks. Later, mills and manufacturing facilities capitalized on the river’s energy, with a dam project forming High Rock Lake, the second-largest in North Carolina. Today, the river’s flow is harnessed

less for trade and more for recreation, as the Yadkin has become a favorite avenue for paddlers, who enjoy its smooth serenity and the lake’s broad surface in canoes, kayaks and even trendy paddle boards. And, with both the river and lake long renowned for their finned residents, kayak fishing has become a fast-growing activity, while paddlers also revel in the wildlife and forests found along the river. pristine natural setting “The Yadkin River is a beautiful natural setting and an often overlooked asset,” says William Deal, executive

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“There are sections of the river that are pristine, just as they were hundreds of years ago.”

director of Davidson County Tourism and Recreation Investment Partnership. “There are sections of the river that are pristine, just as they were hundreds of years ago.” To capitalize on the Yadkin’s scenic and recreational appeal, Davidson County, assisted by the Piedmont Triad Council of Governments, developed a wide-ranging “blueway” plan to develop and enhance recreational access for both visitors and residents along the river’s 22-mile section that runs through Davidson County. By definition, a blueway is a water trail with launch points, public facilities such as campsites and picnic areas, and designated points of interest. Over time, the objective is to encourage and support more non-motorized water travel on the Yadkin and its tributaries, with access points every 2 to 4 miles. Highlighting the trail will be a series of 8-foot-tall cairns that serve as guideposts for paddlers and also provide cultural and historical information. In addition to significant natural areas, cairns will mark such features as an antebellum plantation house, old ferry crossings and Boone’s Cave, long associated with the famous explorer. The cavern is the centerpiece of a 100-acre park with a large portion designated a Natural Heritage Site that’s home to more than 100 native wildflowers. paddling equipment available Providing the original impetus for the development of the blueway plan was a local group of dedicated paddling enthusiasts, with High Rock Outfitters in Lexington providing commercial support needed to fuel activity through the sales and rentals of equipment. Chris Phelps, owner of the outfitting company, says a primary objective of the blueway project is to increase awareness of the Yadkin River, its natural beauty and recreational opportunities. “Being on the river gives you a completely different perspective than crossing over it, which thousands of people do every day,” Phelps says. “It’s a great way to get back to basics and appreciate the natural beauty we’re so fortunate to have in Davidson County.”

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n 1929, the Davidson County library system became one of the first in the South to provide services to all citizens, using resources from a special grant to open two branches in the African-American community and also offer monthly bookmobile visits. This early integration effort quietly became a point of pride that carries over into the county’s healthy embrace of cultural and ethnic diversity today.

schools create interaction Providing a key foundation today are the county’s school systems, which individually and collectively bring together students from a range of backgrounds and set the stage for positive interaction. This approach is clearly reflected in the belief statement of one system: “We believe that diversity is a valuable and vital asset to our school community.” “The diversity in our schools has become a positive force within the community,” says Ray Howell,
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a local minister and author of a history of Davidson County. “What the schools do very well is affirm the various cultures and backgrounds, but focus on unity and working together.” From a historical perspective, Howell also credits local officials for dealing directly and quickly with issues as they’ve arisen over the years, particularly the complexities of integration during the 1960s. He also notes the ever-broadening ethnicity of the community that has resulted in more interaction in the workplace and throughout the area. Local churches are credited with creating and maintaining support for outreach and unification. multicultural festivals promote unity The county’s diversity is plainly visible at the popular Multicultural

Festival organized by the Lexington Recreation and Parks Department each May. Dedicated to the promotion of understanding and tolerance, the festival features five individual “villages” that showcase the historic and cultural heritage of the county’s African-American, Asian, European, Latino and Native American citizens. Thousands come out each year to experience the history, dance, music, cuisine and art showcased within the villages. celebration Honors Dr. king Another outstanding example of the county’s diversity is the annual nine-day, multi-event celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, which includes a parade, invitational dance concert and oratorical contest for area high school students. Based on the teachings of Dr. King, the various

events scattered around the county offer opportunities for education and discussion, and also actively “promote the talents and gifts of local artists and performers of all races.” Howell says the growth of such activities is proof of ongoing progress. “The entire concept of these festivals is consistent with life in our community,” he says. “It says let’s celebrate our distinctions, but let’s focus on how we can work together.” Dr. George Jackson, founder of the King event, echoes his opinion. “The stepping stones have been laid, and we have a good foundation we’re building on throughout Davidson County,” Jackson says. “We’re making steady strides toward being a diverse, inclusive community.”

left to right: davidson County holds an annual celebration of dr. martin luther King, Jr.; lexington’s multicultural Festival; davidson County public library in lexington

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ransitioning the economy has proven to be big business for Davidson County. The Lexington-Thomasville market ranks first among all U.S. “micropolitan” areas in total corporate real estate deals for 2010, according to Site Selection magazine. There are 576 micropolitan areas, communities where the largest city is less than 50,000 residents. The Davidson County Economic Development Commission, partnering with state and local officials, successfully attracted 26 new facility projects in 2010, which translated into $400 million in capital investment and 1,933 jobs for the area. This is a welcome development for county residents, who have struggled in the aftermath of the furniture industry downsizing the past several years. “We have been very aggressive when it comes to business

recruitment,” says Steve Googe, executive director of the Davidson County EDC. “We have principally gone after small to medium-size projects and have enjoyed some success.” Googe says one of the major ingredients for success is the emphasis on personal contact with prospective clients. “We like to look people in the eye to get a better understanding of their requirements,” he says. Davidson county attracts Diverse client base Among the most successful projects in 2010 was TIMCO Aviation Services’ decision to invest $5 million in a manufacturing plant in Wallburg. Development officials were able to find a building well-suited for the company’s growing needs. The interiorfurnishings unit of TIMCO announced that it will hire

500 workers over seven years, including 191 in the first year of operations, for the plant, where it will design and make lightweight seating, galleys and lavatories for passenger aircraft. The expansion will be aided in part by the State of North Carolina, North Carolina Community Colleges, Davidson County and the Town of Wallburg. “Our decision to locate our expansion in North Carolina was made easier by the incredible partnership of state and local officials who have joined with us on the investment to grow the business and add new jobs to the community,” says Kevin Carter, Co-CEO of TIMCO. With its ideal location between major interstate highways, distribution companies have been a logical target for county officials. Early in 2011, Save-A-Lot, one of the nation’s leading grocery chains,

sun edison built a $173 million solar farm just outside of lexington.

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Over 80 Years of Service as North Carolina’s Oldest County Public Library “The Very Best Place to Start for Learning and Discovery”
Internet Access Toddler/Preschool Bedtime Storytimes Genealogy/ Local History Reference and Information DVDs Compact Discs Ongoing Used Book Sales Meeting/Conference Room Facilities North Carolina Digital Library Audio Books Reader’s Advisory Color Copier/Scanner NC LIVE Young Adult Programs Word Processing Applications Young Patron’s Summer Reading Program Computer Games for Children Fax Service

Six Locations
Lexington (242-2040) North Davidson (242-2050) Denton (859-2215) www.co.davidson.nc.us/library West Davidson (853-4800) Thomasville (474-2690) Historic Museum@Courthouse Square (242-2035) catalog: library.co.davidson.nc.us

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announced a $24 million investment in a 328,000-square-foot food distribution center, employing 42 workers in Lexington. The distribution center will serve 77 stores in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Officials of St. Louis-based Save-ALot said they chose the Lexington location because of its excellent business climate, central location and industrious workforce. “As we see some legacy industries exit the region, it is exciting to see other industries look at us with potential for distribution,” Googe says. furniture industry still strong in lexingtonThomasville area While some diversification of industries is occurring, furniture makers still represent a substantial portion of the Davidson County economy. United Furniture Industries, a residential upholstered-furniture maker, has opened a facility in Lexington, where it created 397 jobs and invested more than $3 million.

United officials said Davidson County and Lexington were chosen because of the availability of existing facilities, its knowledgeable furniture-industry workforce, and the cooperation of state and local officials. As part of an acquisition, Windstream Communications, a leading telecommunications provider, made a $141 million, 100-job investment in the

community. Other major investments in 2010 in Davidson County included a $173 million solar farm built by Sun Edison and a $6 million plant investment in Thomasville by Old Dominion Freight Line, which also is headquartered there. Over the past several years, motor sports teams and related companies have also been a prime focus for Googe and his development team.

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Businesses – Both large and small – that help deFine davidson County’s eConomiC Climate

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roeHrig engineering inc. Biz: Automotive testing equipment manufacturer Buzz: The 21 employees of Roehrig Engineering, Inc. in Davidson County manufacture, design and sell automotive testing equipment. This equipment is used by companies in 42 countries, leading racing teams, and national and international car manufacturers, such as Hyundai, BMW and many others. www.roehrigengineering.com 22
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Thomasville Veterinary Hospital PA
303 National Hwy. Thomasville, NC 27360 (336) 475-9199

Thomasville Pet Center
712 Brookdale Dr. Thomasville, NC 27360 (336) 476-5080

sanDycreek farm Biz: Local farm Buzz: SandyCreek Farm in Lexington regularly welcomes visitors to tour its scenic grounds, observe its farming processes, enjoy picnics and use its nature trail. The farm grows a variety of fruits and vegetables, including blackberries, blueberries, pears, muscadine grapes and more than 700 organic Shiitake mushroom logs. Individuals and groups are welcome. www.sandycreekfarm150.com DaviDson WaTer Biz: Water treatment and supply Buzz: In 1969, Davidson Water’s production capability was 2 million gallons per day, provided to 2,800 customers. Since then, the facility has grown to boast a production capability of 20 million gallons of water daily, and more than 58,000 customers, making it the largest rural water provider in the U.S. Its growth continues with work on a brand-new water treatment facility. www.davidsonwater.com THomasville emporium Biz: Antiques and collectibles Buzz: Thomasville Emporium offers a diverse selection of antiques and collectibles for customers to browse through as well as a quaint cafe. The antique mall offers booths that can be rented, allowing individuals to sell their own unique items. Currently the Thomasville Emporium is in the process of expanding, adding two sections. www.facebook.com/pages/ Thomasville-Emporium/ laser prinT plus Biz: Laser printing services Buzz: Laser Print Plus offers its clients laser printing with fast speed and high-quality printers. The new facility in Thomasville, opened in 2009, has a printing capability of more than 32,000 pages an hour. Typical projects include county tax bills, utility invoices and bank notices and statements. www.laserprintplus.com/main.html

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chamber report
Both ChamBers maKe neWs in 2011, more For 2012
he two largest cities in Davidson County are Lexington and Thomasville, which each have individual chambers of commerce. each chamber made good news in 2011 and will make even more in 2012.

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The Lexington Chamber started a push in 2011 – that will continue in 2012 – to attract more students and transitioning workers to train for jobs in the manufacturing sector. many current employees in the manufacturing sector are nearing retirement age, and there is concern those jobs won’t be filled by skilled trade individuals. “There are high-paying, challenging jobs and many manufacturers would hire qualified people today to fill those jobs,” says Burr sullivan, Lexington Area Chamber of Commerce president and Ceo. sullivan says Davidson County has enjoyed a strong manufacturing component for the past 75 years. Today’s industry has become so advanced that prospective employees must go through vast training processes in order to be valuable assets to a manufacturer. “our chamber has identified 236 companies in this county that are affiliated with manufacturing, so we will team up with the Thomasville chamber and Davidson County Community College to kick off a program in 2012 that focuses upon the manufacturing industry and its current needs,” he says. “We want to bring in speakers, organize site visits and showcase how beneficial careers in manufacturing are in the 21st century and beyond.”

impression Business Center on Randolph street. Randolph is the heaviest traveled road in Thomasville and the chamber office is prominently located. “There are many positives to our new offices, and one of the flashiest aspects is a new digital message sign in front of the building,” says Doug Croft, Thomasville Area Chamber of Commerce president. “it’s easy to read as we promote chamber and community events. even if someone doesn’t stop in our office, we’re able to give them information just by them driving along Randolph.” The chamber has also compiled an envision 2020 community strategic plan with three areas of emphasis, 10 goals and 32 specific strategies for advancing

the community throughout this decade. “A high priority is appearance and image. For example, we want to turn current under-utilized manufacturing plants into viable economic development properties again,” Croft said. envision 2020 is part of the chamber’s aggressive Thomasville on The move program, a five-year, $1 million comprehensive initiative to move the community forward. “At the mid-point of the five-year funding cycle we are already seeing results from our efforts,” Croft said. “in the past 18 months, 35 businesses have expanded, renovated, relocated and invested in our community.” – Kevin Litwin

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economic profile
business climaTe
Davidson County has long been a leader in furniture manufacturing and is home to two of the finest furniture manufacturers in the world – Thomasville Furniture industries and Lexington home Brands. Companies here also manufacture textile products, chemical products, electronic connectors, batteries and plastics.

Top employers
1,000+ Atrium Windows & Doors Davidson County schools

BB&T Brasscraft Britthaven Carilion Labs, LLC C.v. Products Danthern Filtration Davidson Water, inc. Diebold southeast mfg. inc. energy united exopack Finch industries hughes supply Lexington home Brands Lowes millwork murrow’s Transfer sTn Cushion unilin Flooring united Church homes and services valendrawers Whitewood Furniture Wright of Thomasville xceldyne Technologies

Tax sTrucTure

500-999 Davidson County Kimberly Clark Corporation old Dominion Freight Lines PPG industries Wake Forest Baptist health Lexington medical Center Wal-mart stores Thomasville medical Center 250-499 Bank of north Carolina City of Lexington City of Thomasville Davidson County Community College Food Lion LLC Jeld-Wen Leggett & Platt inc Lexington City schools Lowes home improvement stores newBridge Bank Parkdale mills Richard Childress Racing enterprises, inc. shelba Johnson Trucking Thomasville City schools Thomasville Furniture industries united Furniture industries nC, LLC vita Cost.com 100-249 Asco switch enterprises Baptist Children’s home of n.C.

2.00% 4.75% 6.75%
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County sales tax

total sales tax

economic resources
davidson County economic development Commission 1087 DCCC Rd. Thomasville, nC 27360 (336) 243-1900 www.co.davidson.nc.us davidsonWorks 915 Greensboro st. Lexington, nC 27292 (336) 242-2065 www.davidsonworks.org lexington area Chamber of Commerce 16 e. Center st. Lexington, nC 27292 (336) 248-5929 www.lexingtonchamber.net thomasville area Chamber of Commerce 941 Randolph st. Thomasville, nC 27360 (336) 475-6134 www.thomasvillechamber.net

TransporTaTion
davidson County airport 1673 Aviation Way Lexington, nC 27292 (336) 956-7774 davidson County transportation 925 n. main st. Lexington, nC 27292 www.co.davidson.nc.us piedmont authority for regional transportation 7800 Airport Center Dr. ste. 102 Greensboro, nC 27409 (336) 662-0002 www.partnc.org

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An exhibit at the Davidson County Historical Museum in Lexington Photo by Todd Bennett

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Childress Vineyards Staff Photo

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The famous big chair in Thomasville Photo by Todd Bennett

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View of the sunset from The Springs Club House Staff Photo

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Local Flavor

Barbecue and Beyond
While davidson County is Famous For BarBeCue, diners here enJoy a variety oF tastes

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here’s no doubt that Davidson County’s claim to food fame lies in Lexington, the Barbecue Capital of the World, but the many restaurants here are satisfying all kinds of appetites.

Wake your taste Buds
They say breakfast is not a meal to miss. maybe that’s why the sunrise Diner in Thomasville serves breakfast until 2 p.m. The sunrise has been in business for 25 years. While eggs and bacon are always popular, two of the most requested items on the menu are the baked spaghetti and the peta burger. Another spot that’s always swinging in the morning (and the afternoon and nights, too) is monkeez Brew. This trendy

café in Thomasville opened in 2007. Beyond the fresh and wide selection of coffee drinks that friendly baristas serve, there are sandwiches, pastries and smoothies. monkeez Brew hosts live music most saturday nights and sunday afternoons. if you’re in Lexington and have a craving for a cup of joe, don’t pass by Perfect Blend. Locals say it’s got the best coffee in town and also offers lattes, blenders, smoothies, hot tea and fresh homemade pastries. They also have free wi-fi.

BarBecue makes the World go round
many events, social functions and family plans in Lexington

revolve around barbecue – and for good reason. The barbecue is world famous and down right good. some say it’s addictive. Colorfully painted fiberglass pigs are installed around uptown and the city hosts a huge Barbecue Festival, celebrating everything delightful about dip-basted, smoked, chopped pork barbecue shoulder – the preparation and cut of choice here. in 1983, when world leaders met in Williamsburg, va., for the 9th G7 summit, they feasted on Lexington barbecue. And the barbecue they ate came out of the kitchen of Lexington Barbecue, also known as honeymonk’s and Lexington #1. The staff is composed mainly of three generations of the monk

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family, which, along with the comfort food, helps create a welcoming and homey atmosphere. The Barbecue Center is not your typical pork stop. Although the restaurant specializes in Lexington’s famous style of barbecue, it also offers a variety of diner food, from burgers to ice cream sundaes and banana splits. The Barbecue Center offers a full breakfast menu. Diners can further indulge their barbecue cravings with food from smiley’s, speedy’s, Jimmy’s and smokey Joe’s. now don’t think Thomasville is out of the barbecue scene. one of the most beloved restaurants here is Tommy’s Barbecue. Customers rave about the pork sandwiches, tenderloin and even the breakfast menu.

more great choices
From chicken wings and pizza to thick steaks and seafood, your cravings are covered in Davidson County. east Coast Wings is taking Thomasville by storm, offering 75 flavors of wings and huge sandwich plates. The village Grill in uptown Lexington attracts diners from the Greensboro, salisbury and Winston-salem areas. Favorite dishes at the Grill include hand-patted burgers and grilled hot dogs on split-top buns. naples italian Grille, also in uptown Lexington, is a favorite for those with a hunger for authentic italian food. The restaurant’s scallopini and Florentina dishes are prepared fresh, as are most of the meals. Cafe 35, a casual-dining lunch spot, serves salads, soups, sandwiches and burgers, but things get a little fancy on Thursday and Friday evenings when dinner is served. The upscale menu includes items such as 12-ounce strip steaks, pan-seared tilapia and pot roast. Another notable sub shop, mainstreet Pizza and Deli, is known for its potato soup and submarine sandwiches.

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Arts & Culture

culture takes center stage
davidson County oFFers aBundant Cultural opportunities
rom its family-friendly festivals to the collection of historic sites, stores and concerts, Davidson County gets things going. Residents here enjoy year-round events that keep them entertained, educated and inspired. There’s no shortage of culture.

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sWeet sounds oF music
Live music is easy to find in Davidson County, where a number of free concerts, festivals and events bring sweet sounds to the community. one of the newest events is the evening of music in Thomasville, an event held in the fall and sponsored by Thomasville medical Center. Two shows a year are held at Finch Auditorium, where musical talent from across the county come together to perform. Whether it’s the children’s chorus, adult chorus, local musicians or well-known artists, this is truly a Broadway-style event. Among the most popular events is the Third Thursday concert series in Thomasville, which is held once a month from may through september. All concerts in the series are free and open to the public. Another option for music lovers is the once-a-month, Thursday night Alive After Five concert series in Lexington. The parking lot behind Lanier hardware is the sound stage for this series. A slew of other musical events includes sunset sounds at the gazebo in downtown Thomasville, music on the Lawn during uptown Lexington’s summer strolls, and Childress vineyards’ music in the vineyards and Wine Down Thursdays.

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southern gateWay Wine trail
Davidson County is considered the southern gateway to the Yadkin valley Wine Appellation. There are four vineyards here, all of which offer free admission, tours and tastings. Childress vineyards in Lexington is owned by nAsCAR team owner Richard Childress and was named one of America’s Top 25 Tasting Rooms by Wine Enthusiast magazine. The Weathervane Winery, Junius Lindsay vineyards and native vines Winery are also located in Lexington. native vines is the first native American indian-owned winery and produces wines with a focus on apples and blackberries all grown on-site.

moving on uP
A cultural center spot in Davidson County is uptown Lexington, which hosts the community’s largest festival and events, and is home to more than 190 retail and professional businesses. Boutiques and stores here offer a diverse sampling of crafts, antiques and clothing. uptown Lexington includes a nationally acclaimed historic district, which is in the midst of a renovation, and the Davidson County historical museum. scattered throughout uptown and other areas of Lexington is a collection of colorfully painted pigs. These works of art were part of a wildly successful project to promote uptown Lexington. more

than 65 pigs can be seen on streets and businesses across the city.

reasons to celeBrate
it’s only fitting that one of the biggest events in Davidson County is a massive tribute to barbecue. The Barbecue Festival is held every october in Lexington. The event is a festivity-filled homage to the slow-cooked style of barbecue Lexington made famous. other area events include Thomasville’s everybody’s Day, the longest running festival in the state; the southeastern old Threshers’ Reunion, a popular five-day antique farm equipment show; and the Davidson County Agricultural Fair in Lexington. – Julianna Edmonds

education

a new day
yadKin valley regional Career aCademy helps shape the Future
avidson County high school students will have an alternative, innovative approach to education and job preparation with the startup of the four-county Yadkin valley Regional Career Academy. “We are equipping our students with the skills that will enable them to succeed in this global economy,” says Barry sink, co-chair of the initiative’s steering committee. “We’re equipping them with 21st-century work skills, things like teamwork, communication, creative problem-solving, critical thinking. We’re equipping them

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with entrepreneurial skills, and we’re equipping them with sTem science and math skills that are so desperately needed.” The career academy, targeted to open in 2012, will have a fifth-year option for an associate college degree, and students could move on to a four-year university. Campuses are planned in Davidson and surry counties. organizers hope to convert a deserted big-box store into a business setting for the south campus, although it may start out at a school. The principal’s office would be “corporate

headquarters,” the library “research and development,” and the hallway main street – with no bells. With state, federal, industry and private foundation funding, the school expects to build the workforce to support growth industries in the Piedmont Triad and attract new business. While some furniture and textile manufacturing moved off-shore, advanced manufacturing and global logistics are among industries needing skilled workers, sink says. it’s almost “a career academy on steroids” by adding science,

above: davidson County Community College right: international student amruta Bhinge (left) from india and vhutshilo malivha, an international student from south africa, study together at davidson County Community College.

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“We are equipping our students with the skills that will enable them to succeed in this global economy.”
math and technology skills, and organizers aren’t aware of any others that include entrepreneurship, sink says. As an example, he says, if a computer factory moves away, workers will have skills to move to another arena of technology growth – or launch their own business. state leaders are eyeing it as a model to “help invigorate economies throughout rural north Carolina,” sink says. There will be a strong outreach to families with first-generation college students.

davidson county community college’s green home
Davidson County Community College is also concentrating on advanced manufacturing, robotics and logistics with its students, and completed a Green home renovation in 2011 to focus on sustainability. “it’s sort of like the buzzword right now, when we talk about green and sustainability, but our students are getting the first-hand experience so when they do go out to the job market they can say in their conversations ‘i’ve done this,’” says Dr. mary Rittling, DCCC president. The two-year college’s foundation purchased a home across the street for DCCC to use new technologies. The school’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning program was involved in choosing energy-efficient insulation and the hvAC system, and had input into the architect’s plans. vendors showcased products at an open house; the home is housing three international students at the commuter college. – Carol Stuart

Public school districts in davidson county
DaviDson County sChools: 20,507 students, 33 schools, K-12 www.davidson.k12.nc.us lexington City sChools: 2,950 students, 6 schools, K-12 www.lexcs.org thomasville City sChools: 2,450 students, 4 schools, K-12 www.tcs.k12.nc.us

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health & Wellness

get Fit
ymCas in davidson County reaCh out to Community

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hile a young, unknown elvis Presley once packed the Lexington YmCA gym for a mid-1950s concert, the YmCA facilities in Lexington and Thomasville are now known as hubs of healthy fitness, spiritual and social activities.

J. smith young ymca, lexington
The gym no longer has the bleachers that seated 4,000, but instead offers two full-size courts for basketball and volleyball, plus a gymnastics room. And there’s plenty more to the J. smith Young YmCA, from a 10-lane bowling center to an indoor swimming arena named for navy seal Josh harris, who trained at this Y and was killed in Afghanistan. A staffed dining facility is used by the community for civic club and other gatherings, as well as weddings and receptions. And the Greater Lexington ministerial Association provides recorded daily devotionals for the chapel. Wellness space is divided into a large fitness

room with weights, cardio machines and an aerobics area for classes, a separate cardio room where members can escape distractions and a family workout space. The Y also has racquetball courts. Although the Y was built in 1949 and last overhauled in 1992, Lexington Y Ceo Gene Klump says, “they did it right when they built it.” of 18,000 Lexington residents, about 5,000 belong to the Y. “We’re sitting right in the middle of the area downtown churches. The Y seems to be the hub of all activity for the town,” says Klump, a former teacher, coach and banker hired in 2011. The Lexington Y also partners with Wake Forest Baptist and Lexington medical Center for a Let’s Get Fit program and separate workout room outfitted to help obese children. other programs include youth athletics, an after-school program and summer camps. Klump has “story upon story” about how the Y has helped people back to health. For instance,

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a stroke victim came in a wheelchair but became able to walk on her own; a deputy sheriff struck by a vehicle, who suffered a heart attack and stroke, went from walking only seven-tenths of a mile to 2.6 miles in 45 minutes.

tom a. Finch community ymca, thomasville
The Thomasville YmCA recently renovated its 7,700-square-foot wellness center, which boasts 30-plus cardio machines, more than 15,000 pounds of free weights and new hDTvs. The Y also added a new upper playground for children ages 2-5. The 40-acre property has athletic fields for soccer and baseball leagues, picnic shelters, an amphitheater, a 3.5-acre lake and trails – including a section to Thomasville’s Greenway – for enjoying the outdoors. Basketball and volleyball are played in the gymnasium, and the modern facility houses a 25-yard indoor heated swimming pool, a chapel, aerobic studios, spacious locker rooms and a five-star child-care center. “As we are challenging participants and supporting them, we also develop meaningful relationships with them,” Ceo Tommy hodges says, “and this keeps them coming back, which is a key to staying healthy, both physically and spiritually.” – Carol Stuart
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unspoiled escapes
davidson County’s reCreation sCene is pristine

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inding something to do is rarely a problem in Davidson County. The area’s rich collection of parks, playgrounds and sporting grounds offer plenty of ways for residents here to keep active.

natural adventures
Those seeking out a more natural setting don’t have far to go. The uwharrie national Forest, which is comprised of more than 53,000 pristine acres of wilderness, is a popular destination for camping, hiking, paddling, fishing, horseback riding and even panning for gold. Davidson County is also home to Boone’s Cave Park, a beautiful and scenic 110 acres filled with more than three dozen species of wildflowers, walking trails to the Yadkin River, a 1700s-style cabin and a cave that is long rumored to be the hideout of the legendary Daniel Boone.

Denton’s FarmPark gives visitors the chance to experience life from a different time – the park features a 1.5-mile railroad track called the handy Dandy (complete with steam train) that encircles the park’s 15 restored buildings, including a blacksmith shop, old-time post office, radio museum, country store and Aunt Fannie’s Doll museum. The park also hosts three annual events – The southeast old Threshers Reunion, Denton Bluegrass Festival, and The Doyle Lawson and quicksilver’s Bluegrass music Festival. There are more than 20 county and neighborhood parks in Davidson County, including the Doak skatepark, which was partially funded by a grant from the foundation of legendary skateboarder Tony hawk and is free and open to the public.

Different combinations of activities like volleyball, basketball, soccer and baseball, as well as playgrounds, ball fields, trails and picnic shelters can be found in other parks like Childers, Finch, Grimes, and harrison and veteran’s memorial parks.

sPorts
The biggest sports events in Davidson County are both cycling events. The Piedmont Triad omnium is a collection of bike races, ranging from time trials to street sprints, that happen over four days in July annually. The event is staged to raise money and awareness for the national ms society and other local Triad nonprofits. The Tour de Kale is the other big annual bicycling event, which happens in June and also hosts a number of different events. The Tour de Kale is a

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fundraiser for hardship medical causes in the Denton area. Golf is also popular in the region, and the county is home to some excellent courses such as Winding Creek Golf Club, sapona Country Club, Lexington Golf Club and Colonial Country Club. Willow Creek and The meadowlands are two of the county’s more upscale courses. uwharrie Point borders the county seat. For those who prefer team sports, the minor league baseball team, the Thomasville hiToms, play every summer in historic Finch Field. This Coastal Plains League team has produced a few mLB players and have enjoyed solid community support since their creation in 1999.

popular destinations for the same types of activities. The Blue stone Dive Resort is a great place to scuba and snorkel. Located in an old quarry filled with water, divers from across the southeast come to see abandoned ships and cars, and even a 50-foot navy ship. They also have training facilities to help beginners become experts. Another great

resort in the area, although it’s a different type all together, is the salvation Army’s Walter Johnson Camp & Conference Center. each summer more than 1,300 kids come to their summer camp. Throughout the rest of the year, Camp Walter Johnson serves as a meeting and conference center, perfect for business retreats.

Water recreation and resorts
With a few recreational lakes and a main river running through the county, Davidson has plenty of opportunities for many different water-related activities. Canoe enthusiasts will love the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Canoe Trail, which begins in Wilkesboro before running through Davidson County and stretches a total of 230 miles, all the way down to the south Carolina border. The Yadkin River is also great for kayaking and fishing. however, the best fishing in the county can be found at high Rock Lake, which has hosted the Bassmaster Classic – fishing’s super Bowl – four times. The large population of bass, catfish, stripers and more attract anglers from all over the country to the lake year round. The lake stretches more than 10 miles and has more than 350 miles of shoreline. in addition to fishing, the lake is also open for water skiing, boating and swimming. Tuckertown Lake and Lake Thom-A-Lex are the other
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Davidson County is home to two vibrant communities – Lexington and Thomasville. The county is known as the Barbecue Capital of the World, with several restaurants that specialize in Lexington-style ‘cue. Site Selection magazine consistently ranks the county top 5 among u.s. micropolitan statistical areas.

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From our Photo Blog: davidson county
Walking into high Rock outfitters on a Tuesday night, you kind of expect to see the kayaks hanging on the wall, the life jackets on the racks and the wakeboards on display. What you’re not prepared for is the guy standing in front of the kayaks playing a saxophone. But then again, it’s Tuesday night and that means an open jam. And on Wednesday nights, it’s bluegrass. You may be asking yourself “Why does an outfitter have live music?” Go ahead and ask yourself why they serve coffee and beer as well. high Rock outfitters doesn’t fit the status quo when it comes to retail shops in uptown Lexington, n.C. And that’s the point. They’re a new kind of business, started by a younger generation that’s looking to revitalize the downtown. And they’re doing it one pint, one latte and one kayak at a time.
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Lexington NW – The Vineyards features an indoor pool and a fitness facility. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. Business-related amenities consist of a business center and a small meeting room. A complimentary breakfast is offered. This business-friendly hotel also offers coffee and complimentary newspapers in the lobby.

at The Vineyards
Amenities
• Indoor pool 351 Vineyards Crossing Lexington, NC 27295 tel (336) 224-6730 fax (336) 224-6738 www.hiexpress.com/ atthevineyards • Fitness facility • Daily housekeeping • Complimentary newspaper • Free local calls and voice mail • Refrigerator • Coffee maker • Microwave • Hair dryer • Iron/ironing board • Desk with Internet connection and wireless availability • LCD TV with cable

160 Lowes Blvd. Lexington, NC
Exit 91, Store is off Cotton Grove Rd. Store Manager: Erica Davidson