Archives for December 2016

Manager’s Corner

Have you looked at the calendar lately; it is almost the end of the year.  The Christmas season is upon us and the New Year is quickly approaching. As the year ends we look back at the year and note our lost opportunities but let us not forget the successes that we had.  The Season of Joy is an appropriate name for the season as there is much to celebrate; friends and family, gifts and gatherings, silent thoughtful moments and times of laughter.  These things make for a full life and we hope that each of you have the opportunity to enjoy it to the fullest.

Time brings changes which affect our lives, as the years roll on it is easy to lose track of the special things that brought joy to our lives. The special people, special places and special events are all meaningful and have added much joy and happiness to our lives but there are still many special moments to be lived in the future.  Let us discover what new special moments we can add to our cherished memories without letting go of the special things and people that have shaped us into who we are. Each day can be a new opportunity to explore the things and events that present themselves for our use.  Remember, change is a certainty and how we adapt to that change determines how we grow professionally and personally which adds to those special memories.

As the New Year approaches; let us embrace the opportunities of the New Year with resolve and courage. Facing the changes that confront us and using the experiences from the past to guide us we can not only fulfill our dreams and also help others to achieve their dreams. A happy life is more than silver and gold; family and friendships can fill our hearts with warmth and make those special moments that make for a wonderful life. It is more blessed to give than to receive.

I wish for you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and may all your special moments lead you through the changes you will face in the coming year so that we may all work together for the betterment of our family and community.

With Best Wishes,
Cecil E. Wood,
Interim Manager

Mayor’s Corner

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Mocksville Town Board members Rob Taylor, Johnny Frye, Lash Sanford, Amy Vaughan-Jones and Brent Ward for their leadership and work over the past year.  Their concern and dedication to the success and positive direction for our town is evident in the many hours of planning and discussion spent determining our guidance.  Thanks to our Interim Manager, Cecil Wood, for stepping in while we focus on searching for a new town manager.  A special thank you to our former manager, Christine Bralley for her years of service and dedication to the town.

Thanks to each employee who works behind the scenes to keep our water running, our leaves picked up, our ball fields mowed and our streets safe.  The combined effort of all of the elected officials, town staff, police officers, fire personnel and public works employees have created a community that I am proud to call home.

In an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of our town and county residents, I am partnering with Mayor Ken Rethmeier of Bermuda Run, Mayor Stephen Corriher of Cooleemee, Jane Simpson of the Davie Community Foundation and Larry Colborne of the Mebane Charitable Foundation to promote an upcoming event in January 2017.  The Healthy Davie Wellness Group is excited to announce a county-wide challenge that will tie into your New Year’s resolution for improved health and wellness.  With help from Wake Forest Baptist Health and Novant Health, we will be conducting free health screenings at various locations.  We will be able to “Know our numbers,” which is the beginning of the pathway to good health.  Be on the lookout for articles and information as to how you might participate in the upcoming Healthy Davie Challenge.


Will Marklin,
Town of Mocksville

“Up on the Rooftop” Davie County Christmas Ornament – A Special Local Gift

Up on the Rooftop” – 2016 Davie County Christmas Ornament

“Up on the Rooftop” – 2016 Davie County Christmas Ornament

Christmas is quickly approaching, but it’s not too late to pick up your “Up on the Rooftop” 2016 Davie County commemorative Christmas ornament.  This beautiful hand-crafted pewter ornament will not only add some sparkle to your tree, but would make the perfect gift for your Davie County friends and family.

“Up on the Rooftop”
This year’s fire truck-shaped ornament salutes the services and sacrifices of our fire departments and emergency personnel. Ornaments may be purchased for $8.00 at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, Town Hall and the Davie County Chamber of Commerce.

“Up on the Rooftops” is the 26th is a series of annual ornaments commemorating a landmark, a tradition, or a memory of Davie County. The series began in 1991 with a glass ball ornament depicting the Davie County Courthouse. Local artists created each of the designs and also sold prints. The 2012 Celebration of Trees ornament marked the transition from glass to pewter.

26 Years of Davie County Historic Christmas Ornaments

1991    Davie County Courthouse
1992    Old Davie County Jail
1993    60th Anniversary Downtown Oaks
1994    Old Davie County Courthouse 1837-1922 SOLD OUT
1995    Old Log Cabin  SOLD OUT
1996    Main Street  SOLD OUT
1997    Old Bank of Davie
1998    Cherry Hill Church
1999    Cooleemee Plantation
2000    Everest Building
2001    J.P. Green Milling  SOLD OUT
2002    First Presbyterian Church
2003    First Methodist Church
2004    Center Arbor – 1876
2005    Junkers Mill
2006    Advance Methodist Church
2007    Fork Baptist Church
2008    Mocksville High School  SOLD OUT
2009    Martin Brothers
2010    Millers  . …NOTE ONLY 2 LEFT
2011    Daniel Furniture
2012    Celebration of Trees  SOLD OUT
2013    Let It Snow
2014    Snowflake
2015    Tractor
2016 Fire Truck

Previous years’ ornaments not listed as sold out may still be purchased at Town Hall for $9.
The 2016 ornament was designed and dated by House of Morgan Pewter, owned and operated by Kent and Martha Morgan of Mount Airy, NC, whose pewter ornaments are featured and for purchase from Our State Magazine ©.

House of Morgan Pewter
The Morgan’s interest in pewter occurred after watching craftsmen working in pewter during a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in 1978. They returned home and did quite a bit of research and then tried casting small pewter objects. They are entirely self-taught, with trial and error being their primary teacher. For the first 17 years, this was a part-time adventure. In 1997, Kent resigned his job in accounting from a textile company. Martha retired from teaching English at Mount Airy High School in 2000. They both now work with pewter full time and have exposure throughout the Southeast.  Our State Magazine features their pewter ornaments and some jewelry pieces.

The craft of casting pewter has been around for over 2,000 years.  This art reached its pinnacle in Europe in the eighteenth century.  The House of Morgan continues this tradition by employing the finest craftsmen in Europe and the United States to carve original designs for its detailed Christmas ornaments.  Using these designs with old world distinction, the House of Morgan casts each ornament by hand, maintaining old world tradition and maximizing the detail, quality and beauty of hand cast pewter.

Holiday Horse & Buggy Rides in Mocksville – Saturday, December 10th & 17th

horse-buggy-rides-2016Horse & Buggy Rides ~ Saturday, December 10th & December 17th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
Enjoy Historic Downtown Mocksville illuminated by the lights on the majestic oak trees, planter box trees and rooftops with Horse and Buggy Rides.  Rides are $5 per person and they depart from the Mocksville Town Square on Depot Street near Styled Gatherings and Ms. Judy’s Dolls.

We’re Hiring! Town of Mocksville Recruiting for New Town Manager

opportunityThe Town of Mocksville is a vibrant community with a small town flare.  It is home to over 5,000 residents and is the County Seat of Davie County, which is just outside of Winston-Salem.  Mocksville enjoys an established infrastructure and accommodating logistics for economic opportunities.  However, the amenities and attractive business climate do not outpace the sense of community.  From the large oak trees that anchor the center of town to the high quality schools, and the annual Bed Race, a must see event for all, Mocksville is a great place to live.  It is a full service town focused on improving the quality of life for the citizens.

The Town Board is composed five members and the Mayor.  In 1978, the Town adopted the Council-Manager form of government. Since then there have been two managers. The Town has a staff 42 public servants that have earned the confidence of the Town Board and serve the community with distinction.

The basic desired qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, or a related field. A candidate may distinguish themselves with a master’s degree. The Town seeks an experienced public administrator with 10 years of progressive experience, including three years of senior organizational management experience, preferably in NC municipal administration.

This experience should include financial management and directing the delivery of public services and supervision of related staff. The Town seeks a candidate with demonstrated skills in leadership, administration, budgeting, capital projects management, and team communication.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate and effectively represent the Town publicly while positively engaging citizens.

The Town places an emphasis on the Manager being a member of the ICMA and/or NCCCMA. The Council supports and encourages the Manager to be or become an ICMA credentialed manager within a reasonable period of being employed.

Mocksville is the perfect place to call home with charming neighborhoods and a range of housing choices.  Residency within Davie County is a requirement of the town’s charter.

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and a completed Town of Mocksville employment application. The salary for this position is negotiable based upon the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The salary is supplemented by an excellent benefit package. The Town Council anticipates a hiring between $90,000 and $110,000.

Send application materials as noted above to Mocksville Manager Search, ATTN: HR Specialist, Piedmont Triad Regional Council, 1398 Carrollton Crossing Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284 or email This position will be open until filled, with review of candidates to begin January 16th. The Town of Mocksville is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications available at Mocksville Town Hall, or you may click here to download an application.

Special Called Meeting – December 6, 2016

The Town of Mocksville Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 9:00 AM at the Town Hall Board Room, Mocksville, NC,  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss information with the attorneys on matters that are within the attorney-client privilege.  It is anticipated the board will go into closed session under G.S. 143-318-11(a) (3).