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Supply chain problems hit toy drive non-profits

Supply chain problems hit toy drive non-profits

NEW YORK — With less than four weeks to go until Christmas, non-profit organizations who supply gifts for less fortunate children are facing supply problems that may put a damper on Christmas spirit. Charities who give to kids during the holidays say they're facing challenges finding enough gaming consoles, laptops and other electronic items amid the global shortage of chips used in cars, phones and other devices. “I’ve never seen something like this,” said Kristyn Begari, purchasing coordinator for Family Giving Tree, a California non-profit. “Our biggest fear is we’re not going to get the quality of gifts that we…
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Randolph County DOT projects awarded

Randolph County DOT projects awarded

ASHEBORO — The N.C. DOT announced last week that a $3.8 million contract to mill and resurface roads and grade shoulders in Randolph County had been awarded to the Thompson Arthur Division of APAC Atlantic. The department did not release exact locations but said the project would begin as early as March and included 10 sections of secondary roads totaling 21.4 miles. The projects should be completed by mid-summer 2023.
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Home healthcare company opens office in Asheboro

Home healthcare company opens office in Asheboro

ASHEBORO — Amedisys, a national home health, hospice and personal care provider, has opened its Asheboro location at 610 N. Fayetteville Street. The company announced in May that it had acquired regulatory assets that would allow it operate home health care operations in Randolph and Montgomery counties. “We’re honored to be able to offer our compassionate, clinically distinct care to more patients in more places,” said Home Health President Teonie Aurelio at the time the move was announced. “Expanding our footprint into this key market further establishes Amedisys as America’s solution for aging in place.” Amedisys is the second largest…
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Budd receives small business award in Asheboro

Budd receives small business award in Asheboro

ASHEBORO — Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) was in Asheboro last week as part of a bus tour highlighting challenges faced by small businesses due federal regulations and taxes.  Budd was joined by county commission chair Darrell Frye, State Sen. Dave Craven and State Rep. Allen McNeill. PEMMCO Manufacturing hosted the event in Asheboro and the company’s president, Rick Powell led a tour of the company’s operations.   The Job Creators Network awarded Budd with the “Defender of Small Business Award” during the event.  “I want job creators across North Carolina to know that there are men and women from Washington…
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Hirschman claims extra money by winning North-South Shootout

Hirschman claims extra money by winning North-South Shootout

SOPHIA – Matt Hirschman of Pennsylvania won for the first time on the North-South Shootout circuit, claiming the 19th annual John Blewett III race Saturday at Caraway Speedway. “This race has always been big in my career,” Hirschman said. “In the early part of my career it was the biggest. It kind of put me on the map.” Hirschman went ahead on a restart on the 64th lap. That was quite a rise for the driver who began the 23-car field in the last spot. “Late in the race it’s tough getting off that corner (on restarts),” Hirschman said. “It’s…
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New Asheboro restaurant to aim for vacation vibes

New Asheboro restaurant to aim for vacation vibes

ASHEBORO — A chef from New York has come to Asheboro to open a restaurant, hoping to put diners in a resort frame of mind. The Bun Hut NC will open within a month at 132 Sunset Ave., offering food and cocktails. It will specialize in Caribbean-Asian dishes. “When you walk in, we want you to feel like you’re on a Caribbean vacation,” said business owner Kermit Raymond Mackey. The new restaurant’s location will be in the former location of Hamilton’s Steakhouse, which has moved to 328 Sunset Ave. Mackey is referred to as “Chef Ray” and he’ll be doing…
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County schools to spend some COVID relief funds on employee bonuses

County schools to spend some COVID relief funds on employee bonuses

ASHEBORO — The Randolph County Public School System will pay every employee a $5,000 bonus, according to a resolution adopted by the school board on Monday. The resolution says the bonuses will be paid from funds received by the system from the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Funds from the federal government. Randolph County Schools has received nearly $50 million in ESSER funding which was included in the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide premium pay to employees and substitutes to address COVID-related disruptions and staff shortages. According to the school board, substitutes who work…
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School COVID numbers decline

School COVID numbers decline

ASHEBORO — Positive cases and quarantines in schools are on the decline in Randolph County and around the country. In the Asheboro City Schools, 13 positive cases were reported last week resulting in 43 people quarantined. In Randolph County Schools, there were 73 positive cases and 361 people quarantined. Just 10 of the 361 people quarantined were from a school exposure. Asheboro City Schools reported a 33% reduction in positive cases in the first three weeks of October compared to the first three weeks of September. Randolph County reported a 46% reduction in positive cases during the same period. Last…
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Quite a Fair growth spurt

Quite a Fair growth spurt

Andrew Vial of Liberty brought the largest watermelon in North Carolina State Fair history (The North State Journal) Liberty man sets mark with large watermelons ASHEBORO — Andrew Vial calls growing big watermelons a hobby. Yet for the Liberty man, it’s truly a passion. He took another watermelon to a big stage and collected another special distinction. His 341-pound watermelon was the largest ever at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. “You just don’t get melons like that every day,” Vial said. Vial, who calls his remodeling carpentry work his full-time job, said he logs 50 to 60 hours…
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