The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 19, 2012

Board OKs funding, design process for livestock arena

Cosgrove presents update on AMVETS Career Center; ALCOA negotiations continue, McIntyre says

By Brian Graves, Staff Writer
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 — The Stanly County Agri-Civic Center is looking to expand with a new livestock arena.

Stanly County Commissioners gave the approval for the fundraising and design development for Phase I of the facility to be located on the grounds of the center.

Candice Moffit, center director, said an arena was in the original concept site plan for the center.

“We would like to build a facility that’s attractive, functional and will meet the needs of the agricultural groups in Stanly and surrounding counties,” Moffit said.

The projected cost of the Phase I section of the arena is $150,000-$250,000; however, Moffitt said the Livestock Arena steering committee, along with the Friends of the Agri-Civic Center, would begin accepting tax-deductible donations to fund the project.

“When we had Agri-Civic Day this year, and anytime we can pull 2,500 people for something like that, it’s a success,” said Reggie Medlin, president of the Friends of the Agri-Civic Center.

“But when they had to put up a tent to have this event under, the consensus of opinion was we can do better than that,” Medlin said.

“We’d like to have the opportunity to put up a facility that will be here for posterity and something we can all be proud of.”

Charles Cosgrove, North Carolina AMVETS Career Center I Commander, gave a presentation about the anticipated future needs for more veteran support.

Cosgrove noted statistics that show nine percent of veterans in Stanly County are unemployed.

He noted the current center, at Pfeifer University, was founded with a grant of $2,362 and opened in January.

“We are now the clearing house for all veteran information in Stanly County,” Cosgrove said.

The center operates with three volunteers, but Cosgrove said he is anticipating needing more help.

“The White House has made it very clear our military force is going to be reduced by 20 percent,” he said pointing out the number of military institutions within the area.

To help the center keep up with the demand, the center is having a fundraiser offering a prize of a week in Cancun, Mexico.

The tickets are $8 each and can be obtained by contacting the center at (704) 463-3026 or by email at AMVET@fsmail.pfeiffer.edu.

Commission members also met in closed session for close to 90 minutes concerning the ALCOA matter.

However, Chairman Gene McIntyre announced there was no decision.

“We have decided to instruct staff to continue negotiations pending finalization of what we did tonight,” McIntyre said.

“Negotiations are ongoing.”