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November 19, 2012

Badin starts preparations for centennial celebration

Monday, November 19, 2012 — The buzz surrounding Badin’s Centennial Celebration got a bit more intense at Tuesday’s Town of Badin commissioners meeting.

The 2013 calendar marking all the activities the town will have in celebration of its 100 years of existence was released to the public.

People who attended Tuesday’s meeting also got to see eight banners that will be on display throughout the county at the beginning of 2013 that marks the history of the town, which came into existence in 1913.

“I hope we live to see the fruition of it,” Mayor James Harrison said with a chuckle. “The funds have been a real point for us because we didn’t have the money (to put on the celebration).

“The town has put up $10,000, we got $10,000 from Bank of Stanly, Alcoa has now committed $25,000 to us and that was more from special funds that they had because the plant manager had already said he would pay for the publication of our centennial book.”

“We’ve also got some other funds we are trying to raise, Jay (Almond, town manager) and I. We want to go to several other companies that serve Badin or are native to Badin and see if they’ll give us some more money to pay for it. We figure it’s gonna cost at least $60,000.”

The celebration will kick off with a pageant and play at Badin Elementary School auditorium Jan. 11-13.

The Badin Volunteer Fire Department will have a barbecue fundraiser on Jan. 26.

Other events scheduled for the year include:

• Feb. 16: Poor Man’s Supper at the fire station

• March 9: Bottle show

• April 13: Centennial parade and concert with Badin native Lou Donaldson, a jazz musician

• May (date not determined): Golf tournament

• June 1: Historic Badin Triathlon; June 21-22: Hardaway Pow Wow

• July 4: Fireworks over Badin Lake with military band

• Sept. 20-21: Best of Badin Festival

• Oct. 12: Old fashioned camp meeting and Badin Volunteer Fire Department BBQ

• Dec. 3: Christmas in Badin 1913

• December: Town-wide lighting contest and burying of time capsule

The banners that will be on display throughout the town include old photos of places that helped make Badin what it is today, from the old Badin theatre to the first hospital, opened in 1917, and a photo of the town’s founder, Adrien Badin. Each banner has “Celebrating 100 Years” and “Our History Runs Deep” on the top and bottom of each photo.

The commissioners also announced a public forum will be Dec. 11 at 6:45 p.m., right before the scheduled commissioners meeting, to discuss the paving of Hwy. 730 between Albemarle and Badin and other developments through the Countywide Transportation Plan.

“They can talk about the CTP and ask any questions,” Harrison said. “Dana  (Stoogenke, Rural Planning Organization representative) will be here to answer any questions and she’ll probably have handouts for everybody.

“This is just your 20-30 years strategic planning for the future. ‘What do you need to see? Do you need another intersection down at Sweet Home Church on the 24/27 or do you need something out here going to the airport’ or whatever. They just look at all the roads and what’s coming.”

Other items in discussion at the meeting:

• Almond discussed the town board appointments and the fact that only the alternates are scheduled to change if someone does not wish to continue to serve.

• The code enforcement, water/sewer, police and public works reports were also given. Bryan Lambert, chief of police, reported there were no larcenies for the second straight month.

• Trees will be decorated for Christmas on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. Bags for Santa will also be prepared.

 

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