Posts Tagged ‘Iredell County’

I recently spent a couple of hours near my hummingbird feeder watching the little guys fuss over the three feeding stations.  I don’t know why they fight since there are usually no more than three hanging around at a time, but they sure do.  Must be something about one of them being dominant.  They’ll dive on each other and make their little squawks, fussing at each other.  It’s funny to see something so little be so aggressive.  I guess eventually everybody gets enough since they keep coming back every day.

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James Iredell

James Iredell

I’m a native of Iredell County, born in Statesville and grew up in Troutman, so I always find it entertaining to hear people who’ve moved here from other parts of the country (or world) first attempt to pronounce the name, Iredell.  The most common attempts I hear are Ear-re-dell, Eye-re-dell.  I always want to help people become comfortable here so I help them with the pronunciation.  In fact, in my experience there are three acceptable ways to say it: Eye-er-dell, Eyer-dull, and Are-dull (with emphasis on the “Are” part).  Ok, now.  Say them phonetically out loud so you get the full effect.  The name was originally spelled Eyredale, meaning “a valley of flowing air.”

The county was named for Judge James Iredell (1751-1799), attorney general of North Carolina during the Revolutionary War, delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1788, and justice of the Supreme Court in 1790.  Mr. Iredell was born in England, and his house is still in the pretty little coastal town of Edenton.  He never actually set foot in Iredell County and died at the age of 45.  Still, that was a pretty good resume for a relatively short life.  Iredell County was originally part of Rowan County, but was formed in 1788 when Rowan County was divided.

Now.  Don’t you new folks feel a little more comfortable knowing this stuff?

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Yes, I know that there’s all kinds of bad news out there that you can cry in your beer over, but just so you don’t get totally bummed out,  here is one of my regular reports on the Lake Norman area real estate activity over the last two weeks.  This is for single family homes, both detached houses and condos or townhouses.

Area 12 (Iredell County not including near Lake Norman)

Under Contract- 49        Sold- 39

Area 13 (Immediately around Lake Norman)

Under Contract- 45       Sold- 31

Areas 1 & 9 (North Mecklenburg County)

Under Contract- 129     Sold- 94

Remember that this is just 2 weeks of activity.  Everytime someone asks me, “how’s business?”, I quote these two week numbers and the questioners eyes bulge with disbelief.  They can’t immagine that we continue to sell houses here in spite of a soft market and unfortunate economy.  It’s a big country out there and not everyone is dealing with bad times.  As a matter of fact, under the right circumstances, these are good times- low housing prices and low interest rates.  If you are one of the buyers or sellers involved in the sales noted above, you may be thinking that things are going along just fine.

I’m a Realtor.  I’d like to see (and be involved with) more sales.  But just so you know, the home sales market is not dead.

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One of the local groups which I support and work with is the Iredell Concert Association.  ica-logoThis group has been bringing a wide range of live musical performances to Iredell County for 40 years.  Each season, we arrange 5 performances beginning in the fall and ending the season in the spring.  For $40, you can have a season ticket for these performances plus attend performances put on by several other cooperating area concert associations.  Altogether, that $40 ticket admits you to around 20 performances- quite a deal!  This coming Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 pm, the ICA hosts The Wandering Minstrels, a mixed quartet who will be singing Christmas songs in the Old English street singer fashion.ministrelsbiltmore1The performance will be at Western Avenue Baptist Church in Statesville.   It will no doubt be lots of fun and help you get into the Christmas season.  If you don’t have a season ticket, never fear!  Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20, and you can buy a season ticket for the remaining performances, also.  For more information, go to the Iredell Concert Association website at Iredellconcerts.com.

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I’m working with a couple who are interested in buying a home in Mooresville.  Part of the process of working with clients is talking about what, if anything, they’ve done toward getting qualified for a mortage.  This couple had done all the right things including contacting a lender and getting pre-qualified.  Turns out, their lender had suggested a USDA loan, and that is what we are aiming for.  These loans are in many aspects, more attractive than FHA loans.  The trick is to buy in an area that will meet the qualifications of these loans.  USDA is US Department of Agriculture, so you might think that this is only for farm property. usda_logo But that’s not the case.  Actually, most of Iredell County qualifies, except for Statesville.  Large parts of Lincoln, Catawba, and Rowan Counties also qualifiy. The qualifier is for communities under 20,000 population, and the maps are re-drawn every 5 years.  So, it is likely in my opinion that Mooresville will lose this loan option the next time around.  Right now, you can go to the USDA Rural Development website to see if an area or address qualifies.  Here is a flyer they’ve put out that shows some of the benefits of this program including no downpayment and no mortgage insurance.  Now, I’m sure that they won’t do this unless you show solid ability to re-pay the mortgage, but that’s what we all want, right?

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From the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce:

Dr. Terry K. Holliday, Superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools, was named the 2009 A. Craig PhillipsNorth Carolina Superintendent of the Year at an awards presentation and reception held Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The award was given jointly by the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA) and the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). TE21, Inc. sponsored the event and provided a $5,000 award to the winner.

Since 2002, Dr. Holliday has been superintendent of Iredell-Statesville Schools, a district that serves over 20,000 students in grades PreK-12. Prior to coming to Iredell-Statesville Schools, Dr. Holliday served as superintendent of Transylvania County Schools in Brevard, N.C.

A native of Belton, S.C., Dr. Holliday holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Furman University, and Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from Winthrop University. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina.

During his tenure as superintendent, Dr. Holliday has led the district to great gains in student achievement; Iredell-Statesville schools consistently measure in the top ten in North Carolina in student performance despite being one of the lowest funded districts in per pupil expenditures in the state. Dr. Holliday has also made an impact on education at the state level with his work on reforming the N.C. accountability program while serving on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Testing and Accountability.

A statement written by Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education Chair Dr. David W. Cash says this about Holliday, “He truly believes and his daily leadership shows that our school system’s significant accomplishments have been achieved largely through multiple collaborative relationships in this community based on trust earned by improved accountability, transparency, and communication skills. Dr. Holliday’s dedicated and untiring efforts have definitely made an enduring difference in this community.”

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A new recycling program seems to be receiving good support from Mooresville residents. This is a pilot project that covers only a small portion of the city and will run for a year before they decide whether or not to continue it. However, you don’t have to wait until then to participate in the worthy effort of recycling. Did you know that there is something called a “Transfer Station” just off of River Highway (Hwy 150) west of US 21? I went there on the way to work today to drop off my recyclable items, and I do that every two or three weeks. Century 21 Hecht offices also recycle lots of waste at the transfer station and at other locations. Any Iredell County resident can do the same. That’s why you get a windshield sticker in your property tax bill each year. The sticker gives you free access to drop off most types of recyclable items whenever you want without having to stop by the attendant’s window. They take newspaper, magazines, phone books, aluminum cans, steel cans, clear and brown glass, plastic bottles, cardboard, and motor oil, plus many more items.

It just makes good sense to recycle these things. I think we’ve figured out that the throw-away culture that we got used to in the last half of the twentieth century was really pretty short-sighted. That stuff’s gotta go somewhere, and no one wants it near them. Plus, we’ve come to realize how much more energy it takes to make new stuff versus recycling old stuff, and we know that energy is no longer cheap, regardless of the source. And this is not just for waste. If you want to rid yourself of still useful items, don’t forget Mooresville Christian Mission, Goodwill, Yokefellow and others who will be happy to put your discarded items to good use. A more direct way to give away (or receive) recycled items is to check out Statesville Freecycle.  Just don’t throw them away!

By the way, Statesville has citywide recycling plus a recycling site at the Twin Oaks facility, and Troutman and Harmony both have recycling centers available. For more information see the Iredell County Solid Waste/Recycling web site. If you are a resident of another county, check their web site for information on recycling. See Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Lincoln County, Catawba County, and others. If your county doesn’t address this important issue, call up a commissioner and ask them why.

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