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Cooleemee Christmas Caravan

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The Town of Cooleemee is planning a Christmas Caravan. This will involve our Town Board, Police and Fire departments as well as Santa!

The Cooleemee Christmas Caravan will be Wednesday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m. and you do not even have to leave your home to enjoy this event!

Our volunteers will make their rounds on golf carts to hand out candy and a little joy for the holiday season.

Town Hall Now Located at Zachary House

Town Hall Now Located at Zachary House

Town Hall Moves to Zachary House

By Mike Barnhardt via the Davie Enterprise-Record

COOLEEMEE – The town owns the Zachary House. The Mocksville/Cooleemee ABC board owns the town hall building here.

Cooleemee Town Hall Moves to Zachary House
Town Clerk Steven Corriher is remodeling the old rec room into the new town hall. – Photo by Robin Snow

The town is paying rent, and the ABC Store wants to expand, so it made sense for the town offices to move to the Zachary House.

That move was planned for the beginning of October. But when Town Clerk Steven Corriher went to the office last week, a water line break had flooded the town hall.

Luckily, he had already boxed many of the documents and they were on a table. One box of old minutes was lost, but recordings of those meetings still exist.

“It’s been a dream of mine since I became mayor in 2015 to move to a building that we own,” Corriher said. “It just makes sense.”

The Cooleemee Historical Association is working with the town, and the town hall will occupy a front room of the Zachary House, what was once known as the recreation room. It will have its own entrance.

The town board will meet in the adjacent, larger room.

Corriher said all three entities are looking forward to the change. The town will own the space it occupies. The ABC Store will have room to expand. And the Cooleemee Historical Association hopes to benefit from increased exposure.

Cooleemee Teachers Parade

Cooleemee Teachers Parade

These beautiful teachers took time to gather at Cooleemee School and then travel by car throughout the Cooleemee School district to hold signs, wave, honk horns and shout so their students know they have been missed and they love them. 

Loved & Missed

The long trail of cars was supported by the Cooleemee Police Department by leading the pack and the Cooleemee Fire Department brought up the rear.  We are very fortunate to have such dedicated teachers to have made an everlasting impression on our kids.

Grand Opening Wednesday, December 12 – DD Xpress in Cooleemee!

Grand Opening Wednesday, December 12 – DD Xpress in Cooleemee!

You are invited to join us at the grand opening of DD Xpress, located at 7682 Highway 801 South, Cooleemee.

The grand opening will be held on Wednesday, December 12th from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.  There will be free hot dogs, ice cream and drinks available.

Selling gasoline, sundries and convenience store items, DD Xpress will be open 7 days a week with store hours Monday through Friday from 7 am to 10 pm and 8 am to 10 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cooleemee Mill – What’s Next?

Cooleemee Mill – What’s Next?

COOLEEMEE – What should Cooleemee be in coming years? More specifically, what should be in the old mill building along the South Yadkin River?

How about a micro-brewery? Or a skating rink and bowling alley? Maybe apartments or condos?

Efforts to restore the old mill include plenty of chances for public input on what it should become.

A public briefing on the Cooleemee Mill Project was held last week and residents were given an update on the renovation plans for the historic building. Mayor Lynn Rumley welcomed residents and told them the Cooleemee Historical Association proposed a mill renovation about 15 years ago.

“A majority of the people in this room tonight had ancestors that may have worked in the mill. It was the economic engine of this community. The idea is to turn it into a new economic engine for Cooleemee.”

The Cooleemee Mill closed in 1969 and had employed nearly 1800 workers in the 600,000 square feet facility.

Rumley said that a two year design phase was beginning which would include a comprehensive reuse development plan and an environmental study.

That work will be led by Mac Jordan of Sellers, Inc. who is responsible for redevelopment of the old mill in Saxapahaw.

Money to pay for the two year work will be $161,000 and comes from a grant received from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jordan told residents that this phase of development would involve the Cooleemee community. “We want to know what it is you want your town to be in the future.”

Jordan said a workshop would take place in May for residents to come up with ideas on how to reuse the mill.

An environment study of the mill will begin soon and continue through May. Jordan said that study will investigate the site and report any potential problems such as asbestos, lead paint, or other environmental issues.

“This mill is unique to Cooleemee and part of the reason not to tear it down is that it is unique and can bring people in from the outside,” Jordan said.

Jordan’s group will study the mills feasibility and explore economics beyond the borders of Cooleemee.

“They’re going to be a lot of different ideas for integrating different uses for the mill – a multi-use plan is what we’re looking at developing.”

Rumley said that some of the ideas already mentioned for the mill included apartments, educational space, a charter school, movie theatre, bowling alley, skating rink, and a micro brewery.

Jordan said that Saxapahaw Mill is a lot like Cooleemee and it’s transformation began by residents asking what they needed in their community.

“You’re just starting,” Jordan said. “Where it will end up will amaze you.”

Money to pay for the two year work will be $161,000 and comes from a grant received from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jordan told residents that this phase of development would involve the Cooleemee community. “We want to know what it is you want your town to be in the future.”

Jordan said a workshop would take place in May for residents to come up with ideas on how to reuse the mill.

An environment study of the mill will begin soon and continue through May. Jordan said that study will investigate the site and report any potential problems such as asbestos, lead paint, or other environmental issues.

“This mill is unique to Cooleemee and part of the reason not to tear it down is that it is unique and can bring people in from the outside,” Jordan said.

Jordan’s group will study the mills feasibility and explore economics beyond the borders of Cooleemee.

“They’re going to be a lot of different ideas for integrating different uses for the mill – a multi-use plan is what we’re looking at developing.”

Rumley said that some of the ideas already mentioned for the mill included apartments, educational space, a charter school, movie theatre, bowling alley, skating rink, and a micro brewery.

Jordan said that Saxapahaw Mill is a lot like Cooleemee and it’s transformation began by residents asking what they needed in their community.

“You’re just starting,” Jordan said. “Where it will end up will amaze you.”

Note: Article by Jackie Seabolt. Originally appeared in the Davie County Enterprise. Reprinted with permission.

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