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Zachary House Improvements

Zachary House Improvements

 Growing up in Cooleemee was like living in a gated community without the fence surrounding the entire three-mile radius of the town.  Erwin Mills took good care of us.  They built us a pool, a movie theater; we had a doctor, dentist, drugstore, Barbour shop, gasoline station and more.  All the homes were rented but then they eventually allowed residents to become homeowners. 

 Many industries that created a cluster of homes used a lot of fencing though and one that had been most talked about in our town was the fencing that encompassed the recreation center.

Outsiders that would come to visit the town would often make comments about the fence surrounding the beautiful Zachary House, as it was an eye sore, looked institutional or like a prison.

It was easy to get used to it living here, it had always been there and we had so many other things going on that it wasn’t noticed or even a bother.

Some people like change and others don’t like change at all.

Over the years the town board has had discussions about taking the fence down.  Their decision to do so was unanimous and the Cooleemee Historical Association was consulted. 

Once the fence was taken down the first thing I noticed was how stately the Zachary House presented itself.  The beautiful structure sits at the top of the hill still presiding over the town. 

 Town Hall’s office is located on the right side of the building with a separate entrance.   

The annual Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 27th, starting at 10:00 am.

Hope everyone can some out to celebrate the new spring season.

Feel free to contact me at www.cooleemeenews@gmail.com or 336.250.1133, would love to hear from you. 

Cooleemee Christmas Caravan

Parade Alternative

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.

Don’t Miss the Census Awareness Caravan!

Who doesn’t love a parade?

On Monday, August 24th, beginning at 6 p.m., a caravan of fire trucks, police cars, emergency services vehicles, along with a few ATVs or golf carts will proceed up and down every street in Cooleemee encouraging residents to take part in the 2020 Census. 

The 2020 Census is each resident’s opportunity to make a decade of a difference in the community. Since March, the percentage of Cooleemee residents who have participated in the US Census has lagged behind the average response rate in Davie County and the state. In an effort to increase their town’s rate, the Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department was able to apply for the “2020 Get-Out-The Count” grant.

The NC County Coalition invited organizations who were committed to ensuring a fair and accurate Census to apply for these grants.  Most residents get their Census packets in the mail, but because Cooleemee residents receive mail by post office box only, Census workers must leave packets at every house.  Although there were flyers mailed and Census signs and banners placed around the town, there is still a need to raise awareness about how important it is to be counted.

“After learning about the Get-Out-The-Count RFP (request for proposals), we felt it was a great opportunity to rally the volunteers in the community to come together for this important event. The Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department agreed to take the lead and we proposed a Census Caravan in Cooleemee Event,” said Parris Whitley, Complete Count Committee member.

“Everyone loves a parade and with the pandemic, Cooleemee had to cancel the Independence Day Celebration that includes the Annual Lawn Mower Parade.  We thought a caravan through the Town would bring some excitement.”

It wasn’t long after the proposal was submitted that the county was notified that the grant selection committee for NC Count’s Coalition’s GOTC Community Outreach Program approved a grant to the Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department.

At the Census Caravan event, residents will be able to watch from their porches and receive a goody bag filled with gifts and important information about the Census and how to participate via phone and internet. Volunteers at the event will be in masks and gloves, following social distancing guidelines. 

“The census is important in our community because important decisions and allocations of resources will be determined based on the information they obtain,” said Cooleemee Fire Chief, Doug Arledge. “I’m looking forward to the Census Caravan so that I can provide information about the importance of the census to our community.”

The rain date for the event is scheduled for August 31 beginning at 6 p.m. 
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