Local partnerships have literally revamped “a sign of the times” on Hillsville’s Main Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony on July 26 celebrated a new “Welcome to Hillsville and Carroll County” sign. A reception in the Town Hall followed the ribbon cutting.
The project involved the Friends of Hillsville Incorporated, Mohawk Industries, Hillsville and Carroll County. According to Town Marketing Director and Events Coordinator Teresa Catron, a second grant from Mohawk Industries and continued partnership between the Town and County allowed the purchase of a new sign in front of Carter Bank and Trust.
Catron said the new sign furthers the FOH’s mission to help “freshen up” North Main Street. The next phase of the sign will be to replace the time and temperature display with a LED sign.
She indicated the intent of the project is to support a downtown that is pleasant and welcoming to businesses and citizens. Mayor Greg Crowder expressed his gratitude toward Mohawk Industries for its continued generosity and investments made in the community. He also thanked the Friends of Hillsville, the Town of Hillsville, and Carroll County for working together with Mohawk on this project.
The FOH teamed up with Mohawk’s first grant (announced at the May 22 Town Council meeting) which equipped the Town’s police cars with Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). An AED is a portable device which checks the heart’s rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). SCA is a condition in which the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating.
“It is the Friends of Hillsville’s mission to support the Town and its citizens,” said Mayor Crowder.
A committee was formed and a grant from Mohawk applied for. Plant Manager Ed Spivey was honored at that meeting for his support of the $5,000 grant, which was matched by the FOH. Police Chief Wesley Yonce helped coordinate selecting appropriate equipment.
Crowder praised FOH member Dorothy Kinnaman, who stepped up to be a grant writer for the project. He said Chief Yonce helped and was able to get the best price on the units for every car. He said the committee, which is chaired by Dorothy Kinnaman, has had two other successful grant applications. The other committee members include Laura Beth Parnell, Karen Castelle and Teresa Catron.
The grant was made possible through the Mohawk Carpet Foundation, Mohawk Industries’ primary philanthropic charitable organization, founded in 1988. Grants are awarded only to 501(c)(3) organizations which provide the majority of their services in communities where Mohawk operates manufacturing facilities. The Friends’ group raised an additional $5,000 to purchase six AEDs (one for each Hillsville Police Department squad car). Patrol cars with an AED will be marked with a special decal.
Catron said “National Farmers Market Week” will be held this year from August 5 to August 11 (it will be celebrated locally on August 9 at the Market.) On July 19, Mayor Crowder made an official proclamation announcing Market Week in conjunction with the observance of National Farmers Market Week. It called “upon Hillsville citizens to celebrate farmers markets with appropriate observance and activities.”
The Farmers Market Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers markets across the United States so that they can serve as community assets while providing real income opportunities for farmers. This effort is championed by The Farmers Market Coalition and its three complementary goals or its “triple bottom line” of Farmers earning fair prices for the fruits of their labor by selling directly to consumers, Consumers gaining access to fresh, nutritious, local produce and Communities regaining a figurative “town square,” with positive outcomes from more foot traffic and animated public space.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.