George Holmes, former state representative from Yadkin County, dies

January 2, 2010

By John Hinton | Journal Reporter

Published: December 31, 2009

State Rep. George Holmes, who represented Yadkin and parts of other northwestern counties in the General Assembly for 32 years, died this morning at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Holmes, 80, announced in March 2008 that he would not run for re-election because of health problems. He said he planned to spend more time at his house in Hamptonville with his wife, Barbara, a retired schoolteacher.

David Diamont of Pilot Mountain, a former state representative from Surry County, served with Holmes in the state legislature. Diamont said he was saddened to hear of Holmes’ death.

“George Holmes was a good man,” Diamont said. “He became a powerful and well-respected member of our district in the General Assembly. He was a solid individual who always smiled. He knew the issues and he was a fine gentleman.”

Diamont laid the groundwork for a new arena at Appalachian State University, he said. But it was Holmes, when he became co-chairman of the appropriations committee, who got the money allocated for the project.

Later, ASU officials named the arena the George M. Holmes Convocation Center.

Holmes was first elected in 1974, and his only defeat came in 1976. He was elected again in 1987 and every two years after that. He ran unopposed in 2004 and 2006.

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House rejects bill creating Yadkin trust

August 8, 2009

By James Romoser
JOURNAL RALEIGH BUREAU
Published: August 8, 2009

RALEIGH – A debate over the environment, the economy and the control of the water in the Yadkin River culminated in a late-night vote in the N.C. House of Representatives that dealt a blow to Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration in its fight over hydroelectric dams controlled by Alcoa Inc.

The House voted Thursday night against a bill that would have set up a “Yadkin River Trust,” a state corporation that the state hoped to use to take control of the four hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along a 38-mile section of the Yadkin. One of the sites is High Rock Lake in Davidson County.
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Coming off the sideline

June 18, 2009

By Kevin Austin (Yadkin County Chairman)

The Yadkin Ripple

For the longest time I stayed on the sideline. Well, not even on the sideline. More like in the stands or even at home. I stayed out of public life.

My father’s philosophy on public life was to serve quietly, to donate privately, and to not draw attention. Although he served publicly on zoning boards and housing commissions and privately through the Masonic organization and Sertoma Club, he has always been happen to remain below the radar.

His father was a little more public, as City Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem of Albemarle back in the 40’s and 50’s, until his early death.

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Musical chairs – More Jobs = More Career Paths

June 18, 2009

By Kevin Austin (Yadkin County Chairman)

If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. “Too many young people leave Yadkin County never to return.” It’s always the same complaint. Only the reasons cited show any variation at all.

The favorite reason people tend to give is, “we are a small, backward county with nothing to offer young people.” Well, that is a pretty broad and damning statement, but buried in it are some elements of truth including what I believe to be the real reason: a shortage of career path opportunities.

Please allow me to back up for just a second. Not all the young people leave Yadkin County. Not even all of the highly qualified young people. There are plenty of young professionals in Yadkin County, the great majority of them home grown.

But there is a problem of opportunities in Yadkin County.

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Republicans honor past service; elect new officers

March 18, 2009

YADKIN RIPPLE
Leanne Cloudman
Staff Reporter
Lcloudman@yadkinripple.com

TheYadkin County Republican Party met on Tuesday evening at the courthouse in Yadkinville for their annual convention. Delegates were chosen for each precinct and new officers were elected.

Ben Harding, former chairman; Jennifer Casstevens, former vice chairwoman; and Linda Williams, former treasurer, elected not to run for office again.

Harding thanked the outgoing officers and explained that he could not run again because his wife had retired. This statement amused most of the people in the room who knew the decision was also Harding’s.

The new officers are Angela Parks, treasurer; Donna Crissman, secretary; Carol Prevette, vice chairwoman; Kevin Austin, chairman.

The outgoing officers received a plaque honoring their many hours of service and the audience their appreciation through rousing appreciative applause.

Austin addressed the group as the new chairman and suggested that the next few years may be interesting.

“We may have slipped a bit, but WXII has named Yadkin the most Republican county in North Carolina, and I am pleased to be a part of that,” he said.

Harding challenged the group to become more involved, donate to the party and fight the activity currently occuring in Washington.

“This is the heart of the Yadkin Republican party,” he said. “Tell Ms. Foxx to keep voting no.”

Brad Langston, a representative from the office of Rep. Virginia Foxx, addressed the crowd on her behalf. He assured them that Foxx values Yadkin County and all the support she receives from Yadkin people.

Austin spoke about the candidate for state chair, Chad Long, and encouraged members to vote for him, extolling his qualifications to lead the North Carolina Republican Party through the next few years.

Members were directed to review the new web site and check it often for updates.

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Yadkin Valley board delays vote

February 24, 2009

Bank postpones talks on expansion deal
By Richard Craver | Journal Reporter
Published: February 24, 2009

The board of directors of Yadkin Valley Financial Corp. decided yesterday to postpone by two weeks a shareholders vote on its deal to buy American Community Bancshares Inc. of Charlotte.

Shareholders were supposed to vote at 10 a.m. Thursday on the cash-and-stock deal, which was valued at $92 million when it was announced Sept. 10 and now is valued at about $48 million.

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Yadkin jobless rate rising

February 20, 2009
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By Leanne Cloudman

Staff Reporter

Lcloudman@yadkinripple.com

If you’re looking for work, you are not alone. 

According to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, 1,566 people are reportedly collecting unemployment benefits and seeking new employment in this area. 

Those numbers are from Dec. 2008. Steve Hodge, ESC Branch Office Supervisor in Yadkin County expects those numbers to increase on Friday.

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