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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
On Thursday, March 16, John Hodges was honored as a 2016 Main Street Champion at the Breakfast with Main Street Champions Ceremony during the North Carolina Main Street Conference in Shelby. Hodges served as the Executive Director of the Garner Revitalization Association (GRA) for eight years before taking on his new role as Assistant Town Manager of Development Services for the Town of Garner ...read more
Categories: Around Town, Member News
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
As the recent relapse into freezing temperatures melts away for good, the warmer weather ahead is certain to invite increased activity at Lake Benson. People make good use of the boathouse at the lake, which opened March 17 and will close at the end of October. But every year, the town encounters some people who are uncertain of the rules for accessing the lake for recreational purposes. ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Friday, March 17, 2017
The Greater Neuse River Conference has released its all-conference teams and coach and player of the year awards for the 2016-17 boys basketball, girls basketball, swimming, wrestling, indoor track and field and cheerleading seasons. Awards were voted on by the league’s coaches. In boys basketball, conference champ Garner took top honors with coach Eddie Gray and senior Alex Reed winning ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Wake County could install tree houses to create a “tree top trail” at Harris Lake Park south of Holly Springs. Planners like the idea of a skateboarding trail along a ridge at North Wake Landfill District Park in North Raleigh. And residents are begging for water fountains along the American Tobacco Trail between Cary and Durham in western Wake, where free drinking water is lacking ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Monday, March 13, 2017
Thirty years ago, a state championship football team helped shape the sense of community that still thrives in Garner today. Longtime sports writer Tim Stevens chronicled his hometown Garner High School Trojans over that 1987 season while working for the News & Observer. Stevens has now written a play, titled “87,” that brings the memorable football season back to life on the ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Friday, March 10, 2017
Studying lines for an upcoming production of “Hairspray” has doubled as a history lesson for students at Garner High School. After all, things are considerably different today than they were in 1962 Baltimore, where the integration-centered musical is set. “They really didn’t know the history,” said theater director Cheryle Robinson Prater. “This day and time, ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Friday, March 10, 2017
Socks seem to come and go as they please, abandoning monogamy – and feet – by stowing away stealthily under couches and beds or seeming to evaporate altogether. Tired of starting each day with one sock on and one sock who knows where, Clayton’s Kevin Bunn thinks he’s found a better way. Too many days, he said, got off on the wrong foot simply because he couldn’t find ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that Town of Garner, North Carolina has received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of ...read more
Categories: Member News, Around Town
Monday, March 06, 2017
Wake County school officials announced Monday that 27 magnet schools have received national awards. Combs, Brooks, Farmington Woods, Washington, Wendell, Wiley and Zebulon elementary schools; Centennial Campus and East Garner middle schools; and Broughton, Millbrook and Wake STEM Early College high schools received the School of Excellence Award from Magnet Schools of America. Those 12 schools ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Monday, March 06, 2017
​Kierra Davis took a pass up the middle of the court Friday morning and hurled up a shot that missed its mark. But her effort still drew considerable applause from the bleachers. She tried again moments later and scored the first basket of a special basketball game featuring Garner High School students and staff. “It felt good,” Davis said. The crowd erupted in cheers. That kind ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Thursday, March 02, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com March 2, 2017 Brian Owens was in elementary school when he first heard the unique sound of Motown legend Marvin Gaye. “It was probably ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine,’” he recalled. “But I don’t think I realized the genius of Marvin Gaye until I got older.” Owens is now 36 and an original recording artist. But a ...read more
Categories: Around Town
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
By Aaron Moody amoody@newsobserver.com February 27, 2017 Fifth-grade art club students at Vandora Springs Elementary School continue to take a stand against cancer by painting and later auctioning items people can sit on. The students paint chairs that are auctioned as part of the annual Chairs of Hope project, a fundraiser for the art club’s team in the Garner Relay for Life. This ...read more
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
By Tim Stevens There is no way that I know of to adequately convey the contributions that Faye Gardner made to our community. Her handiwork is on display every time a visitor pauses to read an inscription at the Garner Veterans Memorial and every time anyone notices Garner’s All-American City signs. Her efforts are apparent at the thriving Garner Chamber of Commerce and when Broadway stars ...read more
Categories: Around Town, Chamber News