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Archdale gives nod for more retail growth
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ARCHDALE — A rezoning request approved by Archdale City Council could soon clear the way for a national retail chain to establish a presence in the city.

SBUX Holdings LLC was approved to rezone property at 10101 and 10103 South Main St. for commercial use. Jeff Watson, representing SBUX Holdings, addressed council members regarding the proposed rezoning. His brief remarks were met by no opposition from residents or council, which voted unanimously to approve the project.

“Across the southwest, with offices near Charlotte and Atlanta, Georgia, we work with national clients,” Watson said. “We have a rezoning here that is consistent with the land-use plan … and developed a site plan that will keep with the ordinance.”

No formal announcement was made regarding the identity of the business which will utilize the location, but one city official confirmed plans for the arrival of Starbucks.

Commercial property adjoins the rezoned property on three sides, and the land is in close proximity to Interstate 85. Fast food restaurants surround the property on all sides, and the area has been rife for growth over the last several years.

In the same block of South Main Street, Sheetz opened its convenience store years ago, and more recently, in 2019, Dairi-O expanded to Archdale. The new Dairi-O has brought significant interest to the intersections of South Main Street and Tarheel Drive, as well as Rand Boulevard.

Growth along the South Main Street corridor seems to have continued to attract even more interest for invaluable plots on each side of the street.

“As Archdale continues to grow, and folks need places to eat [and drink], with that comes traffic,” Councilman Lewis Dorsett said at the time of Dairi-O’s arrival. “When you add and grow, we try to manage that the best we can.”

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Wheatmore soccer wraps up memorable season
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TRINITY — Wheatmore girls soccer checked off a significant number of first-time accomplishments, both individual and team, during a 2021 season that culminated in a 3-2 defeat at Croatan High School.

Prior to that outcome, the seventh-seeded Warriors (11-1) were unblemished through the regular season. A 6-1 first-round playoff win over East Duplin clinched their ticket to the coast. Unfortunately for Wheatmore, the visitors began the game as one might expect a team that rode four hours.

Warriors coach Rick Maness said his team showed some ill effects from the trip in falling behind 2-0, but also responded in a way befitting a team that dominated the Pac-7 2-A Conference.

“I think the first half, we just had jitters,” Maness said. “At halftime, they came in, and I just listened to the girls. They pretty much said what they needed to do. In the second half, from then on, it was totally different. In that second half, we took the fight to them.

“What our kids did, the way it looked in the first half, was simply amazing.”

Maness said sophomore Summer Bowman and freshman Ellie Garrison fought through a difficult night, tallying the team’s goals to knot the score at two goals apiece, where it stayed through the end of regulation. In the extra session, the Warriors were unable to contain a strong Cougar attack.

Before Croatan scored the game’s final goal, Wheatmore compiled the highest winning percentage and amassed the longest win streak in program history. Both Bowman and Garrison broke the school’s individual season scoring record.

Bowman and Garrison also scored five times each in one day during the season, as many goals as a Warrior has tallied in one game. Both did it during the same game.

“I kept pinching myself, thinking ‘Is this real?’ ” Maness said of the storybook season. “We’ve had games throughout the season, like when we played at Carrboro. Ellie couldn’t hit the ocean, but Summer could. In the Providence Grove game, Summer struggled and Ellie couldn’t miss. When they’re both clicking, it’s double trouble.

“Most programs have one, but to have two — those are special times right there.”

Maness pointed to the chemistry, which he said was exceptional, as a primary reason the team was able to maintain focus and produce a season unlike any before it. The Warriors have had successful seasons before. In 2019, Wheatmore advanced to the third round of the 2-A NCHSAA soccer playoffs for the first time in school history.

The Warriors finished that season at 15-5 after back-to-back, notching a pair of playoff wins over Atkins and East Bladen. Maness then lauded the efforts of Makenzie Bonner, Madison Gore, Kristina Eli, Skylar Craddock, Haley Carter, Emma Baynard, Molly Plees, Elisabeth Beusse and Karoline Lund in changing the fortunes of the program.

He was excited with where they left then-underclassmen Taylor and Kara Comer. Two years later, it was Taylor Comer who served as senior leader, along with Morgan Cunha, Danae Henderson, Olivia Williamson and others.

Maness’s words from 2019 rang true as the Warriors walked off the field for a final time last week.

“I know it’s painful for them right now, but I think after a day, they’ll realize they did something great,” the coach said of that 2019 senior class. “They did something very good. It’s painful when the journey ends, but we knew it was going to end sooner. We beat a good team the other night, we worked on some things, thought we were ready, but they’re good.”

Maness said he has coached teams that couldn’t click, but was thankful for this year’s group in the way they played together to reach their potential. While some demonstrate the capability to play the game, it remains rare to see a group as talented toss egos aside and embrace a common goal.

Next season is unlikely to be a rebuilding year for Wheatmore, which could return up to 90% of its goal production from this season. What the Warriors will be without is a group of players who helped build a program that has enjoyed a sustained level of success unparalleled in the years that preceded it.

“From the middle four, we don’t lose anything,” Maness said. “All of my seniors — they’re special, especially coming through the scenarios they’ve been in. Our season last year was cut … and I kept telling them, ‘The only thing that’s going to beat you is COVID. You’ve got to take care of yourself throughout the year, over and over and over. Don’t let that take it away from us.’

“They will be remembered for a lot of years.”

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Food trucks return to Archdale
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ARCHDALE — After an inaugural event in 2019, the food trucks are returning to Archdale.

The SerCo Club of Archdale-Trinity will again host the Spring Bash Food Truck Festival on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. on Bonnie Place. The COVID-19 pandemic made such an event impossible last year, but with the passage of another 365 days, a sense of normalcy will again fill the city streets.

“It’ll kind of feel normal for a moment,” said J.D. Peace, president of the SerCo Club of Archdale-Trinity. “We’re getting there, but it’s an actual outdoor event … so you can enjoy the music and enjoy a cocktail if you want one.”

The free event will feature a dozen of the Triad’s best food trucks, as well as live entertainment and The Mustang Mafia. Food trucks at the festival include PinKor’s Delight, Fresh Catch Seafood, Big John’s Hot Dogs, Westcoast Wanderer, Kyle’s Concession, Zeko’s 2 Go, Taco Bros, The Wet Whistle, Sunset Slush, Chill Shack and Slick’s BBQ.

In addition to hamburgers, hotdogs, Mexican, Italian, philly cheese steaks, Japanese, funnel cakes, sweet treats and shaved ice, live music will include an array of different styles. The headlining band for the festival will be the David Reavis Band.

Also performing are Tatum Scott, as well as The Collegiates.

The performance times are as follows:

6 p.m. — Tatum Scott

7:20 p.m. — The Collegiates

8 p.m. — David Reavis Band.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.