City Bulletin

Entries for September 2013


 Statesville City Government offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.  There will be no garbage or recycling collection on that day.

The revised schedule for residential routes will be as follows:  Monday’s route will run on Tuesday, Sept. 3; Tuesday and Wednesday routes will run on Wednesday, Sept. 4; Thursday and Friday routes will operate on the same schedule.

The revised schedule for commercial businesses with garbage cans or rollout containers is:  Monday and Tuesday routes will be collected on Tuesday; the rest of the week will operate on a regular schedule.

STATESVILLE LEISURE POOL: The Statesville Leisure Pool will be open August 31, 10 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; Sept. 1, 1-6 p.m.; and Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  It will be open for members only on Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m.  The pool will close for the season after Sept. 2.  The Statesville Fitness & Activity Center will be closed on Labor Day.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Because of the Labor Day holiday, the regularly scheduled City Council meeting for September 2 has been canceled.  The August 29 pre-agenda meeting has also been canceled.  City Council will have one meeting in September on Monday, Sept. 16.

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 Sunday, Sept. 22
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
on the front lawn of Mitchell Community College

Come meet Statesville native NASA Astronaut Tom Marshburn, get an autograph, listen to his stories about living 5 months in the space station, enjoy live music from the MCC Jazz Band, do some star gazing, watch rocket displays and lots more family fun.  It' free - just bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a special night.  MCC student clubs will be selling refreshments.

Also, Tom will be speaking at a special luncheon on Monday, Sept 23, at the Statesville Civic Center, hosted by the Statesville Chamber of Commerce.  Click here to make your reservations today!

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Statesville’s Historic City Hall building is home to one of the area’s most famous paintings – a mural, painted in 1964-65, representative of the community’s economy and its philosophy. 

It was painted by artist Frans van Bergen, who had come to Statesville originally as a designer for Laws Stained Glass Company. Van Bergen said he wanted to do something for the City and offered to paint a mural showing how agriculture and industry work together with the aid of schools, churches and other cultural institutions make Statesville “the ideal community”.

This mural and dozens of other pieces of van Bergen’s art will be on display Sept. 13-14, 2013 throughout City Hall as part of the Downtown Art Crawl. 

In 1965, the cost of the mural ($10,000) was paid for by local sponsors and, in return, pictures of the buildings of many of these businesses and churches are in the mural: Hunt Manufacturing, J.C. Steele & Sons, Kewaunee Scientific, Southern Screw Co., Garrison Machinery Co., Statesville Broadcasting Co., Sherrill Lumber Co., NCNB, Rubbermaid, Statesville Chamber of Commerce, St. John’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Pius X Catholic Church, Broad St. Methodist Church and Congregation Emanuel Temple.

Van Bergen was born in the Netherlands in 1913.  His complete biography can be seen on-line at  He and his family moved to the United States in 1956, arriving in Statesville several years later.  In Statesville, van Bergen painted and designed stained glass windows, taught art classes and left his legacy in many private collections as well as on the walls of City Hall, Mitchell Community College Library, the former Statesville City Club (painting is now housed in the Iredell County Library) and the old Davis Hospital.  Other murals and paintings can be found throughout the country.

The City of Statesville is proud to host the first exhibit of van Bergen’s art in more than 40 years.  The public is invited to attend this outstanding event on Friday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 3-6 p.m. 

Call 704-878-3586 for more information.  The event is free and open to the public.

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The City of Statesville is hosting a Community Health Fair this Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Statesville Fitness and Activity Center, 1875 Simonton Rd.  It is free and open to the public.

There will be dozens of vendors with health-related information and products, along with a variety of screenings all set up in the gym area. CVS is also providing flu shots for a fee (depending on insurance). 

For more information, call 704-878-3429.

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NASA Astronaut Tom Marshburn arrived in Statesville Sunday afternoon and greeted hundreds of well wishers at a special event on the campus of Mitchell Community College.  

Marshburn is a Statesville native who just returned from five months aboard the International Space Station.  He met with the community Sunday night and will visit two schools on Monday morning.

The public is invited to a special luncheon at the Statesville Civic Center on Monday at noon.  The meal is $15 and reservations must be made by 8 a.m. Monday by calling 704-818-3311.

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Make plans to be a part of Statesville's fun fall festivities:

Oct. 18-20: Carolina BalloonFest, Statesville Regional Airport,

Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26: Haunted Statesville Ghost Tours, Downtown Statesville, tours leave every 30 minutes, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 704-878-3436 for reservations.

Thursday, Oct. 24: Halloween Hustle Costume Run, Statesville Fitness & Activity Center, 6:30 p.m., Sign UP!

Nov. 2: Pumpkin Fest & Touch-A-Truck, Downtown Statesville, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FALL TRIPS: festivals, bike rides, Christmas shows and more. Sign up today.

Holiday Events: Buy tickets for the Holiday Pops Symphony Concert set for Dec. 3 and New Year's Eve Celebration on Dec. 31. Tickets available at Civic Center.


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Nancy Davis
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