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Petty races to help sick children
Right: The nationally known
North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is one of the state's top tourist
attractions. Below, en employee operates machinery at Asheboro Plastics,
which operates four Randolph County plans and has been cited at one of
America's fastest growing companies.
demographers were ever to succeed in shifting the boundaries that outline
Randolph County even just a few miles, they would — figuratively speaking —
tip the balance of North Carolina.
Randolph sits squarely in the center of the state, making it as convenient as it
gets to touching the far-reaching stretches from Manteo to Murphy and points
between. Not only that, but the county seat of Asheboro sits dead center of the
county, having been established in its present geographic location for that
If convenience, then, is one of the cornerstones of community cooperation and
progress that the real estate industry representatives like to brag about,
Randolph has dandy dibs on virtually all the competition. Business leaders and
blue-collar workers who call Randolph home say that’s just one of many
attributes that abound in the county and its nine municipalities.
Asheboro and most parts of Randolph County are little more than 30 minutes from
Greensboro, the closest major city, and no more than 90 minutes from the
state’s two largest cities, Charlotte and Raleigh. Highway improvements will
cut some of those driving times to even less in future years.
“From here,” says George Gusler, “I can put my toes in the sands of the
Atlantic Ocean in the morning and be skiing or relaxing in the Blue Ridge
Mountains in the afternoon. Not many places have that kind of convenience and
accessibility.” Gusler, executive vice president of the Asheboro/Randolph
Chamber of Commerce, chose this area to live and work in community promotion and
economic development after years in half a dozen other cities across the
country. No community in which he lived, he says, is as pleasant or offers so
many of the right things as Randolph County.
“This is just a great place to live, work and raise a family,” Gusler
stresses. “We have great schools that are innovative and forward-thinking. We
are willing to just step out and make changes and be creative in how we educate
our children, both in public schools and in our community college. Our crime
rate is low. People from other places keep moving here. We are one of the
fastest growing areas in the state because we are so close to so many things and
places and the quality of life here is so refreshing.
“We are blessed with dedicated workers. People here have strong loyalties,
both employees and employers. They appreciate each other and realize the
benefits of good jobs and a growing economy. People here just get up in the
mornings and go to work. You can train people to do certain functions of a job,
but you can’t train them to be dedicated and have the right attitude to be
part or an organization. That’s just part of the nature of people here. Folks
here also just reach out to help each other. When there is a need, this is one
of the most generous communities I have ever been associated with.”
Despite Tough Times
Randolph’s population has climbed steadily in the past decade, rising from
110,000 to more than 130,500, even in the face of the economic slump of the last
several years. The county’s growth has outpaced the region since 1990 and
several small municipalities in the county have seen population spurts in excess
of 70 percent. Manufacturing jobs have fallen off, but new and expanded
workforce opportunities in retail and service have resulted in overall increases
in employment. The county had a labor force in excess of 69,500 at the beginning
of this year, with an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.
These positive changes haven’t all come easily in light of the slumping
state’s economy so dependent on stagnant industries of textiles and furniture.
Rather, they’ve been achieved through a determined economic development
initiative and efforts among area industrial and business leaders and the local
community college. Randolph’s economic units function as a team.
New industry is worthy and essential for a thriving community, in the view of
local economic growth officials, but success is more than just adding on.
Existing industry, the backbone of past successes, is equally important. “Our
purpose is to recruit new companies and to help them select our county as a
choice location, but also to work with existing businesses and industry in ways
to help create a competitive advantage so they can maintain and grow their
businesses and remain profitable,” says Bonnie Renfro, president of the
Randolph Economic Development Corp.
The Randolph EDC, formed almost 20 years ago, was one of the first in the state
to focus on existing industries. The formula seems to be working well.
Employment opportunities have improved here in the last two years even as the
number of manufacturing jobs has fallen by eight percent to 40 percent of the
“We sell our location and some people come here because the area is so
beautiful,” Renfro says, echoing comments from Gusler at the chamber.
“We’re in the middle of the state, halfway along the Atlantic Seaboard. We
have an excellent transportation system, roads and rails, and have convenient
access to airports. The cost of doing business here is favorable. We have a good
business environment and are obviously a place that works well with
manufacturing because we have been successful. People here are used to that kind
of environment and we get constant praise for our work ethic. We’ve had some
losses in some job sectors in recent years, but the upside of that is that have
added in other areas and still have a wonderful pool of available workers.”
Economic bumps of the last few years also have brought out enhanced educational
and training programs through cooperative public-private partnerships among
leaders in business, the public sector and education. “Our community college
is our very best ally,” Renfro says. “The college is the reason some
companies selected our county and why some have continued to be successful. We
have partnered with the college from both ends, not just in training for jobs
when new companies come but also taking it to the next level by creating
programs that provide for displaced workers and young people looking for first
Richard Heckman, president of Randolph Community College, has more than just
words to show the effectiveness of the campus programs aimed at fostering new
and existing business training in the county. In 2000, the chamber chose the
college as the county’s outstanding business of the year for its efforts in
job training. “Historically we have been tied to economic development,”
Heckman explains. “We see our traditional enrollment shifting to continuing
education courses where we offer more rapid training as well as more
flexibility. We are phasing out outdated programs and changing our curriculum to
meet current needs.”
The college, which had an 11 percent increase in enrollment last fall, now
offers 22 associate degrees among its 2,200 full-time students and has courses
in hundreds of non-degree programs. Many of the associate degrees are directly
tied to market needs of some new industries that industrial recruiters helped
bring to the county or to changing workplace needs of existing companies.
Upwards of 10,000 students a year enrolled in at least one occupational
extension class last year. Among the more recent degrees are those in radiology
technology in partnership with hospitals in Randolph and Davidson counties.
Randolph Community College, located on 14 acres just off Highway 220 southeast
of Asheboro, is in its 40th year of job training in the county. The school has
55 full-time faculty members with another 100 part-time instructors in specialty
fields. The school has a satellite campus in the southwest community of
Archdale. The college is rapidly expanding its online instructional courses and
is focusing on strengthening its fund-raising and endowment efforts. “We
change to meet the needs of our people,” Heckman says. “We exist to serve
the citizens and employers.”
Industrial Park Opens
The county’s EDC efforts, while based in Asheboro, are inclusive of the entire
county, which covers approximately 800 square miles and includes the nine
incorporated towns ranging from the 250 residents of Seagrove and 350 in Staley
to 21,675 in Asheboro.
The EDC recently entered into industrial product development efforts by buying
land and partnering with private developers to open a 130-acre industrial park
with shell buildings available to prospective tenants. One building had been
sold and one was on the market earlier this year.
The park is in Liberty, a town of 2,660, in the northeastern section of the
county. The area has available rail, water, sewer and natural gas lines. The
park is being developed with a federal Economic Development Agency grant that is
matched by the town of Liberty.
The Archdale-Trinity section of the county also has reaped benefits from the
county EDC successes. The largest single industrial development in 2002 in the
county was the opening of the Thomas Built Buses plant in a joint effort with
neighboring Guilford County. The plant literally is split between the two
counties, half in Randolph and half in Guilford.
Archdale-Trinity also secured 400 new jobs last year when Sealy Mattress moved
its headquarters to the community. “We’re close to so many places that
sometimes it makes it harder for us to draw new business,” says
Archdale-Trinity Chamber executive Beverly Nelson. “But we’re growing, we
have secured some new and expanding businesses and we see good things ahead as
we plan for new endeavors to make our community even better.” New projects
include a YMCA, an upgraded municipal sewer system and a new community resource
center to help citizens with human needs.
Randolph’s economic growth efforts, in fact, stretch beyond the county line
for things in addition to jobs. One example of regional cooperation is the
development of the Randleman Dam, currently under construction, that will serve
parts of Randolph and neighboring counties and be a major water source that will
produce 10 millions a day. It also will be a recreational area for the entire
Piedmont region. The dam itself will be in Randolph County, but the water
reservoir will stretch over the county line and include a 3,000 recreational
lake and water supply with a 6,000 buffer surrounding the lake.
“The dam is another great opportunity for our economy and our people,” says
Darrell Frye, a Randolph County commissioner and longtime community and regional
development advocate. “This is just another way of showing we are being good
stewards of our environment and economy. The best things about this area are our
people and our work ethic that go along with our natural beauty. We benefit so
much from where we are as well as the willingness of our elected officials to do
the right things and stick to them.”
Among the county’s highlights and success stories, of course, is tourism.
Randolph is home to the highly regarded North Carolina State Zoo and is home
base for the state’s pottery industry (with tourist and business benefits).
The county has multiple museums, including the home of auto racing icon Richard
Petty (see accompanying story).
A list of other successes, for current residents or future ones, should include
an improving school system, enhanced healthcare and the ability to turn
potential losses into economic and community gains.
One industrial success story lies inside the walls of what was once an abandoned
hosiery mill on North Park Street. Keith Crisco and three partners pooled
resources in 1986 to form a start-up elastics manufacturing company in that
abandoned hosiery plant, despite naysayers who predicted a new company with so
little capital and so few customers would never succeed in such an aging
Crisco says they started at “ground zero” with no employees and no
machinery. Crisco’s partner, Warren Knapp Jr., told a textile publication
recently that the business was built on faith, honesty and integrity.
Asheboro Elastics Corp. has been a success from the beginning and shows that
perseverance pays off. Since its initial shipment in 1986, the company has
received the Inc. 500 award as one of America’s fastest growing corporations
and now operates two plants in Asheboro and two in nearby Franklinville. It has
distribution locations in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Mexico, and Texas
and has purchased an elastics plant in Pennsylvania.
“We think we’ve adapted well to the changes of a local world economy,”
Crisco says, “but we need to get better.” Even as his own company thrived,
Crisco is well aware that other manufacturers haven’t been as fortunate as he
has. He called the general economic slump of recent years a total manufacturing
slump, not just a textile and furniture problem.
“There is no one panacea for existing problems,” he says. “It will take
leadership. We have (in Randolph) a high influx of locally grown people and
leaders. We need a small business focus and need to use the resources we have on
Among friends, Crisco uses a sense of humor to describe his elastics business,
which employs 142 workers. “We say we are important to you,” he says with a
grin. “We hold your underwear up and keep the sheets on your bed.” His
company holds up a lot of underwear. Asheboro Elastics shipped 500 million yards
of elastic material last year.
EDC president Renfro, who promotes annual tours to showcase local manufacturing
plants, calls Crisco’s company just one example of the ingenuity of Randolph
Doing More Things Better
Other examples abound of Randolph’s ability to turn a sow’s ear into a silk
purse. The town of Seagrove, once home to Luck’s Foods, lost 120 workers after
ConAgra Grocery purchased the Luck’s plant in 2000 and closed it last May. In
early February, EDC officials announced that, with their help, Yankee Commodity
Foods had purchased and will reopen the plant to create 94 jobs. Seagrove will
use a N.C. Rural Center grant to purchase the plant’s wastewater treatment
system and will apply for a Community Development Block Grant on behalf of the
new plant owners to finance upgrades to the sewer system to be operated by the
Yankee Commodity, which will operate a canned vegetable factory, plans to
purchase fresh field crops from state and local growers, adding new markets to
the local economy. “Yankee Commodity Foods in Seagrove is an exceptional
project,” Renfro says. “It brings needed jobs and investment to a small
rural area, but also brings much more. “It’s a catalyst for a new sewer
system that will benefit Seagrove’s pottery industry and will be a platform
for future growth. And it brings new markets for North Carolina growers. It is
truly a win win project.”
Healthcare enhancements and educational advancements are also examples of how
Randolph has moved forward in a changing economy to meet the needs of citizens.
“We are doing more things and doing them better,” Randolph Hospital
president and CEO Robert Morrison says. “We are in a growth trend because we
provide quality care as good as any, we provide services that people need when
they need it and we provide value by doing it all at the best prices. We are
investing in physician recruitment and staff and are making constant process
The hospital represents an annual $77 million economic impact in the county and
has added $65 million in capital improvements in the last decade. It also offers
indigent care and in the past nine years has provided some $62 million in
uncompensated care to local citizens.
Eighty-five active physicians serve Randolph Hospital, with a staff of 920 and
beds for 145 patients. Another 41 consulting physicians, most who come from
other medical facilities upon request, also assist with patient care. The
hospital has a staff of five doctors who work solely with patients who have no
regular family care physician, the first in the state to adopt that practice.
Improved care services added in recent years include cardiology, pediatrics, and
medical oncology and an emergency room department. The hospital also partners
with the county health department and the United Way in efforts at preventive
health services. “Our citizens have a growing confidence in our facility,”
High academic achievement is more than a goal in local schools; it’s a habit.
While raising test scores are important in the eyes of Asheboro Superintendent
Dr. Diane Frost and her counterpart, Randolph Superintendent Dr. Robert McRae,
they readily agree that a good education is more than that and involves more
than just students. Both school systems have a high degree of parental
participation and the total teaching efforts include the importance of student
safety and family support.
Frost recently invited more than 375 members of the community to participate in
a long-range planning process for city schools as a means of seeking new ideas
that would help create the best schools possible. “Every year we want to
examine ourselves and look at what we can do better and differently,” she
says. “Ninety percent or our graduates go to higher education, half of them to
four-year schools. This speaks well of our system and our parents. We want to
make continuous improvements in what we do.” Success is apparent. The student
dropout rate is declining, as are discipline problems, while classroom
achievement and student self-esteem are rising.
McRae, whose school system is the county’s largest employer, says his intent
is to “do what it takes” to make schools better, including the continuation
of parental involvement and rigorous academic standards to meet state goals and
encourage total learning.
Randolph schools send 84 percent of their high school graduates onto higher
levels of learning and last year the county’s graduating seniors earned $6.2
million in college scholarships. Two city schools last year earned academic
achievement recognition from the state as three others had done in recent years.
Eighty percent of the students achieved proficiency in both reading and math
last year. Two county schools earned state excellence awards and 10 others were
labeled as schools of distinction.
Randolph County’s record of achievement, growth and economic opportunity
stretches to government as well as private industry. The county’s credit
rating has been increased twice in recent years, indicating a wise use of public
monies. Further, government involvement in the local economy seems to be
designed to make it easier for businesses to flourish in a friendly atmosphere.
Tax rates are favorable, water supplies are ample or surplus and labor unions
are virtually non-existent. Among Randolph’s 370 manufacturing or distribution
companies, not one is unionized.
EDC officials carefully screen economic incentive requests and approve them
prudently. There was more than $33 million in new industrial development in the
county in 2002 that added 550 new jobs. “We offer incentives, but
sparingly,” EDC president Renfro explains. “We are judicious and don’t
give away the store. We feel we make good, strong investments that best serve
the public. We want to keep the tax burden as low as possible for everyone to
share, just to make it easy to do business here.”
Taxes in Randolph are relatively low, certainly below the rate in the state’s
larger counties. The county tax rate is 48 cents. No town in the county has a
rate above 50 cents for each $100 valuation. Two towns have rates below 40
All these factors add to the healthy business climate in the county, but one
little-noticed aspect of the economy is the importance of agriculture, which is
a $188 million part of the county’s economic base. The county leads North
Carolina in beef cattle production, is second in dairy farming and third in
poultry production. “Agriculture is a significant part of our economy,”
That, too, also is beginning to change. Livestock extension agent Barry Foushee
is seeing family farms that have existed for three or four generations slowly
fading away as development continues and land prices rise. The average age of
farmers is 55 and the next generations are looking to other forms of job
This is the pattern in other areas of the state as well, of course. Randolph,
however, appears ready to adapt to the trend and has planned to meet the
challenges. “We realize we are becoming a more diversified community,” local
banker and chamber president Richard Brooks says. “We want to expand, to build
on our positives. We care about how we make changes and take the long term
That seems to be the theme in Randolph, past, present and future. Given the
county’s location, you might say that theme is central.
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Stay to See More, Including Whynot?
Below: Seagrove is
famous for its potters and is home to the nation's only state pottery center
roads in North Carolina don’t lead to Randolph County, but a lot of them do.
And soon better ones will, too.
It is a substantial and growing network of transportation links that have helped
Randolph evolve into a thriving yet friendly and family-oriented community
during the last century. The area has long been recognized as a hub of both
highway and rail service because of its central location in North Carolina.
Good roads and geography, in fact, have been primary factors in the success of
Randolph becoming a key component of the state’s earned title of Variety
Vacationland as a tourism haven.
Randolph is home to the North Carolina Zoo, one of the largest and arguably one
of the best in the nation. The zoo, located on 1,400 acres with 500 acres for
exhibits, drew in more than 700,000 visitors last year, easily the largest
single attraction in the Triad section of the state. Zoo officials calculate
that on average each visitor will have spent more than $50 while in the county,
adding considerably to the local economy. Zoo business manager Mary Joan Pugh
estimates the zoo has an annual $30 million economic impact on the Triad through
recycling dollars from its $14 million budget and $8 million payroll and visitor
The central location of Randolph County was one of the strong selling points in
the state’s decision to locate the zoo in the county. Politicians and other
proponents argued successfully that easy access from various points across the
state would be essential to the zoo’s success. They have been proved correct,
although a quality product has been as much of a crowd pleaser as convenience.
The county also is home to the Richard Petty Museum in rural Level Cross north
of Asheboro. Thousands of racing fans visit the Petty facility each year, most
hoping for a glimpse of the auto racing legend.
The state’s high-quality pottery industry is based here, with approximately
100 potters in the county. A new privately supported Pottery Center displaying
wares and history, with a focus on education and preservation, is a major
There is a lot more to see and do in the county, almost everything just a short
hop off a major highway. The county is home to the N.C. Aviation Museum, where
all the vintage planes actually can fly, and the American Classic Motorcycle
Museum that contains one of the South’s largest and finest collections of
antique Harley Davidsons.
The town of Liberty hosts a weekly musical jubilee. The Rand Ole Opry is a
regular event for country music fans. The Goat Lady Dairy, much of it housed in
200-year-old buildings, is a tourist favorite. So is the Pisgah Covered Bridge,
one of only two such bridges that survive in the state. Picturesque Tot Hill
Farm Golf Club is one of the most talked about courses in the state — people
visiting the county call the Tot Hill club and residential community, which is
carved from a family farm, “spectacular.”
The volume and variety of entertainment attractions in the county is causing
tourism officials here to change their marketing strategy because they feel they
have been shortchanging the county. There is too much here for a one-day trip,
which has been the norm, so the tourist staff is working on adding visitor
“We want to put heads in beds,” says Tourism Development Authority marketing
associate Tammy O’Kelley. The authority is funded by a local motel tax of
three percent and the goal is to get more people to spend several days and
nights in the county. Marketing plans include convincing tourists to spend one
day at the zoo, another at other museums and musical events and perhaps a third
touring the pottery centers.
“There is a lot here,” O’Kelly says, “and most people who just come for
a day don’t realize all we have. The zoo is greatly underrated and our
challenge is to give it the respect it deserves. In addition to the zoo, this is
just a wonderful place to spend several days. It’s the kind of place where you
can just pull up at a traffic light and wave to other drivers even if you
don’t know them. Our goal is to package what we have in ways to promote the
area as a friendly and warm weekend destination.”
Randolph was in the top third of North Carolina’s 100 counties last year in
tourism traffic, ranking 22nd. That was up from 31st just one year earlier.
These many recreational and family amenities are all aided by the easy access of
getting here. Highway 220 is a major thoroughfare leading from Virginia through
the heart of Randolph toward the coast. Temporary Interstate 73-74 lead through
the county. Highway 64 is four lanes heading east from Asheboro to Raleigh and
will soon be four lanes heading west to Interstate 85 at Lexington. Planning is
in the works to make Highway 49 four lanes from Asheboro to Charlotte. Rail
service is abundant and three major airports are within roughly an hour’s
drive from any of the Randolph tourist centers.
Convenience has been a key to Randolph from its earliest existence. Early
settlers — Scotch-Irish, German and English Quakers — were insistent on
having things close by. The county was formed in 1779, carved from Guilford,
when a handful of residents paid 10 shillings for two acres and erected the
first public buildings. The county seat was located at the center of the county
because people in the outer reaches didn’t like to travel far.
The county is named for Peyton Randolph, a member of a prominent Virginia family
and the first president of the Continental Congress. Asheboro was named in honor
of Samuel Ashe, a distinguished soldier in the American Revolution.
The arrival of the railroad in 1889 was the beginning of the county’s growth
pattern. Textiles and furniture were the dominant industries, along with
agriculture, from the 1950s through the latter part of the last century.
In the last two decades of the 1900s, new industry began to arrive, thanks again
to easy access and an available labor force. Newer and larger industries now
include Klaussner Furniture, Energizer Battery (formerly Union Carbide),
Goodyear, Ramtex (fabric), Timken (roller bearings) and textile plants of
Acme-McCrary and Sara Lee.
Part of Randolph’s interesting folklore lies in the names attached to some of
its towns and communities. The neighborhood of Erect got its name from a native
of the area, who always stood tall and straight. Central Falls was named for a
waterfall on the Deep River. Liberty was chosen because Union soldiers camped
nearby during negotiations that helped in the surrender of the Confederate Army.
The best name, apocryphal or not, is attached to the community of Whynot. As the
story goes, residents there argued long and hard one evening over why not naming
the place this or that, without anything even close to agreement. That’s when
one weary fellow who was tired of the wrangling stood up and said “Why not
name the place Whynot so we can all go home?” So they did. — Ned
Petty, a Local Boy Who Made Good,
Races to Complete Camp for Sick Children
Richard Petty wraps his lanky body over the seat and arms of a chair and leans
back, you know you’re in for some telling tales. Chances are his syntax will
be a bit fractured, but the result will be revealing and rewarding, especially
if he’s reliving a race track scenario.
Petty is the icon of auto racing, the poster boy for how to win races with a
heavy foot and friends with a charming, country-boy personality. He’s to
NASCAR what Michael Jordan is to basketball and Babe Ruth was to baseball. Among
his many victories on the fast oval or in the high profile field of marketing,
however, nothing is more important to him than home. And to King Richard,
Randolph County is home. “I reckon I’ve been about everywhere,” Petty
says, “but I never was anywhere that I liked as much as here. This is the best
place for me to be. I can get to town (large cities) easy, but I like living
Petty is the kind of goodwill ambassador that any community would love to hire
if it could afford him. He loves to promote the county’s economic stability
and quality of life for families.
The latest Petty project, however, may be one of his best. The Petty family is
creating a camp for chronically ill children near the family home in rural
Randleman, just off Highway 220, and a stone’s throw from where Petty and his
wife Lynda live.
Petty has donated some 80 acres of his farm property for this inspirational
undertaking and he and his family are spearheading the fundraising campaign with
a goal of $24 million — half of it already committed — for the camp to be
open by June 2004.
The facility, named The Victory Junction Gang Camp, has a specific mission of
enriching the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses by
creating a camping experience that will be memorable, exciting, fun, empowering,
physically safe and medically sound.
Petty’s son Kyle and his wife Pattie conceived the idea of a camp for ill kids
after visiting one in Florida started by actor Paul Newman. They enlisted the
willing support of Richard and Lynda Petty in the project.
The camp — free to participants — will accommodate up to 125 chronically ill
children each week during summer months and will be fully staffed by physicians,
nurses and others to serve in the absence of parents. Parents will not be
permitted to stay at the camp while their children are there, because they need
the rest and won’t be needed, but the camp will also have facilities for
parents and children to stay together on the site at other times.
The county’s tourism authority is planning events for parents while their
children are attending the camp and the staff at the N.C. Zoo is scheduling
educational programs for campers.
The camp idea was formed several years ago, but was put on hold for a year
following the death of Richard Petty’s grandson, Adam, in May 2000 in a race
track crash. Adam, son of Kyle and Pattie, was 19 when he died.
The Pettys then decided to move forward with the camp in memory of Adam, who had
been supportive of the idea. “I just knew it was the right thing to do, to
create this camp and to help children,” Pattie Petty says. “It will be a
place of love where everyone heals. Adam was all about having fun and that’s
what this place will be for every child who comes into the camp.”
Kyle Petty offers similar thinking, alluding to his son’s death. “Our loss
was so sudden, you didn’t have time to prepare for it,” he says. “I find
these (ill) kids and their parents to be some of the strongest people I’ve
ever dealt with. They are dealing with life and death every day.”
Children will be chosen based on certain criteria, including severity of illness
that prohibits attendance at any other camp, the need for complex medical care
and the mental ability to participate and benefit from the camp program.
Children aged 7 to 15 will be eligible. The camp will serve children with
multiple diseases relating to asthma, cardiovascular problems, cancer, sickle
cell, kidneys, HIV/AIDS, genetic disorders, diabetes, epilepsy and spina bifida.
Parents or others interested in learning more about the camp and its program can
get details at firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to the
camp at 311 Branson Mill Road, Randleman, N.C. 27317
Richard Petty calls the camp just one of the things his family wants to do to
give back to the county. “It’s just something we thought would help, to give
parents of these kids a week off, all free to them,” he says. “We’re part
of this community and it’s part of our upbringing. We just wanted to give
something back, to do what we can.”
This is the kind of giving that any community would appreciate. While Petty’s
involvement will doubtlessly help the camp succeed, without him it wouldn’t
have become a reality. This is just the latest in a series, albeit one of the
best, of his gifts to the place he loves to call home. — Ned Cline
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