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Rockingham County will be featured this weekend on VisitNC Social Media sites of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and You Tube. Tune in October 28 and 29th to view the photos and interest stories from around Rockingham County. The Town of Mayodan’s Hayodan Hay Bales, Farris Memorial Bike Mountain Bike Trail, and Autumn Creek Vineyards, along with local restaurants will be featured.

See the press release in the link below.

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2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

We are pleased to present to the citizens of Mayodan and Stoneville this year’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report. This report is designed to inform you about the quality water and services we deliver to you every day. Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water. Our water is treated at the Mayodan Water Treatment Facility, which is surface water taken from the Mayo River. This report shows our water quality and what it means.

Please follow the link below to the Town of Mayodan’s 2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for the Mayodan Water Treatment Plant.

2016 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

Portion of I-73 to Open Friday

News Release
For Immediate Release

date: May 17, 2017
contact: Miracle King
(336) 487-0157

Section of I-73 Opens Friday, May 19.
Portion of Future Interstate 73 Opening to Drivers in Guilford County
GREENSBORO – North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon announced today that a section of the Future Interstate 73 from N.C. 68 to U.S. 220 will open to traffic within the next 48 hours.

“The conception, execution and delivery of this project speaks to the Division and MPO’s evolving partnership that continues to make transportation better for the citizens of this region,” said Secretary Trogdon.

The new 6-mile section of highway will allow traffic to travel on two lanes in each direction at 65 mph. The absence of stoplights and intersections improves travel time and safety by eliminating possible collision points in this heavily traveled area of Guilford County.

“This section of the project increases the potential for economic development by improving connections to Oak Ridge, Summerfield, Colfax and all points north through Guilford and western Rockingham counties,” said Division 7 Engineer Mike Mills.

The new section of Future I-73 will open at noon on Friday, May 19, weather permitting. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in June.

Trogdon made the announcement at a meeting of the Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization this afternoon after touring the project site and meeting with Division 7 staff.

Transportation officials ask drivers to proceed with caution, as crews will be on the roadside removing barricades and uncovering directional signs after the highway opens.

To view pictures of the new portion of highway before it opens on Friday, click here.

For real-time travel information, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter.

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1503 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699 (919) 707-2660

Town of Mayodan Job Opening

The Town of Mayodan is hiring for a full-time Grounds Crew Leader working in the Streets Department

The Position performs lead-worker and semi-skilled grounds keeping work at town-owned facilities and maintains rights-of-way.

Daily work includes maintaining the town cemetery, parks, public areas, and street rights-of-way, Including leaf collection. Work includes maintaining equipment used, and leading the work of a small crew of maintenance personnel.

Work is performed under the direction of the Park Supervisor or their assignee.

Possession of valid North Carolina Driver’s License is required at the time of application.

Six months or more landscape or other maintenance experience required.

High School diploma or GED preferred.

A full job description can be found here. A Town of Mayodan application is required.

Job description and Application is available at Town Hall, 210 West Main Street, Mayodan, NC 27027. No phone calls. Position open until filled.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. The Town shall select employees on the basis of applicants’ qualifications and without regard to age, sex, color, creed, religion, political affiliation or national origin, except where specific age, sex, physical requirements constitute a bona fide occupational qualification necessary for job performance.

Mayodan wins an Award for “Hayodan”


The Town of Mayodan, NC and Mayodan Downtown Merchants Association won an Award of Merit for Best Small Town Promotion for its annual Mayodan Hay Bale Sculpture Project, called “Hayodan” at the 2017 NC Main Street Annual Conference held in Shelby, NC on March 15, 2017. The project is sponsored jointly by the Downtown Mayodan Merchants’ Association and the Town of Mayodan. Businesses, associations, non-profits, school groups and citizens are invited to sponsor and decorate a large round hay bale and transform it into a work of art of their choosing. In 2016, a new street festival, the “What The Hay!” Fest, was inaugurated in downtown Mayodan to promote and support Hayodan and the downtown merchants. This year the festival will be October 13th and 14th (Watch the video here).

The idea for Hayodan originated in 2013, when the town staff erected a hay bale Easter bunny on Main Street in Mayodan. There was tremendous positive public response so the town and downtown merchants agreed that it should be expanded the next year. In the fall of 2014, twenty-four sponsored and decorated hay bales were created and placed around town, which resulted in more public support. That led to wide-spread interest from sponsors throughout the community for the 2015 hay bale season, with more than forty entries created. In 2016, there were more than fifty entries throughout town.

“The success of Hayodan would not be possible without the many community members that participate every year,” stated Mayor Jeffery Bullins.

Creativity, resourcefulness and imagination are all the talents needed to participate. Project expenses are minimal, with each participant paying a small fee to purchase the large round hay bale and a sign used to identify and promote the creators. Participants provide paint and any other supplies they desire to bring their “cre-hay-tions” to life.

In 2015, one family on Main Street created a round bale sculpture in their yard without registering in the program. And soon thereafter fall decorations, many of them featuring the typical rectangular hay bales, sprang up in yards on many of the neighborhood streets. Clearly, citizens became engaged in the appeal of their properties as an off shoot of the project, and thus the town has become characterized as “Hayodan” for the fall season when the bales are on display. The Town Manager, Michael Brandt, uses cleverly worded Facebook posts to promote “Hayodan,” and includes photographs to herald the appearance of each new hay bale creation. He observed noticeable increases to the Town’s Facebook “likes.” As it is with Facebook, however, the Mayodan brand and excitement for public art spread exponentially on social media as people came into town and posed for family photographs with the sculptures and then posted them on their own Facebook pages. People near and far “liked” Mayodan’s hay bale sculptures! An extended benefit of the project is that citizens are more aware of the news and services the town makes available on Facebook and on the town’s website.

Since the Town of Mayodan first joined the Main Street program, it has welcomed two new restaurants, a bakery, and an arts center. While the town cannot credit the Hayodan project as the sole driver of economic development in our town, it can truly say that this project has helped us to achieve some of our goals – to encourage town leadership, businesses and citizens to move beyond the “recovering mill town” mentality to promote Mayodan as alive, friendly, hopeful, artistic, attractive, resourceful and a great place to live, work and visit.

The NC Main Street program assists selected communities across the state in restoring economic vitality to their historic downtowns. Using a comprehensive downtown revitalization process developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation. Main Street staff provides technical assistance, guidance and training to participating communities. While grant funds for specific projects occasionally become available, Main Street is a self-help program, and it is up to local communities to provide the human and financial resources necessary to operate their downtown programs.

From Left to Right: right: Tony Copeland, NC Secretary of Commerce, Honorable Jeffrey Bullins, Mayodan Town Mayor, Michael Brandt, Mayodan Town Manager, Melanie Barnes, VP/Treasurer of Downtown Mayodan Merchants Association, Mike Stewart, Downtown Mayodan Merchants Association, Susan Fleetwood, Executive Director of Economic Development, NC Department of Commerce
Photo courtesy of Gerri Hunt, Managing Editor of Rockingham Now

Wastewater Treatment Facility 2016 Annual Report

Each year the Town of Mayodan’s Wastewater Treatment plant must file a performance report with the State Department of Environmental Quality. This report provides information about testing for contaminants in the discharge water before it enters back into the environment. There were no permit violations during the 2016 reporting period.

To see the report click here.

Town Receives Grant

Town of Mayodan receives grant to help acquire Washington Mills Property

On January 26, 2017, the Town of Mayodan received a Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, RiverBank Fund grant of $25,000 to help acquire the Washington Mills property. The Fund was established in 2014 to gather donations throughout North Carolina and Virginia earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River. This second round of grants were awarded to nine organizations totaling $265,000. The grant will help the Town to acquire the 13-acre site of the now demolished former Washington Mills manufacturing plant.

Washington Mills has always been an important cornerstone and landmark for the Town of Mayodan since it was established in 1896 as a textile mill. The mill began to face difficulties and permanently closed in 1999 but its beautiful brick buildings were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2007 a development group attempted to develop a mixed-use destination amenity that included a hotel, condos, and retail/entertainment space. The development proposal fell through during the “Great Recession” of 2008. The property was then purchased by a demolition and recycling company in 2012. The historic mill buildings were dismantled, with the exception of a small warehouse building.

Currently the property is mostly covered in rubble and building debris presenting a dreadful public eyesore right at the entry into historic downtown Mayodan. The perfect resolution is to make this space into a public park providing access to the river, scenic recreational space for residents and visitors and a landmark to its important past for the Mayodan community.

The Town of Mayodan has negotiated a contract to purchase the property from the current owner. With potential environmental issues identified in a Phase 1 assessment, plans are under development to complete a Phase 2 assessment to be followed by clean up and eventual development into a public recreational facility.

Mayodan’s strategic economic development plan calls for the community to develop a stronger regional tourism effort built on the beautiful natural and community resources of our downtown, State and local parks, and the Mayo River.

Eligible programs had to address at least one of the five focus areas:
1. Responsibly address water quality for regional residents and companies.
2. Encourage new development that ecologically features the River.
3. Improve the cleanliness of the River and the Basin and help protect it from environmental threats.
4. Increase access to the River for family-friendly sports, recreation and entertainment.
5. Effectively promote the River to build regional pride and encourage tourism.

A regional advisory committee helps guide the development of the fund and the strategic disbursement of grant funds.

Donations to the RiverBank Fund are still being sought from individuals, organizations and businesses that have interest in helping to improve the quality and caliber of life all along the Dan River. Duke Energy has been a major contributor to the fund, with a $250,000 donation in 2014 and in 2016. Donations may be made online at

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders to improve and enrich area lives through the generosity of donors and has already returned more than $21 million in community grants and scholarships. The office can be reached at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA, 24541, (434) 793-0884 or at or

Mayodan Loose Leaf Collection Update

January 27 – The crew is mid-way through their 3rd (and final) pass through town. All of the Avenues have been finished- they are now working on the cross-streets starting on Wilkins and moving toward Roosevelt Street. After Roosevelt the crew will work on Ayersville and Turner roads and the streets off of them.

Leaves must be bagged after the final pass through town.

Please DO NOT place branches and sticks in your leaf piles – we use a vacuum system and can not pick up leaves with brush. Also DO NOT place grass clippings with leaves- grass clippings must be bagged all year round.

M – M Recreation Commission Management Assessment

The Towns of Mayodan and Madison hired Smith Management and Consulting to perform a Management Assessment of the Madison-Mayodan Recreation Department. The study was presented to the two town boards at a joint meeting on January 4, 2017. The report made recommendations regarding the operations and management of the department along with alternative recreational service methods. A copy of the study is available here.

Further meetings will be set to receive public input on study and ideas for improving recreational services in Mayodan and western Rockingham County.

4th Ave Water Main Replacement Project Bid

Separate sealed INFORMAL BIDS for the Town of Mayodan 4th Avenue Water Main Replacement project will be received at the office of Town of Mayodan Town Hall located at 210 W. Main Street, Mayodan, NC 27027, at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2017 then at said office to be publicly opened and read aloud.

The scope of work includes the installation of approximately 3424 LF of 6” water main replacement along 4th Avenue, between Washington Street and Van Buren Street/Dead End in Mayodan, NC. The project will include the reconnection of all existing service and the abandonment of the existing line.

Copies may be obtained from the office of LKC Engineering, PLLC, 140 Aqua Shed Court, Aberdeen, NC 28315. Plans, specifications and Contract Documents will be provided electronically via email and/or Dropbox at no charge. Hard copies of the documents may be obtained for a non-refundable deposit of $50.00. Please contact LKC Engineering if you wish to order plans and contract documents to bid the project. You may contact Michele Lester at 910-420-1437, or by email at