Elkin News

June 2023

If you just missed Elkin's NC Trail Days Festival, there are plenty more events coming this summer to downtown.

Explore Elkin has live music every Friday night in downtown, and this year we plan to use our new stages at the Heritage & Trails Center, which were made possible through the Rural Transformation Grant Funds (Dept of Commerce). One Friday night a month, our large stage will host a band to entertain the crowds on the grassy lot.  Just bring a chair or blanket.  This schedule also includes the Food Truck Fridays at the Elkin Farmers Market Shelter on the 2nd Friday of each month. 

The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a 2-day Carnival during the 2nd weekend in June at the Heritage & Trails Center.  This coincides with Food Truck Friday at the Farmers Market shelter, so be sure to stop by both locations. 

The 3rd weekend (Saturday, June 15) will host Elkin's Juneteenth Festival and BBQ cookoff, sponsored by Bridge of Unity. This is the 4th year it's been held in downtown at the Heritage & Trails Center. Farando 'Sly' Best from Midtown Barber is the event coordinator. 

In July, the Take a Break from the Interstate Road Market takes place along Highway 21 (Bridge St in Elkin) from July 26-28 and you can rent a spot at the Heritage & Trails Center by calling the Chamber of Commerce who will reserve a space for you for 3 days. This will include public restrooms and of course, restaurants within walking distance. Call 336-526-1111 to reserve a spot. This road market is over 100 miles long, begins in Harmony NC, and ends in Wytheville VA.  Elkin/Jonesville is the best area with the most hotels available for your 3-day stay. 

July 2, 2024

Recreation and Parks Dept. Recreation Center Supervisor
– Town of Elkin. Under general supervision of the Recreation & Parks Director, plans, coordinates, supervises and implements major phases of the recreation center facility to include fitness, recreation and athletic programming, customer service, facility marketing and facility maintenance; performs related work as required. Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in recreation administration or other closely related degree plan.  Working Conditions: Employee exposed to inside and outside environmental conditions, both hot and cold weather; must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, and performing repetitive motions; must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and 10 pounds constantly; must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures.  Work schedule will fluctuate with program responsibilities, and include weekend hours. Typically, Monday through Friday 12:00pm – 9:00pm. Successful candidate must pass a drug test.  $37,058.00 annual salary plus excellent benefits.  Applications for employment can be obtained from Elkin Town Hall at 226 North Bridge Street, by calling (336) 258-8918, or at the Town of Elkin website www.elkinnc.org. Send completed application and resume to Mr. Adam W. McComb, Assistant Town Manager and Recreation and Parks Director, PO Box 345, Elkin, NC 28621. Applications accepted until August 9, 2024. EOE/ADA employer.        
To apply, visit this link.  Click on Town Employment tab. 


Learn about OPERATION MEDICINE DROP, in Elkin on May 24th!  

Click here for more information!


May 2024

In 2023, the Town of Elkin was awarded a grant for $49,999.00 by the NC Dept of Commerce called the Rural Community Capacity Building Program (or RC2).  This grant will enable funding for a project dedicated to pedestrian connectivity and improvements to the main entrance into Elkin's downtown.  This grant falls under the Rural Transformation Grant Fund program.  

Soon you'll be seeing these improvements begin along E Standard Street, where there are currently no sidewalks for pedestrians to walk safely from Crater Park to the new Heritage & Trails Center event grounds that were completed in May 2024 with Rural Transformation Grant Funds totaling $800,000.  Since street parking was added along E Standard Street in 2022, many will be using these new parking spaces when they attend events at the new event grounds at the Heritage Center on W Standard St. The RC2 grant solves the issues of how to get pedestrians safely to Bridge St from Crater Park without walking in the street, and will also provide some updates visually to the intersection with a small parklet, benches, planters, and more. 

At the intersection of Bridge St and Commerce St, the town will add a new welcome sign to downtown Elkin, as it's important that visitors are aware they've arrived in downtown just as they cross the bridge.  Connectivity between Elkin and Jonesville can be confusing to visitors, and our downtown should make a statement they've arrived to their Elkin destination.  Confusion is also within our own community, as many refer to Main Street only as  downtown.  We need to show downtown encompasses the entire area from the river to Spring St, showing your experience begins immediately upon crossing the bridge.  Our lower area below the tracks had been neglected for so long, but our town has deeply invested in all areas of our downtown Municipal Service District adding two new parking lots, street parking, and more. 

The Rec & Parks Dept has also been awarded a grant for Crater Park improvements, which will include adding more pickleball courts, a splash pad, and ADA compliant restrooms and playground to the park. 

We're excited about what the next year will bring, as many of these projects made available only with the help from grant funding, are underway to make our community a great place for spending time outdoors in the downtown.  If you've been weary of crowds since 2020, soon there will be plenty of things to do downtown while enjoying spacious areas outdoors for everyone in our community.

March 23, 2024:

Share your ideas for future bike and pedestrian routes at 
upcoming engagement events: 

Open House Day 1
Date: April 24, 2024
Time: 3pm - 7pm
Location: Jonesville Town Hall
 1503 NC-67, Jonesville, NC 28642

Open House Day 2 
Date: April 25, 2024
Time: 3pm - 7pm
Location: Yadkin Valley Heritage 
 & Trails Visitors Center 
 257 Standard St, Elkin, NC 28621

Click on this link for event poster.


April 25, 2024
The Elkin Main Street Advisory Board has an opening seat for a 3-year term from May 2024-April 2027.  The board focuses on improvements to the historic downtown to enhance it for all ages.  There are attendance requirements, monthly meetings (3rd Tuesday at 9am), training requirements, conferences to attend, and you must be a team player, spend extra hours for event planning and management during events we create. This is not a paid position, but a seat on a Town Advisory Board.  Preference will be given to those owning a building or business in downtown, but anyone from Elkin can apply.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call Laura Gaylord at the Town of Elkin, at 336-258-8908.  For an application, please click here and go to 'Appointment to Board/Committee' to download a form. Thank you! 

Applications will be accepted for the next month, thru May 25th. 

Thank you, Laura Gaylord, Main Street & Community Manager
communitymanager@elkinnc.org

April 1, 2024

The Elkin Recreation & Parks Dept is seeking bids on two separate projects to be completed in downtown at Crater Park.  One is for a Sprayground, and the other for Playground Equipment.  For information, CLICK HERE.

Urban-Archery Season

Bow-and-Arrow only: Jan.13 - Feb.18, 2024 hunting during the Urban Archery Season is allowed ONLY in participating municipalities. The Town of Elkin is a participant in the Urban Archery Season.

A Town of Elkin Ordinance and a letter from the North Carolina Wildlife Commission are provided for information.

Deer harvested during the Urban Archery Season must be registered via telephone 800-I Got One or online at www.ncwildlife.org. Deer harvested during the Urban Archery Season shall not be registered with a wildlife cooperator agent.   

The Urban Archery Season does not obligate private landowners to allow hunting on their property, nor does it eliminate the ethical requirement for obtaining permission from the landowners before hunting. Hunters are legally required to obtain written permission to hunt on posted property. For more Hunting Regulations & Information to go www.ncwildlife.org

Sept  2022

The Main Street Advisory Board is excited about a new grant awarded to downtown Elkin!  With our Main Street being on the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail, they wanted to set a good example for the environment and support recycling efforts along Main Street.  

With a grant provided by the NC Dept. of Environmental Quality, they are able to purchase 7 new recycling trash bins for Main Street & Market St, where most pedestrian traffic is.  The board contributed $1,488.00 of MSD funding to support the project for these improvements.  

Remember when in downtown, to use the new recycle bins for plastics and aluminum cans.  The aluminum cans we gather will be transported to the EHS Elementary School and be added to their recycle bin to help raise money for their school, as well.  

Request for Qualifications (RFQ), Town of Elkin
Posted 11-10-22
The Town of Elkin is requesting Statements of Qualifications from interested and qualified Engineering firms to complete an Asset Inventory Assessment of the town’s water infrastructure.  Services include, but are not limited to, Data Acquisition, Assessment and Database Design, GPS Location of Water Infrastructure, GIS Date Attribute Population of Water information in GIS, Hydraulic Model, Develop Asset Management Plan with 10-year Capital Improvement Plan, Rate Study and Training.  Proposals are due no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, November 28, 2022. For a copy of a detailed RFQ please contact: Brent Cornelison, Town Manager, 226 N. Bridge St. Elkin NC 28621; phone: 336-258-8901; email: bcornelison@elkinnc.org

December 21, 2022-

The Town of Elkin is excited to announce that we are a recipient of the 2nd phase of the Rural Transformation Grant Funds. The program's choices were announced in December 2022.  Elkin was awarded $800,000 towards improvements to support Downtown Revitalization to help retain businesses and attract customers to the historic business district with downtown economic development initiatives. 

Elkin plans to use these funds for the Yadkin Valley Heritage & Trails Center grounds along Standard St, to create a space that will become a regional attraction for future outdoor events. Plans include adding amphitheaters, a concession area, and additional lighting for the east lawn.  

We are thankful for the opportunity provided by the NC Department of Commerce, Rural Economic Development Division (REDD) and their Rural Engagement and Investment (RE&I) Program.  Project will begin some time in 2023.  To learn more, click here.

Posted 6-26-23
Elkin was visited by a travel blogger recently, and we're sharing some of the great info and photos along with their article! Click here to see NCTripping.com's article "25+ things to do in Elkin, NC and nearby".

Posted 9-26-2022
The Town of Elkin has been awarded grant funding from the NCDEQ to assist in the completion of a Water Distribution System Asset Inventory and Assessment (AIA).

The Town invites submittal of responses to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from firms qualified in the State of North Carolina to 
perform engineering services. 

Please view the two documents attached for further information: 

Request for Qualifications AIA

AIA RFQ Exhibit A

Posted January 6, 2023
To watch the video about Elkin's project for the Rural Transformation Grant Fund that was awarded to downtown Elkin in December 2022 from the Dept of Commerce, please click here for an informative video from Surry on the Go.

Surry on the Go is a free TV channel that features local info, weather and high school sports. Elkin, Pilot Mountain, Mount Airy, Dobson, Surry County and the public schools within Surry County will all have programming on Surry on the Go, which is a government-owned TV channel and streaming app. The streaming app is available on Roku, Fire, Apple TV, Android smartphones and tablets and Apple smartphones and tablets. The channel is also available on Surry Communications Cable Channel 7 and Spectrum/Charter Cable.

High school football, high school boys’ basketball and high school girls’ basketball will be featured on the channel.

Employment opportunities in local government will also be posted.

Board meetings for Surry County Government, the Town of Pilot Mountain, the City of Mount Airy, Elkin City Schools and Surry County Schools will be broadcast on Surry on the Go.

Local government services and programs, public school information, tourism related items and parks and recreation coverage are broadcast on Surry on the Go.

Surry County Government owns and operates Surry on the Go and is proud to provide you this great live streaming and on-demand TV channel that offers a little of something for everyone!

To download and watch Surry on the Go on Roku, Fire or Apple TV, you must have WiFi in your home. To download and watch Surry on the Go on Android smartphones and tablets or Apple smartphones and tablets, you must have Internet or WiFi on your smartphone or tablet.

To download Surry on the Go, type surryonthego as one word in Roku, Fire, Apple TV, Play Store and App Store.

The Town of Elkin Utility Donation Fund is a voluntary assistance program funded by donations from Elkin utility customers and other individuals and organizations. The Town Staff and the Elkin Water Committee, will work together to provide emergency assistance for low-income families and people in crisis.  Only Town of Elkin residential utility customers who meet the Utility Donation Fund Ordinance requirements will receive assistance with their bills.  This assistance program is not available to customers of the Rhonda/ Jonesville Water/Sewer District.

Please click on the link provided if you'd like to learn how to contribute to the fund, or sign up for assistance (using this form). 

 CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

https://blueridgemountainstravelguide.com/best-things-to-do-in-elkin-nc/

Business NC Small Town article 
An article called Town Square: Elkin's Second Act was written by Bryan Mims and published in Business NC on March 1, 2020.  For a downloadable PDF of the story, click here. 

The Town of Elkin was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.  The grant will fund additional awnings along  the perimeter of the farmers market shelter expanding coverage under roof, and helping to shade vendors and their produce during extreme heat and sun exposure during summer months. The awnings will also shade the west side of the shelter for evening events, as well as protect attendees from inclement weather.  Look for the project to be completed in time for the 2021 farmers market season, which begins mid-April.

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Here is the link to the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKWDD6K

Thank you for taking this brief survey about the Town of Elkin's current land use conditions. Your input will help Town staff understand their citizen's likes and dislikes, allowing them to develop a Land Use Plan and Unified Development Ordinance that seeks to address the needs of the community.

To get more involved with updating the Land Use Plan and Town Ordinances, apply for our Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will meet for the next 12 months having a more hands on role with the development of the Land Use Plan and Town Ordinances. We will meet 1-2 times a month with an overall time commitment of 8 hours a month. Applications are due to the Town Planner, Sarah Harris, by December 30, 2020. For more information contact Sarah at 336-258-8906 or via email at sharris@elkinnc.org.

For an application to be considered on the committee, click here

The State Board of Education has rated Elkin City Schools as 5th in the state for excellent schools.  To learn more, please click on this link to an article from September 2019.


The Town of Elkin recently completed the 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan for future planning and economic development.  If you are interested in viewing the plan or downloading a copy, please click here to access a copy.

April 23, 2020 - 

Elkin was recently selected as one of three NC Main Street communities to participate in the Main Street America Façade Improvement Grant Program made possible by a $746,900 grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program, administered by the National Park Service Department of Interior. The Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program will significantly expand the funds available for façade improvements in rural communities. In each of the four states selected, three Main Street community partners will receive grants for façade improvements in their downtown districts. It’s an honor for North Carolina and our town to be selected to participate in this program on a state and national level. The grants will be administered by Main Street America, who will work directly with the local property owners selected to receive the grants. Each town has a total of $46,000 available for future “shovel ready” improvements of contributing (or eligible to be contributing) properties listed on the Downtown Elkin Historic Register. Elkin’s Main Street Advisory Board will assist in the application process for the grants available between $5,000 and $25,000. A five-year preservation agreement is required for any grant less than $10,001; a five-year covenant agreement is required for grants $10,001 or above. The grants are designed for historic façade rehabilitation improvements, not for deferred general repair/maintenance-type work, and is intended for larger-scale projects costing over $7,500.00. Front facades are preferred unless the issues involve public safety or structural soundness. Visit our Main Street page under “grants” for information or contact Laura Gaylord, Main Street & Community Manager, at 336-258-8908 and/or email communitymanager@elkinnc.org.

February 2019:  Gorgeous photos of the Mountains-to-Sea trail compliment this articles about the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and highlights Elkin's downtown, which is directly on the path.  

https://www.wfae.org/post/look-how-north-carolinas-mountains-sea-trail-gets-made#stream/0 

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March 2018: Elkin's downtown was the location for NC MST's Annual Conference, which brought hundreds of visitors from all over the state and from places across the country.  The Elkin Valley Trails Association volunteers planned numerous events to experience in Elkin  and the region during the 3-day weekend each year.  The event was held in the beautiful Liberty banquet hall both times.  Elkin's Main Street is directly along the NC MST and downtown will soon offer amenities for MST hikers in their visitor center. 

https://www.elkintribune.com/news/19403/video-friends-of-the-mountains-to-sea-trail-conference-to-return-to-elkin-in-march

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