Archive - Apr 22, 2011 - News Article
After sitting idle about six years, the Warlong Glove building on the former Broyhill Furniture site in Conover will once again open to the public.
"We are ahead of schedule," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr.
Conover purchased the 27-acre Broyhill Furniture property in downtown Conover in 2005, after the company closed the facility's doors in 2004. Duncan, who originally thought the Conover Station project will take 10 years to complete, is now planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the summer.
Conover received $6.5 million in grants for Conover Station, but according to city officials, applying for grants is not an easy task.
"(Completing) the application is the easy part," said Conover City Manager Donald Duncan Jr. "Completing the documents to start spending the money is the hard work."
In 2007 Duncan, along with a core group in the city government planning department, started applying for grants in 2007 for Conover Station after purchasing the property in 2005.
Two years ago, Dr. Kerry Reeves and wife Joy left behind the comforts of their Conover home and moved into an orphanage in Haiti, as they expanded New Vision Ministries into a full-time
Some of the many services they provide for the Haitian people include vision care, business
mentoring programs for fisherman and a sponsorship program for children, which involves a sponsor paying for a year's worth of education.
In Haiti, there is no such thing as public education and according to UNICEF, roughly 50 percent of their children never step foot in a classroom.