Anson County

ANSON COUNTY

 

Anson County’s southern border lies on the state line with South Carolina. When it was first established in 1750, Anson County was one of the largest territories in the colony. With time, portions of the original Anson County area became Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond and Union Counties. Wadesboro is the county seat of this rural county which realized some growth in population as people working in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg County area seek out a quieter lifestyle although this is places a larger burden on the existing infrastructure.

Agriculture and textiles were the source of livelihood through the 20th century. As the focus on industry options changed, the citizens absorbed more of the cost of water and sewer rates. This led to challenges to secure the basic services in the area.

Hometown Strong visited Anson County in November 2018. The team visited Wadesboro, Morven, Ansonville, Peachland, Lilesville and Polkton.

In 2018, Governor Cooper announced that Columbus McKinnon, a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, technologies and services, invested $5.4 million in their Anson County facilities. “Columbus McKinnon is a global company which can make its products anywhere in the world,” said Governor Cooper.  “The company’s decision to expand in North Carolina proves that our state can compete with the best locations available, and offers global manufacturers everything they need to be successful.”

Issues challenging the communities are not unique to Anson County.  Water and Sewer infrastructure is approximately 100 years old. Access to broadband – unless you live near Highway 74 – is so unpredictable that parents drive their children to the school parking lot so they can do their homework in the evening. While the schools are the largest employer in the county, recruitment and retention of teachers is difficult. Training and equipment for firefighters and police is vital to each community. One unique need is a pedestrian crossing. Highway 52 separates schools and offices from retail stores. To offer a safe crossing would be a huge “win” for everyone.