Misenheimer, North Carolina
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Misenheimer, is an incorporated village in Stanly County, North Carolina. It is in the southern Piedmont region of North Carolina, near the city of Richfield. The population was 728 as of the 2010 Census.
Incorporation resulted June 26, 2003 from a bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. A major reason for the action was the planned widening of U.S. 52 and N.C. 49, expected to bring growth to the area. One of the first actions taken by the interim board was to block heavy industry such as re-opening the former Barringer gold mine by Joe Carter, who owned about 250 acres, or about a fourth of the village land, but did not live in the community. Carter had been working to restart the mine since 1998, and county commissioners stopped his plan for a quarry after residents protested, but Peter Edquist, a leader of the incorporation effort and the first mayor, denied that the mine was the reason for incorporation.
Misenheimer has a mayor-council government with five total council members serving staggered four-year terms. The council elects one of its own members as the mayor every two years, and may remove and replace the mayor as well. This system prevents the direct general election of a mayor by the citizens of the town. Members are elected at-large (without districts) and in a non-partisan manner. The local legislation creating the city specified that elections were to be held in even-numbered years, while the rest of the state always uses odd-numbered ones.
The college town is dominated by the main campus of Pfeiffer University, a university which was upgraded from a high school to a college largely due to financial support by Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer of NY. Pfeiffer also housed Gray Stone Day School, a charter high school. On January 6, 2011, Gray Stone moved to its new campus on what was previously Pfeiffer land in the town.
U.S. Route 52 passes through Misenheimer along its route from Salisbury to Albemarle, and bisects the Pfeiffer campus along with a Norfolk Southern Railroad line. Misenheimer may have been the only municipality in America whose only traffic light is not at an intersection of two or more streets, but at a crosswalk to accommodate pedestrian traffic (the crosswalk being across US 52 connecting the two parts of Pfeiffer's campus on opposite sides of the highway).
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- Beth McLain, "Misenheimer wants county's help with zoning ordinance enforcement," The Weekly Post, September 24, 2003, p. 14.
- Beth McLain, "Welcome to the Village of Misenheimer," The Weekly Post, July 2, 2003, p. 1.
- Jenny Darby Roberson, "Zoning causes upset," Stanly News and Press, August 24, 2003, p. 1A.
- Jenny Darby Roberson, "Village approval gets closer," Stanly News and Press, July 26, 2003, p. 1A.
- Shannon Beamon, "Residents look back at 10 years in the village," Stanly News and Press, September 15, 2013, p. 1A.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
(1)Village Ploy Stops Goldmine. http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=2459