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October 2016

Hometown News Serving Chatham, Lee And Moore Counties

Monthly Book Review By Regina Emerson Column Writer

The Extra-Thankful Thanksgiving (Little Bill) by Kim Watson and Jane Howell Parents and grandparents, please share this wonderful book with your children/grands during the Thanksgiving season. You will enjoy as well. It is a warm story where children love to learn and are always figuring things out about themselves and the world around them. The more they know, the better equipped they are to handle the challenges of growing up. Little Bill encourages children to value their family and friends, to feel good about themselves, and to learn to solve problems creatively. Children will see Little Bill as their friend and enjoy his real-life adventures. Regina Emerson is a retired Literacy Instructor from Lee County Schools and can be reached At 776-7289. She is also the author of the book, LIFE HAS MEANING


In Honor of Alexander “Sandy” Brower III

King and Queen By Margaret Murchison

The Deep River Missionary Baptist association held its second, annual Black & White Scholarship Banquet Saturday, September 24 at Edwards Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Liberty, N.C. The program included a talent review, a delicious dinner and crowning of the The winners were Zakirea Bland and Jaylen Hancock of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Sanford. Representatives from Roberts Chapel Missionary Baptist church in Goldston were second place winners and in third place were representatives from First Baptist, Siler City, and N.C. photos by Terry McMillian

Numbers Matter, Numbers Count! By Carolyn Copelin Foxx

Numbers are some of the measuring tools we use to evaluate our lives. Whether it’s losing weight or increasing our credit score; numbers matter and numbers really count. Recently the numbers were released by the North Carolina Department of Education (NCDPI) showing how our students performed across the State and in all school districts on various tests and indicators. The database from which the following indicators are posted is massive and not user friendly; but for us, the test-data consumers, I’ve sought to highlight a few significant areas. Let’s consider the following: All End-of Grade testing for all grades 3-8 show the following scores: 22.2 % performed at level one (the lowest level), 21.3 % performed at level two, 11.2% performed at see NUM, page 8

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Sanford-Lee County Awards By Austin Thomas

The Large Industry Award, which provided recognition to a business who supports the community while contributing to success in Sanford-Lee County, was awarded to Caterpillar, Inc. The Small Industry Award, which recognizes a small business who has also been a good corporate citizen, was

awarded to Red Wolf Company, LLC. Finally, the Pioneer Award, which provided recognition to the individual who has an entrepreneurial mentality and contributed to economic success in community, was awarded to Sam Wornom III. Mr. Wornom was instrumental in the success of The Pantry, and helped establish other businesses in the area. photos by Terry McMillian

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Catholic Religious Order Of Priests By Leticia Fuentes

Rev. Robert F. Ippolito, M.S. currently serves as pastor of St. Stephen Church in Sanford. Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, he took his first vows with the Missionaries of LaSalette (a Catholic religious order of priests) on July 1, 1967 and was ordained a priest on May 26, 1973. He entered the USAF Reserves in 1974 while serving in various ministries with his order. In 1986 he entered active duty with the USAF, serving 30 years until his retirement in 2004. After a sabbatical in Rome, Italy he returned to the Diocese of Raleigh serving for seven years in Ocean Isle Beach until he was appointed to Sanford in 2012. He is currently certified as a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative which enables him to do all immigration law under the auspices of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh. He is a dedicated servant to many immigrants in Lee County and surrounding areas while pastoring his parishioners at St. Stephen’s Church.

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Rehearsals Have Begun; & Oh What A Night! Mark your calendar for December 18, 2016.

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Hurricane Matthew Blessing By Pastor “D”

I genuinely love you and empathize with you for all the inconveniences and losses you’ve experienced through the traumatic damages caused by hurricane Matthew. We all had our share some worse than others. But God gave us what we had and He’ll give us more and better blessings if we’ll trust Him!


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Annual Session of the Deep River, 100th Year Anniversary

By Peggy Joyner The 100th Year Anniversary for the Annual Session of the Deep River Missionary Baptist Association was held at First Calvary Baptist Church September 30th through October 2nd. Host Pastor, Dr. Thomas E. Smith, Sr.

Sanford Area Soccer League

By Lessie Richmond The Sanford Area Soccer League, SASL Dash is an all-girls recreation soccer team playing in the under-10 age group. Our

team has a diverse background in soccer. Some of the girls have been playing since they were 4 years old, while some girls are see SOCCER, page 11

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Tempting Congregational Church Family and Friend’s Day By Lessie Richmond

Family and friend day is a day in which members of the church are encouraged to invite as many friends and relatives as possible to join them for a day of worship. And what a wonderful day of worship it was! The speaker for the day was none other than the church Pastor himself -Rev. Barry Palmer. Immediately following morning worship service, it was ShowTime, The time where each group of families showed off their talent. Winning 1st

place was the Petty, Sanders, Reaves, Garrett, Goins, Johns, McNeil, France, Prince, Chambles, Breman, and Jackson family. Their talent was imitating the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, singing Amazing Grace. Participants were Sam Petty, E.J Sanders, Aher Prince, Anthony Prince, and Roosevelt Johns. Taking 2nd place was the Richmond. Hooker, Scotton, Fordham, Smith, Wimbley and Battle families, Their talent was a mixture of song, dance and comedy, done by Lessie Richmond, Taking 3rd place was the Covington, Baldwin, McKeithan,

McMillian, Woods, Lawson, and Phillips families, their talent a song entitled My Help by Mrs. Sade Byrd, and in 4th place was the Stokes, Palmer, Beane, Hallman, Graham, Beck, and the Drunkermiller families. Their talent a song entitled I found a friend, by family members Herman Hallman, Janer Beck, Steve Covington, Herbert Hooker, and Barry Palmer. The day ended with dinner in the dining hall. WHAT A CELEBRATION IT WAS!

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level three (this level shows grade level proficiency), 32.9% performed at level four (this level shows above grade level), and 12.3% performed at level five (levels 4 and 5 show career and college ready status). These numbers indicate that 56.4% of our students performed at grade level, and 45.2% of our students performed at career and college ready standards. The conclusion is that too

many students fall below the standard for successful student achievement The question is how are we doing? From the church pew to the barbershop, somebody ought to be talking about this. In an increasingly stressful economy and a heatedly divided political climate just know that the scene of this world is changing. Our communities must find effective ways to prepare our children for the world of today and tomorrow.

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Happy Birthday to Rev. Brooks

Happy Birthday to Rev. Kenneth M. Brooks, Pastor of Fair Promise A.M.E. Zion Church, 712 Wall St, Sanford, NC 27330, (919) 776-4622

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Why Your Vote Counts Big Time!

The presidential election has sucked all the air out of the room. As a citizen of Lee County, you have to hook up your oxygen mask and take a careful look at the people who will directly and immediately affect the lives of you, your family, your children, and your neighbors in the next four years. You will have the opportunity to vote for The Board of Education – There are four openings on the Lee County Board of Education for membersat-large, so when you go into the voting booth, you will vote for four people. Lee County Schools have a good report card and have received higher ratings and improved graduation rates under the leadership of the current board of education. The Board of Commissioners: There are three commissioners-at-large openings on the Lee County Board of Commissioners, so you will vote for three people. In local elections, sometimes the margin of victory is just two or three votes so your vote and the votes of your friends and neighbors could make the difference between winning and losing. You can register to vote in this election up until Friday, October 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eligible individuals may register and vote during One-Stop Early Voting. Name changes and address changes can be made at One-Stop sites.

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Continued from page 6 playing their very first season. As of today we are 4-0 and have four more regular season games remaining. Games are on Saturdays and are generally in Sanford or within one hour of Sanford. The Dash is coached by Carlos Rojas and Ben Lucas. Instruction focuses on fundamentals of team soccer. Any girls interested in playing soccer next season should contact the Sanford Area Soccer League (SASL) for more information.

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Hometown News Magazine Golden Years Celebration 29th Annual Old Fashion Day 12

By Rev. Anthony Davis

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On September 11th, The Mitchell Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church held their annual Golden Years Celebration - celebrating their senior population for their acts of service, sacrifices, and selflessness. Also, during this celebration at 10:28am, the time the North Tower collapsed, the congregation paused for a 9/11 memorial moment to remember and reflect the terrorist attacks 15 years ago.

After Hurricane Matthew made his exit, the skies opened up revealing bright blue skies and beautiful sunshine. The 29th Annual Old Fashion Day celebration in Goldston, NC, kicked off on October 9th at 12 noon. Event goers were welcomed with a variety of great foods, over 100 vendors and activities for the children. You can always expect a good time at this long standing event, and it just keeps getting better every year!

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