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September 2016

Hometown News Serving Chatham, Lee And Moore Counties

Monthly Book Review By Regina Emerson Column Writer

What are you reading? May I suggest President Obama’s official reading list - a mix of fiction and non-fiction, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning surf memoir, a psychological thriller, and a science fiction novel.


In Honor of Alexander “Sandy” Brower III

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Check out the list: • “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life” by William Finnegan • “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead • “H Is for Hawk”by Helen Macdonald • “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins • “Seveneves” by Neal Stephenson 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 Memory of The 9/11 Tragedy, “Cry Out To The Lord” By Sister Paulette Hadley

On Sunday, September 11, 2016, members of the Pittsboro Church of God participated in “Cry Out to the Lord.” This was a time of sacred praise and prayer for God to intervene in adverse situations that are happening all around the world. In attendance and stating prayer requests were members of the local Sheriff Department, Board of Education, County Commissioner, and a member of one State Representative’s office. Corporate prayer was also offered for all in attendance. The church choir, under the direction of Dr. Debra L. Woodward, led inspirational praise choruses for the service. This service also reflected on the memory of those victims lost in the 911 tragedy and see CRY, page 6

By Kendra Martin

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United Way of Lee County (UWLC) kicked off its 2016-17 campaign with a Community Appreciation Breakfast hosted by Central Carolina Hospital, a Duke Life Point hospital. Hospital CEO John Maxwell welcomed community and nonprofit leaders who were gathered to hear about UWLC’s work in the community. Mikeal Basinger, UWLC Board Chair, and Kendra Martin, UWLC Executive Director, thanked guests for their support of UWLC and its programs. Fredrika Cooke, Community Integration Liaison with the NC Housing Finance Agency, presented a dramatic monologue in which she portrayed a homeless mother who relied on United Way services and partner agencies to help her find resources for her children, a job, and a permanent home. United Way of Lee County works to improve health, education, and financial stability for every person in our community. Join us as we LIVE UNITED! Please view United Way video on

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Back To School September 2016 By Peggy Hicks Joyner

The Back-to-School Block Party at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church was a time of excitement for everyone. There were games, Cup-Cake the Clown face-painting, balloon art, inflatable jump and slide combo castle, flavored snowballs, hula-hoop contest, balloon toss contest, checker-board competition, hotdogs capped off with drinks and chips, and the highlight of the day

was grade appropriate school supplies for all in attendance. Lots of prizes on hand for the winners of the contests. Invited to be a part of the celebration was El Refugio, an organization that reaches out to assist in and with the Latino Community. Raynard Jones’ Band, “Sounds of Success,” presented continuous music during the celebration. The weather was ideal. The night before members of the Christian Education Ministry painted the parking

lot with colorful side-walk chalk. That night, the rains came and washed the paintings away. No problem! Most of the painting was redone early the next morning. The rain the night before ushered in a beautiful day with a lower temperature. The First Calvary Church Family worked hard to create a beautiful day for all in attendance. The pictures give a glimpse of the Back-to-School Celebration. photos by Peggy Hicks Joyner

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Al Franken Visits Lee Democrats By Margaret B. Murchison

The Lee County Democratic Party kicked off Voter Registration Day Saturday, September 10th at Democratic Headquarters on Carthage Street with an overflow crowd in attendance. Keynote speaker was U. S. Senator Al Franken, an American actor, politician and writer. He is the Jr. U.S. Senator from Minnesota. He was well known in the 70’s and 80’s as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live. He was elected to

the U.S. Senate in 2008. Franken encouraged volunteers to take the GOTV drive to the streets of Sanford and Lee County and to give perspective voters a reason to cast a ballot. Following the morning kick-off, volunteers hosted voter registration drives throughout the city and county in preparation for the November 8 General Election. Representative Robert T. Reives’ MOTTO could be heard throughout the morning....”If we vote, we WIN.”

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A Sothern Kitchen Buffet located on North Horner Blvd Sanford, N.C . Grand Opening Friday, September 9, 2016 please stop by for some Grandmother cooking, open daily for lunch or dinner.


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St. Stephens Catholic Church Festival By Oscar Roberto

The St. Stephens Catholic Church Festival was held on September 11th. This year’s theme was Hawaiian, but as always with a strong Latin flair. From Salvadoran

papusas to Peruvian ceviche to Mexican tacos, there was food for al palates. Latin song and dances groups kept the large attendance entertained until it was time for the benefit auction. A great time was had by all.


Continued from page 1 victims of many other types of tragedies. Everyone is welcomed to the Pittsboro Church of God. Our service times are: Morning Service – 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (first and second Sundays)

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Hometown News Magazine Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Appreciation Night 7

By Chatham County Sheriff’s Office

An estimated 1,500 citizens and their families enjoyed a mix of free gifts, meals, and activities including bounce houses, an interactive pirate display, football, and corn hole, movie on the lawn, Distracted Driving courses, and

more during the Sheriff’s Office Community Appreciation Night. Harlem Globetrotter Johnny Hawk Thomas played basketball with residents, posed for photos, and signed autographs. Other booths were informational and offered guidance on child safety, job applications, volunteer opportunities, and the Sheriff’s Training

Academy for Residents. “I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Sheriff Roberson commented following the event. “I am so proud of my team for everything they’ve done to make the evening a success. I also want to thank residents for supporting and joining us; we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

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The Eyes Of Your Understanding Being Enlightened By Pastor “D”

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that we may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (us), 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of His power is toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. The Holy Spirit is challenging us today to comprehend the immeasurable greatness of God’s power, toward us who are believers; and that we must Pastor “D” allow the functioning of His great power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead; to also raise or lift us up into our rightful place in Him. The resurrection of Christ purchased our salvation through God’s divine power. The “Power of God” is real and its everlasting power. Therefore it time for His people to walk in the life that Jesus died to give us. We’re not our own, we’ve been purchased with a price. Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (sin and death), being made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). We can’t do it on our own; it only comes through Christ, our hope of glory!

Self-Employed Series Have you ever thought about the possibility of working for yourself? Central Carolina Community College’s Harnett County Small Business Center will host a free self-employment seminar series in October that will provide knowledge on how individuals can create a structure of their own to become self-employed. “There are advantages of being self-employed, but if

you are not prepared before venturing into a business of your own, the rate of failure could be higher. I want to be able to reach out to individuals and offer assistance that they may not know is here,” said Mari-inetta Pavlic, CCCC Small Business Center Coordinator in Harnett County. “By attending this three-part series, young business owners and service providers will gain knowledge of how to

successfully begin their future as an entrepreneur.” To register, please visit the CCCC Harnett Small Business Center website at or call 910-892-2884 CCCC’s Harnett Small Business Center offers a variety of other seminars, including Business Taxes, Quickbooks, and Building Your Website. Visit the website www.harnettsbc. com for a complete listing of seminars.



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Temple Theatre’s 2016 Sound on Steel Street By Chris deLambert

The Temple Theatre’s 2016 ‘Sounds on Steele’ music festival featured ten acts on an outdoor stage in the middle of Downtown Sanford. Chapel Hill’s, Gary Mitchell, got things started with a rousing solo set featuring everything but the kitchen sink. He even played some Michael Jackson. Local favorites, Faith Bardill & The Back Row Saints, were one of the highlights of the day. Less than a month

after winning Carolina Music Awards’ Female Country Artist of the Year, Faith made a triumphant homecoming with a foot stomping set that we’ve all become accustomed to. Unspoken Tradition came down from the mountains to make their Sanford debut, and they didn’t disappoint. Their tight musicianship and beautiful harmonies showed why they’ve become a mainstay on the North Carolina Bluegrass circuit.

About the only thing to complain about was the heat. Chris deLambert, founder and organizer of ‘Sounds on Steele’ said, “The weatherman said it was 10 degrees hotter than normal. It felt more like 30. If we keep the festival around the same date next year, we probably won’t start until later in the afternoon.” Details about next year’s Sounds on Steele festival will be available soon. Stay tuned.


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It’s On. Are We On It? By Carolyn Copelin Foxx

A good education is critical. Gone are the days when we could drop out of school and still get a job sufficient to support our families or when there were so many factories, getting a job was easy. Because of this, we have to approach education with the level of seriousness that the times require. The most important action that we can take to set our children up for success is to be actively engaged in their learning. Research has found this to be so consistently true that it is no longer a question or a good idea, it is a necessity. The beauty of this is that it applies without regard to ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic factors, or background. Moving forward, we ask, how did the first couple of weeks go? Did we make it to open-house to meet and greet the teachers? Did we get our essential questions answered? Does the school “really” know how to get in touch with us? Have we communicated to our children the expectations for effort, conduct, attendance, homework, and are we prepared to follow through on our expectations? We must know the measure of each of our children so as to align your expectations appropriately. The more constructively engaged the family is with learning, the better the outcomes, and of course the opposite is true. So let’s partner with our children’s teachers for learning. It’s on, are we on it! Just Keeping TABS! WXKL 1290 Radio Station celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Mark and Mary Dangerfield said “we are honored by all the people who came to celebrate the 25th Anniversary we love and thank you for your support.”



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September 2016 Community News Local church provides 1,248 pop top cans of protein for Back Pack Pals Program Homecoming 2016 brought a special challenge to the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Family on Fields Drive. The Program Committee, requested monies from each treasured organization to purchase one food item, mainly a protein, for the Back Pack Pals Program. After talking with Teresa Dew Kelly, Executive Director of CUOC on a real need for the program, cases of Vienna’s were purchased through Piggly Wiggly’s special Community Program.

After being ordered by Piggly Wiggly Manager Greg Adams, the canned goods were transported to CUOC by volunteers. CUOC assumed operation of the Back Pack Pals Program after Communities In Schools ended at the end of last school year. Kelly said she has many volunteers who pack the bags each Thursday morning from 9 to 11 AM and they are delivered to 13 schools by volunteers. More volunteers are needed to sort, and pack the bags, and to deliver the bags to the schools. She said there are hundreds of students in the school system

who qualify for the program, however, only 350 bags are prepared. A high School student, seeing the need for older kids to get a weekend take-home goody bag, has organized a program for about 60 students. She is operating the program through grants and is also using it for a community service project..Kelly said Counselors say that many of the students would go hungry over the weekend if not for the bags. She is also soliciting plastic bags for packing the items. The canvass bags are no longer used because of the high maintenance associ-


By Margaret Murchison and The Ms. Communicator ated with them. First Calvary’s Wednesday Youth Academy also supports CUOC by holding raffles to raise monies to buy food items and provides Easter Baskets for needy children. Participating in the presentation were Dr. Thomas E. Smith, Sr., Pastor; Deacons Fred Murchison, Jr., and Johnny Whitaker, Dennis & Judy Hancock, Trustees Margaret Heck & Ethel Peak, Barbara Keller, Chairperson of the Deacon Board and Deaconess Margaret Murchison and Carolyn Whitaker. photos by Terry McMillian

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By Dr. Gail D Dickens

Dr. Gail D Dickens, lead pastor of New Life Fellowship Church in Olivia, NC, took a team of her parishioner and numerous other pastors and leaders from the city of Sanford and followed a mandate and vision for UNITY. We honored the past movement of the Azusa St. Revival in California in the early 1900’s where racial divide was bridged by the true love of Jesus Christ. We were focusing Saturday on moving forward with an open heaven for Revival for our city with an outpouring of the Spirit of God to create a greater hunger for a relationship with Him and to stop the violence in Sanford as we come together in the love of Christ. We, as a body, must stop the senseless shootings, stabbings, and hatred that are filling our city. If we in American will do this city by city, then we will make our nation great again. It takes the love, forgiveness, and true repentance to do so. Let this not end here, on just one day, but as the people of Sanford, please, let’s keep this Azusa movement going forward for a TRUE SPIRIT of LOVE and UNITY. U-N-I-Together Yield to the Spirit of God for our city. photo by Terry McMillian

Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta & Third Friday Art Walk By Historic Downtown Siler City

September is a month of celebration for many in the Latino community—it is Hispanic Heritage Month. Several Latin American countries also celebrate Independence Day during this month. On September 16, 2016, Downtown Siler City held its monthly Third Friday Art walk. This is normally a community event that includes live music, food, and a chance to view local artists’ work. This month, the Third Friday Art walk also included a Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta street fair. The event was coordinated by the Chatham Latino Initiative Collaborative (CLiC), which consists of several local agencies and community members, including Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services, The Hispanic Liaison, Chatham Literacy Council, Central Carolina Community College, Communities in Schools of Chatham County, and several community volunteers. Non-profits were invited out to set up informational tables to provide information to the community about their services; local food vendors sold various Hispanic treats; there was music and dance from “Flor y Canto”, a Mexican folklore group, and a very powerful spoken word session. Bachata and Merengue dance lessons were provided as well. There were raffle prizes, and youth were able to enjoy piñatas that were donated and/or made by local Hispanic tends. The event was a huge success. Please come out and support our communities in the future. For more information, please contact Family Violence and Rape Crisis Services at 919.742.7320 or The Hispanic Liaison at 919.742.1448. photo by Terry McMillian

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