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January 2017

Hometown News Serving Chatham, Lee And Moore Counties


In Honor of Alexander “Sandy” Brower III

Happy New Year 2017 Wilson & Reives Christmas Party see page 12

My Brothers Keeper & My Sister’s Keeper see page 4

NAACP Chatham County Community Branch see page 4

Annual Appreciation Dinner see page 5

‘O What A Night’: Now, By Faith!!! see page 8

“Let It Ring”, Freedom Day Service see page 7

Church Of Christ Spring Of Living Water see page 9

CCCC Students Learn Through Theater see page 2

To Whom It May Concern: Happy New Year from the Hometown Newspaper Magazine! As we look forward to celebrating the lives of famous Black people during the month of February, the Hometown Newspaper would like to feature some ordinary students who are destined to do great things. Please contact any first generation college students whom you know, and ask if they would like to be featured in the Hometown Newspaper Magazine. If the students would like to be featured in our paper, please provide me with their names and contact information. It is important that I receive this information no later than January 27, 2017-at 7:00pm, in order to meet the press deadline. Please send all information to Respectfully yours, Terry McMillian, Hometown News Magazine Editor Cell Phone (919) 356.1624

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By Central Carolina Community College Onlookers were lashing between hysterical laughter and quiet reflection as Mike Wiley moved around the stage, transforming himself from one character to another, recounting that fateful day in Montgomery, Ala., when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus — and changed the world. In “Tired Souls,” the professional actor brought his audience face-to-face with Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin, and other less-familiar activists who sparked the civil

rights movement decades ago. Occasionally, he pulled some surprised observers out of their seats and up on stage to reenact some of history’s pivotal events, but with the roles reversed: a black policeman confronts a white woman as she holds her ground on the bus. It was a performance that had everyone captivated. Most in this matinee audience were students from Central Carolina Community College, but not the actors, musicians, or artists you might expect to show up at the Temple Theatre for a dramatic work. They were university transfer

students studying American literature and history. Sociology and the humanities. Even writing. All were absorbing what was happening in person. In front of them. In the room where it happens. After the thunderous ovation from an enthusiastic house of a couple hundred people, Wiley stood on stage for what theater people call a “talkback” — the chance for the audience to interact with the performer, to discuss the performance and the issues it raised. Once the curtain fell, it clearly was time to think.

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UVA PhD. Student, Steven Lewis By Delphine Womack

Worked on Displays at New Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Many historic artifact and stories on display when the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September were researched and curated by University of Virginia Ph.D. student Steven Lewis. Lewis, who studies jazz and secular African-American music in the McIntire Department of Music as an Edgar Shannon Jefferson Fellow, joined the museum as an intern last year in the music and performing arts. He has spent much of the past year doing research and editorial work for the “Musical Crossroads” exhibit, housed on the fourth floor of the new museum. The music exhibit that Lewis worked on features

prized artifacts like Louis Armstrong’s trumpet and Chuck Berry’s cherry-red 1973 Cadillac. He researched and wrote many of the artist biographies and artifact descriptions chose songs for playlists and selected facts and quotes for placards interspersed throughout the record store. His biggest project, however, was the

timeline, which traces the development of more than 14 music genres over 400 years. Lewis is the grandson of Bertha & Billy Dowdy of Goldston, NC. His parents Shelia Bynum Lewis, a native of Goldston, NC, and his father Sidney Lewis a native of Wilson NC reside in Suwannee, Georgia.

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Jubilee Day at Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church January 1, 2017

My Brothers Keeper & My Sister’s Keeper

My Brothers Keeper and My Sister’s Keeper are student organizations at Northwood High School in Pittsboro North Carolina. They are determined to make a difference in and outside of the classroom. The organizations give them an opportunity to become leaders. Established in 2014, My Brothers Keeper was started to reduce in and out of school suspensions. This was accomplished by accountability. Highlights of the year

include hearing the difference they have made in the school culture and the seniors announcing at a banquet their choice of colleges. Former members are attending, Wake Forest, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Livingstone, UNC Charlotte, East Carolina, Elizabeth City State among other colleges. My Sisters Keeper saw the impact the young men had and wanted to start their own group in August 2015,

with an emphasis on mentoring and reducing girl drama. The young ladies do an excellent job of making sure the young ladies transitioning from middle school have a mentor to lead them in the right direction. This school year they have completed several service projects. The advisor for the groups is Saundra Gardner, Chatham County School Social Worker.



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Encouragement for Monday & Tuesday


Chatham County Fair Association,

Annual Appreciation Dinner

By Pastor “D”

I Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxieties (worries or concerns) on Him, because He cares for you. 5:8 Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary, the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (destroy, overwhelm, or consume). 5:9 Resist the devil by standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge, that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory (purpose) in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you. 5: 11To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen! Pastor “D” Apostle Peter shared God’s will and purpose for us. He’s saying we must cast (release) all our concerns (cares) on the Lord. Stay alert at all times watching and praying, because the devil is on the prowl, trying to catch us off guard, we have to learn how to resist his schemes and tactics. All of us goes through challenges, but trust God in them.

Wonderful Revitalization By Tamara Brogan

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During all last year, we witnessed a wonderful revitalization of downtown Sanford and Jonesboro taking place. Fortunately, the Sanford City Council and Mayor were focused on moving Sanford forward and were determined to make their vision a reality. The result of the Streetscape project has been the beginning of a rebirth of our city, when many other cities our size have withered and died. The new sidewalks, benches, swings, murals, and landscaping have made downtown a beautiful oasis to enjoy for many years to come. The downtown areas of Sanford and Jonesboro will start to really flourish and prosper with businesses and events. Investment in our city was a smart investment indeed.

Monthly Book Review By Regina Emerson Column Writer

Book Title: I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness to The Blind-Side and Beyond, Author: Michael Oher and Don Yaeger You may think that you know Michael Oher from The Blind Side. But here he tells his own story! Reflecting on his journey

from homeless child to NFL star, Oher talks about the goals he set for himself and the necessity of positive role models and friends to help you achieve your dreams. This is a “must-read” that you will never forget. 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

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On Thursday, December 22nd, The Chatham County Fair Association held its annual Appreciation Dinner to honor volunteers who give their time and support to the Fair each year. Before the event was the annual Board of Directors meeting. The Chatham County Fair is the only African American Fair in the State. In the picture is Larry Brooks, CCFA President and the 2016 Board Members.

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Hometown News Magazine Lillian Frances Kelly Lanier Kwanzaa is Celebrated at the Pittsboro Church of God 6

The family of Lillian Frances Kelly Lanier wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many comforting messages, prayers, visits and other expressions of kindness during our mothers’ illness and passing. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. May God, bless you. Love, The family of Lillian Frances Kelly Lanier

On the first Sunday of the New Year, Sister Patricia B. Yelverton lit the seven Kwanzaa candles in celebration of African cultural heritage and traditional values. The seven principles represent African culture, which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. There are also seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. They include Mazao the crops, Mkeka the mat, Kinara the candle holder, Muhindi the corn, Mishumaa Saba the seven candles, Kikombe cha Umoja the unity cup, and Zawadi the gifts. There are two supplemental symbols. The first is Bendera the flag which colors are black, red and green; black for the people, red for their struggle, and green for the future and hope that comes from their struggle. The second is Nguzo Saba Poster, the poster of the seven principles. The mass choir and parishioners joined together and sang the Negro National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.�



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“Let It Ring”, Freedom Day Service The Sanford District gathered on Sunday, January 1, 2017, to celebrate their Annual “FREEDOM DAY” service entitled “LET FREEDOM RING” at the Fair Promise African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, pastored by Reverend Verlon O. Anderson, who was appointed six weeks ago. The service was sponsored by the Sanford District Christian Education Department with the Adult Department in charge of the services. The sanctuary was filled to overflowing capacity as Mrs. Myron H. Jones, District Director of Adults, presided over the annual service which opened up with a powerful rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” followed by the scripture reading by Mr. Derrick Evans, District Director of Sons of Varick. The afternoon prayer was offered by Sister Charlotte F. McMillian, Conference Evangelist and C.E.D. Board Member. The Mount Zion choir and congregation, led by Rev. Iris Jordan, District Director of Music and Pastor of Robinson Chapel AME Zion Church, led the choirs and congregation in an uplifting arrangement of “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel” with Rev. Patania Eiland (Pastor of St. Paul AME Zion Church) and Rev. Charles McKnight, Sr., (Pastor of New Zion AME Zion Church, Aberdeen), as lead soloists. District Musicians, Dr. Brooksie Harrington of Fair Promise and Dr. Paul Murphy, Pastor Trinity AME Zion Church, Southern Pines, played the organ and piano, respectively. The Sanford District choose two Servant Leaders of the community to recognize this year. They were Mr. Robert T. Reives, Sr., Lee County Commissioner, and Mr. Steven Ross, Principal of Lee County School. Mr. Ross offered community greetings to those assembled. Special presentations were made to Bishop Kenneth Monroe, Presiding Prelate of the Eastern NC Episcopal District, to Reverend Dr. Ricky D. Frazier, Presiding Elder of the Sanford District, and to the host pastor, Reverend Verlon Anderson, as well as to their respective spouses. Music was rendered by choirs from Mt. Zion A AME Zion Church, Carthage. Reverend Dr. Ricky D. Frazier presented the Bishop with moving and passionate words. The preacher was Bishop Kenneth Monroe and his sermon was entitled “Damned If We Don’t” based on the scriptural text of 2 Kings 7: 3 – 4. Reverend Carletha Alford, Pastor of Allen Chapel and Oak Ridge AME Zion Churches, extended the Call to Discipleship and Altar Prayer. Bishop Monroe closed out the service with the Benediction. The Sanford District Christian see RING, page 11

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‘O What A Night’: Now, By Faith!!! By Peggy Hicks Joyner

First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church celebrated its 11th year of this Annual Christmas Musical (December 18, 2016); as choir members from various churches in Lee and surrounding counties lifted their voices in praise to the “Wonderful Counselor.” Rev. Iris Jordan, as Mistress of Ceremony, in her own unique way, created for all an understanding of Faith as the Substance of things hoped for, and the Evidence of things not seen. Ministry in Motion and Mime choreographed by Ministers Tonya Petty and Jerod Smith began the evening of Praise. Min. Corey McCrimmon was the Music Director: Tamela Brinson-Hairston, Shaylena Woods, Dr. Thomas E. Smith, Sr., Shanella McLean, and Rev. Iris Jordan led songs and were backed up by the Mass Choir, and the O What A Night Band: Robbie Baldwin(Piano), Jimmy Petty.(Lead Guitar), BJ Murchison (Bass), Carlos White (Drums). An added attraction this year was the Sound of Success (SOS) Marching Tigers, under the direction of Raynard Jones.

“O What A Night-Now By Faith” By: Raynard Jones and Company



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Church Of Christ

Spring Of Living Water Iglesia De Cristo Manantial De Agua Viva les invita a usted y a su familia y amigos a nuestos dia de servicios

Church of Christ spring of living water invites you and you’re family and friends to our church services

Martes de 7pm-9pm Sabados de 7pm-9pm Domingos de 10am-12pm

Tuesday from 7pm-9pm Saturday from 7pm-9pm Sunday from 10am-12pm

Direction: 201 E Williams St, Sanford, NC 27330 Numero Telefonico: (919) 842-9510 Pastores: Marcos Y Olga Solis Dios los Bendiga

Address: 201 E Williams St, Sanford, NC 27330 Telephone Number: (919) 842-9510 Pastors: Marcos and Olga Solis


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Hometown News Magazine Pick Up The Thread By Carolyn Copelin Foxx

So, we are back to talking about the numbers from a previous article in which we looked at the End-of-Grade (EOG) scores for 2016 from a global perspective with the promise of more details later. But with the later came the fog of autumn which morphed into the gaieties of various celebrations and festivities such that it seemed a challenge to capture the hearts and minds around an issue so profoundly serious as “our numbers”. But on this side of a new year when almost everyone promises to get it right or get better at it with whatever it is, it seemed to be the right time to pick up the thread of our conversation again, the numbers. Since there is so much data associated with the EOGs, I’ve selected only one sliver of data to present. The numbers are from the NCDPI EOG results for Reading 2016. They represent part of the assessment for the then third graders who are now fourth graders as reported by gender, ethnic and racial groups. Also, these the numbers are reported by the traditional standard of grade level proficiency; and the recent and more rigorous standard of College and Career Ready(CCR). In Lee County at line 39468 on grade-level proficiency we find that 60.8% of all students, 64.8% of all girls and 57.3% of all boys were proficient. The other categories indicate that 47.7% of Black students, 57.1 %of Hispanic students, 47.8% of Multi-racial and 73.9% of White students were grade-level proficient. Using these same categories for CCR standard we find at line 39446 that 43.2% of all students, 48.1% of girls and 39.1% of boys were proficient. Additionally, 31.3% of Black students,32.7% of Hispanic students, 34.8% of Multi-racial students and 61.7% of White students were identified as proficient. As you can see, the CCR scores reflect a more challenging assessment. In the face of these numbers, what our resolve? If you have a child who is struggling with reading in grades three through five, please contact the following address for information about some reading resources for you, it’s free.

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Church Combined Choir

13 Year Anniversary

Trinity United Methodist Church Combined Choir celebrated its 13 year anniversary on Saturday Nov. 19th. The Trinity UMC combine choir has always taken pride in serving God through song with joy and gladness and it shows each time the choir raise their voices. The choir renders songs of worship drawing you nearer to God and songs of praise that makes you reflect on the goodness of God. This group ushers in and magnifies the Spirit of the Most High with joy and gladness! Congratulations on 13 years Trinity UMC! The choir is under the direction of Mrs. Tawanna Marsh and the church is under the leadership of Pastor Bruce E. Petty.


Continued from page 7 Education is led by Ms. Gail Davis - Director, Mrs. Myron Jones - Director of Adults, Mrs. Peggy Cotton - Director of Young Adult

Christian Ministries, Mrs. Stephanie Evans - Director Youth, Mrs. Tamika Sheats - Director of Children, and Mr. Derrick Evans, Director of Sons of Varick.


Matthews 2:8-20, Spiritual Insight

By Rev. B. Petty The text is full of beautiful knowledge and spiritual insight of the purpose of Gods’ plan for our journey to heaven. We all know the Christmas Story but do we know God visited earth through his Son Jesus. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, He was in the world and the world knew him not and all things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made. Gods’ plan was to redeem man from his sinful nature, offer salvation and eternal life through his Son Jesus. The text is more than the virgin birth, it shows and demonstrate the love, God has toward us as He is making a way for eternal life with Him.


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Wilson & Reives Christmas Party Photos with few our friends Having Fun!!!

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