Monthly Archives: May 2019

Person County Receives Zero-Interest Loan for Three New Ambulances

Person County, NC (May 22, 2019) – Person County received a $776,086 zero-interest loan to help pay for their three new ambulances and safety gear. Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation is playing a supporting role in the purchase of these ambulances by facilitating this loan funded from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) ...

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Ruritan – The Best Kept Secret

By Norwood Walker THE RURITAN MISSION Ruritan is a national organization dedicated to improving communities and building a better America through Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service. Altruism is defined as “the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.” It could just as easily be spelled r-u-r-i-t-a-n. Unfortunately, too many today are not so ...

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The Prizery Celebrates 10th Summer Theatre Program

Love to Laugh By Candace Baskervill It may just be getting hot outside, but the heat is certainly on for The Prizery’s Artistic Director, Chris Jones, and his team of actors and actresses this summer! The Prizery is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the Summer Theatre Program. This year, they’re going above and beyond and taking on huge classics to ...

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MEMORIAL DAY – More Than Just a Long Weekend

By John Theo Jr. Many people think of Memorial Day as the gateway holiday into summer. While it often coincides with the first visit to the beach, or a kickoff barbecue, it is quite a somber holiday. Unlike Veteran’s Day, which honors those who have served in the military, Memorial Day is strictly in remembrance of those who gave the ...

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Rooted For Life

Agriculture Grows as it Changes in Person County Story by Meredith Bernard Photos by Lisa Rogers Calvin Whitfield has always been proud of his Person County roots. Like so many others in the area, he grew up farming tobacco with his family until the industry became more mechanized and they opted out. After leaving for college and then a twenty-five-year ...

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In the Kitchen with Chef Rickey

Conversation with Chef Steve By Rickey Esto When we think of food, usually we are thinking about nutrition, or something to satisfy our hunger. Food is much more than that, food is an experience! Since the beginning of time food has been a way for people to gather, enjoy conversation, engage in thoughts and ideas, and provide a wonderful outlet ...

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My 1958 Barbour Wood Boat

By Donald F. Oakley Herbert W. Barbour opened Barbour Boat Works on New Bern Trent River in 1933. His company made U.S. Rescue Boats. By 1943, Barbour employed over 1200 people. By 1945, Barbour Boat Works was making Coast Guard Tug Boats and Ferries for the State Department of Transportation. Next came the glamorous mahogany wood pleasure recreational Barbour Boat ...

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Hyco Hangout

Family Gathering Spot and Vacation Rental By Phyliss Boatwright For locals, Hyco Lake is many things. A place of memories, a place to live, to play, to take the boat or kayak out on a Saturday or Sunday, or a place to visit friends and family who live there. For some, it is a place of income. For everyone, it ...

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Person County Quilt Trail

The Person County QUILT TRAIL began as an idea in 2015. With grant funding from the N.C. Dept. of Commerce and management by the Piedmont Conservation Council, the trail has become a reality. The ultimate goal is for a continuous Quilt Trail that travels throughout the NC Piedmont. Presently the counties participating are Person, Randolph, and Rockingham. The painted quilt ...

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There Is Something to Come Back For

Distinguished Young Women The Story Continues By Norwood Walker (Click here to read first story in this series: Junior Miss to Distinguished Young Women) Thomas Wolfe is credited with the quote “You can’t go home again.” Many young people, male and female’ have taken that quote to heart over the years and never fully returned to the area of their ...

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