Hello everyone, local news on the way after we do our hot weather birthday wishes.
Happy Birthday wishes to my WHS classmate “Quick” Carl Grant, Robert Graham, Lisa Cartee, Jim Cromer, Will Gossett, Carla Taylor, Joyce Brock, Randy Green, Myra G. Joaquin, Roy Doolittle, Chris Styles, Lawrence Sligh, Jasmine Wallace, Peggy G. Goodman, Jean Wilkerson, Cindy Dickerson, Teresa Wardlaw, LaVerne Brock, Phifer Suber and Charlie A. Wilbanks.
On a sad note, we send our sympathies and best wishes to the families of Carolyn Hatchell and William C. Bill Armfield. Mr. Armfield, longtime Whitmire resident, never met a stranger with his outgoing personality. He inspired and encouraged writers, journalists and folks who enjoyed publishing to continue own with their goals. Mr. Armfield owned and published the Whitmire News at one time along his other many community activities.
My first writing job was with The Whitmire News back in high school. I wrote the column “Wolve Talk,” paid $10 per column, and $40 per month. That was big money for a high school senior in 1976-77. More than that, he gave Whitmire students opportunities to write the column through the years. Thank you “Mr. Bill” for the opportunity.
News and events
The Whitmire Economic Development Board’s Veterans Celebration will be on July 19. The event will start its festivities on Saturday morning with guest speakers, a classic car show, music, arts and craft vendors. Bring a chair to downtown, then head down Gilliam Street, beside Roche’s Pharmacy to the stage area for music and presentations in Heritage Park. There will be plenty of arts and crafts from The Pearl Of The Piedmont Artisans Guild and other vendors. This is a family oriented event, so bring the kids and the pets.
We want to say thank you and shine a light on our volunteers at the Lighthouse Ministry Store on Main Street. These ladies and gentlemen give their time to sort through various donated items, such as clothing, accessories, household items to price them for re-sale at affordable prices. Not to mention taking applications for help with power bills and other utility services. The Lighthouse Ministry Store is located beside the post office and is open on Mondays and Thursdays. The volunteers are Vanessa Jeter, Claudia Banks, Donna Owens, Sam Griffin, Rev. Dolphus Rayford, Claudine Taylor, Gloria Lyles, and Shirley Hunnicutt.
I just heard that our Whitmire Food Bank has been cut from the budget after August of this year. This program, which was a branch of the Harvest Hope Food Bank, was a God send to our community. Over 375 boxes of food were given out every other month to Whitmire residents. If you know anyone or have a friend or family member who may have ideas to start a local food bank with independent commodities donation sources in Whitmire please contact Maria McMurtury at her e-mail address or post a comment on the Whitmire Economic Development Boards’ Facebook page.
Pet owners, mark your calendars for The Vaccination Clinic on Aug. 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The clinic will be held at the fire department location on Gilliam Street across from Thomas Grill and Grocery, near Town Hall.
OK then readers, what about you? What are you doing for the summer, besides staying indoors, trying to beat this sweltering hot weather? Let’s hear from you. Send your news and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.