Local bowler rolls perfect game, achieves highest set on record at Rural Hall Bowling Lanes
February 24, 2015/Charlotte Evans
Local bowler Justin Tuttle, 26, bowled a perfect game (300) two weeks ago on Feb. 12 and made the record book at Rural Hall Bowling Lanes (RHBL) for his first and the center’s first 802 series, earning himself a gold ring from the U.S. Bowling Congress.
While rolling the perfect game is an impressive feat, bowling the center’s first 802 set is even more striking.
“He bowled the highest set since [RHBL] was built” father Terry Tuttle shared, “it’s rare in Rural Hall [Bowling Center].”
According to Justin’s mother Donna, he has been bowling since he was three years-old in the “Pee Wee” league at RHBL. He continues to bowl there on the Thursday Night League and substitutes for other leagues when possible. He also works at RHBL nightly.
Terry Tuttle shared that Justin joined the Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) two years ago, so he bowls four or five tournaments additionally, though he has not yet competed this year. Tuttle suspects it will be summer before Justin bowls PBA again.
RHBL plans to purchase a plaque to commemorate Justin’s achievement and as mentioned previously, he will be receiving a gold ring for a 800 series from the U.S. Bowling Congress in the near future.
“I’m proud of him no doubt!” Terry Tuttle said, “It’s good for him, for RHBL and for bowling.”
Winter Storm causes closings
February 18, 2015/Charlotte Evans
The recent winter storm dumped snow then sleet onto North Carolina; in the Rural Hall area, more than one inch of sleet fell Monday night resulting in numerous closings, cancellations and delays.
Any areas of slush seen on the roads this afternoon will turn to ice overnight, according to National Weather Service officials. The area remains under a winter weather asvisory through 10am Wednesday morning.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools are closed tomorrow. According to school officials, main roads are clear, but some secondary and neighborhood roads are hazardous.
Kingswood Playschool at Kingswood United Methodist Church will be closed today. Rural Hall Moravian Church has canceled its evening activities.
No garbage service was available in Rural Hall on Tuesday due to the weather conditions.
The Living Well closes this week
February 16, 2015/Charlotte Evans
The Living Well will be closed this week due to the weather conditions and cold temperatures. The Community Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, February 19th will be re-scheduled in March, according to The Living Well's Director Robin Shamel. The center will re-open on Monday, Feb. 23.
Hampton surpasses 1000 career points, becomes an Atkins' first
February 16, 2015/Charlotte Evans
Rural Hall resident Armani Hampton, a junior forward for Atkins High School girls varsity basketball team, scored 12 points and surpassed 1,000 for her career, becoming the first player in school history to accomplish the feat during the 73-8 win against Walkertown on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Going into the game with 999 points, Hampton admits she thought about it all night. She claims “it felt great, no one had ever done it here before; I’m proud of myself.”
After the game, Atkins’ Athletic Director Chad Booth presented Hampton with the 1000-point ball.
Hampton began her basketball career in the 6th grade at Carter G. Woodson Middle School team with Coach Larry Lisenby, “perfected her craft in AAU with Team Bond under Coach Portia Jones, and continues to play under Coach Lou [Louis Lowery] at Atkins”, according to De’Shaunda Hampton, her proud aunt.
Armani shares that she started out as a cheerleader for Pop Warner, “One day I went to practice (AAU Basketball) with one of my best friends just watching them practice and the coach saw me and said I should play ‘cause I’m tall” resulting in her captivation of the more-active sport.
The 5’11” Honor Roll student with a 4.2 GPA participates actively in the National Honor Society and Key Club, writes articles for her school website and speaks Japanese fluently.
Hampton doesn’t know which college she’ll attend yet, but she knows she’s going to college to study pre-med to become a pediatrician. She admits several colleges have expressed interest in her.
After accomplishing a tremendous milestone, Armani Hampton offered a positive forecast, “before I came to the school, Atkins had only won two games. Last year we went to playoffs. This year I believe we’ll make it to state” which means the Lady Camels can lose no more games during the upcoming playoffs.
Ms. Hampton is the daughter of Nezzetta Hampton of Rural Hall and Ramon McCullum of Texas. Her grandparents are Ralph and Virgie Hampton of Rural Hall.
Rural Hall Town Council amends 2014-15 Budget
February 11, 2015/Charlotte Evans
During Monday night’s Town Council meeting in Rural Hall, council members approved an amendment to the 2014-2015 Budget Ordinance reconciling for administration fees from North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
Costs associated with the recent sidewalk project completion were so overrun, according to town officials that $8,453.73 was not yet allocated for the NCDOT’s administration fees. The project included the sidewalk installation from Sea Shell Court to Runningbrook and the curbing/guttering at St. James United Methodist Church.
Also on the agenda, the Family Dollar rezoning request by Developer Joe Strickland of Premier Builders and Development Company. Strickland was not in attendance at the meeting as he had requested the City-County Planning Board to reschedule the rezoning request which will be held on Mar. 12.
Previously, the council members had voted to recommend the rezoning request be denied based on citizen input, current traffic conditions and uncertainties regarding roadway construction. The request to rezone the corner of Bethania-Rural Hall Road and Angus Street to commercial resulted from a developer purchasing the property and Family Dollar holding a 10-year lease wanting to build a stand-alone store.
In new business, the town council elected to not participate as an early voting site in this year’s election. With the low voter turnout in past the $3,000 expense is not justified, according to town officials.