Garden club names July's Yard of the Month recipients
July 5, 2015/Submitted
Ricky Rakes and Chad Boyles owners of the Transformation Salon at 8165 Broad St. Rural Hall have been named as the Garden Spot of the World Club’s Yard of the Month for July.
The gardens surrounding the house display a variety of texture and color. You are greeted by potted pink, white and red begonias on the steps and on the patio there are two large potted ferns. Planted in the front beds are hawthorns, boxwoods, azaleas, holly trees and a variety of conifers. On the side below the decks, are planted nandinas, gardenias, a Japanese maple and variegated liriope. Also on the property there are mature maple, cedar and hemlock trees.
Chad takes care of fertilizing and maintenance, his favorite conifer Chamaecyparis obtuse. Ricky has a favorite … the gardenias. They are always planning something and currently working on a bed in front, which will become the home of two ‘Feelin’ Blue’ Deodar Cedars.
Rural Hall 10K approaching quickly
July 2, 2015/Charlotte Evans
The Rural Hall Area Business Association’s (RHABA) Flat and Fast Rural Hall 10K is fast approaching!
With just over 15 weeks left before the 9th running of the annual charity event, plenty of time remains to register for this “flat and fast” run on Saturday, Oct. 17.
“With low runner fees and a relatively flat USATF-certified 10k course, we are fast becoming an annual favorite on runner’s calendars in the Triad,” Race Director Steve Hill of RHABA stated recently about RHABA’s annual fundraiser that benefits Rural Hall Elementary School.
Trophies for the three best overall males and three best overall females will be awarded for each race. Olympic-styled medals will be awarded for the top three males and top three female runners in each of 11 age groups.
“With 66 awards for each race, every runner will have an excellent opportunity to take home a medal or trophy!” Hill declared.
This year a few changes have occurred:
A 5K has been added this year which eliminates Forum Parkway and the neighborhoods from the 10K course resulting in an “absolutely flat” run, mainly a closed-off lane of Hwy. 65. The 5K, Hill shares, “will be great for first-time runners, for more experienced runners preparing for a more taxing run, or for anyone just wanting to beat their record 5K time.”
Another change this year includes the switch to Go Sports Timing & Events of Mt. Airy for the timing of the race, which also introduces the 10K to chip-timing, using chips in the runner bibs which provides instant results that will be reported on a large flat-screen TV as runners cross the finish line. The chip timing will allow RHABA to transition from race to awards presentations more quickly, according to Hill.
The website used for online registrations is also changing this year. Runners may register online for only $30 for the 10K or $25 for the 5K at http://FlatandFastRuralHall5K10K.itsyourrace.com/ before Oct. 13 at 6pm. Walk up registrations on race day will be accepted beginning at 6:15am for $35, $30, respectively.
Library to host tomato-growing workshop
June 26, 2015/Submitted
The Rural Hall Library will host a free workshop on "Growing Amazing Tomatoes - Keys to Success" with Wallace Williamson, Extension Master Gardener for Forsyth County Saturday, June 27 at 10:30 AM. Specific topics covered will be soil preparation, variety selection, heirlooms vs hybrids, planting, fertilization, watering, environmental disorders, diseases, insects, and best advice. For additional information, call (336) 331-2564.
Introducing Rural Hall's newest community policing officer
June 17, 2015/Charlotte Evans
Even though he’s been here since the end of April, the newest face of community policing in Rural Hall is Officer J.R. Shaffer.
He joined the Town of Rural Hall in April 2015 to replace Deputy Jeremiah Doub as Rural Hall’s Community Policing Officer. Officer Shaffer has been with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department for two years.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State University, Shaffer earned his Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) while attending Wilkes Community College.
When asked why he decided to be in law enforcement: “I always knew I wanted to help others; I’m filling the gap between criminals and citizens” Shaffer claimed, “It’s what God put me on earth to do.”
In his spare time, Shaffer enjoys shooting and driving his four-wheeler.
Rural Hall Area Business Association wraps up food drive
June 17, 2015/Charlotte Evans
The Rural Hall Area Business Association’s meeting in June, Picnic at the Park, marks the end of its annual food drive and is usually held at Covington Park, but this year the meeting was moved to Town Hall in Rural Hall due to the expected over-100-degree heat index.
Chuck Harmon and Joe Kilar of Second Harvest Food Bank came to collect the food and monetary donations gathered. According to Harmon, the group collected enough food and money to provide an estimated 8,000 meals this year.
Kilar thanked the group for its efforts in this year’s food drive, sharing that for every dollar collected, seven people will be fed.
This month’s spotlight was a presentation by Rural Hall Fire Chief Eddie Horn: the fire department’s new fire safety trailer and the ladder truck.
Horn advised RHABA members the fire department was last inspected in December and for the next grading inspection, a public safety aspect had been added, which led the department to purchase the safety trailer since the department could benefit from the “major points” received in an insurance grade rating from possessing the equipment.
RHABA members and their guests were allowed to tour the trailer and view the ladder truck which also provides “major points in the grade rating” after the meeting, according to Horn.
Horn claims the equipment may lower the town’s insurance grade rating which in turn could lower insurance expenses for many of the businesses in Rural Hall.