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The Living Well seeks volunteers for upcoming events

April 15, 2014/Submitted
  The Living Well is seeking volunteers for two events the center plans to participate in: Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 20 in Tobaccoville and for the Rural Hall 40th Year Celebration on May 31.
  The center needs individuals to help with set up, break down and to help man the booths.
  If you would like to volunteer to help with these events or would like more information, call Robin at 969-0411.

The Living Well offers learning opportunities

April 4, 2014/Charlotte Evans
  The Living Well will host an Easter card-making class at 2pm on Tuesday, April 8. The cards will be delivered to a local Assisted Care Facility, according to Robin Shamel, The Living Well.
  On Thursday, April 10, the center will host this month's Lunch and Learn program, Raised Bed Gardening presented by the Garden Spot of the World Club from 11:30am until 1pm. Call Robin at 969-0411 to register for this interesting program or to find out more about The Living Well's programming.

Rural Hall Community Gardens welcomes new members

March 20, 2014/Submitted
  Want to grow vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit but have no land? Why not join the Rural Hall Community Garden, a Reap More Than You Sow initiative?
  Members of the Rural Hall Community Garden will be at the Rural Hall Library this Saturday, Mar. 22 beginning at 10:30am offering more information about growing your own food and registering new members.
  For additional information, call or text (336) 331-2564 or visit www.reapmore.org.

Rural Hall amends budget, announces public hearings

March 16, 2014/Charlotte Evans
  During this month’s Rural Hall Town Council meeting, two amendments to the budget were approved including a $5,400 adjustment for the purchase and installation of equipment on the newly acquired replacement truck #723 and an $11,000 adjustment for the recent purchase of the snowplow equipment.
  The council members also approved a supplemental agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for the Hwy 65 Sidewalk plan. In it, the state will participate by reimbursing funds for right-of-way purchases. According to Town Manager Frank James, originally the agreement did not reflect this, so a supplemental agreement was required.
  The town council was unable to approve a not-for-profit budget request for the Rural Hall Historic Depot Museum from the D.J. Redding family, who were asking for a donation for the Forsyth County Historic Landmark in the upcoming Budget.
  “At this time, we were unable to fund them since they are not a non-profit organization” James stated.
  Mayor Larry Williams made two declarations this month, naming March as “American Red Cross Month” and proclaiming Mar. 3-9, 2014 as “Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week”.
  During the public comment period, officials from Hanes Corporation discussed the timeline for the upcoming grading of the property to be used as a parking/storage area for trailers. Rough grading is expected to be completed by the end of April, and Hanes Corp. is hoping to move trailers in by June, weather permitting.
  The mayor announced that the town’s exercise program “Get Smart, Get Moving” begins April 14th with a kickoff at 6pm at Covington Park.
  Also on Apr. 14, the town council will hold two public hearings in consideration of the 2014-2015 budget. Topics include the proposed one-cent tax increase being requested by the Rural Hall Fire Department and the one-cent tax increase from the town for the continuation of the Community Policing program.
  To maintain the Community Policing program (with two officers), the town will require a three-and-three-quarter-cents (3-3/4₵) tax increase over the next four years, according to James; One cent for the next three years and the fourth year requiring three-fourths of a cent.
  James announced the 40th Year Celebration committee’s work is “moving really well” and shared the performance lineup including the Saint James United Methodist Church Choir, Travis Spinks, Pat Adkins and Line Dancers, Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Taylor Vaden, Country Music singer/songwriter Jordan Covington, and Elvis.
  The 40th Year Celebration will be held May 31 at Covington Park from 9am until 4pm. For more information, visit www.ruralhall.com.