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United Kennel Club (UKC) congratulates local competitor for win at major coonhound event

September 25, 2014/Submitted
coonhound   UKC wishes to commend Rural Hall, North Carolina residents Penny and Jody Jessup and their English Coonhound, WSHOWCH NITE CH CCH GR CH 'PR' Kentucky Mtn Diamond Cutter, for earning top honors at the 2014 UKC Coonhound World Championship.
  An annual competition coonhound event that attracts hundreds of coonhound/owner/handler teams from across the country to vie for the World Championship title, the UKC Coonhound World Championship is an event of great prestige. United Kennel Club, Inc., the world’s largest all breed performance dog registry, applauds Penny and Jody Jessup for their accomplishment in the bench show portion of the 2014 event this past weekend in Montpelier, Ohio. Their male English Coonhound, WSHOWCH NITE CH CCH GR CH 'PR' Kentucky Mtn Diamond Cutter, bested competition from around the country to become the coveted 2014 UKC World Bench Show Champion.
  Success of this caliber is a testament to the hours of preparation it takes to make a coonhound competition-ready, and the dedication of a dog and owner to the task at hand. Congratulations to Penny and Jody Jessup and their fine English Coonhound.

Train derails in Rural Hall

September 24, 2014/Charlotte Evans
trainDerails   At 7:45am this morning, a train derailed in Rural Hall just north of Anderson Road.
  Three tank cars overturned as the train was being switched to different tracks in the rail yard.
  According to Rural Hall Fire Department Fire Chief Eddie Horn, the cars contained diesel exhaust fluid which is 67 percent water and 32.8 percent urea. The fluid, used in cleaning soot out of diesel motors, is not considered hazardous but was leaking out of the overturned cars.
  “There was no danger to the citizens of Rural Hall at any time during this event” Chief Horn stated, adding there were no injuries, no evacuations or road closures, “It was nothing major.”

Port-a-Pit fundraiser returns to Rural Hall

September 19, 2014/Charlotte Evans

Rural Hall Town Council appoints Griggs to vacant seat

September 16, 2014/Charlotte Evans
swearing   During last night’s town council meeting in Rural Hall, the council welcomed new council member C. Thomas Griggs who fills the late Mayor Pro Tem Herman C. Denny’s seat for the remainder of Denny’s term.
  Griggs, who took his oath of office on a Bible held by his wife, Madeline Griggs, was appointed by the council after the death of former Mayor Pro Tem Herman C. Denny in August, who was re-elected to his seat in November, 2013.
  Mayor Williams welcomed Griggs to the council and stated, “Tommy will certainly be an asset to the council.”
  Griggs, a retired senior vice president of First Citizens Bank is no stranger to being active in community affairs as he has served the community on numerous boards including the Rural Hall Area Business Association in its beginning and the Rural Hall Lions Club. He is an active member of Kingswood United Methodist Church.
In other business:
  Town Manager Frank James updated the council on the Stokes County-related fire department budget. He informed the council that he had met with the Stokes County Manager regarding the fire tax requested by the Rural Hall Fire Department of which Stokes County has not approved in full.
  James stated that Stokes County was requested to pay the same amount of funds that Rural Hall and Forsyth County is paying.
  The council unanimously approved the flag policy revision stating that the permanent flag at Town Hall will be flown half-staff for seven days after the death of a council member or town employee.
  Mayor Larry Williams announced that Town Clerk Dora Moore had received the 2014 Clerk of the Year award.
  “We’re certainly proud of her” Williams stated, taking the time to congratulate her publicly.
  Williams recognized Bill and Margie Forrest as the Garden Spot of the World Club’s Yard of the Month for September 2014.
  James announced that the Fall Litter Sweep is scheduled from Sept. 20 until Oct. 4 and the town staff will, as in years past, take care of Broad Street. He encouraged anyone wanting to participate in the event to get in touch with Town Hall for assistance.
  The mayor informed the council that instead of a luncheon for Volunteer Appreciation this year, town officials have decided to honor the volunteers by purchasing a bench that will be adorned with a plaque showing the town’s appreciation.

RHABA calls for runners for upcoming 10K

September 15, 2014/Charlotte Evans
2014_10K   The Rural Hall Area Business Association (RHABA) is calling all runners for the Rural Hall 10K, formerly known as the RHABA Flat & Fast 10K which will be held Saturday, October 25 at 8am.
  The charity run, a community-wide event in its eighth year, benefits Rural Hall Elementary School with net proceeds from the race ($5,600 last year) going to the school.
  For the two-hour event, the east-bound lane of Hwy 65 (Bethania-Rural Hall Road) will be reserved for the runners and safety officials will assure runners the right-of-way.
  The Twin City Track Club from Winston Salem, NC will officiate the start/finish line and will post official times on their website after the event.
  The 10K awards trophies to the best three male and the best three female runners overall, as well as gold, silver and bronze medals for the top three males and top three females in each of the ten age groups not receiving a trophy.
  Runners may take advantage of early registration ($30) until Tuesday, October 21 by visiting Walk-up registration is available on the day of the race ($35) beginning at 6:15am at Mayflower Seafood Restaurant.
  This year’s list of sponsors includes Hanes Brands, Inc., Windstream, Nationwide Insurance, Carolina Farm Credit, Arbor Ridge, Piedmont Natural Gas, First Citizens Bank, Community Employee Benefits, Carolon Company, Duke Energy, Waste Management of the Piedmont, Animal Ark Veterinary Hospital, Cook’s Heating and Cooling Inc., Mayflower Seafood Restaurant, Blue Rhino, DAC Products, Ken Garner Manufacturing, K&M Engine Consultants, Disaster Pros, James R. Helsabeck, D.D.S., Stanleyville Pharmacy, Capitol Financial Solutions, Express Employment Professionals, Cannon Wealth Management Services, Fleet Feet, Food Lion, Krispy Kreme, King Porto-Let and In Memory of John Mark Jackson.
  For additional information, visit