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RHABA wraps up food drive

June 22, 2016/Submitted

rhaba-June2016   The Town of Rural Hall hosted the Rural Hall Area Business Association’s (RHABA) June meeting at town hall on Tuesday afternoon, as RHABA wrapped up its food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW North Carolina.
  In its preliminary assessment, RHABA “raised enough funds to feed 18,200 people, not counting the several boxes of food items yet to be tallied!” claimed Steve Hill of RHABA.
  “We appreciate the efforts of all who participated in making this, possibly, the most successful food drive yet!” Steve Hill said.
  RHABA members and their employees raised $1,300 plus food items and the money will be doubled thanks to a generous donor who has promised to match any donation in June, according to Hill.
  The Second Harvest Food Bank of NW North Carolina is able to feed seven meals with $1 thanks to a lot of volunteer labor and contracts with governmental agencies.
  The Food Bank’s Chuck Harmon, Food Drive/Retail Donor Relations Manager and Joe Kilar, Food Drive Coordinator, both attended the meeting to pick up the donations.

Rural Hall holds moment of silence prior to meeting

June 17, 2016/Charlotte Evans

  Rural Hall Mayor Larry Williams opened Monday night’s town council meeting with a moment of silence for the victims of the mass shooting that occurred early Sunday morning in Orlando, Florida.
  According to Rural Hall Town Manager Frank James, no one spoke for or against the proposed 2016-17 budget during the Public Hearing held prior to the meeting. The proposed $3.2 million budget for the town maintains a $0.31 per $100 valuation for property. The council later adopted the 2016-17 budget with no tax rate increase.
  The council adopted the 2016-17 fee schedule which also includes no increases in the coming fiscal year.
  Council members approved changes to a job description for the position of fire captain. Minimal changes were made in the functions/tasks, education/experience expectations, and classification to a non-exempt hourly position.
  The council elected to table the ordinance for addressing and street naming, so it may acquire more information.
  Town Council members approved the contract with the Forsyth County Tax Collector’s office authorizing, empowering and commanding the office to collect the taxes for 2016 and prior years.
  A supplemental agreement was approved by the council with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for TIP # U4741 which includes the construction of sidewalks, curbing and drainage on NC 65 West (Bethania-Rural Hall Road) from Runningbrook Lane to Norvasa Street, and to the north side of Forum Parkway to the McDonald’s driveway. The agreement, requesting more time for the town to complete the project, will extend the agreement to 2018, according to James.
  The council, due to a request from citizens who would like to see the town sponsor a fishing tournament for children at Covington Park, decided to deny the request and maintain no fishing at the park.
  At Covington Park, a family of geese has moved in, according to James, so the town council decided to install signage at the park instructing park visitors “Do not feed the geese.”
  Algae control at Covington Park needs to be addressed, according to James. The town council approved the purchase of 20 sterile carp for the algae control in the pond at the park.
  In old business, the council learned from James that the town has contracted Kale Engineering for the drainage issues at the 8025 Broad Street property in order to get an Encroachment Agreement with the NCDOT.
  After presenting the town and fire department financial reports for the month of April, James informed the council that he attended the Stokes County Commissioner’s meeting encouraging them to support the Rural Hall Fire Department's budget for the upcoming fiscal year, 2016-17.

Rural Hall Fire Department hosts blood drive

June 13, 2016/Submitted

  The Germanton Ruritans and the Rural Hall Fire Department are sponsoring a Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 21st at the Rural Hall Fire Department from 2:00-6:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, contact Jill Kirk by phone: 336-816-3487; by e-mail at; go online to; call, 336-969-9638 or visit the Rural Hall Fire Department, 177 Hwy 65 E.