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RHABA presents $5,237 check to Rural Hall Elementary School

November 19, 2014/Charlotte Evans

Manufactured home causes concern in Rural Hall neighborhood

November 13, 2014/Charlotte Evans
  During the public comment period of Monday night’s Town Council meeting in Rural Hall, Sommerdale Court resident Bill Forrest expressed his concern about a manufactured home installed on Sommerdale Court in the Beechcliff subdivision.
  Initially, Forrest and fellow residents believed the home to be a double-wide mobile home which was the cause of his concern.
  Town Manager Frank James shared with the council several residents from the area had visited town hall a few weeks ago expressing concern related to this issue. At that time, James held a conference call with Chris Murphy at the City-County Planning Board (CCPB). Murphy explained to the group all proper permits were attained and the house is actually a manufactured home.
  From those conversations, James requested Town Attorney D. Barrett Burge to research the issue and render an opinion.
  Attorney Burge informed the town officials “non-stick built homes” are governed by the Unified Development Ordinances (UDO) which Rural Hall adopted many years ago.
  Burge related that the structures commonly referred to as double-wides are broken down into two categories: Homes manufactured in accordance with HUD standards and homes manufactured under state code. The latter being allowed to be installed anywhere a stick built home may be found.
  Burge informed Forrest and the council that some structures can be prevented from installation, but not by any governmental activity. Restrictive covenants can be crafted to prevent manufactured housing of any type.
  “We thought it was a double-wide home at first, but it’s a state-approved modular home”, Forrest stated, adding “Everything’s fine now.”
  The council expressed its regret for not being able to assist in this situation.
  Proceeding with the meeting, James shared that he continues talks with Stokes County regarding Rural Hall Fire Department’s budget shortfall. James plans to speak with the Stokes County Manager in hopes of deterring a shortfall once again in the upcoming budget.
  James informed the council that Stokes County paid 100 percent of the cost of reprogramming the fire department’s radios for the new VIPER system recently, which enables Rural Hall firefighters to communicate properly with Stokes County departments. The cost of the reprogramming fell around $22,000.
In other news:
  The Town Council extended congratulations to town receptionist Marlena Lawson on receiving recent awards through her college fraternity: International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi Mid-Atlantic and Southern Province Director of the Year.
  James stated “I’m always excited to see staff receive recognition for their efforts … we’re very excited for her.”
  Mayor Williams noted the town will honor all employees this Friday during the annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon, to which he will be unable to attend, as he plans to attend the groundbreaking for the Northern Beltway. Governor Pat McCrory is expected to attend as well.
  Mayor Williams announced:
  Rural Hall will honor its volunteer firefighters on Saturday, November 22 at the Brookstown Inn in Winston-Salem. “This is a small token of appreciation for all they do throughout the year.”
  The annual Christmas Tree Lighting, cohosted by the town and Rural Hall Elementary School, will be held on Thursday, December 4 at 6 PM at Town Hall.
  The annual Christmas parade will be held on Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 PM. Entries continue to filter in ensuring another successful parade. This year, an inclement weather date has been set for Sunday, December 14.
  Mayor Williams shared with the council that the Rural Hall 10K, sponsored by the Rural Hall Area Business Association (RHABA), raised $5,000 for Rural Hall Elementary School. He also praised Steve Hill for heading up the event on behalf of RHABA.

Missions program offers free dental care

November 7, 2014/Submitted
  The North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) program is a grassroots effort, dependent on volunteers, with funding from grants and donations. Kate B. Reynolds Foundation has contributed $55,000 towards the $100,000 needed for the Winston-Salem event. The volunteers include dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and scores of professional and general volunteers from across the state. Since its beginning in 2003, the program has received national and statewide recognition.
  NCMOM has enough equipment to set up an 80-chair dental clinic including digital x-ray, sterilization, instrumentation and supplies. The Winston-Salem MOM Dental Clinic is a two day event, Nov 14-15th, at the Education Building at the Fairgrounds and anticipates treating up to 1,000 patients. The doors open to the general public at 6:00am.
  Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis. Each patient selected for treatment will receive only one service, prioritizing their most urgent diagnosed need. The philosophy is to provide services to as many people as possible rather than to provide many services to fewer people. For a complete list of services and most frequent questions and answers, please refer to the Winston-Salem NC MOM website.
  Individuals wishing to attend this event should arrive early and anticipate long waiting periods. Patients should bring required medicines, water, dress in layers for changing temperatures and any other items you may need while waiting. Due to limited space and long waiting periods, bringing children to this event is strongly discouraged.

Change clocks to fall back

November 1, 2014/Charlotte Evans
  Tonight's the night Daylight Saving Time ends, most everyone nationwide will get an extra hour of sleep tomorrow morning. The clock falls back one hour at 2am Sunday, so it is recommended to set clocks back before going to bed tonight.
  Daylight Saving Time is a good time to put new batteries in warning devices, such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and hazard warning radios, many fire officials remind everyone.
  The extra hour of daylight will return on Sunday, March 8, 2015.