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Celebrations, Nov. 11

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Kairos ladies sort 800 dozen cookies for delivery to Pasquotank Correctional Institute during the recent Kairos Ministry weekend.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Melton, selected to NC 4-H National Team

Currituck County 4-H Sharpshooters team member Tucker Melton has been selected to represent North Carolina, as a member of the 4-person, NC State Rifle Team.

Tucker will compete with the team at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament in Grand Island, Nebraska, June 24-29, 2019. He was an alternate on last year’s rifle team and has traveled to Ellerbe each month to practice with the state rifle team.

Tucker has been a member of the Currituck County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club since its inception and competes both individually and as a member of the Senior Rifle, Shotgun and Small Bore Pistol Teams.

Currituck 4-H Sharpshooters Kaitlyn Carey and Bode Fredrick also competed at National Team tryouts and were both selected as alternates to this year’s rifle team. They will also travel to Ellerbe for team practice, training, and instruction in anticipation of being selected for the team next October.

Kairos cookies delivery resumes at PCI

Kairos Prison Ministry was given permission to resume bringing cookies to the residents of Pasquotank Correctional Institution during the organization’s recent three-day Kairos weekend (See story on B1).

Hundreds of people stepped up to meet the need to make 800 dozen cookies. Walmart came on board too and placed a special order to meet the need.

The Women of Kairos serve the female relatives of those incarcerated once a year. This is a retreat get-away to let them know they are not forgotten. If you are interested in being a part of this ministry, please go to www.mykairos.org for information on how you can serve.

Pingree, Thomas part of cultural exchange 

Riley Pingree and Thomas White, both who attend Camden Early College High School and were cadets in the JLP program, were chosen to participate in a cultural exchange program in Singapore.

They were selected by Major Farese who heads up the CLC Summer Program at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. It is through Camden’s Junior Leadership Program at the high school that they were able to apply. They will be going with 18 other cadets from South Carolina. They left Nov. 9 and will return Thanksgiving Day.

Chowan-Perquimans Habitat volunteers build fence 

Fifteen Habitat for Humanity volunteers began work to build a fence at 803 Bond Street, Edenton, last week.

The volunteers worked throughout the week from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every day and can always use more hands. The Bond Street backyard is an amazing size and this fence will provide the perfect, safe play area and enjoyment for the entire family.

Volunteers Beverly, Jane, Jim, Mike, Ron, Mac, John, Rick, Gary, Bob, Joe, John, Bob E., Walter and Sharon put in a lot of work. Only 15 more sections to construct before they start on the fence posts and putting everything together.

Currituck groups organize for Backpacks for Kids 

Various community organizations and individuals in Currituck have stepped up in a big way to ensure that funding is secured for the Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids weekend feeding program.

This program provides nutritious meals for students who are identified by school staff as being food insecure. Meals are sent home with the students each weekend throughout the school year. This program is supported through community donations, corporate donations, in addition to grant funds, and typically serves about 100 Currituck County students each week.

In addition to corporate donations from individuals, churches, and local businesses, the program has been the beneficiary of two grants recently. The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 to direct to a nonprofit organization in their local community to help feed the hungry, purchase lifesaving equipment, support ag youth programs, buy classroom resources and more. Mr. Manly West was a 2018 recipient of the grant and chose to direct the funds to benefit the Currituck 4-H Backpacks program. Mr. West has been a long time supporter of this initiative.

The Wild Goose Rotary Club was also the recipient of a community grant that designated the Currituck 4-H Backpacks program as the beneficiary. In addition to a $600 cash donation, local Rotarians are assisting with delivery and logistics. The Currituck 4-H Backpacks for Kids program wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the generosity of all the donors and granting organizations thus far in 2018.

Community monetary donations are always needed. The cost to feed one child monthly is about $20. Citizens can visit the 4-H Backpacks for Kids website for details about the program, or to make contributions: www.backpacksforkidscurrituck.org . For more information, contact Cameron Lowe, County Extension Director at 252.232.2261 or cameron_lowe@ncsu.edu.

Walther retires from the Army after 20 years 

Army Master Sgt. David X. Walther, a native of Gates County, is retiring from the U.S. Army after serving for 20 years. His retirement ceremony will take place Nov. 16 at Fort Bragg, with his retirement to take effect on April 30, 2019.

Walther was last serving as G6 non-commissioned officer in charge with United States Special Operations Aviation Command, Fort Bragg.

He is the son of Richard and Fay Walther, grandson of Doris Keel, and son-in-law of Gail and Ray Burkett, all of Ahoskie. He is also the brother of Britney Newsome and Cathy Coats and husband of Glenda Walther.

Walther graduated in 1996 from Gates County High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 2018 from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.

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