People & Places Sunday, Aug. 13

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 13, 2017

Granite Quarry High School Class of 1950

Submitted by Gaynelle Morgan

The Granite Quarry High School class of 1950 met on Saturday, Aug. 5 in the family life center of Faith Baptist Church. Twenty-four classmates, spouses, former teachers and guests were present.

Roana Agner Bost welcomed everyone and Grace Bost Sapp gave the blessing of the catered meal. The following gave humorous presentations: Mary Ellen Jarrett McCombs, Frances Beck Peeler and Herman Ritchie. Memories of high school days were shared.

Mary Ellen McCombs gave a memorial tribute to the following classmates, deceased since the last reunion: Gerald Adams, Baxter Linebarger, Jean Broadway Holshouser and Mary Earnhardt Powlas.

The following will continue to serve as officers: Roana Bost, president; Sherry Eagle, vice-president; Gaynell Morgan, secretary; and Frances Peeler, treasurer.

The following were present: Joyce Thomas Trexler, Shirley Peeler Rhinehart, Mary Ellen Jarrett McCombs, Verne McCombs, Eunice Silliman Heilig (Harry), Clyde Brown Jr. (Anna), Lottie Ritchie Simpson, Herman Ritchie, Grace Bost Sapp, (Ruby Greene, guest), Annita Elium Davis (Jim), Nancy Cain Isenheimer (Bob), Roana Agner Bost, Sherry Gant Eagle (Clement), Marian Misenheimer Bernhardt, Gaynelle Funk Julian-Morgan (Melvin), Jean McCombs, Doris Ritchie.

The next reunion will be held Aug. 4, 2018.


Today: Monarch Butterfly Release

As a part of Hurley Park’s 30th Anniversary Celebration, a monarch butterfly release is scheduled for Sunday, August 13, 2017.  All-A Flutter Farms of High Point will be providing the monarchs and general information about butterflies.   The presentation will cover the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly, the differences between moths and butterflies, the body parts of a butterfly, general plant knowledge for attracting both monarchs and other pollinators and monarch migration. All-A-Flutter Farms will have live eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis and butterflies for everyone to get an up close look. At the conclusion of the presentation, select audience    members will get the opportunity to hand feed the monarch butterflies prior to their release.  This event is at 2pm at Haden’s Gazebo located at the corner of Annandale Avenue and North Craige Street.  For more information about All-A-Flutter Farm visit  For more information about the event Contact the Hurley park office at 704-638-4459 or email  This event is free and open to the public.


Weddington family gathering

The Weddington family gathering will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19 at noon at the China Grove Family Restuaruant. If you have questions, call Penny Weddington Barrier at 704-782-2544.


Public program on eclipses

You are invited to the Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 7-8 p.m. for a ptrogram on understanding how to safely view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. “Eclipses and Phases of the Moon” will be presented at The Margaret C. Woodson Planetarium, 1636 Parkview Circle. For more information call 704-639-3004.

Science Cafe: Imaging the Developing Brain in Autism

RALEIGH — 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24: Autism is a developmental disability that impacts an individual’s ability to interact with others and often results in impairment throughout life.

Current treatments, while critically important, have only modest success in ameliorating symptoms in most affected individuals. Recent studies suggest that autistic symptoms are not present in early infancy but emerge over the first two to three years of life. New research suggests that brain changes characterized by brain scans during this early period can accurately predict those children who will go on to have a later diagnosis of autism. This new research holds promise for pre-symptomatic detection and treatment during a period when the brain is most malleable and most likely to respond to intervention.

Speaker Joe Piven, MD, is professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at UNC and director of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. He has conducted research on autism for almost 30 years. He is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded, prospective brain imaging study of infants at high risk for autism.

This free forum will be held at the Daily Planet Cafe, Downtown Raleigh, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St.

Call 919-707-9800 or visit to learn more.


The Rowan Arts Council deadline

The Rowan Arts Council announces August 18, 2017 as the deadline for the 2017-2018 Grassroots Grants applications.  Since 1977, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Grassroots Arts Program has provided North Carolina citizens access to quality arts experiences. Using a per capita based formula, the program provides funding for the arts in all 100 counties of the state through partnerships with local arts councils. The Rowan Arts Council serves as North Carolina Arts Council’s partner in awarding subgrants to local organizations for arts programs in Rowan County.

Applications are available for non-profit organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Rowan County. Funding priority is given to qualified arts organizations, arts in education programs conducted by qualified artists, and other community organizations that provide arts programs in the county. Grassroots funds are not generally awarded to arts organizations that receive funding through the North Carolina Arts Council’s General Support Program. Projects must occur between July 1, 2017 and May 15, 2018.

Application forms and grant guidelines are available on the Rowan Arts Council website at

The Rowan Arts Council will also mail applications and guidelines upon request. Applications must be received no later than Aug. 18, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The Rowan Arts Council is available to assist interested applicants in preparing competitive grants. Grant applications are evaluated by a diverse panel of community members and voted on by the Rowan Arts Council Board of Directors. Awards will be announced in September 2017.

For questions or more information, contact Rowan Arts Council at 704-638-3100 or email


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