People & Places Sunday, Oct. 15

Published 12:00 am Sunday, October 15, 2017

50th high school reunion of the Boyden High School class of 1967

Submitted by Kathy Norris

The Boyden High School class of 1967 held its 50th reunion on Sept. 8-9, 2017. The two-night event began with an informal gathering with hors d’oeuvres and beverages at the Crescent Clubhouse on Friday night and culminated with a dinner at the Lee St. Theater on Saturday night. On Saturday afternoon, Martha Jane Busby Bailey hosted an arts and music event at her parents’ home.

The highlight of Saturday night came with the presentation of a proclamation to Sharon Wagoner Whittington naming her Class Reunion Chairperson Emeritus in recognition of her service to the class of 1967 since graduation. Classmates raised $8000 to be donated to Meals-on-Wheels in her honor. Everlasting President John Brincefield served as emcee. Franco Goodman provided the invocation. A memorial table was set as a remembrance of those classmates who have passed away.

Seventy-two classmates attended the festivities with a total of 118 classmates, spouses, and guests. Those in attendance from out of town were Gary Bost, Bob Brady, Bonnie Brandon King, Joe Brown, Martha Jane Busby Bailey, James Carmichael, Scott Carter, Ed Cline, Martha Cline Wrike, Buzz Cobb, Kay Collier Gross, Liz Collier Goodman, Jeanette Dunn Carter, Ken Eagle, Marie Felts Carmichael, Guy Gardner, Hal Garrison, Norman Goodman, David Grim, Carol Hamlin, Jan Hanes Paschal, Ted Henckell, Kathy Holshouser Miller, Ben Hopper, Bob Hoskins, Diana James, Juliet Johnston Zygmunt, Grace Kirk Dawson, Libby Lane Cline, Gerald Loftin, Pam Luther, Sherry McDonald Didow, Janet Palmer Larkin, Jim Phillips, Pam Pittard Perrault, Dick Rendleman, Bob Selby, Susan Sheneman Brooks, Susan Shuping Linn, Tim Smith, Lynn Myers Stephens. Those attending from Salisbury/Rowan County were Linda Barnhardt Linker, Cam Beard Hall, Shirley Beattie Sells, John Brincefield, Debbie Brown Taylor, Jane Byrd Hartness, Janice Casper Raper, Cassie Cunningham, Connie Deadwyler Sheehan, Barbara Dennis Miller, Tom Freeman, Franco Goodman, Rick Hampton, John Heilig, Sharon Hoffman, John Kesler, Patti Land Heilig, Scott Lesley, Eric Norris, Linda Phipps Patterson, James Poe, David Post, Ron Raper, Ed Rusher, Bill Ryburn, Anna Mills Scarborough Wagoner, Boyce Stephens, Joe Threatte, Sharon Wagoner Whittington, Janet Watson Rash, Kathy Weaver Norris.

The planning committee included chair Ed Rusher and members John Brincefield, Gary Bost, Tom Freeman, Franco Goodman, Sharon Hoffman, Kathy Weaver Norris, Eric Norris, James Poe, Janice Casper Raper, Ron Raper, Janet Watson Rash, Connie Deadwyler Sheehan, and Lynn Myers Stephens.

Yadkin Mill Village Reunion

Submitted by Marlene Kepley

SPENCER — The 11th Yadkin Mill Village Reunion was held Sept. 23 at the Yadkin Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, with 32 people attending the event, sharing memories and telling stories of our times living in Yadkin. We have lost a lot of our people from those great days.

Gifts were given to the oldest female, Irene Cook, who lives in Linwood; the oldest male, Ernest Lanning, who lives in Lexington; and the couple that drove the farthest, Bettie Barnes Simpkins and husband Rodney Simpkins, who live in Hampstead. Bettie Barnes Simpkins was raised in Yadkin.

Plans are being made for our next reunion, which will be Sept. 22, 2018 at the Yadkin Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Toss for Tots supports Prevent Child Abuse 

Toss For Tots is a fundraiser sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Rowan (Terri Hess House), to be held from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the F&M Trolley Barn, 165 East Liberty St.

Enjoy friendly corn hole competition and other fun games, raffles for Panthers Package (includes box seats), food catered by the Smoke Pit, music by LiveHouse, a selection of beer and wine and the signature drink of the night.

Get your tickets at the door or visit

Charter School Board meeting,

The Oct. 16 Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School Board meeting is at 6 p.m. at 120 E. Innes St. Info: 704-754-6771.

The Rowan Genealogical Society

The Rowan Genealogical Society will be meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Rowan County Register of Deeds Office, 402 N. Main St. This will be an opportunity to learn how to utilize this valuable County resource when researching family. Members and non-members are welcome.

8th annual Old Fashioned Hymn Sing 

CONCORD — The 50 voice Piedmont Choral Society will presents its 8th annual Old Fashioned Hymn Sing featuring older traditional, beloved hymns and anthems, hymn stories and audience requests, plus pecial recognition of Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation features his great hymn “A Mighty Fortress.” This event is free. Bring canned goods for CCM.

The concert is Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. North. Info: or 704-699-6053.

Annual VA retiree luncheon

CHINA GROVE — The annual VA retiree luncheon will be held Nov. 18 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at China Grove Family Restuarant. All VA retirees are invited. Bring canned goods for Rowan Helping Ministries.

The Masons at Cannon Memorial Lodge


KANNAPOLIS — The Masons at Cannon Memorial Lodge have been a staple in the community since 1916. In years past they have participated in the Relay for Life at A.L. Brown, held blood drives, and provided scholarships to students at A.L. Brown, and Northwest high schools.

As part of the upcoming Oct. 21 awards night, employees who have gone above and beyond in serving the community as unsung heroes will be honored, one each from the Fire Department, Police Department, Kannapolis Charter Academy, Kannapolis City Schools and Kannapolis City.

Beginning at 5 p.m., this Community Awards night is open to the public and will help us to say thank you. Family, and friends are invited to attend; a plaque will be presented to each recipient as well.

The Kneeling Gardeners

KANNAPOLIS — The Kneeling Gardeners met Sept. 25 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Vice president Royce Thomason called the meeting to order and Jan Query led devotions.

Michal Bradshaw from Wild Birds Unlimited spoke on the nuisance of squirrels, better known as tree rats. Squirrels love bird seeds and will destroy the feeders to reach the seeds and clean out the food. The simplest way to deal with squirrels is to feed safflower seeds only, in a tube feeder. The seeds have a hard-outer shell that is bitter to the squirrel’s palette. 97 percent of squirrels will not eat safflower seeds. Cardinals and many other birds, however, prefer this seed.

Another remedy to deter these pesky creatures is to feed hot pepper. No seeds, but pecans, walnuts, sunflower and hot pepper. This seed will also bring more birds into the yard. Hot pepper suet cakes are also available and can be stacked into the feeder. It is no-melt and made from rendered beef kidney fat.

Birds do not have taste buds. They recognize seeds by sight not taste. That is why they sit on your feeder and pick through the seeds looking for what they like best.

Squirrel-proof feeders are also available. These feeders are activated by the weight of the squirrel on the perch causing the feeder to close.

Remember to entertain the birds with a variety of seeds for the maximum experience of bird watching and always store your bird seed in a cool and dry location outside of your home. Never mix old seed with new seed and during warm weather; fill the feeders with a few days’ supply of seed to ensure it is eaten quickly and stays fresh; discard moldy and foul-smelling seed, as it can be harmful to the health of the birds. Keep your bird feeders clean.

Four outings for the club have been placed on the agenda. They are the Greensboro Arboretum, Lomax Farms, Carolyn Tucker’s garden, and Metrolina Greenhouse.

Refreshments were served by Emmie and Lonnie Coggins and Judy Critz. If you are interested in gardening, join us Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. when Jim Smith will provide a program on pruning.

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