A long parade of tractors, fire trucks and antique cars traversed U.S. 1 from Wise to Paschall Station Road on Saturday morning.
Korean War veteran Macon Myrick held the place of honor as grand marshal of the annual Wise Independence Day parade, as the community celebrated “the country where liberty lives,” to use the words of Benjamin Franklin.
The overcast day was deemed just right by Tim Williams, of Working Landscapes. The rain held off, but temperatures did not rise to the 90-plus degrees of a few days earlier.
Phil Bateman (right) pulls bratwurst's from the grill as he and his brother Tim cook lunch for their family at Satterwhite Point. Many families and friends made their way to Kerr Lake for the Independence Day weekend.
In honor of the Fourth of July, American and Confederate flags will be raised across the Tri-County.
But after the massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, some politicians are decrying the Confederate battle symbol and calling for its removal.
A 20-year-old Henderson man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of La’Darrius Talley, who was found killed in a car that crashed on Lincoln Street.
Bill West said he eats a tomato and part of a cantaloupe every day.
That healthy diet also helps him dispose of some of what he grows. The rest he gives away.
West grows a variety of vegetables at his home at 100 Holly Drive, including peppers, squash, string beans, peas, cucumbers and onions.
But tomatoes tower over the rest — literally.
One tomato plant has grown to a height approaching 12 feet, West said. In his garden, he counted 30-some tomatoes at various stages of ripening.
An organic farming group based in Henderson received a generous donation of insects — specifically, boxes of bees.
The Southern Organic Female Farmers Association was given tens of thousands of honeybees from The Kerr-Tar Beekeepers Association.
The Conservation Fund and Burt's Bees also donated four bee boxes to help them build hives.
The organic farming group is a co-op with more than 30 female micro market farmers transitioning to organic farming across the Tri-County.
Marion Williams, president of SOFFA, said the bees will assist her organization’s members because the insects are effective and efficient pollinators.
“We are seeing more blackberries and other crops that, two years ago, we didn’t see,” Williams said.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision recently legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states doesn't change much in North Carolina, where federal judges struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last October.
A grant from the state commerce department is helping to bring 20 new jobs to Granville County.
The Wise Independence Day parade and festival will offer a unique tribute to the national holiday. And some lucky person will walk off with it.
A “God Bless America” quilt will grace the grounds of Wise Baptist Church for the July 4 festival. It will be sold at silent auction during the day. Proceeds will benefit the building fund of the church.
In the three years Twanna Jones has served as director of Area Christians Together in Service, the organization has outgrown its home at 305 S. Chestnut St.
When Jones was hired in February 2012, she said the soup kitchen was not even giving out 60 meals per day during the week.
These days, ACTS volunteers prepare and hand out more than 200 meals, in addition to the Meals on Wheels program and summer feeding for kids.
Last Thanksgiving, the group fed more than 600 people.
Since ACTS was founded in the 1980s, the organization has been housed in the property behind First Baptist Church.
But the decades-old structure has fallen into disrepair, said local developer Dennis Tharrington, who examined the property recently to provide a preliminary estimate for renovations.