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Community events

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Wilkes Cowboy Church will have a service on Thursday, June 10, at Community Baptist Church, 501 C St., North Wilkesboro. Covered dish at 6:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m. by M.J. Griffin, followed by a message.

Little Rock Baptist Church in Boomer will have vacation Bible school June 13-15 from 5:45-8 p.m. Kickoff will be Saturday, June 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 2-adult with lessons, meals, crafts and recreation nightly.


The family of Robert Wesley and Sarah Belle Hamby will have a family reunion on Sunday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at Parkway Garden Baptist Church fellowship hall in North Wilkesboro.

The Davis family will have a reunion on Sunday, June 13, at 1 p.m. at the Laura Shelter in front of the Tom Dooley Amphitheater. Bring a picnic basket.


Moravian Falls Optimist Club will have a chickenque and bake sale at the club park starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 12. Plates are $8.


The Wilkes Soil & Water Conservation District will discuss the 2021-22 proposed budget on Monday, June 14, 11:30 a.m. at the district office, 416 Executive Drive, Wilkesboro. Attend in-person by RSVP to wilkesswcd@gmail.com or via Zoom meeting ID 882 0336 7803 with password WilkesSWCD.


VFW Post 1142 in North Wilkesboro will have music by Silver Eagle and dancing from 7:30-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Mask or shield required. Admission $8 with 50/50 raffle; proceeds benefit the post and veterans.

This week in Wilkes

When you’re looking for something fun to do each week, check our curated guide to entertainment in Wilkes County and the area from June 9-June 16.

Wednesday, June 9

Tom Dooley Project anniversary program from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on the Piedmont Folkways Facebook page; live music and memories from the play.

Thursday, June 10

Trivia from 6-8:30 p.m. at Angry Troll Brewing in Elkin; recurs Thursdays.

Trivia starts at 7 p.m. at Copper Barrel Distillery in North Wilkesboro; hosted by Parker Huffman; prizes awarded; recurs second Thursdays.

Friday, June 11

“The Lion King” (1994) begins at 9 p.m. at Carolina West Wireless Community Commons in Wilkesboro; Disney shorts at 8:45 p.m.; free; bring lawn seating or blankets.

Saturday, June 12

The Local Boys play from 5-9 p.m. at the Connelly Springs Pavilion; three food trucks.

Free concert from 6-10 p.m. on Wilkes Communications Pavilion stage in Wilkesboro; 6-7 p.m. — Will Easter; 7-8 p.m. — Tin Can Alley; 8-10 p.m. — Aztec Sun.

The Robertson Boys play bluegrass music starting at 7 p.m. at Stardust Cellars & Taproom in Wilkesboro; WutYaSay food truck.

Brushy Mountain Shag Club holds its monthly DJ dance from 8-11 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Wilkesboro; $5 cover for members or $8 for guests.

Taylor Mason performs starting at 8 p.m. at Brushy Mountain Brews in Taylorsville.

Sunday, June 13

Luke Mears Band with Robert Holthouser play from 2-4:30 p.m. at Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery in State Road; El Taco Vaquero food truck 1-5 p.m.

Creatio performs live music starting at 2 p.m. at Golden Road Vineyards in State Road; free.

Bradley Steele plays from 3-6 p.m. at Skull Camp in Elkin; free.

Marriage licenses issued
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Eight couples applied for marriage licenses from the Wilkes Register of Deeds office May 24-May 28.

Dalton Wayne Jessup, Traphill, and Avery Cheyenne Wood, North Wilkesboro.

Daniel William Testerman and Misty Lynn Minton, both of North Wilkesboro.

Randall Clayton Barber and Rosanna Renee Nelson, both of Wilkesboro.

Rodney Allen Miller, Millers Creek, and Marsha Ann Hincher, Wilkesboro.

Leslie Victoria Sierra and Gabriela Vanesa Roberts, both of Roaring River.

Justin Blake Perry and Rebecca Ann Carl, both of Roaring River.

Katlyn Nicole Tester and Kimberly Danielle Martinez, both of Jonesville.

Joseph Gregory Polanik and Emily Ruth Thompson, both of Hays.

Grange meeting, church events coming up
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The humidity that is part of summer in the South has arrived.

Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church’s monthly chickenque starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Women’s Home and Foreign Mission Society will have a bake sale then also.

The Ferguson Grange will meet at 7 p.m. June 17 at Whippoorwill Academy and Village. It will be the group’s first meeting in over a year. It will be held outside. If there is rain, the meeting will be in the Chapel of Peace.

The Mariah’s Chapel Board meeting is June 14 at the chapel.

With July 4 coming up, check out places in western North Carolina to celebrate and teach children about those involved in the Revolutionary War. One is the Charles McDowell Jr. home at Quaker Meadows, 119 St. Mary’s Church Road, Morganton. The house has original furnishings and paintings and replicated wallpaper. Go to www.historicburke@gmail.com for more details, including hours. The McDowells fought for American independence. Grace Greenlee McDowell, wife of Gen. Charles McDowell, made ammunition for the Patriots from charcoal in her fireplace and is said to have held a gun on a British soldier who said, “The King hath need of your horses.” Upon seeing her gun, he added, “The King no longer hath need of your horses.” There are great stories all around us. Fort Defiance in Caldwell County, home of Gen. William Lenoir, is another jewel of a historical place to visit to celebrate our independence. Find more details online.

Happy birthday to Trenton Blevins. Congratulations to Nathan Hall, who graduated from West Wilkes High, and Christa Walsh, who graduated from Wilkes Central High.

Mary Dobbin and Margaret Carter Martine are exhibiting artwork at the Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir in June and July. Ms. Dobbin’s is a brilliant colorist and her still life pieces exemplify her abilities with color. Ms. Martine’s work consists of mosaics, portraits and landscapes. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays.

At 5 p.m., June 13, there will be a ministerial certification service for Gary Griffith at Beaver Creek Advent Christian Church. Griffith is the grandson of the late Vera West who was a faithful member and deaconess of Beaver Advent Christian Church. That same evening, Connor Hartley will be recognized for graduating from high school and receiving a culinary arts degree. Triton Minton will be presented with the Edith Carter Memorial Scholarship. Last year’s recipients were Lana Hawkins and Cody Hartley. Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.

Whippoorwill Academy and Village will be open 1-5 p.m. June 19 for regularly scheduled self-guided tours. A poetry reading is from 5-7 p.m. that day. This will be an open mike time for those who wish to share their poetry. There also will be wine tasting.

Here’s a great recipe for Neiman Marcus Cookies (makes 112 cookies).

Ingredients: five cups oatmeal, two cups granulated sugar, two cups brown sugar, two cups butter (softened), four eggs, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, four cups all-purpose flour, one teaspoon salt, two teaspoons baking powder, two teaspoons of baking soda, 24 ounces of chocolate chips, one (eight-ounce) Hershey bar grated and three cups chopped nuts.

Preheat over to 375 degrees. In a blender, blend oatmeal to a fine powder. In bowl of electric mixer, cream sugars and butter, adding eggs and vanilla. Beat in oatmeal flour, sale, baking powder and baking soda. Fold in chocolate chips and Hershey bar, stir in nuts. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured breadboard and roll into balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes.

Joke of the week: In a nudist colony for communists, two old men were sitting on the front porch. One turned to the other and said, “I say, old boy, have you read Marx?” And the other said, “Yes, I believe it’s these wicker chairs.”

Send Ferguson News to Margaret Carter Martine, P.O. Box 268, Ferguson, N.C., 28624 or to mmfergusonnews@gmail.com.

Donald and Rose Huffman renewed their wedding vows on May 22 after celebrating their 25th anniversary on May 4.

The ceremony was led by pastor Phillip Boyce at Stony Hill Baptist Church. Amanda Vannoy stood by the side of her long-time friend Rose and the couple’s nephew, Brady Wyatt, stood by Donald’s side.

The couple renewed their vows with a Bon Jovi musical theme. They then joined family and friends in the fellowship hall for a meal and Bon Jovi cake that was designed by Donald for the special day.

The couple would like to thank everyone who helped make the day special.

Traphill Fire Department board members elected
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Traphill Fire Department board members were elected at the annual meeting on June 4.

Curley Kennedy, Robert Wood and Faye Hutchinson will serve terms of three years each. Terry Bernstein and James Henderson will serve two-year terms.

Congratulations to Eli Johnson, who graduated from NASCAR Tech in Mooresville.

Tony Johnson, Joseph Roberts and Danny Wiles spent last weekend in Cripple Creek, Va., camping and fishing. Wonder if they got any whoppers to tell about?

Derick Barker will preach at Garden Creek Baptist Church in Stone Mountain State Park at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Condolences go to the family of Wayne Johnson. He died June 5 and was the brother of Sandy Wood.

Happy birthday to Pam Caudill, June 7; Rebekah Daye McGlamery and Darlene K. Wagoner, June 8; Leroy Bell, June 10; Ethan Foster and Helen Smith, June 11; David Richardson, June 12; and Bonnie Baker and Dakota Johnson, June 13.

Carl and Reveley McGrady observed a wedding anniversary June 9; Sasha and David Murphy; 10th anniversary June 11; and Max and Janice Eller, 41st anniversary June 12.

Traphill had a low of 48 degrees on May 31 and a high of 86 degrees on June 5. There was only slight rain the week of May 30 to June 5.