Holiday closure announced

The Halifax County Landfill and Halifax County Public Utilities will be closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash collection will run its normal schedule.

Virtual M.L.K. celebration

Oak Grove Baptist Church in Littleton and Piney Grove Baptist in Halifax will sponsor the 19th annual M.L.K. Holiday Celebration virtually at noon Monday. This national observance will be streamed live on Facebook at Oak Grove Media Ministry and will be recorded to post on YouTube. Mertis B.Horton will serve as the leader, Congressman G.K. Butterfield will be the guest speaker, Kaileb Harrison will recite King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Sen. Erica Smith will have “Declarations of Hope” and C.E. McCollum, pastor, will reflect on the MLK Day events from 2002-2021. Other participants are C. Sparrow, Minister A. McCollum, Minister F. Bell, Ms. C. Johnson, Mr. T. Davis, Mr. K. Hicks, Mr. M. Hawkins, Mrs. C. Ross-Holmes and Ms. O. Gould-Faison. The John 3:16 Center was selected as The 2021 MLK Community Service Project benefiting families in surrounding counties. Mail monetary donations to John 3:16, P.O. Box 1541, Littleton, NC 27850.

Barbecue sandwich fundraiser

AMVETS Post 320 will hold a barbecue sandwich fundraiser from 11:10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at 801 Charlotte St. in Roanoke Rapids. Cost is $8 which includes two barbecue sandwiches, slaw and chips. Proceeds will go to the post. For more information or to place an order, call Bill Harris at 252-537-6187 or 252-326-0313, Randy Ferguson at 252-532-0294 or Jimmy Baugham at 252-370-4902. Delivery available with orders of five or more.

Hannah’s Closet sale

Customer Appreciation Week will be held through Saturday at Hannah’s Closet Thrift Store, 1034 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids. The sale includes dresses $3, suits $4, coats buy one and get another for 50% off, and more. The ongoing sale includes blouses, sweaters and pants for $1; second item 50 cents. Tuesday is Senior Day — 15% off total purchase. The store is part of Hannah’s Place, a nonprofit organization helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Halifax and Northampton counties. The crisis line is 252-541-2037. All donations are tax-deductible. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 252-541-1127.

Breakfast on Saturdays

LITTLETON — American Legion Post 425, 340 Weavers Chapel Road, will hold its Saturday morning breakfasts every Saturday through March. Breakfast is served from 7 to 10:30 a.m., and includes eggs, sausage, herring, hash browns and coffee. Cost is $7 a plate, with proceeds going to the post. Primarily this is a “take out” event, as there are very few indoor seats available at this time. Social distancing and masks will be required indoors.

GAL program training this month

The District 6 NC Guardian ad Litem Program has recently relocated its office. In August, the program relocated from the Northampton County Courthouse in Jackson to the Hertford County Department of Social Services Building in Winton, 704 N. King St., Room 164. The District 6 Guardian ad Litem Program covers four counties — Bertie, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton — and serves more than 40 abused and neglected children utilizing over 15 volunteers. The mission of the NC Guardian ad Litem Program, established in 1983, is to provide trained volunteer child advocates to “Be a voice for the children in our Community.” Virtual new GAL training will be held starting in January. If interested, visit or call the local office at 252-358-7914. The District 6 GAL program is lead by Kathleen Foreman, district administrator, and Judith Jones, supervisor.

Library to hold DVD Frenzy

The Roanoke Rapids Public Library announces a promotion with its DVD collection for the remainder of month of December and the entire month of January. Come to the library with your library card, borrow one DVD for 50 cents, and borrow a second one free. This promotion will run through Jan. 29 during library operating hours. In February, the library will return to its DVD Frenzy on Wednesdays. Normal checkout limits apply based on cardholder status. Overdue fines apply if returned late. For more information, contact Head Librarian Jeff Watson at 252-533-2890 and select prompt 4, stop by the library at 319 Roanoke Ave. or email Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Fish dinners, sandwiches sale

LITTLETON — The Littleton Senior Citizens will hold their fish dinners and sandwiches sale Friday at the Littleton Community Center, 238 Oak St. This is a take-out only event and plates should be ready by 11 a.m. Plates are $7, and sandwiches are $2.50. Proceeds benefit the center.

Brunswick stew sale

Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3772, 1037 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids, will have a Brunswick stew sale Saturday. Stew should be ready by noon for pick up. Cost is $8 a quart with proceeds going to the organization. To reserve stew, call 252-541-3133 and leave a message.

MLK Parade canceled

The Martin Luther King Parade planned for Monday in Littleton has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Court to resume

HALIFAX — Judicial officials in Halifax County plan to resume operations for district court effective Tuesday. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public and staff, anyone visiting the courthouse is reminded that face coverings are required and social distancing must be observed.

RRGSD Trustees to meet

The Roanoke Rapids Graded School District Board of Trustees will meet remotely 6 p.m. Tuesday. Members of the public can view or listen to all portions of the meeting except the closed session on the districts YouTube channel at Members of the public will have the opportunity to submit comments by 4 p.m. Friday via Google Form at (no more than 400 words) or by voicemail (no more than three minutes long) at 252-519-7100; include your name and phone number. These comments are subject to approval by administration.

Northampton commissioners to meet

JACKSON — The Northampton County Board of Commissioners will meet electronically at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 9495 N.C. Highway 305. The meeting will be closed to in person attendance, however members of the public will be able to view and listen to the meeting via live streaming video on the County’s Facebook page at Members of the public may provide a written comment by submitting it to by 4 p.m. Jan. 20 or call 252-574-0236; include your name, address, email and telephone number.

CPTA Board meeting canceled

The Choanoke Public Transportation Authority Board canceled its Wednesday meeting. The next meeting will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 by electronic communications, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Submit all public comments by 4 p.m. Feb. 16 to

COVID-19 rapid testing

ENFIELD — A fee COVID-19 rapid drive-thru testing event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at Ivory Hill Baptist Church, 4505 Medoc Mountain Road. No appointment is needed with same-day results. Services are being provided by Rural Health Group.

Brunswick stew sale

The Jo Story Senior Center for Active Adults will hold its Brunswick stew sale Feb. 18. The stew will be available for pick-up from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center, 1100 Hamilton St. in Roanoke Rapids. Please pre-order at $8 a quart in advance. If you can not make it by to pick them up that day, they will be available to pick up the next day. This will be pick up only, as the traditional Stew & Sandwich dinner will not take place this year. To reserve stew, call the center at 252-533-2847, extension 5.