Christmas Parade

HALIFAX — The Halifax Christmas Parade is proceeding as planned beginning at Halifax County Courthouse, Ferrell Lane to Historic Halifax Site, at 4 p.m., Nov. 28, with the tree lighting directly afterwards in the Mural Park.

NAACP to meet Monday

GARYSBURG — The Northampton County NAACP will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Family Life Center, 192 Hilltop Drive. This event will be outdoors with attendees remaining in or at their parked vehicles. Masks and social distancing are expected.

Artists of Elements class

LITTLETON — Artists of Elements, 370 Lizard Creek Road, will also host its first hands-on class. In this all-day class, folks will learn to carve a Santa ornament with John Newbauer. The cost of $50 includes all supplies except a cut-resistant glove, which attendees must bring. Four spots are available due to CDC guidelines. The class will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, with a one-hour lunch break. To purchase tickets online, visit artistsofelements.com.

Board to meet Tuesday

HALIFAX — The Halifax County Board of Social Services will meet at noon Tuesday at the Old Commissioners Building, 2 North King St.

CPTA Board closure

RICH SQUARE — The Choanoke Public Transportation Authority will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Post 308 dinner meeting

LITTLETON — The Horace Palmer Jr. American Legion Post 308 will hold its dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Friday at the post building, 217 Mitchell St. All members are urged to attend.

Food pantry needs donations

The Roanoke Valley Rescue is accepting non-perishable items to help the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office to help with its food pantry during the holidays. To donate, drop off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the emergency number at 252-537-7181 to inform of a drop off.

Book sale at Northampton library

JACKSON — A book sale will is currently being held at the Northampton Memorial Library, 207 W. Jefferson St. The sale will continue until all items are gone. Pack a provided bag with books for $2 a bag. If you don’t want to fill a bag, individual books are 50 cents each.

Littleton Christmas Parade canceled

LITTLETON — Due to the increase in cases of the COVID-19 virus in North Carolina and the counties folks live in, it was decided to cancel the Christmas Parade scheduled for Dec. 5, due to the safety need for both the participants in the parade and those watching along the parade route.

Toy drive planned

Boys 2 Men Inc. will hold a Community Focus Toy Drive to help families in Halifax and Northampton counties who may have been affected by COVID layoffs or families needing help during the Christmas season. The drive will run until Dec. 18. Toys should be for boys and girls, new, unwrapped, and for ages 1-10. The following are drop-off locations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:

Gaston Concrete, 321 Old Emporia Road, Gaston

Sugahill Fashion, 1722 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway, Roanoke Rapids

Alluzions By Anglea, 115 W. 10th St., Roanoke Rapids

Tight Edge Barber Shop, 1024 E. 10th St., Roanoke Rapids

Queen’s Throne Beauty Bar, Renata’s Creations, 1032 Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids

For more information, contact Founder/CEO Alvin Arrington at 252-326-5224 or boys2menrrinc@gmail.com.

Library has new hours

The Roanoke Rapids Public Library, 319 Roanoke Ave., is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. In order to use one of the seven public access computers, patrons must check in at the service desk and be assigned a computer at least 30 minutes prior to closing time. Wi-Fi service is available until 15 minutes prior to closing. The library offers resources and information services for educational, recreational and cultural growth to the citizens of Roanoke Rapids and the surrounding region. For more information about the library, call 252-533-2890 and select prompt 4.

Angel’s Closet Christmas Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Angel’s Closet Christmas Program, which will begin Dec. 1. An appointment is required to schedule children. The available appointments are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays. To schedule, folks need to go the Roanoke Rapids Police Department, 1040 Roanoke Ave. To register and get an appointment, a personal ID is required, and a birth certificate or Social Security card for the children who need toys. In the past, scheduling the available appointment slots has completely run out, so it is advised not to wait too long and schedule children as soon as possible. For more information, call Tina or Heather at 252-533-2814. Unrelated to Christmas, if folks need clothing or household items, they can come from 9 a.m. to noon, any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday as often as they want to get as many $5 bags as they need.

Meeting planned for Dec. 3

The Board of Directors of Halifax-Warren Smart Start Partnership for Children will hold a Zoom meeting at noon Dec. 3. To receive an invitation email smartstart@hwss.org. For more information, call 252-537-5621.

Energy assistance program

HALIFAX — The Halifax County Department of Social Services, 4421 Highway 301, will offer its Low Income Energy Assistance Program beginning Dec. 1. The program is for anyone age 60 or over who did not automatically receive Lieap benefits. Due to COVID, applications will be available outside of the department’s front door and may be placed in the drop box when completed. Applications by mail are available by calling 252-536-6636. All other age groups can apply beginning Jan. 1, as long as funds are available. Please include a phone number as well as Social Security numbers for each member of the home, along with account numbers for an electric or gas statement. If approved, funds will be mailed directly to the vendor. The message line for this program is 252-538-6731; staff is not able to return messages on this line.

Meeting planned for Dec. 3

The Board of Directors of Halifax-Warren Smart Start Partnership for Children will hold a Zoom meeting at noon Dec. 3. To receive an invitation email smartstart@hwss.org. For more information, call 252-537-5621.

Toys being accepted

Northampton County Farm Bureau is partnering with the Northampton County Children Services Department during the Christmas holiday season. Farm Bureau offices in Jackson, Conway and Gaston will be collecting donations of new unwrapped toys, games, books, gloves, hats, etc., to be distributed to local foster care children and needy families to brighten their Christmas morning. The due date for donations is Dec. 4. For more information, call 252-534-4121.

Positions available for the public

To provide opportunities for citizens to participate in county government, the Northampton County Board of Commissioners is seeking interested citizens to apply for appointment to the Veterans Advocacy Commission and the Halifax-Northampton Regional Airport Authority. Applicants must reside in Northampton County. Complete an online application at bit.ly/3lNj9ny. Applications can also be obtained at the Office of the County Manager, 9467 NC Highway 305 in Jackson, or by email to clerk.to.board@nhcnc.net. Applications are needed by Dec. 4 for consideration by the board at the Dec. 7 meeting.

Clothing giveaway

PLEASANT HILL — A clothing giveaway will be from 9 a.m. until noon Dec. 5 at the New Vision Christian Center, 653 James Jones Road. Masks are required. For more information, call Minister Sandra Garner at 252-536-8845.

Northampton commissioners meetings

JACKSON — The Northampton County Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 9495 NC Highway 305. The purpose is to deliberate and render a decision on the proposed re-zoning of 10 parcels of land, totaling approximately 611 acres, from Agricultural Residential Watershed 2 (AR-2) to Agricultural Residential (AR). Maps are available for viewing in the Northampton County Code Enforcement Office. For an appointment, call 252-534-5171 or request emailed versions to william.flynn@nhcnc.net. A regular meeting will follow at 6 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public, but may be viewed via live stream on the county’s Facebook page at bit.ly/35INTAx, or via Zoom at bit.ly/36KuM8x, password 440650. The public may provide written comments by submitting it to Clerk.to.Board@nhcnc.net by 4 p.m. Dec. 7 or call 252-574-0236. When submitting the comment, please indicate that you are providing a citizen comment for the upcoming board meeting along with your name, address, email and telephone number.

Board of Commissioners retreat

HALIFAX — The regular meeting and board retreat of the of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners at 9 a.m. Dec. 11 has changed locations from Halifax Community College to the Halifax County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room, second floor of the Historic Courthouse, 10 North King St. The purpose of the meeting location change is due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteer for GAL Program

You can’t control where abused and neglected children come from, but you can have something to do with where they end up by becoming a Guardian ad Litem Program volunteer. If you’ve been trying to think of a way to give back to your community, now’s the time to make a difference in the life of an abused and neglected child. No specific education or experience is required to volunteer for this program; only a true desire to make a difference one child at a time. Virtual training will start in January. For more information, call the local GAL office at 252-358-7914 or visit volunteerforgal.org.