Hannah’s Closet sale
Hannah’s Closet Thrift Store, 1034 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids, will hold a “Shoes & Jeans $1” sale through Saturday. Watch for the Daily Dollar Deals and don’t forget, Tuesday is Senior Citizen Day which includes 15% off total purchase. A $5 Bag Sale is held on the first Saturday of every month. Visit Hannah’s on the Ave at POSHMARK, at poshmark.com/closet/hannahsontheave. 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 252-541-2064. All donations are tax-deductible. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. To help volunteer or for information, call 252-541-1127.
Board of Elections meeting
HALIFAX — The Halifax County Board of Elections will hold an emergency meeting at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Commissioners Meeting Room located upstairs of the Historic Courthouse. The purpose is to approve military ballots that were not included in the count. For more information, call 252-583-4391.
Farm Bureau Toy Drive
Northampton County Farm Bureau is partnering with Northampton County Children Services Department during the Christmas holiday season for donations. Offices in Jackson, Conway and Gaston will be collecting new unwrapped toys, games, books, gloves, hats, coats, etc., to be distributed to foster care and needy children to brighten their Christmas. Donations are due Dec. 9. For information, call 252-534-4121.
Fish dinners, sandwiches sale
LITTLETON — The Littleton Senior Citizens will hold their fish dinners and sandwiches sale Dec. 2 at the Littleton Community Center, 238 Oak St. This is a take-out order event and plates should be ready by 11 a.m. Plates are $8, and sandwiches are $3. Proceeds benefit the center.
Littleton Christmas Parade
LITTLETON — The Littleton Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 3 along Mosby Avenue and downtown Littleton. Lakeland Cultural Arts Center along with and all those who have worked to bring Lakeland to this area have been chosen as the Grand Marshal. Floats, antique cars and trucks, music, horses, fire and rescue vehicles, candy and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to bring the spirit of Christmas. Interested in participating in the parade? There is no fee, however, all participants are required to register for a spot in the line up, which begins at 10 a.m. For more information or to register, call 252-586-6828. Please note that ATVs, motorized bikes, dirt bikes and scooters will not be allowed for safety concerns. Traffic patterns in Littleton will be altered one hour prior to the parade and Highway 4 will be closed. Traffic to town will be diverted to Ferguson Street.
Special music to be presented
A duet by two members of the Roanoke Rapids High School band will perform at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at Roanoke United Methodist Church. Also, the Roanoke Rapids High School Chorus, lead by Denise Hackenburg, will perform a concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the sanctuary. A light reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
Gingerbread Christmas will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at wRosemary Baptist Church. Children will enjoy decorating gingerbread houses and cookies, while learning of about the good news of Jesus. For more information, visit rosemarybaptist.com.
Landfill, trash collection
The Halifax County Landfill and Halifax County Public Utilities will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Halifax County Convenience Centers will also be closed Thursday and will resume the normal schedule on Friday. Halifax County residential curbside trash collection provided by Unity of the Carolinas will run on its normal schedule.
Oyster Roast planned
ENFIELD — Downtown Enfield Restoration and Preservation will hold an Oyster Roast at 5 p.m. Saturday at Scotfield Preserve, 193 Country Club Drive. Cost is $40 per ticket, with proceeds going to DERP. This is a BYOB event, with music provided by Rhythm Express Band of Rocky Mount and catered by Washington Crab. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Lori Clay at 252-904-8447.
Northampton County NAACP meeting
GARYSBURG — The Northampton County NAACP will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Mudcastle, 192 Hilltop Drive. During this meeting, new officers will be elected. Members are encouraged to attend and place your vote; the polls will open at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held indoors, and masks and social distancing is encouraged.
Toy drive at Discount Auto & Tire
This is a chance to donate toys and win a new set of rims and tires with a value up to $2,000 — $1,000 in tires and $1,000 in rims. Owner Tracy Story is working with his distributors to do something extra special. Story has already been made aware of multiple families in need and is excepting donations for the best toy drive ever. Every toy donation brought to his business gets an entry to win a complete set of wheel and tires up to $2,000. If you bring in 10 toys, you get 10 entries to win. Also, for cash donations for organizers to shop — one entry for every $5 donated. His goal is to fill up his show room with toys, which will be collected until Dec. 16, with the drawing at 3 p.m. the same day. The winner gets to pick out a set of wheel and tires that are less than $2,000 — there is no cash value. In other words, the winner does not get the difference back, and if the wheels and tires are more, the winner pays the difference. There is no limit to entries.
Winter Coat Drive
The Roanoke-Chowan Regional Housing Authority is currently holding a Winter Coat Drive. The public is invited to give back to the community by donating clean gently used or new coats, sweaters, hoodies, hats and gloves. Drop-off locations are 205 Tinsley Way in Gaston, 716 Freedom St. in Enfield, 200 S. Persimmon St. in Woodland, 165 Dogwood Drive in Weldon, 101 Lowe’s Court in Garysburg, 812 McDowell Road in Scotland Neck and 600 South Drive in Murfreesboro. For more information, contact Tammy Vincent at 252-537-1051, 252-676-0354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Toy Drive
The Roanoke-Chowan Regional Housing Authority will hold a Holiday Toy Drive through Dec. 5. The public is invited to give back to the community by donating a toy to make a child smile. Drop-off locations are 205 Tinsley Way in Gaston, 716 Freedom St. in Enfield, 200 S. Persimmon St. in Woodland, 165 Dogwood Drive in Weldon, 101 Lowe’s Court in Garysburg, 812 McDowell Road in Scotland Neck and 600 South Drive in Murfreesboro. For more information, contact Tammy Vincent at 252-537-1051, 252-676-0354 or email@example.com.
Gallery for rent
Need a venue for an event? Rent the gallery of the Halifax County Arts Council. The gallery is not too small, not too big, and it’s nice but not expensive. It’s central located in downtown Roanoke Rapids at 1027 Roanoke Ave. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant opportunity for family farms
NC AgVentures, a NC State Extension program, provides grants to NC farmers and community groups for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that will increase farm profits. The program, which is supported by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, will award a minimum of 40 grants to independent family farms. This is a great opportunity for any producer who is thinking of diversifying, improving, or expanding their farm operation. This is a competitive grant program. Applications will be accepted from family farms in many counties, including Northampton and Halifax. NC AgVentures will grant awards up to $8,000. The application deadline is 8 p.m. Dec. 15. For more information, contact your local NC Cooperative Extension office, Halifax Center at
252-583-5161, Northampton Center at 252-534-5161 or visit ncagventures.org.
COVID-19 booster availability
The FDA authorized both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent COVID-19 booster dose, which protects against the original as well as the Omicron strain. The FDA stated the new boosters “are expected to provide increased protection against the currently circulating omicron variant.” As a result of the FDA’s action, the original booster dose, which contains one strain of the virus, is no longer authorized for children ages 12 and older. The original booster is still authorized for children ages 5-11 years old. The Halifax County Health Department is providing Moderna and Pfizer primary doses and bivalent booster doses by appointment. Appointments are available on Tuesday and Thursday. Please call the Halifax County Health Department at 252-583-5021 to schedule an appointment.
Rescue needs volunteers
SCOTLAND NECK — Volunteers are needed at the Woofs-N-Purrs Animal Rescue Inc., a nonprofit animal rescue in Scotland Neck. Help is needed in the following areas: Transportation to vet visits, basic animal care, kennel care, file keeping and records, playtime and love, grooming and donations. To volunteer, contact the rescue at woofsnpurrs.org or call Marion Cotten at 919-210-8737.
Donate to Rainbow Animal Rescue
The Herald at 1025 Roanoke Ave. in Roanoke Rapids is open and is a drop-off location for Rainbow Animal Rescue. The rescue accepts any type of donation from puppy and dog food, to beds, toys and treats. If you would like to help support the work of this nonprofit organization, send checks to Rainbow Animal Rescue Inc., P.O. Box 972, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. Call Editor Tia Bedwell at 252-410-7056 if you would like to make sure someone is at the office to accept your donation.
NC Agricultural Cost Share Program
Now is the time to sign up for the NC Ag Cost Share Program. The Northampton Soil and Water Conservation District has received the 2022/2023 allocation. These funds are made available to assist landowners and users to install conservation practices that help decrease the amount of sediment, nitrogen, phosphorous, chemicals and other pollutants in the surface and ground waters of the state. Landowners and operators may apply for cost share assistance to install conservation practices such as diversions, terraces, grass waterways, field borders and more. All NC Ag Cost Share applications are reviewed and ranked by the local District Board of Supervisors for funding. Potential applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. To make an appointment, visit the local Soil and Water Conservation Office, 9495 NC Highway 305, Ste. 107 in Jackson, or call 252-534-2591, ext. 3.
GAL Program volunteers needed
Where abused and neglected children come from can not be controlled, but where they end up can be helped 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 “Be A Voice for a child in the Community.” For more information, call 252-331-4755 or visit volunteerforgal.org.
Jackson Christmas Parade
JACKSON — The Jackson Christmas Parade will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 10. To participate, call Danielle Elliott at 252-908-5584 or Anna Gee at 252-308-2087.
A Formal Affair planned
The Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce and River Valley Catering & Events will host A Formal Affair from 8 p.m. until midnight Dec. 17 at Kirkwood Adams Community Center, 1100 Hamilton St. in Roanoke Rapids. Attendees are invited to come dressed in your best and dance the night away with The Pizazz Band. There are a limited number of tickets: $75 for singles, or $500 for a table of eight. There will be heavy hot d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Please bring an unopened toy to be donated to The John 3:16 Center or the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office. For tickets, call 252-537-3513 or visit bit.ly/3EYNZGp.