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Lots of Summer Reading Activities for Kids this Summer

Summer reading activities are buzzing in uptown Wadesboro thanks to Anson County Partnership for Children and Hampton B. Allen Library. Both organizations have enriching summer reading programs for children and families
. On Wednesdays at 4 p.m. the Partnership hosts engaging storytime events in the Early Childhood Resource Center to foster learning, imagination and play in young children. The Hampton B. Allen Library presents their summer reading program, Build A Better World Summer Series, on Fridays. Children are invited to the library to participate in story explanation events at 10 a.m. Also, the library offers teen and adult programming on Fridays at 2 p.m.
On Wednesday, August 9 at 4 p.m. children are invited to join special guest, Ansonville Elementary science teacher Justin Jones, who will bring science to life with an experiment exploding...for fun! The Partnership will resume normal storytime hours (Wednesdays at 10 a.m.) starting on August 16.
Dont miss out on these events from Anson County Partnership for Children and Hampton B. Library. The Partnership will post upcoming events on their website, ansonchildren .org and their Facebook page. Keep in touch with Hampton B. Library by dropping in and picking up their event calendar.


Connections Family Support Program Monthly Meeting

Anson County meeting for those serving children with emotional, learning or behavioral challenges The Connections Family Support Program hosts a monthly support group for parents, grandparents and foster parents serving children with emotional, learning or behavioral challenges The next meeting in Anson County will be held on Thursday, August 17 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, located at 612 Salisbury Street in Wadesboro, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and resources are provided free.
Contact Suzanne Maness at (910) 627-1769 or you can contact her by email at connectionsfsp@gmail.com to register.


Connections Family Support Program Monthly Meeting

Anson County meeting for those serving children with emotional, learning or behavioral challenges The Connections Family Support Program hosts a monthly support group for parents, grandparents and foster parents serving children with emotional, learning or behavioral challenges The next meeting in Anson County will be held on Thursday, August 17 at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, located at 612 Salisbury Street in Wadesboro, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and resources are provided free.
Contact Suzanne Maness at (910) 627-1769, toll free (877) 211-5995 or by email at connectionsfsp-@gmail.com to register.


Eclipse Diabetes and Obesity Class

It is time to "eclipse" lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. You or someone you love can be set free from disease through a smart and powerful plant based health plan. Do you want to know more? Attend the next healthy living and cooking seminar at Pathway to Peace Ministries, Sunday, August 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. The seminar is free, and will feature new recipes! You will also be able to eat a delicious plant-based dinner there. Pathway to Peace Ministries is located on Highway 109 South, 2 miles past Deep Creek Road as you go towards Mt. Croghan, SC. The address is 11775 NC 109 South, Peachland, NC. For more information call 704-695-1441.


Brown Bag Book Club Meeting Features Author Robin Anderson

The Hampton B. Allen Librarys Brown Bag Boo k Club will meet on Monday, August 21 at 12:00 noon in the Pritchett room. Robin Anderson will be the guest author. Robin has published her second novel The Healer and will be sharing information about that. Copies of her books will be available for purchase. Everyone is invited to come, bring a covered dish and enjoy lunch with the author . Any questions please call 704-694-5177.


How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (totality), when the moon entirely blocks the suns bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe (link is external)).

Eclipse glass

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers (link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

Always supervise children using solar filters.

Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter  do not remove it while looking at the sun.

Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.

Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer  the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.

Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.

USA map with eclipse pathIf you are within the path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe (link is external)), remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the suns bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.

Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.

If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

Note: If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren't scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn't look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015. To make sure you get (or got) your eclipse glasses/viewers from a supplier of ISO-compliant products, see the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers (link is external) page.

An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection (link is external). For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you'll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves.

A solar eclipse is one of natures grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. More information: eclipse.aas.org (link is external) eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Additional Safety Information:

An eclipse is a rare and striking phenomenon you won't want to miss, but you must carefully follow safety procedures. Don't let the requisite warnings scare you away from witnessing this singular spectacle! You can experience the eclipse safely, but it is vital that you protect your eyes at all times with the proper solar filters. No matter what recommended technique you use, do not stare continuously at the sun. Take breaks and give your eyes a rest! Do not use sunglasses: they don't offer your eyes sufficient protection. The only acceptable glasses are safe viewers designed for looking at the sun and solar eclipses. One excellent resource on how to determine if your viewers are safe can be found here: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/iso-certification (link is external)

Viewing with Protection --

Experts suggests that one widely available filter for safe solar viewing is welders glass of sufficiently high number. The only ones that are safe for direct viewing of the Sun with your eyes are those of Shade 12 or higher. These are much darker than the filters used for most kinds of welding. If you have an old welder's helmet around the house and are thinking of using it to view the Sun, make sure you know the filter's shade number. If it's less than 12 (and it probably is), don't even think about using it to look at the Sun. Many people find the Sun too bright even in a Shade 12 filter, and some find the Sun too dim in a Shade 14 filter  but Shade 13 filters are uncommon and can be hard to find. The AAS Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers page (link is external) doesn't list any suppliers of welder's filters, only suppliers of special-purpose filters made for viewing the Sun.To find out more about eyewear and handheld viewers go to https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/eyewear-viewers (link is external).

Telescopes with Solar Filters 

Eclipses are best viewed directly when magnified, which means a telescope with a solar filter or solar telescopes. These will give you a magnified view that will clearly show the progress of an eclipse. Never look through a telescope without a solar filter on the large end of the scope. And never use small solar filters that attach to the eyepiece (as found in some older, cheaper telescopes.) https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/optics-filters (link is external)

Pinhole and Related Projection Methods (link is external) --

Pinhole projectors and other projection techniques are a safe, indirect viewing technique for observing an image of the sun. These provide a popular way for viewing solar eclipses. One viewing technique is to project an image of the sun onto a white surface with a projecting telescope. This is explained further here: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/05/stars2.html (link is external)

The Exploratorium demonstrates how to view a planet in transit or an eclipse safely by projecting the image with binoculars:
http://www.exploratorium.edu/transit/how.html (link is external). There are commercially available projection telescopes as well.

Besides eye protection during solar eclipse viewing, one needs to pay attention to their personal needs and surrounding.


Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse will Occur on Monday, August 21

In just a couple of weeks on August 21 a rare celestial event will occur, a total solar eclipse. Well that depends on geographically where you happen to be. In Anson County it will be 97.5% total. This will be almost a total eclipse, and will be a most interesting event. If you drive below Columbia, South Carolina or Andrews, North Carolina you can see it in 100% total. The eclipse will be traveling from west to east, and at around 2:35 p.m. the sun will become very close to disappearing behind the moons shadow. Full eclipse, or at least 97.5% total in Wadesboro, will occur between 2:41 and 2:45 p.m. It will become very dark. Cars will be using headlights; the temperature will drop about 10 degrees; animals will begin bedding down thinking it is night time. The eclipse will last about two and one half minutes and the sun will begin peaking back around the shadow of the moon.

Please stop by the Anson County Historical Societys Eclipse Exhibit in the window of the Belk building. Here you will see photographs and information from the 1900 eclipse plus information on the upcoming eclipse. On Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. the Rotary Planetarium will be open with programs on the eclipse; history of the 1900 eclipse, science projects and a robotic demonstration. Admission is free.
Also, remember it is very dangerous to look directly at the sun.
Free eclipse viewing glasses are available at these locations: the Anson County Chamber of Commerce; the Historical Society Office, the Anson County Health Department and the Wadesboro Town Hall.

On Monday, August 21 the Moons shadow along the centerline crosses the mountain border of North Carolina to the west of Robbinsville at 2:33:54 p.m. Totality lasts 2 minutes, 39 seconds and the path of totality (total eclipse) is 71.7 miles wide. The path of totality crosses the westernmost end of North Carolina, passing entirely within the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and the Nantahala National Forest. At the centerline, the moons shadow passes over 42 miles of the state of North Carolina in the span of 4 minutes, 13 seconds, at an average speed of 1,440 miles per hour, or 1.89 times the speed of sound. Wadesboro was highly involved in the last total lunar eclipse. On May 28, 1900, another total solar eclipse occurred across the United States. That line of totality crossed directly over Wadesboro. Other towns were in the line of the eclipse, but Wadesboro was chosen because of its climate and elevation. Scientist had studied weather and cloud movements for three years prior and determined Wadesboro was the mostly likely setting that would give scientist the best view of the heavenly event. Wadesboro was also close to a main rail line where scientist could bring in equipment needed to photo and measure the events. The rail line also made for easy access by the hundreds of scientist and news reporters from around the world, well as the thousands of visitors who came to Wadesboro to witness a once in a life time event. Anson County and Wadesboro drew worldwide attention in 1900 for that eclipse. The Anson County Historical Society has voluminous files that include newspaper articles, scientific reports and papers, and photographs that are all available for public viewing. It gives us a snapshot picture of life in Anson County 117 years ago. Even today, 117 years later, scientist will continue to study this eclipse with interest and curiosity. Along the eclipse path, hotels and motels have long been booked up for this coming event. If you choose to view the eclipse in Anson County you really wont be disappointed. Around mid-day on Monday, August 21, the moon will begin its path between earth and the sun. For the next couple of hours the sun will gradually become overshadowed. August 21 will be a historical day across the United States. As that date approaches take some time to look up information on the 1900 eclipse as well at the 2017 eclipse


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Workshop

A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Workshop will be held at the Hampton B. Allen Library on Thursday, August 24, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Amy Hendricks, Coordinator of NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program, will be the guest speaker. Lunch and materials will be provided free. Contact Suzanne Maness at (910) 627-1769, or contact her by email at connectionsfsp@gmail.com to register. The deadline to register is Monday, August 21.


Back to School Basics

Transitioning from summer months to the school year can be challenging for both children and parents. However, taking a few simple steps can ensure a healthy and productive start to your childs school year, says Dr. Jude Thomas with McLeod Pediatrics Cheraw. Annual Checkup Schedule your childs annual checkup with the pediatrician before school starts to make sure your childs vaccinations are up to date. Its also a good idea to ask the pediatrician to check your childs vision before they return to the classroom

. If your child plans to participate in sports, remember to schedule a preparticipation physical exam, or PPE.

Vaccines:
Its easy to keep up with vaccines when our children are little because they generally visit their doctor more frequently for scheduled check-ups. However, as children age, their visits tend to become spaced out. If we are not careful as parents, we could miss some of the recommended immunizations that ensure our childrens safety. Preteens and Teens Teen and pre-teen years are opportune times to protect children against the many types of diseases they may encounter now or when they ven-ture off after graduation. There are four additional vaccines each teen/pre-teen should consider before graduation. They are Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV, and the Flu vaccines.

- Tdap:
Protection for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (or whooping cough) are present in this vaccine. Tetanus is an infection that causes lockjaw and tetany. Diphtheria causes an infection that can make breathing and swallowing difficult. Pertussis is a respiratory illness that causes continual coughing that can lead to breathing difficulties and is often fatal in infants. Vaccination is recommended between the ages of 11 and 12.

- Meningococcal:
Meningococcal is swelling of the lining of the brain and spinal cord or blood infections. This condition can be fatal in children. Recommendations are a first shot at age 11 or 12 and a booster is recommended at age 16.

- HPV (Human Papillomavirus):
HPV is a virus that causes genital warts and is a contributor to several types of cancers, such as anal or cervical. A shot is recommended at 11 years of age. This is a three shot series over a 6-month period and is designed to protect our children before they become sexually active.

- Flu:
Annual flu shots can help prevent the spread of illness caused by the influenza virus. The flu is an illness that affects the lungs and respiratory track. It causes symptoms such as a high fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose, headache, fatigue and body aches. It is best to get vaccinated before flu season as it takes about two weeks after vaccination to be protected from the flu.

Nutrition:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following tips to help your child eat healthy during the school day:
- Studies show that children who eat a nutritious breakfast function better. They do better in school, and have better concentration and more energy.
- Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home and/or have them posted on the school's website. With this advance information, you can plan on packing lunch on the days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat.
- Look into what is offered in school vending machines. Vending machines should stock healthy choices such as fresh fruit, low-fat dairy products, water and 100 percent fruit juice. Learn about your child's school wellness policy and get involved in school groups to put it into effect.
- Each 12-ounce soft drink contains approximately 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories. Drinking just one can of soda a day increases a child's risk of obesity by 60%. Choose healthier options to send in your child's lunch. Pedestrian Safety Safe Kids Worldwide reports that more than 19,200 children seek medical attention for injuries sustained while walking, and almost 500 children die every year in pedestrian accidents. According to a 2012 report by the organization , pedestrian injuries among 16- to 19-year-olds increased 25 percent over the previous five years. Teens now account for half of all pedestrian deaths among children 19 and under.

McLeod Safe Kids Pee Dee/Coastal recommends the following tips to keep your children safe from pedestrian injuries:

- Put devices down while crossing the street. One in five high school students cross the street while distracted by technology. Teach your kids to put devices down, look up, listen, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.

- Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Tell kids to stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.

- Make sure your carpool is safe. Carpooling is a great way to save time for busy families. Make sure each child in the carpool has a car seat, booster seat or safety belt, based on individual age, weight and height. If there isnt, find an alternative way for your child to get to and from school.

A board certified Pediatrician, Dr. Jude Thomas cares for children at McLeod Pediatrics Cheraw. To make an appointment with Dr. Thomas, please call (843) 537-9360.


Stride for Pride Tennis Shoe Drive

Stride for Pride Tennis Shoe Drive Begins Another Season Please consider a donation of shoes or money to help less fortunate students The Shaundasia T. Smith Stride with Pride has begun their 7th annual season of collecting donations of new tennis shoes and/or money used to purchase tennis shoes that will be provided to underprivileged youth of all diversities in Anson County. These shoes are given to youth ranging in age from kindergarten to 12th grade, and all sizes are needed. Stride with Pride is a joint effort of Sheriff Landric Reid and Patti Poulnott of Judys Tax Service. Through the generous contributions of our community, last year Stride with Pride was able to give over 420 pairs of tennis shoes out. For 2017 the goal is to put a smile on as many faces as possible! Collections for the upcoming school year will be going on through August 15, but you can contribute at any time during the year. Sheriff Reid said, Patti Poulnott and I will be working to collect new shoes and monetary donations from area supporters. We hope that you will consider joining us in this important effort to help a child walk the halls of success this new school year. Patti Poulnott said, Through your generosity we can help our youth stride with pride this coming school year.
Collections are going on now. We hope that you will consider joining us to help our local children. If you would like to donate shoes or money, you can go to Judys Tax Service which is located at 102 South Rutherford Street in uptown Wadesboro. If you would like for someone to pick up your donation, or if you want more information, you can contact Patti Poulnott at 704-694- 8386 or ppoulnott@carolina.rr.com or Sheriff Reid at 704-695-7771 or lreid@co.anson.nc.us .


Advance Care Planning Seminar at Grace Senior Center

If an illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself, what care would you want and what choices would you make? Interested? You are invited to attend a lunch and learn Advance Care Planning seminar on Tuesday, August 29 at 12:00 noon at Grace Senior Center to discuss making and sharing your healthcare choices. Call Grace Senior Center at 704-694-6616 to register and for additional information.


Free Computer Skills Classes at BRLC

The Burnsville Recreation & Learning Center in cooperation with South Piedmont Community College is providing Computer Literacy classes for adults. Enroll now for the summer sessions. All students need to enroll in advance

. This class is design to break the fears from those who are finding it difficult in becoming comfortable with computer knowledge. The classes are Computer Skills for the Work Place, Computer Skills for Job Seekers, Computer Skills for Home and Home-Based Businesses. The classes are on a first come, first served basis. The computer training is one on one. Do not hesitate to enroll

. You do not have to be left out or afraid any more. BRLC is located at 13349 Highway 742 North in Burnsville, across from the Fire Department. Call 704- 826-8182 or 704-826- 8737 to enroll


Girl Scouts Seeking Girls K-12 and Adult Volunteers

Girl Scouts of Hornets Nest Council will be conducting two recruitment events for Anson County residents in late August. Girl Scouts is looking for girls entering kindergarten through 12th grade, and adults to become volunteers. Families have the opportunity to engage in Girl Scout activities, learn about volunteer opportunities, and register for new and existing troops on the following dates this fall:

" Tuesday, August 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Peachland United Methodist Church. 131 Clinton Avenue in Peachland.

" Thursday, August 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at First United Presbyterian Church. 208 South Greene Street in Wadesboro.

Girl Scouts creates girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information, questions, or to RSVP contact Anson County Recruiter Kim Van Sickler at kvansickler@hngirlscouts.org or call 440-488-3498.


Anson County Parks and Recreation Fall Sports Registration

Anson County Parks and Recreation is offering the following fall sports programs

" Youth Flag Football for grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6

" Tee Ball for ages 4 to 6 years old

" Coach Pitch Baseball for ages 7 to 8 years old

" Micro Soccer for ages 3 to 4 years old

" Youth Soccer for grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9, 10-12
Youth Soccer, Micro Soccer, Tee Ball, Coach Pitch are $25, Youth Flag Football is $30.

You may come to the Parks and Recreation office at Little Park, located 845 Air- port Road, to register Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or you can also go to their website at www.co.anson.nc.us and fill out a registration form and send it in by email. The deadline to register is Friday, September 1. Registrations will also take place at the following locations:

" Wadesboro Walmart, Tuesvday, August 15, 3 to 5 p.m.

" Wadesboro Walmart, Tuesvday, August 22, 3 to 5 p.m.

" Wadesboro Primary, Tuesvday, August 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

" Wadesboro Elementary School, Tuesvday, Au- gust 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

" Peachland-Polkton El- ementary School, Wednesday, August 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

" Ansonville Elementary School, Wednesday, August 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

" Morven Elementary School, Thursday, Au- gust 31, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

" Lilesville Elementary School, Thursday, Au- gust 31, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information contact: Jeff Waisner at 704-695-2550, Wendell Small at 704-695-2782 or Morris Gatewood at 704-694-5751


On the Road, On the Water, Dont Drink and Drive Campaign

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State High- way Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off the seventh annual On the Road, On the Water, Dont Drink and Drive campaign with a news conference Thurs- day at Upper Barton Creek on Falls Lake. The multi- agency safety initiative works to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the states roadways and waterways, both of which see increased traffic during summer months. Ac- cording to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, North Car- olina ranks 10th nationally in boating fatalities.
No person should have to suffer the loss of a loved one as a result of impaired driving, said Maj. Todd Kennedy of the Wildlife Resources Commission. Every alcohol-re- lated death on our roadways and waterways is preventable. Whether on the road or on the water, if alcohol is going to be a part of your plans, have a designated driver.
Starting Memoral Day weekend, enforcement officers are conducting sobriety checkpoints and promoting public awareness to deter impaired operation of vehicles and ves- sels. Awareness and enforcement efforts are centered on four of the busiest summer weekends, including:

" June 30July 2, 2017
(Operation Dry Water)

" July 79, 2017

" September 24, 2017

In North Carolina, a driver or vessel operator with a blood- alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08, or is sub- stantially impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, is subject to arrest.
The campaign is coordinated by the Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Forensic Tests for Alcohol, and supported by local police and sheriffs offices, along with participating non-governmental organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

For more information on boating safety and regulations visit www.ncwildlife.org/boating or call 919-707-0031.


WADESBORO HOUSING AUTHORITY

WADESBORO HOUSING AUTHORITY will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the Wadesboro Housing Authority Office for the purpose of receiving public comment on the agencys fiscal year 2018 Annual Plan. A draft of the plan will be available for review at: Wadesboro Housing Authority 200 West Short Plaza in Wadesboro Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Farmers Market Open Wednesdays and Saturdays

It is time again to purchase locally grown vegetables and other items at the Anson County Farmers Market. The market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 28. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Farmers Market is located 1736 Highway 52 South in Wadesboro, just past Wadesboro Primary School. For more information contact Francis Campbell at 704-690-0638


Anson County Farmers Market Opens Saturday

It is time again to purchase locally grown vegetables and other items at the Anson County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, June 17. The market will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays through October 28. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Farmers Market is located 1736 Highway 52 South in Wadesboro, just past Wadesboro Primary School. For more information contact Francis Campbell at 704-690-0638


Upcoming Important Dates in 2017 from the Board of Elections

Anson County will have Municipal Election in November 2017 This is a listing of upcoming Anson County Board of Elections meetings and other important dates. To appear on a meeting agenda you must provide a notice in writing by 5 p.m. on the Thursday before the meeting. The Board of Elections is located at 402 Morven Road in Wadesboro. For more information call Steve Adams, Director of Elections, at 704-994-3223.

Sunday, July 30 - Publish UOCAVA Notice for November Election

Friday, August 4 - Dead- line to file a challenge to a candidate for November Election

Tuesday, August 22 - Board Meeting Appoint Chief Judges/Judges of Precinct Locations for 2 years

Monday, September 4 - County Closed for Labor Day

Tuesday, September 12 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Week of September 18th - Begin Publishing Legal Election Notice/ Buffer Zone Notice

Monday, October 2 at 11 a.m. - Logic and Accuracy Testing for Nov. Election

Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. - Poll Worker Training for Municipal Election

Thursday, October 5 - Mock Election for November

" Sunday, October 8 - Absentee by Mail Ballots available for November 7th, Municipal Election

Tuesday, October 10 - Board of Elections Regular Meeting at 5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. - Poll Worker Make Up Training For Municipal Election

Thursday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. - Early Voting Training for Municipal Election

Friday, October 13 at 5 p.m. - Voter Registration Deadline for November

Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m. - One Stop Ob- server list Due

Tuesday, October 17 at 5 p.m. - Absentee Board Meeting 1 for November Election

Thursday, October 19 - Early Voting Be- gins for Municipal Elections (Wadesboro)

Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m. - Absentee Board Meeting 2 for November Election

Tuesday, October 31 at 5 p.m. - Absentee Board Meeting 3 for Nov. Election

Tuesday, October 31 at 5 p.m. - Last Day to request Absentee by Mail Ballot for November

Thursday, November 2 at 10 a.m. - Election Day Observer list Due

Saturday, November 4 at 1 p.m. - Early

Voting Ends for November Election


Cervical Cancer Awareness Information January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Cancer Awareness Information January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Anson County Health Department wants you to know that theres a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. HPV (human papillomavirus) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV dont know they are infected. HPV is also a major cause of cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The good news:

The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.

Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (called Pap tests) and follow-up care. In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, Anson County Health Department encourages:

" Women to start getting regular Pap tests at age 21

" Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didnt get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine. Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.

Taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy. Call for a yearly appointment with your primary doctor or with Anson County Health Departments Family Planning or Well Woman clinic. The Anson County Health Department is located at 110 Ashe Street in Wadesboro. The telephone number is (704) 694-5188.


Town Council Meetings: First Monday of each month

July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2

ANSONVILLE Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at the water department. For more information, call 704.826.8404

LILESVILLE Town Council at 6:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.848.4711 or visit www.townoflilesville.org

McFARLAN Town Council at 7:30 p.m. at town hall

MORVEN Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at town hall

PEACHLAND Town Council at 7:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.272.7781 or visit www.townofpeachland.org

POLKTON Town Council at 6:30 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.272.7463 or visit www.polkton.org

WADESBORO Town Council at 5:00 p.m. at town hall. For more information, call 704.694.5171 or visit www.cityofwadesboro.org


Weekly/Monthly Meetings for Clubs and Organizations

Wadesboro Rotary Club, every Thurs. 12:15 pm, Welika Lake Fish Camp

Wadesboro Civitan Club, every Fri. at noon at Scout Hut

Kilwinning Lodge No. 64, AF&AM, 2nd Thurs. each month at 7:30 pm at the Lodge

Anson County Sons of Confederate Veterans (Camp 860), 7:00 p last Tues. each month, Hardison-Bradley Room at Hampton B. Allen Library

Anson County NAACP, every 3rd Sun. 5:00 pm, Hardison-Bradley Room at Hampton B. Allen Library

VFW Post 10403 Auxiliary, 3rd Thurs. of each month, 7:00 pm

Domestic Violence Support Group, every Mon. 5:30-7:00 pm at Anson County Domestic Violence Coalition office, Wadesboro

Caregiver Support Group, 2nd Tues. 7:00-8:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Wadesboro. For info, call 704-694-3156 or 704-695-3233.

The Pee Dee North Chapter of Compassionate Friends, 2nd Thurs. 7:00 pm, Training Room, Pee Dee Electric. For info, call 704-694-2425 or 704-826-6063.

New Beginnings cancer support group 3rd Mon. 6:00 pm, Lady Bug restaurant (except June, July, August). For info, call 704-694-5211.


New Opportunities to Hunt on Sundays

A new law, "Outdoor Heritage Enhanced," will increase opportunities to hunt wild animals and upland game birds on private lands. The law also gives authority to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (Commission) and other public landowners to implement new options for Sunday hunting on public lands. Sunday hunting for migratory birds, including waterfowl, remains prohibited. On private lands:

" Hunters may hunt within 500 yards of a residence, potentially opening millions of acres of private land previously off-limits to Sunday hunters.

" Hunters may not hunt at any time on Sunday within 500 yards of a place of religious worship, nor hunt deer with the use of dogs.

" Shooting hours remain unchanged, meaning private lands may be hunted for wild animals and upland game birds with a firearm on Sunday prior to 9:30 a.m. and after 12:30 p.m.

" Controlled hunting preserves are not restricted between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. if they are licensed pursuant to G.S. 113.273(g).

On public lands:

" Public land managers, including the Commission, may authorize hunting on Sundays with a firearm on the public lands for which they have jurisdiction.

" If public land managers allow Sunday hunting on their lands, hunters remain prohibited from hunting with a firearm between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., from hunting deer with the use of dogs and from hunting within 500 yards of a place of religious worship.

" Sunday hunting on the Commission's game lands re- mains prohibited.

" The Commission will implement a collaborative and inclusive process with constituents to evaluate options and opportunities to open Sunday hunting with firearms on the approximately 500,000 acres of game lands owned by the Commission. The process will include consideration of all user-group perspectives.

" The Commission will work collaboratively with govern- mental, private and corporate partners to determine inter- est in allowing opportunities to hunt on Sundays with a firearm on the approximately 1.5 million acres of game lands owned by those partners. If these partners are willing to consider this option, then the Commission will follow the process described for Commission-owned game lands. Migratory birds:

" Hunting of migratory birds on Sundays remains prohibited.

" The new legislation gives the Commission the authority to lift the prohibition on migratory bird hunting after March 1, 2018.

" The law also mandates that a study be conducted by the Commission to consider the biological and resource management impacts, economic impacts, and social impacts associated with hunting migratory birds on Sundays. For information on the Outdoor Heritage Enhanced law, visit New Sunday Hunting Regulations at www.ncwildlife.org


Veterans Memorial Dedication at Wadesboro City Park

The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Veterans Memorial that has been constructed at Wadesboro City Park. The event will take place this Thursday, April 27 at 11 a.m. The memorial and ceremony are sponsored by the Anson County Veterans Council. Wadesboro City Park is located near Anson Pediatrics, just off Morven Road on Gatewood Street.