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BADIN/PALESTINE NEWS: Badin lights up town

Town Council holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Conference Center.

Jo Grey

Mayor Anne Harwood and Better Badin, Inc. invite everyone to view the new Christmas tree in the Town Green across from Town Hall. The tree was officially “brought to light” last Monday evening when Public Works Supervisor Wayne Carter flipped the switch. Carter recently retired following 28 years of service to the Town of Badin. Mayor Harwood expressed the town’s appreciation for the unnumbered contributions Carter has made to the town — including 28 years of hanging Christmas lights — and extended good wishes for a happy retirement.

Details about curbside leaf pickup dates are available at www.badin.org.

Morrow Mountain

International Mountain Day will be observed Dec. 11 with a ranger-led 2.8-mile hike to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain. Please meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Bridle Trail parking lot. The trail is very strenuous, and hikers must bring adequate water and should wear sturdy, supportive boots. Plenty of breaks will give time to discuss mountain wildlife, geology and history. Please register by email with Ranger Early: Alden.Early@ncparks.gov.

Read-With-a-Ranger is Dec. 19 from 2-3 p.m. at the Kron House parking lot. This event includes reading “The Story of Pinus Palustris: A Longleaf Pine Growing-Up Story,” plus a short activity. Register via email: Maggie.miller@ncparks.gov then come and learn about “Good Fire.”

Seasonal park hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Better Badin, Inc.

The volunteer organization will hold its regular meeting Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Loafers and Legends, Falls Road. All newcomers are welcome to join in helping the group plan for 2021 Badin events.

Cart Parade

The first Badin Jingle Bell Golf Cart and Lawnmower Parade is planned for Dec. 18. Please gather at 6:30 p.m. at the Badin Volunteer Fire Department on NC 740. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Decorations encouraged. Have questions? Call 610-248-2257 or 704-984-3701.

Badin Presbyterian

The church continues gathering indoors for 10 a.m. Sunday worship services. Everyone is asked to wear masks and observe the current seating arrangements. Check the church’s Facebook page for postings by Pastor Dan Wray of additional messages and timely articles of interest.

Stony Hill UMC

Hanging of the Greens took place last Sunday and this Sunday’s drive-in service will be at 10:30 a.m. The Youth and Children of Stony Hill are presenting a Drive-in Nativity at the church on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. at 28996 Stony Hill Road.

Pastor Kaye encourages participation in the “Giving December” drive for Stanly Community Christian Ministries. SCCM Facebook page gives details.

Badin UMC

The church’s traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service is planned for Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. Special Christmas music and Communion will be included in the service.

Palestine UMC

The Palestine congregation is meeting indoors for Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Everyone is asked to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.

Badin News is by Jo Grey. Contact her at Jo.greync@gmail.com at 704-995-2475.