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BADIN/PALESTINE NEWS: Council to have 2 public hearings

Badin Library hours remain the same in January. Monday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jo Grey

Stanly County Library offers a Virtual Winter Reading challenge through READsquared! for Kids and Teens. Sign up, then record books read through Feb. 28 to earn badges, unlock games and earn a completion certificate. Download the app or access the program through http://stanlycountylibrary.readsquared.com/

Museum

Badin Historic Museum will be closed during January. Plan on a February visit to see the many changes and additions to Museum exhibits.

Limbs

Limb and Brush pickup is Feb. 2.

Council

Town Council meets Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Badin Conference Center. A public hearing at 6:15 p.m. offers opportunity for input about renaming a portion of NC Highway 740 in honor of Badin native son, alto-saxophonist Lou Donaldson. A second public hearing at 6:30 p.m. will address parking changes for Holley Place and Spruce and Maple streets.

Better Badin

Better Badin’s regular meeting on Jan. 11 has been cancelled. However, members are asked to help take Christmas decorations down on Saturday. Please meet at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall then groups can disperse to specific locations around town.

In other Better Badin news, the organization wants to revive plans for the popular Badin Celtic Festival, circumstances permitting. March 27 is the date listed on the National Celtic Calendar. An inaugural Badin Outdoor Festival is planned for Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. When restrictions are lifted on indoor events, various concerts will be added to the 2021 calendar. Stay tuned.

Churches

Badin Baptist Church will continue with 10 a.m. virtual Sunday worship services until March, as well as weekly Wednesday Bible Study at 7 p.m. The second Wednesday each month will provide a time for fellowship and singing via Zoom, beginning Jan. 13.

Stony Hill UMC will post on Facebook a decision this week about January services.

Palestine UMC continues Sunday indoor services at 11 a.m.

Morrow Mountain

On Sunday, the Kron House will be open for tours from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please wear masks while on the property.

The Park’s new annual theme: “Performing Live in N.C. State Parks – Year of Beetles!” will be celebrated Jan. 16 with a reading of “A Beetle is Shy,” by Dianna Hutts Aston. Participants will learn about beetle diversity and will enjoy an activity and craft. Please register via email to maggie.miller@ncparks.gov, meet at the Lower Picnic Area, and wear a mask.

A ranger-guided “Geology Hike” on the easy Laurel Trail (0.6 mi.) is being offered Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. beginning at the Museum parking lot. Attendance is limited, so please register with alden.early@ncparks.gov.

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