DEATH NOTICE – IONE NORMAN BEST

We learned of the death Oct. 29 of Ione Norman Best, 89, of Minnesott Beach. She was a member of the Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church. We extend our prayers and condolences to her family. A funeral will be held at 11 A.M. Nov. 2 at Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church, the Rev. Gary Bryan officiating. Interment will follow immediately in Greenleaf Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Nov. 1 at Bryant Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Highway 55, Grantsboro, NC, 28529.

OVB WILL HOST FORUM ON HUNGER IN JANUARY

Operation Veggie Box (OVB) will host a Forum on Hunger January 25 at Camp Caroline. An invitation to send a representative will be extended to each church in Pamlico County. Though all of the details have not been finalized, the Saturday forum will be a one-day event, with guest speakers in the morning and afternoon working sessions. More details will be published as they become available.

One of the goals of the forum will be to focus awareness on the hunger problem in Pamlico County. Another will be to bring together churches and organizations that minister to the hungry to find cross-ministry solutions that will help end hunger in the county. OVB’s premise is that an individual program might help alleviate hunger, but all the churches and other ministries working together can end hunger in this county.

OVB was founded by Bethany Christian Church, and Silver Hill Christian Church is the first church to join OVB as a partner. At least one other church in the region is expected to decide within the next couple of weeks whether to join the OVB ministry. OVB leaders are contacting other churches to explain the ministry and invite them into partnerships in which they provide financial or operational assistance, or both.

OVB is a ministry to help feed nutritious fresh produce to the hungry, and provide them with the message that as Christians, we love them and want to feed them physically, while Christ loves them and will feed them spiritually. OVB can be found on Facebook at Operation Veggie Box.

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OVB DELIVERS 41 UNITS, 230 LBS, TO FISHES & LOAVES

Operation Veggie Box (OVB) today delivered 41 units of vegetables totaling 230.5 lbs. to Fishes & Loaves in Oriental for distribution to hungry people.

Picking kale!

Picking kale!

Picking began at 9:30 A.M., with Jennie Adams, Jimmy Elks, Mac Harris, Merritt Watson and Lorraine Yeager harvesting squash, zucchini, kale, collards and now cabbages that are just becoming ripe. The picking went fast: Only 46 minutes.

Jimmy Elks returns to the garden after loading squash and zucchini.

Jimmy Elks returns to the garden after loading squash and zucchini.

Packaging began at 10:47 A.M. at the Bethany pavilion, with weighing, sorting, bagging and boxing and then a final weighing, followed by loading. Joining the packing operations today were Julia Peterson of Bethany, and Evelyn Paul and Palmer Stowe of Silver Hill Christian Church, which Sunday became the first church to partner with OVB after the founding at Bethany. Welcome aboard, Silver Hill!

Operation Veggie Box is a ministry that is seeking to reduce both physical and spiritual hunger in our region by growing fresh produce and distributing it, along with a spiritual message, to hungry families through a variety of distribution systems.

DEATH NOTICE – RICHARD HENRY ATKINSON

We learned of the death Oct. 18 of Richard “Dick” Henry Atkinson, 78. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Oct. 22 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, the Revs. Kenneth Dixon and Kenny Connor officiating. Interment will be in Coastal Carolina Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Crystal Coast Hospice House, 100 Big Rock Weigh, Newport, NC 28570.

DEATH NOTICE – JULIUS ELDON HARDISON, SR.

We learned of the death Oct. 18 of Julius Eldon Hardison, Sr., 85, of Alliance. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. A funeral service will be held Oct. 20 at 2 P.M. at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. Dwayne Boyd officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service. Entombment will be in Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529.

SILVER HILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH PARTNERS WITH OPERATION VEGGIE BOX

Operation Veggie Box (OVB) announced that Silver Hill Christian Church has entered into partnership with OVB and will provide financial assistance to the OVB ministry.

Silver Hill represents the first church to join OVB, a ministry founded by Bethany. At least one other church in the region is expected to decide within the next couple of weeks whether to join the OVB ministry. OVB leaders plan to contact other churches in the near future to explain the ministry and invite them into a partnership in which they provide financial or operational assistance, or both.

Operation Veggie Box is a ministry that is seeking to reduce both physical and spiritual hunger in our region by growing fresh produce and distributing it, along with a spiritual message, to hungry families through a variety of distribution systems.

Although dry and canned food products provide sustenance to those who need food, fresh produce will provide a balance of essential nutrition. OVB would like, through partnering with churches, to set up a network of gardens that can provide sufficient quantities of fresh vegetables to augment the dry and canned goods already being distributed by food banks.

CMF TO SPONSER CORN JAM

The Bethany Christian Men’s Fellowship (CMF) decided Sunday to sponsor a “Corn Jam” in 2014. The Corn Jam is a ministry of Operation Veggie Box (OVB), which has as its goal the reduction of the level of hunger in our region, both physical and spiritual.

The plan is to grow one acre of sweet corn and harvest and distribute to charities and needy families. CMF and OVB are seeking partners that can provide both strategic and tactical expertise. More about that will be forthcoming in the next few months.

The estimated cost of the Corn Jam is approximately $1,700. CMF and OVB hope to harvest around 300 bushels (about 18,000 ears) of sweet corn.

DEATH NOTICE – KEITH ARLO WOLFENBARGER, M.D.

We learned of the death October 12 of Keith Arlo Wolfenbarger, M.D. of Minnesott Beach. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family. A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M., October 21 at Arapahoe United Methodist Church, the Rev. Penny Dollar Farmer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Pamlico, 11146 NC Hwy 55, Grantsboro, NC 28529, Arapahoe United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Arapahoe, NC 28510, or Pamlico County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 302, Bayboro, NC 28515.