Happy birthday to undoubtedly Francisco’s eldest resident, Edna Earl Womble! Miss Edna Earl turned 107 years young Sunday, June 25. She is such a delight to be around with a quick wit and an air of humbleness that is so uncommon for today. Her memory recall of NC State basketball stats would rival even the youngest of fans. She is truly a treasure in our community and I am blessed by knowing her.
Our newest ambulance was put in service Monday. Francisco Volunteer Fire and Rescue recently obtained the vehicle and it passed state inspection early Monday. That evening, the ambulance was put to use. Texie Jessup, volunteer for the fire department said everything went well and everyone loves the new vehicle.
After two years of trying, working, volunteering, countless meetings, blood, sweat and tears, Our Communities Group faced the music and came to the realization that we just don’t have enough resources to obtain and secure ownership of the now closed Francisco Elementary School. At the Stokes County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday evening, team leader, Texie Jessup, read a letter to the board of commissioners saying the group “without continued active participation of County Government, we cannot underwrite the high costs associated with the repurposing of the school.” Thus, the group, “respectfully declines the transfer of the property to Our Communities of Northwest Stokes Foundation.” Bottom line is that we couldn’t do it by ourselves. It was too much that needed to be done and we just didn’t have the money. We tried. We pursued every avenue possible to obtain funding, grants, anything to come up with a sustainable, viable plan. You can’t get blood out of a turnip. On the other hand, our community came together. We worked tirelessly side by side with a common goal. Volunteers worked on the playground and we have a park to be enjoyed by everyone. We have a walking trail that people use. All of this and more was done to keep Francisco alive. Our next step is to make sure all our work was not in vain. To whomever or whatever takes possession of our beloved elementary school; we hope that we can have continued use of our park. You can count on the Francisco community to help in any way possible to make your plan for the school successful.