Letters to the Editor
by Leslie Bray Brewer
Appreciation for police
Freddie Neal is a police officer in your town of Walnut Cove and I want to make its’ citizens aware of his professional and caring ways when I needed help.
To make a long story short, I was a victim of an attempted scam. A phone call that my grandson was in jail there. (of course, I found out later your jail is in Danbury.) He needed money in order to be released. When “my grandson” spoke to me he sounded slow and in pain (“the result of air bag deployment that hit him in the mouth and throat”). He asked me not to tell his parents, just yet, and please speak to his “lawyer” who would tell me what to do. The ensuing conversation with “the lawyer” left me with too many questions suspicions and eventually I was cut off on the telephone.
I kept my promise not to inform his parents but did call another of my sons to look into this and keep me informed as I drove hurriedly 90 miles to Walnut Cove to care for my grandson.
Thankfully, the first person I saw in Walnut Cove was Officer Freddie Neal. He was so polite, concerned, and assuring. The very help I needed. His calls found that my grandson was not incarcerated in any jail in NC.
A call to my other son revealed he had been trying to reach me. (In the rush, my cell phone was not ringing-but on mute). He confirmed the whereabouts of my grandson. He was safely at work in Boone, NC. And the whole thing was an ugly scam.
It is my hope that you will publish this letter to make others aware of such scams; however it is mostly that I want your town to know what an outstanding police officer they have in Freddie Neal. I will forever be indebted for his polite, caring, concern and his professional action to tend to me and the situation.
Thank you for your attention.
Thanks from Sen. East family
I would like to thank you all for the outpouring of prayers and sincere generosity you have shown to my family during this extremely difficult time. There was only one of my Dad and he will be missed not only by us I know but by so many people in his district. Let me assure you, he cared deeply for each and every one of you. He has told me more than once, that if he was able to help just one person who needed a strong voice to speak for them, then all of the time and travel, and nights away from his beloved home in Pilot Mtn made it all worth while. My Dad was a unique individual, and had a hard shell that was at times, just what a situation called for. But he also had a good heart and was willing to go the extra mile for anyone who needed help. The most important piece of advice I will carry with me throughout the rest of my life is “always do what you say you will do”. I believe my Dad told me that in the tobacco field when I was about 12 and probably complaining about something; he also told me “hard work is character building”. If that last statement is true, he was some kind of a character! I have confidence that Shirley Randleman will continue to do good works on behalf of District 30 and I wish her the very best. Once again, I thank you all for the love and compassion shown to our family.
Rest Well Dad,
Gina East Southern
Search for soldiers
Looking for soldiers from the Stokes County area that went through recruit training in early 1947 with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Regiment, R.T.C., Fort Bragg, NC. I have a photo of this graduation taken on February 8, 1947 with approximately 200 soldiers, and I’m trying to identify anyone from Stokes County. My cousin, Jackson Amos, from Sandy Ridge is in this photo. Ken Brown, Sandy Ridge, 871-2205, E-mail: email@example.com.
Sandy Ridge, N.C.
Thanks to the Lawsonville community
The Lawsonville Volunteer Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary and Lawsonville Senior Quilters would like to thank everyone for their participation in the annual poor man’s supper and quilt auction. This event was held Nov. 3 at the Lawsonville Community Center.
We appreciate everyone who donated their time, food, or purchased a ticket.
Clyde Hall was the winner of the quilt. Thanks for a successful evening.
Seniors Quilters President
Ladies Auxiliary President
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