Francisco News

Sylvia Burton - Special for The Stokes News

Prayers for the people of Texas. I could not imagine the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has caused and continues to do so. It will take years to get back to “normal.”

The Francisco Ruritan Club will celebrate its 50th Anniversary Sunday, September 10, at the Francisco Community Building. The festivities will run from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm with free hot dogs and a $50 giveaway, but you must be present to win! Everyone is invited to attend.

The Crossroad Community Church Women’s Group will have community Yard Sale and Breakfast Saturday, September 16, at the Francisco Community Building. Breakfast will be available at 8:00 am and last until 11:00 am. The sale starts at 8:00 am and last until 12:00 noon. Vendors and yard sellers may rent tables for $10 each to sell their products and yard sale items. This is a wonderful way to rid yourself of unwanted items (spouses don’t count) and make money in the process!

The Francisco Presbyterian Church will have Sunday Morning Fellowship beginning 9:30 am on Sunday, September 10 and Sunday, September 17. Everyone is invited and light refreshments will be served.

The North Stokes High School Class of 1967 will have their 50th Class Reunion Saturday, September 16 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, at Steele Crest Farm in Sandy Ridge, NC. For more information, or to RSVP, call Barry Dodson at 336-552-4848. Come and see how everyone has changed or maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who look like they did 50 years ago or maybe you don’t look like you did 50 years ago and that’s a blessing!

There will be a Public Hearing Thursday evening, August 31, starting at 5:30 pm, at Francisco School to discuss possible rezoning of the property. According to a notice in last week’s Stokes News, the Stokes County Board of Commissioners intend to “enter into an economic development incentive contract with Chestnut Street Investments LLC” in reference to the Francisco School Property. The Board will transfer ownership of said property to Chestnut Street Investments LLC and in turn, they (Chestnut Street Investments LLC) will invest no less than $300,000 into renovations of the buildings on the property along with the creation of five full time jobs within a 5 year period after the agreement is signed. The transfer is set to take place on or about September 6, 2017. A Special Meeting and Public Hearing will be held Tuesday, September 5, at 6:00 pm at the Ronald W. Reagan Administrative Building in Danbury to discuss the proposed appropriation and expenditure of funds for this project. Everyone interested in this is invited to attend. Bottom line is it seems we are finally taking a turn in what has been a very bumpy road for the folks here in Francisco. We have seen our beloved school closed and now the page is turning on another chapter in our community. As we move forward now with someone who is as interested in our community as we are, we are ready to back this investment group in any way possible to insure that Francisco remains a viable area to the county. We may have lost a school but we still have our heart.

Sylvia Burton

Special for The Stokes News