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Peggy Wall - King News

I received so many Facebook birthday messages on Saturday and Sunday for my 83rd birthday, and wish I could personally thank each person. It is impossible, so I want to thank everyone here for the greetings. I had a beautiful picture with the message, “God had a plan in creating you when he blessed the world with a special person.” I received this from a cousin, Pam Kiser Boles. I answered her, “Pam, you are so sweet, you’ve made my day.” Then I started rambling and going to do it again. I remember daddy and mama telling me that when I was born I only weighed 4 lbs and odd ounces. They told me everyone said I would not make it, BUT Dr. Rupert Helsabeck told them “All she needs is some tender loving care.” Thanks Dr. Helsabeck and GOD, I have made it 83 years. Another instance I must tell, I was burned real bad when I was 2-3 years old, Miss Kate Stone was my nurse. They told my parents I would never walk, BUT with GOD’s help again, I’m still going but not as fast as I use too. GOD is good all the time. Of course, I give God the thanks, but my parents, Bryan and Ethel Gatewood Hall and my sister, Sylvia, brothers, Maxie and Talmadge deserve credit also. Have a good day Pam and Steve.

Pam Kiser Boles replied, That was quite an amazing story. I remember Dr. Helsabeck being my doctor when I was growing up. Also, I remember hearing how my uncle, Rupert Hall, was a miracle baby also…..mama said he was so small he would fit inside a wide mouth quart jar…..they made a bed for him in a dresser drawer lined with hot water bottles to keep him warm…..sort of a makeshift incubator of sorts…..well, he survived and lived to the ripe old age of 92!! Hope your day continues to go well and that you enjoy your birthday! Much love.

First Baptist Church, King is hosting the Hoppers in concert on Sunday, April 17 @ 10:30 a.m. There is no admission fee. A love offering will be received. Call 336-983-5252 for more information.

On Sunday, April 17 the Stokes County Historical Society will host a program about an early Stokes County family’s historic journey. “Spaenhauers: From Switzerland to North Carolina” will be presented by Verna Spainhour Brewer, at 2:00 p.m. in the King Public Library.

Remember prayers for James and Amy Byrd’s niece, Meredith Byrd, who will be serving as a missionary in Uganda for at least the next year. Meredith arrived in Uganda last week. She is safe and sound and everyone has been very welcoming to her. She is really happy and ready to go to work. Please continue to pray for her and her safety as she continues to travel to her final destination, learns the people, language, and the culture.

Bridgett Wall Southern is planning a bingo for Saturday, April 30 at the King American Legion Building. Miche products continue lowering prices on remaining items. Bridgett will have lots of inventory at the bingo if anyone would like to purchase. . We look forward to seeing you for a great evening with great prizes. Something new at Bingo!!!! We will be having a Silent Auction going on with lots great Miche products.

There will be food for sale including hot dogs, nachos, drinks and desserts. The proceeds from the food sales and a portion from the admission fee will go to Graceland Living Center.

Stokes County Special Olympics will be held at West Stokes High School football field April 22, (rain date April 29). Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Games starting at 10:00.

A Chicken Stew will be at the King American Legion Building on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 5 p.m. The price will be $7.00 for all you can eat and includes a drink and a dessert. There will be take outs for $8.00. According to Don Adams this is a fund raising project for the Legion If you’ve never been at one of these chicken stews you must come out and enjoy some of the best chicken stew you can find anywhere around here. Hope to see you on Saturday, April 23.

The King Lions Club is holding a firearm raffle for the Spring 2016. Tickets are being sold by Lions Club members for $20 each or 6 for $100. The raffle will be held at the regular meeting of the Lions Club on May 24, 2016.

Trinity United Methodist Church – Community Fellowship Meal at 6 p.m. every second Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 725 W. Dalton Road in King. The meal is Free. Call 336-983-5405 for more information.

American Red Cross will be at Trinity United Methodist Church, Dalton Road, King on Monday, April 25, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. To schedule your appointment call Peggy R at 671-0151 or Peggy L. at 416-2786. Walk-ins welcome.

Saturday, May 7, the Wildcats Gridiron Club will host their 2nd Annual Wildcat Gridiron Golf Tournament at Pilot Knob Park Country Club,. Registration begins at noon. $200 per team (4 players per team). Please contact Dewey Maynard at to pre-book your team or with sponsorship questions. All proceeds to be donated to the West Stokes High School football program.

Vanilla Honey Cake


Yield: 16 servings.


4 eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2½ cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

½ cup honey

⅔ cup whole milk

½ cup finely ground almonds

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans. Tap out excess flour.

In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and vanilla until blended. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until light and creamy. Gradually add the sugar until light and fluffy, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Reduce the speed to medium, add the honey and egg mixture, and beat until well combined.

Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three stages, alternating with the milk and beating after each addition until just incorporated. Gently fold in the ground almonds.

Transfer the batter to the prepared pans. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

Gently tap the cake pans on the countertop and invert onto a wire rack. Turn each layer right side up. When the cake has completely cooled, place the lower layer on a plate. Spread top and sides of cake with Honey Glaze. Place second layer of cake on top of the bottom layer. Spread remaining glaze over top and sides. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set up before serving. Frost the cake with Buttercream Frosting or dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Honey Glaze:

1 stick unsalted butter

½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1 cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

⅛ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons water

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt. Stir occasionally for 2 to 3 minutes, until sugar is dissolved. Add the water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add confectioners’ sugar and whisk to a smooth consistency.

Buttercream frosting (optional):

In an electric mixer, blend 8 ounces cream cheese (softened), 2 sticks salted butter (softened), 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 box confectioners’ sugar. Mix until well blended.

Peggy Hall Wall has been covering the King Community for many years and can be reached at or 336-813-6231.

Peggy Wall

King News