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Hawfields Haunted Forest big on frights and community

By Nancy Drago
Times-News correspondent 

MEBANE — If you’re looking for a place to truly experience the Halloween spirit, then the Hawfields Haunted Forest is the place to be. Not only will you get a terrifying experience from the numerous unique rooms of the haunt, you will be supporting the community, too.
The Hawfields Haunted Forest, at 2115 Hwy. 119 South, is organized by the Hawfields Civitans Club, a group committed to helping the community. The members of the group work hard every year to create a haunt that is not only impressive and creatively put together, but also a haunting experience.
This is Chris Fowler’s sixth year being a part of the Hawfields Civitans Club, and fourth year serving as co-chair for the haunt. The co-chairs manage the budget, schedule dates and work alongside the Junior Civitans to get the haunted forest ready for visitors. After being invited to help out one year, Fowler now plays a big role in the walk-through of the house as well as playing multiple roles all over.
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Helping hands: Area teens accompany church group on mission trip

Editor’s note: The incorrect church was listed in the Nov. 5 print edition.  The correct church is listed below.

By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent 

   Conner Callahan and Gray Garber recently returned from a mission trip to Langley, Ky.
The two 16-year-old friends traveled with New Covenant Fellowship Church in Graham from Oct. 3-6.
“I had never been on a mission trip before, and it just so happened that it lined up perfectly with school,” Callahan said. Both teens are juniors at Burlington Christian Academy.
Garber said that his church typically has trips geared for younger kids, but “this year, I decided to go and honestly, it was perfect. Just like Conner said, it lined up with school and everything worked in our favor.”
“The amount of poverty was incredibly sad and very eye-opening for me,” Garber said. “Being only five hours from North Carolina, you wouldn’t think that there could be such bad poverty especially being in the United States of America.”
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Teen creates film about area church


    GRAHAM — “A Compass Always Points North,” a history of Hawfields Presbyterian Church, will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Graham Cinema, 119 N. Main St.
Tolar Ray, a rising senior at Eastern Alamance High School, interviewed congregation and community members throughout the last year. The hourlong film was shot at three locations that the church has been previously located.
“I started about a year ago trying to get it proposed, but it was difficult to get approved as the normal Eagle Projects are construction projects and tangible,” Ray said. “After it got approved, I interviewed congregation members and Dr. Bill Vincent, the historian at the Alamance County Historical Museum. They gave me a great ground to start on.”
Ray shot 12 hours of footage, which took multiple weeks to edit.
“I’d say that the coolest thing about the project is having a modernized local history again,” Ray said. “The last time that the Hawfields Church history was modernized was in the 1960s when ‘Church of the Old Fields’ was published. Robert Scott, a former N.C. governor, was working on the sequel to that book but passed away writing it, unfortunately. It’s not like you can obtain this information from history textbooks in school, and some information our local libraries don’t possess.”

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

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