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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.

Children’s museum holding a shoe drive


   GRAHAM — The Children’s Museum of Alamance County (CMAC) is holding a shoe collection drive now through July 31 to raise funds to aid in programming and operating expenses.
The children’s museum will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit the Children’s Museum of Alamance County.
Donate gently worn, new or used shoes to the Children’s Museum, 217 S. Main St., Graham. For other drop-off locations, call the museum at 336-228-7997.
“We are excited about our shoe drive,” said Tom McLean, CMAC board member. “We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets they would like to donate to us and help those less-fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
All donated shoes will be redistributed through Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations in such countries as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the sales are used to feed, clothe and house families.


YouTube channel focuses on kids doing good deeds

Izzy Kress' YouTube channel, "Izzpossible," is a way to encourage young people to do good deeds. / Hollyann Gardner, Times-News correspondent

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

   While many girls are making YouTube channels about makeup, fashion and comedy, 10-year-old Izzy Kress wants to do something a little different.
“My parents had said that when I turned 10, I could get my own channel,” Izzy explained. “My mom and I started talking about it, and she suggested I do something positive that would inspire people. I said, ‘How about showing kids doing good things and having fun, too?’ ” Izzy is the daughter of Lance and Tami Kress of Burlington.
Izzy’s YouTube channel, dubbed “Izzpossible,” began March 9 and it features videos of Izzy and her friends and family doing different things to help out the local community. This includes cleaning out a closet in order to find clothes to donate to Hospice, performing a skit with sock puppets to spread word about the need of socks in the homeless community, and read more…

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