Turning Point remembers victims of domestic violence

Oct. 26, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

The Women of the Waxhaw United Methodist Church have scheduled their Annual Turkey Dinner for Saturday, Nov. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 per adult, and $5 per child. This dinner will include all the traditional Thanksgiving dinner “fixens,” including turkey, gravy, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and more, but also homemade desserts! Joyce Blythe told me that the ladies have been doing this for so long, they have it down pat. All are welcome!

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 Have I told you about the Waxhaw Woman’s Club? It was founded in 1911, dedicated to the betterment of our community. It is a 501c3 service organization, and welcomes all women who would like to serve the community of Waxhaw. Projects include: Restoration of the Belk Building and compilation of the Waxhaw Woman’s Club more than 100 year history in the book “Crossing the Street.” With the help of their community, the following are some of the charities and organizations the Waxhaw Woman’s Club has supported: Waxhaw Elementary School, Museum of the Waxhaws, Waxhaw Fire Department & Rescue Squad, Waxhaw Library, Community Works of Waxhaw, New Century Scholars, Turning Point, South Providence School, Hospice Union Center, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Literacy Council of Union County, and Union County Community Service. Scholarships have been given to Wingate University, Pfeiffer University, Parkwood High School, Cuthbertson High School, and Marvin Ridge High School, high school recipients are graduating young women. Because the building is now so attractive inside and out, more and more people are renting the facility for all types of occasions. New members are welcome. Visit www.womasclub.org for more info.

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The groundbreaking for the new Waxhaw Police Department was a great event! A good crowd was on hand for the noteworthy happening, including representatives of the police department, Waxhaw Town Commissioners, candidates running for the Town Commission, Loyd Pennington, President of the Waxhaw Business Association, Karen Johnson, Treasurer of the Waxhaw Business Association, along with Diane Hook. For your info, this groundbreaking occurred Friday morning, October 25th, where the new Police Department will be located, 3620 Providence Road South.

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The Annual Balloon Release hosted by Turning Point, the organization that helps and provides shelter to women and children who have been abused took place on Tuesday, October 22nd on the steps of the Monroe Courthouse. Turning Point has been conducting this memorial service for more than ten years, in honor of those victims killed by domestic violence in North Carolina. Fifty eight names were read this year, however one of the them was pregnant, victimizing a child. During 2012, six victims were killed in Union County, but only one during 2013. Turning Point’s fiscal calendar runs from October to October. Women and their children are welcome with open arms at Turning Point, where they can be offered a safe shelter, food, clothing, and medical treatment when needed, as the staff maintains a good relationship with the residents’ medical providers. Three hundred women and children per year are helped at Turning Point. The organization was founded in 1986, and grew to a 42 bed facility, the only shelter in Union County. Staff members speak at local schools, colleges, and law enforcement agencies, to raise awareness of this problem to as many as possible. Mayor Bobby Kilgore presented Turning Point a proclamation, and the Monroe Middle School Choir, the Prospect United Methodist Church Choir, and Gezell Fleming, all sang in honor of those we lost in domestic violence.

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Remember, there’s yoga on Wednesday evenings at the Waxhaw Woman’s Club, Line Dancing at the American Legion on Friday evenings, Storefront Theatre’s production, “Retrieving the Lamb,” scheduled for Saturday, November 23rd, and Sunday, November 24th, at the Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, at 8100 Old Waxhaw Monroe Road in Waxhaw. 704-243-7283, or visit mail@thestorefronttheatre.org or www.thestorefronttheatre.org.

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A speedy recovery to Waxhaw’s “Photographer About Town,” Jim Black, who, I understand is not feeling quite up to par. Jim, take care of yourself - we not only need you in Waxhaw, but we love you! Jim does “Land of the Waxhaws.” Look it up, online, you’ll like it.

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Have a great week, take time to smell the roses, schedule your mammo, and remember, most of the time, it’s “fina” to wake up in Carolina.