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 VOLUME XXXVII NUMBER 3                  Serving the Bethlehem Community of Alexander County - Published by The Taylorsville Times                                                    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009

Bethlehem Fifth Graders trying to "Fill an Ark"
                                                                                                                                                       Students participating in
                                                                                                                                                     Heifer International to help
                                                                                                                                                      families around the world
                                                                                                                                                         Each year, the fifth grade        dents brought home milk car-
                                                                                                                                                     students       at     Bethlehem       tons decorated with all different
                                                                                                                                                     Elementary School participate         types of animals. BES is asking
                                                                                                                                                     in a Service Project to help bet-     parents to place the carton in
                                                                                                                                                     ter the world they live in.           their kitchen areas to remind
                                                                                                                                                         This year, the students are       their family that there are many
                                                                                                                                                     attempting to "Fill an Ark" to        people in the world who strug-
                                                                                                                                                     help the Heifer International         gle for every meal. Please save
                                                                                                                                                     Project. The students and             extra pocket change in the car-
                                                                                                                                                     teachers in the fifth grade are       ton, and return it to the school
                                                                                                                                                     asking     the     residents    of    no later than February 27.
                                                                                                                                                     Bethlehem to show a "heart"              2.     An order was sent
                                                                                                                                                     and fill an ark during the next       home last week, and a form will
                                                                                                                                                     month.                                be sent home each Friday this
                                                                                                                                                         Heifer International is a non-    month. For a quarter, students
                                                                                                                                                     profit organization which was         can send a Heifer Heart with an
                                                                                                                                                     formed more than 60 years ago         animal pencil to a friend or
                                                                                                                                                     with the vision to help build "a      teacher. For $1, students can
                                                                                                                                                     world of communities living           purchase a Heifer Bracelet or
                                                                                                                                                     together in peace and sharing         for $5 a teddy bear could be pur-
                                                                                                                                                     the resources of a healthy plan-      chased. The orders were sched-
                                                                                                                                                     et."                                  uled to be sent out across the
   HAVE A HEART, FILL AN ARK - The fifth-grade class at Bethlehem Elementary are trying to share peace and caring                                        One year ago, the project had     school on Friday before the end
with families across the world as part of the Heifer International Project. The students are trying to raise $5,000 during its                       867 active projects in 53 coun-       of the school day. A form was
Fifth Grade Service Project. Pictured from the left are fifth graders from Karen Emerick's class at BES. First row: Trever                           tries and 28 U.S. states. The         sent home with students to
Poole, Kelly McGhee, Hannah Starnes, Destiney Steffy, Janie Pennell, Daniel Sullivan, and Luke Van Voorhis. Second row:                              goal of Heifer is to help families    show        different     "Heifer
Trevor Matheson, Sabrina Scarbrough, Katelyn Law, and Sydney Garnto. Third row: Dautrey Yoder, Camden Blochaviak,                                    around the world to achieve           Surprises" for the month.
Hannah Bailey, Caroline Porter, Nathaniel Evans, Ian Laxton, and Mikenzie Swayngim. The students are holding items                                   self-reliance through a gift of          3.     Every Friday during
available for purchase as part of the project. j                                                                                                     livestock and training. Each          the month of February, parents
                                                                                                                                                     family who receives livestock         will receive a new order form of
                                                                                                                                                     promises to pass one or more of       items. Orders will be taken each
                                                                                                                                                     the animal's offspring on to a        week      on     Mondays      and
                                                                                                                                                     family in their village.              Tuesdays, and the items will be
                                                                            Commissioner Mayberry to                                                     This year, the Bethlehem
                                                                                                                                                     students have set a goal for the
                                                                                                                                                                                           sent out each Friday across the
                                                                            receive LGFCU scholarship                                                Bethlehem Community to help
                                                                                                                                                     change      the     world.    The
                                                                                                                                                                                              4.     More opportunites for
                                                                                                                                                                                           the Bethlehem Community to
                                                                               Local Government Federal and enhance their job perform-               Bethlehem fifth graders are           help with the project will be
                                                                            Credit Union (LGFCU)                    ance, thereby better             hoping to fill an ark two-by-two      available during the month. Be
                                                                            congratulates      Ryan                 serving their communi-           with 15 pairs of animals which        on the lookout for donation
                                                                            Mayberry of Alexander                   ties.”                           will change lives around the          spots around the community,
                                                                            County, who is the recip-                   UNC-Chapel Hill’s            world. The cost to fill the ark is    and help the kids as they "Fill an
                                                                                                                                                     $5,000.                               Ark" to help families around the
                                                                            ient of a $375 Essentials               SOG is the largest uni-
                                                                                                                                                         How can you help?                 world. j
                                                                            of County Government                    versity-based local gov-
                                                                                                                                                         1.    Last week, BES stu-
                                                                            Scholarship       award.                ernment training, advi-
                                                                            Mayberry, who is an                     sory and research
                                                                            Alexander County com-                   organization in the
                                                                            missioner, will use the                 United States, offering
                                                                            money to take the MAYBERRY up to 200 classes, semi-
                                                                            Essentials of County                    nars, schools and spe-
                                                                            Government course at the UNC cialized conferences for more
                                                                            School of Government (SOG).     than 12,000 public officials each
                                                                               “For more than 10 years, the year.
                                                                            credit union has partnered with    For more information on
                                                                            the School of Government to LGFCU scholarship programs,
    Morris is Teacher of the Month                                          offer scholarships to North or to apply, contact the
                                                                            Carolina’s local government Financial Wellness staff at
  West Alexander Middle School eighth grade teacher Mrs.                    employees,”     said    LGFCU 877.367.5428, e-mail finan-
Morris has been selected as the Teacher of the Month for                    President Maurice Smith. “As a or visit
February. The school staff and students wish to thank Mrs.                  result, LGFCU members are j
Morris for all she does for the school everyday. j                          able to strengthen their skills
                                                                                                                                                       WORKING ON MILK CARTONS – Three members of
                                                                                                                                                     Bridget Horn’s first-grade class at Bethlehem Elementary

 Mt. Bethel UMC plans March fundrasier for Starnes                                                                                                   School work on decorating their milk cartons as part of the
                                                                                                                                                     Heifer International Project. Pictured from the left are:
                                                                                                                                                     Jamie Hakes, Holden Ritchie, and Patrick Junod. j
   Mt. Bethel United Methodist     Community          during         the    plate is $6.50 and will consist of    Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis,
Church in Bethlehem, in a com-     fundraiser.      The       Antique       white fish, french fries, hush        a rare disease in children, but
bined effort with the Foothills    Association is asking for dona-          puppies, slaw, tartar sauce, and      even more rare in adults. The
Antique Power Association, is
planning a fundraiser for
                                   tions to sponsor the parade.
                                       A hamburger/hot dog lunch
                                                                            a beverage. Desserts will also
                                                                            be available for a cost of $1 for a
                                                                                                                  disease originally attacked his
                                                                                                                  scalp and lungs but most
                                                                                                                                                     Area Trooper selected
Wesley Starnes on Saturday,        will begin at 11 a.m. The menu           slice of cake or .50 for a cookie,    recently destroyed his liver. A
March 7, beginning at 11 a.m. at
the church.
                                   is:     Hamburger          -
                                   Cheeseburger - $2.50; Hot dog -
                                                                      $2;   donut, or cupcake.
                                                                                Wesley Starnes has been in
                                                                                                                  liver transplant was performed
                                                                                                                  at Duke Medical Center in
                                                                                                                                                     to work Inauguration
   The Foothills Antique Power
Association will have antique
                                   $1.50; 12 oz. soda - $1. Chili, slaw,
                                   onions, ketchup, mustard, and
                                                                            ill health for quite some time
                                                                            and has been unable to work
                                                                                                                  Durham on January 9, 2009.
                                                                                                                  The transplant was very suc-
                                                                                                                                                        Sharpe one of 51 troopers named to
tractors and machines on show      mayo will be available for the           since June 2008. He and his           cessful. He has been dis-
at this time. Weather permit-      sandwiches.                              wife, Sandy, and children,            charged from the hospital but is       work historical event January 20
ting, a tractor ride will parade       A FISH FRY will be held              Zachary and Hannah, live in the       having to stay in Durham at this       Brian K. Sharpe, formerly of Bethlehem and now of Hickory, was
through      the     Bethlehem     beginning at 4 p.m. The cost per         Bethlehem. He suffers from            time for daily monitoring. j                                  one of 51 North Carolina Highway State
                                                                                                                                                                                Patrol Officers selected to work security
                                                                                                                                                                                at the Presidental Inauguration held
                                                                                                                                                                                Tuesday, January 20, in Washington.
                                                                                                                       Next issue                                                  The 44th President of the United States
                                                                                                                                                                                and first Africian American elected in the
                                                                                                                     The next issue of The                                      nation's history, Barack Obama, took the
                                                                                                                   Bethlehem Star will be                                       oath of office in front of a crowd of an esti-
                                                                                                                                                                                mated 1.4 million on January 20.
                                                                                                                   printed on Thursday,                                             Sharpe indicated that the patrolmen
                                                                                                                   March 12, 2009. The                                          were selected for duty based on experi-
                                                                                                                   deadline for advertising                                     ence and seniority.
                                                                                                                                                                                    “We volunteered for the job, and they
                                                                                                                   and correspondence is                     SHARPE             picked 51 to go based on seniority and
                                                                                                                   Tuesday, March 10,                                           experience in the force,” Sharpe com-
                                                                                                                   before 5:00 p.m.                  mented.
                                                                                                                                                        The troopers met in Raleigh on Saturday, Jan. 17 for an inspec-
                                                                                                                                                     tion and briefing on the security details. Sharpe noted that due to
                                                                                                                                                     security reasons, he could not comment on any details. From
                                                                                                                                             +       Raleigh, the troopers loaded onto a chartered bus and made the
                                                                                                                                                     trip to the nation's capitol to be a part of national history. j

        Bulldogs keep it in the Family                                                                             Three Bulldogs
   West Alexander Middle School’s Athletic Department has benefited from a very unique
situation during the past two athletic seasons. Four Bulldog athletes at the school are
cousins. Cousins Dylan Smith, Nick Maye, Luke Bean, and Tanner Starnes all played on the
                                                                                                                    win wrestling
West Alexander Football Team during the fall season. In the winter, three of the boys played
on the basketball team. Smith, Maye, and Bean led the West Alexander squad in scoring dur-                         championships
ing the season, netting at least 100 points each during the year. Starnes also participated in
athletics during the winter season as a member of the Bulldog Wrestling Team, where he
posted a fourth-place finish at the conference tournament. The quartet of Bulldog cousins is
pictured from the left: Tanner Starnes, son of Tammie Starnes and the late Richard Starnes;
Dylan Smith, son of Jeff and Jennifer Smith; Nick Maye, son of Dawn Starnes and Michael                                   • See Page 2                     ROGERS                SADDLER                  ZUNIGA
Maye, and Luke Bean, son of David Bean and Joann Helton. j (Terry Hefner photo)

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