NEWTON GROVE — For several months, town officials discussed installing a digital kiosk as a problem fixer for annoyance issues with signs in the town’s roundabout.
Thanks to the Newton Grove Area 100 Committee, the community received a financial boost to help make it come to fruition. During a recent commissioner’s meeting, Jerry Ingram spoke on behalf of the committee and announced that the organization will make a $15,000 contribution towards the purchase and erection of a LED (light-emitting diode) informational sign.
“A digital board in town is something that would work for everybody, the whole community,” Ingram said about the sign that will be made possible through funds collected from membership fees.
Before Ingram’s presentation, Commissioner Laura Wheeler, a member of the CING committee, mentioned bids for the sign and using the park entrance area as a possible location. Another area is a space between BB&T Bank and Dollar General. Another step in getting the sign is managing guidelines to place messages.
Previously, the matter involving the circle (which belongs to the state’s Department of Transportation), was brought up by Wheeler after the town’s beautification improvement committee made a commendation not to place signs in the location. To deter it, Wheeler believes it necessary to educate the public and tell them it’s against the state’s guideline.
In addition, the committee is donating $6,689 to the town’s Circle Lighting project.
“The 100 Committee feels that both of these projects will benefit the residents and businesses of our area,” Newton Grove Area 100 Committee stated in a letter addressed to Mayor Barbara Burch. “We look forward to seeing the projects completed.”
The letter also stated that the Newton Grove Area 100 Committee is in the process of dissolving.
“We just had some stumbling blocks and there’s not a lot of interest,” Ingram said.
While examining finances, the committee would like to transfer remaining funds to town events and projects. The amounts included $2,805 for the Circle of Lights; $2,728 for the Christmas parade; and $1,680 to the Newton Grove Movie Night.
Community Day of Giving
The Carolina Crusades and First Pentecostal Church/Primera Iglesia Pentecostal is hosting its Community Day of Giving from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Weeks Park, 517 Clinton St., Newton Grove.
The free block party will begin at 11 a.m. and includes live music, giveaways, refreshments, cotton candy and inflatables. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a community service at 2 p.m.
Carolina Crusades is a church-planting campaign of the North Carolina District of the United Pentecostal Church International.
(Chase Jordan / Sampson Independent)
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