Bookbags of Love helps give kids a headstart

The Mint Hill Times

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Bookbags of Love began simplyčteachers found out their students weren’t getting enough to eat on the weekends when they were out of school. There was plenty during the week when they were in school receiving free breakfast and lunches but students were hungry when they came back on Monday morning.

The program began in 2009 with Lebanon School and Blair Road Methodist Church. The bags couldn’t weigh too much and they didn’t want the bags to be marked so everyone knew that the students were having trouble. They started feeding 25 children, and their families sometimes, by the end of the first year. By the end of the 2010 school year, the group was feeding 38 children. Continue reading


Holy sweet potato!

[singlepic=164,320,240,,center]Tom Beaver of Locust grew this big sweet potato and others that won ribbons at the Stanly County Fair this year. His secret?

“My wife did all the work. We only use a tiller and grass cuttings. It’s like an Easter egg hunt every time you go out. You don’t know what you’ll find.”

Beaver said they planted three times this year before anything took but when it did, it was a bumper crop.
Photo by Joyce Lavene