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Recorder's Court In Session
Here Greater Part of
Last Tuesday->
Eighteen cases were called by Re
corder Jos. W. Bailey in his court held
here last Tuesday, all the causes, with
probably one or two exceptions being
bf only minor importance in their na
ture. The court was in session a great
er part of the day.
Robert Brown, colored, was charged
with larceny and receiving in two
cases. In one he was found not guil--
ty, and in the other he was found
, guilty, the recorder sentencing him to
the roads for three months.
Probable cause appearing in the case
charging Scott Williams with assault
on a female. Judge Bailey sent it to
the superior court for trial.
Charlie Mason and Will Outter
bridge were found not guilty of lar
ceny and receiving. This case was a
very unusual one, one in which Burt
Gorham was found guilty of aiding
and abetting the crime of which Ma
son and Outterbridge were found not
guilty. The case was called back in
December, when Gorham was found
guilty. It was reopened Tuesday
when Gorham was found not guilty.
Mason and Outterbridge, tenants
on farms near here, removed certain
products from their landlords' pack
houses and split with Gorham to haul
them to the markets/•'•Without the
knowledge of the landlords. It is
understood that the case was dismiss
ed when it was shown that no one
could steal his own goods, or some
thing to that effect. The case is sub
ject to be reopened under different
charges, it is understood.
GVove Bland, colored, was sentenc
ed to work at the county home for a
period of three months when he was
found guilty of carrying a concealed
Joe Taylor, not our W. Joe Taylor,
but one of another county, was found
giilty of parking his car without
proper lights, and was fined $25. He ;
was charged with operating a car|
while under the influence of liquor.
S. L. Woolard appealed to the
higher courts when he was found
guilty of an assault with a deadly
weapon and sentenced to the roads
for a period of five months.
Jesse Williams was found not guilty |
in the case charging him with driving
.an automobile while intoxicated.
Woodrow Bland, a member of that
publicity famous Reuben Bland fam-i
ily, escaped the roads on account of
his tender age when he was carried j
into court for carrying a concealed;
1 weapon.
Adjudged guilty of hunting without
license, J. D. Harrison appealed to the
higher courts when he was taxed with
the costs, judgment having been sus
pended in the action.
The case, charging Robert Hassell
with larceny and receiving, was sent
to the superior court for trial.
Andrew Revander was sentenced to
the roads for a period of four months
when he was found guilty of possess
ing liquor for sale. *
Isaac Ampey, found guilty of an
assault on a female, was sentenced to
the roads for nine months. He ap
pealed, and the case goes to the su
perior court for trial.
Herman James failed to answer
when he was called in the case charg
ing him with manufacturing liquor.
James Peyton was given three
months on the roads for carrying a
concealed weapon.
R. G. Jackson failed to answer when !
he was called to face a charge of j
passing a worthless check. I
Jos. Franklin-OWeathersby, charged i
with one of the most hideous crimes '
ever attempted in this section, was {
ordered held for trial in the superior
court on a charge of attempted rape.
Spear Lynch Is Returned
To Federal Penitentiary'
Spear Pittman Lynch, colored, fail- [
ing to comply with certain require
ments made when he was granted a
parole, was returned to the Federal
penitentiary at Atlanta last Wednes
day night by a special marshal
here from Rleigh. Lynch was sen-J
fenced to the prison following his cap
ture at a still in Williams Township,
■ad he had served about one-third of
hi* term when the parole was granted, i
Usual Services at Local
Baptist Church Sunday
Sunday will find the Baptist church
carrying out its four services as usual,
Sunday 'school in the morning for all
6 grades, preaching service at 11 o'-
clock, B. Y. P U. at 6:30 and evening
sermon at 7:30 o'clock.
The public is cordially invited to
any or all of these services. The
morning sermon will be entitled,
"Lame Christians.'' The evening text
will be, "It "Was good for me that I
have been afflicted."
Farmers Are
Preparing for
Tobacco Crop
Martin farmers started prepar
ing for their 1932 tobaco crop this
week, when they brought seed to
County Agent Brandon here to b*
cleaned and treated. Aa far at it
could be learned here yesterday,
no aeed beeds have been planted at
this time, but during the next sev
eral weeks, white canvas squares
will dot the earth from one end
of the county to the other.
Last year, the agent cleaned or
treated enough seed to sow nearly
a million yards of plant beds. He
would not commit himself when
asked how many would be called
upon to clean and treat this year.
Only Three Cases Scarlet
Fever Reported In the
County Last Month
Health conditions were per
fect in this county last month, it was
learned from a report filed in the office
of County Health Officer J. H. Saun
ders. „ While there were a goodlly
number of cases of pnuemonia through
out the county, contagious diseases
were confined to scarlet fever, and
three cases *of that disease were re
ported to the office. Two of the three
cases were reported in Griffins Town
ship and the third in Bear Grass. All
victims were white.
The record reported for Martin
County is in close accord with the one
reported for the entire United States,
where general health conditions dur
ing December and previous months in
1931 were said to have been the best
in many years.
Bailey-Sessoms Stock Is
Re-sold Here Wednesday
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The stock of the Bailey-Sessoms
Drug Company, bankrupt, was re
sold here Wednesday morning, J. G.
Staton offering the highest bid, S4OO. |
Very few bidders attended arid took 1
part in the sale, the stock, inventoring |
more than SI,OOO, going without there
being much ado about it.
Subject to confirmation or rejection
by a United States referee in bank
ruptcy, the sale is now pending, it
having been reported by Trustee H.
G. Horton to authorities last Wednes
No bids were entered on the foun
tain and fixtures in the store.
Schedule of Presbyterian
Services In The County
Sunday, January 10, 1932:
Church school at 9:45 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 11
a. m.
Bear Graaa
Sunday school at 9:30 a. m.
Worship service and sermon at 7
;p. m.
Roberson's Farm
i Sunday school at 3p. m.
Preaching at 3:45 p. m.
j Prayer meeting each Thursday night
at 7 p. m.
| The sacrament of the Lord's Sup
i per will be observed at each of the
! worship services. If you didn't start
the New Year right by going to .church
last Sunday, begin this Sunday. You
are welcome here.
Sunday Services At The
Local Christian Church
Regular preaching services at the
Christian church Sunday, in the morn
i ing at 1.1 o'clock and at 7:30 o'clock
i in the evening. The public is invited
i to attend.
| Start the New Year right, by being
| faithful to church.
The pastor wMI preach Sunday
morning on, "The Increasing In
fluence of Jesus," and at night' on,
"Why the Spirit Led Jesus to Temp
tation." The pastor and Mrs. Perry
will bring a message in song in the
form of a vocal duet. Come and bring
your friends. ■*-
Do not miss Bible school and Chris
tian Endeavor. Sunday should be a
great day at the Christian church.
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Although a clock In the Memphis
(Tenn.) Power and Light Company's
building is 150 years old, arid it* every
part of wood construction, 'the old
clock marks time as accurately as mod
ern time-pieces.
Williamston, Martin County, North Carolina, Friday, January 8, 1932
Twenty-two Distinct Soils
Are Found in County
Report Shows
All the.soils on all the farms in Mar
tin County are mapped and described
in the Soil Survey Report of the coun
ty just issued by the Bureau of Chem
istry and Soils, United States Depart
ment of Agriculture.
Farmers of the county and other
persons interested may now learn the
names and the locations of the differ
ent soils on any farm in the county by
reading the report and studying the
map in it. The report names 22 dis
tinct soils as present in Martin Coun
ty in addition to meadow and swamp.
It- locates them on the map by assign
ing a color for each soil. It tells the
color, the texture, and the depth of
each type of soil, the character of the
subsoil and whether it is favorable to
the downward drainage and upward
movement of soil moisture or whether
lit is hardpan or an impenetrable sub
soil which retards root growth and the
movement of soil moisture.
I The soil survey will be of much use to
'any farmer of Martin County who
| wants a better idea of the differences
[which exist between the different soil
types on his farm.
| Norfolk fine sandy loam is described
in the report as the most extensive
'and important spil in the county and
as one which produces from 700.t0
! 1,200 pounds of tobacco to the acre
when well fertilized, 1-2 to 1 bale of
'cotton, 100 to 400 bushels of sweet
potatoes and 1 1-2 tons of peanut hay.
"This is a well-drained, mellow, and
'easily cultivated soil," says the re
jport, which warns, however, that it
I contains little organic matter and that
| this should be supplied by turning un
|der legumes, such as soybeans, cow
peas, crimson clover, and vetch, as well
'as rye.
j Lenoir very fine sandy loam, anoth
er extensive soil of the county, is de
-1 scribed as yielding from 30 to 50
i bushels of corn and front 800 to 1,400
' pounds of tobacco when properly fer
tilized and supplied with organic mat
-1 ter.
I Other important soils of the county
'described in this report are those of
| the Dunbar, Kuston, Onslow, and
iWickham series.
Farmers who know their soils well
! will enjoy comparing their judgment
of the different soils on their farms
' with what the soil experts of the State
and the United' States Deparment of
Agriculure have to say. Where the
average farmer or landowner knows
his soil to its plow depth, the soil sur
veyors know it to a depth of 4 to 6
feet, and they describe it so minutely
as to tell why some of the soils are
droughty and unproductive in dry sea-
Isons, while others hold water for the
crops even in the driest years. The
report advises as to the treatment,
'fertilizing, and cropping of the differ
!ent soils.
| A copy of the report may be obtain
ed free front your Congressman or
'senator or-from the Office of Informa
tion, U. S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, D. C.
Angered Parties Believed
To Have Fired Boat
Late Last Tuesday
The house boat, Doris, owned by
members of the Qpnine Hunting
| Club here, was burned on the Roa
noke River, six miles below William
ston some time Tuesday night or
tarly Wednesday morning, it was
learned here yesterday. Valued at
approximately SI,OOO, the boat was
insured, it was first stated, but later
it developed that there was no insur
jance in force at the time and the boat
( was a complete loss to the owners,
j Titus Critcher, J. G. Staton, K. B.
Crawford, T. B. Brandon, E. S. Peel,
John Cook, Will Parkej, A. R. Dun
! ning and others.
I Believing the boat was fired by cer
[tain parties angered by hunting law
j prosecutions and vast hunting rights
enjoyed by a few, owners of the boat
are understood to be conducting an
investigation in an effort to establish
the guilt of several persons held under
The boat was located near the
mouth of Conine Creek where
members of the hunting club would
go for two and three-day hunting trips
j during certain seasons. Beds and
household equipment in general were
a part of the boat's, equipment, all
of it being destroyed when the small
draft burned.
Representatives From Here
To Attend Gathering
Tuesday Night
Plymouth, N. C., January B.
I Upwards of 50 persons are expected
'to attend the meeting that will be held
!in the basement of the Washington
| County courthouse here Tuesday eve
ning at 7 o'clock, Jan. 12, for the pur
'pose of discussing a business program
! for agriculture for Northeastern North
| Carolina, it was announced today by
A. L. Alexander.
Representative A. D. McLean, of
Washington, will be the principal
speaker of the occasion. Representa
tive Z. V. Norman, of this place, will
introduce the speaker, who became
j prominent in his stand for tax legisla
! tion in the 1931 General Assembly.
|N. G. Bartlett, secretary-manager of
I the Eastern Carolina Chamber of
, Commerce, at Kinston, wilt preside.
Delegations from Roper, Creswell,
Columbia, Jamesville, ' Williamston,
Washington, Windsor, Belhaven, Pan
tego, Plymouth and other near-by
towns are being urged to attend by
Mr. Bartlett. The meeting will be
held in the form of a dutch supper,
with each participant paying his own
The local chapter of the United
Daughters of the Confederacy will be
in charge of the banquet, which will
cost each guest 50 cents. Working on
this committee with Mrs, Alexander
in arranging for the event is W .R.
Hampton, C. L. Groves, Z. V. Nor
man, L. W. Gurkin, and R. E. Dun
The meeting here will be the fourth
in a series of such meetings that are
being held" in the eastern part of the
state under the auspices of the sec
tional organization. In addition to
the mentioned speakers there is likely
to lie farm specialists present who will
aid in arriving at some specified meth
od of work for better conditions.
Those wishing to participate in the
supper should notify Mr. Alexander
by Saturday night. Reservations for
places made by those expected to at
tend swill be a great advantage to the
United Daughters of the Confederacy
wh6~ are serving the meal. Those not
wishing to join in the supper )are in
vited to the auditorium of the court
house to hear the speeches.
V. E. P. Employees Will
Take Part In National
Speaking Contest
Representatives from throughout
the system of the Virginia Electric
and Power Company met in Rich
mond yesterday to formulate plans,
rules and regulations for conducting
the annual employees' public speaking
contest on the subject of "The Rela
tions of Government and Business."
Those who attended the meeting and
who will have charge of conducting
the contest are A. H. Herrmann and
J. Y. Ray, of the Public Relations
Department at Richmond; H. H.
Harper, assistant to the vice i/resident,
Norfolk, and Kay H. Goodmon, sales
manager of the Carolina District at
Roanoke Rapids.
This contest is of national scope
'and is sponsored by the National
Electric Light association. All em
ployees of the company, including
both men and women, other than of-j
fleers and department heads, will be
eligible to compete.
I Based on the registrations in a
similar contest last year, it is expect
ed that some 200 contestants will bej
enrolled throughout the Virginia Elec
tric system. Cash prizes will be
awarded the winners in the various
stages of the contest.
John P. Stedman Named
New Treasurer of State
John P. Stedman, banker, was yes
terday named State'-Treasurer by Gov-,
ernor O. Max Gardner, following the
death of Captain Nathan fJ'Berry in
'Goldsboro early Wednesday morning.'
Mr. Stedman, only 37 years old, an-j
nounced immediately following hit ap
pointment that he would be a candi
date to succeed himself in the June
Democratic primary.
Captain O'Berry, .who had complet
ed his day's work in - Raleigh last
Tuesday, and who was taken suddenly
ill and died a few hours later, had
previously suggested Mr. Stedman for
the job.
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Skewarkee Lodge Masons
To Tuesday Night
„ Skewarkee Lodge of Masoas will
hold its first meeting of the new year
next Tuesday night at the regular houri
7:30 p. m., it was announced today.
In addition to the regular business
( there will be work in the first degree.
All members urged to attend and visit
ing Masons are cordially invited. |
Importance of Sweet Potato in
County Shown in Agent Report
Depression Is Blamed For
Marked Drop
Licenses Issue
Smallest Number Issued in
This County in Several
Years, Records Show
J. Sam Getsinger, Martin County
Register of Deeds, issued 123 marriage
licenses to couples in this county dur
ing the year just closed, the number
being the smallest issued by the reg
ister in many years.
Even though the number of licenses
was smaller than the number issued
in 1930 by 21, there is hope that the
depression is fast ending, using the
number of marriage licenses as a bus
iness barometer or something. In
1930, marriages in Martin County
numbered 144, or 42 less than the num
ber issued in 1929. This year there
were only 123 licenses sold in this
couny, but there was a decrease of only
21. Cupid has just about reached his
lowest level, and it will take more
than an economic depression to cur
tail marital activities more than they
have been in the past.
Licenses were issued and marriage
knots tied on some very close eco
nomic margins last year, the situation
giving rise to a little story that might
IK- of interest here and which will re
flect economic effects on love, et cetera.
Parking his car in front of a local pas
tor's home, a young man entered the
minister's study and asked if his credit
would lie good to the extent of the
usual fee charged for performing a mar
riage—whatever amount that is. The
minister told the prospective that it
would be all right, the young man
making all the assurances one could
possibly ask for, and so the knot
was tied then and there.
No note was signed, not even an
I. O. U., and a few days later, when
the young groom failed to fulfill his
promise, the minister reported the
event in one of his conversations with
one of the boys in The Enterprise of
fice. The minister was certain the
young man vtuwfil forward the amount
sooner or but when offered 25
cents for the account, he sold out,
assuring the purchaser that the en
tire anvount received, if ever, from the
groom would be turned over to the
Months have passed, and it is un
derstood that flip young man is now
in jail with no hbpeSLof ever settling
the account'. And, in the estimation
of the purchaser of the account, it is
good enough for any one who falsifies
credit to annex a wife.
No; the minister wasn't gambling,
for he said he accepted whatever a
mount offered hint, and when some one
other than the groom was liberal
enough to advance a consideration, it
wu'li readily accepted.
But it is surprising to know just
how many, couples' dreams ar; shat
tered when they are unable t'o-muster
an. amount required for the purchase
of marriage- licenses. Judgitig from,
the number of illegitimate births re
corded in Martin County courthouse,
the license barrier cuts no ice with
many colored couples.
A comparison of the number of li
censes issued, by months, during 1930
and 1931, is presented in the follow
ing table.
1930 1931
« 8 1 , « | 1
8 111 | !
*SB £ O H > OH
January 6 7 13 4 5 9
February ... 5 14 19 10 3 13
March 2 9 11 7 11 18
April 4 7 11 5 7 12
May 3 S 11 2 6 8
June 4 $ 9 4 2 6
July 4 4 8 1 2 1
August ...
September 6 5 11 6 3 9
October 1 4 3 7 4 8 12
November 11 7 18 5 7 12
December 11 4 15 8 6 14
Totals 67 77 144 59 64 123
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Three Prisoners Sent to
State Roads from Here
Thret men, Andrew Revander, Rob
ert IVrton, and Robert Brown, all col
ored, were carried to the jail hduse in
Washington County last Wednesday
morning to serve sentences on the.
State roads. They were found guilty
in recorder's court here last Tuesday
on variojis charges, and sentenced to
! serve time on the State roads by Judge
[ Bailey. „ >'
Federal income tax return forms
for the year of 1931 were released
Monday, this newspaper has been ;
informed by Gilliam Grisssom, of j
Raleigh, collector of internal reve- (
nuc. Persons desiring the blanks
should apply to Mr. Cfrissom. Al- 1
so they can be obtained from Da
vid Burnett, commissioner, in
Washington, D. C.
.Welfare Activities Featured
By Agent and Members
Of Various Clubs
Welfare activities featured the work
of Miss l.ora E. Sleeper, county home
agent, aiul her several home demon
stration clubs during the month of De
cember, it was learned from her re-i
port filed (or the period with the coun
ty-board of commissioners.
Cases reported were investigated by
members of the several clubs, and
those worthy of aid have been .given
garments, many of which were dis
tributed on Christmas Day. Forty
i three garments were made outright or
j altered by the members of the Poplar.
Chapel club and distributed to needy
:in that community. jThe garments* 1
■ were made at an average cost of 14
cents each, Miss Sleeper stated in her
report. ' - ■ . v
j Ihe remainder of the agent's repo?Kr
j for the past month is as follows:
| Eleven and one-half days were spent
I in the field and three and one-half days
in the office, and eight days were tak
|Cii for vacation. Seven meetings were
held with the women with 45 in at-I
I tendance and 7 with the girls / with
137 in'attendance and 1 with the boys
with 45 in attendance. The agent
traveled 586 miles during the month.
Three women besides the home a
gerit represented the county at the sec- ;
tioiial agricultural meeting held in
Rocky Momtt. December It) and 11. |
Young Boy Clears Counter
When W. G. Toler
Flashes Pistol
W. G. Toler, young white nia.n, giv
ing his home address as Belhaven and
his business address at Norfolk, was
arrested here late Tuesday night at
the Sid Mobfey filling station, near
-the warehouses, for carrying a con- |
cealed weapon and attempted assault.
Said to have been drinking, Toler ,
exchanged a few words with Joe.God-|
ard, 111, who was in the station at the
time. Toler, angered, threw a coffee
cup and brake it over behind the coun
ter. He then told'the Oodard boy that
lie could throw him over the same
way. Pulling his pistol from an in-!
side pocket, Toler and other parties J
in the station at the time saw young
(iodard clear the counter in one leap, j 1
A hearing was held following Toler'si
arrest by night officer Allshrooks, J us- j
tice of the Peace Mayo Grimes send- ( ]
ing the defendant to jail in default of
$l5O bond. The required bond was |
raised Wednesday morning, and Toler
was released to appear in recorder's 1
court here net Tuesday for trial be
fore Judge Bailey.
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Burial In Harris Cemetery, t
Near Here, Tuesday
Mrs. Lucinda Harris, one of the old
est residents in the county, died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Bob Wells,
near here, last Monday. Mrs. Harris,
85 years old, had been in feeble health i
for some time, and her passing was
She was born in Washington Coun
ty, the daughter of the late Ashley
Martin and wife, Effie Martin. She
haH lived much of her life in this coun
ty in the homes of her children.
Funeral services were held at the
home Tuesday afternoon by Rev. W.
B. Harrtington, and interment fol
lowed in the Harris burial ground.
Watch the Label On Yoor
' Paper As It Carrie* the Date
When Your Subscription Expires
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Poultry Raising In County
Gains In Importance as
a Farm Sideline
j The increasing importance of the
sweet potato as one of Martin Coun
ty's major crops is pointed out in the
annual farm report by Tom 1!. Bran
| ilon, Martin farm agent, this week.
| "About six years' ago," the agent
says, "Mr. \V. \V. Griffin, of Williams
| Township, built the first sweet po
i tato curing wi the county. To-
I day, there are 47 such house:, in the
j county with a combined storage and
curing capacity of nearly otI.OOO
In addition to. those potati es cured
jin the specially btiilt house-., thous
| ands of bushels are grown by farm
ers who follow the old custom and
bank them in hills for keeping through
the winter. „ The crop has been great
ly increased in Martin County during
the past year or two, but even then
| the production is said to be short by
nearly 50 per cent, and at the present
time, the potato crop has the promise
of being the most profitable one grown
in the county in the opinion of
| Very few sales have been made by
owners of curing houses up until this
time, but in early spring deliveries
will be made to distant sections.
I Poultry raising, the agent's report
shows, was a big.side line for Martin
farmers during the past year Nearly
60,000 pounds of live poultry were
shipped cooperatively by Martin far
mers to northern markets, bringing
them SIO,OOO cash at a time when
money was more than "tight." At the
present time, the agent is investigating
Nie poultry markets, and it is hope'd
that arrangements can be made for
shipments this year. Ac
cording to unofficial reports heard
here and there, there are many chic
kens in the county this year, and there
is a marked need for cooperative ship
| The treatment of hogs against
cholefra was another important tet
ture in the—agent's program, 4,52.8 of
the animals having been treated for
241 farmers during the year. t This
work alone has saved Martin farmers
thousands of dollars yearly, and each
year the demand for vaccination in
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| Sizeable savings were effected when
the agent purchased 50, HOI) potato
baskets, 80 pecan trees, two cars of
drain tile, and 900 pounds nf perma
incnt pasture seed for distribution a
mong hundreds of farmers.
| Cleaning and treating tobacco seed
for 237 farmers required much of the
agent's time during last January and
a pari of February. Mr. Brandon
states mat he either cleaned or treat
ed eiuftigh -seed to sow 998,960 yards
of plant' beds. This work is being
started at the present time for the
1932 crop.
I Other activities of the agent are re
ported in detail, as follows:
| Two hundred and twelve days were
spent in field work.
Ninety days were* spent in the of
fice, handling various Reports to State
departments, and holding conferences
'with farmers from all over the coun
Nearly 500 farms were visited dur
ing the year, the agent receiving 1,814
office and 1,709 telephone calls. More
than 2,000 letters were written, and
38 articles were prepared for local
papers. Two hundred and twenty
bulletins were distributed.
Eight farmers, were assisted in plan
ning and contsrtucting their potato
curing houses. Forty-one poultry cul
ling demonstrations were held and 26
farmers were assisted in feeding hogs
for market. The sale of two carloads
and 16 truck loads of hogs was han
dled during the year.
Sixty-four farmers were advised in
connection with the planting of perma
nent the agent assistijng in
the woj-k. Two carloads of sweet
potatoes were sold under his direc
tion, and thirteen county and. com
munity meetings were held in connec
tion with farm work in the county
during 1931.
Sschedule of Services at
The Methodist Church

C. T. Rogers, pastor.
Don't forget:
Sunday school, 9:45 a. m.
Preaching, 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m.
1 Epworth league, Monday, 7:30 p. m.
Hi League, Tuesday, 7 p. >■».
Mid-week service, Wednesday, 7:30
p. m.
You are always welcome.

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