Church wants to connect with teens

Published 9:51 am Friday, October 15, 2010

Fuller Gospel Kingdom Church at Airway Center has come up with a good idea to meet Franklin’s younger folks.

Church members will be giving away clothing, shoes and accessories on

Oct. 30 from a vacant lot next to Ed’s Barber & Beauty Shop at Washington and South streets. They chose the date because that’s when Franklin set its trick-or-treat day.

“We’re trying to target that area, where young people stand out,” said organizer Audrey Lee. “We want to be able to gain a rapport with them and see there are people in the community who do care.”

Church members also will be serving hot dogs, chips and drinks.

n Nine residents from East Pavilion nursing home at Southampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin recently took a trip to Wakefield’s Virginia Diner for lunch.

Residents who attended were Susie Eason, Steve Edwards, Curtis Worrell, Beatrice and Benjamin Pitts, Christine Britton, Carol Lowe, Kenny Beale and Buddy Lankford.

n During Sunday’s 65th anniversary for the Newsoms Ruritan Club, Kitty and Roy Lassiter met with Ruritan National Vice President Jayson Duncan. Duncan was surprised and delighted to meet the Lassiters from Boykins because Kitty’s father was the first Ruritan national president.

The day also featured a cornhole tournament. Co-winners were Brent Mason and Jay Beatty.

n Got word that Navy Seaman Recruit Dennis A. Blair II, son of Angela K. Bell of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Dennis A. Blair of Franklin, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

At the close of the eight-week program, Dennis participated in what’s known as Battle Stations. This exercise incorporates the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance through practical applications of basic Navy.

Dennis is a 2005 graduate of Richmond Hill High School.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her e-mail address is