County Line: Turn clocks back, check smoke detectors

Published 9:27 am Thursday, October 29, 2020

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By Shirley Thorne

County Line Correspondent

This Sunday is the first Sunday in November; that means Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Set clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. It’s also a good time to check the fire, heat, and carbon monoxide detectors or alarms in homes to make sure they are in good working order.

County Line kids are getting ready for Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 31.  Clarksbury United Methodist Church will celebrate Halloween with a trunk or treat on the church grounds beginning at 5 p.m.  Besides treats for all kids, there will also be hot chicken stew for everyone.

Local churches have these service schedules this week, but contact the church for any updates weather may require:

• Calvary Baptist, indoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m.;

• Clarksbury Methodist,    indoor Sunday worship at 10 a.m. and indoor “Book of John” Bible study at 7 p.m. Thursday; both with masks and social distancing;

• Piney Grove AME Zion, indoor Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m.;

• Pleasant View Baptist, regular indoor services Sunday and Wednesday;

• Salem Methodist, indoor Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with social distancing and masks in the sanctuary; and

  Society Baptist, indoor Sunday worship at 11 a.m. with message by Gene Tutterow in fellowship hall.  No Sunday or Wednesday night services.

Services for local churches will continue online.    

Our community extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Samuel “Sammy” Ratledge, who died unexpectedly Oct. 10 in Florida. The younger of two children, he was born in Davie County in 1961 to the late Duke, Jr. and Janice Stroud Ratledge of Cranfill Road off NC 901. He attended Society Baptist Church with his family and graduated from North Iredll High School in 1980.  A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he had several deployments to Southeast Asia and other areas.  He and his wife Liberty, whom he married in 1986, returned to the United States in 1989 and later made their home in Jacksonville, Fla., where they reared their children.  The couple then worked for Boeing and other military contractors.  A service celebrating his life was held Monday of last week in Florida.

Paul Ressa remains at Forsyth Medical Center and was to have surgery last Monday.  Priscilla S. Dwiggins is recuperating at home while receiving physical therapy. Faye Stroud continues to rest at home while under treatment for cancer.

Join us in prayer for the Lord’s divine healing and blessings upon Paul, Priscilla, Faye, and other residents who are having health problems.  Pray for the Lord’s comfort and support upon the family of Sammy as they adjust to life without him.  Also, remember in prayer those residents with coronavirus-related infections.

Word has been received of the death of County Line native Johnny Felker, who died Thursday of last week.  Remember in prayer his family.

Continue to pray for the many families affected by the hurricanes in the  southern states and the continued wide-spread fires in the western states.  Pray for the many families affected by the coronavirus as the number of coronavirus-related deaths in our country passed 226,000 last Monday and the daily count of infection cases reached a new high over 83,000 last weekend.

For news and memories to share, please call Shirley on 336-492-5115 or email