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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

More Photos from Historic Hillboro, NC

A while back I posted an introduction to the Battle of the Regulators, and its place in history. This post I am dropping a  lot more photos of modern day Hillsboro. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

St Paul Church Museum

        More Things To See and Do In Randleman

With gasoline prices soaring, I think we should discover other things to see and do right here at home, for low cost alternatives of entertainment.
Here is another activity to consider in the upcoming days and months ahead:

Visit St Paul Museum. St. Paul M. E. Church, South was organized in 1855. In 1879, the present hand-made brick building was erected through the generous funding of John H. Ferree and John Banner Randleman. In 1948, St. Paul merged with Naomi Methodist Church to become First Methodist Church. The last religious service was held in 1951. The church became St. Paul Museum in 1968. (description is from the Northern Randolph Historical Society Web Page.)

Take a trip into our rich past with a visit to St Paul Church/Museum. There you will see artifacts from the past specific to Randleman, and Northern Randolph County. The few remaining artifacts of the first County seat of Johnstonville are here, along with a horse drawn hearse, uniforms, many many more items as well.

While the museum is currently closed, you can still visit the grounds, and even call for an appointment to see it. Later on in the year starting in March there will be certain times that the museum is open. Here is a copy of their schedule:

2011 - January & February
    Open by appointment only.
2011 - March 18th
    Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - April 15th     Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - May 20th     Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - June 24th     Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - July 15th     Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - August 19th     Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - September 16th     Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - October - Open on NASCAR Day     TBA
2011 - November 18th     Open House from 2:30-4:30 PM.
2011 - December 9th     TBA

for more info visit their website:

The Randolph County 2012 Spelling Bee was held Tuesday,February 7,2012 at 7:00PM at the Randleman Elementary School. The spelling bee was sponsored by the Randolph County School System.

Prizes were awarded with trophies to champion, and also to each school winner by Randolph Bank & Trust Company. A cash prize of $25.00 went to the champion,donated by The Courier-Tribune. A Merriam Webster Dictionary/Thesaurus was awarded to the champion, and a Webster Dictionary was also awarded to the runner up,by Community One Bank.

The Contestants were as follows: Archdale Elem. Aditi Shah, Archdale-Trinity MS, Sydney Brinkley. From Braxton Craven MS Jeffery Pereria,from Coleridge, Zoe Patrick. Representing Farmer Elem, Caeley Laine Price,Franklinville, Taylor Wallace. From Grays Chapel,Avery Browder,Hopewell School Madeline Underwood, from John R Lawrence Preston Forst,Level Cross was represented by Callie Wood. Liberty,Sierra Faith Hunt,New Market was represented by Adam Hall, Northeastern Middle School, Stephanie Eller,Ramseur Elem. School by Olesia Headen, Randleman Elem School,Hannah Hook,Randleman Middle School, Alec Poupore,Seagrove,Karaline Nelson,Southeastern Middle School,Emmanuelle Garcia,Southmont, Owen York,Southwestern Middle School Alexis Byrd,Tabernacle by Katherine Allison,Trindale School,Hunter Batten, Trinity Elem. Olivia Gillaspie,Uwharrie Middle School, Shelby Westbrook.

Olivia Gillaspie of Trinity Elementary won the spelling Bee by spelling the word" behemoth". Alec Poupore from Randleman Middle School was runner up.

            Frank and Larry's Breakfast and Lunch

 Frank&Larry's Breakfast and Lunch is legendary for having the best food of it's kind anywhere around.
I will say in fact that no one anywhere makes better hot dogs, and burgers than they do. I have been known to drive from the other side of Greensboro, all the way to the county line just to have lunch at Frank & Larry's. If I am not having a big cheese burger all the way, or a couple of hot dogs ; I am having a hamburger steak, complete with grilled onions, and slaw. They make their own hush-puppies too, and they are good with anything. I could make a meal off nothing but their hush-puppies.

The decor some would say leaves a lot to be desired. If you are a race fan, or a fan of the past, then you will love the decor.  The walls are adorned with many photos from not only the King's, (Richard Petty) NASCAR career, but also other notable racing legends. There's some artist depictions too of the old Pavilion at Myrtle Beach, and the Castle Drive In from the 50s and early 60s. I enjoy always looking at these monuments from the past, and never tire from seeing them. After 36 years, I have yet to tire from having lunch at Frank & Larry's.

One little side note about Frank & Larry's that few know about. There was a movie filmed in the late 1960s, and released in 1972, called "43 The Richard Petty Story". That movie was mostly filmed in Level Cross, and around Randolph County. There was a fight scene in which Richard, and Maurice tangle with a fictitious driver and they teach the man a lesson in manners. That fight scene was filmed at Frank & Larry's back in the day when it was a bar. SO if you go eat at Frank^Larry's you will be having Breakfast, or Lunch in the same place where a movie was made. You owe it to yourself to eat at Frank & Larry's.