Rural Hall Area Business Association shows community involvement during annual picnic

Local business people, town officials, and special guests attended the Rural Hall Area Business Association’s annual picnic.

Fire Chief Eddie Horn guided business leaders through the Fire Department’s Fire Safety Trailer.

RURAL HALL — The excrutiating heat drove the Rural Hall Areal Business Association indoors for this year’s annual picnic. The June 16 event, usually held at Covington Park, was moved to Town Hall.

The picnic marked the end of the association’s food drive. Representatives from Second Harvest Food Bank, Joe Kilar and Chuck Harmon, were on site to collect the donations. The non perishable food items and financial donations collected will provide an estimated 8000 meals for local residents.

Fire Chief Eddie Horn spoke to the group about fire department inspections. The department has been working to improve their score on the grading inspection with the purchase of a ladder truck, safety training trailer, and extra staff and training. “We hope to lower the grade from 5 to 4, maybe 3,” said Horn. The lower rating would reduce fire insurance rates for property within the department’s service area.

“Most of the businesses we went to donated toward the purchase of the trailer,” Horn said. The trailer, with donor names listed on the side, was available for viewing during the event. It is available for teaching fire safety to schools, youth groups, and civic organizations.

Mayor Larry Williams explained the importance of the Connect NC bond referendum. “If the bond does not pass, the beltway that is under construction to become I-74 won’t come to Rural Hall for at least ten years. If the bond passes, it will start within two years,” he said. Williams urged people to contact their legislators asking them to put the bond on the ballot for this fall.

New classes are being offered at the Forsyth County Small Business Center on topics such as business structure, financing, and bookkeeping. For more information call: 336-757-3810.

The RHABA’s Flat & Fast Rural Hall 5K/10K will be held on Oct. 17. Early registration of $20 is availible until July 4 at:

Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilotReporter.