Community Briefs: Wilson police plan community meeting

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Wilson residents can quiz police supervisors on neighborhood safety issues during the Wilson Police Department’s “Chat with the Commanders” planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at the city’s 1800 Herring Ave. operations center. The meeting is presented in conjunction with the Old Wilson Neighbors Association.

Organizers said police will field questions on issues that residents may be noticing in their neighborhoods and discuss the Police Athletics and Activities League, or PAL, and its youth programs. For more information, visit the Old Wilson Neighbors Association’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OWNAWilsonNC/.

Wilson NAACP to meet

The Wilson branch of the NAACP will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Jackson Chapel Church, 571 Nash St.

Church to hold food giveaway

By Faith Original Free Will Baptist Church, 4667 Evansdale Road, will be giving away food beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, July 13. Recipients are asked to bring boxes or containers. For more information, call Judy Langston at 252-814-7665.

Wilson Democrats schedule meeting

The Wilson County Democratic Party will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 14 at the Wilson County Public Library.

‘Glow for Emma’ planned Monday

BAILEY — Bailey United Methodist Church, 12437 Green St., will hold a “Glow for Emma” Zumba dance party at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 16, combining a Zumba class with an opportunity to raise money for injured Southern Nash High School 2018 senior class president Emma Bailey.

Attendees are invited to wear their brightest neon colors and participate in the 90-minute Zumba fitness class. Items from The Blue Fairy and other local businesses will be available for silent auction bids. For more information, call the church at 252-235-4576.

Veterans to hold flag-raising service

ROCKY MOUNT — The Joint Veterans Committee of Nash and Edgecombe counties will hold a flag-raising ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21 at Jack Laughery Park, 321 N. Church St.

Each month, the committee honors relatives of a deceased veteran by presenting them with a flag flown over the park the previous month. June’s flag will be presented to the family of Army Pfc. John J. Walker, and a new flag for the month of July will be flown in honor of Air Force Tech Sgt. Kenneth Eugene Schmitz.

Flag-raising ceremonies are open to the public, and there is no charge to commemorate a loved one with a flag. To schedule a local veteran for the honor, family members can request an application at the ceremony or call James Ervin at 252-903-3512.

Sheriff candidate plans hot dog social

SARATOGA — The Kevin T. Raper for Sheriff campaign will have a meet and greet hot dog social 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the town of Saratoga Park. Raper is the Republican candidate for Wilson County sheriff in November’s general election. Free hot dogs will be available while supplies last. For more information, call 252-371-4715.

Back-to-school kickoff slated

BAILEY — A back-to-school kickoff party will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the Bailey-Middlesex Recreational Park, 8104 Stoney Hill Church Road, featuring bounce houses, face-painting, soccer, kickball, water balloon fights, a dunk tank, free pizza, chips and drinks and backpacks given away to the first 200 children in attendance.

For more information, call 252-299-1328.