Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 6:30 p.m.

Town of Ramseur Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Tuesday, January 10, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. The Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting for #1 Discussing Water Authority Options #2 Approval of Water AIA, Sewer AIA, and Water System Improvements – Wooten Company The Public is Invited to Attend If there are any questions, please feel free to call The Town of Ramseur 336-824-8530

Darrell Williams, Featured Artist

Artist Reception: February 2, 2023 / 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Exhibit Open: Tuesdays 6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. | Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Town of Ramseur is featuring an artist each month in the conference room of the Town Hall. There will be a reception for the artist at each opening. Darrell Williams is a former resident of Ramseur, who now resides in Asheboro. Though his interest in art goes back over fifty years, he only began exploring his artistic endeavors twenty-five years ago, with a figurative clay class in Greensboro. Five years later, Darrell spent a week in a pastel painting workshop. Even today, his oil and acrylics retain some skills he learned. One of the paintings in his exhibits is a pastel piece he painted about a year after his workshop. Retirement in 2004 gave Williams more time to work on his art and explore new directions. One of which was oil painting. When Darrell and his wife Linda moved to an active adult retirement community in Raleigh, he was delighted to find a pottery studio. Unlike his grandfather, William Murphy Williams, Darrell found he had no interest in wheel-work, and concentrated on hand building. This exhibit includes a full-size 3-D self portrait in clay. Also, during this period Williams attended figurative sculpture classes in Raleigh using live models…some even nude. After his last move to Asheboro, Darrell returned to hand building at Oakland Pottery. His latest exploration is Henry Bowers’ Clean Air outdoor painting class. Darrell began with acrylics and now is working with oils in this matter. The exhibit will include air and studio painting, improving skills, and maybe finding another figurative sculpture opportunity! Thank you to the Randolph Bulletin for this article.

Town of Ramseur Secures Funding for the Deep River State Trail

The Town of Ramseur, in partnership with the non-profit conservation organization Unique Places to Save, and Randolph County Trails, have been awarded $128,922 in grant funds by the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to extend and enhance the Deep River State Trail (Rail Trail) and Blueway. To date, the town has completed a 1.25-mile section of trail from US 64 to Harlan’s Creek, and from Harlan’s Creek to Liberty St. This grant-funded, community project will help purchase 27 acres of land along the Deep River that will enable the completion of other section of trail that will connect the trail to Allen H. Leonard Memorial Park, establish a new trailhead at Brooklyn Avenue Bridge, create a publicly accessible portage around Ramseur Dam, and acquire a location for public river access near the downtown area, which the town lacks.

The community recreation improvements of this project will directly benefit local residents and visitors in many ways. The trail will help connect the Deep River State Trail to downtown Ramseur and the Allen H. Leonard Memorial Park. Linking the town’s popular park using the expanded trail is expected to boost the use of both recreational assets. The publicly accessible portage around Ramseur Dam will allow paddlers to safely pass the dam on their journeys down river. A crosswalk and trailhead located at the Brooklyn Avenue bridge will serve as a recreation gateway for residents and visitors to easily access the trail, river, and historic dam. Interpretive signage will describe the historical significance of the site to the community and ecological importance of the Deep River.

Additional financial and in-kind support for this community project is sourced from a North Carolina Land and Water Fund grant to Unique Places to Save, a line item budget allocation request from State Representative Allen McNeill, the Town of Ramseur, private landowners who are donating a portion of the land, and Randolph County Trails.