Community Life

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New events since last newsletter:
Tuesday. September 6
7 PM Town Board Meeting. meeting changed from Monday, September 5 due to Labor Day

Saturday, September 24, 1:00 PM
Ordination Service for Bishop Elect Julius Wright and Bishop Elect Sherrow McDuffie
New Growth Unlimited  Ministry
1020 Peedtown Road
Music by Pastor Marion Barrow and First Baptist of Belhaven 
Guest Preacher Bishop Keith Cox of Eureka  Chapel Baptist of Fayetteville, NC
Annie Barrow, Pastor Julius Wright, Co-Pastor, Apostle George Barrow

Wow! Just Wow!
On the last community newsletter, we had a request from Snowden Elementary looking to update the teachers' lounges with working microwaves and Keurig coffee makers. A very generous community member stepped up to fulfill the request so that both the elementary and middle school lounges have those new appliances. And an extra bonus, also provided coffee supplies. Gotta have coffee to teach the kids!

The faculty and staff are so appreciative of the gifts that will be utilized throughout the year!  Essential materials!

What can you buy for a quarter?
A listing on the community calendar!! It's that time of year again! Our Hazel Guilford Memorial Library is starting its annual fundraiser of community calendars.  For as long as I have lived here, the community calendar has been around.

Never forget an important date! The wall calendar list birthdays, anniversaries, and memorial dates for birthdays, social and civic meetings/events, birthdays of church/club members, whatever you want! Cost is $.25 per individual listing, a calendar is $5.00. Calendars will be in just before Christmas! Makes a  unique Christmas present or stocking stuffer, ask my family! Start a new tradition in your family!

If you have a small business and would be interested in purchasing an ad on the community calendar please call Robina Norman or Denise Toler at 252-322-5046, library.  Or you can stop by the library to submit your lists of names. Names submitted do not have to be residents of our area. One year we had a person list their pets' birthdays! for thought, If you see Abby or Lulu on the calendar....

Thank you for your support! All proceeds goes to the Friends of the Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library which supports library in programming. large print books and other items as needed!

Old Trap Needed
Do you happen to have an old trap rusting around your place that you don't mind getting rid of? It does not have to work! It will be used to transport a community cat to its new home about 5 hours away. It will not come back. If you have one or have a lead on one, please respond to this email. Have already checked with Beaufort County Animal Control and our town maintenance. Nada. 

Former Aurora Native!!! 

Look for the tallest person!! That would be Chief Dysoaneik Spellman! Congratulations! So proud of you!

Info collected from City View Today Your Trusted Source for Local News Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The town of Spring Lake announced Lt. Dysoaneik Spellman as the next police chief after a two-month search.

The decision was effective Monday.

Spellman was appointed interim police chief when former chief Troy McDuffie retired for the second time in 2021.

Spellman, who has 23 years of law enforcement experience, has been with the Spring Lake Police Department since 2014, when he was hired by McDuffie as a patrol officer. He began his career in 1999 at the Beaufort County Sherriff’s Office.

“I have a passion for this community and spent my career preparing for this moment,’’ Spellman said Tuesday afternoon after the Police Department celebrated with a social media announcement and reception. “When I got here and got to know the department, I knew this was a place I could make a difference. I am proud to serve the Spring Lake residents.”

Spellman has an advanced law enforcement certificate through the N.C. Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission. He also holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration, an associate’s degree in applied science with a concentration in criminal justice technology and is a graduate of the N.C. Justice Academy Management Development Program.

“I hope to bring some policies and procedures to the department to move us forward to getting a national accreditation,” Spellman said.

He added that most agencies in North Carolina were accredited.

The Spring Lake Board of Aldermen received the announcement from interim Town Manager Joe Durham by email on Monday night after an hour-long special meeting citing the N.C. general statute for personnel.

“Chief Spellman is committed to professionalism and integrity. I have the utmost respect for his leadership and his ability to serve and protect the community,” Durham said in the announcement.

Durham could not be reached Tuesday for further comment.

Spellman on Tuesday said he would like the community to know he has an open-door policy and that the Police Department will be fully transparent with residents.

“We have nothing to hide,’’ Spellman said. “It is beneficial to be out in the community, for me to be out in the community, and I look forward to creating opportunities for residents to get to know our Police Department better. Our residents are our eyes and ears.”

Spellman said he had not yet signed a contract, and the salary offered could not be confirmed Tuesday through Durham or the Local Government Commission. The hiring range from the posted police chief job description was $70,000 to $85,000.

Currently, the Spring Lake Police Department has 27 employees, including 25 police officers. They have three open positions.

Board members, including Alderman Raul Palacios and Alderwoman Sona Cooper, said although the decision was left up to Durham, they look forward to working with Spellman and he has their support in his new role.

Jami McLaughlin covers Spring Lake for CityView TODAY. She can be reached at Have a news tip? Email

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August 31, Wednesday
Hometown Heroes Due

September 1, Thursday
10 AM - Noon COST Foodbank, Powell Park In Edward
7 PM Aurora Volunteer Fire Department Meeting
From World of Statistics- 67%of firefighters in the United States are volunteers

September 3, Saturday
10 AM Bread of Life Food Pantry, St, John Missionary Church, Main Street

September 6, Tuesday
10:30 AM - 1 PM Senior Club Meeting
7 PM Town Board Meeting

September 7, Wednesday
6:30 PM Aurora Lions Club 

September 8, Thursday
10 AM - Noon  Food Distribution, Mallard Creek Apartments 
6:30 PM Aurora Community Watch

September 10, Saturday, 5 PM - 9 PM
Aurora Night Out

Sponsored by Aurora Community Watch

September 12, Monday
7:00  PM Revival Services @ White Hill OFWB Church
Guest Pastor Mike Scott

September 13, Tuesday
6:30 PM ALC Real Estate Development Committee
7:00  PM Revival Services @ White Hill OFWB Church
Guest Pastor Mike Williams

September 14, Wednesday
7:00  PM Revival Services @ White Hill OFWB Church
Guest Pastor Earl Sadler

Thursday, September 15
5:00 PM -7:00 PM Mix and Mingle@ The Gardens of Pamlico

September 17, Saturday
9:30 AM- 10:15 Am Food Distribution, Snowden Elementary
10:00 AM -2:00 PM FREE Community Health Fair, Snowden
3 PM Aurora Woman's Club, Town Library

September 21, Wednesday
6:30 PM Aurora Lions Club Meeting

September 22, Thursday
10 AM - Noon Food Distribution, New Growth Unlimited
6:30 PM Aurora Community Watch Meeting

Friday, September 23
5 PM- 7 PM Pancake Supper, The Venue Downtown, Fundraiser for Christmas in Aurora

Saturday, September 24, 1:00 PM
Ordination Service for Bishop Elect Julius Wright and Bishop Elect Sherrow McDuffie
New Growth Unlimited  Ministry
1020 Peedtown Road
Music by Pastor Marion Barrow and First Baptist of Belhaven 
Guest Preacher Bishop Keith Cox of Eureka  Chapel Baptist of Fayetteville, NC
Annie Barrow, Pastor Julius Wright, Co-Pastor, Apostle George Barrow

October 13, Thursday
6:00 PM ALC Community Annual Update/Awards, open to all committees and to the public

October 22-23, Saturday and Sunday
Aurora Fish and Farm Festival Community 
Oct., 22 Noon -1:30 PM 

Dr. Arwin Smallwood, Aurora/Richlands Township Chamber of Commerce
Guest Speaker

October 25, Tuesday
6:30 PM Civic Organization Committee

November 8, Tuesday
3:30 PM Education Development Committee

November 20, Sunday
1:30 ALC Faith-based Committee

November 29, Tuesday
6:30 PM ALC Economic Development Committee

December 3, Saturday
Richland Seniors Christmas Party

December 13, Tuesday
6:30 PM Government Relations Committee

If you know of other active Facebook links for our community, please respond with the link.

ABC's of Birding- Aurora

Aurora Body Shop

Aurora Community Watch

Aurora Fossil Museum

Aurora High School Classmates Memorial- Aurora, NC

Aurora Industrial Supplies, Inc.,

Aurora Lion's Club

Aurora Volunteer Fire Department

Aurora Volunteer Fire Department Weather Link

Aurora Woman's Club

Blue Crab Boutique

Bright Futures Beaufort County

Carryout by Chrislyn

Frank & Shirley's Restaurant

Hazel W. Guilford Library

Paws and Love

People for a Better Aurora/Richland Township

Potter Oil and Tire Company

River House and Home Company

Snowden Elementary School

Southside High School

St. Peter Baptist Church Ministries

Thompson Hardware Store

Town of Aurora, NC

The Venue at the Chamber

Wayside Restaurant

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