At 73, Janice Price has a wealth of Christmas memories.
“You take your memories out like a bank with money in it,” she said.
One Christmas that stands out in her mind is the year that she got her red-and-white Schwinn bicycle. She was 8 years old.
“I would ride it up and down the street like I was a detective or something, seeing who was being bad,” said Price. “I’d take a notebook with me and I pretended to be writing down everything everybody did. My uncle, Jim Hoell, was a detective with the Rocky Mount Police Department and I wanted to be just like him. I thought he was fantastic.”
As an only child, Price was “overindulged,” saying that her divorced parents and her grandparents tried to “outdo each other” when it came to buying her Christmas presents.
“I think I got skates the same year I got the bicycle,” Price recalled. She also remembers receiving “two doll babies, one dressed like a cowboy and one dressed like a cowgirl,” and a dollhouse with everything to go with it.
At that time, Price had long red hair, which she wore in pigtails. She remembers being a “showpiece” child, especially at Christmastime. Her uncles would come and pick her up and take her to relatives’ houses.
“We lived on a close-knit street and we would go from family to family and see what they got. I would go to my grandmother’s house and see what had been left there,” said Price. The neighborhood was like an extended family to Price.
“People would come in and visit with you. You would all pop peanuts and popcorn,” she said.
Price recollects another community-style Christmas celebration, during her adulthood. That time, the celebration took place on the Air Force base at Minot, N.D., where her then-husband, Charles Hyde, was stationed.
“We had some lovely friends off base,” Price said. She enjoyed going to one family’s house on Christmas.
“The mama would make dolls for the little girls. That was fun,” she said. “She would make homemade candy, and she would always have stuffed cabbage rolls, and a lot of pork.”
Most of the residents were of European, primarily German, ancestry and of the Lutheran religion. They celebrated the 12 Holy Days of Christmas by going to church.
“They had round trunks and they carved their family’s history on it. On Christmas Day, they would bring out the trucks,” said Price. “They would drink champagne with grapes in it and they would toast their ancestors from the old country, who had made them (trunks).”
The giving of gifts was different than what Price was accustomed to.
“They celebrated with the stockings like people used to have. They would put fruit in it and a toy, and it was usually a handmade toy,” said Price.
While married to Hyde, a career military man, Price spent Christmases in California and Puerto
Rico, where “it’s hot and it doesn’t seem like Christmas.” This year, she will spend Christmas in her native North Carolina.
At 73, Janice Price has a wealth of Christmas memories.
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Two suspects arrested on 36 charges; third issued citation
After executing a search warrant Thursday on a residence at 500 W. Johnston St. in Tarboro, police officers arrested two suspects for possessing a small amount of marijuana and issued a third suspect a citation for possessing a glass pipe to smoke the drugs.
After the marijuana was found, officers notified two of the three suspects that they also had additional warrants on them from the department's "Spring Fling" drug campaign where they had sold marijuana to undercover officers.
Introductory Latin class beginning Tuesday
Want a leg up in a medical terminology course? Anatomy? Physical science? Take a look at Latin, perhaps the best grounding for all education.
Not convinced? Just ask Stephen Herring, instructor of religion, geography, and developmental studies at Edgecombe Community College (ECC). He will teach an Introductory Latin class beginning Tuesday. The class will meet at Fleming 218 on the Tarboro campus.
NTSB wants to lower DWI blood alcohol levels
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a bold set of targeted interventions to put the United States on course to eliminate alcohol-impaired related crashes. They have given recommendations that call for stronger laws, swifter enforcement and expanded use of technology.
Measles cases have state health officials concerned
Twenty-three cases of the measles have been reported in North Carolina in a recent outbreak and has state health officials concerned.
“It (measles) is a highly contagious disease that is spread in the air by coughing and sneezing,” said Susan Rogerson, nursing director at the Edgecombe County Health Department. Outbreaks of measles in the United States are rare because of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
County still looking for bids on 41 properties
While county commissioners have accepted bids on seven foreclosure properties, a total of 41 others remain available for interested parties to submit bids.
County Planning Director Brian Hassell said interested parties may submit bids for commissioners to consider. If a bid is approved and another party is interested, they may submit an upset bid.
Scouts honor ‘Buddy’ Hooks
Try as he might, master of ceremonies Dave Sharpe was unable to talk someone into telling an unexpected story on Ellis “Buddy” Hooks as Hooks was recognized as the 2013 Edgecombe County Distinguished Citizen Award recipient by the Boy Scouts of America.
Sheriff's Department to host junior academy
The Edgecombe County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a junior academy for students ages 13-18 years old. Sheriff James Knight believes that this is the most important times of a juvenile's life and wants them to learn about the criminal justice system.
Andrews assumes new position at ECPS Central Services
John Farrelly, Superintendent of Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS), announced this week that Shawna Andrews has been named the Director of Middle Schools and Title I in the Educational Program Services Office at Central Services.
Andrews, who most recently served as the Director of Elementary Schools and Title I, began her tenure with ECPS in 1995 as a math and science teacher at C.B. Martin Middle School. Following her completion of a Master’s in School Administration, she served as an administrative intern at G.W. Bulluck Elementary, SouthWest Edgecombe High School and Tarboro High School before being named an assistant principal at Tarboro High School in 2003.
Big ‘Happening’ set for Tarboro Saturday
At no time of the year is Tarboro’s Town Common more bustling with activity than the second Saturday in May. It’s that time of year again and the 43rd Annual Happening on the Common is set for 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
“I think we’ve got a good day coming up,” said Carol Banks, event coordinator for the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council. “We’ve got record-breaking (number of) vendors. So far we’re up to 56.”
Pinetops 300 kicks into gear this weekend
One of the biggest community events in the southern part of Edgecombe County – the Pinetops 300 – is set for Friday and Saturday at its usual spot – 309 School St. at the ballpark in Pinetops. The truck and tractor pull, South Edgecombe Rural Fire Department’s fundraiser of the year, is a longstanding tradition.
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