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Stockdale News: Union Valley joins National Night Out




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While National Night Out might bring to mind neighborhood block parties in urban areas, it isn’t just for city dwellers. Neighbors in the rural area between Stockdale and Nixon hosted their first annual National Night Out event on Oct. 2, and the turnout was quite impressive. Longtime residents and new neighbors alike seemed to have a very enjoyable evening sharing stories and laughs with old friends, and meeting new friends.

Union Valley Baptist Church kindly offered its large Fellowship Hall for the gathering. Invitations were distributed the old-fashioned way -- taken door-to-door when possible, fastened to gates, and posted on bulletin boards in Stockdale and Nixon.

Neighbors were happy to have the opportunity to visit with Wilson County Judge Marvin Quinney and his wife, Alene. Deputy Crystal Zoeller was a much-appreciated representative of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office as she talked with numerous residents.

Many guests expressed an interest in getting together more often than once a year. Organizers agree that that’s a very good idea, and plans are in the works for another neighborhood event to be held in late spring or early summer of 2013 -- same place!

National Night Out, approaching its 30-year anniversary in 2013, was created to help strengthen communities by encouraging neighbors to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law-enforcement and emergency teams. The goals are to heighten crime prevention and safety awareness, build support among the members of the community, and send a message that residents are organized and looking out for one another. For more information, visit www.nationalnightout.org.
 

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