Sesquicentennial celebration plans nearing completion

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Details for the kickoff of the upcoming Mount Olive sesquicentennial celebration are expected to be finalized at an Oct. 16 meeting of the celebration committee.

The meeting will be held in the conference room at town hall beginning at 9 a.m.

The committee appointed by Mayor Joe Scott has been working on the kickoff program since July. Mount Olive was officially chartered on March 1, 1870.

Town officials hope that Gov. Roy Cooper will attend to give an address at the March 1 event.

The eight member committee that has been working on a kickoff program includes Mayor Scott, Julie Beck, Lynn Williams, Al Southerland, Sherry Davis, Erin Lambert, Terry Wynn and Ken Dilda.

Scott said the proposed program calls for a welcome by master of ceremonies Jimmy Martin, a singing of the national anthem by Carl and Marie Ashley, an introduction of dignitaries, including Cooper, a presentation on the town’s beginnings through a history of the Wynn family, special music, a brief history of the town, the old Carver School history, a video of Mount Olive today and closing comments by Mount Olive Pickle Plant CEO Bill Bryan, UMO President David Poole and Southern Bank CEO Gray Morgan.

Scott said the mission of the sesquicentennial committee is to celebrate the history and heritage of the town, and to strengthen the unity and mutual understanding of its people.

“In doing so, we lay a foundation of trust and build a stronger Mount Olive,” the mayor said.

The committee has been meeting monthly in putting the program together.

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