U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) visited three schools, toured a Walnut Cove small business, and hosted a public forum as part of his recent trip to Stokes County last week.
“One of my campaign promises was to connect with my constituents and stay focused on their needs and concerns,” Walker said. “Coming home each weekend to meet and listen to the people of this district is one way I accomplish this pledge. Visiting the incredible schools, touring a community-oriented business, and meeting with the friendly people of Stokes County capped off a hectic week in Washington quite nicely,” Walker added.
Walker attended a fall festival for the students and faculty at Stokes County Early College. Following that, Stokes County Schools Superintendent Ronnie Mendenhall, Piney Grove Middle School Principal Steven Hall and the Piney Grove Student Council gave Rep. Walker a tour of their school. Rep. Walker also attended the North Surry High School vs. South Stokes High School football game. South Stokes High School Band Director Kevin Reigle graciously welcomed Rep. Walker to conduct the band.
Judge Bill Southern led Rep. Walker on a tour of his family’s small business, Monitor Roller Mills, owned and operated by Ronnie Southern and Kevin Southern. Monitor Roller Mills has operated in Walnut Cove since the late 1800s and continues to be owned by the original family that opened the mill’s doors. It is also the only grinding mill in the area where farmers can bring their own corn to grind into feed.
Rep. Walker hosted a public forum, “Coffee and Conversation,” at The Milk Bar in Walnut Cove that afternoon, the ninth of its kind since August across the Sixth Congressional District’s ten counties.