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Foxx visits Yadkin native

First Posted: 3:00 am - May 30th, 2016

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx visited with a number of students from the U.S. Army War College on May 11, among them was Yadkin County native, Air Force Lt. Col. Lendy Renegar.
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Congresswoman Virginia Foxx visited with a number of students from the U.S. Army War College on May 11, among them was Yadkin County native, Air Force Lt. Col. Lendy Renegar.

Congresswoman Virginia Foxx visited with a number of students from the U.S. Army War College on May 11, among them was Yadkin County native, Air Force Lt. Col. Lendy Renegar.
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Boonville High Class of 1961 gathers

First Posted: 2:47 pm - May 29th, 2016

The Class of 1961 from Boonville High School celebrated its 55th class reunion at Sanders Ridge Winery Hearth Restaurant on May 7. Attending are, front row, from left, Kay Crissman Hayes, Cora Lee Hobson Driver, Carol Wagoner Roberts, Peggy Reece Wiseman, Jean Stimpson Vestal, Frances Williams Kunstling, Gaye Brown; second row, Rosa Emma Wilhelm Honeycutt, Olise Miller Matthews, Jimmy Carter, Janet Swaim Clark, Dawn Crissman Johnson; third row, Catherine Brown Shaw, Linda Steelman Crissman, (Coach) Ed Lakey, Bill Smith, Howard Mcknight, Linwood Campbell; fourth row, Jay Martin, Donnie Reece, Tony Reece, Frank Brown, Charles Stone, Ray Parker, Tony Hutchens.
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The Class of 1961 from Boonville High School celebrated its 55th class reunion at Sanders Ridge Winery Hearth Restaurant on May 7. Attending are, front row, from left, Kay Crissman Hayes, Cora Lee Hobson Driver, Carol Wagoner Roberts, Peggy Reece Wiseman, Jean Stimpson Vestal, Frances Williams Kunstling, Gaye Brown; second row, Rosa Emma Wilhelm Honeycutt, Olise Miller Matthews, Jimmy Carter, Janet Swaim Clark, Dawn Crissman Johnson; third row, Catherine Brown Shaw, Linda Steelman Crissman, (Coach) Ed Lakey, Bill Smith, Howard Mcknight, Linwood Campbell; fourth row, Jay Martin, Donnie Reece, Tony Reece, Frank Brown, Charles Stone, Ray Parker, Tony Hutchens.

The Class of 1961 from Boonville High School celebrated its 55th class reunion at Sanders Ridge Winery Hearth Restaurant on May 7. Attending are, front row, from left, Kay Crissman Hayes, Cora Lee Hobson Driver, Carol Wagoner Roberts, Peggy Reece Wiseman, Jean Stimpson Vestal, Frances Williams Kunstling, Gaye Brown; second row, Rosa Emma Wilhelm Honeycutt, Olise Miller Matthews, Jimmy Carter, Janet Swaim Clark, Dawn Crissman Johnson; third row, Catherine Brown Shaw, Linda Steelman Crissman, (Coach) Ed Lakey, Bill Smith, Howard Mcknight, Linwood Campbell; fourth row, Jay Martin, Donnie Reece, Tony Reece, Frank Brown, Charles Stone, Ray Parker, Tony Hutchens.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_reunion.jpgThe Class of 1961 from Boonville High School celebrated its 55th class reunion at Sanders Ridge Winery Hearth Restaurant on May 7. Attending are, front row, from left, Kay Crissman Hayes, Cora Lee Hobson Driver, Carol Wagoner Roberts, Peggy Reece Wiseman, Jean Stimpson Vestal, Frances Williams Kunstling, Gaye Brown; second row, Rosa Emma Wilhelm Honeycutt, Olise Miller Matthews, Jimmy Carter, Janet Swaim Clark, Dawn Crissman Johnson; third row, Catherine Brown Shaw, Linda Steelman Crissman, (Coach) Ed Lakey, Bill Smith, Howard Mcknight, Linwood Campbell; fourth row, Jay Martin, Donnie Reece, Tony Reece, Frank Brown, Charles Stone, Ray Parker, Tony Hutchens. Submitted photo

Forbush alum sworn in as NC attorney

First Posted: 2:53 pm - May 28th, 2016

Christopher Randall Hampton, who recently passed the North Carolina Bar exam, is sworn in as a North Carolina attorney by the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd in Yadkin County on May 9. Yadkinville Attorney Greg Matthews graciously sponsored Hampton for the swearing in ceremony. Hampton is a graduate of Forbush High School, Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He already has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar and practices in Columbia, South Carolina, in a business law firm Nexsen Pruet. From left are the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd, Attorney Greg Matthews, Megan Thomas and Chris Hampton. Hampton’s parents Diane and Randall Hampton, Uncle Ryan Hampton and Grandmother Dot Hampton were also in attendance.
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Christopher Randall Hampton, who recently passed the North Carolina Bar exam, is sworn in as a North Carolina attorney by the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd in Yadkin County on May 9. Yadkinville Attorney Greg Matthews graciously sponsored Hampton for the swearing in ceremony. Hampton is a graduate of Forbush High School, Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He already has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar and practices in Columbia, South Carolina, in a business law firm Nexsen Pruet. From left are the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd, Attorney Greg Matthews, Megan Thomas and Chris Hampton. Hampton’s parents Diane and Randall Hampton, Uncle Ryan Hampton and Grandmother Dot Hampton were also in attendance.

Christopher Randall Hampton, who recently passed the North Carolina Bar exam, is sworn in as a North Carolina attorney by the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd in Yadkin County on May 9. Yadkinville Attorney Greg Matthews graciously sponsored Hampton for the swearing in ceremony. Hampton is a graduate of Forbush High School, Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He already has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar and practices in Columbia, South Carolina, in a business law firm Nexsen Pruet. From left are the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd, Attorney Greg Matthews, Megan Thomas and Chris Hampton. Hampton’s parents Diane and Randall Hampton, Uncle Ryan Hampton and Grandmother Dot Hampton were also in attendance.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_0509160942.jpgChristopher Randall Hampton, who recently passed the North Carolina Bar exam, is sworn in as a North Carolina attorney by the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd in Yadkin County on May 9. Yadkinville Attorney Greg Matthews graciously sponsored Hampton for the swearing in ceremony. Hampton is a graduate of Forbush High School, Davidson College and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He already has been admitted to the South Carolina Bar and practices in Columbia, South Carolina, in a business law firm Nexsen Pruet. From left are the Honorable Judge David V. Byrd, Attorney Greg Matthews, Megan Thomas and Chris Hampton. Hampton’s parents Diane and Randall Hampton, Uncle Ryan Hampton and Grandmother Dot Hampton were also in attendance. Submitted photo

Students compete to be United Fund’s 2016 print artist

First Posted: 1:56 pm - May 28th, 2016

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As part of its annual fundraising campaign, the Yadkin County United Fund will showcase artwork by local students from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 26 at the Yadkin County Schools central office, located at 121 Washington St. in Yadkinville.

The student artwork is inspired by Yadkin County, said Executive Director Dottie Jackson. A winner will be selected at the event and prints of their artwork will serve as the thank you gift for donors who give $100 or more to the Yadkin County United Fund.

“Come out and see the amazing work being produced by our local students,” Jackson said.

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Local educator attends NCCAT

First Posted: 1:54 pm - May 27th, 2016

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CULLOWHEE — Jon P. Holleman, of Fall Creek Elementary School, recently attended a program held at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for our state’s teachers.

Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. NCCAT conducts a wide variety of high-quality professional development for pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers. For more information about NCCAT visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.

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Cops Care luncheon for seniors

First Posted: 5:18 pm - May 26th, 2016

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Area senior citizens enjoy a luncheon in their honor hosted by the Yadkinville Police Department as part of its Cops Care program.
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Yadkinville Police Chief Tim Parks addressed a group of area senior citizens on Friday at a luncheon in their honor at the Yadkin County Senior Center. The luncheon was part of the Yadkinville Police Department’s Cops Care program. The program is aimed at connecting local law enforcement with area senior citizens in order to better protect them. A number of local organizations sponsor the program as well.

“I would like to thank all the people that helped put this lunch together, especially Rid-A-bug, The Civitan Club, Wendy Hayden of the Yadkin Senior Center, and our city counsel,” said Parks. “This program has become an important part of our community and continues to grow. Our senior citizens are very important to our community and we at the police department want to do all we can to help them, the Cops Care program allows us to do this and also allows them to get to know us and become more eager to help us. We urge all seniors 65 and older who live within the city limits of Yadkinville to join our program.”

In addition to lunch, the event attendees enjoyed a special dance performance by a local clogging group. They received gift bags and a dry erase board where they could list medications and other important information.

Those interested in learning more about the Cops Care program may contact Rebecca Simpson at the Yadkinville Police Department at 336-679-2863.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Area senior citizens enjoy a luncheon in their honor hosted by the Yadkinville Police Department as part of its Cops Care program.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_6720.jpgArea senior citizens enjoy a luncheon in their honor hosted by the Yadkinville Police Department as part of its Cops Care program. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

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Falcons take game one

First Posted: 4:00 pm - May 26th, 2016

By Kristian Russell - krussell@civitasmedia.com



Kayla Shore came up big for the Falcons as she laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to give Forbush their go-ahead run on Wednesday night.
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Allison Mitchell had a big defensive night as she came made several huge plays to give the Falcons eight outs in seven innings.
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Sydney Miller pitched seven innings for the Falcons, and struck out four batters. She also hooked up with first baseman Logan Wood to make an out in the fourth inning to keep their SLogan on beat.
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EAST BEND — The second-seeded Forbush Falcons took a 2-1 game-one win over fourth-seeded West Lincoln on Wednesday night. In a game that was filled with cowbells, air horns, and baby powder courtesy of several West Lincoln students, the Falcons didn’t let the noise deter them from their goal.

“Winning game one is huge in a three-game series,” said Head Coach Jeremy Helton. “Getting that winning momentum before going to their place is what we needed.”

The Falcons came out on their toes as Taylor Wooten made a huge play to get the game going in the first inning. Wooten snatched a line drive to get the first out for the Falcons, then went on to make the second out of the inning as she caught another fly ball. Allison Mitchell and Kelsey Swaim also made several great defensive plays for the Falcons in the first three innings.

“Allison Mitchell had six or seven put outs and she was just as solid as she could be at third,” said Helton. “Taylor Wooten chased down fly balls, and so did Kelsey Swaim. We had a lot of huge defensive plays tonight.”

On the mound, Sydney Miller threw for seven innings and struck out four batters. She faced off against a hard hitting West Lincoln team who has been able to score 218 runs this season and only allow 37.

“Sydney threw very well against a really good lineup,” said Helton. “She had really good command of the ball and executed our game plan.”

Miller was not only commanding on the mound, she almost had the first run for the Falcons in the second inning as she hit the ball over the fence, but it was ruled foul by just inches. Instead of getting the run in the second inning, Miller set up the go-ahead run for the Falcons in the fourth inning as she reached first base after an error by Rebels third baseman, Raeven McCrodden. With a runner on and one out, Jesse Hunter and Caiti Mickles laid down back-to-back singles to load the bases for the Falcons. With the bases loaded, Coach Helton called on Kayla Shore who stepped up to the plate and laid down a perfect bunt to bring courtesy runner Davis Ann Wood across the plate and give the Falcons a 1-0 lead.

“Kayla Shore coming up with the bases loaded and laying down a squeeze bunt was what we needed at the time,” Helton said. “I have so much confidence in her, that’s why she was in that role.”

The Falcons weren’t done with their scoring, as lead-off hitter Taylor Wooten came up with a sacrifice fly to left center field to bring Hunter across the plate and give the Falcons a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. West Lincoln battled back in the fifth inning to earn one run, but it wasn’t able to get past the Falcons’ defense to earn any additional runs.

“We did have a few hits right at them, and we left a few runners on third. We’ve got to get those runs in, and we will.” said Helton. “We’re going to continue to work on what we failed at in the box tonight. We’re facing a really good pitcher who spins the ball well.”

The Falcons were able to retire the final seven batters of the night with Wooten, Miller, Mitchell and Swaim all coming up big in the final two innings.

“I’m proud of the girls and the way they played tonight.” said Helton. “Overall it was a great game for us.”

The Falcons will travel to West Lincoln on Friday night for game two. If they win, they will be the 2A Western Regional Champions. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. If the Falcons lose, they will play again in East Bend on Saturday for the third and final game of the series. For live updates of Friday night’s game, follow along on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

Kayla Shore came up big for the Falcons as she laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to give Forbush their go-ahead run on Wednesday night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Kayla.jpgKayla Shore came up big for the Falcons as she laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to give Forbush their go-ahead run on Wednesday night. Allen Davis | InAction Photography

Allison Mitchell had a big defensive night as she came made several huge plays to give the Falcons eight outs in seven innings.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Mitchell.jpegAllison Mitchell had a big defensive night as she came made several huge plays to give the Falcons eight outs in seven innings. Allen Davis | InAction Photography

Sydney Miller pitched seven innings for the Falcons, and struck out four batters. She also hooked up with first baseman Logan Wood to make an out in the fourth inning to keep their SLogan on beat.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Miller.jpegSydney Miller pitched seven innings for the Falcons, and struck out four batters. She also hooked up with first baseman Logan Wood to make an out in the fourth inning to keep their SLogan on beat. Allen Davis | InAction Photography

By Kristian Russell

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Falcons headed back to state championship

First Posted: 3:00 pm - May 26th, 2016

By Kristian Russell - krussell@civitasmedia.com



The Lady Falcons pose with their 2A Western Regional Champions trophy after defeating Central Academy 1-0 on Tuesday night.
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Forbush Head Coach Kenan James, and Forbush players Nancy Rios, Charly McCormick and Paige Keaton accept the 2A Western trophy on Tuesday night.
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Freshman Marley Martin had the lone goal for the Falcons on Tuesday. Martin scored off of a corner kick just minutes after being subbed in.
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EAST BEND — The Forbush Lady Falcons soccer team is headed back to the state championship after a 1-0 win on Tuesday night over Central Academy in the Western Regional Finals. After playing the night before in the semifinals, the Falcons didn’t let the back-to-back game deter them from their ultimate goal — to make it to another state championship.

The first half, the Falcons jumped on the ball early as they controlled the tempo for most of the opening 40 minutes. Forbush had break away after break away, but they were unable to find the back of the net until the 15th minute. After being subbed on two minutes before, Marley Martin made her mark on the game as she found the back of the net for the Falcons. The goal came at the right time for the Falcons, and gave them the burst of energy they needed to go into the half with a 1-0 lead.

“We missed a few easy scoring opportunities in the first half,” said Head Coach Kenan James. “We can’t leave goals on the field like that. We also gave up a few free kicks which is something you never want to do.”

In the second half, the game started to get chippy as both sides started fighting for every ball. Forbush keeper Calyn Davis was finally able to get her hand in the ring as she made several saves for the Falcons to keep the score 1-0. When Central drew a free-kick in the final 10 minutes of the game, Davis stood her ground in the box to make a save for Forbush. As the final whistle blew, the Falcons came away with a 1-0 win, and booked their ticket to the state championship.

“We knew what we had to do and we did it,” said James. “Davis made a few fantastic saves, and we defended really well throughout the game.”

This will be the fifth time the Falcons have made it to the championship game, and they will face a familiar foe in Carrboro. Last season the Falcons faced Carrboro in the 2A State Championship where they ended up falling 2-1. It took two overtime periods before Carrboro was able to score their go-ahead goal with just over six minutes to play in the second overtime. This time, the Falcons are looking to break their five-year curse and finally bring a state championship back to East Bend.

Forbush has a record of 27-0-1 going into Saturday’s game, while Carrboro has a record of 20-1-2. The Falcons have scored 133 goals, and allowed only eight in all competitions this season, while the Jaguars have scored 101 goals, and only allowed five.

“We’re just excited to go to the state championship,” said James. “We’re gonna enjoy this win tonight and we’ll think about Carrboro later this week.”

The Falcons face Carrboro at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Dail Soccer Complex on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable channels 77 & 323. For those who don’t have TWC, follow @YadkinElkSports on Twitter for live updates.

Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

The Lady Falcons pose with their 2A Western Regional Champions trophy after defeating Central Academy 1-0 on Tuesday night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0078.jpgThe Lady Falcons pose with their 2A Western Regional Champions trophy after defeating Central Academy 1-0 on Tuesday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Forbush Head Coach Kenan James, and Forbush players Nancy Rios, Charly McCormick and Paige Keaton accept the 2A Western trophy on Tuesday night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0068.jpgForbush Head Coach Kenan James, and Forbush players Nancy Rios, Charly McCormick and Paige Keaton accept the 2A Western trophy on Tuesday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Freshman Marley Martin had the lone goal for the Falcons on Tuesday. Martin scored off of a corner kick just minutes after being subbed in.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0025.jpgFreshman Marley Martin had the lone goal for the Falcons on Tuesday. Martin scored off of a corner kick just minutes after being subbed in. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

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Dairy Freeze named one of best diners in NC

First Posted: 12:12 pm - May 26th, 2016 Updated: 12:16 pm - May 28th, 2016.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Yadkin Dairy Freeze recognized online as one of best “tiny” restaurants in the state.
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Cheeseburgers and fries at the Yadkin Dairy Freeze.
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A local restaurant has seen a recent boost in business thanks to recognition online as one of the best small restaurants in the state. The Yadkin Dairy Freeze was honored last month on the website OnlyInYourState.com in an article by Emory Rakestraw titled “10 More Extremely Tiny Restaurants In North Carolina That Are Actually Amazing.”

“I think it’s awesome,” said owner Doug Byrd.

Along with a picture of an ice cream cone and a banana split, Rakestraw wrote, “I can’t leave out the sweets, and Yadkin Dairy Freeze has the perfect trio of burgers, dogs and amazing ice cream. The perfect place for lunch and a tasty treat on a hot summer day.”

Byrd, who has run the Dairy Freeze for 11 years now, said it was a customer who first told him about the article and then other friends, family members and customers began talking about it.

“It’s starting to get around, a lot of people have found out about it,” Byrd said. He was amazed and honored to find that his restaurant had been recognized. Not only are regular customers excited about it, but it’s drawing in new customers as well.

“It’s been good for our business,” Byrd said.

In addition to ice cream and sundaes, the Yadkin Dairy Freeze is known for its classic diner fare of burgers, hot dogs and fries as well as hot wings and more.

Byrd said they have a strong local clientele as well as folks who come from surrounding counties just to eat at the Yadkin Dairy Freeze.

Reconnecting with old friends from the area and making new friends has been Byrd’s favorite thing about the restaurant.

He also said he was grateful to his wife and family for supporting him in the business as well as his loyal employees. Byrd said his manager, Raymond Hutchens, could be credited with keeping the restaurant running smoothly. He also said Doni Vestal is another staff member he is extremely proud of, “she has been with me since the day I opened the doors,” he said.

The full article on the best tiny restaurants in the state can be found at http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/10-more-tiny-restaurants-nc/.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Yadkin Dairy Freeze recognized online as one of best “tiny” restaurants in the state.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_3593-1.jpgYadkin Dairy Freeze recognized online as one of best “tiny” restaurants in the state. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Cheeseburgers and fries at the Yadkin Dairy Freeze.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_3596-1.jpgCheeseburgers and fries at the Yadkin Dairy Freeze. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

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Former superintendent writes family memoir

First Posted: 10:34 am - May 26th, 2016

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Cleve Hollar, author of “Life on the Hollar Farm.”
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A log cabin preserved by Cleve Hollar in memory of his parents who resided here.
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“Life on the Hollar Farm” is a family memoir written by former Yadkin County School Superintendent Cleve Hollar.
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The Hollar cabin.
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A peek inside the Hollar cabin.
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A former Yadkin County School superintendent has written a personal memoir about his family. Dr. Cleve Hollar, a Yadkin County native, spent many years in the education field as a teacher and principal. He was superintendent of Yadkin County Schools from 1984 to 1996.

Hollar recently wrote and published “Life on the Hollar Farm,” a book that chronicles five decades of life on a tobacco-growing farm in the Yadkin County community of Huntsville.

Hollar is the youngest of a family of 12 children. He wrote the book based on many of his own childhood memories and stories from his other siblings as well. His goal in writing the book was to preserve his family history for himself and other members of his family. Honoring his beloved parents was another reason he chose to write the book.

“I’ve always believed the best thing a parent can do for a child is to provide them a happy childhood and I had one,” he said. “We were blessed with remarkable parents. It’s kind of remarkable they were able to raise 12 children as well as they did. They both were determined to provide for us.”

Hollar said that making sure her children went to school was also very important to his mother.

“Mama was determined that we get an education,” he said. She always encouraged the children to read as well.

Hollar has not only written the book about his family, but he was able to preserve and restore the 18×22-foot log cabin where seven of his brothers and sisters were born. The cabin now sits on his own property and family members stay in the cabin when they come to visit.

“I wanted to document what life was like on the Hollar Farm for each of the 12 family members and I was able to preserve their first home,” Hollar said.

Though the book tells the story of Hollar’s own family, it’s a story many in rural communities will identify with.

“It covers the period from 1913 to 1957. Mother’s family, at that time, were farmers. While it’s about the life of the Hollar Farm, most who grew up here would have had similar experiences,” he said.

Raising tobacco, producing moonshine, the old country store in the community, and other topics specific to rural life in Yadkin County are covered in the book, along with photos of the Hollar family.

Copies of the book may be ordered at TheBookPatch.com or by contacting Cleve Hollar at cleveglenda@yadtel.net or 336-463-2300.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Cleve Hollar, author of “Life on the Hollar Farm.”
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_CAM00491.jpgCleve Hollar, author of “Life on the Hollar Farm.” Courtesy photos

A log cabin preserved by Cleve Hollar in memory of his parents who resided here.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_CAM00491.jpgA log cabin preserved by Cleve Hollar in memory of his parents who resided here. Courtesy photos

“Life on the Hollar Farm” is a family memoir written by former Yadkin County School Superintendent Cleve Hollar.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_CAM00491.jpg“Life on the Hollar Farm” is a family memoir written by former Yadkin County School Superintendent Cleve Hollar. Courtesy photos

The Hollar cabin.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_4368.jpgThe Hollar cabin. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

A peek inside the Hollar cabin.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_4369.jpgA peek inside the Hollar cabin. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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Courtney Elementary, how does your garden grow?

First Posted: 7:48 am - May 26th, 2016

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Calib Dobbins and Carly Phillips examine the plants in the garden at Courtney Elementary School as part of a science scavenger hunt to review before their upcoming test.
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Fifth-graders at Courtney Elementary School go on a science scavenger hunt in the garden at the school.
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A simple community project to revitalize a few garden beds at Courtney Elementary School has turned into a full-fledged garden which already has produced fresh food for the kids to enjoy.

“I like that we get to pick our food and that we get to come out here and water it every day,” said fifth-grade student Nick Holt.

Principal Jed Cockrell said there were a few raised beds on the school property and he met with some community volunteers to see about replanting some things in them as a beautification project and a hands-on learning experience for the students. Now, the school not only has raised beds with flowers, herbs and vegetables, but the former tennis court area has been transformed into a garden with lettuce, swiss chard, tomatoes, strawberries, beans and more.

Freddie Robinson, owner of Five & Two Farms, a non-profit farm raising fresh produce for area food ministries, has played a large role in bringing a new style of gardening to the school. With Robinson’s special garden technology, which involves large fabric tubes of soil, the paved tennis court area is now a lush garden.

“It’s fresh food for the kids,” Robinson said. That was his main goal in working with the school, he said, to expose the children to the best and freshest foods they can eat, and which they themselves helped to grow. The students are very involved in watering and keeping up with the garden. Not only has it been an educational project for the students, but a tasty experiment as well. The strawberries were a favorite item they grew, many of the students said, but the fresh lettuce was also a hit.

Cockrell said many of the students brought salads for lunch after they picked fresh lettuce from their very own school garden.

Students McKenzie Melton and Katena Morrison said they had learned a lot by working in the garden, such as how the sun and rain are needed for it to survive. They were excited about getting to pick and eat items from the garden.

Last Wednesday, teacher Karen Joyner’s fifth-graders were out in the garden on a scavenger hunt to help them learn terms they needed to know for their end of grade testing in science. The students used iPads to take pictures of different things in the garden that were real-life examples of the science terms they had learned.

Blake Sharp said “just seeing the plants and taking pictures of all the life” in the garden was his favorite thing about the project. Sharp also said he wanted to thank all the people who helped plant the garden.

“This is really fun,” he said.

Jesse Nzewen said the strawberries were his favorite thing in the garden. He and Sharp said it was the first time they had planted a garden and they really enjoyed the experience. They said it inspired them to plant some things at home as well.

Some of the students have helped their parents or grandparents in a garden before, they, too, enjoyed getting to experience gardening at school.

Skylar Armstrong said she liked science, and being able to see science in action in the school garden had made it even more interesting.

Kara Hutchens said she really enjoyed the romaine lettuce they had raised in the garden.

“It tastes great,” she said. “I brought it for lunch and I put some different kinds of cheese on it and tomatoes and ranch dressing.”

“You get to see the nature and the plants growing,” said David Wampler on what he liked most about the garden project.

Joyner said the scavenger hunt had been a big help in getting the students to understand the science concepts on which they were to be tested.

“This turned out to be a great review activity and helped me clear some misconceptions that a few students still had,” she said.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Calib Dobbins and Carly Phillips examine the plants in the garden at Courtney Elementary School as part of a science scavenger hunt to review before their upcoming test.
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Fifth-graders at Courtney Elementary School go on a science scavenger hunt in the garden at the school.
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Students learn about Arabian horses

First Posted: 5:30 am - May 26th, 2016

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



Boonville Elementary first-graders visit Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center.
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Boonville students get a tour and lesson on horses at Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center.
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Boonville students get a tour of the horse barn at Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center.
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BOONVILLE — First- and fourth-graders at Boonville Elementary School went on a special field trip last week to Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center as part of the Wild Horse Tails program.

A collaboration between the school, the Boonville Public Library and Victoria Shaw, owner of the equestrian center, the Wild Horse Tails program aims to get kids excited about reading. First-graders at Boonville Elementary were given a copy of the book “Little Black: A Pony” by Walter Farley and fourth-graders received a copy of “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley.

Shaw brought her horse Lady to the school last month which created a lot of excitement and the students were even more excited for a chance to visit the horse barn. The students were given a tour of the facility, a lesson on the characteristics of the Arabian horse and a chance to read aloud to the horses.

Ginny Stammetti, Shaw’s mother, who helped to organize the event, said she was so pleased to see the students take such an interest in reading. She said when they asked the students about reading the books in “The Black Stallion” series, many of them said they felt it helped them become better readers.

“It’s wonderful to see that, that’s what this is all about, encouraging kids to read through horses,” Stammetti said.

May is Celebrate the Arabian Horse month, Stammetti said, and the children were given a brief lesson on what makes that breed unique.

“It’s great for our breed because in some publications our breed tends to get a bad rap, but these kids are exposed to Arabians in the sense that they’re friendly horses and they’re pretty,” Shaw said. She also said it was a great experience for the children as it was the first time many of them had ever been that close to a horse.

Boonville Librarian Angie Walker said the program had increased interest in reading.

“It’s been great just to see the interest,” she said. “It’s made a big impact just seeing the kids be more involved and coming in to checkout out more books.”

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

Boonville Elementary first-graders visit Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center.
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Boonville students get a tour and lesson on horses at Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_horses_2.jpgBoonville students get a tour and lesson on horses at Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center. Kitsey Burns Harrison | Yadkin Ripple

Boonville students get a tour of the horse barn at Astoria Ltd. Equestrian Center.
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The internet can’t replace a cookbook

First Posted: 3:44 am - May 26th, 2016

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I talked a bit about my love of cookbooks in last week’s column and I thought I would expound on that topic this week. In this technology-driven age, it’s so simple to look up a recipe on the internet, and I do that quite a bit. If you have a smartphone you can even look up a recipe while in the grocery store and make sure you have all the right ingredients. Nevertheless, I still think you can never have enough cookbooks.

There’s something about holding an actual cookbook in your hand, especially the locally-produced ones where you likely know some of the folks who shared their recipes.

I was recently gifted a very special cookbook by Johnsie Hale. Her family got together to create their very own cookbook of family recipes along with pictures and stories. What a wonderful keepsake. I think this is a great idea for any family to do. It doesn’t have to be an expensive project either.

I have another friend who simply compiled their family’s recipes in a computer document and printed them out. This could be a great project to help the younger ones in the family connect with the older generation. Have the computer savvy teens in the family “interview” grandma and write down all her recipes then type them up on the computer. Even better, have them take pictures of grandma’s meals to include in the cookbook.

One of my favorite cookbooks at home was compiled by my Mamma’s coworkers when she worked at Jostens. They did several cookbooks over the years. I love to look through this book and find my Mamma’s recipes and those of her friends. Many of these recipes are ones we use often.

I also have several Junior League cookbooks from throughout the south that I inherited, so to speak, from a dear family friend. The Junior League cookbooks always seem to have a bit of glamour to them that you don’t necessary find in other cookbooks. One of my favorites includes little stories about special events where each of the dishes were served. Food and stories always seem to pair well together, don’t they?

What are some of your favorite cookbooks? I’d love to hear about them, email me at kburns@yadkinripple.com.

Kitsey Burns Harrison is a reporter for The Yadkin Ripple and The Elkin Tribune, here she shares her musings on food, life and love. She can be reached at 336-518-3049 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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Don’t feed the bears

First Posted: 4:08 pm - May 25th, 2016 Updated: 2:31 pm - May 26th, 2016.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison - kburns@yadkinripple.com



A black bear spotted on Beamer Rd. in Yadkinville.
A black bear on Billy Reynolds Rd. in Yadkinville.
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A black bear is spotted crossing the road in Yadkinville.
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While it is common in the area to see wildlife such as dear, raccoons and rabbits, a black bear sighting still causes quite a stir. James Tomberlin, the district 7 wildlife biologist with the NC Wildlife Commission, said that this time of year bear sightings tend to increase.

“We’ve had a spike in bear activity in this part of the state,” Tomberlin said. “It’s not uncommon this particular time of year and in most of those cases it involves young males making their dispersal movements. Mom has pushed them out, so to speak, and they’re forced to find their own territory.”

Near waterways, such as large creeks or the Yadkin River, are typical areas where a bear might be spotted. The bears will cover quite a bit of ground as they search out a new home, Tomberlin said. As food sources in wooded areas are scarce in early spring and summer, the bears are also on the lookout for a free meal. Tomberlin recommended moving pet food indoors to keep from attracting bear activity too close to a home. Compost piles are also a draw for bears and keeping those in some of type of enclosed container can keep bears from coming too close to residential areas.

“The best thing to do is leave the bear alone, don’t approach it, certainly don’t feed it,” Tomberlin said. “If they find a free meal they’re more likely to stay. The best case scenario is that they’re left alone and allowed to move on through.”

Tomberlin said black bears are not typically aggressive, but certainly would act defensively if approached by another animal, such as a dog. He recommended bringing pets indoors, especially at night and keeping dogs on a leash when outside to avoid any confrontations.

For more information on black bears, visit the NC Wildlife Commission page at http://www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Species/Mammals/BlackBear.aspx

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

A black bear spotted on Beamer Rd. in Yadkinville.
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A black bear on Billy Reynolds Rd. in Yadkinville.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_bear_1-1.jpgA black bear on Billy Reynolds Rd. in Yadkinville. Photos courtesy of Tammy Alba

A black bear is spotted crossing the road in Yadkinville.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_bear_2-1.jpgA black bear is spotted crossing the road in Yadkinville. Photos courtesy of Tammy Alba

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WPAC All Conference Awards announced

First Posted: 2:17 pm - May 25th, 2016

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The Falcons baseball team won the 2016 WPAC title.Tyler Campbell was voted Player of the Year, and Jack Moss was voted Coach of the Year. All-Conference from Forbush included Jack Crews, Carter Foster, Jamie Sheek and Blake Winebarger. Honorable Mention included Tanner Gregory.
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Along with the baseball team, the softball them also won the 2016 WPAC title. Coach of the Year was Jeremy Helton. All-Conference from Forbush included Allison Mitchell, Logan Wood, Taylor Wooten, Sydney Miller, Marissa Lineberry and Kelsey Swaim. While Honorable Mention included Madison Baity and Jesse Hunter.
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The Western Piedmont Athletic Conference released its All-Conference list last week. Forbush took home four conference championships, three player of the year awards, and three coach of the year awards.

Baseball

Conference Champion: Forbush Falcons

Player of the Year: Tyler Campbell (Forbush)

Coach of the Year: Jack Moss (Forbush)

All-Conference from Forbush: Jack Crews, Carter Foster, Jamie Sheek and Blake Winebarger.

Honorable Mention from Forbush: Tanner Gregory.

Other All-Conference athletes: Brady Watts, Chase Chandler and Kendal Tucker from North Surry. Jake Carter, Mason Dutton and Tanner Birkholz from South Stokes. Ethan Danley, Tyler Myers and Riley Dockery from Surry Central and Josh Chunn, Alex Helvey and Eli Boles from West Stokes.

Softball

Conference Champion: Forbush Falcons

Player of the Year: Ashley Philyaw (West Stokes)

Coach of the Year: Jeremy Helton (Forbush)

All-Conference from Forbush: Allison Mitchell, Logan Wood, Taylor Wooten, Sydney Miller, Marissa Lineberry and Kelsey Swaim.

Honorable Mention from Forbush: Madison Baity and Jesse Hunter.

Other All-Conference athletes: Kaitlyn Sullivan and Cidney Fulk from North Surry, Katie Manring, Autumn Miller, Sam Williams and Charley Fallin from South Stokes, Katlin Anthony from Surry Central, Mackenzie Parker, Rachel Delcamp and Cheridan Joyce from West Stokes.

Girls Soccer

Conference Champion: Forbush Falcons

Offensive Player of the Year: Madison York (Forbush)

Defensive Player of the Year: Paige Keaton (Forbush)

Coach of the Year: Kenan James (Forbush)

All-Conference from Forbush: Emily Marcincavage, Charly McCormick, Anna Kathryn Kilby, Michaela Stone, Nancy Rios and Calyn Davis.

Other All-Conference athletes: (North Surry) Michelle Leyva. (South Stokes) Haleigh Yontz, Madison Green and Riley Kiser. (Surry Central) Sofia Valle, Makenzie Mooney, Mirian Hernandez. (West Stokes) Anyssa Van Meter, Zoe Wehr, Liz Nail, Micha Harris, Jordan Grubbs and Allie Hawkins.

Boys Tennis

Conference Champion: West Stokes

All-Conference: (Surry Central) Zach Cochran, Jose Montero, Cole Leonard and Brandon Norman. (West Stokes) Ethan Elliot and Noah Spainhour.

Track and Field

Boys Conference Champion: South Stokes

All Conference from Forbush: Schuyler Eldridge, Dakota Mendenhall and Zane Johnson.

Boys All-Conference: (Carver) Rakeem Jenkins and Kelvin Jones. (North Surry) Andrew Cave and Eli Riggs. (South Stokes) Keelan Goodwin, Matt Mudd, Kenneth Thomas and Dre Bonner. (Surry Central) Daniel Alvarez-Orlachia and Tyler Fitzgerald. (West Stokes) Josh Adkins, Jalyn Simmons, Tino Rameriz and Josh Goad.

Girls Conference Champion: Forbush

All-Conference from Forbush: Madisun Shore, Anna Kathryn Kilby, Monseratt Andrade, Mackenzie Fulk and Carlee Barfield.

Other Girls All-Conference: (Carver) Sykonza Evans and Lahshanell Ennis. (North Surry) Brooklyn Woodbury and Myia West. (South Stokes) Sydney Combs, Lauren Collins, Elizabeth Byers, Kristen Denny and Kelleigh Mitchell. (West Stokes) Chance Gunnell, Kaitlyn Stone and Toni Jackson.

Boys Golf

Conference Champion: South Stokes

Player of the Year: AJ Boyd (South Stokes)

Coach of the Year: Kent Mendenhall (South Stokes)

All-Conference from Forbush: Logan Lineberry, Micha Cranfill and Dylan Ray.

All-Conference: (South Stokes) Austin Cecil, Seth Bibey and Tanner Bibey. (Surry Central) Garrett Fletcher. (West Stokes) Ezra Goldbach and Mickey Tuttle.

The Falcons baseball team won the 2016 WPAC title.Tyler Campbell was voted Player of the Year, and Jack Moss was voted Coach of the Year. All-Conference from Forbush included Jack Crews, Carter Foster, Jamie Sheek and Blake Winebarger. Honorable Mention included Tanner Gregory.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0033-1.jpgThe Falcons baseball team won the 2016 WPAC title.Tyler Campbell was voted Player of the Year, and Jack Moss was voted Coach of the Year. All-Conference from Forbush included Jack Crews, Carter Foster, Jamie Sheek and Blake Winebarger. Honorable Mention included Tanner Gregory. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Along with the baseball team, the softball them also won the 2016 WPAC title. Coach of the Year was Jeremy Helton. All-Conference from Forbush included Allison Mitchell, Logan Wood, Taylor Wooten, Sydney Miller, Marissa Lineberry and Kelsey Swaim. While Honorable Mention included Madison Baity and Jesse Hunter.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0028-1.jpgAlong with the baseball team, the softball them also won the 2016 WPAC title. Coach of the Year was Jeremy Helton. All-Conference from Forbush included Allison Mitchell, Logan Wood, Taylor Wooten, Sydney Miller, Marissa Lineberry and Kelsey Swaim. While Honorable Mention included Madison Baity and Jesse Hunter. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

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Yadkin County Library news

First Posted: 1:50 pm - May 25th, 2016

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The fifth annual NWRL Ride for Readers will be held on June 11 and is being hosted by Freeborne’s Eatery and Lodge in Laurel Springs this year. The cost to ride is $30 for riders, $20 for passengers, and children 12 and younger ride free. You can plan your own route or leave from Freeborne’s at 9:30 a.m. and follow the preset route. You may advance register at Freeborne’s or at any NWRL branch. Registration is also accepted at check in. Join us at 1:30 p.m. after the ride for lunch, live music, a Poker run and prizes! For more information, call 336-359-8008. All libraries benefit from the fundraiser.

Summer Reading Programs will be held on Wednesdays, June 15-July 27 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Movies will be shown on Mondays, beginning June 13 at 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” All of the programs are free and for all ages. Get your Summer Reading schedule so you don’t miss out on our great programming this year. Funding provided by Yadkin County United Fund. Stop by the library or visit our NWRL website or our library Facebook page to get a schedule.

A knitting class series is being offered at the library on Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Participants will begin with learning the basic knitting stitches and begin knitting a beginner scarf or dishcloth. Classes are taught by Michelle Spillman of Yadkinville. Knitting classes are free and open to the public with all materials provided. No advanced registration is required.

Preschool Storytime will be held on Thursdays during the month of May at 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime is open for preschoolers, ages 2 to 5, and is free and open to the public. Make plans to bring your child or grandchild for an hour of stories and crafts. As a reminder, Preschool Storytime will have its last storytime on May 26 and will take a short break and then resume on June 16 and continue until July 28.

If you are you interested in tracing your family roots or need help in learning to use Ancestry.com, the library offers a free workshop, with volunteers, J.E. Brown and Patricia Rogers. Classes are now being offered on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. or Thursdays at 1 p.m. at the Yadkin County Public Library. In addition, all NWRL libraries offer free access to the Ancestry.com Library Edition throughout this year. No advanced registration is required and all workshops are free and open to the public. Come join us for an informative session!

NC Works staff, formerly known as the Employment Security Commission, will be at the library on Tuesdays and Thursdays for job assistance. Assistance will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed an hour for lunch. For questions, contact them at 336-312-9960. NC Works staff is also available in the Mount Airy and Winston-Salem offices, throughout the week. You may call the Mount Airy office at 336-786-4169 and the Winston-Salem office at 336-776-6747. Hours for these locations vary; please call for their hours of operation.

The library will be closed on May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on May 31. Yadkin County Public Library is a member of the Northwestern Regional Library system, comprised of libraries in Alleghany, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin counties. The library’s normal operating hours are as follows: Mondays and Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Collision sends four to hospital

First Posted: 12:29 pm - May 25th, 2016 Updated: 1:53 pm - May 26th, 2016.

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Traffic was backed up as emergency crews worked a two-vehicle collision on I-77 southbound Wednesday morning in Jonesville.
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Two vehicles were involved in a collision on I-77 southbound, with four patients being extricated and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning.
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Two vehicles were involved in a collision on I-77 southbound, with four patients being extricated and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning.
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JONESVILLE — Multiple patients were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following a two-car collision on I-77 Wednesday morning.

Yadkin County EMS Director Keith Vestal said the accident occurred around the 81-mile marker in the southbound lane, which is between the N.C. 67 interchange and Center Road overpass.

Four individuals had to be extricated from the vehicles and were transported to the hospital. One patient was transported via AirCare.

The accident involved Gerald Newton Minnich from McConellsburg, Pennsylvania, in a Smart Car and Lisa Shoemaker from Hamptonville in a minivan with her husband, Michael Shoemaker, and her mother, Judy Whitaker.

According to Trooper J.S. Ratliss with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when Minnich attempted to merge into the right-hand lane and failed to see Lisa Shoemaker’s van. The impact caused both vehicles to lose control and leave the road to the right. Both vehicles struck the embankment and were overturned.

“It was a pretty nasty wreck,” said Ratliss. “Mr. Minnich’s car ended up in the woods on its top. It was like a big roll cage.”

All passengers had to be extricated from their vehicles and Minnich had to be transported out by helicopter.

Shoemaker and her passengers have been reported to be in stable and good condition in the hospital. Minnich is being taken to surgery for severe abdominal and head trauma, but he’s reported to also be in stable condition, Ratliss said.

Traffic was backed up as emergency crews worked a two-vehicle collision on I-77 southbound Wednesday morning in Jonesville.
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Two vehicles were involved in a collision on I-77 southbound, with four patients being extricated and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0868-2.jpgTwo vehicles were involved in a collision on I-77 southbound, with four patients being extricated and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning. Troy Brooks | The Tribune

Two vehicles were involved in a collision on I-77 southbound, with four patients being extricated and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_IMG_0872-2.jpgTwo vehicles were involved in a collision on I-77 southbound, with four patients being extricated and transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem Wednesday morning. Troy Brooks | The Tribune

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Rockford Memorial Day Service scheduled for May 28

First Posted: 10:28 am - May 25th, 2016

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A Memorial Day service will be held at the Rockford Methodist Church in the Historic Village of Rockford on Saturday at 3 p.m.

This year’s program will be a musical tribute to each war time period from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. Dr. Gena Poovey, Noah Lindeman, Gene Anderson and Marion Venable will perform these meaningful songs.

Refreshments will be served in the church after the service. The program will continue in the Rockford Baptist Church cemetery where flags will be placed on soldiers’ graves.

The Rockford Memorial Day Service is sponsored by the Rockford Preservation Society, Inc., a non-profit organization. Donations to support the Society’s restoration efforts will be accepted and appreciated.

Contact Hannah Holyfield at 336-374-3825 for further information.

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Yadkin Christian Ministries to purchase new building

First Posted: 9:44 am - May 25th, 2016 Updated: 1:33 pm - May 25th, 2016.

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Yadkin Christian Ministries in Yadkinville will soon be moving to a new location. David Frederick, site manager at the East Bend location, said the main office, which they had been in for close to 25 years, had long been insufficient. Frederick said the new site will be “bigger and better.”

“It’s bursting at the seams and this new building has 5,100 square feet, it is going to not only meet the needs of the ministry, but it has extra room,” Frederick said.

The new building which Yadkin Christian Ministries will be purchasing is the former Titus Construction Company building on Woodlyn Drive.

The larger space will offer a more comfortable waiting area for clients as well as more warehouse space which will make the volunteer’s jobs much easier in sorting and distributing the food, Frederick said.

Frederick added volunteers are always needed as are donations for the ministry. While many may think of donating to the food bank around the holiday season, Frederick said the need is year-round and summer can be a particularly difficult time for families with children out of school. He added that feminine hygiene products and personal care items are in great demand as well.

For more information on Yadkin Christian Ministries, visit www.y-c-m.org or call 336-677-3080.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.

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Mexican restaurant reopens after fire

First Posted: 2:52 am - May 25th, 2016

A local Mexican restaurant destroyed in a fire on March 7 has reopened its doors at a new location. Area officials celebrated with the restaurant owners on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new El Jarrito restaurant, located at 216 E. Elm St. in Yadkinville.
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A local Mexican restaurant destroyed in a fire on March 7 has reopened its doors at a new location. Area officials celebrated with the restaurant owners on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new El Jarrito restaurant, located at 216 E. Elm St. in Yadkinville.

A local Mexican restaurant destroyed in a fire on March 7 has reopened its doors at a new location. Area officials celebrated with the restaurant owners on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new El Jarrito restaurant, located at 216 E. Elm St. in Yadkinville.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Jarrito1.jpgA local Mexican restaurant destroyed in a fire on March 7 has reopened its doors at a new location. Area officials celebrated with the restaurant owners on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new El Jarrito restaurant, located at 216 E. Elm St. in Yadkinville. Courtesy photo

Students create marketing video

First Posted: 3:29 pm - May 24th, 2016

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Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce Director Bobby Todd, right, presents a check to teacher Melanie Matthews and Principal Cody Hemric for the marketing department at Starmount High School.
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BOONVILLE — Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce Director Bobby Todd presented Starmount High School marketing teacher Melanie Matthews and Principal Cody Hemric with a $500 check in recognition of the work done by students to create a video for the chamber.

Advanced Marketing students Evan Stinson and Henry Stone created a Jobs Campaign video that is now on the Yadkin Chamber of Commerce website.

The students videoed at area companies including Unifi, Austin Company, Lydall and PVH. After collecting all the video clips they edited and uploaded the video for the chamber.

Matthews said, “On behalf of the Starmount Marketing Department, we appreciate this contribution. Funds will be used to purchase additional media equipment to add to our production studio. It is the goal of this department to add more equipment each year. This will enable our students to continue to service our community businesses and provide students the real-world learning in marketing.”

Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce Director Bobby Todd, right, presents a check to teacher Melanie Matthews and Principal Cody Hemric for the marketing department at Starmount High School.
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NCHSAA playoff results

First Posted: 2:36 pm - May 24th, 2016

By Kristian Russell - krussell@civitasmedia.com



Macey York finds space down the sideline on Monday night. York had two goals for the Falcons.
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The Forbush Falcons salute their fans before taking a bow after their 6-0 win on Monday night.
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EAST BEND — As the NCHSAA playoffs wind down, the only two teams remaining are the Forbush Falcons softball and soccer teams.

On Monday night, the Falcons soccer team played its quarterfinal match against East Lincoln. The Falcons got off to a great start as Michaela Stone grabbed the first goal of the night in the 6th minute. Stone found the rebound after the ball was crossed in, and took a shot from 18 yards out to hit the upper 90 and give Forbush a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, the Falcons were back at it as Emily Marcincavage added her name to the score sheet with an outstanding goal after the ball went through three East Lincoln defenders before finding Marcincavage’s feet. With a 2-0 lead, the Falcons controlled the tempo of the game for the rest of the half.

In the final eight minutes of the game, the Falcons scored two goals (Macey York, and Marley Martin) to take a 4-0 lead at the half.

“We had a great start, we had the mentality for this game,” said Head Coach Kenan James. “We had a lot of opportunities and we capitalized on them.”

The second half the Falcons didn’t let up their tempo as Macey York scored her second goal of the night in the opening minute of the half. From there, the Falcons put it on cruise control as they had a commanding 5-0 lead. With time winding down, Madelyn Crews found herself in prime position to score another goal for the Falcons as she beat a defender to find the back of the net to get the 6-0 win.

“Our game plan was to make sure we came out early because we didn’t know what the weather was going to be like,” said James. “I think we did that. We played our game, and we played it well.”

The Falcons will move on to the 2A Semifinals where they will face Central Academy on Tuesday night. Results were not available by press deadline.

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GREENSBORO — The NCHSAA 1A Track & Field Championships were held on Friday and Saturday in Greensboro. Several athletes from Elkin, East Wilkes and Starmount made it to States.

Elkin’s Bayle Wood placed third overall in Discus, while Elkin’s Jacob Parker placed second in the Men’s 3200 Meter Run.

Starmount’s Trey Lomax placed second in the Men’s 110 Meter Hurdles with a time of 15.28. Starmount’s Jennifer Johnson also placed for the Rams as she placed third in the Triple Jump. Johnson also placed 10th in the Long Jump and 6th in the 100 Meter Dash, while Hannah Shell placed 14th in the High Jump. Also for Starmount, Jack McCormick placed 13th in the Men’s 400 Meter Dash and Brandon Prescott placed 6th in the Triple Jump.

East Wilkes athletes Kyle Rhodes placed third in the 3200 Meter Run, and Alexis Pardue placed 11th in Shot Put.

In the 2A NCHSAA Track & Field Championships, which also took place in Greensboro, Forbush had several athletes compete. Zane Johnson place fifth in Discus, and ninth in Shot Put. Dakota Mendenhall placed third in the 1600 Meter Run, Schuyler Eldridge placed eighth in the 400 Meter Dash, the Girls 4×800 team placed eighth, Sierra Winters placed 13th in the 3200 Meter Dash and Anna Kathryn Kilby placed fifth in the 3200 Meter Dash.

Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

Macey York finds space down the sideline on Monday night. York had two goals for the Falcons.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0283.jpgMacey York finds space down the sideline on Monday night. York had two goals for the Falcons. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

The Forbush Falcons salute their fans before taking a bow after their 6-0 win on Monday night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_DSC_0287.jpgThe Forbush Falcons salute their fans before taking a bow after their 6-0 win on Monday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

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