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Swim team teaches youth self-esteem

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Many area kids have been hitting the pool this summer for fun and relaxation, but a group of about 60 area youth have been spending their summer swim time competing as part of the Yadkin Stingrays swim team. Twin brothers Hunter and Jacob Kepley, 14, have been on the team for five years now and said swimming is a great sport because it fosters friendship and personal achievement.Hunter Kepley said that competing against other swimmers “makes you want to strive to get better.”“I also like the people that I get to be with on the team because they are all nice and I make a lot of friends,” Jacob Kepley added.


AAU basketball off the ground in Yadkin County

BOONVILLE — Sitting on the sideline at Starmount High School, Stephanie Nichols looks on as Paul Hoover conducts his ProShot Basketball Camp for about 20 boys and for exactly two girls.One of those two girls is her daughter, Emily - a rising fifth-grader.There’s a gleam in her eye - the passion for basketball unmistakable. She coached recreational-league basketball for seven years in Wilkes County; and coached the North Wilkes Middle School and Mountainview E...

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Yadkin All-Stars play on!

EAST BEND — The 7-and-under Yadkin County All-Stars will play in the Western North Carolina State Tournament beginning July 12 at Fall Creek Elementary School after winning the Western North Carolina Area 3 Tournament in Churchland.The team has been on a roll recently, claiming the Will Dicus Tournament in Boone June 21 and 22 before winning the Area 3 tourney.At the Area 3 tourney held June 25-28, Yadkin County defeated North Piedmont, Lake Norman, Davidson to rea...

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Cooperative Extension celebrates new class of volunteers

YADKINVILLE — North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Yadkin County Center, completed the first Extension Master Gardener Volunteer class held in the county last month. A cookout has been planned for July to officially celebrate the volunteers’ graduation.Graduates of the 2014 Yadkin County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer class are Sandra Grant, Catherine Morrison, Sam Williams, and Hedy Wooten. Debra Edwards transferred as a Master Gardener volunteer from Alamance Co...

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Farmers serve up freshness at the market

YADKINVILLE — Things are in full swing at the Yadkin Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers.“The blueberries are coming in strong, blackberries will be coming in strong the next couple of weeks, corn in the next week or two and before we know it, we’ll see some watermelons,” said vendor and Farmers Market President Glenda Edgell. “And green beans are coming in really good right now.”Many shoppers at the marke...

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2014 already a success for Cheek

RONDA — Sitting in the meeting room of the Ronda Volunteer Fire Department, Chris Cheek exudes a calm exterior.But there’s a fire on the inside - one that’s not likely to be extinguished any time soon.“I’m a very, very competitive person,” Cheek said. “I like the speed; the work; the adrenaline rush.”Born and raised in Hamptonville, Cheek is now 34. He’s been racing for 13 years. “As a kid I grew up g...

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Art class goes on farm adventure

EAST BEND — A group of young people visited a local farm on Tuesday morning for a unique purpose. The children were choosing vegetables that they would be using as models to create a still-life painting as part of a special art camp hosted by Sharon Grubbs at her home studio in East Bend.“For artists, part of art is experiencing the whole organic nature behind it,” Grubbs explained. Many of her students are from Winston-Salem so part of her goal was also to give t...

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Widow honors late husband with military memorial

EAST BEND — Following the death of her husband, one local woman has made it her mission to continue to honor his military service. In addition to photos and memorabilia throughout her home, a few weeks ago, Jean Hunter also completed an outdoor memorial with flags and statuary to honor her husband.“Sometimes my grandchildren tell me ‘why do you want to keep doing this,’” Hunter said. “It’s because I want to keep his memory alive.”

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Forbush wrestler headed to North Dakota

Forbush wrestler Isaac McMillan has earned a spot on the North Carolina USA Wrestling Junior National Dual Team.The team is being coached by Erik Wince, Davidson College assistant wrestling coach; and Trip Rogers, head coach at Hough High School. The team competed in Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling at the Freede Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 24-28.These Olympic styles are different from the Folkstyle that is wrestled in high school.McMillan, a ri...

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Host families needed for exchange students

YADKINVILLE — Visiting students, ages 15 to 18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Yadkinville for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integ...

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Pesticide safety for farmers and homeowners

For both farmers and homeowners, this is the time of year when we like to get rid of nuisances, like unwanted plants and insects. Most of us think of using a pesticide spray to get quick efficient results. The term pesticide is a general catch-all word covering insecticides (bugs), herbicides (plants), fungicides (fungus) and others. Pesticides are great tools to help make our life more enjoyable but if used incorrectly, pesticides can cause harm to you and the environment.

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Horne Creek Farm to showcase North Carolina quilts

PINNACLE — An equal measure of skill and love go into making textile items. Come out to Horne Creek Farm on Saturday to obtain a real appreciation for the work done by 1900 era women and their modern counterparts.

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Scholarship winners ride in parade

Thad Webb, left, and Ashlyn Vestal, winners of the East Bend Ruritan Club Steve Coram Memorial Scholarship, represent the club in the God and Country Parade on June 28. Winners must exhibit academic excellence, involvement in school activities, and be active in community service. Each winner is awarded $1,000 to the school of his/her choice. Webb, son of John and Dena Webb of East Bend, will attend Virginia Tech. Vestal, daughter of Lisa Vestal of Yadkinville, will attend Gardner Webb.

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Proud to be in the parade

YADKINVILLE — For the second consecutive year, El Cambio and GetEQUAL partnered up to have a float in the annual Independence Day Parade. Last year the float was a team effort, but this year it was community centered. People from all across the Yadkin Valley helped in making the You Are Not Alone float a successful and empowering experience. Some people donated candy, some helped in painting the banner and decorating the float and many supported from the crowd.

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Sex offender charged for not reporting address

YADKINVILLE — Sex offender Reynaldo Gerardo Suarez, 30, of East Bend, was arrested and charged with one felony count of fail to report new address for a sex offender on June 27 by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office.On June 24, Yadkin County deputies went to Suarez’s address to serve him with a criminal paper from another county. He is a registered sex offender with Yadkin County with a registered address on Smithtown Road in East Bend. He had signed and updated hi...

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East Bend man charged with exploitation of elder

YADKINVILLE — Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Michael Joseph Franciosa Jr., 22, of East Bend, on July 1 and charged him with one felony count of exploit disable/elder trust.Franciosa was a trustee for the victim. He allegedly had repeatedly taken monies out of the victim’s account without the victim’s approval.He was given a $5,000 secured bond with a court date set for September.

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Bella Rhine wins Cutest Kids online contest

The winners of the 2014 Elkin Tribune’s Cutest Kids online contest have been announced, with a kid in the 4-5 year age category coming out as the overall winner with more than 2,400 votes.Bella Rhine is the overall winner of the contest, sponsored by Walmart of Elkin as title sponsor.

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New camp offers sensory experiences for kids

ELKIN — Area children and parents got a first look at a unique new summer activity at the Journey Camp open house on Monday. Journey Camp was created by Jennifer Blackburn Bracey to give children a positive sensory experience that will allow them to connect with themselves and nature.Bracey is a counselor with her own practice, the Soul Compass Center. She has a degree in early childhood education, a master’s of divinity and recently has become trained in the field of s...

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