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Johnna Pettit, third-grade teacher at East Bend Elementary, answers questions from her new students on the first day of class.On the first day of the school year, East Bend third-graders sit quietly as their teacher Johnna Pettit shows them a book she will read to them at snack time, aptly titled “Third Grade Angels.”Third-graders at East Bend Elementary School create a string web as they do an activity to help them learn each others’ names on the first day of school.


Event raises funds for animal welfare

YADKINVILLE — Animal lovers and wine enthusiasts will get the chance to sip for a cause this weekend at the third annual Whiskers and Wine Summer Social at The Studio at Hanover Park Vineyards. The event will take place on Saturday from 6 to 10:30 p.m.Event creator Alice Singh has been actively involved in promoting animal welfare in Yadkin County for a number of years now. The Whiskers and Wine event, she said, is just a great way to combine two things she loves, wine and an...

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‘Fill the bus’ campaign continues at Walmart

The Elkin Walmart and Yadkin Valley United Fund have been working together to collect school supplies for local Yadkin Valley students as part of a national Walmart-United Fund campaign.Yadkin Valley United Fund President Ginger Isenhoward said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to help our local school children with school supplies. We are excited to be part of this and are grateful for all the donations we have received and for the continual support of the ...

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Just a good ole (little) girl

Kayla Harrell said the first reaction she gets from people is often “Gosh, that little girl’s driving a race car?”At four feet, 11 inches and 110 pounds, Harrell doesn’t cut an imposing figure. That is until you talk to her or until you see her out on the track.“Everybody makes jokes about me being little,” Harrell said. “I have to sit on a pillow.”Metal blocks are welded onto the pedals so she can reach them. Fe...

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Teachers celebrate new school year

BOONVILLE — Teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria staff and custodians from all across Yadkin County gathered at Starmount High School last Wednesday for a celebration to begin the new school year. Following a breakfast, the group convened in the gymnasium where the Forbush High School JROTC presented the colors and fourth-grader from Yadkinville Elementary, Nick Weisner, lead the pledge of allegiance.Yadkin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Martin welcomed faculty and staff,...

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Nance wins again; Stevens back in victory lane

Bryan Nance of Ronda won for the fourth time in the last five Limited Sportsman features and Buck Stevens of Statesville picked up his first Open Wheel Modified win since June 21 at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.Other winners included points leader Chad Call of North Wilkesboro in the Super Stock 4 class; Chase McCormick of Dobson in the SeCA Crate Late Model class; Jody Miller of Moravian Falls in the Renegades class; Doug Clonch of Millers Creek in the Xtreme Stock 4 c...

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Upcoming schedule

Monday, August 18Men’s soccer North Surry 6, East Wilkes 1Starmount at Mount Airy, ppd., rainVolleyballEast Surry 3, Elkin 0East Wilkes 3, Pine Lake Prep 0Forbush 3, Wilkes Central 0Tuesday, August 19Men’s soccerMount Airy 10, East Wilkes 1Hibriten 4, Elkin 0W...

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Forbush holds off Elkin, 36-26

EAST BEND — Elkin battled back from an early deficit and a bigger deficit late before falling 36-26 to host Forbush in the season opener for both teams Friday night.“We made too many mistakes tonight,” Elkin Coach Scott Wood said.Forbush Coach Chris Johnson lamented his team’s mistakes as well. “We had turnovers and bad snaps we’ve got to correct,” he said.Game time temperature was 83. That was at least five degrees co...

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Rams drop opener

BOONVILLE — Mount Airy broke a four-game losing streak to Starmount with a 28-17 win Friday night.Both defenses held very well in the first half, but the Bears came out with a vengeance in the third quarter and made two long drives for scores.The Rams stuck around thanks to a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in between Mount Airy’s two scores.Sihem Smith tackled the punter on the Rams’ side of the 50 to give the Bears excellent field po...

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Apparent murder-suicide involves elderly couple

YADKINVILLE — Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, local law enforcement responded to a 911 call at a residence at the intersection of Center and Sprouse roads. Upon entering the home, officers discovered the body of a deceased elderly female and an elderly male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported to the hospital and subsequently died from his injuries.The names of the deceased, Jay and Jackie Casstevens, were released Thursday afternoon by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Of...

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Yadkin County Civil War veteran to be honored

On behalf of the 28th NC Troops re-enactors, Greg Cheek recently announced the annual Colonel William Henry Asbury Speer Memorial.“It has been a busy summer with the various campaigns and memorials on the reenacting schedule for 2014,” Cheek said. “Now as we head down the home stretch of the Sesquicentennial, we have a highly anticipated and very special event in our front. As many of you already know, the long awaited Colonel William Henry Asbury Speer Memorial i...

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Arts council announces fall series

YADKINVILLE — Those looking for great entertainment this fall need look no further than the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. Tickets went on sale Aug. 1 for the fall series of musical performances and plays to be held in the Willingham Theater, and Theater Manager Lindsay Craven said tickets are going fast.“Tickets for ‘A Sanders Family Christmas’ and The Kruger Brothers will no doubt sell out,” Craven said.Ron Stacker Thompson, artistic directo...

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‘Drawn to Animals’ exhibit to open next month

YADKINVILLE — “Drawn to Animals,” an exhibit of whimsical and colorful paintings of creatures large and small by Winston-Salem’s Fowler Ruffin opens Sept. 4, and runs through the end of October in the Welborn Gallery at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center. A reception for the artist will be held at 6 p.m. The public is invited.Ruffin has always loved animals of all sorts, and after providing a home for multiple strays and unwanted creatures, she started painting...

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Forbush Middle takes top honors in National Youth Hunter Education Challenge

RALEIGH — The Yadkin Patriots of Forbush Middle School in Yadkin County took top honors in the nation as junior champions at the 29th annual International Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC), a demanding week-long shooting and outdoors skills competition held recently at Mansfield, Pennsylvania.The YHEC competition by the National Rifle Association (NRA) was held in July. Teams from across the country competed in marksmanship with .22-caliber rifles and black powder rifle...

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A hayfield

I have a hayfield, a dome shaped oval of about four acres. A gravel drive skirts one side and leads to my house. Just in case you’ve been in the city too long, let me define a hayfield. It’s a lot like your front yard, but much larger, and you only have to mow the tall grass twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall to harvest the hay. Now, I don’t own any large animals that eat hay, so mine gets mowed by a neighbor for his horses. He keeps the hay, and I donR...

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New Horizons benefits from BB&T program

YADKINVILLE — Last week was a busy and exciting one for consumers and staff at New Horizons Adult Day Services. In addition to a special visit from a local politician, construction also was completed on a shelter area that will provide a new space for consumers to relax and enjoy the outdoors.On Wednesday, state Sen. Joyce Krawiec visited New Horizons, a center that provides programming and activities for adults with special needs.“I thoroughly enjoyed my vis...

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Preparing pastures for fall and winter

Fall is just around the corner and that means that grass will soon slow down or stop growing and we get to begin the hay feeding we dream about all summer. Whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, goats or other grass eating livestock, now is the time to prepare your pastures for fall and maybe provide some extra grazing days for your animals.We have had some welcomed rain that has kicked started some thirsty slow growing grass. Getting a little fertilizer on that grass could provid...

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Basketball sites selected for tourneys

CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has announced its two regional basketball tournament sites for the 2014-15 season.The Eastern Regional event will once again be played in Fayetteville, while the Western Regional tournament will return to Winston-Salem after a stint in Greensboro. The dates for the tournaments are March 3 through March 7.In the Eastern Regional, games will be held at the Crown Coliseum complex, at both the C...

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