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First same-sex couple weds

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JONESVILLE — First thing on a Monday day morning is not the most common time for a wedding, but for one Yadkin County couple that hardly mattered.For Martha Hemric and Rosanna Casstevens, all that mattered was that at last their love could be officially recognized with a marriage license. Hemric and Casstevens were the first same sex couple to wed in Yadkin County on Oct. 13.In 2012, an amendment to the North Carolina state constitution was passed that restricted the state from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages. The amendment was declared unconstitutional on Oct. 10 and therefore opened the doors for same-sex couples to legally marry.


Man dies while working on vehicle

BOONVILLE — A 25-year-old man was killed last Wednesday when the vehicle he was working on apparently fell on him.Emergency Services Operations Manager James Collins said that emergency personnel responded to 8225 U.S. 601 at around 1:04 p.m. where they found Quince Tilley lying underneath a vehicle. He did not have a pulse and was not breathing when he was discovered, Collins said. Tilley had last been seen at around 11:15 a.m.Friends of the family indicated that ...

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November mid-term elections

OneStop early voting for the November mid-term elections begins on Thursday at the Yadkin County Board of Elections office, located in the Planning building at 213 E. Elm St. in Yadkinville.OneStop voting is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and again Monday through Friday next week and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 4.

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Falcons tumble past Wildcats, soar past Eagles

EAST BEND — Forbush moved 14-2-1 with two wins in three nights.The Falcons beat West Stokes, 4-1, Saturday night on Senior Night; and Surry Central, 1-0 Monday night.The win Monday night secured the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference championship and the conference’s No. 1 2A seed that goes with it.Ryan Miller put the Falcons up 1-0 in the seventh minute, taking a ball from Edgar de la Sancha. Oscar Varona’s through ball to de la Sancha on ...

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Rams finishing season strong

BOONVILLE — Salomón Maya and Juan Mora, two sophomores, made sure the Starmount seniors went home happy on Senior Night Monday.With the score tied 1-1 in the second half, Maya scored with an assist from Mora, to lift the Rams to a 2-1 Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win over Wilkes Central.“It was a crazy game,” Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said. “We finally pulled out the win.”Starmount junior Ulises López, with an ...

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Local golfers fare well at Cross Creek

MOUNT AIRY — Five local golfers have qualified for the 1A/2A state tournament next week after 18 holes at Cross Creek Country Club Monday.Mount Airy was the host school for the Central Regional 1A/2A Tournament.“It went very well,” said Bear coach Tommye Phillips. “We had 37 girls here. We’re very happy to have the turnout we did, and we had wonderful weather. The girls were just great.”Salisbury took first place as a team a...

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Rams roll to 3rd straight win

BOONVILLE — Visiting Starmount made short work of North Wilkes, racing to a 52-0 Mountain Valley Athletic Conference victory Friday night.It was the third straight win for the Rams, who have outscored those three opponents 154-7.Trey Lomax returned the opening kickoff 83 yards to the Viking 2 and Zach Freed scored two plays later, and the Rams never looked back.“We started well,” Starmount Head Coach Scott Johnson said. “We had a really...

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Wildcats clip Falcons, 24-21

KING — West Stokes survived a game with eight turnovers, 14 penalties and two ejections to claim a 24-21 Western Piedmont Athletic Conference win over Forbush Friday night.The Falcons seized control early, taking a 14-0 lead with 3:56 to play in the first quarter.They held the Wildcats to a three-and-out to start the game with Cody Hayden and Luke Alderman making a stop after a one-yard gain; Brady Williard making a tackle for a three-yard loss; and Jordan Sawyers ...

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Beautiful day greets Yadkin Valley Grape Festival

With the leaves of fall looking as if hand-painted in various shades of jewel tones and dotted vividly against the sky, Yadkin Valley Grape Festival participants appeared to soak up all the event had to offer as they talked, laughed, danced, and picnicked while savoring the local wines in Saturday’s autumn sun.Chairman of the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival John Willingham said the day and the weather could not have been more spectacular for the event.“Just look...

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Forbush drops Parkwood, 3-0

EAST BEND — Forbush, the No. 14 seed, handled Parkwood, the No. 19 seed, 3-0 in a first-round 2A volleyball match Saturday afternoon.Anna Harris and Jessica Funk each had 12 kills to lead the Falcons offensively. “My two outside seniors did a great job putting the ball down around their blocks,” Forbush Coach Angie Funk said. Michaela Allred added five kills.Mallory Choplin had 15 digs, while Brianna Hinshaw added 10. Hinshaw came up with a big dig, Fun...

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Popp lessons remain

JONESVILLE — It is often said there is a time and a season for all things.Former coach of Jonesville High School Joe Popp and Jonesville hometown girl Peggy Morrison Popp enjoyed the seasons of life as a team where family and blue-collar values rooted them in success in love, sports, work, business and family tradition, overcoming adversity and teaching.Children of the Popps — Joey, Karen and Jim — recalled their parents hard-working ethics and a gift o...

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NWTF holds youth day

EAST BEND — It was a fun-filled day for area youth at the annual Jakes Day hosted by the Red Clay Longbeards chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.“A jake is a young turkey,” President Tammy Myers explained. “This is an event for children ages 17 and under and this is our way of giving back to the kids in the community.”The event, which was held at the East Bend ballpark, was entirely free for children and included a free T-shirt, l...

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Church Calendar

Oct. 18• Fall and Christmas bazaar from 8 a.m. to noon at West Yadkin Baptist Church with lots of crafts and homemade goodies. For more information, call 336-468-2595.• 5:30 p.m., East Bend United Methodist Church on Main Street will host its annual chicken and oyster stew/auction. There is no charge for the meal, but donations will be accepted. Bowls and spoons will be provided or bring your own. Following the Chicken...

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Community Calendar

Oct. 16• Halloween Dance hosted by the East Bend Senior Center at 6 p.m. with costume contest, prizes for the best costumes, refreshments and entertainment by the Stan Bobbitt Band. $5 admission at the door. East Bend Senior Center, 473 E. Main St. Call 336-699-5100 for more information.Oct. 18• Forbush High School Class of 2004’s 10-year reunion will be held. C...

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Friday night previews

Forbush (4-3, 1-0) at West Stokes (4-3, 1-0), 7:30Last year’s result: West Stokes 27, Forbush 20Forbush is coming off a come-from-behind win over South Stokes. The Falcons rallied for 16 second-half points to win 16-15 on Homecoming at East Bend. In the win, Forbush tailback Jordan Sawyers returned to form with a 100-yard-plus rushing performance.“He was strong in the second half,” Forbush Head Coach Chris Johnson said of Saw...

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Starmount Middle School celebrates Hispanic culture

BOONVILLE — Students at Starmount Middle School celebrated all throughout Hispanic Heritage month, and their celebration culminated with a dinner last Friday featuring many favorite foods from Latin American countries.Language arts teacher Shelly Sharpsteen, who previously lived in Miami, Florida, said she was surprised that more was not done, particularly in the school community, to celebrate the Hispanic/Latino culture here. As the population has continued to grow in the ar...

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Can the Rams repeat?

BOONVILLE — Saturday’s matches with Carson and Reagan said a lot about the Starmount volleyball team.After winning the first two sets and then losing in five sets to the 15-8 Cougars in the morning, the Rams bounced back against the 20-4 Raiders with a solid three-set (25-23, 26-24, 25-17) win in the afternoon.“It was pretty good,” Starmount Coach Jon Symons said. “It was a little disappointing that we gave up the first one in five.”...

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Blackburn, Stevens star at Friendship

ELKIN — Steve Blackburn won the SeCA Crate Late Model feature over Friendship regular Justin Hudspeth and Buck Stevens repeated as the Open Wheel Modifieds winner at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.Trent Chatham won the Super Stock 4 feature. Other winners were Shaun Robinson (Renegades); Randy Powell (Xtreme Stock 4); and Stephanie Clew Caudle (UCars).In her fourth Xtreme Stock 4 outing, Jonesville’s Kayla Harrell finished fourth.

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