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Art class goes on farm adventure

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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 the children a peek into life in a rural community.


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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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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