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Boonville gets new playground

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BOONVILLE — Following students’ first day back to class on Monday, elementary school kids at Boonville school gathered on the lawn for the official ribbon cutting of their new playground.Principal Annette Johnson welcomed student and parents and thanked a number of people who helped make the project possible.“Our school community has worked very hard the last three years to raise money to upgrade our playground,” she said. “Through the money raised by staff, students and parents, as well as a generous donation from the Martin Family Foundation, we were able to spend $38,000 on this playground.”

 

League calls for additional hearings on fracking

REIDSVILLE — This week, in a statement to the NC Mining and Energy Commission, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL) demanded that the state the hold additional hearings on the rules for hydraulic fracturing in North Carolina. BREDL’s objections to the hearing process centered on the lack of public participation.The statement, delivered in testimony before the MEC public hearing in Reidsville, said that the current hearing process does not allow all citize...

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Yadkin County Library News

Yadkin County Library - YadkinvilleThe library will be celebrating our past at the Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival in September. Mark your calendar for Sept. 20 so you can join in on the fun!A knitting class series will be held at the library on Tuesdays from 12-1 p.m. Participants will begin with learning the basic knitting stitches and begin knitting a beginner scarf or beginner dishcloth. Classes are taught by Michelle Spillman ...

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Church Calendar

Sept. 14• First Baptist Church will have the Rev. Rebecca Maynard lead spiritual formation sessions, “Invitation to A Journey: Along the Path of Spiritual Growth.” The classes will be held on Sept. 14 and 21, Oct. 5 and 12 and Nov. 16 and 23 in the fellowship hall from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.

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Community Calendar

Sept. 4• Drawn to Animals – The Whimsical World of Fowler Ruffin, an exhibit of boldly colored acrylic of creatures large and small, sleepy sheep and critters with attitude 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 6:00 pm on September 4. The public is invited. The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is located at 226 E. Main St...

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East Bend 4H’ers attend NCACC Youth Summit

ASHEVILLE — Two 4-H participants from Yadkin County attended the fifth annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, which was held in Asheville Aug. 15-16.North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the fifth year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative aims to overcome the mindset that many youth are disengaged and lack trust in g...

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Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival returns revamped in its 38th year

YADKINVILLE — The Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival will return for its 38th year on Sept. 20, and 2014 promises to be a year of big changes for the oldest festival in the Yadkin Valley.The festival is held in the middle of downtown Yadkinville and will begin at 9 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. and will feature a wide array of activities for families and children, heritage crafts, vendors, food, rides, music and more.

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Local photographer earns certification

YADKINVILLE — Brooke Moxley of Brooke Moxley Photography in Yadkinville has earned the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation from Professional Photographers of America.Moxley earned this designation after meeting requirements measuring her artistic and technical competence. Professional Photographers of America recognizes less than 2,000 Certified Professional Photographers worldwide and only less than 70 in North Carolina.

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Yadkin benefits from Komen grant

Editor’s Note: The following is the first in a series of articles about breast cancer awareness and the impact of the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation in the local community.YADKINVILLE — National health-related charities raise billions of dollars a year towards research, but for many organizations like Susan G. Komen, there is also an important local impact as well.

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Friday night previews

East Surry (1-0) at Starmount (0-1), 7:30Last Year’s Result: East Surry 27, Starmount 6The Rams will be rebounding from a 28-17 loss to Mount Airy. “They should do well in their league,” Starmount Coach Scott Johnson said of the Bears. “And they should make a really good run in the playoffs.“It’s a non-conference game. We play tough people in non-conference to help us.“Any first game you see...

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Rams fall to Villains

KERNERSVILLE — Host Bishop McGuinness scored on a free kick midway through the second half to take a 2-1 lead and the eventual win over Starmount Monday evening.The Villains went out in front off a set play in the first half before Ulises Lopez — on a penalty kick — evened the score for Starmount. It was Lopez’s third goal of the season.“I thought they were a pretty good team,” Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said. “We have a chance...

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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 Friday 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 anim...

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Back to school

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...

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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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