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Apparent murder-suicide involves elderly couple

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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 Office. The investigation is still ongoing, but Sheriff Ricky Oliver did indicate that it appeared to be a murder-suicide and that both individuals had serious medical issues prior to their deaths.


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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Forbush impressive in debut

MOCKSVILLE — Osmar Gomez scored twice as Forbush rolled to a 5-1 non-conference win over Davie County at War Eagles Stadium Wednesday night.What may have made the win more impressive than the score was the Falcons spent much of the match - especially the first half - figuring themselves out. “It’s our first game of the season,” Forbush Coach Seth Davis said. “I thought we were still a little shaky trying to learn each other. And that showed.”...

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Teacher brings innovation to students

For one local teacher, summer break doesn’t mean a break from learning. Yadkinville resident Betty Jo Moore is a sixth-grade science teacher at Wylie Middle School in Forsyth County. Each summer she finds an educational project in which to take part. This summer, she and her teaching partner attended the Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) institute in Florida to build their very own guitars.“Every summer I like to do something kind of special in terms of profess...

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Cheek, Nance big winners at Friendship

ELKIN — It was double points nights with all seven racing divisions competing Saturday night at Friendship Motor Speedway.Saturday night’s winners included Hamptonville’s Chris Cheek in the SeCA Crate Late Model division and Ronda’s Bryan Nance in the Limited Sportsman division.North Wilkesboro’s Chad Call claimed his eighth feature of the season in the Super Stock 4 division. Harmony’s Richard Clew, pending a tire protest, picked up t...

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Friday night previews

Elkin (0-0) at Forbush (0-0), 7:30Last Year’s Result: Elkin 24, Forbush 21Losing a close game on the opponent’s home field in 2013 sets the stage for the Elkin-Forbush clash in East Bend Friday night.Forbush Coach Chris Johnson is cautious about approaching the game with revenge in mind. “There’s always a revenge factor,” Johnson said. “You want to play that card as a coach.“Thing is it̵...

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New coach ready for new season

BOONVILLE — First-year Starmount men’s soccer coach Edgar Zamora said he is “having a blast” right now.Zamora said he came into this season with no expectation of how the work of a coach would be day in and day out. “I knew I wanted them to work hard and work with me,” he said, adding, “I’m happy with how things are going.”What has impressed Zamora the most is the team’s unity. “They’re completely a ...

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Name chosen for new county park

YADKINVILLE — The long-awaited 5D lake and park, which is slated to open this fall as a recreation area for residents, was officially given a name last night at the Yadkin County commissioners meeting.The park, which will include a playground, nature trails and a 138.5-acre lake for fishing, boating and duck hunting on certain days, is located off Ladd Road in the Brooks Crossroads area. To much laughter from meeting attendees and the commissioners, County Manager Aaron Churc...

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Rams weathered out

MOUNT AIRY — Monday’s scheduled men’s soccer game beween Starmount and Mount Airy was postponed due to inclement weather.Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said Tuesday morning he is not sure if or when the game will be rescheduled.Instead of opening against the Bears, the Rams will open at East Surry Thursday. Game time is 6.

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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 soccerEast Wilkes at Mount Airy, 6Elkin at Hibriten, 6...

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Falcons pass Eagles

EAST BEND — Forbush started strong and finished strong, downing Wilkes Central, 3-0, to claim its opening day volleyball match at home Monday.“In between, we took a mental break,” Forbush Coach Angie Funk said. “Mentally, we just lost focus.”The Falcons more or less breezed through the first set, 25-13, and led 17-10 in the second set before the loss of focus was apparent. The Eagles got within one at 23-22 before the Falcons pulled it out t...

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