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Week one of High School Football  is in the books
Week one of High School Football is in the books

Week one is over, with three Rutherford County football teams winning and four correct picks by yours truly last week. Let's review and preview what's ahead. Perhaps 8-for-8 to start out in the guessing game for me as well?

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Trained Volunteers Needed for Camp Erin Hospice of Rutherford County is in need of volunteers
Trained Volunteers Needed for Camp Erin Hospice of Rutherford County is in need of volunteers
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High School  Football Week 1  RC Preview
High School Football Week 1 RC Preview

It is finally here, the first week of High School Football has all four teams in Rutherford County with a contest this Friday night, August 18th.

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26th Annual Hot Nights Cool Rides
26th Annual Hot Nights Cool Rides

The 26th Annual Hot Nights Cool Rides Car Show is fast approaching! Each year thousands flock to the small town of Forest City on the third Saturday in August (this year August 19). This free event is sponsored by the Forest City Merchants Association and the Town of Forest City. Each year over 400 cars, trucks, and motorcycles lined both sides of historic Main Street. Over 60 classes of cars, trucks, and motorcycles are represented each year. Best of show awards and special awards are also presented.

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High School  Football  Kicks Off
High School Football Kicks Off

High School Football is in gear for the 2017 season, so why not go around the county and see what's going on. Practices are underway, but the first regular season games take place August 18th.

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104 Years Young, Mary Gladys Sams isa Picture of Grace and Beauty
104 Years Young, Mary Gladys Sams isa Picture of Grace and Beauty

If you look up the word 'grace' in the dictionary, you'll find a picture of Mary Gladys Sams.

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Numerous  Sports Topics
Numerous Sports Topics

The Forest City Owls look to be the number one seed out of the Coastal Plain League West once the playoffs start next week. They hold a four game led in the West and have the best overall record in the CPL with two less losses than Fayetteville. However, Wilmington is coming on strong in the East, they have won 10 games in a row now.

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PARENTING IS HARD WORK... WE CAN HELP! Proactive Parenting Initiative for
Pastor Jamie Murphy and his wife Kelley surrounded by their children Levi, Leah, Caleb, Kara, and Micah.
PARENTING IS HARD WORK... WE CAN HELP! Proactive Parenting Initiative for "At-Risk" Kids

Are you struggling with your defiant child? Have all of your 'tried and true' methods of parenting failed? If you're like most parents, you've probably had more than a few moments when you wondered what in the world happened to that sweet loving child that would sit in your lap and dote on every word you said.

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Southern Piedmont 1A Football and Brickyard talk
Southern Piedmont 1A Football and Brickyard talk

Let's take a quick look at how I believe the Southern Piedmont 1A Football standings will shakeout this season.

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John Turner's Antique Plow Collection Becomes Permanent Part of North Carolina History
John (Bill) Turner standing outside his 'museum' of antique plows and other farming equipment
John Turner's Antique Plow Collection Becomes Permanent Part of North Carolina History

It all started back in the 1970's when John (Bill) Turner started his collection of antique plows and other farming equipment. Having grown up farming in the Walls Church Community, Bill knew a thing or two about plows.

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Real early SW 2A Football Projections; Dale Jr. Moment #5
Real early SW 2A Football Projections; Dale Jr. Moment #5

We are less than two weeks away from the start of High School Football with Three of Rutherford County's schools playing a new six team conference known as the Southwestern 2A. This conference was conformed due to this being a realignment year in the state. I will get to Thomas Jefferson soon.

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2017 National Champ & NFL Houston Texan  Carlos Watkins Friday, July 14 at McNair Field as Owls Honor Local Heroes
Photo of Carlos Watkins by: Ty Barber
2017 National Champ & NFL Houston Texan Carlos Watkins Friday, July 14 at McNair Field as Owls Honor Local Heroes

Heroes are all around us. Whether it's the EMT that performs a medical procedure at a crash scene that saves a life or a police officer whose quick thinking prevents a tragedy, they're everywhere. No others in our community deserve our support and praise more than those who rush into a raging fire to save a life or stand vigil, monitoring our condition and providing comfort as we heal from life threatening injuries or illnesses. Doctors, nurses, firefighters, EMT's and police officers, who've trained vigorously and spent countless hours preparing themselves for such an occasion, are heroes in every sense of the word.

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A collection of thoughts:  Dale Earnhardt Jr.
A collection of thoughts: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

We are halfway through the NASCAR season as 18 of 36 races are now complete. So, why not share a Dale Earnhardt Jr. memory since this is his last year of racing. I have six monumental moments of his career. This series will continue as the season progresses.

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Kid Chef Gill Corbett Earns Spot on Food Network Show  and writes book detailing his journey
Gill Corbett, Chef and Author
Kid Chef Gill Corbett Earns Spot on Food Network Show and writes book detailing his journey

When an allergic reaction sent young Gill's mother, Sherry, to the emergency room one evening, the waiting room TV was airing a show that sparked his imagination. "There I stood, feeling frozen and a little bit worried for my mom, when my eyes wandered up to the television. A cooking show called CHOPPED KIDS was on and kids were cooking! I watched with excitement and that is when my dream of being a chef on a kid's competitive cooking show was born"

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Owls clinch  postseason spot
Owls clinch postseason spot

The Forest City Owls will be in Coastal Plain League playoffs this season. Although, Gastonia and Florence were chasing, it was the Owls who clinched that first half Western Division in the CPL this past week.

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Mount Vernon Community Club Giving Thanks and Giving Back
Mt. Vernon Baptist Church members who will be going on mission trips this year- Sulley Carpenter, Rebekah McEntire, and Lisa McEntire will be going to the Ukraine in July. Karsyn Guffey (not pictured) will be going to Nicaragua in July with the Fuller
Mount Vernon Community Club Giving Thanks and Giving Back

After a year of fundraising activities, the Mt. Vernon Community Club is giving back to the community that supported them. Four country ham and chicken pie suppers, along with rental proceeds from events held at the clubhouse, have netted the club $5,000.00 which were distributed to Mount Vernon-Ruth Elementary School, Hudlow Fire Department, Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, and Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.

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Summer Notes  and  Daytona
Summer Notes and Daytona

So, it is summer and things are a little slow. Everybody seems to be on vacation. Which reminds me, who wants to take a vacation? I do!! Enough about me. Well, baseball is still going on between Legion, the Owls and Little League All-Stars. I hope all will support those efforts during the summer months.

Here is a quick update from the Owls and a couple other notes.

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20th Annual Kids & Cops
20th Annual Kids & Cops

On Friday, June 23, 2017, the Forest City Police Department will be hosting the 20th annual Kids & Cops event at Summey Park on Learning Parkway from 9am-12pm. The event is geared toward kids ages 12 and under, but the entire family is welcome to come out and join us. This is a great opportunity to meet various first responders from all over western North Carolina and learn about the different departments that protect and serve our neighborhoods and communities.

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Baseball  still active  in County
Baseball still active in County

Time sure is flying, with the Forest City Owls back in swing. As a matter of fact, one-fourth of the season is now history.

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Local couple's mission trip leads to adoptions
Photography by Danielle Harrison and Jullia Zelesky
Local couple's mission trip leads to adoptions

"We struggled with infertility for over 12 years and had discussed fostering and the possibility of adoption, but were never on the same page. We really got the idea to adopt after our first mission trip to Lima, Peru. We worked in an orphanage (New Life Children's Home) there and began to see the need for forever families," says Vanessa Capps on the recent adoptions of McKenna and Teagan.

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High School  is over;  Danica upset
High School is over; Danica upset

With the school year now closed, I thought it would be a good to review what took place this High School Sports year from August until now amongst Rutherford County Schools.

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2017 Annual Portfolio Show a Success
Photography by Carole Brooks
2017 Annual Portfolio Show a Success
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R-S Central  baseball falls in  2A state finals
R-S Central baseball falls in 2A state finals

ZEBULON, N.C.--R-S Central had a chance to make school history by winning their first-ever baseball state title. Unfortunately, it was Holmes who swept in two games to take the 2A crown for 2017. Zebulon hosted the 2A State Baseball Title this past Friday night and Saturday and both games were competitive.

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A Love Story
Photograph by Carole Brooks
A Love Story

Chapter One

He couldn't look away. Her curves held his gaze and he yearned to touch her, to own her. He wasn't the only one. She was fast. A genuine beauty, designed to capture his wildest imagination. He secretly made a vow to bring her home, and eventually, he did.

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R-S Central goes for 2A Baseball State Title!
R-S Central goes for 2A Baseball State Title!

In the East Rutherford game during the third round of the baseball playoffs, it was a call by Todd Beheler, the first base coach to send Cam Snethen on a bloop hit to stretch a single into a double in the seventh. Ever since that set up, the game winning run to beat the defending 2A state champs and neighboring rival East Rutherford, R-S Central hasn't looked back.

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