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Hawkins turns 100

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Carrie Joines Hawkins celebrated a remarkable milestone on Thursday. The feisty Wilkes County native turned 100 years old.Surrounded by a flock of family and friends at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation, Hawkins listened to tributes in her honor, occasionally offering a smile, and even took a nap during the celebration.According to a CNA who works at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation, naps are totally permitted. “She earned the right to take a nap whenever she wishes,” said the employee.“She was born July 10, 1914,” said daughter Bonnie Hawkins Sidden. “We have five generations here.”Sidden, who is 76 years old herself, was asked if Hawkins had a secret to longevity.


Principal of Year Colbert says affirming is key

Pam Colbert of Elkin Middle School recently was honored as Elkin City Schools’ Principal of the Year.She said the honor was appreciated but gave credit and accolades to staff as a big part of her success. “It was as much for them as it was for me,” said Colbert.She said it is nice to hear the affirmation of a good job, and spoke of her philosophy of building up and affirming staff and students as part of her strategy.She said she spends real ...

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Climate film emphasizes need to come together

Elkin Presbyterian Church will reveal an in-depth view of climate change on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” by James Balog.In the movie, photo-journalist Balog sets out on a quest to document glaciers on five continents, and shows they are in fact, disappearing through continuous photography.Presbyterian Minister Stuart Taylor said, “I believe that human civilization is at a watershed moment, and a point of...

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No July meeting for commissioners

The Elkin Board of Commissioners, who normally meet on the second Monday of each month, announced during a June meeting that it will not hold session on July 14.According to commissioners, the summer month is the slowest time of the year for town business. Commissioners said not holding a July meeting would make its August meeting more productive.Commissioners are scheduled to reconvene on Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 3...

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AAU basketball off the ground in Yadkin County

BOONVILLE — Sitting on the sideline at Starmount High School, Stephanie Nichols looks on as Paul Hoover conducts his ProShot Basketball Camp for about 20 boys and for exactly two girls.One of those two girls is her daughter, Emily — a rising fifth-grader.There’s a gleam in her eye — the passion for basketball unmistakable. She coached recreational-league basketball for seven years in Wilkes County; and coached the North Wilkes Middle School and Mo...

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Nepal mission trip brings joy for local couple

Wycliffe Bible Translator missionaries Chris and Kendal Privette recently returned from Nepal and reported the great joy found in worshiping with Christian brothers and sisters and fellowship with new friends.After spending time in Nepal, the Privettes and a group of college students took a 10-hour bus ride and a six-hour long hike to get to a small village named Origami (not it’s real name for security reasons) and was welcomed with a special hospitality, said International ...

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Chamber to induct officers, give awards to others

DOBSON — The Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the induction of incoming officers at its annual meeting. The chamber also will give away awards recognizing associates.The annual meeting will be held on Thursday at the Shelton Badgett Center for Viticulture and Enology at Surry Community College.“This is our annual meeting. Not only do we induct new officers at the meeting, but we also distribute awards to members of the chamber who have gone...

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Circle K hosts Kira Bray fundraisers Saturday

There will be a lot going on this Saturday at the Circle K in Elkin.The store and the surrounding property will host a yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. and a Racing for Kira fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. to benefit Kira Bray and her family.Kira, now a quadraplegic, was injured Jan. 26 in a car accident. She suffered a vertebrae fracture in her neck. She has turned 6 — in February — since the accident.After being released from Levine’s Children Ho...

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