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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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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 gre...

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EHS hires social studies teacher and coach

Social studies teacher Nicholas A. Tomlin will become part of the Elkin High School teaching staff and become head baseball coach and assistant football coach this fall.Tomlin is relocating from North Iredell High School and brings with him, North Carolina National Guard experience as second lieutenant in the 145th Maintenance Squadron along with teaching and coaching experience.Tomlin was also a C-130H3 flight engineer in Charlotte and jet engine mechanic.His...

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ECS retirees leave lasting contributions

Elkin City Schools recently celebrated retirees and their many years of service at a banquet held at Cedarbrook Country Club.ECS Human Resource Specialist Allison Moxley provided details about retirees’ contributions to the ECS school system.Perry Lloyd, Elkin High School history teacher, retired with 29 years of service, first coming to EHS in 1987. The first time Principal Joel Hoyle met Lloyd, he was unsure about whether or not he was a teacher. Lloyd was in a s...

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New camp offers sensory experiences for kids

ELKIN — Area children and parents got a first look at a unique new summer activity at the Journey Camp open house on Monday. Journey Camp was created by Jennifer Blackburn Bracey to give children a positive sensory experience that will allow them to connect with themselves and nature.Bracey is a counselor with her own practice, the Soul Compass Center. She has a degree in early childhood education, a master’s of divinity and recently has become trained in the field of s...

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Jonesville approves budget ordinances

JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Town Council approved budget amendment changes for the budget ordinance for the year 2013-14 in a public meeting on June 30.Jonesville Town Manager Scott Buffkin reported that during the meeting, budget amendments were approved with little discussion.The general fund budget was amended in the respective appropriations.

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Police reports

The Elkin Police Department released a police blotter. The charges below were reported between June 30 and July 7:• Yeney Bombarle Herrera, 40, of Elkin, was charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretenses, felony possession of stolen goods and possession of a firearm by a felon. He received a $10,000 secured bond and will need to appear at an Aug. 5 court date. Herrera also was served with a fugitive warrant from Pennsylvania. He wa...

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Ducks need volunteers; so do turtles

Duck and turtle races are serious business in Elkin.Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) members rely on duck and turtle races to roll in much needed revenue.The racing is a type of community fundraiser in which people “adopt” or sponsor numbered, yellow plastic ducks and green turtles that “race” along the Big Elkin Creek to the finish line, according to the head of EVTA.To help coordinate a successful fundraising effort, trailblazer...

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Jonesville police reports

JONESVILLE — The Jonesville Police has reported the following charges and incidents.• On June 28, there was a reported larceny of an outdoor heat and air conditioning pump by the Elkin Jonesville Shriners valued at $4,000.• On June 27, there was an order for arrest issued against Richard Lee Crater of Kernersville for misdemeanor charges in the possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.• On June 29, Jeremy Shaun Nelso...

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Simmons keeping tennis fun at EWHS

RONDA — The thermometer was pushing 90 and it felt even hotter on the surface of the tennis courts at East Wilkes High School late Tuesday morning.But there was East Wilkes tennis coach Aaron Simmons, assisted by his father and several former players, working with a dozen young players - all there to work on their game.The clinics, one for younger players from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and one for older players from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., are “for anybody who wants to ...

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Players work on the art of shooting at Starmount

BOONVILLE — More than 20 basketball players, from age 8 to 17, showed up for this week’s ProShot Camp at Starmount High School.“It’s crazy the amount of stuff they’re learning,” Starmount head men’s coach Rocky Horton said before Tuesday’s session started. “They’re actually learning the biochemistry of shooting.”Horton said “a lot of people can shoot and shoot and shoot and keep missing. This will he...

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