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Kids make the best of summertime concrete blues

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Young Deuce Townsend catches a shuttle pass from middle-schooler Ty Townsend. Meanwhile, Tyler Hayes, who is in high school, takes time to teach his young friend how to avoid the rush.

 

‘Little Shop’ wows audience

ELKIN — This weekend’s performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” was a smash success for Foothills Theatre. An estimated 200 guests attended just on opening night.“We were thrilled with the response from our audiences, several saying it was Foothills Theatre’s best production to date,” said Director Leighanne Martin Wright. “That quality is a direct result of many talented voices and a dedicated cast willing to work tirelessly with thei...

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70-mile sale a success

Shoppers from near and far spent time this weekend in search of clothing, household items and vintage treasures at the inaugural Take A Break From the Interstate three-day Road Market Sale. The 70-mile long sale was designed to boost traffic along the historic route of U.S. 21 and promote economic development through tourism in the towns along the way.“I like how everybody’s using 21 again,” Amy Swift said. “[On Friday] there were cars out here from New York...

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Beating the heat in olden days

If you’re looking for a way to cool off, how about this? Think back to January, when we had that two-week spell with snow and frigid wind and nighttime lows in the single digits.Did that thought cool you off? No? I didn’t think it would.But we try most anything at this time of the year as folks start getting tired of the heat and the humidity and the sweat and the sticky clothes, what little of them we’re wearing.This is the time of the year ...

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Camps and clinics slated

AgilityI Support My Community will host a free agility clinic July 28 at Crater Park. Youth under 10: 5 to 5:45 p.m.; 10 and older: 6 to 8 p.m.Farando Best and Elkin Middle School football coach Hagan Miller will be among those on hand to guide those who attend. For more information, contact Best at 734-8978.FootballElkin High School will host a three-day camp for rising freshmen through rising seniors July 28 throu...

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Jonesville High School Collection shows off greats

Jonesville Historical Society Chair Dr. Judy Wolfe and society member Charles Mathis spoke recently of the importance of establishing the John Wesley Mathis Jonesville High School Collection, one of the first in the Jonesville History Center.They called it a reminder of how much school spirit often means to small communities and a reflection of the talent found in the area. The largest portion of the high school collection relates to athletics.In a small room of the cent...

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Fiddles Pub holds Monday open micr for musicians

Fiddles Pub began Monday open-mike night for musicians more than two weeks ago, with the intention of providing an informal atmosphere for local musicians to jam and be inspired.So far, the set-up has attracted several local musicians said Fiddles Pub employee Eric Jones, also a musician.Musicians may mix and mingle with others or play as individuals, said Jones.Jones said the format encourages the possibility of trying new things and combinations.&...

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Carolina Xtreme 14-and-under team rocking softball world

The Carolina Xtreme 14-and-under team has come a long way since its inception four summers ago.“All were basically very good athletes,” Xtreme Coach Jeff Matthews said in a recent interview. “They kept working at it.“On all four [high school] teams they’re going to become some of the best players. From one to 10 they are going to be impact players on their varsity teams.”The players will attend four different high schools ei...

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Most of the current members of the Carolina Xtreme 14-and-under team have been playing together for the past four years.They will attend four different high schools either after the season is over or in the future - Elkin, West Stokes, Surry Central, and Forbush.The team has come a long way since its inception four summers ago. “All were basically very good athletes,” Matthews said. “They kept working at it.“On all four [high school] te...

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Bandit’s Roost stirs to life the old and the new

Bandit’s Roost members spoke recently about their individual passions, motivations and influences and how those factors intertwine within the tapestry of their songs to portray and convey messages.They said they like to inform with their music while inviting a response from the audience, whether by listening or dancing.The group said it consciously pursues the work of preserving history, themes and what the individual musician brings to the mix. The result resonate...

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Goodwill’s Discovery Bike headed to Sturgis

The first week of August, Jody Goodwill of State Road will take a custom-built Discovery Bike, he designed, built and painted in only six weeks for a competition aired on the Discovery Channel, to the Sturgis Rally Motorcycle Tour in South Dakota.He said it is his first time entering the large motorcycle show where there will be judging for five grand purses.Goodwill said, “I am really excited. We will throw our stuff in the midst, they will at least know we are th...

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Cruise! Downtown Elkin with car show set for the weekend

Cruise! Downtown Elkin will be held on Saturday with the Backwater Band scheduled to play from 4 to 9 p.m.The band will play in Wells Fargo parking lot during the cruise-in.There will be a car show with registration, and Best of Show awarded at the cruise.Festival shirts, coasters, foams with printed Downtown Elkin, and sunglasses will be for sale, said Vicki Roberts, secretary for Downtown Elkin, Inc.Roberts said the Mountain Park Rescue Squad will...

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NOCSAE releases helmet safety findings

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Football helmets’ ability to protect against concussions has become “exaggerated,” according to a national safety committee.After extensive study of various models of helmets, the results released this week are that no helmet is effective at stopping concussions and that all helmet brands have similar occurrences of brain bruising.The N.C. High School Athletic Association released a report from the National Operating Committe...

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New study finds no difference in helmet brands

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin reports that its new study showed no difference in the rate of concussions based on what helmet brand is used.The university recently completed the first large-scale, prospective study in a field-based sports setting to examine if the rate of concussion is affected by the protective equipment that is worn by high school football players.Not only did the brand not make a difference in the rate of concussions, there also wa...

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Camps and clinics slated

AgilityI Support My Community will host a free agility clinic July 28 at Crater Park. Youth under 10: 5 to 5:45 p.m.; 10 and older: 6 to 8 p.m.Farando Best and Elkin Middle School football coach Hagan Miller will be among those on hand to guide those who attend. For more information, contact Best at 734-8978.CoachingStarmount High School will host its annual Starmount youth football coaches clinic July 27 at 6 p.m. ...

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Elkin tennis, softball, baseball, soccer registration info

There are several registration dates approaching for events and sports leagues through the Elkin Recreation and Sports Department.The Myers Junior Open will be held Aug. 1-3. It is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) tourney for ages 8-18. Players must be a USTA member and must register online at USTA.com by July 27.The registration deadline for fall fastpitch softball, ages 8-13, is Aug. 1. Costs are $55 for residents and $85 for non-residents.The regis...

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Charity, businesses join for book bag drive

A local charity which has been accumulating book bags and school supplies for the needy said the distribution will be held on Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. at the CenturyLink parking lot on North Bridge Street.The drive is coordinated by I Support My Community, an all-volunteer charitable organization focused on youth development. CenturyLink is a sponsor of the book bag drive. Additional businesses will be at the drive to help distribute supplies.Last year, about 117 children throu...

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New business owners serve up nutrition

A duo in downtown Elkin has opened a business at 209 E. Main St. hoping to shake up interest for living a healthier lifestyle.Midtown Nutrition owners, Lisbeth Morales-Ochoa, 22, and Steven Hughes, 21, teamed up for the nutrition launch saying they were both a natural fit for the new business.“Midtown Nutrition got the name because it’s in Elkin and was recommended by the barber shop owner. Most people are familiar with Midtown Barber Shop, so tagging off tha...

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