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Service News — 6-20-14

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Local marine completes communication school Marine Corps Private First Class Tommy Harkey has completed Field Radio Operator Communication School (FRCC). Harkey spent eight weeks at Marin Corps Communications School at Camp Wilson in 29 Palms, California, training to become a field radio operator. During his time in 29 Palms, Harkey…

Column: A reporter bids farewell

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JENNA-LEY HARRISON Staff Writer There are millions of ways I could write this column. It’s never easy to say goodbye, even if a new beginning is waiting right around the corner. With less than a week of employment left at the Times-News, I am full of emotions — most of…

Column: Don’t Let Reading Take the Summer Slide

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APRIL DILLON Guest Columnist Some parents might say their two favorite days of the year are the first day of school and the last day of school. With the last day of school, parents and children may feel like they can take a vacation – not a family trip, but…

Long-time friendships make for happy memories

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Following my knee surgery in April, I had to stay at the Brian Center for nine days for inpatient physical therapy. During my stay there I met one of the permanent residents, a lovely 86-year-old lady named Zella Ramsey. For some reason I was drawn to…

Chamber holds leadership program graduation

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Choosing a financial planner

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MARTY REID Guest Columnist In developing your financial plan, a critical step is selecting an appropriate financial advisor. Generally speaking, financial services are provided by registered representatives, those who buy and sell securities through brokerage firms, agents who sell insurance products and individual practitioners who offer comprehensive financial planning. While…

Child heatstroke deaths are preventable

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AMY WADSWORTH Guest Columnist Seven deaths due to parents leaving children in a hot car have been reported already this year. Last year, 44 deaths occurred nationwide, including two in North Carolina. Kelly Ransdell, Safe Kids North Carolina director, advised caregivers to always provide layers of protection. “Always place important…

My great-grandmother was a gypsy

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PAULETTE BALLARD Guest Columnist Last week we were having some problems with out ATT-Uverse recorder and I called for service. Kevin Pitts, an ATT-Uverse employee, was sent to help me with my problem. As with everyone else I meet, I asked him, “What is a moment you will never forget?”…

Wright named to 2014 NCCCA All State Cheerleading Team

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Preschool graduation

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