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Column: In the race toward Christmas, remembering what matters

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — Christmas is back. Time flies every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I start to stress when the autumn decorations are put away at my pharmacy and Christmas decorations inhabit the shelves – and a valentine… Continue Reading

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Creeds Ruritan Club food drive brings holiday spirit to families in need

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Members of the Creeds Ruritan Club gathered with family and friends at the charitable organization’s rural community complex on Friday, Dec. 14.  They turned an arena that hosts everything from forums for political candidates to… Continue Reading

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Column: As each year passes, real moments with family become my meaningful memories

BY LAUREN CALCUTT HIGHGATE GREENS — I love the morning after Christmas. I am the only one awake and can reflect on the previous day’s festivities. This was a particularly special year because we were blessed to have four generations together for… Continue Reading

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In Pungo, a family farm’s tradition of raising, harvesting holiday turkeys

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Family and friends gathered on Monday, Nov. 21, at Flanagan Farms to help with the Thanksgiving harvest of turkeys raised at the Pungo farm. There is also a harvest shortly before Christmas. Dozens of people come to… Continue Reading