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Small town, high fashion

Small town, high fashion

Randolph County native walks the runway during New York Fashion Week ASHEBORO — New York Fashion Week's first big pandemic round of in-person shows kicked off with limited crowds and celebrity displays. The annual display of high fashion also included a Randolph County native making her fashion week runway debut. Southwestern Randolph High School junior Josie Perdue, 16, stepped onto the catwalk for designer Marc Defang in the Edison Ballroom on September 12. Defang produced nine shows during the 2021 fashion week. Perdue modeled in Defang’s final show — HiTechMODA. “Each one of my models did fantastic job,” said Defang…
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Asheboro Hall of Fame inductees represent special era

Asheboro Hall of Fame inductees represent special era

New class members hold precious memories ASHEBORO – At the time about 15 years ago, it might not have been clear to a group of Asheboro High School athletes that they were involved in a special era for the school’s athletics department. It might be more apparent now. Three of the newest additions to the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame are from that time frame, with Lindsay Cross from the Class of 2006 and the following year’s graduates Mike Eddy and Neal Pritchard. “Maybe I’m biased, but the period I was going through, there were great athletes,” Eddy said. “It…
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Planting Native Trees and Shrubs

Planting Native Trees and Shrubs

Late fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs in the south. Cooler fall days are a pleasant time for us work outdoors, plus a fall planting gives roots time to establish, giving you a better performing plant next summer than one planted in the spring. More frequent gentle rains also mean you will not have to spend as much time and labor watering new plants. Woody plants provide a multitude of functions in your landscape, so take some time to think about what purpose you might want your new tree or shrub to serve before planting. Trees…
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Asheboro festival nixed amid pandemic concerns, hospital capacity

Asheboro festival nixed amid pandemic concerns, hospital capacity

Autumn staple taken off slate for second year in a row ASHEBORO — Next weekend’s Asheboro Fall Festival has been called off amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. “We critically and thoughtfully made this decision,” said Carolyn Isley, president of the Randolph Arts Guild. “Above all was the health and safety of the Randolph County community.” So it marks the second year in a row that an event that had been a staple in the community for nearly a half-century won’t be held in downtown Asheboro. It had been scheduled for Oct. 2-3. This is an event that had drawn…
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Hunting season opens with a bang

Hunting season opens with a bang

ASHEBORO — Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer for many but it’s also the beginning of hunting season. The first hunt of the season for North Carolina sportsmen is often opening day of dove hunting on the Labor Day Saturday. Dove hunting season is separated into three segments: Sept. 4 through Oct. 2, Nov. 6 through Nov. 27 and Dec. 9 through Jan. 31. All hunters must follow applicable migratory game bird licensing requirements and hunting regulations. The daily bag limit is 15 mourning or white-winged doves, either as single species or combined, and shooting hours are from 30…
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Boating, dove hunting highlight long weekend

Boating, dove hunting highlight long weekend

ASHEBORO -- Labor Day Weekend is a big weekend for outdoor enthusiasts. The weekend marks a traditional to the summer boating and beach season but kicks off the hunting season with Dove hunting. Saturday is the first day of dove season. The season opens September 4 and runs through October 2. The bag limit for dove hunters is 15 and shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. According to a release from the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission, no migratory game birds may be taken with the use and aid of bait. The long-weekend will also see Wildlife Resources…
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Callicutt enjoys grand opportunity

Callicutt enjoys grand opportunity

Asheboro native fulfills dream of playing at Grand Ole Opry ASHEBORO — It was a round-about way, but the destination was what mattered for Trent Callicutt. He performed at the Grand Ole Opry. For a musician, Saturday night’s opportunity became a lifetime achievement in Nashville, Tenn. “It was everything I hoped for and more,” Callicutt said. “The Grand Ole Opry is the pinnacle. I was looking around and trying to take it all in.” The Asheboro native and Southwestern Randolph High School graduate played the banjo for Dailey & Vincent, an American bluegrass music group. Timing was on Callicutt’s side.…
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Jeopardy! Champion coming to Asheboro

Jeopardy! Champion coming to Asheboro

ASHEBORO — Ken Jennings, all-time Jeopardy! champion, will be on stage at the Sunset Theatre Saturday, August 28th at 7pm. Jennings will talk about his experiences appearing on the game show, techniques for winning, and how his life has changed since. Jennings became the stuff of legends when he beat fellow game show champions James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter to be named the "Greatest of All Time" player. He still holds three major Jeopardy! records: longest winning streak, 64 games; highest regular-season winnings, $2,520,700; and highest average number of correct responses per game, 35.9.
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Are your chickens cool enough to beat the heat?

Are your chickens cool enough to beat the heat?

ASHEBORO — Summer heat and humidity is upon us and we are all looking for ways to cool off.  Your backyard feathered friends are no exception. Chickens are becoming popular as backyard egg producers and pets so owners should be on the lookout for heat stress on members of their flocks as the summer heat reaches its peak. An experienced chicken keeper knows their flock, their personalities and habits.  This type of relationship provides you quick insight into changes in flock disposition that can be an early sign that something is a little off.  Disease or other stressors can decrease…
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Farmer’s baseball championship revisited

Farmer’s baseball championship revisited

New version of documentary to be shown in Asheboro ASHEBORO — When filmmaker Michael Bronfenbrenner heard a few details about a small-town baseball team from several decades ago, it perked his interest. From there, it became an obsession to tell the backstories of the 1970 Farmer High School baseball team. “Oh my gosh, this should be a film,” Bronfenbrenner said of his reaction. A revised version of the film, Just Plowboys, will be shown at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Theatre in Asheboro. Woody Younts was the coach of the team that captured the Class A state…
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