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Editor’s note: This Thanksgiving column arrived after our holiday edition deadline; however, it still presents significant value for the holiday weekend as families grapple about traditional gatherings.

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BOILING SPRINGS —Mike Hardin, who has nearly 30 years of service to Gardner-Webb University, is retiring Monday, Nov. 30, as vice president for Finance and Administration. A two-time graduate of GWU, Hardin earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1986 and then his Master…

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Somewhere midway through my photo class lecture on apertures and shutter speeds, there came a small but persistent tapping on the classroom door in Howell Hall. Then, without bidding, the door opened slightly, revealing a woman’s smiley face wearing a mischievous grin.

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Editor’s note: The annual Rutherford and Polk counties’ farm tour is being staged on line this year. Farms can be visited weekly at facebook.com/ncfoothillsfarmtour/.

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Each garden season provides a bounty of delicious and nutritious foods and the fall season is no exception. Apples and pumpkins immediately come to mind, but autumn brings many other superstars as well.

BOILING SPRINGS —As a partner in the community, Gardner-Webb University connects students to various hands-on work experiences. This year, COVID-19 restrictions altered experiential learning opportunities, but students adapted. When plans for his internship project changed, Gardner-Webb stud…

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Editor’s note: The annual Rutherford and Polk counties’ farm tour is being staged on line this year. Farms can be visited weekly at facebook.com/ncfoothillsfarmtour/

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FOREST CITY — A local builder is introducing a new residential concept near downtown Forest City, which should be mutually beneficial for the homeowners, neighbors and nearby merchants.

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Editor’s note: The annual Rutherford and Polk counties’ farm tour is being staged on line this year. Farms can be visited weekly at facebook.com/ncfoothillsfarmtour/

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LAKE LURE — Arguably the U.S. president who faced the nation’s greatest challenge in the Civil War, New York Times best-selling author John Cribb is scheduled to talk about his historical fiction on Abraham Lincoln — “Old Abe.”

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FOREST CITY — Faith Baptist Church is having a community outreach hotdog lunch on Saturday, 11 a.m. until. The luncheon will be at the church, 149 West Main St., Forest City, NC 28043.

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Editor’s note: The annual Rutherford and Polk counties’ farm tour is being staged on line this year. Farms can be visited weekly at facebook.com/ncfoothillsfarmtour/

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These framed hanging plants are part of the “Here Comes the Sun” installation on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge, which runs through mid-October. The installations of suns are by Lake Lure artists, and the yellow garden art is by bridge volunteers. Viewing the installations at 3070 Memorial H…

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Editor’s note: The annual Rutherford and Polk counties’ farm tour is being staged on line this year. Farms can be visited weekly at facebook.com/ncfoothillsfarmtour/