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FOREST CITY — Those partaking in Forest City’s nightlife over the weekend might have found downtown the setting for a movie. Well, kinda.

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October McDowell (left) and Ashtyn Taylor celebrated Easter at New Bethel AME in Forest City.

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Today is Good Friday, remembered by most Christians worldwide as the day Jesus was crucified. This wooden crucifix, on the grounds of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, was crafted in Germany. It was installed at St. Francis in 1941.

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ASHEVILLE—Shelby’s Lou Schlesinger has won the 2021 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for his story “Post-Traumatic MoonPie.”

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FOOD PANTRY: West Point Baptist Church of Rutherfordton is re-opening its food pantry Monday, March 15. Interested persons should call the church for an appointment at 287-0165.

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SHELBY— iDaph Events is proud to support the Cleveland County Rescue Mission by presenting its first Love Run 5K on Friday, April 16th. This run is for all abilities and will take place at the beautiful Hanna Park (1655 McBrayer Springs Road, Shelby).

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RUTHERFORDTON — Heart of the Foothills Animal Rescue Executive Director Karen Parker and her team are excited. In less than a year, they were able to raise enough funds to purchase a “new-to-them” transport van.

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BOSTIC — A project that was in the original plans for South Mountain Christian Camp more than 40 years ago, moves closer to fruition on Saturday, as ground will be broken for a new multi-purpose building officials say will dramatically expand the camp’s ability to fulfill its mission.

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West Point Baptist Church, of Rutherfordton, is reopening its food pantry Monday, March 15. Interested persons should call the church for an appointment at 287-0165.

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If you’re over 50…well maybe 60… and grew up in the South, you’re probably acquainted with the music of singer, song-writer Ray Stevens. Known primarily for his humorous takes on Southern culture, e.g. “The Streak,” “Mississippi Squirrel Revival,” among many, Stevens’ serious side is reflect…

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SPINDALE — Friday the Spencer Baptist Church hosted the World Wide 2021 Night to Shine, marking the first time the Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored event has been held in Rutherford County.

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SPINDALE — Meeting physical needs while building unity, is one of the goals of an upcoming “sock give-away” event. Several local ministers, led by the Rev. Travis McEntyre of Harvest House Baptist Church, are hosting the event Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 799 Academy Street (Gold Hill Assembly…

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Dee Batayte, left-right, Dorothy Baird McKinney and Betty Maxey, all of the Rutherford Quilt Guild, along with Olivia Caldwell, nutrition manager for the Senior Center, show off the Guild’s latest community project — handcrafted placemats. Guild members delivered the placemats to the Senior …

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Truth be told, although born in Rutherfordton, I actually grew up on my Dad’s family home place just outside the hamlet of Ruth. We moved there in the mid 1940’s, so I had a few years to settle in before I began first grade in 1949. Around my fifth grade, we finally got a TV. It didn’t take …