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SPINDALE — Spencer Baptist Church in Spindale will serve as a host of Night to Shine 2021, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Church officials say the “unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, celebrating people with special needs,” will be held by host churches aroun…

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FOREST CITY — When the Rev. Leroy Staley died a few weeks ago on Dec. 7, 2020, he was remembered as a passionate pastor, a loving friend, and a community leader. Lessons can be gleaned from his life, some say, as we move into 2021.

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The Christmas angel watches over the Holy Family, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, in this nativity scene on the front lawn of Southern Baptist Church in Ruth.

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CLIFFSIDE—The new women and children’s shelter, Sandi Lee’s Place, has only been open a few days and is already having an impact. According to one of the women residing there, the facility is a “true blessing.”

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Five generations include: left — right, front row, Avery Short, Casen Campbell, Mit Rumfelt,; and back row, Shela Trotter and Bo Short.

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The town of Ruth’s spiritual illumination near the Thermal Belt Rail Trail reminds passerby the real meaning of Christmas.

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BOILING SPRINGS — Gardner-Webb University’s Festival of Lights, a beloved Christmas tradition since 1984, will continue this year in a virtual format.

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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.

SPINDALE — New York Times bestselling writer and preacher, the Rev. Jim Wallis spoke twice in Rutherford County Tuesday.

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SPINDALE — The controversial Word of Faith Fellowship Church again finds itself in the national spotlight after an explosive new book details a myriad of allegations against the church and its leading pastor.

Local promoters of Jim Wallis’s appearances in Rutherford County recently donated a copy of his new book, “Christ in Crisis, Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus” to the main branch of the Rutherford County Library. Wallis will be at Isothermal’s library auditorium on Feb. 11 at noon and at Forest C…

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RUTHERFORDTON — The box office is now open for the play, “God’s Trombones-The Life and Poetry of James Weldon Johnson,” and tickets are available at: tix.com, or by telephone at 800-595-4849.