CIS Tacky Christmas Sweater Party

Communities in Schools in Randolph County

Get on your ugliest, most creative Tacky Christmas Sweater & gather your friends for some drinks & music & dancing! Yes, we are talking about the Communities in Schools infamous annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Cetwick, 162 N. Cherry St., Asheboro, for what has become an annual holiday tradition. 2017 Planning Committee include Shannon Foster -Chair, Mark Strider, Beth Knott, Kurt Sullivan, Robin Necci, Laura King, Kelly Shipley, Isai Robeldo, and Aimee Scotton. Mary Lisk is spearheading the…

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And Your New Miss Randolph County Is…

Miss Randolph County, Miss North Carolina, Miss America

  “Shocked!” That’s best way Shyquel Allison can describe the moment her name was called the night of October 21st. After receiving the preliminary Talent and Lifestyle and Fitness awards, the 20 year old junior at High Point University captured the 2018 Miss Randolph County title and says it was a “humbling experience.” Shyquel entered her first Miss America Organization affiliated pageant in 2016 in the Miss High Point pageant, but it was her earlier pageant experience at High Point Central High School that she says she “caught the pageant…

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New Salvation Army leaders prepare for Christmas

As a 10-year old, Luis Viera worked in the Puerto Rican family furniture business, twisting and bending rattan. Around the same time, Lucy Luz was helping her mother care of her three younger brothers and was very busy in her church. Today, the 60-year old Luis joins his wife, Lucy, 57, as the new officers and pastors of the Salvation Army in Asheboro. They were sent here in January to make significant changes to the local operation which serves Randolph, Montgomery and Richmond counties. They have been overhauling the entire…

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“Snakes and the California Boy” by Nils Skudra

Before coming out to Greensboro for graduate school at UNCG, my Virginia-born god-mother sat me down and painted a vivid picture about what to expect in NC: different social traditions from those of the West Coast, a phenomenon famously known as “southern hospitality”, food the likes of which I’d never heard of: pulled pork, vinegar-based fried chicken, and  chocolate chess pie. I would be greeted by the slow drawl of speech mixed with expressions of gentility (‘bless your heart”) and life would be infinitely slower and simpler.  At every turn…

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Economics of Industrial Hemp

Industrial hemp has been grown in the United States since our forefathers founded the country.  The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on paper made from hemp.  Hemp is easy to grow, requires very little maintenance and no harmful chemical treatments, and it can be used for a number of things. Hemp’s downfall in the United States can be traced back to the 1937 Marihuana Act, which imposed taxes and bureaucratic burdens on farmers. The culprit was the First Federal Bureau of Narcotics commissioner, Harry Anslinger, whose…

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Five Things to Know About Kids Who Bully

“Bullying is, at its core, a human rights violation. […] We must instill in our youth the ideals of civility and respect.” – Kerry Kennedy , Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human R ights We needn’t look far for stories of a child being bullied on the bus or harassed on Facebook. These stories, and what they mean for kids who are bullied, are widely reported and, for many adults, stir painful memories of childhood and concern for their own children. But who are the young people who…

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How to Put an End to Bullying

Note from Editor: Last month, we tackled the topic of teen suicide.  This was a huge departure from anything we have ever published.  Our mission statement is clear.  We publish upbeat, positive, hyper-local and community focused editorial.  That said, after long and heartfelt deliberation, we decided that there are topics that are not positive that need to be discussed and ignoring them is irresponsible.  By bringing these topics to the forefront, it is our goal to affect positive change and we believe bullying is a big problem that needs to…

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Stop Suicide

While waiting for some routine maintenance to be done on my car recently, I struck up a conversation with a woman in the waiting area.  She had read the magazine, and wanted to offer some feedback, which is always welcome. The conversation meandered, but, oddly, she brought up the topic of teen suicide.  There are tragic losses in our community due to suicide, and what if we could do something to prevent them.  Her son had recently mentioned a young man who, several years ago, had taken his own life,…

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