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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MEDICARE RECIPIENTS SHOULD CHECK PLANS

Since its rocky beginning in 1966, Medicare has become the main health insurance provider to more than 50 million Americans, most of them Seniors over age 65.  However, the program has become intensely complex, resulting in a maze of information, plans, and pitfalls that can often derail an individual’s healthcare.  Many individuals just give up trying to determine the best coverage and accept whatever is presented by just any insurance agent, regardless of whether the coverage is the “best fit” for the individual’s needs. While Medicare is intensely confusing at…

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The Heirloom Tomato Man

Follow the purple arrow. You’ll find a purple gate. Above the entrance, you will see, “The Oasis for Conscious Living.” “Five dollars! It’s a bad road.” When we decline the price, the taxi driver shakes his head and zooms off. Five dollars is quite the exorbitant taxi ride for Cuenca. Zach, my boyfriend and Spanish guru, insists we wait to find a better deal. However, when two more drivers tell us the same thing, we forfeit our money and begin the journey. Our driver zigzags through oncoming traffic, abandons the…

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Understand These Five Ways to Get the Most Out of College Savings Plans

You may know them as 529 plans, Qualified Tuition Programs, or QTPs. Whatever you call them, what they amount to is a way for you to help a son, daughter or grandchild pay for college. In short, 529 plans are investment tools designed to help families pay for future expenses associated with college or other qualified post-secondary training for a designated beneficiary, such as a child or grandchild. The fund can be used to help pay for such expenses as tuition, books, supplies, fees, and computer equipment. The plans are…

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Planning for Social Security Retirement

While Social Security Retirement benefits are the cornerstone for many individual retirement plans, it is important for individuals to understand the basics of the program and the importance of planning relative to the timing of the benefit payments.  Social Security benefits are payable as early as age 62 to individuals who have worked and paid in to the system for a minimum of 10 years.  The actual benefit payments are computed using 35 years of earnings.  If an individual does not have 35 years of work, zeroes are added in…

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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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Help Send a Kid to Camp … Majestic Floor Covering Golf Tournament

If you talk to any expecting parent and ask them if they are hoping for a boy or girl, most will tell you that the gender of their child doesn’t matter as much as the child being born healthy with “ten fingers and ten toes”.  Fortunately, most children are born exactly this way.  But, as we know, for some life begins with the challenge of having a chronic illness.  And, even though most children are born healthy, they might develop a chronic illness, like cancer, later on down the road. …

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Premiere Pediatrics – Celebrating 10 Years in 2017

Premiere Pediatrics Celebrating 10 Years in 2017 How do you celebrate your 10th anniversary in business if you are a busy pediatric office – you expand, of course! Premiere Pediatrics moved into their current space in April, 2014 right next door to Carolina Pharmacy, which offers their patients’ great convenience as the staff can call or fax over a prescription, and by the time mom walks in or puts the kids in the car and drives around the building to the drive-thru window, it’s ready. This month, Premiere Pediatrics began…

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North Meadows Mobile Home Community

North Meadows Mobile Home Community Offering Affordable Home Ownership   In 2003 Cory (North Meadows owner) bought his first 5 lot mobile home park. Throughout the years since, he has focused on buying distressed parks, fixing them up, filling them with good tenants and then selling them to buy larger parks. North Meadows Mobile Home Community is a thriving, well-maintained mobile home community that’s locally owned and operated in Randolph County where families and retirees alike are afforded a comfortable and safe environment to call home. Sprawling an impressive 50 acres,…

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