No place like Calhoun – Cross country rider chooses Big Creek as permanent home

Sea G. Rhydr with her two horses this past April as they made their way through Pittsboro. Photo by Joel McNeece

Sea G. Rhydr, the woman who passed through Calhoun County last April while riding across the country on horseback, finally reached her destination in Maine, but still had Calhoun County in her thoughts.

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Edwin Boland recalls time “Tallest Man in the World” visited Calhoun City

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Edwin Boland of Calhoun City remembers vividly the day the “Gentle Giant” Robert Wadlow, best known as the world’s tallest person, visited the Calhoun City Square on March 13, 1940.

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Leo “Bud” Welch records new gospel CD while still playing the Blues

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Leo “Bud” Welch has been playing music ever since picking up his first guitar at age 12.

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Stephanie Cannon leading her ‘Polka Dot’ to be a Therapy Dog

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Stephanie Cannon has long believed in the therapeutic power of animals. Today she is pursuing a dream to complete a pet therapy course with her 1-year-old bulldog Polka Dot so that she can share that power with others.

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Trent Barnett turned his love for horses and 4-H into career


Trent Barnett has been involved with 4-H all his life with a great passion for horses and working with youth.
“I showed horses, dairy cows and competed in shooting sports as a kid. I loved it all,” Barnett said. “I was president of my 4-H club and my parents were volunteers. It was important to me then just as it is now.”

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Renaissance at Antioch as 135-year-old church takes modern approach


Antioch Baptist Church has experienced a renaissance over the past year. The 135-year-old church, under the leadership of Jay Parks, has taken a modern approach to worship.

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BHS trumpet player Haylie Brown among top in state

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Around 8:15 every Friday night, Bruce High School senior Haylie Brown steps to the forefront with her trumpet. With the Trojan Marching Band standing at attention behind her, she delivers her solo.

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My Dad is my Coach – Eight sets of coaches/sons face challenges, rewards

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Football in Calhoun County has always had an abundance of familial traditions with numerous sons following in the footsteps of their fathers at their respective schools. The family atmosphere has reached a new level however in 2013, with eight father son tandems on Calhoun football teams.

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Katie Mae Rose recalls the Bruce she first knew in the 1940s

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The Bruce of today isn’t the Bruce Katie Mae Rose knew when she first moved here 70 years ago. She and her husband Norman Rose moved here in the early 1940s when he went to work at the Bruce Company sawmill. They lived in a Bruce Company “shotgun house” that among the modern amenities it was missing was running water.

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School safety and maximizing educational possibilities for each child are priorities for new BES Principal Sandy Aron

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Sandy Aron considered a career in education when she was in high school, but it was years later, after separate stints as an office manager and working at a sawmill, that she returned to that ambition of her youth.

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