Air Force veteran Doug Orlando builds custom trikes at his Drivers Flat home

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Doug Orlando has a passion for learning, which feeds his passion for building.
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Jon Hood leads 180-year-old Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

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Jon Hood was 15 years old when he was first called into the ministry at Jericho Baptist Church in Union County.
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Cook aims to encourage, lift VHS teachers and students up

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Calhoun County Schools began a new year this week and it’s also Dr. Tim Cook’s first as a school principal.
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Supervisors acknowledge can’t avoid tax hike due to school district’s request

Supervisor Charles Bobo, Attorney Sonny Clanton and Supervisor Homer Moore listen to budget discussion Monday morning.

Calhoun County supervisors resigned themselves to the fact that a tax increase is a virtual certainty this year due to the increase sought by the school district.
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Vardaman “Victory Project” proved success for area kids

Vardaman librarian Janet Swindle, pictured with volunteer Seth Dickinson, led a gardening class with the students.

Summer 2017 had a different flavor for about 35 children from Vardaman. This was possible thanks to the partnership between Vardaman Victory Project Entrepreneurial Learning Center (ELC) of the MacLean Institute at Ole Miss and Catholic Charities, Inc. in Vardaman.
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Derma man pleads guilty to 2016 murder; accessory sentenced as well


A Derma man was sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to second degree murder Monday in Pittsboro.
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Calhoun City board reverses course, removes tax increase from budget proposal

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The Calhoun City Board of Aldermen made significant changes to their proposed budget for next fiscal year, including removing a 2-mil tax increase on a 3-2 vote Thursday night.
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Excel, Head Start registering students now


The Excel after school program and South Calhoun's Head Start Center will both be accepting applications next week.

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LIFT to hold public hearing on programs in Pittsboro


LIFT, Inc. will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Lift office in Pittsboro to receive public input on their various programs.

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Randy Darracott – Weyerhaeuser manager’s career starts in accounting

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Randy Darracott is in his fifth year as manager of the Weyerhaeuser mill in Bruce, but the nation’s largest lumber producer didn’t initially hire him for his love for sawmilling, but his passion for numbers.
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