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A tragedy created a desire to  Pay It Forward, selling Homes for Heroes is now this woman's goal
A tragedy created a desire to Pay It Forward, selling Homes for Heroes is now this woman's goal

A Connecticut couple who transferred to Rutherford County in 2020 for a job, would experience unbelievable tragedy less than three years later and yet the outpouring of love and friendship after the tragedy changed their lives forever.

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 Former Forest City native appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia
 Former Forest City native appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia
Helvi Luckadoo of Forest City and son Tommy Luckadoo at the ceremony to open the Honorary Consulate office in Hickory. The sign reads "Republic of Estonia Honorary Consul." The event was held Jan. 22 at Appalachian State University's campus In Hickory.
Former Forest City native appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia

Approximately eighty years after Estonia refugee Helvi Luckadoo fled the European country during World War II, her son Tommy Luckadoo, formerly of Forest City and now Hickory, has been appointed an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia.

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Menu changed, but the purpose is the same
Menu changed, but the purpose is the same

For decades the Mt. Vernon Community Club has hosted its popular mouth-watering, delicious country ham and chicken pie suppers. In addition to the fellowship of the people, proceeds from the supper were given to various nonprofits and groups in the area.

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Kenneth Rice sets world record  at first ever powerlifting event
Kenneth Rice sets world record at first ever powerlifting event

Kenneth Rice of Rutherfordton had never participated in a United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) event until last month when he competed in the Blue Ridge event in Hendersonville.

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Outdoor Truths
Outdoor Truths

It seems strange that one of my most vivid memories from my childhood was planting a tree. I don't remember much about it other than my father bringing me this little sprout of a mimosa tree and showing me where I could dig a hole and put it in the ground.

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Lillie Belle Biggerstaff, age 94
Lillie Belle Biggerstaff, age 94

Lillie Belle Biggerstaff, age 94, of Gilkey, NC, died Saturday, February 17, 2024.

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Listen To Life
Listen To Life

How are you doing today?

When someone asks you how you're doing, how do you respond? Do you just pass off their question as a greeting and just say, "Fine" or "Okay"? Do you launch into a laundry list of complaints you have about how you're feeling or what's wrong with you or how you were doing fine until that obnoxious Mr. Jones ruined your day?

Or, maybe you Live Positive like Mrs. Glick. Mrs. Glick was a very special lady. My friend met her when he was a teenager. She made a real and positive impact on his life.

Every time my friend asked Mrs. Glick how she was doing, Mrs. Glick said softly and sweetly, "I'm thankful for one more day." She lived to be 103 years old, greeting each day by being thankful for one more day.

So my friend, when asked how he's doing today, says like Mrs. Glick, "I'm thankful for one more day."

The next time someone asks, "How are you doing today?," even if you don't feel it, say, "I'm thankful for one more day" and keep saying it until you Live Positive like Mrs. Glick.

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