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Foods representing religious and secular holidays are as old as time: lamb and a rich egg bread for Greek Easter. Corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day. Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday. Matzo for Passover. Fruitcake for Christmas. Turkey for Thanksgiving.

The Encore Center Theatre opens the holiday comedy “A Christmas Story” Friday, Dec. 3, at The Encore Center at 160 E. New Hampshire Ave., Southern Pines.

On Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, Seagrove resident Angela Hastings started to get a sore throat, fever and nausea. By Friday, her sore throat was so severe that she couldn’t swallow ibuprofen to help break her persistent high fever. A visit to her doctor confirmed what she didn’t want to hear — COVID-19.

Phoebe is an approximately 8-month-old, Jack Russell mix. She weighs 11.8 pounds, loves being indoors and is very friendly and outgoing with everyone. Phoebe also enjoys playing ball and going for walks. She is a happy little dog and would be a great companion for a family or individual. 

With the recent cold snap and the gray days and starry nights you can just bet that the holidays are rushing at us like the Polar Express.

With the recent cold snap and the gray days and starry nights you can just bet that the holidays are rushing at us like the Polar Express.

Thousands of handblown glass ornaments in a variety of shapes and colors will be available at the STARworks Holiday Ornament Sale, Dec. 4-18, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online sales begin Dec. 6 at

You may have noticed that virtually every Scout who achieves the Life Scout rank has the potential to become an Eagle Scout, but many do not. Only 2 percent of the nation’s population become Eagle Scouts.

Anthony Plunkett noticed when he dropped his children off at Pinehurst Elementary School via the car line that the welcome staff were primarily female.

After finishing the year by performing their annual concert, the Golf Capital Chorus is calling all men to their guest night Monday.

Lacey, a svelte 5-month-old green-eyed DSH female kitten with a sleek black coat, is great with people and other felines. An athlete who loves toys and an appreciative audience, she entertains herself by batting her green ball around, climbing her cat tree, surveying her realm, and then sett…

In 1849, French author Jean Baptiste Karr concluded “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” This truism, alongside Marie Antoinette’s flippant “Let ’em eat turkey!” became a philosophical mainstay.

Sunrise Theater is celebrating the holiday season with a movie series that is sure to have something that pleases everyone in the family. Beginning Thursday, Nov. 18, and continuing through Dec. 23, the Sunrise will screen classic film favorites every Thursday night (and one Tuesday). Ticket…

Poor cranberries. This fruit, aboriginal to North America, has been typecast, reaching its pinnacle at Thanksgiving, then fading. Blame it on difficult cultivation — primarily in the sandy bogs of coastal New England, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest. Then, the sour factor.

Local Southern Pines author, Sandra Fischer, will be signing her latest book, “Every Day is Christmas” at the Sandhills Woman’s Exchange, in Pinehurst Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as part of the Exchange’s Christmas Open House Week.

A former dude ranch in the North Carolina mountains has new life as the Mount Mitchell Eco Retreat. The retreat opened in early October to encourage people to spend time in nature while interacting symbiotically with the land.

Sandhills Children’s Center will celebrate the 25th annual Festival of Trees Nov. 17-21, at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst.

In Norman Rockwellian America, on Veterans Day old soldiers wearing faded khaki jackets and caps laden with medals would walk — or be pushed — down Main Street. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines they shared a single identity: all men. Women have served for decades, of course, but primarily a…

We’re looking for the jelly to our Peanut Butter. Peanut Butter, a husky/cattle dog mix, is 2-3 years-old and weighs 42 pounds. He loves treats, and appears to be house-broken. Peanut Butter is a social butterfly, who does well with other dogs, but enjoys human interaction more. He is neuter…

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The past year has been one for the books, and speaking of books, I have several with a local connection that I want to mention, especially since it’s almost time to think about gift-giving for the holidays.

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Catherine Maria Murphy and John Alan Nagy were married Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, in the garden at Ironwood Cafe in Pinehurst.

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The Moore County Historical Association’s “The Lure of Southern Pines, as Seen in Early Postcards,” exhibit is now on display and showcases a selection of Southern Pines visual history.

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On Saturday, Nov. 13, six artists whose artwork is represented by One of a Kind Gallery, will be working in their various media for the public to see. The event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. within the gallery as well as in the atrium of the Theatre Building (90 Cherokee Road, Pinehurst) …

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The Sunrise Theater kicks off its first Pig Pickin’ Bluegrass Show Saturday, Nov. 13, at 3 p.m. The tunes will be provided by bluegrass supergroup, Songs From the Road Band, and the food will be expertly crafted by Harry Chubbs Jr., of Southern Savor. Bell Manley Properties has signed on as …

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The Southern Pines Business Association (SPBA) announces the return of the Christmas parade in downtown Southern Pines on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m., with lineups starting at 9:30 a.m.