by Leesa Friend
The Union City East Side Reunion will be hosting their 60 Year Celebration of UCES School Closure (1959-2019) soon. The Union City East Side School is having a reunion banquet at the EUM Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
I have had several readers ask me if I was going to write a wrap-up article about there trip. I have to say “An Article, You wanna talk to about an Article, I just hope to recover from this trip before Christmas!” I’m taking a page from the playbook of former Colts Coach Jim Mora and his …
As Veteran’s Day approaches, I remember a certain moment in time when I served in the Air Force. The day I recall started like a normal summer day — shower, shave, uniform and get to work by 8 a.m. so I didn’t expect much to be different about it. I had a dentist appointment a few hours …
When I was the previous Publisher of The News Gazette, I would try my hand at writing from time to time. Every week or so I would give my two cents worth on issues that focused on national, local, family oriented topics and sometimes they may be of no interest to anyone but a few other peop…
Hugs were as warm and abundant as the noodles Sunday afternoon at the Lynn Friends Church when a community celebrated Judy Coe and her famous culinary delights.
It was 1967, in a quaint French-Canadian town where Bob and Nicole Bastian “tied the knot” 50 years ago on Oct. 7. She was almost out of her teens and he was an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force when they married at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Edmundston, New Brunswick,…
In Thursday's print edition, find a page of photos featuring two recent events in Randolph County — the grand opening of Sutton’s Grocery Store in Union City and the 100th anniversary of the Davis-Purdue Ag Center near Farmland.
In Thursday's paper, you'll find articles featuring must-have kitchen remodel features, antimicrobial tiles that can create sanitary spaces, and tips to make your lights sparkle, along with ideas for local businesses that can provide a variety of home and lawn improvement services.
Winchester’s Fountain Park Cemetery stood in a red, white and blue splendor over Memorial Day weekend, thanks to the patriotism of a local fireman.
Spartanburg alum Don Windle made the trip from Oklahoma to wish his big sister a happy 94th birthday. He found her not in front of a candle-lit cake but taking laps on the historic Winchester Speedway.
The spicy, peppery scent wafting from the corner of W. Franklin and Main Streets will soon be gone. After 25 years of running her own business, Velia’s Tacos, Velia Mayfield will close her doors on May 26. She will not be hanging up her apron, though. The love of cooking and serving the cuis…
Her name is Grace. Her actions live up the name — on the tennis court, in the classroom and especially during encounters with youth.
Whether it’s mystery in the patterns of a quilt or a heartrending picture of what life was like during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the fertile imagination of a self-proclaimed dyed-in-the-wool farm girl is yielding an exciting life after retirement.
Angie Davis is accustomed to being the person behind the scenes, literally putting others on the marquee of life ahead of herself. But Friday, the outgoing general manager of Towne Square Cinema in Winchester was the center of attention, the star of the show as friends, loyal customers and …
More than two years have passed since the historic First United Methodist Church in Winchester was demolished, a sad ending to its 115-year life.
Leah Wren began her mission to make a difference at a very early age. At age 7, she was peddling pipe cleaner bracelets to raise funds for a pool at the Randolph County YMCA.
Off the beaten path in rural Randolph County is a true taste of yesteryear and a trip back to a simpler time. At the same time, as it celebrates a 70th anniversary in business today, Manning’s Service Station and Convenience Store in Saratoga feels brand new.
Kingston Dyer is like the average six-year-old in many ways. He goes to school, plays with his little brother, likes video games, and loves all things dinosaurs. One thing that sets him apart from most kids and adults — he’s a published author.
Just three months after what could have been a fatal or paralyzing encounter with a train, Winchester’s Rony Warner is walking again.
From her hospital bed in Richmond, Marilyn Peterson had a Facebook message for Union City's Lady Indians after their double-overtime victory that put them in the state championship game.
A triumphant sound echoed throughout the choir room of Winchester Community High School late last week, as students sang through their sadness in tribute to teacher and director, Mike Greene.
“ Make a joyful noise unto the Lord , all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. ”
He served valiantly in Vietnam, went on to become ambassador to a king and was one of the first to greet American astronauts after they splashed down following an historic joint mission with the Russians.
Retired Monroe Central Elementary School teacher Carol Hinshaw Friday received the Randolph County Youth Leadership Council's Dr. Steven R. Peden Memorial Flame of Leadership Award. The award is presented each year to a member of the community who has demonstrated a lifetime of working to be…
From humble beginnings that included an alcoholic father and everyday life as a member of “the poorest family in town” William Norman Elder literally rose above it all to become one of the most decorated U.S. Navy pilots in the Vietnam War.
Community-minded banking has been more than a motto for retiring MutualBank Vice President Marvin Vincent, it's been a way of life. He said it's been a pleasure to be involved in a manner where he could make a difference for the better in the lives of local people.
A click of the shutter can paint a thousand words and a lens can become an artist’s pallet. Randolph County’s Vicki Vardaman has known these truths ever since she was a little girl carrying around a “Brownie” camera.
A Saratoga businessman won a $15,000 prize for entering a national contest sponsored by a pizza company for which he is a longtime local vendor.
The News-Gazette and the Community Foundation of Randolph County last December announced their search for local heroes who have made an impact on the community or have gone above and beyond expectations to serve others. This effort is the result of a new community foundation program that hel…
As a member of Union High School's track team, Dylan Moore never had to run wearing a 45-pound vest. When he played baseball for the Rockets, the bat he was swinging weighed a lot less than a sledgehammer. As a basketball player, there was more than just 60 seconds allotted to put on his uniform.
When Dency Miguel this past summer came from Guatemala to live with an aunt and uncle in Winchester she knew her limited grasp of English would impose a barrier at school, both educationally and socially.