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ASHEVILLE — The N.C. Tomato Growers Association is offering a $1,000 merit/need-based scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year. Any North Carolina resident who pursues a horticulture or agribusiness undergraduate or graduate degree at a four-year North Carolina college or university is el…

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As we start to come out of winter, which officially ends on March 20, many of us get excited about the upcoming growing season and before we know it we have more plants and seed than we need or can take care of. This year, before you dive into seed catalogs to see what new cultivars are avai…

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Organizations like Common Heart are there to catch residents who have fallen through the cracks of society. The non-profit organization was born in 2006 when four socially-conscious friends in Indian Trail started a “small revolution of kindness” with a goal of fighting hunger and ending pov…

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Union County Extension is bringing awareness to the positive heart health benefits of urban vegetation. For about 15 years, researchers have been studying the relationship between the vegetation present in someone’s neighborhood, and comparing that against their health outcomes such as heart…

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MONROE — The 30th annual Union County Crime Stoppers BBQ fundraiser is being held on Friday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Union County Agricultural & Conference Center (3230-D Presson Rd.).

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Local nonprofit Common Heart got a Facebook message recently from “Susan,” saying she had “fallen on hard times” and wanted to know how to receive groceries from the Thursday evening pantry at Union United Methodist Church in Waxhaw.

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North Carolina gardeners have a reasonably long gardening season of approximately 180 days between frosts. Still, any gardener worthy of the name is always looking for a way to hasten that first bite of green or to postpone the final day of harvest. Tools do exist and not only can they accel…