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…

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Every year, farmers enter their pumpkins into the Great Pumpkin weigh-off at the NC State Fair. This year’s winner weighed in at 1,965.5 pounds, which is approximately 100 times heavier than the average pumpkin that you will find at a farmer’s market or roadside stand. The question remains: …

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INDIAN TRAIL — Local nonprofit Common Heart is seeking donations to provide 1,500 frozen turkeys with all the sides to 1,500 local needy families so they can prepare their own Thanksgiving feasts. It’s the 15th annual Great Turkey Countdown for the non-profit organization.

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Raspberries are relatively easy to grow once you understand the growth habit. The raspberry plant has perennial roots and crowns, but their canes, or shoots, live for 2 years. The first-year canes produce only leaves as they emerge from the ground, and these canes go dormant in the winter.

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It’s that time of year again. Farmers are hard at work, doing what they need to do to get crops out of the field and food on your table. Union County will be seeing a lot of tractor traffic. You may come across a large, slow piece of equipment that blocks the majority of the road. This can b…