Hopefully by now, many Union County residents have noticed a new sign on HWY 74 East promoting the Union County Agricultural Center and something called NC Cooperative Extension. However, many residents may not know exactly what Cooperative Extension is, nor what we do here in Union County.

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For centuries, holly has been the subject of myths, legends, and traditional observances. The ancient Chinese used Ilex chinensis extensively for decorating during their February New Year’s festival. The Romans used the plant to decorate their houses, temples, and deities for Saturnalia, the…

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RALEIGH — To reduce bicycle injuries and deaths, the N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging people to apply to receive free bicycle helmets as part of an annual initiative the agency conducts.

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As we head into winter, horse owners face many challenges dealing with the cold weather. Unfortunately, winter can lead to a higher incidence of colic in horses. There are several ways horse owners can help reduce the chance of colic this winter.

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Everywhere I look I am seeing and delighting in the brilliant fall colors. Sadly, the peak time for fall color has passed in our area and all this wonderful color will be gone before we know it. Take note now of your own garden. Do you have color? If not, then you might consider adding plant…

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INDIAN TRAIL — The Town of Indian Trail’s Parks and Recreation Department is in the process of creating an updated and comprehensive Master Plan to provide guidance on how to meet the demands for future recreational, programming, environmental, and maintenance needs, as well as to establish …

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Have you ever thought about what goes on in the soil? Plant roots and earthworms are probably some of the first things that come to mind, but the truth is, it is much more than that. It is an entire ecosystem, an environment that has major implications on life above ground. The soil has a la…

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Coronavirus may have changed the way kids go trick-or-treating this year — drive thru lines with candy baskets hanging out the windows is hardly traditional — but one thing has remained the same is the decorations at 109 W Houston Street.

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Fall colors are vibrant on Grandfather Mountain; the state park has a peak of 5,964 feet, which is the highest in the eastern escarpment of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grandfather Mountain State Park includes parts of Watauga, Avery and Caldwell counties. For more fall color photos, go to www.…