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Vickie Seymour, Gift of Life office manager; Charlotte Mains, Gift of Life event

Endorsing the Gift of Life’s mission to save lives, owners of Tri-Con Inc. (dba Exxpress Mart) Imad and Elias Sarkis implemented a holiday giving campaign at their 20 regional convenience stores, generating $22,500 —almost double last year’s campaign to further the Gift of Life’s healthcare and educational programs.

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Ready for a road trip? The 56th annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail began March 20 and continues through April 5. Just head up to Tyler, Texas, and enjoy.

The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail features more than 10 miles of beautiful azaleas, dogwoods, spring flowers and, of course, the ambassadors of the trail, the Azalea Belles.

Azalea Belles are area high school girls who greet guests along the trail while wearing antebellum costumes.

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LifeShare Blood Centers is asking the public – particularly blood type O negative donors – to give blood, as they are in unusually short supply for this time of year.

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Brenda Sullivan (right), the March Golden Apple Educator Award recipient, and Sh
Keith Brenek, executive vice-president of Education First Federal Credit Union,

Education First Federal Credit Union has named Brenda Sullivan of Hamshire-Fannett High School the recipient of The Golden Apple Educator Award for the month of March.

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Lamar State College-Orange will be presenting the Distinguished Lecture Series at Lutcher Theater on Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s distinguished lecturer is Jessica Buchanan, humanitarian aid worker and co-author of “Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six.”

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The Miller Branch Library invites you on an art trip to Paris!

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Pinehurst accident

A Pinehurst man is in stable condition in ICU after his motorcycle struck a pickup truck in front of Pinehurst City Hall and and the police department on March 24, reports Pinehurst Police Chief Fred R. Hanauer III.

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Illustration depicting highlights along Opportunity’s route

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday, March 24 – 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.

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Structure fire

Firefighters doused a blaze at a home in Beaumont the morning of March 24 but not before the fire caused extensive damage to the residence.

According to a news release, just after 8:00 a.m., Beaumont Fire-Rescue units responded to a structure fire in the 5300 block of Heatherwood Drive. When firefighters arrived, they found flames licking out through the roof of the home. The lone occupant was able to escape without injury before firefighters arrived, but there was heavy fire damage to the attic and roof of the home.

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Jefferson County deputies rescued a distressed calf that had been mired in mud for days after a vigilant tugboat captain reported the situation, reports the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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