Photo courtesy of J.A. Bolton
                                The Pee Dee River overturned a wooden pier near the boat landing on the county line in the heavy rain last week.
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Pee Dee River takes no prisoners

Last week, the skies of our state turned a dark blue. The heavy rain and strong winds came with a vengeance. Power and cable companies worked overtime to keep the utilities going. Duke Power had to find a way to take care of all the water coming from every part of the state. If anyone thinks Duke just makes power they are badly mistaken. Flood control along their many lakes and reservoirs is a major undertaking.

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Photo courtesy of Paige Burns Clark
                                Livestock are vulnerable to gastrointestinal parasites, commonly called stomach worms, which thrive and reproduce in moist, mild conditions similar to what we have experienced all winter and spring.
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Managing internal parasites in livestock

As warm season pastures green up and livestock begin grazing, owners should start thinking about internal parasite control for their animals. Based on recent weather conditions, I suspect we will see heavy parasite loads in our pastures. Gastrointestinal parasites, commonly called stomach worms, thrive and reproduce in moist, mild conditions similar to what we have experienced all winter and spring.

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                                Ella and Rhett Shelley showing a rooster and hen.
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4-Her’s Poultry Show goes virtual

Richmond County 4-H tried a new thing this week. For the first time in its 100 plus year history, youth from our area participated in a virtual poultry show. Each February and March, embryology takes place in every 2nd grade classroom in the county and hundreds of baby chicks are born. 4-H’ers then volunteer to take care of these birds in a project that culminates in May with a poultry show. This year, the chicks had hatched and been distributed to families when we learned about the shutdowns associated with COVID-19.

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Graduation goes off with ‘Raider Magic’

Who would have thought that the very group of children that were born during the months before and after a national crisis would also be graduating in one as well. Most of the senior class of 2020 was born in 2001-2002 around the time of 9/11/2001 when our country faced a tragedy unlike ever before, just as we have currently been coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. As Principal Jim Butler said, it might be safe to say we should all be cautious every 18 years.

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Teaching from Home: Lora Kelley

Subsequent to graduating from Wallace High School in Marlboro County in 1984, my love for teaching was nurtured at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. After obtaining a degree in elementary education, the Mineral Springs community in Ellerbe, welcomed me with open arms. And for nearly 32 wonderful years, I have cherished MSE as my “loving home away from home.”

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