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Leon Smith | A vehicle I could trust

A couple of weeks after I said “goodbye” to the most dependable car I ever owned, I drove to Charlotte to look at some SUV’s. They would be easier to get in and out of than my 2007 compact, and getting stuff into a hatch would be easier than onto a back seat. Four-wheel drive was an option I might consider.

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Photo by Nancy Power
                                John Matheson shows off his muscadine grapes.
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Farm-Sweet-Farm: Returning to the land after retirement

What would you like to do after you retire? For Richmond County residents John Matheson and Clarence & Tanya DuBois, the answer was “farm.” John Matheson grew up on a farm in the western part of Richmond County near Mount Gilead. While in college in 1973, his father asked him to meet at a lawyer’s office in town. John expected the meeting to be about taxes, but instead it turned out his father was selling most of the 230 acres of the farm, keeping only the house and 11 acres. The land had been in the family since 1903. John felt “gut-punched.”

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