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A bunch of bright red tomatoes.

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Your favorite peak summer produce — tomatoes, corn, peppers, melons, peaches, blackberries, beans, okra, eggplant — is still filling the tables at farmers tailgate markets.

People in line at a DMV office.

DMV Offers Tips for Peak Season

The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is reminding people of several tips to make it easier to complete their business efficiently during the busiest time of year.

Volunteers cleaning up litter along a highway.

N.C. DOT Calls for Volunteers for Fall Litter Sweep

The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep from Saturday, Sept. 14, to Saturday, Sept. 28.

A priest blessing a dog during the Annual Blessing of the Pets.

11th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Saturday, Sept. 7

Mills River Presbyterian Church will host the 11th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10:00 am on the church grounds for all types of pets — dogs, cats, rabbits, and any other pet people would like to bring.

A red panda on the endagered species list.

Endangered Species Act Regulations See Sweeping Rollbacks

The Trump administration has finalized dramatic rollbacks to the rules that implement the Endangered Species Act, attempting to weaken the critical and popular environmental law that serves as the last safety net for animals and plants facing extinction.

A blue Subaru Ascent driving through a forest.

Subaru Donates New Ascent to Blue Ridge Community College

Subaru of America recently donated a 2019 Subaru Ascent to Blue Ridge Community College’s Automotive Systems Technology program along with various other software to help more proactively train future car repair technicians.

An older gentleman donating blood with the Red Cross.

Red Cross Issues Emergency Blood Shortage

To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross now through August 29 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email.