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Voters in Winston have elected Dick Hayes mayor. Hayes received 54.3 percent of the vote compared to his opponent, Gary Vess, who received 43.6 percent, according to unofficial final results released Wednesday morning.

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The Bats youth baseball team, in conjunction with Brosi Sugartree Farms, will hold a food drive for UCAN and a fundraiser for the team, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Brosi's, 540 Winston Section Road, Winston.

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WINSTON — The Winston-Dillard Melon Festival was established in 1968 to honor the local melon growers — and even though the event has turned into a large fall festival there is still plenty of melon-eating.

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This November, residents of all the cities in Douglas County will choose their mayors and city councilors. In some cities, the familiar names of incumbents will fill the ballot, while in others voters will have some tough choices to make.

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WINSTON — Cowboys will take over the Riverbend Live! concert series Friday at Riverbend Park. Riders in the Sky and Andy Hedges, two cowboy country acts, take the stage 7 p.m. in Winston.

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Even though it seems like summer has just started, many athletic programs are already preparing for fall sports. Recreational activities can help students develop long-term health habits, build self esteem and help advance teamwork skills.

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Described by Rolling Stone as “pure magic to watch and hear,” Texas native Ruthie Foster will bring her blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel to Winston’s Riverbend Park, 243 Thompson Ave., at 7 p.m. tomorrow, as the opener for Winston’s Riverbend Live! concert series.