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Rebecca Lynn LaCoste of Robertsdale, Ala., and Norman Joseph Hastings of Daphne, Ala., were joyfully married in a double ring ceremony on May 4, at Jubilee Baptist Church in Daphne, Ala. Rev. Scott Davis officiated.

The bride is the daughter of the late Richard Gary LaCoste and Deborah Renee LaCoste of Robertsdale, Ala., and the granddaughter of the late Oscar and Julia Davis, and the late George LaCoste and Elaine Jerkins. She graduated from the University of Mobile with a degree in early childhood and elementary education. She is currently employed as a substitute teacher and with Chik Fil A.

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Last Saturday, local law enforcment sponsored a car show at the Holly Springs Shopping Center to benefit Shop with a Cop. Car enthusiasts from all around gathered in the parking lot in front of the old Wal-Mart store to show off their prized selections. On-lookers were likely to find anything from old hot-rods to more contemporary models.

Organizer and part-time deputy Nick Lofthouse was proud of the turnout at the inaugural show which saw around 78 vehicles on display.

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Dennis Tippett, former 9-1-1 dispatcher, was given a hometown hero’s welcome Saturday. Tippett was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was sent home to hospice care from the Philadelphia Cancer Center.

On his way home, Tippett’s vehicle was met at the state line by N.C. Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, and Franklin Police Department and was escorted up the Georgia Road (441 S.) past the community building where area emergency services personnel and vehicles waited.

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Since its founding in 1927, the Highlands Biological Station has had a wider scope than research alone. A quote from Ralph Sargent’s book “Biology in the Blue Ridge” (1977) summarizes this idea nicely – “[The Highlands Biological Station] has sought to interest local residents, visitors, and the general public in the full natural and cultural history of the region and to bring to them awareness of and care for the whole environment, physical, biological, and human of the southern mountains.” One of the station’s most enduring avenues for spreading this interest has been the tradition of weekly summer lectures. Every summer the Highlands Nature Center hosts evening lectures on Thursdays focused on the theme of natural history and conservation, a tradition that began in the 1930s. Today, these lectures are known as the Zahner Conservation Lecture Series.

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