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The secret life of Mayberry’s Thelma Lou

She was raised by a loving mother trapped in an abusive marriage, came face to face with the horrors of war in Indo-China and dumped her fiance three days before their wedding. There’s more to Betty Lynn, who turns 90 on Monday, than her famous role of Barney Fife’s girlfriend.

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Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

With dozens of outdoor activities on offer for visitors to North Carolina's Asheville area, whitewater rafting remains one of the most popular options. Tourists, coming in the tens of thousands from around the country and the world, flock to companies, such as French Broad Adventures, to experience the Blue Ridge Mountains from the water.
JUSTINE MILLER jmiller@mcclatchy.com The Charlotte Observer
Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River 1:46

Rafters enjoy the rapids on the French Broad River

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Putting up tomatoes? Here are tips for safe canning

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Durham senior cheerleader likes to keep moving