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Teen recognized by national safety group

Imani Jones, a senior at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, was recognized by the National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere as its January “SAVE Shining Star” for her impacting efforts in making the local community safer. This outstanding national recognition, which is awarded to only one student nationwide each month, honors Imani for her dedication to engaging, empowering and educating peers in effective violence prevention practices.

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Banjo-playing teen is an old soul

Garrett Newton, 16, is an accomplished picker after playing only six years

He plays by ear and watching someone else’s hands as they play

Hopes to play bluegrass professionally after high school

Raleigh Deals