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In the market for a ‘new ride?’ Follow these four tips when car shopping

By Sydney Horton
Times-News correspondent


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Editor’s note: This week, Sydney Horton’s Adulting 101 series tackles buying a car.
Ready to buy a car? Or ready to trade your current vehicle? In this weeks edition of Adulting 101 you’ll learn all about first time car buying.
1. Buy gap insurance: If you’re ever in an accident buying supplemental insurance, like gap insurance, will cover the cost of your vehicle if it’s totaled. The insurance adjuster will give you an estimate of the value of your car, gap insurance will cover the additional costs.
 2. Finance through the dealership: When buying a car, you will be presented with multiple payment options for your new vehicle. Ask to be financed through the dealers’ brand, they can offer better rates. Make bimonthly payments instead of monthly payments to keep your balance low. Make payments early or on time. Never lapse in car payments, you don’t want to end up owing more than it’s worth. You can potentially avoid this by to making a large down read more…

Best in Show winners announced



Kenzie Talhelm, a Williams High School student, won Best in Show for the high school category of the 61st Visual Arts Competition for Young People held on March 21. [Photo submitted


Melanie Hunt, a Burlington School student, won Best in Show for the middle school category of the Alamance Arts' 61st Visual Arts Competition for Young People. [Photo submitted

The 61st annual Visual Arts Competition for Young People, a juried contest for middle and high school students, was held on March 21 at Alamance Arts, 213 S. Main St., Graham. The exhibit will remain on display through May 3 in the Sister Galleries.
Kenzie Talhelm, a Williams High School student, won Best in Show for the high school category for “Untitled,” a charcoal drawing.
Melanie Hunt, a student at The Burlington School, won Best in Show for the middle school category for “WWII,” an acrylic painting.
See the Teens & 20s website: for a complete list of winners.

Thinking outside the artistic box: March’s featured artist is studying animation

By Logan A. White


March's Meet The Artist is Nichole Crawford. [Photo submitted

Editor’s note: Teens & 20s writer Logan A. White interviews area teens and twenty-somethings about their careers and/or passion for art monthly.
Nichole Crawford, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is March’s featured artist. Crawford is majoring in Film with a concentration in Animation. She comes from a visual arts background and enjoys painting and illustrating in her free time. She also is a former Teens & 20s illustrator.
 Teens & 20s: What inspires you most as an artist?
Crawford: I get inspired by the power artists have to creatively convey messages and inspire others. I look at art as a tool to show people my perspective on things that I find hard to put in words. No matter what art you create, you cannot control the message that is taken away from it, but whether negative or positive, if a conversation or even a thought is provoked after experiencing an art piece, then it is successful.
Teens & 20s: When do you feel you made the transition from hobby to passion?
Crawford: Sometime in high school was when I decided that I would pursue an art career. Art has always played an essential role in my life. I knew that I always wanted to work doing something that I love so that it wouldn’t feel like an obligation.
Teens & 20s: What other form of art have you always wanted to try?
Crawford: I think taking contemporary dance classes could be really fun. I read more…

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