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Suffolk 10-year-old will take her game to one of golfing's shrines

At least one golfer from Suffolk has earned a spot at the 2016 Masters at Augusta National Golf Course. Ten-year-old Paris Fielding will compete in the PGA Drive, Chip and Putt Championships on April 3, the Sunday before the Masters Tournament. She qualified for the event by winning the regional competition last month at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Field Notes: Winter squash in Suffolk in all its glory

TOMMY THOMASSON, owner of Creekside Produce in Driver, isn't just a man who sells winter squashes. "I raised all of them at one time," he said. Between his past experience as a grower and his conversation with customers at the farmstand, Thomasson is a wealth of tips and stories about the winter produce.

Suffolk firefighter wanted to save phone but saved a life instead

Taz A. Lancaster has two lifelong passions: surfing and his "dream job" as a fireman. Both ambitions paid off last month on a surfing trip that turned into a lifesaving emergency.

Daughter carries on family business, community service

"I am the last Spicer in the business," Sandee Spicer-Byrd said. Growing up, she did not envision a career at Frank Spicer Co., a commercial and home kitchen/restaurant supply firm named after her father.

Special diet for infant blossoms into big business

Colin Gibney's first taste of milk-based formula was his last. The 4-month-old rejected it. He coughed and vomited. His tight throat made a distorted sound.

Sick pup gets help from a online fundraiser

Zoe walks with a spring in her step, greeting strangers as if she's known them forever. You'd never know the 10-pound bundle of energy is in a fight for her life. It was just two months ago when Jennifer Farr-Butler, Zoe's owner, found swollen lymph nodes in her neck while grooming the 5-year-old shih tzu.

Annexation split community, but bonds of friendship endure

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Portsmouth's 1968 annexation of Churchland affected the area politically, socially and economically.

Field Notes: Suffolk pumpkin patch owners bringing farm to classroom

"SO MANY PEOPLE are misinformed about farming," Courtney Ellis said. She includes her younger self in that category. Until she married Mike Ellis, son of a longtime farming family, Courtney said she didn't think much about what it takes to get food to the table.

What do three Western Tidewater towns have in common? Mary

Experts say one can tell the richness of a community by its arts and culture. Consider Smithfield native/resident Mary Cole, the Queen Midas of Smithfield, Isle of Wight and Windsor.

Norfolk nonprofit helps mentally ill get the help they need

It was heartbreaking to hear. And sad to see photos of the smiling young man who killed himself almost four years ago. "My brother had a mental illness and he loved to cook." "My brother had a mental illness and he loved to travel." "My brother had a mental illness and he was a family man."

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