Blasts of winter weather should arrive right on schedule this year in the Banner Elk community in the North Carolina mountains. The first four weeks of winter are expected to feature colder than normal temperatures and snow.

SMYRNA — Smyrna Pentecostal Holiness Church, under the leadership of Pastor William O’Neal, hosted a live Nativity drive-thru Dec. 18-19. Titled, “What is Truth,” the production was under the direction of the children’s ministry, discipleship ministry and pastoral team.

NEW BERN — Twenty-two members of Marine Wing Communications Squadron-28 from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point took a guided tour of the New Bern Battlefield Park Dec. 4 to learn about New Bern’s role in its first major engagement in the Civil War.