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Four local students will be recognized in a ceremony this month celebrating success in the 2018 Duke Talent Search.

When election officials say every vote matters, this year’s primary election in Douglas County is a good example of what they mean: three races — one school, one local, one state — separated by a combined 81 votes. Those races ran so close that the wait for 2,379 early-voting ballots returned on the last half of election day flipped one of the outcomes.