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About face: Give your skin-care routine a makeover

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Besides being the season of resolutions and fresh starts, January is the perfect month to revamp a skin care routine. Dry, heated air leads to dull, flaky skin, and the summer glow is long gone. If you’ve been slathering on the same products year after year and are craving a change-up, read on. We asked three North Carolina skin-care experts for their best advice aimed at readers looking to update their routines.

THIS WEEK IN YOUR GARDEN: How to harvest rainwater

It was raining last week, when this column talked about the importance of soil. If you are a gardener, you were thinking about the importance of water, too. Thank God for the rain! Rainwater does not come with all the salts or alkalinity that much of Grayson County’s water holds. That’s why you should consider harvesting rainwater to use on your garden.

Fischer named February photographer

North Dallas resident Jon Fischer has been named as the February “Photographer of the Month” at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge. Twelve of his Hagerman photographs will be featured throughout the month in a digital exhibit at .

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Valentine’s dinner benefits local theater

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day dinner and support local theater at the annual Valentine fundraiser hosted by the Sherman Community Players Theater Guild. The festive, sit-down dinner is scheduled for one night only – Feb. 14 – in the Sherman Service League room at the Finley Theater.

The Thrifty Traveler: Cost-saving tips for cold-weather canine travel

When it comes to winter travel, taking Rover along for the ride brings an entirely separate set of considerations. Paw sensitivity, body temperature, trail access and stability on icy walkways are just a few of the issues you’ll have on your plate. As with hot summer sidewalks, large-breed dogs can’t be picked up and carried like many pet parents do with tinier canines. This means planning ahead to make certain their needs are met.