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Matthew Saxton was named the newest student representative to the Carroll County Board of Education and will be the first student elected to two terms in the post. The student representative serves as a non-voting member on the five-member Board of Education and advises the board on students' thoughts and feelings. The Century High School rising junior has a resume filled with leadership positions, according to the school system. He'll begin his new post at Wednesday's board meeting.

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Carroll Arts Center screened its first major film premiere Thursday, when an advance screening of Sundance selection "Ping Pong Summer" was shown. The film was directed by Michael Tully, of Mount Airy, and stars Oscar winner Susan Sarandon. Tully's wife, Holly Herrick, is a producer on the film and a Westminster native. Her grandmother, Priscilla Gray Teeter, is a longtime member of the Carroll County Arts Council, and the mother-in-law of Film Lovers in Carroll County club spokesman Frank Baylor. Baylor said when the film was taken to Sundance, he half-jokingly asked Mike if they would be able to screen it at the Carroll Arts Center in honor of Priscilla. Tully said he proposed the idea to the distributor, who quickly arranged for a benefit screening.

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The Carroll County Public Library is once again offering its summer reading program for children, teens and adults. The program officially kicked off June 1, and runs through Aug. 9, and the library is offering various events for participants of all ages during that time frame, as well as a reading list for all ages. This year's theme is science-related. All age groups will also have a chance to win prizes for reading the most.

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More than 200 people gathered at the Carroll County Farm Museum Sunday to celebrate the courage, determination and strength of those that have and continue to battle cancer. The free picnic, hosted by Carroll Hospital Center for National Cancer Survivors Day, serves as a great opportunity for cancer survivors as well as their friends, family members and caregivers to come together and celebrate survivorship, organizers said. Men and women of all ages from all different backgrounds at the event exchanged stories about everything from surgeries and treatments to monthly support groups and struggles.

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