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Lee Benge shows off one of his many tattoos. Two of his forearm tattoos depict Jesus in various scenes.

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September 12, 2019
Lee Benge stills attends Biker Church most Sunday, he spends a lot of time now with the kids to keep them well behaved during service.

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September 12, 2019
Lee Benge is one of the original members of Crossfire United Methodist Church, attending the church since its genesis 16 years ago.

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September 12, 2019
Gina and Tim Roten enjoy themselves at the church luncheon following service. Crossfire provides a meal for churchgoers every third Sunday of the month after Biker Church.

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September 12, 2019
Cody Fox and his dog Gigi relax after service during Sunday's Biker Church. Fox has experienced significant positive growth in his one year at the church.

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September 12, 2019
Avery Kilby (left) sits outside on the front porch with Crossfire's lead teacher Carrie Walker (right). Crossfire lets kids roam freely during service, rather than make them sit still during service.

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September 12, 2019
One of the many motorcycles parked outside of Crossfire United Methodist Church. Crossfire began around 2003, with the church and its community growing alongside one another.

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September 12, 2019
Kelly Bray finds inner peace through the songs and prayer of Biker Church at Crossfire United Methodist Church. Bray has been a regular at Crossfire for 12 years now.

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September 12, 2019
Alan Rice consoles BJ Werner, who came forward to the stage to pray and grieve during one of CJ Ballard's songs. Werner spoke a lot about her struggles but how the church is helping her grow significantly.

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September 12, 2019
Members of Crossfire United Methodist Church stand and revel during CJ Ballard's performance. The songs elicited emotional and passionate responses out of churchgoers, which the church welcomes.

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September 12, 2019
CJ Ballard served as the musical talent for Sunday's performance portion of Sunday's Biker Church. Ballard began playing at Crossfire years ago but has recently landed a recording contract, and graciously came back to play for his community.

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September 12, 2019
Pastor Alan Rice starts off every Sunday service at Crossfire with a group prayer, where churchgoers may receive words from Pastor Rice himself, as well as the blessings of others in the group standing with them.

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September 12, 2019
Pastor Alan Rice (left) prays for Kelly Bray (right) during Sunday's group prayer. Bray apparently suffers from hip issues and looked to his church community for hope and good blessings.

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September 12, 2019
Student affairs and administration major Rashaun Robinson is a first year graduate student as well as a volunteer for ACT. Robinson enthusiastically helped sell rugs for the Carpet Pre-Sale during move-in on Friday.

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August 16, 2019
Chris Hill, father of incoming freshman Fiona Hill, wonders where he can park to help unload his daughter's belonging. Hill was surprised at how quickly he was able to make it up Stadium Drive, despite Friday's traffic.

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August 16, 2019
Incoming freshman exercise science major Rachel Luna and her family walk to get more supplies for her new dorm room. According to the family, it took them an hour to get up Stadium Drive to unload Luna's stuff at Eggers Hall.

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August 16, 2019
Construction on West Campus slowed down traffic on both Rivers Street and Stadium Drive, the work done by App State Parking and Police helped keep cars moving as fluidly as possible.

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August 16, 2019
The flow of traffic on West Campus has been limited to one two-lane road as a result of the construction. App State Police Captain Johnny Brown said that not only incoming freshman are using the road but also construction trucks carrying deliveries.

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August 16, 2019
Jim Prophet with App State Parking directed traffic and parking flow in front of Eggers Hall and the new parking deck on Friday. Prophet talked about how essential the new parking deck was in keeping traffic flow efficient.

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August 17, 2019
Ryan Schweitzer, Johnny Brown and Joseph Scott of App State Police all patrolled the intersection of Rivers Street and Stadium Drive to control move-in traffic. Capt. Brown said that while the construction on West Campus certainly hindered traffic flow, they were still able to successfully maintain the circulation of cars.

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March 20, 2021
Coffee shops typically curate a variety of beans for their brews, which vary in their country of origin as well as flavor palette.

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April 19, 2019
Tatum empties out freshly roasted beans for the shop's espresso blend.

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April 19, 2019
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April 18, 2019
An advertisement for a sensory-friendly showing of A Star is Born. APPS hosts sensory-friendly movies on a regular basis where lighting and sound are reduced and subtitles are shown.

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April 3, 2019
Allexia Brewer is the owner of Boone's newest Greek eatery The High Country Greek. Since its grand opening in early December, the response has been overwhelming, and Brewer is quite grateful. The High Country Greek is located on 507 Bamboo Road, inside of the Deer Valley Athletic Club.

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February 8, 2019
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