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Getting Lost: West 

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Ned Oliver
A train crossing cuts through downtown Vesuvius, a tiny hamlet nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Gertie’s Country Store is the center of life in Vesuvius. Owner Tammy Collins and her son, Chris Carpenter, work the deli counter on a recent Saturday.
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Around the bend from Vesuvius is Raphine, where Betty Jarvis and her boyfriend, Ray Lotts, stop at the local fireman’s carnival to pick up barbecue chicken.
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John Henry Campbell spends an afternoon drinking Budweiser in his front yard.
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Ned Oliver
A train crossing cuts through downtown Vesuvius, a tiny hamlet nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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