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Jan. 21, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Get your horse a Coggin’s Test

Many people in Vance, Granville and surrounding counties enjoy riding their horses in different events. Those events range from family trail rides to competitive horse shows across the state and nation. In order to participate in these equine events, horse owners should have proof of a negative Coggin’s Test on each horse that will be mingling with other horses. For interstate travel, a copy of the negative Coggin’s Test results and a valid health certificate must accompany each horse.


Jan. 18, 2015 @ 10:01 AM

Foster good habits as a parent

During this season of newness, seize the opportunity to begin habits that can help you and your child become closer as a family. Rather than gloat over past parenting mistakes, renew your commitment to be the best parent you can be. Try to implement or increase the following activities with your little one.


Jan. 16, 2015 @ 03:13 PM

Advice for reading the Bible

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read the entire Bible this year — all 66 books of the Old and New Testaments?Many people sit down expecting to read the Bible from cover to cover only to be frustrated by all the details.


Jan. 11, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

MLK Day of Service approaching

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”


Jan. 09, 2015 @ 12:06 PM

Secret to the best year of your life

According to popular research, this year’s resolutions were no different than the years before — get more sleep, save money, quit smoking or drinking, and, top of the list as always, loosing weight.


Jan. 03, 2015 @ 04:52 PM

A few challenges for the new year

I’ve heard it said that gardening is one of the most popular hobbies, and that is certainly not surprising. The beauty and variety of plants is breathtaking, and having nurtured one from seed or sapling to maturity is profoundly satisfying. There’s also the physical activity benefit. I could probably Google up some data on that, but I’ll just say that I have met many gardeners in their 70s and beyond whose nimbleness and strength was inspiring.


Jan. 02, 2015 @ 01:25 PM

Leaving the past behind us

I’d like to wish a Happy New Year to all the readers of these inspirational articles. May God bless you richly with the desires of your heart for the year 2015.


Dec. 26, 2014 @ 03:17 PM

Choose to forgive

Hard choices are before us as a community of faith. As the brokenness of this world crashes over us, we cannot stand amongst the rubble and not choose.


Dec. 19, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

Keep the focus on Jesus

A few weeks ago we started to decorate the church for Christmas. The tree was taken out of the box. All of the wreaths and bows were fluffed. The garland was hung out on the porch columns and railings. Everyone there made sure all of the ornaments were in good shape and hung them all in just the right places. We only encountered a couple of problems with the lights before they all started to work.


Dec. 12, 2014 @ 11:16 AM

‘Timothy Christmas’

Many years ago now a pastor friend of mine in a neighboring church arrived at his office one morning in 32-degree weather. He parked in his usual spot. For some unknown reason, instead of going straight into his office he took a detour by the manger scene placed in front of the sanctuary each Christmas season.