Features: Columns

Sep. 29, 2014 @ 09:43 AM

Planting a tree

From tall fescue care to bulb planting to pansy installation to vegetable garden cleanup, there is much to do in the garden this time of year. But one of the most satisfying things you can do is to plant a new tree or shrub.

Sep. 26, 2014 @ 09:22 PM

Posture your hearts for prayer

Today I write from my heart; I am saddened by the troubles that appear to plague the land — murder, suicide, families at crisis, poverty, hopelessness and despair. I am then reminded and comforted in knowing many of the events we have witnessed have to come to pass in order to fulfill the scriptures.

Sep. 14, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

Fall fertilization for hay and grazing

Now is the time to take action on all those plans made during the summer to get the most growth possible during the fall growing season for cool season grasses — fescue and orchardgrass to be specific. We can throw in clovers and other cool season forages as well.

Sep. 12, 2014 @ 08:28 PM

Rest in Jesus

My Dad was diagnosed with multiple inoperable brain tumors April 9 and entered his rest in Jesus on Aug. 12. One moment he was lying in a hospital bed in a body that no longer functioned as it was designed; the next moment, he was standing in the presence of the living God. Rest in Jesus.

Sep. 07, 2014 @ 08:54 AM

Helping your preschooler succeed in school

How you treat your children and the behaviors you model are the first and most impressionable ways your children learn to interact socially and academically.

Aug. 31, 2014 @ 03:07 PM

Vance County 4-H update

The 4-H summer in Vance County has been one to remember. Youth had the chance to be involved in many fun and educational activities while their minds took a break from the school year. Our office served more than 100 youth through our programs.

Aug. 29, 2014 @ 08:11 PM

Relationship status: desirable

Each year their number keeps growing — 4 million in 1950, 20 million in 1982 and more than 100 million today. They represent about 48 percent of the adult population 18 years of age and older in America. If they were a country, they would be the 13th largest in the world! Who are they? They are the singles — the never-married, the divorced and the widowed in America.

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Asking the right questions

One of the fun parts of my job is answering plant questions. But it’s tricky, because about half the time I have to decode the question and then let the customer know they’ve been asking the wrong question all along.

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 07:18 PM

Following God’s call

Today, I am faced with a deadline to write my column. Watching the news about Robin Williams, the people of Iraq stranded on a hillside because of persecution, Ebola victims dying, riots and vandalism over the death of a young man and violent weather causing destruction, I wonder what news will be in the headlines when this column is printed? I wonder what news of today will already be forgotten?

Aug. 03, 2014 @ 09:23 AM

Tips for Water Safety

I have often heard children, adults and criminals say “It won’t happen to me” or “I won’t get caught.” This phrase is generally used to describe or justify an act one is about to commit with the potential for a negative outcome. This summer I have heard many unnecessary, tragic stories of death and/or serious injury resulting from persons having ignored warnings and taken risks that ended or crippled the life of a loved one. Parents continue to risk their young child’s safety by leaving them unsupervised in or near water.