Features: Columns

Oct. 24, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

Jesus is preparing a place for us

Fall has arrived. The leaves are changing colors. Football is back. The mornings are cooler. Football is back — oh, I think I already mentioned that one. And this is the season when most churches celebrate homecoming.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 09:07 PM

Finding space to reconnect

It was family reunion time again. This year, instead of a large luxurious house facing the ocean on the outer banks — a house filled with electronic options — we went camping.

Oct. 12, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Teaching your child manners and respect

We live in a fast-paced world. What trends today is not necessarily what will trend tomorrow. When purchasing electronics, a customer knows that by the time the transaction is complete, the package taken home and opened, and the power button pushed, someone is working on a model to replace what he just purchased.


Oct. 05, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

National 4-H Week kicks off in Vance County

National 4-H Week begins today. The celebration kicks off the first full week of October each year, and it is estimated that more than 6 million youth across the country will participate in the celebrations, which will wrap up Oct. 11.

Oct. 03, 2014 @ 09:43 PM

Let's work together

Efforts in our community over the last several weeks to build community and understanding have caused me to reflect on a cartoon my father kept under the glass covering of his desktop in his office as long as I can remember. It depicted two mules tied together at the neck and two stacks of hay. 

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.