Features: Columns

Mar. 03, 2014 @ 10:55 AM

Starting a new generation of farmers

A hundred years ago, it was fairly easy to become a farmer. Over 90 percent of the U.S. population lived on farms, so chances are you grew up on one and learned the ropes from the get go.

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 08:03 PM

Going vegan for Lent

Last year, in keeping with age-old traditions of fasting, I made the decision to eat a vegan diet, which means abstaining from any animal products, for the season of Lent. The practice of giving up something for Lent comes from identifying with the time that Jesus spent fasting in the desert for 40 days. Giving up meat and other animal products for the period of Lent presents this as a time set apart to make this offering to God.

Feb. 24, 2014 @ 09:57 AM

Put a little love in your heart

We’ve all had a broken heart before and won a heart over, but now, in the words of Dolly Parton, it’s time to “Put a little love in your heart.” The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. That’s one in every four deaths.

Feb. 16, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

Soil preparations for healthy forage growth

Anyone with pasture for livestock, whether it be cattle, goats, horses or other grazing animals, should be planning to get some good quality forage grown, harvested and stored for the next feeding season.


Feb. 14, 2014 @ 07:22 PM

Never take love for granted

Life’s unspeakable tragedies often bring out our greatest attributes. I saw this vividly illustrated in one of my pastorates. In the first hour I arrived in town, before the moving van even arrived, I learned of the tragic death of a beautiful young daughter of one of the deacons in the church.

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 06:19 PM

Make the best use of your time

During the inclement days of winter, make the very best use of the extra time you have with your child. This is a great time to use the skills learned during Incredible Years parenting classes.

Feb. 02, 2014 @ 10:22 AM

This year's Day of Service

On Jan.21, the Vance County 4-H Livestock Club, partnering with the Kittrell Job Corps Center, sponsored a community service event to mark the celebration of the MLK Day of Service.

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 07:05 PM

Seek the Lord for guidance

Oftentimes when there is a problem or a situation that seems overwhelming, we tend to look around us for answers, while we should be looking up for guidance.

Jan. 26, 2014 @ 08:18 AM

Getting to know your weeds

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” has likely never been answered with “A scientists who studies weeds!” So my task is to show you how fascinating the world of weeds can actually be!

Jan. 27, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

An unassuming mentor

We all have people in our lives who have formed us. Some have taught us valuable lessons. Some have kept us from making foolish choices. Some have modeled good behavior before us. Some have given us wise counsel at critical moments. Some have loved us when we felt unloved. The fortunate ones have all this in one person. I am one of them, and that one person was my grandmother, Osa Addington, who entered into her eternal reward Jan. 8, 2014.