Jul. 28, 2015 @ 03:27 PM

Sometimes simple is best

My folks are in San Diego this week. They’re visiting Mom’s sister Tootie. My family lived there in the '70s when my Coast Guard father (now retired) was stationed at the tiny downtown airbase.

I wasn’t crazy about living there. Although to be perfectly honest, I was in junior high at the time, and it’s the nature of the adolescent beast to ooze ennui regardless of circumstance.

But for vacations, San Diego is practically perfect.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 03:58 PM

Death be not proud’

I knew her 12 of her 16 years. She had golden hair, sparkling eyes and an enthusiasm for life that brought joy to those who knew her. Once I sat beside her in church. She was maybe four or five, petite, dressed to the nines. She was coloring the front of the Sunday bulletin, trying to stay within the lines. Not succeeding, she removed an eraser from her tiny, girlish purse. Coloring outside the lines just wouldn’t do. She was the kind of girl who liked things tidy.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 02:37 PM

The virtues of crabgrass

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about what can be planted in pastures and hay fields that will grow and provide grazing and forage during the summer months. Our forage base in this part of the piedmont is fescue, which is a cool season grass that does not grow during hot weather. Because of this, we refer to the “summer slump” when talking about growing forages. The slump refers to the period of the summer when fescue and orchardgrass are dormant and trying to survive the hot temperatures.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

Staples donates $12,000 in school supplies

The management and employees of the Staples Fulfillment Center on Poplar Creek Road in Vance County have donated approximately $12,000 worth of school supplies to Vance County Schools.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

Food truck program returns for seconds

Vance-Granville Community College will offer its Mobile Food Truck Entrepreneurship Workshop Series for the second time. This series of courses for entrepreneurs who want to compete in the growing food truck industry is unique in the N.C. Community College System.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Vendors sought for Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival

Planning is underway for this year’s Littleton/Lake Gaston Festival, which is now in its 31st year.


Jul. 24, 2015 @ 10:47 AM

Vance-Granville Community Band seeking musicians

The Vance-Granville Community Band, under the direction of VGCC music instructor Ivory Brock, is looking for new members.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 10:46 AM

Repairs made to graves of Confederate soldiers

Repairs were recently made to two damaged tombstones, both belonging to Confederate soldiers, at Elmwood Cemetery.

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 10:44 AM

Servicios Sociales se conecta con la comunidad Hispana

La Sra. Antonia Pedroza, Directora del Departamento de Servicios Sociales, tiene el placer de invitar a usted y a su familia a una reunión informativa sobre los servicios proporcionados por nuestra agencia.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 03:55 PM

Job Corps receives community service award

Kittrell Job Corps Center received a Certificate of Appreciation Award from the N.C. Department of Transportation for the center’s commitment to preserving the environment by participating in the quarterly Litter Sweep Cleanup Campaign.