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It’s mere weeks from Halloween, so I thought I would try something different.

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September, to me, is the airplane that takes me to Disneyland, the dinner of beef stew that leads to the dessert of cake, or the socks that go on under a beautiful new pair of boots.

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Debbie Matthews is on vacation this week. Her column will return on Sept. 14.

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If your tall fescue lawn has thinned out and you have more weeds than grass, you may be thinking it’s time to start working on a turf renovation project. Tall fescue is a cool-season grass, meaning it grows best during the milder temperatures of fall and spring. That’s why early September is…

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When I was a little kid, I used to love Gidget movies. I was the cool surfer girl who didn’t know she was gorgeous, bewitched all the guys, had an amazing wardrobe and never wore the same outfit twice.

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A couple of weeks ago at the dealership, my manager Nathaniel called me over.

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After about two or three weeks at my J-O-B, I hit a wall.

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Ironically, I’ve ended up working at the type of place that, as a child, I feared and loathed to a degree that was matched by few other locations and situations.

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9:30 a.m.: I wake up with a soul-splitting migraine. This is the third time since I started the job that I’ve had a migraine on my day off. So not fair.

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If it were the Civil War, they would have given him a leather strop to bite and a slug of opium (if he was lucky), broken out a couple of gore-smeared hacksaws and cut his leg off at the upper thigh. If he didn’t die from infection, he could look forward to life with an ill-fitting, painful …

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With the social restrictions and isolation we have experienced during the last few months, set in motion by the COVID-19 pandemic, getting the supplies we need has been a challenge at times. That includes items in our medicine cabinets, like aspirin, cough syrup, vitamins, and allergy spray.

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I love science-fiction but recently images from movies and books I have read seem to have become realities. Towns locked down. People wearing masks, afraid to go out of their houses. I keep wondering if I am dreaming and when will I wake up. I am awake and watching how the spread of the coro…

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And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that read it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie, though it tarry, wait for it for it will surely come. Habakkuk 2:2-3

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Triangle North Healthcare Foundation has two important events coming up for the community in February: N.C. MedAssist’s Free Over the Counter Medicine Giveaway and a workshop for nonprofits and grant writers, Grant Writing from A to Z.

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Want fresh baked goods for Sunday dinner? Come see Gus this week at the Oxford Farmers Market, and he will have what you need. You'll also find plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, jams, jellies, pickles, crafts, plants, and Miss Judy's floral bouquets.Submitted

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With some of the schools starting last week and a few more starting this week, the Oxford Farmers Market is still running wide open. Since everything we sell is either homemade or homegrown by our vendors, you know exactly where everything comes from. We are open every Saturday from 7 a.m. u…

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This space has evolved into my confessional. The embarrassing, the disgraceful, the hurt-y; if there was a red face and burning ears involved, I’m there and have probably recounted it for you, Gentle Reader.

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As we anticipate the upcoming first day of school, it’s important to get our kids off to a good start. That begins with establishing routines. Why routines? Routines help eliminate power struggles, help kids cooperate, help kids learn to take charge of their own activities, help kids get on …

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Have you ever driven past a herd of cows grazing in a lush green field and seen that one cow sticking its head through the fence, nibbling in the pasture next to it? Why is it doing that? Is there not enough grass in its own field? Is the grass any greener on the other side? Is the grass any…

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Pictured are the top finishers in the local Putt-Putt Junior Division competition on Aug. 9, 1971. Kneeling are Dennis Poythress, Billy Spain and Keith Longmire. Standing are course owner Herbert Jones and sub-junior champion Jeff Jones. Dispatch file

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The Incredible Years facilitators at the Vance County Cooperative Extension Office are getting ready for an exciting year ahead with several events that align with their goals and vision. The lunch and learn workshop, open house, and the Incredible Years class all offer information and resou…

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Warm summer temperatures lead to green grass, summer cookouts, and lots of weeds growing in ponds. Calls are steadily coming in about controlling pond weeds, so folks who have ponds might want to take a look and see what weeds are present and get ready to deal with them.

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So, for the second year The Kid and I spent the weekend in Raleigh, at the Super Con. As the word “Con” might suggest, it’s a convention that celebrates, well … it celebrates all kinds of stuff. Sci-Fi, comic books, Steampunk, wrestling, anime, mythology, cult movies, and there’s probably a …

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With summer comes the reality that kids will not be in school. Here are some tips that will help make your home safe, not only in the hot weather but throughout the year:

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“And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46

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The refreshing rains and warm sunshine are fueling the Royal Veggie Chariot this week at the Oxford Farmers Market. Since everything we sell is either homegrown or homemade by our vendors, you know exactly where things are coming from. Our hours are every Wednesday from 8 a.m. until noon, an…

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Gus's baked goods will complement your dinner table any day. Come get yours this week at the Oxford Farmers Market. We'll also have plenty of fresh veggies, jams, jellies, pickles, crafts, plants, and Miss Judy's fresh bouquets.Submitted

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When I was in the fifth grade my boyfriend was Michael Weiss. He was also the first Jewish kid I ever knew. His mom and dad owned a bookstore just off base.

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In keeping with the theme of safety, here are a few tips from WebMD that will make your summer more enjoyable.

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Granville Vance Public Health promotes good health for all residents and recognizes that the health needs of the community change over time. Every three years, Granville Vance Public Health solicits the feedback of individuals and organizations across Granville and Vance Counties about commu…

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Want fresh veggies for Sunday dinner? The Oxford Farmers Market has everything you need to fit the bill. Since everything we sell is either homegrown or homemade by our vendors, you know exactly where things are coming from. Our hours are every Wednesday from 8 a.m. until noon, and every Sat…

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Visit Mr. Bass at the Oxford Farmers Market this week to get your fresh cantaloupes. You'll find these, along with other fruits and veggies, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles, honey, and plants.Submitted

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When last we met (last week’s column), I was in the kitchen of Skylight Inn in Ayden, watching Mike “Chopper” Parrot. He was using his weighty, custom-made cleavers to chop pound after pound of some of the most beautiful pork I’ve ever seen. Slow-cooked ‘til falling-apart tender, with crispy…

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From time to time, when someone introduces me to a friend or group, they indicate that I am “in charge of horticulture for Vance and Warren Counties.” I’m doubtful that I actually have dominion over all the fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs and flowers growing in the two-county area, but per…

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Last weekend I was invited to attend the 25th wedding anniversary celebration of two friends, and since I’m a pastor they asked me to lead them in the renewal of their wedding vows. I have presided over weddings before, but never a vow renewal. As I prepared for that day I was reminded that …

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You’re scrolling through your favorite social media and you see the perfect picture with perfect smiles and perfect clothes with a perfect background. To top it all off, it’s accompanied by a perfect caption, including hashtags like #lovinglife #love #loveus #happiness #sohappy #perfectday #…

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PHOTO ANDREW THOMAS LEE / Courtesy of Sam JonesSam Jones is recognized by many as the best barbecue maker in the state.