As Spring Break for students and staff is almost here, I would like to take time to provide you with updates on the many projects underway in our school system.  These projects include safety upgrades in school facilities as well as construction at Bartlett Yancey High School.

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When we hold a tiny baby in our arms, do we consider how devoted they will be to God, or do we just see the natural and physical possibilities? As Christians, we have the opportunity to become as close to God and spiritually sensitive as we desire with the potential to discern wisdom that is…

For most of my life, Caswell County has not only been my home, it has also been a living medium of study. As a native of Leasburg and a 10th generation Caswellian, I have spent many years studying our history and helping numerous individuals “find their roots.”

Spring has finally arrived and been greeted with pleasure. Reminds me of a song from grammar school, “Welcome sweet springtime, We greet the in song.” 

I may have told you that when I was growing up, I was tall and somewhat skinny, and because of my physical appearance, my daddy, bless his heart, would call me “Slim” or “Olive Oyl”. Unknown to me at the time was the fact that nicknames are terms of endearment, such was the case with my dadd…

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the organization that oversees, among many others, The North Carolina Museum of History, and the North Carolina Zoo, has long wanted a state historic site in Milton. The state has no site featuring pre-Civil War Free Black or F…

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Dear Editor, I want to take a minute or two to review, for the public, the process that we have undertaken concerning the building of new Bartlett Yancey High School. There are several facets included in the process that make this project different from any other project we have done in the past.

This weekend marks the end of a sports era. Since I was around at the beginning, I want to join others in mourning the loss of over-the-air broadcasts of ACC sports.

Out my window snow is still falling and visibility is poor. Woodside Inn is beyond my vision. A marshmallow world for sure, and still coming down. Inside it’s warm and coffee is readily available and I have no need of going anywhere today. Tomorrow is something else with appointments due, bu…

I am sitting in the middle of the floor wrapping Christmas Gifts. That’s right, I am doing it the old fashioned way or the way mama did it when I was a child. What is the fun of being given a gift bag that merely needs to be yanked open and there is your gift. The fun of opening a gift comes…

In talking to a friend just lately the topic turned to lullabies, ditties, children’s little songs taught to us by our parents and many others. Case in point:

Last week, I attended PCC Foundation’s annual President’s Club Social and dinner at Baldwin Family Farms in Yanceyville. Following a tour of the farm, with Mac as our guide, we sat down to a BBQ dinner on the lawn and heard PCC administrators unveil PCC’s new Agribusiness Technology program.…

Growing up, my siblings and I had to use our creativity and imagination to play roles. I use to pretend I was a working mother with one or two kids (baby dolls) and my husband worked out of town. I would take the kids (baby dolls) and visit with my sister and her pretend family. I don’t exac…

There is a song from the 40’s written by Johnny Mercer and made a  hit by Bing Crosby that goes like this: “You got to accentuate the positive.  Eliminate the negative.  Latch on to the affirmative.  Don’t mess with Mister In-between”.

The culinary universe has a vocabulary uniquely its own.  Ballotine, barding, battonet, basting, blanch, blind bake . . . and I haven’t gotten through the B’s! If you are interested in taking your culinary skills to another level, consider learning the ABCs of cookery.

Growing up my siblings and I, out of the goodness of our hearts, have taken on the role of caring for stray cats and dogs, baby birds and baby squirrels that have fallen out of their nests, abandoned baby rabbits and field mice, wandering land turtles rescued out of the road, baby lizards th…

When you’re not sitting across from someone, you’re sitting across from the world.

As Christians, we all sometimes feel that God is letting us go at life alone. Maybe sometimes we feel like He does not see what we are facing or going through. For me, being patient in times of trouble is extremely hard to do. In the Bible, God demonstrates that His timing is perfect to enab…

Let’s face it.  I like comfort, and not just creature comfort.  I like the comfort of old friends, both young ones and those who speak my language of the past and there are too few of those.  We talk about events and people and happenings, a maybe even history that happened all those years a…

Memorial means to “remember” and every year on the last Monday in May, we honor those who sacrificed their lives in the line of active military service. On Memorial Day we stop and pay our respect to the ones who were willing to stand in the gap between freedom and tyranny! The First Amendme…

In several states, teachers are protesting for higher salaries and more support for education, and those protests have come to North Carolina. At the same time, medical costs are an issue everywhere in the country. In this year’s session of the General Assembly, North Carolina’s lawmakers ma…

When the phone rings at 2 a.m. it’s a pretty safe bet there isn’t good news, as Bill found out that December in 1960. The agent on the other end said, “Dr. Friday, I need to see you right away.” No, it couldn’t wait until the next morning. UNC President Bill Friday put on a pot of coffee and…

Growing up with a brother and a sister meant we had to learn to take turns and we had to learn to share, somewhat. Whether it was watching T.V. (my brother loved “Star Trek”, my sister and I did not), taking turns playing hop scotch, playing Tag or drinking at the back water faucet from a di…

A good crowd was in attendance for morning worship at Old Lea Bethel Baptist Church. Among the many announcements of upcoming events, a “thank you” card was heard from, Charles Smart for the prayers and concerns during his illness.

Summer is upon us, gardens are growing as is the grass. Vacations are planned and being taken. The pool is open, friends are having cook-outs, cities and counties are having events. The kids want to go to the beach, to go camping, to go the water park. How can anyone find time to rest, to be…

The legislature comes to Raleigh Wednesday for the “short session” and opening day promises to be far more exciting than most years. Lawmakers will be greeted by crowds of teachers and educators, projected to be as large as 10,000, showing up to Rally in Raleigh in support of public education.

Earlier this spring, the House Agricultural Committee released their version of the 2018 Farm Bill. Chairman Conaway’s proposal would increase hunger and further burden struggling North Carolinians by cutting, and in many cases taking away, food assistance. Its effects will ripple through co…

Anyone who has watched television has seen what I call the “that’s not all commercial”—they have been around for a long time. They go something like this:

To be honest, I probably spend too much time watching and being saturated with the news. I feel the need to keep up with the latest developments so that I can at least have an awareness about current events. However, many times I find myself being absorbed in an ocean of information that is …

The selection of Peter Hans to head our state’s Community College System was expected, especially after it became known that Governor Roy Cooper, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger jointly wrote a letter to the selection committee making it clear Hans was their …

Most parents don’t let their children blame others if the child is doing something that is the child’s fault.  They tell their children to own up to their mistakes and find a way to fix them. 

Note to readers: 55 years after graduation members of our high school class reunited to reminisce and renew friendships. I wrote this piece for our hometown newspaper and it got so much comment I thought I would share it with you in hopes it stirs memories of your own formative times.