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Down the river road

Sometimes it seems as if Jonesville is the nexus of the universe.In my job at the Welcome Center located there, I have greeted visitors from many different states and quite a few countries, from Maine to Florida to California, from England to Norway to South Africa to New Zealand.The travelers who interest me the most, however, are the Canadians. Canadians are, it seems to me, some of the nicest people in the world, and they seem happy about everything. The only thing I ...

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Beating the heat in olden days

If you’re looking for a way to cool off, how about this? Think back to January, when we had that two-week spell with snow and frigid wind and nighttime lows in the single digits.Did that thought cool you off? No? I didn’t think it would.But we try most anything at this time of the year as folks start getting tired of the heat and the humidity and the sweat and the sticky clothes, what little of them we’re wearing.This is the time of the year ...

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Stone Mountain News

Faith Baptist Church on the Traphill Road is having Vacation Bible School this week Wednesday through Friday at 7 p.m.This is the last week of the Summer Reading Program at the Traphill Branch Library. Kids are encouraged to read to win prizes during the summer. On Tuesday,Ronald McDonald was there to show us his new tricks and how much he likes to read. On Thursday, Ms. Becky will have a story time program at 11 a.m.

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LeBron James and me — hometown buddies

OK, so it’s hard to see any kinship between LeBron James (6-foot-9, NBA superathlete) and me (shrunk down now to 5-foot-10, college dorm intramural athlete a long time ago).However, when James surprised me and a lot of other sports-minded folks a little more than a week ago by announcing that he’s going back to his hometown, he and I became kindred spirits. Fellow travelers. Bosom buddies.You can go home again, James said, in defiance of famous Asheville nove...

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A miraculous healing occurs

I met Dr. Jim Mahan in the spring of 1988. He had a boat and I had boat fever. We went out on Lake Norman in it. It did god; the motor ran and it didn’t sink.Several months went by and Jim told me what had happened to him a few years back. He had been at a builder’s show in Charlotte. Suddenly, and without warning, he had to sit down. He couldn’t walk. An ambulance took him to the hospital. The next few hours, seven different doctors of various specialties examine...

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Walker surprises Berger, takes GOP nomination

A harsh Republican Party fight for a shot at an open North Carolina congressional seat goes to Mark Walker in a bit of a surprise to area Republicans.GOP voters in the district that runs along the Virginia border from Mount Airy to north of Raleigh picked Baptist minister Mark Walker of Greensboro over Phil Berger Jr. of Eden. Berger is the Rockingham County district attorney and son of powerful state Senate leader Phil Berger.Walker won 56 percent of the vote in unoffic...

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Lawmakers try to have it both ways

Budget conferees change their rhetoric on the role of government, but not the underlying policies that undermine itThose who attended or watched online yesterday as conferees debated next steps in resolving the stalemate between the House and the Senate over North Carolina’s FY 2015 state budget must have felt at times as if they had stepped into some kind of time/space warp. Surely these weren’t members of the 2014 North Carolina General Assembly holdi...

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Courting two lovers

I have two lovers on the side. One is nearby and the other is farther away.When I can spare some time for them I try to split it up between the two. They compete for my attention, and I find their jealousy over me so cute.The nearby lover is tall and particularly stunning when evening shadows fall across her face. I see her some when I am out and about here in the hometown, but I dare not call out to her and start something.But spotting her and admiring her ma...

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Just wait till I hit age 100

My buddy in the church choir here in the hometown leaned over and remarked in awe: “100 years old. Wasn’t that something?”We had been pressed into service for the funeral of a neighbor and distant cousin of mine. In fact, Flora Tucker was just a month shy of 101 when she passed a month ago.I had a great-grandmother who made it to 99 and an aunt who made it to 97. But Flora was the first in the extended family to break the century mark.

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