Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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As families gather for the holidays, it is especially important not to forget food safety principles when preparing holiday meals. By following four basic food safety practices, everyone can reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

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The shorter catechism, ‘Agreed upon by the Reverend Assembly of Divines at Westminister,’ as the old New England Primer has it, asks the ancient questions what and why, and answers them in one short sentence hardly matched in any uninspired work. “Question: What is the chief End of Man? Answ…

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Gardens change each year. Sometimes we find things that didn’t perform well and replace them with new things. I’ve always treated my garden as a bit of a trial garden. I wanted to mention these three bulbs because they are usually not sought after. They are a little obscure, but they deserve…

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Every year about this time I suggest to my friends they get a head start on Thanksgiving. Our world is moving so fast, and this year has been further complicated by more distractions than you can shake a stick at. If we don’t take time and focus on that which is most important, Thanksgiving …

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
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With the holiday shopping season here, you may either have a special someone on your list for whom it is hard to buy, or you may need some fun stocking stuffers. If that certain someone is a home food preserver, here are a few suggestions that will make them smile this holiday season! These …

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Even though there are not a lot of things blooming in the garden, now is the time to ensure that you’ll have spring blooms. You should be planting bulbs that flower in the spring now. These bulbs need a cold period to actually flower and perform correctly in the spring. As a general rule of …

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Another November is here. When I consider the month of November many thoughts come to mind. First, is the Thanksgiving holiday, then a myriad of sights and sounds and feelings and favorite things — pumpkins, falling leaves, fields of bleached corn stalks, a bite to the air and ... tobacco — …

Wednesday, November 04, 2020
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From time to time one of my granddaughters will ask me to tell her about “the olden days.” Quite frankly, when I think of the olden days I conjure up pictures of frontiersmen with long rifles crossing the Appalachian Mountains, of log cabins, and of covered wagons crossing the Great Plains. …

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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The average person puts on some extra pounds in the weeks between the Thanksgiving holiday and the New Year. Unfortunately, weight gained in this short period may take six months to lose. And if you had already been trying to shed a few pounds, putting on that holiday weight can really give …

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Well, it’s almost that time of year again. In a few days tobacco stalks will be making their appearance once again as tobacco striping will be in full swing. Holder’s Tobacco Warehouse in Hartsville is one of the few places left in our part of the world where a large quantity of tobacco will…

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October and November are probably my favorite times of year for gardening. There are less bugs out and many of my favorite vegetables are grown during this time.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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HGTV started as a good idea. The hosts, often a female and her male counterpart, would walk viewers through the process of replacing bathroom tile, installing a stone façade to a fireplace, or converting an electric stove to gas. They would go from demo to completed project in one hour.

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I, like most of you, have given this COVID-19 pandemic a lot of thought. Please understand, I fully grasp the seriousness of its impact. Early in the outbreak I lost a friend who was as fine a man as I have ever known. A few months later, one of my younger brothers had a frightening close ca…

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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A week or so back, I decided to go visit an old friend. So, I packed up some gear and headed for the Brim Hollow. I took two chainsaws, a 12 gauge shotgun, and my favorite little ax; but most importantly, I took my time.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020
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I once heard a successful businessman say the difference in success and failure in life comes down to about a half-dozen things. He didn’t elaborate on what those half-dozen things were, but I understood where he was going with the idea.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
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My earliest memories of a cornfield take me back to a time when I was 4 years old. In those days my father harvested corn by hand. The process was called “gathering corn.” Two mules would pull a mule wagon through the cornfield. The mules and wagon would knock down two corn rows while my fat…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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I was back in the Grand Canyon riding a mule a couple of weeks back — something I have done many times in the past 20 years. My love of mules and mule riding take me back to my boyhood days in the Brim Hollow. My grandfather Brim had two mules, Kate and Liz (That’s Liz with a long “I,” as in…

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It feels like Oz lately. Like someone is manning the controls and manipulating everything we see, do, and think. It’s like we are being forced to wear green glasses in order to see the city as emerald and not because we are living in the emerald city. To put it in 21st century terms, it’s li…

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Hundreds of classic cars, customs and bikes drove in to the Wilson County Fairgrounds over the weekend for the 15th Annual Redneck Rumble Car Show & Swap Meet.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Plan to check your credit reports once a year. It’s free and can save you major credit hassles. The Fair Credit Reporting Act gives you one free credit report per year from three of the major credit bureaus. The bureaus are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. It’s a good idea to check your rep…

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I’m not quite sure when the word “stress” became so prominent in the modern vocabulary. When I was growing up the word was seldom used. My mother, a father’s wife, and busy homemaker, and mother of five never mentioned the word “stress” in our hearing, and I know she was often times pushed t…

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On day one, Jackson woke up with a headache and a runny nose. That sounds benign, cute even. But a 5-year-old headache and runny nose is totally different than a 16-year-old headache and runny nose. A 5-year-old needs snuggles, a swig of liquid Tylenol, and cinnamon toast. A 16-year-old need…

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Although there is really no “slack time” for a cattle producer, hopefully as fall rolls around you will be able to devote some time to your pasture and grass hay weed management program. According to Neil Rhodes, weed management specialist, this is an excellent time to review your notes from…

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Over the past few years, I’ve seen an influx of landscapes including edible plants. This concept of edible landscaping has really taken off and blueberries are leading the charge. In the spring you are greeted with delicate bell-shaped white flowers. During the summer you will be harvesting …

Wednesday, September 09, 2020
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I have been accused of commenting on the circle of life. I stand in another position today as I look back on life. Life has, in my opinion, three circles each within our lifetime and each purposeful and in preparation for the next one ahead.

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My thoughts often take me back to my earliest years in Sunday School Class. From the time I began in the “card” class, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Denton made sure her students learned the great stories in the Old Testament. Those stories which come quickest to mind are “Abraham and Isaac,” “Moses and …

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If you’re one of those people who took the last few months to get healthier, get stronger and become more in tune with you inner-self, then we’re probably not friends.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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Late summer marks a fascinating time of the year for me. It is usually in the month named after Caesar Augustus that the rustle of leaves stirred by the wind takes on a different sound. It is to me the first sign that fall is near.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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One of the things I have noticed since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and with the ongoing urban demonstrations and rioting in our land is an increasing absence of joy among our people.

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This weekend as I scrolled through Facebook, I saw so many moms and dads taking their kids to college for the first time. I knew exactly what they were going through! It’s a sad time for the parents and an exciting one for our kids. We are scared for them and they are often fearless, which s…

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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I am not a horseman. I have never claimed to be. I grew up on a farm with cattle and hogs, cats and dogs. The only horse I vividly remember was “ ‘Ol’ Charlie,” a big, black, work horse. By the time I was old enough to be around him he had been replaced with a Super “A” Farmall tractor. He w…

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Tracy Underwood, who owns A.J.’s Flowers & Gifts in Lebanon with her mother Marcia Pruitte, has always loved seeing green bows hanging in support of Sherry’s Run throughout the community.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
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I heard and read a while back with both disdain and amazement that state bureaucrats in New York had deemed some kid’s games unsafe due to safety risks. Among the games listed were freeze tag, kick the can, red rover, dodge ball, and (will someone help me please!) Wiffle ball ... Wiffle ball…

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I do it every time. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. We pick the place. We plan the logistics of travel routes. We secure reservations. Then begins the countdown. The countdown of the inevitable emotional breakdown because no one, not even yours truly, is living up to the unrealistic expectations I set …