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Bell tower blues

Springtime is really lovely on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. The beauty of it all helps to lessen the academic pressure.It was May of my freshman year. I was taking a music appreciation class as an elective. I had taken piano lessons and had played clarinet in the high school board. I could read notes and was enjoying the class.I spied an ad in the “Daily Tar Heel.” Someone was needed to play “Hark the Sound” in the bell tower the next school yea...

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Letter to editor

To the editor,Some decisions are very difficult for politicians. If they please one constituency, they may displease another So, hoping to displease nobody, some politicians, in spite of having promised to make decisions when elected, prefer to delegate their authority, and hire ‘experts’, who will presumably make more ‘scientific’ decisions. The experts are often quite expensive, but what the heck, the taxpayers are paying the bill.Richard Merlo...

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Letter to editor

To the editor,Welcome Back Buckin’ Elks!The 2014-2015 school year officially begins on August 18 as teachers and staff return to Elkin City Schools. Students will begin classes on August 25.

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Stone Mountain News

Traphill Baptist Church is having revival this week. Crabgrass will be singing Thursday night. Pastor Bobby Trott and the congregation invite you to worship with them.There will be Bingo and a hot dog supper at the Traphill Fire Department on Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m. Go out and support our great fire department.Wayne Overcash will be bringing the message Sunday at Garden Creek Baptist Church at 9 a.m. Campers in the Stone Mountain State Park are invited to come as y...

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Letter to Editor

To the editor,The letter I submitted last month suggests an addendum for clarity. What follows is an accounting of where Elkin town leaders place their allegiance and loyalty in a poor economy that is here to stay for a painful, lengthy span of time. You, the readers, must decide if these revelations constitute frugal spending in difficult times. Those responsible for the public’s funds do not consult the same dictionary that I do in defining thrift and economy.Her...

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Nothing little about my mountain

Listening to the radio set my blood to boiling. Again.The radio gave a news report on a study that said kids’ IQs drop a few points over the summer while they’re out of school. I took it as another attack on kids’ summer vacation.You can bet the IQ test did not include Little Mountain.That’s what I did as a kid during summer vacation to stay sharp. I’d go to summer school with Little Mountain.Little Mountain is part of ...

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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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