Sports help shape today’s youth

Sports help shape today’s youth

Sports can have an impact on anyone’s life, no matter their age. From youth to adults to seniors, sports are always a talking point. Today, yout...

July 18th, 2018 |  


Dance improves all aspects of health in seniors

Dance improves all aspects of health in seniors

Local seniors have learned the key to overall healthy living may be only a few steps — and turns — away.As a physical activity, dancing is...

April 25th, 2018 |  


Carter Falls to be featured on Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Carter Falls to be featured on Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Work has begun by Elkin Valley Trails Association volunteers on the trails around Carter Falls, which will feature a footbridge just below the falls o...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


Jennifer Pharr Davis reveals insights gained by thru-hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Jennifer Pharr Davis reveals insights gained by thru-hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

Taking the first step can be a matter of expectation, but when plans don’t go as expected, it’s good to have friends, especially when thos...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


Update: Reenactment activities this weekend canceled due to forecasted inclement weather

Update: Reenactment activities this weekend canceled due to forecasted inclement weather

Update: Due to inclement weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday, the Overmountain Victor Trail’s reenactment gathering for this weekend has be...

March 22nd, 2018 updated: March 23rd, 2018. |  


Plants and birds of the Elkin nature trail

Plants and birds of the Elkin nature trail

Wildlife and wildflowers abound on the nature trail at Elkin Municipal Park, part of the E&A Rail Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Those taking i...

March 22nd, 2018 |  


Outdoor furniture from recycled jugs creates ease

Outdoor furniture from recycled jugs creates ease

HAMPTONVILLE — As spring inspires thoughts of the outdoors, Yadkin Valley residents can find furniture that helps the environment while making i...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Price Power Equipment meets lawn care needs

Price Power Equipment meets lawn care needs

The temperatures soon will begin to rise, and with that will come the blooming of trees and flowers and growing lawns and weeds. Price Power Equipment...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Secure South celebrates 20 years of service

Secure South celebrates 20 years of service

THURMOND — Secure South is celebrating 20 years of business this year. This local business specializing in home and commercial security systems ...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Should you have an ‘unplugged’ wedding ceremony?

Should you have an ‘unplugged’ wedding ceremony?

These days most of us never stray too far from our smart phones, and it’s not just millennials who are attached to their devices. There’s ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Consider a venue before setting a date

Consider a venue before setting a date

She said yes, the ring is on. Now what?Before setting a wedding date, bridal couples with a specific venue desire for the ceremony and/or reception ne...

February 28th, 2018 |  


No drama necessary when combining characters during a wedding

No drama necessary when combining characters during a wedding

Many non-traditional elements of a wedding are born out of necessity, especially when there are children involved. Even when there are no underage peo...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Flowers help set the tone of the wedding

Flowers help set the tone of the wedding

Flowers are one of the most important parts of a wedding. There are many different options — from unique to traditional. Whatever the theme, flo...

February 28th, 2018 |  


CDC: widespread flu in North Carolina

CDC: widespread flu in North Carolina

Flu-related deaths are rising in North Carolina, according to a statement issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services earlier this wee...

January 14th, 2017 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Ronda-Clingman Elementry School Korri-Lee WoodThird GradeTo me Christmas is the time to spent time with your family Jesus birth. Santa Claws bring peo...

December 23rd, 2016 updated: December 23rd, 2016. |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Traphill Elementary School Christina HurstThird GradeWhat Christmas means to me is when Baby Jesus gets born on Dec. 25th. We may not celebrate the sa...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Elkin Elementary SchoolDebra HortonThird GradeChristmas is the best holiday, and we even get to open presents. It is even God’s birthday. It is ...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Bridges AcademyFifth Grade“Spending time with family is what Christmas means to me. It also means giving. That is what Christmas means to me....

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Elkin Elementary School Mrs. BullinsSecond GradeChristmas means celebrating Jesus birthday and haveing a good time with family. I tell Santa what I wa...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Traphill Elementary School Christie Harrison Fourth GradeTo me Christmas means my life. I would give my life for Jesus’s birthday. P.S. Happy Bi...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Elkin Elementary SchoolPamela A. LandSecond GradeChristmas means celebrating Jesus’ birthday. I like to sing songs with my family. I like to pla...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Ronda-Clingman Elementary SchoolMrs. Brinegar Fourth GradeChristmas to me means spending time with my family, but sometimes my family and friends. It ...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Jonesville Elementary School Lisa RobertsThird GradeChristmas means spending time with my family and gathering around the Christmas tree. When everyon...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Elkin Elementary SchoolMelissa SmithSecond GradeI really enjoy Christmas time! Christmas is Jesus’s birthday. The trees are pretty at Christmas ...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Traphill Elementary School Deanna BerrierThird and Fourth GradeChristmas means to me that you can hang out together and open presents.Peyton Ray3rd Gr...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


What Christmas Means to Me

Ronda-Clingman Elementary School Tracie WalkerThird GradeChristmas means the world to me because on Christmas morning we go to my grandpas and I see m...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Annual Christmas parade this Sunday

This year’s Elkin-Jonesville Christmas Parade, sponsored by Downtown Elkin Inc., an organization of the downtown merchants, will be held Sunday ...

December 9th, 2016 updated: December 9th, 2016. |  


Doughton Park largest rec along Blue Ridge Parkway

Doughton Park largest rec along Blue Ridge Parkway

Doughton Park near Laurel Springs offers more than just great scenery for park goers.The park is the largest recreation area that the National Park Se...

November 30th, 2016 |  


Play areas, trails featured at West Jefferson Park

Play areas, trails featured at West Jefferson Park

West Jefferson Park, formally known as Bowie-Seagraves Municipal Park, has plenty to offer for children and adults alike.The park has up-to-date tenni...

November 30th, 2016 |  


Crouse Park a place of bluegrass, old-time tunes

Crouse Park a place of bluegrass, old-time tunes

If people hear those old time tunes anywhere near Sparta’s Main Street, there’s a good chance they’re invited to a performance of th...

November 29th, 2016 |  


Sam Brown Park provides opportunity for activities

Sam Brown Park provides opportunity for activities

Home of the Sparta Lions Club, Sam Brown Park sits above Alleghany High School just past the entrance to Davis Field.The park offers plenty of recreat...

November 28th, 2016 |  


Walnut Cove Lions Park hosts young players

Walnut Cove Lions Park hosts young players

Play ball! Lions Park in Walnut Cove is known for its competitive Little League softball and baseball programs. Owned by Stokes County, the park is ma...

November 28th, 2016 |  


Carroll park offers plenty of activities

Carroll park offers plenty of activities

Located just off Interstate 77’s Exit 14 in Hillsville, Virginia, the Carroll County Recreation Park offers plenty of activities for young and o...

November 27th, 2016 |  


Germanton Park offers handicap-accessible playground

Germanton Park offers handicap-accessible playground

Drive southwest of Walnut Cove, onto North Carolina Highway 65 and a person will pass a beautifully landscaped park, full of playground equipment, a v...

November 26th, 2016 |  


Bethlehem comes to life at Elkin Valley village

Each year, for more than 50 years, the Elkin Valley Baptist Church congregation has been sharing the story of Jesus’ birth through a live nativi...

November 23rd, 2016 |  


Light Up Night to kick off season in Elkin

Light Up Night to kick off season in Elkin

Downtown Elkin will be filled with holiday spirit and crowds as it hosts the annual Light Up Night festivities Dec. 2, beginning at 5 p.m.“This ...

November 23rd, 2016 |  


Yadkin Memorial Park a ‘jewel’

Yadkin Memorial Park a ‘jewel’

This November will mark the two-year anniversary of the opening of the Yadkin Memorial Park in Hamptonville. Yadkin County officials have said the par...

October 29th, 2016 |  


The Birthplace of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Birthplace of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Often referred to as the Birthplace of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Cumberland Knob offers hiking, picnicking and out-of-this-world views near the Virginia...

October 29th, 2016 |  


Riverside, Westwood parks are ever-evolving

Riverside, Westwood parks are ever-evolving

Some cities’ parks have hiking trails and playing fields, while others specialize in playgrounds or picnic facilities. But Mount Airy’s tw...

October 27th, 2016 |  


Once a ‘poor farm,’ now a park

Once a ‘poor farm,’ now a park

Editor’s Note: This is another in a continuing series of stories called “Find Your Park,” where we will highlight local, state and f...

October 4th, 2016 |  


A day on the New River

A day on the New River

Nestled along the banks of the second oldest river in the world, the New River State Park system is a premier destination for kayakers, canoers and fi...

October 2nd, 2016 |  


Elkin Municipal Park … where history and recreation meet

Elkin Municipal Park … where history and recreation meet

The Elkin Municipal Park serves as more than a place to get some exercise or for relaxing, it is a gathering spot for the community, bringing friends ...

September 7th, 2016 |  


Ashe County Park — from fishing to discs to skateboards and more

Ashe County Park — from fishing to discs to skateboards and more

If someone is looking for where it’s happening in the High Country, the person might have to look no farther than Ashe County Park.Situated alon...

September 6th, 2016 |  


King Parks offer opportunities for community

King Parks offer opportunities for community

The city of King oversees two popular parks, Recreation Acres and King Central Park.“Our parks are a place for our community to gather, enjoy ev...

September 5th, 2016 |  


Music center showcases music of the mountains

Music center showcases music of the mountains

Relative to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the National Park Service, the Blue Ridge Music Center is a newcomer in history. The outdoor amphitheater may h...

September 2nd, 2016 |  


Camping a popular activity at Kerr Scott

Camping a popular activity at Kerr Scott

What was then known as the Wilkesboro Dam and Reservoir was completed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in August of 1962 after years of studies on h...

September 2nd, 2016 |  


Trees talk at Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest

Trees talk at Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest

For those looking for a park that’s a little off the beaten path, Wilkes County’s Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest might be ti...

August 25th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain to celebrate 47th Old Fashion Day

Stone Mountain to celebrate 47th Old Fashion Day

Stone Mountain State Park has been a popular destination for Elkin residents and tourists for the past few decades. The massive granite dome has watch...

August 24th, 2016 |  


Park packed for Yadkin Wine Festival

Park packed for Yadkin Wine Festival

ELKIN — The 15th Annual Wine Festival has come to a close and the turnout was anything but stale. Guests were rolling into Elkin Municipal Park ...

May 22nd, 2016 |  


19th Annual Jonesville Jubilee has great turnout

19th Annual Jonesville Jubilee has great turnout

JONESVILLE — Lila Swaim Park was packed Saturday as people flocked for Jonesville’s 19th-annual Jubilee to celebrate the town’s hist...

May 9th, 2016 |