Tribune publication change may be hard but will be good

Tribune publication change may be hard but will be good

Change is hard, especially when it impacts an entire community.It’s fortunate that the first of the year is a time of expected change. People ta...

December 29th, 2017 |  


Stirring the pot in 2017

Stirring the pot in 2017

Did Santa bring you an Elkinopoly board game for Christmas?No? Me neither. Last January on this page I called on them to make a Monopoly game with an ...

December 29th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Adam Collins will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. weather permitting. If Stone Mountain State Park is closed, there wi...

December 26th, 2017 |  


A beginning as miraculous as the end

A beginning as miraculous as the end

Early-morning sunlight jarred the doctor awake. He had thought that he would not be able to sleep at all, so giddy was he to finally reach the city of...

December 22nd, 2017 |  


Christmas memories lead to life as Santa

Christmas memories lead to life as Santa

It’s been a while since I woke up and ran into my parents’ room to jump in the bed and wake them up on Christmas morning.You probably thin...

December 22nd, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Congratulations to Kolbey Foster for being named junior firefighter of the year at The Traphill Fire Department. Other awards went to Brian McDaniel a...

December 20th, 2017 |  


Turning trash into treasure

Turning trash into treasure

One time we boys in the neighborhood here in the hometown got off on a trading kick. Someone got the idea that we needed to do some horse tradin’...

December 18th, 2017 |  


‘Canes preview upcoming Panthers agony

‘Canes preview upcoming Panthers agony

No one cares about the Carolina Hurricanes outside of Raleigh. That’s been my observation over the years.But it’s time to start paying som...

December 11th, 2017 |  


Acknowledging sorrow during festive season acceptable

Acknowledging sorrow during festive season acceptable

Christmas is not always the time of joy. For some people it’s a time of true and great sadness.I think one of the most obvious reasons to have a...

December 8th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be a Christmas singing at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Couch Family and Crabgrass will be singing.The Traphill Mas...

December 6th, 2017 |  


Welcome to Elkin’s living room

Welcome to Elkin’s living room

“So, tell me about yourself,” a newfound friend asks.“Well, uh, whaddaya want to know?” you say.“Oh, I don’t know....

December 4th, 2017 |  


Misunderstanding with family leads to volunteering at Hospice

Misunderstanding with family leads to volunteering at Hospice

My uncle was exceptionally unkind to the kindest woman in the world, my mom, his sister. I was exceptionally unforgiving.He had Lewy body dementia. Th...

November 30th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Little Stone Mountain Baptist Church will have a Hanging of the Green on Saturday at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments afterwards in the fellowship ha...

November 29th, 2017 |  


No Christmas cheer in the capital

No Christmas cheer in the capital

In this season of peace and goodwill to all men, they had a big fight in the state capital — over the Christmas parade.For 43 years the Raleigh ...

November 27th, 2017 |  


Black Friday pinnacle of personality

Black Friday pinnacle of personality

This is the day I wait for all year. Most people call it Black Friday, but I call it the first day of Christmas.On the first day of Christmas you are ...

November 24th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Little Stone Mountain Baptist Church will have a Hanging of the Green on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. There will be refreshments afterwards in the fellowship hall...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


Time for holiday traditions

Time for holiday traditions

The holidays are a special time for many. For some larger families, it may be the one time of the year that everyone gets a chance to gather together ...

November 22nd, 2017 |  


Thanksgiving: It’s in our DNA

Thanksgiving: It’s in our DNA

Thanksgiving is different.It offers no rousing parades with Sousa marches as in summer, nor is there peaceful, pretty carols as in winter. We don̵...

November 20th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

New books available to check out at Traphill Branch Library include “Killing Season: A Thriller” by Faye Kellerman, “The Last Ballad...

November 15th, 2017 |  


The reunion of two pillars of Cards football

The reunion of two pillars of Cards football

One of the many things on which the Queen Of My Castle has been coaching me is being friendlier to strangers.Friendlier on the trails. Friendlier at c...

November 13th, 2017 |  


Military service leads to serving military and more

Military service leads to serving military and more

I always assumed I would marry a military man. My dad had served. My grandfather had served. Most of my uncles and male cousins had served.It’s ...

November 10th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be a benefit for the family of Steven and Annie Draughn with dinner and singing at Beulah Land Baptist Church in Roaring River on Saturday,...

November 8th, 2017 |  


A cave might come in handy

A cave might come in handy

I sat down for a break during a trek in tough terrain along Big Elkin Creek. And, whoa, there it was.The cave.I first saw the cave when I was 11. I no...

November 6th, 2017 |  


Warm weather gear suggested with food, other donations

Warm weather gear suggested with food, other donations

As a kid in Ohio, we could never be sure what kind of costume to wear. We had no idea if we would still be sunbathing at the end of October, or if it ...

November 3rd, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Adam Collins will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m. The Mountain Flats Bluegrass group will be singing. Beginning in Novemb...

November 1st, 2017 |  


Best is yet to come at Tribune

Best is yet to come at Tribune

While going about my duties this weekend several people stopped to ask me about the most recent acquisition of The Tribune by Adams Publishing Company...

November 1st, 2017 |  


Mighty Tory Oak loses war with storm

Mighty Tory Oak loses war with storm

And in a flash, it was gone.We’re getting better at preserving and cherishing our history and heritage around here. A fairly new Elkin trail com...

October 30th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be a hot dog supper at the BROC meal site in Austin on Friday at 6 p.m. The Crabgrass Bluegrass Band will be singing. The $5 admission char...

October 25th, 2017 |  


Exploring the possibilities at the Reeves

Exploring the possibilities at the Reeves

I wasn’t even at the movies when an older boy opened my eyes to the possibilities at the old Reeves Theater in downtown Elkin.By the time I came...

October 23rd, 2017 |  


Cancer awareness should be about more

Cancer awareness should be about more

Cancer.It’s a word that strikes fear in the hearts of all humans regardless of how we were raised or where we are in our lives.From the moment i...

October 20th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m.Welcome Home Missionary Baptist Church on the Traphill Road is having rev...

October 18th, 2017 |  


Goodbye to Elkin’s bank corner

Goodbye to Elkin’s bank corner

Quite a watershed moment is upon us here in the hometown, and unfortunately it’s escaping the notice of most.Elkin’s century-old Bank Corn...

October 16th, 2017 |  


America, let’s make a deal

America, let’s make a deal

I walked in and caught her. The sight shocked, disappointed and distressed me.I caught her watching one of those weekday TV game shows. I remembered t...

October 9th, 2017 |  


Elkins residents presented with opportunity for Primal Scream Therapy

Elkins residents presented with opportunity for Primal Scream Therapy

On Saturday, downtown Elkin will host an event that is not only unusual for the town, but, for many, unexpected and maybe even unwanted.Even some of u...

October 6th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Derick Barker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m.Old Roaring River Baptist Church, located at 13932 Longbottom Road, Tra...

October 4th, 2017 |  


At least we’re not Bigfoot Marion

At least we’re not Bigfoot Marion

The next time you begin to think that we go a little overboard here in the hometown. That we tend to get a little silly over giant pumpkins that they ...

October 2nd, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be a benefit hot dog, BBQ and Bingo for Joe Murzin on Saturday at North Wilkes Middle School from 3 to 8 p.m. Joe has been out of work for ...

September 29th, 2017 |  


Political protests can lead to positive change personally

Political protests can lead to positive change personally

Weekends used to be something to look forward to, but for many people they have ended with such dissent that they look on them with a touch a dread.Su...

September 29th, 2017 |  


Country folks can’t bear this

Country folks can’t bear this

An after-summer review of all of the bear stories that have been flying around is drawing me to an eerie conclusion: Folks out here in the country are...

September 25th, 2017 |  


Pumpkin Festival marks first year

Pumpkin Festival marks first year

As the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival once again approaches, it is, for me, a time of reflection.One of the reasons we chose Elkin was because of the ...

September 22nd, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church is having revival this week through Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. with special singing each night. Larry Adams will be bringing the mes...

September 20th, 2017 |  


A church split, a fall from grace

A church split, a fall from grace

What a youthful face, I thought. A neighboring newspaper, in Statesville, must have found a teenager to write columns.Actually, he was a college stude...

September 18th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Wayne Overcash will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m.Welcome Home Missionary Baptist Church will switch their regular Wedne...

September 13th, 2017 |  


Now, just who discovered North Carolina?

Now, just who discovered North Carolina?

MORGANTON — Sir Walter Raleigh, our state capital’s namesake, started North Carolina by sending the first European settlers to Roanoke Isl...

September 11th, 2017 |  


Suicide prevention passion of survivors

Suicide prevention passion of survivors

Sunday is World Suicide Prevention Day.How sad is it that we need such a thing?In the 1980s and ’90s people were very concerned with the rate of...

September 8th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Derick Barker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m.Welcome Home Missionary Baptist Church will switch its regular Wednesda...

September 6th, 2017 |  


Silent Sam never fired his gun

Silent Sam never fired his gun

The Confederate monument to end all Confederate monuments stands guard over the de facto entrance to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.S...

September 1st, 2017 |  


School starting inspires fresh start for all

School starting inspires fresh start for all

I love the first day of school. Even now when I’m not in school as a student or teacher, and I don’t even have kids in school, I still fee...

September 1st, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Adam Collins will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m. East Elkin Baptist Church choir will be singing.Welcome Home Missionary...

August 30th, 2017 |  


Courting disaster, Lizardmen during the eclipse

Courting disaster, Lizardmen during the eclipse

CHARLESTON, S.C. — They used to say that during a solar eclipse the gods were eating or stealing the sun. And that can’t be good.It didn&#...

August 28th, 2017 |