Dirty dishes say more than intended

Dirty dishes say more than intended

We don’t often think about how we impact others in the way we behave. Little everyday things that we do automatically, and sometimes with good r...

August 25th, 2017 |  


Totally awesome eclipse experience

Totally awesome eclipse experience

The sky quickly began dimming, crickets could be heard, a confused gray squirrel took in all of the people wearing weird glasses and gathered on the l...

August 25th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be free meals for kids up to 18 years old at Traphill Branch Library through Aug. 26 at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the fourth Saturday...

August 23rd, 2017 |  


The hottest game around in North Carolina

The hottest game around in North Carolina

The Panthers are trying to claw out of last place with a sore-shouldered Cam. The Hornets are trying to fly from mediocrity and challenge King James w...

August 21st, 2017 |  


Einstein proves Newton wrong thanks to 1919 eclipse teaching science can be wrong

Einstein proves Newton wrong thanks to 1919 eclipse teaching science can be wrong

In 1919, Sir Isaac Newton’s “Principia” was considered the ultimate authority on the way the universe works. It is still a highly re...

August 21st, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be free meals for kids up to 18 years old at Traphill Branch Library through Aug. 26 at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the fourth Saturday...

August 18th, 2017 |  


What goes around comes around at camp

What goes around comes around at camp

STONE MOUNTAIN — Soon enough came a third grandchild, one with a bit of distance in age from Nos. 1 and 2. Momma had forgotten to pack something...

August 14th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

There will be free meals for kids up to 18 years old at Traphill Branch Library through Aug. 26 at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and the second and four...

August 9th, 2017 |  


Communicating can ease everyone’s stress

Communicating can ease everyone’s stress

Communication makes everyone’s lives easier. That was the message at a media summit held in Boone at Appalachian State University on Tuesday. At...

August 8th, 2017 |  


The mark of the beast

The mark of the beast

He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead. - Revelation 13:16Thu...

August 7th, 2017 |  


Communicating can is everyone’s stress

Communicating can is everyone’s stress

Communication makes everyone’s lives easier. That was the message at a media summit held in Boone at Appalachian State University on Tuesday. At...

August 4th, 2017 |  


Finding treasures along U.S. 21

Finding treasures along U.S. 21

Congestion on the roads this weekend meant big business for people holding yard sales and vendor sales in coordination with the annual Historic U.S. 2...

August 2nd, 2017 |  


Hometown going to the dogs

Hometown going to the dogs

The Better Half complains that she can’t pry me out of the hometown with a crowbar. But every once in a while I do like to take a trip to one of...

July 31st, 2017 |  


Turn signals keep potential weapons safer

Turn signals keep potential weapons safer

When driving down the street, most people don’t think about the fact that they are in control of a several-tons weapon. Much like a knife need n...

July 28th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Summer Reading Program at Traphill Branch Library will be finishing up this week with Zootastic LIVE animals on Thursday at 11 a.m. There will be ...

July 26th, 2017 |  


Juice that’s definitely not for breakfast

Juice that’s definitely not for breakfast

Trigger warning: You may want to wait until after eating before reading this column.You learn of some of the oddest things from the N.C. General Assem...

July 24th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Summer Reading Program at Traphill Branch Library is in full swing. There will be free bag lunches for children under 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays...

July 19th, 2017 |  


Look up in the sky … it’s Jed Clampett

Look up in the sky … it’s Jed Clampett

If you fly in your hammock using drones … youuu might be a …It happened in Georgia. Not in Jeff Foxworthy’s Georgia. The other Georg...

July 17th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Summer Reading Program at Traphill Branch Library is in full swing. There will be free bag lunches for children younger than 18 on Tuesdays and Th...

July 12th, 2017 |  


Spying behind enemy lines

Spying behind enemy lines

COURTNEY — I found myself behind enemy lines.I had begged my way into the TV studio of Yadkin Valley Local Television on the other side of Yadki...

July 10th, 2017 |  


Community pride evident after Freedom Fest

Community pride evident after Freedom Fest

What was once a field full of families lay still and quiet in the mist as songs of birds replaced strums of guitars the morning after Freedom Fest.Wha...

July 7th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Derick Barker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m.The Summer Reading Program at Traphill Branch Library is in full swing....

July 5th, 2017 |  


A tale of liberty for the Fourth

A tale of liberty for the Fourth

The first of four annual, patriotic, fictional short stories.The private from the Virginia foothills stood at attention as the general addressed the m...

July 3rd, 2017 |  


How Do You Like Those Apples? American independence celebrations lead to revolutionary thoughts

How Do You Like Those Apples? American independence celebrations lead to revolutionary thoughts

As the celebration of American independence approaches, thoughts of where we came from as a country stir to the forefront.How often have we forgotten ...

June 30th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Adam Collins will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m.The Summer Reading Program at Traphill Branch Library is in full swing. ...

June 28th, 2017 |  


And you thought they only said baaa

And you thought they only said baaa

They were having one of those fun runs for charity in Germany last month. You know, where they have a cross-country track meet and someone asks/strong...

June 26th, 2017 |  


Change Championed at Tribune

Change Championed at Tribune

Recently The Tribune, Yadkin Ripple and other newspapers in our group changed ownership from a large corporation to a small family company.Being a par...

June 23rd, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m.. The Crabgrass Bluegrass Band will be singing. Everyone is invited to wo...

June 21st, 2017 |  


Coyotes, cougars, rattlers and ‘gators, oh, my

Coyotes, cougars, rattlers and ‘gators, oh, my

What a glorious Sunday evening.I was out and walking the ridge. A warm late-May sun was setting among some pleasant blue clouds, and I was patting mys...

June 19th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Old Roaring River Baptist Church on the Longbottom Road will have Vacation Bible School on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for grades kindergart...

June 14th, 2017 |  


This is a job for Superman

This is a job for Superman

All that’s lacking is a big red “S” on the chest.The imaginative have been dreaming of leaping tall buildings in a single bound for ...

June 12th, 2017 |  


How About Those Apples: Loyalty extends beyond personal relationships and politics

How About Those Apples: Loyalty extends beyond personal relationships and politics

Loyalty is something people often think about in terms of personal relationships. Although it might be preferable to think about the positive aspects ...

June 9th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Traphill Fire Department will have its annual meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. Everyone living in the fire district is invited to attend this meeting.Littl...

June 7th, 2017 |  


Can’t get to the beach from here

Can’t get to the beach from here

Mom worried about taking me to the beach. I was 4 and didn’t know what a beach was.Here in the hometown the beach means Myrtle Beach, South Caro...

June 5th, 2017 |  


How Do You Like Those Apples? Interaction between communities reflect character

How Do You Like Those Apples? Interaction between communities reflect character

Just as the behavior of an individual impacts the impression the person makes on others, so do communities.As much as the buildings and businesses cre...

June 2nd, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Little Stone Mountain Baptist Church will have a yard sale on Saturday, beginning at 7 a.m. Go by and see what great bargains they have.Garden Creek B...

May 31st, 2017 |  


Raising a glass of cheer

Raising a glass of cheer

SALISBURY — Before returning to the hometown, one time I made a new buddy at church who had just recently moved into the neighborhood. He was a ...

May 29th, 2017 |  


How Do You Like Those Apples? Memorial Day leads to appreciation of the negative

How Do You Like Those Apples? Memorial Day leads to appreciation of the negative

Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress in 1971, however it had been in practice long before.Although in 1966 Waterloo, New...

May 26th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Couch Family will have a singing at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Saturday at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy an evening of good bluegrass gospel music...

May 24th, 2017 |  


The newest thing under the sun

The newest thing under the sun

The excuse the old farmers offered for making illicit moonshine back during Prohibition days was that they couldn’t make enough money to feed th...

May 22nd, 2017 |  


How Do You Like Those Apples? Individual attitudes lead to town culture

How Do You Like Those Apples? Individual attitudes lead to town culture

This time last year we were really just starting to get used to being in our new home. Not only had we moved from the heart of the northern United Sta...

May 19th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Wayne Overcash will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to worship in this historic church.Traphill Fire ...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Ready for some tunes downtown

Ready for some tunes downtown

The work needing to take place in the office was overpowered by the desire to socialize and eat good food. The aroma of fresh cooked food descended up...

May 17th, 2017 |  


Raw, naked, front-porch justice

Raw, naked, front-porch justice

A long time ago here in the hometown Mom would mention that her father, my grandfather Dave McCann, back in the day had been a justice of the peace. I...

May 15th, 2017 |  


How do you like those apples? Grief on Mother’s Day for many reasons

How do you like those apples? Grief on Mother’s Day for many reasons

Across the nation this weekend phones will ring, cards and gifts will be opened and families will meet for meals as they celebrate all things “m...

May 12th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Derick Barker will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to worship in this historic church.Traphill Masoni...

May 10th, 2017 |  


Our king of the glamour shot

Our king of the glamour shot

During this prom season the state Transportation Department put out a press statement begging people to not take their glamour photos on railroad trac...

May 8th, 2017 |  


How Do You Like Those Apples? Ed and Vi Eddy provoke thoughts in Beanie Taylor, others

How Do You Like Those Apples? Ed and Vi Eddy provoke thoughts in Beanie Taylor, others

On May 5, 1945, Marion “Ed” Eddy and Violet “Vi” Deeter were joined, beginning a long line of mindful giving of self and spiri...

May 5th, 2017 |  


Stone Mountain News

Adam Collins will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church Sunday at 9 a.m. There will be service every Sunday now through October. Everyone is inv...

May 3rd, 2017 |  


A reason to ‘brag a little’

A reason to ‘brag a little’

They tried and tried for years to keep up the historic, majestic, old school building in the little mill town of Hildebran, in Burke County. But commu...

May 1st, 2017 |