Reflections on time in Elkin

Since July, it has been my pleasure to serve as the interim superintendent of the Elkin City Schools. I have been overwhelmed by the community support...

November 21st, 2016 |  


Closed for Thanksgiving; hooray

Closed for Thanksgiving; hooray

Score a win for heritage, tradition and common sense.Score a win for Thanksgiving. Have you noticed the shopping malls and stores where they’ve ...

November 21st, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

New books available to check out at Traphill Branch Library include “The Kraken’s Rules for Making Friends” by Brittany R. Jacobs, &...

November 16th, 2016 |  


Turning tomatoes into chocolate

Turning tomatoes into chocolate

It was scary when my own mother told me that I didn’t belong to her.I was too little to understand Mom’s sarcasm. She just couldn’t ...

November 14th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

New books available to check out at Traphill Branch Library include “Everyday Cook” by Alton Brown, “The Christmas Angel ProjectR...

November 9th, 2016 |  


‘Take what you need’

‘Take what you need’

One time I went hungry. It was not pretty.I’ll tell on myself for a change. One time long ago someone stood up on a Sunday night during a colleg...

November 7th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Primitive Quartet from Candler will be in concert Saturday at 6 p.m. at Old Roaring River Baptist Church, 13932 Longbottom Road, Traphill. Doors w...

November 2nd, 2016 |  


Flying ghosts send us running

Flying ghosts send us running

Uh-oh. This is scary.I saw on the Internet that someone put a sheet or something on a drone, and with the portable flying machine they had a ghost soa...

October 31st, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Larry Norman will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Sunday at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to worship in this historic church, especially c...

October 26th, 2016 |  


Stuck at home on the range

Stuck at home on the range

I’ve been chewing over a new term to come to us from the world of sociology: free-range kids.My live-in chef has taken to buying expensive, brow...

October 24th, 2016 |  


A walk of serenity

A walk of serenity

Three years ago this month, the commute from Pilot Mountain to Elkin began for me, as I was given the role of editor of The Tribune and The Yadkin Rip...

October 21st, 2016 updated: October 21st, 2016. |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Sunday at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to worship in this historic church, especially ca...

October 19th, 2016 |  


Taking a blowtorch to cobwebs

Taking a blowtorch to cobwebs

Following all of the excitement, 74-year-old Henry Wayne Gurley explained that he had been in his shed near Statesville burning cobwebs with a propane...

October 17th, 2016 |  


Another top 10 ranking for Elkin City Schools

It continues to be my pleasure to serve as the Elkin interim superintendent. Good things keep happening. Just today, I learned of another “top 1...

October 16th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Welcome Home Missionary Baptist Church on the Traphill Road will have revival through Friday at 7 p.m. Sammy Lawson will be the guest speaker. Ivan Pa...

October 12th, 2016 |  


Now walking streets of gold

Now walking streets of gold

So you’d be riding along in the car here in the hometown, and up ahead there’d be a distant silhouette on the shoulder of the road.As you ...

October 10th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

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

October 5th, 2016 |  


A reverent trip back in time

A reverent trip back in time

STONE MOUNTAIN — I felt as if I were taking a trip back in time.I sat on a front pew of the old, historic Garden Creek Baptist Church and noted ...

October 3rd, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Yale Huie will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Sunday at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to worship in this historic church, especially camp...

September 28th, 2016 |  


A community that cares about their children

My oldest son John lives with his family in South Carolina in a very large housing development that is divided into smaller communities with particula...

September 26th, 2016 |  


Elkin’s greatest natural treasure

Elkin’s greatest natural treasure

It happened, I believe, the second time that Dad walked me down from the house here in the hometown to the Big Elkin Creek gorge and to Carter Falls, ...

September 26th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Bobby Trott will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Sunday at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to worship in this historic church, especially ca...

September 21st, 2016 |  


Want your own newspaper?

Want your own newspaper?

Naturally, I’ve been drawn to the news about “The Hardwick Gazette” essay contest. Hardwick is a town in northern Vermont, populatio...

September 19th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

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

September 16th, 2016 |  


No cheers at this ball game

No cheers at this ball game

Perhaps you’re going to the Wake Forest football game Saturday. If so, be prepared to show some ID and take note of another little turn in our c...

September 12th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

The annual Old Fashion Day at Stone Mountain State Park will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include heritage demonstrations and exh...

September 7th, 2016 |  


Tradin’ paint, on first down

Tradin’ paint, on first down

Up and over on the other side of the mountain our good neighbors to the north and west are preparing to go where no football player has blitzed before...

September 5th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Yale Huie will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Sunday at 9 a.m. The Crabgrass Band will be singing. Everyone is invited to worship in t...

August 31st, 2016 |  


Dark clouds gather over schools

Dark clouds gather over schools

It’s back-to-school day, for most of you students here in the hometown. Welcome back. (Yadkin and Bridges charter schools started last Wednesday...

August 29th, 2016 |  


A message from the interim superintendent

It has been my pleasure to serve as the interim superintendent of the Elkin City Schools since early July. I have met some wonderful people in the com...

August 26th, 2016 |  


Getting ready to find my park

Getting ready to find my park

From my earliest childhood memories I can recall, some of my fondest and favorite times were spent in public parks. As a family of four, of which just...

August 24th, 2016 updated: August 24th, 2016. |  


Stone Mountain News

Traphill Baptist Church is having revival this week through Wednesday at 7 p.m. with special music each night. Richard Caudill will be bringing the me...

August 24th, 2016 |  


One small step for a droid

One small step for a droid

What a letdown.Twenty years from now, folks the world over will be glued to their hologram REALLY smart phones phones while ignoring work and school a...

August 22nd, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

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

August 17th, 2016 |  


A North Elkin prophecy fulfilled

A North Elkin prophecy fulfilled

Time seemed to pass my aunt’s Charles’ Motel in North Elkin by as the years moved on. First, I-77 diverted the tourist traffic that had pa...

August 15th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

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

August 10th, 2016 |  


Buried treasure, at my chimney

Buried treasure, at my chimney

We’re just now learning about a man living on the shore of Badin Lake, north of Albemarle, who started digging in his backyard to plant three sp...

August 8th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Yale Huie will be preaching at Garden Creek Baptist Church on Sunday at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to worship in this historic church, especially camp...

August 3rd, 2016 |  


Lookit what they’re teaching now

Lookit what they’re teaching now

I once faced the question of just how was I to grow up and be a big boy here in the hometown.Not by starting school; that did not make me feel like a ...

August 1st, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

The Traphill Road will be closed for about three weeks at the Hutchison Dairy, which is south of the Traphill Branch Library. There will be detour sig...

July 27th, 2016 |  


Let’s put the elk in Elkin

Let’s put the elk in Elkin

I invited my brother-in-law and his two boys — city slickers from Down East — to the mountains one time, specifically to the Great Smokys,...

July 25th, 2016 |  


A step back in time

A step back in time

Growing up, one of my favorite summer treats was a trip to Shatley Springs. In today’s world of farm to table restaurants with fancy upscale ver...

July 22nd, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Piney Grove Baptist Church is having vacation Bible school this week through July 22 at 7 p.m. with classes for all ages. Pastor Larry Teague invites ...

July 20th, 2016 |  


Take comfort, my people

Take comfort, my people

A couple of counties to our west, folks there were inundated by a wave of bomb threats. On one day they counted 75 threats made in Catawba, Burke and ...

July 18th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

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

July 13th, 2016 |  


A night of horror, 100 years ago

A night of horror, 100 years ago

Darling,When rocks and hills divide usAnd we are far apartOthers may have my companyBut you may have my heart.- Linnie Famon Caudill, Basin Creek Cove...

July 11th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Many thanks go to the Traphill Fire Department who did so much work to make the annual Fourth of July Celebration a great success. Everyone enjoyed th...

July 7th, 2016 |  


‘Appreciate all that liberty bestows’

‘Appreciate all that liberty bestows’

A routine morning one time long ago was grinding along in a newsroom in another town. Then something odd happened.A phone call came in with a hot tip....

July 4th, 2016 |  


Stone Mountain News

Vacation Bible School at Roaring Gap Baptist Church in Thurmond will be this week through July 1 from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. with dinner being served each ...

June 29th, 2016 |  


Danville Dilemma flowing down here?

Danville Dilemma flowing down here?

Folks up in Danville, Virginia, are puzzling over what to do with an old mill dam on the Dan River downtown.As more and more folks come to the Long Mi...

June 27th, 2016 |