Compliment stirs memories, inspires behaviors

Compliment stirs memories, inspires behaviors

We all have memories of moments when the way we thought about ourselves changed. Most people have had several such experiences with a single individua...

January 17th, 2018 |  


Current culture causes chill in popular song

Current culture causes chill in popular song

For several years I have been paying attention to the lyrics in the song. I have friends who speak through music so it has always been something I hav...

January 10th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

I got the hours wrong last week for the Traphill Branch Library. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, it will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m.,...

January 10th, 2018 |  


Malls: yesterday’s style, yesterday’s news

Malls: yesterday’s style, yesterday’s news

Those were heady times decades ago, back when the Tri-Counties got our own malls.Bright, shining shopping castles in Mount Airy and Wilkesboro were mo...

January 10th, 2018 |  


Stone Mountain News

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

January 3rd, 2018 |  


Celebrating self, service new year

Celebrating self, service new year

In the next few weeks there will be a multitude of suggestions about ways to improve your life.Hopefully these methods will be more about long-lasting...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


Sun rising again on our corner of Italy

Sun rising again on our corner of Italy

“Hey, want to go to Italy this weekend?”My blushing bride many years ago had been with me just long enough to know that I like to tease bu...

January 3rd, 2018 |  


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 |  


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 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,Loved by AllI was very sad when I heard about Dr. Nabors passing. He was my Doctor at a time in my life when things were not going so we...

December 12th, 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 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,As we shop for Christmas presents for our family and friends, it is important for us to remember to give to the less fortunate. I learne...

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 |  


Keeping up with the Jonesvilles

Keeping up with the Jonesvilles

It’s time for the Jones family reunion.Not “a” Jones family, but THE Jones family — all 1,646,175 of them in the United States...

November 8th, 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 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,Alumni from the Elkin High School Class of 1967 were recently in town to celebrate our 50th high school reunion. We were pleased to see ...

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 |  


Choice and regulation form spectrum

Choice and regulation form spectrum

BURLINGTON — Parental choice in education is popular. About a fifth of North Carolina students are educated outside of district-run public schoo...

October 22nd, 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 |  


Birds of a lot of feathers

Birds of a lot of feathers

If the 13th bird landed, I knew I was doomed.I remember little else about that otherwise mundane day. Got up, took a shower, got dressed, had breakfas...

October 18th, 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 |  


A mostly true story about my brother, what’s his name

A mostly true story about my brother, what’s his name

It was nice growing up with someone like you — someone to lean on, someone to count on… someone to tell on! — AnonymousWe were mean ...

October 11th, 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 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,“If it ain’t broke …”What is so broken about Elkin’s traffic situation that regressing from lights to 4-wa...

October 6th, 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 |