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Local Columns

Federal-state-local partnership helps tap into Appalachia’s potential

The hit country song “Mountain Music” by the band Alabama may recount fond memories of many Alabamians growing up in a rural mountainous area where life is simple and family bonds are strong. “Oh, play me some mountain music; Like grandma and grandpa used to play.” While a similar ...

A Wedding Reception in Our Old Barn

Our old Miller barn, with its hand-hewn timbers and oak floors, has seen a lot in its 171 years, but this will be a first, for sure. The barn swallows that for generations have attached their mud nests to its massive log floor joists, to which some bark and whitewash still attach, will be very ...

Battling her son’s depression

Dear Annie: My son is soon to be 23 years old. He was two courses short of earning his Bachelor of Science degree in computer science when something bad happened. He would not tell me what. He fell apart and did not graduate. That was two years ago. We got him into counseling, and he saw ...

Building a Stronger, Healthier Future for the Appalachian Region

With a low cost and high quality of living, it’s no surprise that more than 1.7 million North Carolinians call the Appalachia home. The 29 North Carolina counties that are a part of it offer great opportunities to families living in the region — welcoming communities, a strong small ...

Too much heat can hurt you

Kate got down from the tractor. She was helping to bale hay when she suddenly didn’t feel so well. She hadn’t thought it was excessively warm, just a nice summer day. Still, she had been drinking a sports drink to keep herself hydrated. She looked at the house, unsure whether she could make ...

Worshrag’s Getting Married

This is a column I was afraid I’d never get to write. Worshrag’s getting married!!! Yowzers! Huzzah! Boffo! Whoopee! Our joy is not just over the fact he’s getting married; it’s the wonderful “who” he’s getting married to. Honey and I have only known Busy Bee for a year, but ...