From The Editor

Bees in the eye of the beholder

“I’m not going out to play; there’s a million bees in the backyard,” the little guy said. “I want to stay inside and play my new video game; and there might be bad men out there.”


Rick Gray

Is football dead?

It won’t be easy writing this piece during a weekend in October – which is, in my opinion, properly the season for baseball.


Charlie Todd

Winning the election by a hair

In this space last May, we mentioned 26 potential candidates for the Republican nominee, one of whom will in all likelihood face Barack Obama in the Presidential election this fall. Of those named, all 26 are still alive and perhaps interested in the nomination, which may not be determined before the party’s Tampa convention in August.


Rep. Randy Forbes

Back to school

I almost always had first-day jitters. I remember my mom walking me to the door, handing me my lunch bag and kneeling down to kiss me on my forehead as I stepped out of the house and towards a new school year.


Michelle Collins-Robinson

Is it real or is it Memorex?

In 1972, Memorex launched a campaign “Is it live or is it Memorex?” this campaign eventually became “Is it real or is it Memorex?”


Lt. Pete Hypes

Fire Station 21

If things continue to proceed as planned, a fire station that was approved many years ago will open for service in January 2015. Fire Station 21, on the south end of Harrowgate Rd., will provide service to a segment of the county that sat on the far end of Station 1 and 14’s districts.


Rise and Shine in the Dogpound

Max reaches a milestone

Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. We have two milestones to celebrate this issue. The first is that my old Betsy…my car…a 2004 CRV has rolled up to 200,000 miles…or will be by the time this article hits the paper.


Dr. Todd Reynolds

Common School-Aged Illnesses

Once school begins and the weather begins to change, a host of common illnesses are seen more frequently in doctors’ offices. The close environment of the classroom provides easier transmission of infections from child to child.


Gardening With Gita

Tough cyclamen bears tender flowers

Tucked in an obscure corner, near the 40-some-year old English Boxwoods which line the front foundation of our home, we have a magical patch. I think of it as magical because, while bare in summer, but just when fall arrives, as if on cue


Leigh Burke

Age is just a number

There is often a common theme in my articles and that is that age is just a number. I was thinking about the article for this month and, once again, how I was going to convey this message. I was thinking about what the indicators were that triggered someone to think someone is “old.”


Gena Lashley

You’re wearing that?

This morning we are taking a bit longer than normal; the precious flower has to try on her hats and figure out which boots will look best with her outfit. She is a little fashionista, with her own unique style – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


Anthony Barnes

Menopause and weight gain in the midsection

Question of the Month: I expected to gain weight during menopause but I didn’t think that most of it would be in my midsection. This is not where I usually put on weight. Is there a reason for this?


John Hall

The accidental journalist decides to take a break

My high school English teachers would certainly be amazed by my positive (I think?) contributions to this newspaper over the last three years. It has been a great deal of fun, and I must admit I have at times enjoyed those 15 seconds of fame.


Dr. Robert Owens

Can you see the vision?

A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.