J.A. Bolton

J.A. Bolton

Friday, 23 October 2020 12:15

COLUMN: The legend of Running Deer Part I

In times long past, many different tribes or bands of Native Americans lived along the Pee Dee River. They were mostly Eastern Siouan such as the Catawba, Keyauwee, Waccamaw, and Cheraw tribes. 

Friday, 16 October 2020 00:35

COLUMN: A hard nut to crack

First of all, this story is not using the old expression “a hard nut to crack” in reference to other people. Instead, it’s about them hard hickory nuts that most folks say are just not worth the trouble to crack.

For some reason, I’ve always loved trucks. 

Friday, 02 October 2020 11:09

COLUMN: A bridge too far Part II

Operation Market Garden began early on Sunday morning, Sept. 17, 1944. Thousands of Allied paratroopers and glider personnel were flying to their destination in Holland.

Friday, 25 September 2020 12:54

COLUMN: A bridge too far

In the early 1940s, our country — along with most of the world — was at war. Germany and Japan were looking to expand their boundaries with no regard for other countries or their people. Before the war ended, many lives would be lost, and destruction would be everywhere.

Friday, 18 September 2020 12:36

COLUMN: Those pesky red bugs

Seems during the warmer months, folks want to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Why, some work in their yards and gardens or hike on their favorite trails, while other’s fish along lakes and streams, or even pick berries. Whatever the outdoor activity, these are perfect hiding places for red bugs.

Friday, 11 September 2020 17:57

COLUMN: A day in the field

To celebrate the end of the long hunting drought, dove hunters take to the field around the first of September.

Friday, 04 September 2020 12:25

COLUMN: Watch out for those stumps


Clearing land of stumps in today’s world is much easier than in years past. Backhoes, trackhoes, and large bulldozers can clear acres of land in days, compared to months or years to clear by hand.

Friday, 28 August 2020 14:58

COLUMN: A walk down memory lane

This summer I had my timber cut around my house and the farm. There were probably close to 20 acres of trees.

The loggers clear-cut and ground just about all the trees into chips. This means even the limbs and leaves were ground. They left our small farm with only stumps and a few small limbs lying on the ground.

Before the clear-cut grows up with bushes and trees, I thought I would walk over the old farm.

As a writer, you sometimes think, ”Is all this time and research on a book or column worth it?”

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