J.A. Bolton

J.A. Bolton

Last week, the skies of our state turned a dark blue. The heavy rain and strong winds came with a vengeance. Power and cable companies worked overtime to keep the utilities going. Duke Power had to find a way to take care of all the water coming from every part of the state. If anyone thinks Duke just makes power they are badly mistaken. Flood control along their many lakes and reservoirs is a major undertaking.

Monday, 25 May 2020 12:11

COLUMN: Honoring our fallen soldiers

The meaning of Memorial Day is "remembrance:” a day to honor our fallen soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

The Pee Dee River starts around Pilot Mountain and runs 232 miles before emptying into the ocean at Georgetown, South Carolina. It starts out by the name of the Yadkin River and turns into the Pee Dee where the Uwharrie River flows into it just below the dam at Tillery. In South Carolina it is known as the Great Pee Dee and along the river’s basin lies the most beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife to be found.

Friday, 08 May 2020 09:11

COLUMN: The ol' millpond

 

Our past generations did not always have the opportunities we have today. No sirree, they couldn’t just run down to the grocery store and stock up on supplies. In most cases. the rural communities grew or made just about everything they needed.

Sunday, 03 May 2020 16:09

COLUMN: The art of storytelling

 

Everyone has a story to tell. It could be about something that happened yesterday or many years ago.

 

Last week I told you the first part of my fishing trip to Smith’s Lake (a small lake on the upper Pee Dee River). How, as we entered the lake through a small passageway, a log had fallen across the small opening, and as we passed under it, a flea-bitten bobcat presented himself right above my face. How I sawed off a four-foot stump with my Swiss Army knife, just to get my 10-inch Rebel plug back. 

In this pandemic time, folks are pretty well stressed out. Sometimes we just need time to relax and have a good laugh. This is the reason I want you to read my two-part column about one of my fishing trips on the Pee Dee River. I hope it makes your day a little more joyful and less stressful.

Friday, 10 April 2020 18:23

COLUMN: Jerusalem in the days of Christ

When Jesus and his disciples entered the Holy City of Jerusalem during the Passover, it was surely a splendid city for its time. In his 33-year reign, King Herod had transformed the city, with his ambitious building projects, into a modern mecca. The city had palaces, an outdoor theater, bridges, and public monuments. Even though some of these projects weren’t completely finished until after his death, Herod had a single-minded campaign to impress the Roman Empire.

Monday, 06 April 2020 14:41

COLUMN: I miss my hugs and handshakes

As this pandemic continues, most people are practicing social distancing and for good reason. Why, these days I can’t even steal a kiss from my wife.

Friday, 27 March 2020 15:19

COLUMN: 'We are in this together'

Our world is going through a pandemic just as it did a hundred years ago. Back then it was called the 1918 flu or Spanish flu. Today it’s called the coronavirus.

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