J.A. Bolton

J.A. Bolton

Friday, 11 October 2019 19:53

COLUMN: Is our climate changing?

Has anyone felt that our summers are hotter and our winters milder? Well, if your answer is yes, you are not alone. 

Friday, 04 October 2019 17:15

COLUMN: Fords, foot logs and ferries

Seems nowadays when we drive down the road and cross a bridge, we don’t even think about the river or stream below it. It wasn’t that way in our forefathers’ times, no sirre.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 22:41

COLUMN: Exploring the Sandhills Game Lands

In the northern parts of Richmond and Scotland counties lies more than 60,000 acres of the Sandhills Game Land. This land was part of a bigger purchase of land by the federal government in the early part of the 20th century. Over a half million acres of sandy poor land in five counties were and still are used to  train our armed forces. Over time, the part known as Sandhills Game Management Land has been managed by state agencies like the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Fish Hatchery and Forest Service.

Friday, 13 September 2019 15:05

COLUMN: Keeping it in the family

When my neighbor, Steve Allen, got home from his last day of school in 1956, he was surprised at what was parked in his yard. Seems his Dad, Mr. Tom Allen, had bought himself a new pickup truck.

Friday, 06 September 2019 15:03

COLUMN: Keep those blades sharp

Landscaping our yards with flowers, shrubs, trees and grass has become a multi-million dollar business. Many folks have their own landscaping business and employ lots of workers. The average homeowner  invests in a riding lawn mower, weedeater and many types of hand tools just to maintain their yards. Grass seed, fertilizer and chemicals are purchased along with irrigation equipment. Now let’s not forget about those high-priced water bills that come in every month.

Friday, 23 August 2019 18:08

COLUMN: School buses are rolling again

Around the end of August, school buses will be on the roads again carrying children back and forth to school. Why, some kids have to rise before daylight to be able to catch the bus. Some might have an hour ride to get to their school.


Nowadays during the month of August, children are returning from camp or vacations. Within the next few weeks they will be headed back to school. Clothes and school supplies have to be bought and whatever else that is required for the start of the school year.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 19:58

COLUMN: Remembering Ma's mater biscuits

Most folks have enjoyed eating a tomato sandwich — but what about a tomato biscuit. 

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 13:42

COLUMN: Don't let the old ways disappear

Several years ago I got the notion to make some homemade walking staffs. You know the way folks used to make them. Well, I had plenty of young oak saplings growing on my place and a little time on my hands. The only tool I didn’t have to make a staff was a drawing knife to scale the bark off. The problem was solved when my wife’s cousin, Edward Snyder, gave me one of his antique knives and then I was in business.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 05:05

Out with the Old and in with the New

ROCKINGHAM - If you were in downtown Rockingham Monday morning you would have seen the new water fountain on the square being tested.

It was so beautiful and the sound of the water was so peaceful.

As the new square takes shape it will be a most delightful complement for downtown Rockingham.

Also Monday morning, demolition started on the R.W. Goodman building.

D.H. Griffin’s heavy equipment was hard at work tearing down what used to be the Long Building.

Work will continue until all of the buildings are torn down and hauled away.

The new Richmond Community College Business School will be built on the location.

As the demolition began, several people, including Mr. Charles Deane and J.A. Bolton, observed from a distance.

It was sad watching a part of Rockingham’s history go down but what replaces it will help downtown grow and will be a viable addition to our community. 

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