J.A. Bolton

J.A. Bolton

Friday, 10 July 2020 11:28

COLUMN: First time away from home

How many of you can remember when you left home for the first time? Was it to go into the armed forces, go off to school, get married, or just to get out on your own?

In the ‘50s and early ‘60s, a lot of folks had jobs at textile mills. Work at the mills was hard but if you were willing to work you at least had a job.

A lot of the mills closed during the week of the Fourth of July. A lot of the employees took advantage of this by spending a well-deserved vacation with their family at the beach.

Stories and history play a big part of who we are today.

Both are intermingled to make up the very fabric of who we are in our own society. Some stories that are told are as true as the Holy Scripture while others just seem to make our lives more exciting and sometimes we even get a good laugh out of them.

Friday, 19 June 2020 11:38

COLUMN: Stories of my Aunt B - Part II

Last week, I told you a little about one side of my family— how growing up in Depression times were tough on just about every family, but most families endured and became closer. I also introduced you to my Aunt B and told you about her taking over the household chores after the death of her mother and then became a mother figure to her younger sister.

Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:41

COLUMN: Stories of my Aunt B - Part I

Aunt B was one of my mom’s older sisters. There were four girls in the family of 12 children.

Each child had their own job to do on their 100-acre farm during the days of the Great Depression. They didn’t have a lot of cash, but food was always on their lazy Susan table.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been having my timber clear-cut. It’s been about 20 years since it was cut. Up until then most of our farm was in cultivation. When you harvest your timber, you should soon replant it. I’m planning to replant with longleaf pine even though I doubt I’ll ever see them mature.

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.

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