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Columns

  • Cultivating Grayson - September

    Article Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers

  • Cultivating Grayson

    Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers
     

    Today is the first in a series of articles we have titled “Cultivating Grayson.” These articles will be provided by the Grayson County Extension Office and volunteer Master Gardeners. It is our purpose to educate, inspire and entertain those interested and passionate about all things gardening.

  • Guest column: “Physical therapy for Vertigo”
  • Editor’s column: ‘Pre-writing rituals’

    When I was in elementary school, I hated writing assignments. I guess that is pretty strange, considering my chosen career path, but when I was assigned an essay, a research paper or even a paragraph, my brain would lock up tighter than the vault that holds Colonel Sanders’ KFC recipe.
    When I was at my desk, I would freeze, and sometimes I would sit there for hours trying to come up with something.
    Then one day, after school was finished (I was home-schooled, by the way) my mom catches me on my computer writing — you guessed it — a story.

  • Editor’s column: ‘Books are so much more than a hobby’

    A tweet I found online a while back reads, “Ever realized how… surreal reading a book actually is? You stare at marked slices of tree for hours on end, hallucinating vividly.”

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Cleaning inception’

    About a year ago, a trend went around on social media, where everyone was asked to pick three fictional characters that best describe them. It was one of those online trends that irritate a lot of people I know; but to be honest, I love it when little mini-surveys and mini-games like this go viral, because it tells me a lot about my friends and family in a fun, unconventional way.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Know the signs’

    Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional; the following are accounts of my personal experience in dealing with a mental illness. If you believe that you or someone you know is suffering from a mental illness or disorder, please seek professional treatment as soon as possible.

  • School closing a sad but necessary decision

    Much debate surrounds the Grayson County School Board’s recent decision to close Baywood Elementary.

    The matter passed with a 3-2 vote on June 18, weeks after the school board and Division Superintendent Kelly Wilmore explained that the decision was forced on them due to an anticipated $1 million shortfall in the upcoming school year.

  • Guest column: Saving our poorest localities

    Over the past 50 years, the economy in most of rural America has been in steady decline. Specifically, Virginia’s coalfields and surrounding counties have experienced a mass exodus of industry and population. Some localities have lost nearly 50 percent in population.
    The reasoning for such a decrease has been and will continue to be debated by economists and politicos. Either way, the actual loss is reality.

  • Editor’s Column: ‘Another one wipes the dust’

    I’m willing to bet that most of us have had the following conversation with a friend when they were over for a visit. Usually, it happens after one of those flight-of-the-bumblebee, stuff and fluff cleaning rushes when you get about 20 minutes notice that someone is coming over. Maybe you forgot you were having company, or maybe it was last-second planning. But somehow, despite the time crunch, you manage to stuff all of the crap lying around your house into the nearest broom closet and transfer your pile of dirty breakfast dishes under the sink before the doorbell rings.