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Columns

  • Cultivating Grayson - 9/4/19

    Article Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers

    Fred... can’t believe it. I named him Fred.

  • Democracy won’t die if we don’t let it

    Editor’s note: Lee H. Hamilton is a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government and served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.

    Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before.

  • Cultivating Grayson - 5/1/19

    Article Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers

  • General Assembly session successful, despite distractions

    With droves of national media descending on Richmond earlier this year, the 2019 General Assembly session had every opportunity to be one of the worst and least productive sessions in Virginia history.

  • Notes from Chez J. Zane's Kitchen March 27

    One cannot leave our culinary visit to Ireland without a little history of the Irish Potato Famine of the 1840’s.
    In the early 1800’s, life in Ireland was not an easy one. Irish citizens got by farming and relying on the potato. The potato was the Irish peoples’ main source of food and money. Without the potato, Ireland would have had nothing. In the early 1840’s, no one was prepared for what was about to occur: the Great Irish Potato Famine.

  • Notes from Chez J. Zane's Kitchen March 13

    With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, everyone is frantically making plans to create green foods and the perfect green outfit. The green clothing comes from the fear of being pinched.
    Being pinched on St. Patrick’s Day is a known tradition that happens on March 17 to those who do not or forget to wear green. Just a spot of green will not cut it; we must dress as a leprechaun to be safe from the pinches.
    Getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day is only a small part of the holiday’s understanding.

  • Cultivating Grayson - 1/16/19

    Article Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers
     

    In our second article each month we explore how landscaping effects work environments and the benefits it brings to the public. This month we examine large scale turf management, design, and execution.

  • Cultivating Grayson - 1/02/19

    Article Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers
     

  • Cultivating Grayson - 12/19/18

    Article Provided by Master Gardener Volunteers
     

  • Guest column: Immigration in focus for rural America

    Brian Depew is with the Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization established in 1973 to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action-oriented programs addressing social, economic and environmental issues.

    A raid in north central Nebraska put a spotlight on immigration in rural America.
    It targeted alleged labor exploitation by a local employment agency. It swept up more than 100 community members and employees of local businesses.