The Old Paths: Unplugged

The Old Paths: Unplugged

My little boy said to me last week, “You know, Mom, when people say that money doesn’t grow on trees, they’re wrong.” When I q...

July 18th, 2018 updated: July 18th, 2018. |  


Francisco News

I love this time of year. I love the church homecomings, vacation Bible school, family reunions, it’s all good! Speaking of which, the Dunkley F...

July 18th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July. My family did the usual cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad and chocolate pie. After the ...

July 11th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Let freedom ring

The Old Paths: Let freedom ring

The only holiday week of the summer is upon us. If I get really still, I can imagine I hear the sounds of kids splashing in the pool, ice tinkling in ...

July 4th, 2018 |  


Lloyd – Kent

Lloyd – Kent

Brittney Kaye Lloyd and Joel Tyler Kent of Charlotte were married at 6 p.m. on May 28 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, N.C. The Rev. Alan ...

June 27th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

This is such a great time of the year. It’s the beginning of summer and you may have a vacation on your mind. When I was growing up, vacation wa...

June 27th, 2018 |  


Patti SnyderExtension Agent, Family and Consumer Sciences

It’s that time of the year again, when we break out our pressure canners and get to work. For hours on end, our weekends are spent in the kitche...

June 20th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Bitter or better?

The Old Paths: Bitter or better?

“Hot, ain’t it?” “Hot enough for ya?” “Boy, it’s hot!”If you’re breathing air in Stokes County t...

June 20th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Oh, the lazy days of summer, unless you have gardens, tobacco, and/or hay, not much laziness going on around here. Please be careful in your travels a...

June 20th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The glossy beauty of summer begonias – The shiny round leaves of the unusual begonia is worth planting every summer, but the tiny delicate white...

June 13th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Congratulations to all the students who have recently graduated our area high school and possibly college. If you are taking the summer off before goi...

June 13th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Starting tomato plants from seed to prepare for a late autumn harvest –You can start seed this week for late summer tomato plants to prepare the...

June 6th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

We had a wonderful turn out at the Raise the Roof Breakfast last Saturday! This event netted a grand total of $2300. That’s a lot of gravy and p...

June 6th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: The thought that counts

The Old Paths: The thought that counts

Do you think in twenty years we’ll look back and sigh nostalgically about how much simpler life was back on the old paths in 2018? In other word...

June 6th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The ferns of summer cool off the scene – Any porch or deck seems cooler when adorned with containers or baskets of lush, green ferns. Green is t...

May 30th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Hope everyone had a great three day weekend. But I also hope you didn’t forget exactly what Memorial Day stands for and what it really means. Th...

May 30th, 2018 |  


50th Wedding Anniversary

50th Wedding Anniversary

Jack H. Taylor and Peggy W. Taylor celebrated 50 years of marriage on May 17. Jack is retired from Piedmont US Air and Peggy was a stay at home mother...

May 30th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Setting out sweet and hot pepper plants – Peppers, both hot and sweet are tropical in their nature and warm May nights will promote their growth...

May 23rd, 2018 |  


Francisco News

So…have you had any rain lately? Look at this way – at least it’s not lava coming down from the sky. No matter how bad things may se...

May 23rd, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Precious memories

The Old Paths: Precious memories

When I was a kid at our Bray family gatherings, inevitably someone would request that we go to the piano and sing some hymns. Mama would pull out the ...

May 23rd, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Saint Dunstan’s Day arrives Saturday – Could he be the last harbinger of cool spring temperatures? Saturday, May 19, 2018 is known as Sain...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Hope everyone had a blessed Mother’s Day. I did. I always enjoy spending time with Holly. Saturday morning, we worked at the Pancake Breakfast a...

May 16th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Community…the dictionary defines this word as a group of people who live in the same area, or the area in which they live. My definition is a gr...

May 9th, 2018 |  


Mabe – Williams

Mabe – Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Timmy Mabe of Lawsonvillle are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessie Denise Mabe to Tanner Gray Williams, son of N...

May 6th, 2018 |  


Denise – Williams

Denise – Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Timmy Mabe of Lawsonvillle are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessie Denise to Tanner Gray Williams, son of Nathan...

May 2nd, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Francisco Operations (formerly Francisco Elementary School) had their Open House last Friday. Anxious friends, neighbors, guests and candidates filed ...

May 2nd, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Here’s hoping April’s Swan Song is a few warm showers - There are only four days remaining in the month of April and what more beautiful w...

April 25th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

April showers will bring May flowers. Let’s hope it also washes down the pollen in the air. It seems everywhere I go, everyone is sneezing and c...

April 25th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: The matter of words

The Old Paths: The matter of words

Remember that old rhyme from childhood: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? We would chant that when som...

April 25th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

April showers and umbrellas – The month can bring all kinds of surprises and can even include a little bit of snow, but only enough to melt your...

April 18th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Just when you think it’s safe to turn the heat off, it’s 30 degrees again. It’s 35 degrees this morning. Didn’t bother with th...

April 18th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Getting ready for a Four o’clock season – The cool soil of April days is ready to receive the tough barrel shaped seeds of the colorful fo...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

If you haven’t, take the time to notice the flowering trees now. They are gorgeous! The dogwoods and red buds are also starting to blossom. We t...

April 11th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Movie meanderings

The Old Paths: Movie meanderings

Anybody been to the movies lately? Around my house, it seems as though we go in spurts. Just before Christmas, a slew of blockbuster movies come out, ...

April 11th, 2018 |  


Children enjoy local Easter egg hunts

Children enjoy local Easter egg hunts

The Christian Awareness Program (CAP) held their annual Easter Egg Hunt and community cookout at the East Walnut Cove Park in Walnut Cove.The Christia...

April 5th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Hope everyone had a blessed Easter. It was such a beautiful weekend to spend time with family and friends. My sister and I visited my aunt and uncle S...

April 4th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The fickle month of April is here - April is now six days old and a highlight of the month is the fact we can expect the last frost of the season in a...

April 4th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

It sure was a beautiful snowfall on Saturday. It looked really pretty on the daffodils and forsythias, unusual but pretty. Let’s hope that’...

March 28th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Springtime rambling

The Old Paths: Springtime rambling

As we drove to Walnut Cove this week for our “Taco Tuesday” fix at El Cabo, we saw piles of snow in Danbury’s ditches. “Waitin...

March 28th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Will March go out like a Lion or a Lamb – We will know very soon because tomorrow is the very last day of March. Even though March is almost ove...

March 28th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Say hello to spring this week, even though as of the time of my writing this, the weather channel is also calling for snow. March is never boring. My ...

March 21st, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Spring is in its second full day – The cool temperatures may not be saying spring time even though the calendar does. Cool weather crops do not ...

March 21st, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Could this possibly be the last snow of the season? All those in favor, please raise your hand. Could be worse. I read some tidbits of information abo...

March 14th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: What’s in a name

The Old Paths: What’s in a name

It’s that March Madness time of year again. I reckon I’m as guilty as the next sports-lover of becoming perhaps too invested in the variou...

March 14th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

Month of Jonquils, Daffodils, Hyacinths - The amber color of daffodils and jonquils and the perfume of hyacinths sets the tone and atmosphere for the ...

March 14th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

Did the wind blow you away over the weekend? It was kite weather for sure as long as you stayed away from the trees and power lines. Some of neighbors...

March 7th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

It’s the end of February. Time marches on to spring, thank the Lord. We are ready! We have some extra daylight time now in the evening. I’...

February 28th, 2018 |  


The Old Paths: Tear the roof off

The Old Paths: Tear the roof off

The brown wooden deck beside my lounge chair seemed to be turning pink as I sat outside enjoying the unseasonable weather. Pink? Was I seeing things? ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


The Garden Plot

The Garden Plot

The month of the lion and the lamb weather is here – It may be the month that spring arrives but that does not mean warm weather is just around ...

February 28th, 2018 |  


Francisco News

These warmer temperatures have made the daffodils start poking through the soil now. I love these warm days but I hope the new flowers aren’t co...

February 21st, 2018 |