J.A. Bolton

J.A. Bolton

Sunday, 16 May 2021 14:10

COLUMN: Story of the not-so-free cat

Several years back, I had a heart attack and had to have bypass surgery. When I went for my follow-up visit, I was told that I had clean pipes.

Friday, 07 May 2021 09:57

COLUMN: The story of Ol' Cousin Ben


You know, I’ve found when we look back through our family tree, we can almost always find some interesting characters.

Friday, 23 April 2021 13:56

COLUMN: Managing my garden Part II

Last week’s story ended with my mule going to Washington, but I had to have something to work my garden with, so I got me one of them mechanical mules. You know, the kind that has a big tire in the back and the little tire in front and a Briggs & Stratton motor on top. 

Friday, 16 April 2021 13:20

COLUMN: Managing my garden Part I

Come spring, I always like to plant myself several gardens. At my house, the only place I have to plant my garden is on the sides of two steep hills behind the house.

When my wife and I got married many moons ago, we moved into a little house in downtown Ellerbe.

Friday, 02 April 2021 15:06

COLUMN: Gigging suckers

Now to set y'all straight, this here story is not about certain people who seem to fall for anything, no siree. This story is my recollection of one of my experiences while gigging blue-fin suckers in local creeks.

Friday, 26 March 2021 12:29

COLUMN: Spring has made its arrival

March 20 is the official date on the calendar for spring to begin. Although March weather is very unpredictable, I think warmer weather is on its way.

Friday, 19 March 2021 12:56

COLUMN: Whiskey Willie

Moonshining began very early in American history, shortly after the Revolution. The U.S. found itself struggling to pay for the expense of fighting a long war. The solution was to place a federal tax on liquors and spirits (don’t that just sound like our government today). Well those folks won’t gonna put up with that new whiskey tax, no siree. They just decided to just keep on making their own whiskey; completely ignoring the federal tax.

On the first weekend in March, our immediate family came together to surprisingly plant pine trees.

Friday, 05 March 2021 11:52

COLUMN: A season for everything

The Bible tells us there is a season for everything; a time to plant and a time to reap; a time to be born and a time to die.

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