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It’s Martha’s Party – She Can Dance If She Wants To!

 WORDS & PHOTOS BY BEN DUNGAN A 50th birthday party celebration looks about like what you’d think it would. Friends and family all gathered in...

Sniffling, Sneezing…Cold Season

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN In the previous three winters, I have had two colds. Do the math - that means one entire winter season, I...

For No Particular Reason, I Decided To Wander

  WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN My friend Scott Hirshman once told me that every time he hears the song “Running On Empty” by Jackson Browne, he...

Looking For The Christmas Spirit

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN Every year it happens. We look for the Christmas spirit. We search far and wide to feel the way we are...

Kid Logic And Fresh Apples

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN It’s funny what you think is true as a kid and what is actually true. As a kid, I used to wonder...

Gaston County’s Unwritten Rules

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN When you’ve been around for more than 100 years, you tend to get a little stuck in your ways. After all,...

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Hearty, Healthy Minestrone Soup

WORDS BY SHELBY WILSON We are not vegetarian, but we are trying to do a meatless Monday. Here is a recipe for a hearty minestrone soup...

Smiles And Hope Are Still In The World…

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN My daughter, Amelia, was born on Election Night last year. At 9:31 p.m., to be exact.All six pounds and two ounces...

Be bold decorating for the holidays!

By Brie Hays It goes without saying that 2020 has been a challenge for everyone! The holiday...

Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole

By Kristen Robeson  This delicious dish goes very well with a fruit salad. The day before get your...

Katharine Hepburn and Christmas Lights

WORDS BY BEN DUNGAN I think it may have been the fourth house on the left, right as you turn into theneighborhood where I live....