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As a former regular Black Friday shopper, I can certainly understand the thrill and adrenaline rush that comes from the seemingly great deals and early morning hours. However, there’s a whole other set of feelings and rewards that come from shopping small!

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I believe this is going to be one of the grandest holiday seasons ever. The year 2020 has tested us in so many ways, so we’re ready for something better, much better. So, let’s welcome in the 2020 holiday season.

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“This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.” — Franklin D Roosevelt

Believe it or not, the holidays are here and, with the current pandemic, online purchases may break records this year.  Mobile payment apps (Venmo, Zelle and others) have increased in popularity because they allow a person to send money to another person (or merchant) directly, electronicall…

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Every year about this time, I suggest to my friends they get a head start on Thanksgiving. Our world is moving so fast, and this year has been further complicated by more distractions than you can shake a stick at. If we don’t take time and focus on that which is most important, Thanksgiving Day will come and go, and we will still be in a daze.

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Another November is here. When I consider November, many thoughts come to mind. First, is the Thanksgiving holiday, then a myriad of sights and sounds and feelings and favorite things – pumpkins, falling leaves, fields of bleached corn stalks, a bite to the air and tobacco – stripping tobacco, throwing down tobacco, hauling off tobacco and selling tobacco.

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From time to time, one of my granddaughters will ask me to tell her about the olden days. Quite frankly, when I think of the olden days, I conger up pictures of   frontiersmen with long rifles crossing the Appalachian Mountains, of log cabins and of covered wagons crossing the Great Plains. On the other hand, she is inquiring about life in the 1950s and 1960s.

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I, like most of you, have given this COVID-19 pandemic a lot of thought. Please understand. I fully grasp the seriousness of its impact. Early in the outbreak I lost a friend who was as fine a man as I have ever known. A few months later, one of my younger brothers had a frighteningly close call with the virus. Since then, others I had known have passed away.

A week or so back, I decided to go visit an old friend. So, I packed up some gear and headed for the Brim Hollow. I took two chain saws, a 12-gauge shotgun, and my favorite little ax; but most importantly, I took my time.

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A week or so back, I decided to go visit an old friend. So, I packed up some gear and headed for the Brim Hollow. I took two chain saws, a 12-gauge shotgun, and my favorite little ax; but most importantly, I took my time.

Kevin has been a fixture of Hendersonville for the past several years, very active as a Board Member on the Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce and well-known around town. He even started the noted business networking group Business Network International (BNI), “Give. Gain. Grow!” Chapter.

My earliest memories of a cornfield take me back to a time when I was four years old. In those days my father harvested corn by hand. The process was called “gathering corn.”

Some are and some are scammers.  So, what is a contact tracer?  In the fight against COVID-19, a weapon used by public health officials is the contact tracer.  These are people who contact you to discuss the fact that you have tested positive for the virus or have been in close contact with …

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which offers a time to highlight the necessity of learning and talking about suicide prevention. National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 6 – 12 and World Suicide Prevention Day is Sept. 10. 

Low morale is permeating police departments across our nation as protesters repeatedly vilify, demonize, and verbally attack the thin blue line.

For several weeks, we have seen chaos reign supreme in leftist cities and states across our nation. Whether it’s the unrest in Portland that has lasted more than 90 days, autonomous zones in Seattle, or the destruction of monuments and defacement of memorials in our nation’s capital, we have…