Monthly Archives: December 2012

Area musician enjoys playing, leading a good life

Commentary by Craig Beckner Times-News correspondent  MEBANE — On a recent Sunday, Mebane Presbyterian Church revived an old and loved tradition — the ice cream social. Many participants were involved in the exciting evening, but the man who stood out was Johnny Ridge, a renowned musician who regularly lends his talents to the church. [...]

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Band of the Week: Cummings High School

Name of the band: The Cavalier Sound Director: Quinton Joyner Year it was formed: 1970 as part of the Fine Arts Curriculum Recent awards: The Cavaliers Sound received first place in Music, Marching and Maneuvering, General Effect and Flag; second place in Dance Line, Percussion and Overall Class 1A at the Warren County High School [...]

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Ideas for teens on your holiday list

Commentary by Kaitlin Gillespie and Tawny Metcalf Times-News correspondents When it comes to Christmas shopping for teens, it’s not like when they were children and gave you a list for Hot Wheels or Barbie dolls. Now, the answer seems to be “I don’t know.” Some ideas for the perfect gift for teens (since we [...]

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Suburban farming: Families reap benefits from backyard chickens

By Sam Diezel Times-News correspondent When hard-working Americans want to take steps toward becoming more self-reliant, they turn to chickens. While dogs are man’s best friend and many people adore cats, chickens have both of them beat with their respective benefits. Despite the time and investment of raising chickens, they reward their owners with [...]

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Band of the Week: Broadview Middle School

Name of the band: Broadview Middle School Concert Band Director: Quinton Joyner Year it was formed: 1968    The Broadview Middle School Band Program is comprised of young talented musicians from grades 6-8, performing various levels and genres of musical works.    “This year, we have been working toward preparing the band program for festival [...]

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Home School Band’s Christmas concert is Dec. 18

By Rachel Anne Spencer Times-News correspondent    Alamance County Home School Band’s (ACHSB) Christmas concert will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2012, at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington.    “People need to come to understand what home-schooling is all about because we have homeschoolers from different areas of the county, [...]

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‘Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die’ provides insight into Willie Nelson’s life

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.” Copyright 2012. HarperCollins. 175 pages. $22.99. Reviewed by CJ Click Times-News correspondent  Willie Nelson is a man of many talents. Pushing 80, he’s led the life that only a singer-songwriter, actor, author, poet and activist can live. His new book, “Roll [...]

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One Direction’s ‘Take Me Home’ has its moments

 “Take Me Home,” One Direction. Syco Records andColumbiaRecords. Copyright 2012. $13.99. Reviewed by Rebecca Herter Times-News correspondent British-Irish pop band One Direction released its much-anticipated second album “Take Me Home” in mid-November.    “Take Me Home” was the first British debut to reach No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Chart. It features the single [...]

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How to manage time, stress during finals

Commentary by Bailey Pennington Times News correspondent    CHAPEL HILL — It is the time of year for all-nighters, lots of coffee, too much stress and countless hours spent in the library. Although this is the “stereotypical” college exam cram idea, this does not have to be the case. There are many ways to [...]

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College freshmen: Get out there and meet new people

Commentary by Braxton Rickert Times-News correspondent    CHAPEL HILL – Most college freshmen probably have a good grasp of classes and the workload at this point, along with the all-around social life.    Though sometimes it can be lonely if you’re not meeting anybody or making any new friends, there is a tendency to [...]

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