Category Archives: Opinion

‘The Little Mermaid’ is a captivating performance

 Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer  Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — Take a magical journey under the sea to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) this week and experience “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.” Eliciting a crowd of all ages and excited faces, the show opened with gorgeous blues, greens and purples decorating the stage. A perfect watery [...]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ a theatrical thrill

Reviewed by Logan A. White Times-News correspondent   A spellbound castle, singing teapots, and an enchanted love story adored by all ages — Alamance Children’s Theatre presents “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” this weekend at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Based on the famed Disney film, “Beauty and the Beast” is a [...]

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History is one of life’s better instructors

By Andrew Pankratz / Times-News correspondent As you prepare for school, you will look forward to (or dread) going back to history class. Depending on your teacher, this class may be interesting or … otherwise. Even so, why must we be put to effort of studying events many years and miles away from us? One [...]

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A haven for herbs: Teaching garden contains medicinal herbs & trees

By Chandler Holland Times-News correspondent    Did you know plantain, violets, dandelion and Creeping  Charlie are far more than common weeds in your pretty  lawn? These are just a few of the many plants our great  grandmothers knew how to use — both as culinary  accents and medicinal herbs. In the southern part of Alamance [...]

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Completely customizable: Smoothies will cool you down & fill you up

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent It’s summertime, and that means cool mornings quickly  transform into sweltering afternoons. All of that heat is  best paired with a fresh treat that will cool you down and  fill you up without making you feel weighed down.    Smoothies are the perfect summer mini-meal — they’re  cold, light, [...]

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Homemade ice cream hits the spot

By Jordan Carey Times-News correspondent Ice cream can an excellent way to beat the heat of summer, and  what better way to enjoy it than to make your own? Making  homemade ice cream doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. All you  need are these ingredients, a mixer and a 4-quart ice cream  freezer.   [...]

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’47 Meters’ is intense, action-packed

By Kaitlyn Parham Times-News correspondent “47 Meters Down” is a thrilling depiction of the horrors that accompany a recreational activity in paradise gone wrong. This realistic fiction film is guaranteed to leave all viewers on the edge of their seats with a racing heart rate. Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) relax on [...]

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‘Heart’ of environmental education

By Chandler Holland Times-News correspondent In 2005, Megan and Tim Toben founded the Eco-Institute at Pickards    Mountain in Chapel Hill  based on their concern for the future, and desire  to move toward a life-sustaining society with a  deeper human-earth  relationship. Since then, this local center has grown into a vibrant  community  embracing all walks [...]

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Educating the next generation

By Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent    Editor’s note: Career Callings is a monthly column that appears in Teens & 20s, as space allows. It follows    twenty-something Alamance County residents and their career paths. Education has been a hot topic for a long time now, so those with the calling to go into battle and [...]

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‘Wonder Woman’ is a wonder to behold

By Chandler Holland Times-News correspondent   In her first title role, Gal Gadot reprises Wonder Woman, as first seen in  the 2016 action blockbuster “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She  will play this beloved heroine once again in the upcoming Justice League  movie to be released this November. The statuesque 32-year-old, martial  arts-trained Gadot [...]

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