Category Archives: Opinion

Mountain getaway: Bryson City offers relaxation & fun

By Corinna Workman Times-News correspondent  Bustling downtown shops, breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains, pleasant train rides and exhilarating white water rafting are all wonderful potential components of a vacation in Bryson City. One of the city’s most popular attractions is the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, which allows visitors to tour the scenic [...]

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Poll: What parents wish their teens knew

By Emily Clark Times-News correspondent     Teens & 20s recently asked five parents of teens and twenty-somethings — “What do you wish your teenagers understood?” “I wish kids knew that parents are really in tune with them. Parents are a generation of experiences ahead and really similar to their kids in more ways than they [...]

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Beautiful, uncrowded beaches: Topsail Island a great place to visit

By Corinna Workman Times-News correspondent     Topsail Island is an island just off Surf City, NC, that is so small that you can stand in the center and see both the sound and the ocean at the same time. The little town of Topsail has made headlines recently with the completion of a new bridge [...]

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What do you wish your parents knew?

By Emily Clark Times-News correspondent     Teens & 20s recently asked five teens and twenty-somethings “what do they wish their parents knew?” “That it’s not just a phase.” — William Sandford, Alamance Community College senior    “I wish my parents understood that I notice and appreciate the little things they do for me, just as [...]

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Nostalgia with a fresh new sound: Jonas Brothers brought both to Raleigh show

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent    RALEIGH — The Jonas Brothers brought joy and excitement to fans Wednesday night at the PNC Arena. The Happiness Begins Tour is a milestone for the three brothers — it is their first tour since disbanding in 2013. The concert reflected both the nostalgia of the Jonas Brothers we [...]

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Three days on the Appalachian Trail

By Andrew Pankratz Times-News correspondent    My uncle and I recently hiked the Appalachian Trail from Nantahala Outdoor Center to where NC 28 crosses the trail a mile before the Fontana Dam. We arrived at the Whitewater Center on a Tuesday afternoon and hiked a mile south to the Rufus Bald Shelter. Because most of [...]

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Camp a chance to improve writing skills

By Corinna Workman Times-News correspondent    WILMINGTON — The University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Young Writers Workshop teaches high school students how to improve their writing skills. From July 9-13, 2019, campers experienced living on campus and eating all their meals at the university’s most popular dining hall. The camp featured short seminars by [...]

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Entertaining evening: Saturdays in Saxapahaw fun for whole family

By Lily Pope Times-News correspondent     SAXAPAHAW — Saturdays in Saxapahaw are filled with music — and people. Blankets and chairs dot the hill overlooking the stage where musicians perform. It’s not uncommon to see couples and families enjoying food and beverages found at the farmers market and Saxapahaw General Store. The family friendly event, [...]

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Things To Do (week of Aug. 5, 2019)

Times-News EDITOR’S NOTE: The print edition of Things To Do had The British Invaders performing on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. The Castaways will be performing for the Musical Chairs countywide concert series that night. • The Castaways: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jimmy Combs Amphitheater, Burlington City Park, 1388 S. Main St., Burlington, as [...]

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‘Fame Jr.’ a trip back in time

Reviewed by Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent Studio 1′s “Fame Jr.” is a show that all ages will enjoy. Kids will not only love the upbeat dance numbers and storyline, but parents will especially enjoy a trip down memory lane with the 1980s music, costumes and movement this show provides. From strong characters with emotional backstories [...]

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