In order to help them survive, humans throughout the ages have carefully manipulated plants in order to propagate desirable traits. Ancient cultures in central Mexico transformed small tufted grasses into what we now know as corn, and the Romans worked tirelessly to create the perfect rose.

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Wednesday, July 03, 2019

After patiently waiting, and maintaining a safe distance away from the broody hen, Poppa is pleased to announce he has hatched off ten little ones.

On Thursday, June 27, 2019, the nation’s highest court declared that it was too delicate a flower to deal with partisan gerrymandering. The issue, the court said, was beyond the scope of their authority.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Found among woodland floors, rocky outcroppings and even clinging to trees, ferns grow all over the world, and are found in the greatest numbers among the moist and perpetually warm tropics. Many of the species that are found in the forests and shady clearings of North America are elegant, w…

Friends, the watershed of these mountains needs your help. Whether you’re a local, or a visitor to this area, you may have noticed the river of late. You may have even heard someone say, “Boy, the Tuck sure is muddy today.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In order to help them survive, humans throughout the ages have carefully manipulated plants in order to propagate desirable traits. Ancient cultures in central Mexico transformed small tufted grasses into what we now know as corn, and the Romans worked tirelessly to create the perfect rose.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Honeybees are without a doubt one of the most prevalent insects in modern human culture. We depend on honeybees for honey and for their help in pollinating large fields of crops, which tend to exclude most other pollinators because of their prohibitive shape, size and heavy pesticide exposure.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

The sides of highways are an assault on the senses, with hot blasts of wind radiating from the busy roads bringing pungent fumes and loud noises that overwhelm most wildlife that approach. Many times, wildlife stumbling onto a highway are forced to quickly turn back or face a quick death att…

A large majority of retirees work between 25 to 30 years in public service before receiving their retirement, contributing 6 percent of their pay each month. For many public sector workers that monthly, required contribution impacts their daily lives – this mandatory contribution to their pe…

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A group of healthcare stakeholders met in Raleigh recently for a first-ever “listen and learn” session focused on two questions: How much should we spend on healthcare and how should these dollars be advocated?

You don’t have to look far to see that many in North Carolina – approximately 500,000 – are struggling from an absence of adequate, high quality health insurance. This is why Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are supporting bipartisan efforts by Gov. Roy Cooper and legisl…

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Habitat loss is one of the main causes of pollinator decline worldwide. While manicured lawns and sculpted hedges often appear pleasant to our eyes, landscapes dominated by human designs offer appallingly few home sites to the other wildlife living in the area.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

There’s a divide in society, between those with calloused hands, and those who ride a desk for a living. The relationship is often of judgment, with one side believing their mama didn’t raise her kids to have dirty hands, and the other believing there is honor in swollen hands that sport thi…

While bumble bees, carpenter bees and other large bees are readily spotted flying throughout their environments, most of the bees native to the United States are much smaller and can be easy to miss.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

As last week’s massive teacher march and rally in Raleigh approached, lawmakers geared up for a crush of visitors advocating for public education. There were rope lines set up at the entrance of the Legislative Building, and many legislators put up welcoming signs in their offices offering s…

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has introduced legislation, SB 790, that would give North Carolina land to South Carolina’s Catawba Indian Nation for an off-reservation casino.

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Ginseng is one of the most commonly consumed herbal supplements in the United States, and while little scientific evidence is currently published to back it up, ginseng is often used to treat colds and flus while reportedly also boosting memory, regulating blood sugar levels and acting as an…

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Tomato blight and blossom end rot are perhaps two of the most discouraging ailments that can afflict our gardens. Since planting time is upon us, here are my recommendations to combat trouble before it starts.

As a tree slowly grows, it is constantly changing itself to better withstand local stressors.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Pets perform a variety of functions. A good pet keeps its owner company, attracts (or demands) attention, gives us something to care for, and provides a window into the beauties and quirks of nature in an easy to control package.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

If you happen to see a sharp increase in turkey activity in the next few weeks, don’t be alarmed.

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Serviceberry winter (Sarvas winter) has passed, leaving us waiting for a green light from Mother Nature signaling the all-clear that it’s safe to plant. Veteran gardeners know Blackberry and Dogwood winters must both pass before we can transplant delicate seedlings and get serious about outs…

The night sky is far more active than we normally take it to be, and moths are a large percentage of the nocturnal fliers. While there are moths who are active in daytime, most prefer the night life and instead tend to shelter during the day hidden among their favorite hiding places due to i…

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
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The N.C. House has taken a long overdue step toward transparency, voting unanimously to add online video streaming of its sessions – so North Carolinians across the state can watch their government in action without driving to Raleigh.

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If you own it, you control it. That’s what it means to enjoy a property right, in a nutshell. It is a right safeguarded by North Carolina’s constitution as well as the 14th amendment to the federal Constitution, among other provisions.

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The state treasurer and the N.C. Healthcare Association can’t reach consensus over how to pay for health insurance for state employees. The governor and some legislative leaders are advocating Medicaid expansion to cover an additional 600,000 people, which would cost the state roughly $600 m…

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Gov. Roy Cooper is not known for booming rhetoric, and in the same quiet way that he might deliver his speeches he has gone about dramatically shifting the balance of the North Carolina judiciary.

Last weekend marked the end of a sports era. Since I was around at the beginning, I want to join others in mourning the loss of over-the-air broadcasts of ACC sports.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Found in fallow fields and cultivated lands, there’s a treasure in the mountains most of us overlook, a nutrient rich plant that sustained families through the winter when the root cellar was getting bare.

Ladybugs are one of the most common and easily recognized members of a landscape. There are thousands of species of these beetles worldwide, with more than 400 that we know of taking up residence in the states.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019