Citizens’ Sentiments

Citizens’ Sentiments

George Burns (East Bend) “We need a drug store and a grocery store. Right now we don’t have a drug store at all and the grocery store we h...

February 16th, 2017 |  


Yadkin Chamber visits Ireland: Part 2

Yadkin Chamber visits Ireland: Part 2

This is the second of three articles on the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce’s trip to Ireland. Part one of the series appeared in the Jan. 29 ...

February 15th, 2017 |  


Marching for equality, justice: Why I will be part of the Women’s March on Washington

Marching for equality, justice: Why I will be part of the Women’s March on Washington

This week is an important one for our nation. It is the week we take time to honor Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; it is the week a n...

February 13th, 2017 |  


Citizens’ Sentiments

Citizens’ Sentiments

Bobby Todd (Yadkinville) “My wife and we will be attending the ‘Guys and Dolls’ Extravaganza at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center.R...

February 9th, 2017 |  


Citizens’ Sentiments

Citizens’ Sentiments

Annie O’Brien (Yadkinville) “Trump should stop trying to instigate a constitutional crisis, distance himself from hateful and divisive rhe...

February 2nd, 2017 |  


Community Commentary

Community Commentary

Faith Trivette (Jonesville) “Two winters ago I was sledding with my cousin. She hit a tree and we thought she broke her leg.”Cole Bauguess...

January 27th, 2017 |  


Snacks to pack for a protest

Snacks to pack for a protest

I typically try to keep this column no more controversial than whether one prefers Hellman’s or Duke’s mayo, but there comes a point in ti...

January 26th, 2017 |  


Marching for equality, justice: Why I will part of the Women’s March on Washington

Marching for equality, justice: Why I will part of the Women’s March on Washington

This week is an important one for our nation. It is the week we take time to honor Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; it is the week a n...

January 18th, 2017 |  


Letter to the Editor

To the editor,The Yadkin Arts Council started its 2016-17 Annual Fund Drive on Nov. 1, 2016. Letters requesting a financial contribution were mailed t...

January 12th, 2017 |  


Citizens’ Sentiments

Citizens’ Sentiments

Christie Harrison (Elkin) “Before becoming involved in Foothills Theatre, I hadn’t done anything related to theater. Leighanne Martin Wrig...

January 12th, 2017 |  


Snow day baking

Snow day baking

It really looked a lot like winter this weekend. I confess I have mixed emotions about this. I much prefer warmer temperatures, sunny skies and green ...

January 12th, 2017 |  


Right place but the wrong time

Right place but the wrong time

I borrow the words of the title from a Rhythm and Blues song released in 1973 by artist Dr. John. It is one of my favorite songs; it has a great beat,...

January 5th, 2017 updated: January 5th, 2017. |  


Tales of holiday treasurers

Tales of holiday treasurers

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is decorating the tree. Now that I’m married I’m lucky to get to decorate two Christmas tre...

December 22nd, 2016 |  


Citizens’ Sentiments

Citizens’ Sentiments

Crystal Sprague of Yadkinville — “Christmas to me means that Jesus came and we have the gift of eternal grace. It’s also a time with...

December 22nd, 2016 |  


Citizens’ Sentiments

Citizens’ Sentiments

Norma Schoffstall (Elkin) “When we got to the moon.”Greg Hamlin (Roaring River) “Neil Armstrong landing on the moon and the space sh...

December 16th, 2016 |  


The case of the missing pea salad

The case of the missing pea salad

A few weeks ago as I was preparing Thanksgiving dinner, I kept thinking that I was forgetting something. I wasn’t actually forgetting anything, ...

December 15th, 2016 |  


Citizens’ Sentiments

Citizens’ Sentiments

Debra Benifield (Elkin) “My husband is working all the time. The kids make it to the grandparents before we do.”Pam Philips (Courtney) “...

December 8th, 2016 |  


So much more than honey

So much more than honey

Several years ago, I decided I wanted to become a beekeeper, but I cannot for the life of me remember why. I say this because had I known the frustrat...

December 1st, 2016 |  


How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday?

How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday?

Andy Green (Jonesville) “I’ll spend it with family.”Cody Amburn (Elkin) I will be here at the bookstore for Black Friday sales and s...

November 18th, 2016 |  


Mastering biscuit making

Mastering biscuit making

One of my culinary life goals is to master biscuit making. Thus far in life this skill seems to have alluded me. I have a tendency to mess with the do...

November 17th, 2016 |  


Citizens’ sentiments

Citizens’ sentiments

Sherry Berman, Elkin, is not a veteran but says, “I am going to be participating in veterans pinnings for Hospice. I have three or four events.&...

November 10th, 2016 |  


Feel better fall soups

Feel better fall soups

This fall has been an extremely busy one for me. My husband and I have been in rehearsals these last few weeks for a community theater production. I w...

October 27th, 2016 |  


Are twisted words payback?

Are twisted words payback?

Often, words just get all twisted up, and the results are total confusion. The first time I remember it happening to me was in first grade, I was 6. I...

October 20th, 2016 |  


Welcome to pumpkin season

Welcome to pumpkin season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for those who love all things pumpkin. As soon as September arrives, folks seem to be ready to eat and ...

September 29th, 2016 updated: September 29th, 2016. |  


A bucket full of mice

A bucket full of mice

Why would anybody want a bucket full of mice, assuming of course you’re not a research scientist or a cat? I didn’t, but I had one, not a ...

September 15th, 2016 |  


Letter to the editor

To the editor,When Judy Wolfe died in the early hours of Sept. 8, Jonesville lost its most dynamic leader for the preservation of its history. She was...

September 14th, 2016 updated: September 14th, 2016. |  


Having your cake and eating it too

Having your cake and eating it too

I’ve always disliked the phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too.” I mean really, what is the point of cake if you can...

September 1st, 2016 |  


Slavery Next Door: Awareness, prevention, and relief

Editor’s note: The identity of the author of this series of articles, the third running in this edition, has been altered for her protection. Re...

September 1st, 2016 |  


Series encourages readers to ‘Find Your Park’

The first national park was designated 144 years ago with Yellowstone, but the National Park Service as an organization will celebrate its centennial ...

August 25th, 2016 |  


Slavery Next Door: The difference between prostitution and human trafficking

Editor’s note: The identity of the author of this series of articles, the third running in this edition, has been altered for her protection. Re...

August 25th, 2016 |  


A bird’s-eye view

A bird’s-eye view

I’ve always thought I lived in a beautiful place. A few weekends ago I got a bird’s-eye view of that beauty from a hot air balloon. It was...

August 25th, 2016 |  


Getting ready to find my park

Getting ready to find my park

From my earliest childhood memories I can recall, some of my fondest and favorite times were spent in public parks. As a family of four, of which just...

August 24th, 2016 updated: August 24th, 2016. |  


Food: a language of love

Food: a language of love

A few years ago this book called “The Five Love Languages” came out. I never read it though I remember a lot of people talking about it. I...

August 18th, 2016 |  


Slavery Next Door: The Danger of Trafficking to North Carolina’s Youth

Editor’s note: The identity of the author of this series of articles, the second running in this edition, has been altered for her protection. R...

August 18th, 2016 |  


Slavery Next Door: The reality of human sex trafficking in North Carolina

Editor’s note: The identity of the author of this series of articles, the first running in this edition, has been altered for her protection. Re...

August 11th, 2016 |  


Talking to llamas

Talking to llamas

Like many of those bike riding trespassers from Forsyth County, I love biking in Yadkin County. Low traffic density and the beauty of country lanes cu...

August 11th, 2016 |  


We count on the mail

I got the mail today.A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that wa...

August 9th, 2016 updated: August 9th, 2016. |  


Make America musical again

Make America musical again

When I began writing this personal opinion column for The Yadkin Ripple, I chose the topic of food because it’s something I like a lot and it...

August 4th, 2016 |  


Battle against overdoses needs a community response

At one point, Wilkes County had the third highest number of deaths from opioid overdoses of any county in the nation. And as the epidemic spread, it c...

July 27th, 2016 |  


Democrats gathering for their convention

For Democrats, the upcoming convention in Philadelphia offers a chance to do what Hillary Clinton’s campaign so far has struggled to do.Build ex...

July 26th, 2016 |  


A step back in time

A step back in time

Growing up, one of my favorite summer treats was a trip to Shatley Springs. In today’s world of farm-to-table restaurants with fancy upscale ver...

July 20th, 2016 |  


Sometimes I just need a good dope slap

Sometimes I just need a good dope slap

The weather was cloudy with flat lighting, great for photography. There were three of us, two photographers and a guide; we were sitting on a small sa...

July 14th, 2016 |  


The BBQ ribs take a trip

The BBQ ribs take a trip

As I may have mentioned before, my husband and I love to cook on the grill. More accurately I should say Morgan enjoys cooking on the grill and I enjo...

July 14th, 2016 |  


101 ways to prepare zucchini

101 ways to prepare zucchini

The headline of this week’s Kitsey’s Kitchen might be a bit misleading. I’m not giving you 101 recipes using zucchini. I’m hop...

June 30th, 2016 |  


Reporting from Atlantic Beach

Reporting from Atlantic Beach

I have returned from vacation feeling much refreshed after a week at the coast. I’m proud to say I accomplished all of the very important tasks ...

June 16th, 2016 |  


Vacation to-do list

Vacation to-do list

I’ve recently been hearing the phrase, “create a life you don’t need a vacation from.” I can see the value in the statement, a...

June 9th, 2016 |  


Hey grandkids, I got a secret for you

Hey grandkids, I got a secret for you

I remember being 7 and looking up to my 10-year-old neighbor and thinking, “Boy, I can’t wait to be 10 and have all the privileges of a 10...

June 9th, 2016 |  


The internet can’t replace a cookbook

The internet can’t replace a cookbook

I talked a bit about my love of cookbooks in last week’s column and I thought I would expound on that topic this week. In this technology-driven...

May 26th, 2016 |  


Sweet summer strawberries

Sweet summer strawberries

I stopped in at Scooterbug’s Strawberries in East Bend last Saturday and picked up a couple gallons of berries. I made peach jam last summer so ...

May 19th, 2016 |  


A favorite springtime treat

A favorite springtime treat

If I say “lettuce and onions” that likely means the start of a salad, or maybe toppings for a burger to most people. For Yadkin County fol...

May 12th, 2016 |