“Praise ye the Lord, O my soul. While I live I will praise the LORD: I will sing unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy …

Hitting a big exercise ball to the rhythm of a fast-paced song may seem simple to some, but it can be quite a workout.

One of the highlights of summer is enjoying fresh corn on the cob. Sweet corn is a popular vegetable for many summer cookout meals. You will soon be able to find sweet corn available locally in Wayne County.

Let us be mindful of the Scriptures that say, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil…

There are many insects and birds we depend on as pollinators in our environment. Honey bees are one well-known pollinator insects. Honey bees often get a bad name by people associating stings with them, along with the misconception that they are thought to be aggressive.

Celeste Aguirre Onate had a very rough childhood. Art got her through it. And art is still helping her deal with issues today as a senior fine art student at the University of Mount Olive.

Millie stands impatiently at the gate outside the pool. She barks, anxiously waiting for her turn to get in. Once she gets on the dock, she waits for her owner, Kim Miller, to give her the signal to jump. When she gets it, Millie runs as fast as she can and leaps from the dock to grab the to…

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It’s the start of blueberry season in Eastern North Carolina. For more than 70 years, North Carolina blueberries have been a favorite in the American diet. Blueberries were first planted for commercial production in North Carolina in 1936. They were brought to North Carolina by an entreprene…

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When God’s hand is in it, you will cross over into your promised land. Some have taken their so-called promised land by force time and time again. And every calculating word they speak weaves and has woven deception to a great majority of people. It is an even cast of a diversity of words to…

When Chandler McCullen opens the door to a building behind his home, the smell of different kinds of fruit wine and brandy immediately fills the nostrils.

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As we welcome in summer, our gardens are now in full swing. With summer weather, we have to keep our gardens watered regularly and be on the outlook for insect and disease problems. Below are gardening tips to help your garden grow through the month of June.

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Don’t follow the sound. Some speak of the truth, but their hearts are far from it as are their deeds. My pastor once said, “It would be a shame for a preacher to preach and not even lick his fingers.” In other words, not allow the words that he speak be a blessing to him as well.

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Squash is a popular summer vegetable that we often try to grow in our gardens. However, one challenge when growing squash is having to deal with a common pests called squash bugs. This insect can be a serious pest problem on not only squash but also zucchini and pumpkin plants.

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I understand that one’s voice can be seductive in one’s hearing. Talking repetitively about a thing or things over the occasion of time heavily associates itself with repetitive behavior.

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Students in an exceptional children’s class at Carver Heights Elementary School are getting their hands dirty while learning where their food comes from. They planted five themed gardens last month on the school grounds.

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God works everything out for our good. His transitions are smooth, timely and on so many levels, but working to fulfill an ultimate goal in our lives as we are a part of one another. As he orders our steps, we step into what has been done for us in eternity manifesting in real time.

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Composting can be a great way to reduce home waste disposal problems by recycling them into organic matter that then can be used in gardens, landscape and flower beds. When mixed with soil, compost increases the organic matter content, improves drainage and adds nutrients to the soil. Compos…

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Morgan Dennis likes all kinds of plants. She likes them so much that she routinely sings to them — mostly Ariana Grande tunes.

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There is a tree in the back of my apartment that I can see from my kitchen window. When I moved into the apartment, it had just been built and the landscape newly done. The little tree that stood no higher than my knees is now taller than the two-story townhouse I live in.

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Roses are a popular plant known for their large, elegant flowers. Many gardeners try their hands at growing roses in their gardens and landscapes. Poor disease control is one of the most common causes of failure with roses. Black spot and powdery mildew are important diseases to be aware of …

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Walk into Guy Jones’ backyard and you’ll be met by a field of various colors of irises waving in the breeze. They are purple, bronze, white, pink, yellow and blue. Some of them are even two-toned.

Circumstances have a way of binding ways of thinking so that we have more of the mind of Christ. To walk in this understanding, is to be ministered to by God during the process of climbing out of any valley. Sometimes the old mind/mindset will try to counteract and try to resurface to give a…

Strawberries are in season now around Wayne County, and local growers have been busy harvesting and selling strawberries.

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CHANDLER, Ariz. — Neighbors walked by during their morning stroll, passing families waved from their bikes and drivers slowed down long enough to read the hand-drawn sign — “Dylan’s Food Drive.”

Nine University of Mount Olive students were chosen finalists for the recent Carolinas Exercise Science and Kinesiology Research Symposium, the first one ever held in the North/South Carolina. Students from 11 undergraduate programs in the two states submitted 34 abstracts on their research.

All my hope is in Jesus, and today I’m a servant to him. I choose to give a new response and not allow the devil to cause me to give an old response from a time when I had my way in the world. Don’t treat people like they treat you.

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May is here, and are gardens are coming alive. Below are some tips for what you can do in your garden and landscape during the month of May:

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Tiffany Katelyn Taylor is an animal lover — and that even includes bats and wood ducks. So it was only natural that she should do her Girl Scout gold award project to help animals.

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Oftentimes people find areas of moss growing in their lawn and ask what they can do to eliminate it. Moss is a small green plant with finely branched stems and tiny leaves. It produces spores that spread by the wind. Moss forms a thick, green mat on the soil surface. Moss does not kill grass…

The reason that some deem it necessary to step outside of the box or our comfort zone is because we believe deep inside there’s more to accomplish. We have faith in what the Scriptures say about us as children of God. We have confidence in who God says we are.

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North Carolina is full of history. You can read about it in history books or listen to storytellers’ tales about it.

Many take great enjoyment in growing tomatoes in their home garden. There is something special about growing tomato plants and reaping the benefits of eating a fresh home-grown tomato.

From my personal relationship with God, I’ve experienced the Lord ministering a word to me. I knew what was going to happen. But I soon realized as I waited for things to transpire that there were many ways that it could happen. It is amazing to me how God will speak a word to you and you kn…

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Easter is about hope. And after the year that people all over the world have been through, everybody needs hope.

Have you considered the elders? Have you considered their fierceness of spirit or their legacy of time lived upon the earth? Their perseverance consists of all that they’ve endured to become our grandparents and great grandparents. Have you considered the gray haired strangers you’ve met alo…

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April is gardening month, so enjoy the spring weather with these gardening tips:

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Lorenda Overman knew absolutely nothing about farming until she married a farmer 39 years ago. Now she’s a pro at tending the land, growing crops and raising hogs.

In late March, as the soil warms up, it can be common to see small bees flying around just above the ground and small mounds of soil they have created in the lawn. These bees are called ground nesting bees.

The storm came and shook the boat that Jonah was on. The whole crew felt the effects from the storm but the storm was for Jonah. The word of God says, “But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken.” Jonah …

Visitors to Gov. Charles B. Aycock Birthplace can take a trip back in time to see how people lived and worked in the 19th century.

It feels like spring time so I can start planting my flowers and vegetables, right? These warm spring temperatures last week have indeed made us have spring fever and want to start sprucing our gardens up for spring. It is a common occurrence for people to plant warm-season flowers and veget…

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Finding out in third grade that flunking the end-of-grade tests could possibly mean she’d fail the third grade put a tremendous stress on 10-year-old Natalie Slye.

With a few spring-like days recently, many of us will soon have spring fever, and want to start working on our gardens and landscapes. One common question that comes to our office is, “Can I fertilize my lawn now?” Even though warmer temperatures cause people to look for things to do outside…

The mind is powerful. In my dreams, I’ve cried tears that when I woke, were streaming down my face. In my dreams, I thought things and woke to feel my body react. My mind told me things in my subconsciousness, and it manifested a reaction in my physical body. Without me consciously making ef…

March weather usually gives us a little taste of spring and gardens began to come alive as we near April. Here are gardening tips for March:

I understand that God is in control of my life. He knows how to get me where I need to be and touch my heart so that I can see. Some use the biblical story of Jonah being swallowed by the great whale to reference that the Lord will allow a storm to come to wake us up. On the other hand, I se…

Blueberries can be a great plant to have in the home garden. Not only are blueberries great for their tasty fruit during the summer months, but they make a nice hedge or screen in the landscape.