Vermiculture defined at gardening event

HENDERSON — Vance County Cooperative Extension presents Backyard Gardening: Getting Down to Basics, a symposium to take place Saturday, March 8, at 8:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall, 305 Young St., in Henderson. The power of worms in the garden and beyond...

Designing better asphalt, using cooking oil

by Dr. E. Kirsten Peters Dr. Haifang Wen grew up in a rural area of Shandong province, in eastern China. In his youth there were not many paved highways in the Chinese countryside. “Lots of the roads were gravel,” he told me recently. “They were muddy when it rained. I remember...

AG Cooper should practice what he preaches

by Angela Hight According to Raleigh media, Attorney General Roy Cooper is pressing Gov. Pat McCrory to roll back “special service charges” imposed on certain requests for public records. Maybe he should first pressure his own office to do so. Under the policy, such charges are...

Impending storm? Let us eat pork!

My goodness, what a difference a week makes! If the forecasters are right, we are once again nudging the thermometer up toward 70 degrees. Think back to what it was like a week ago — snow and ice! When they were predicting it all and telling us that the ice was likely to cause...

When the buildings start crumbling

by Scott Mooneyham Some years ago, then-House Speaker Jim Black pushed an idea akin to so-called mortgage bullet payments to pay for new state buildings. The state would have paid very little on the construction for 20 years, then had a note come due for the principal and most of...