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Feeding more than 1,000 with fish fry meals without a hitch

Roving by Bob Allen Having spent about three hours watching, delivering plates and eating at the Wake Forest United Methodist Church Fish Fry last Friday, I had a first-hand experience in most all aspects of this marvelous event and could see the many people it takes to make it...

Close friend passing away is always a shock

When a close friend passes away, no matter how much you expected it, you always experience a shock. This was the case with me last Thursday when I had a call from my son, Todd, telling me this bad news about Robert Lance (Bob) O’Neal. I have only known Bob for about 15 years, but...

You may be surprised by the versatility of your preacher

It was Jimmy to the rescue! When baking some squash in our kitchen oven last week, I noticed some flames coming from the red-hot bottom cooking unit and I quickly turned off the oven. The small flames stopped, but then I noticed the unit had burned completely into two pieces....

John Wayne brawled his way through more than 200 movies

My column two weeks ago about Bobby Copeland’s B-Western Boot Hill book prompted a response from one of my friends in Warrenton, Wild Bill Brown, who not only has a copy of the treasured book, he also visits The Border Restaurant and gets his hair clipped by Larry at the nearby...

Mountains, Camera Clinic give irresistible calling — Roving, Aug. 22, 2013

There are some things in life we like so much, we want to return to them time and time again. It seems no matter whatever comes along, I have an irresistible compulsion to return to the now 61-year-old annual Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic near Linville and Boone, about 230...
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Boot Hill western book offers final tribute to cowboy movie stars

WAKE FOREST — If you want to see Jerry Ammon’s face light up, just ask him about cowboys of yesteryear like I did last Thursday at breakfast. Noticing the numerous cowboy pictures displayed on the walls at his Border Restaurant, I asked him who was his favorite cowboy. Without...
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Colonoscopy ends stomach pains and doctors’ searching

by Bob Allen Most of us have good reasons for putting off certain unpleasant chores, and I have to admit I am guilty. When the word colonoscopy came up from my primary care doctor several months ago, I shuddered as memories from my first one about 10 years ago, came to mind. As...
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Favorite sayings always bring a chuckle

Roving by Bob Allen Following my request for favorite sayings, Connie Nourse responded with, “Well, the one my mother used if she thought I was getting upset over something unimportant, was ‘Fret not thy gizzard.’ Of course there’s a story to tell about that. “Mom’s mother went...

Exciting visit from my son

My son Greg, who lives in Wilmington, called Monday asking if he could sleep on our couch Saturday night and I told him of course it was available. It had been several months since he paid us a visit and his coming was the catalyst we needed to straighten and clean-up our home —...
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About ripe tomatoes, favorite sayings and passionate people

Roving by Bob Allen There are few things, if any, better than eating a ripe tomato freshly picked from your garden. As a kid, I would sprinkle a little salt on it after the first bite. And a close favorite was a thick slice of tomato between two slices of white bread, lathered...
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Fireworks spectacular fizzles to disappointed crowd

Roving by Bob Allen It was disappointing to say the least, noting the lack of American flags displayed at homes on July 4. Where are our patriots? Is being an American just taken for granted now? Many of the militia gave their lives, suffered serious injuries or have lasting ill...