Daughter of WWII bomber crewman relives his flight

Sometime in January 1943, 19-year-old John Chesley Wrenn packed his bag and walked four miles from his family farm into Roxboro, having enlisted to fight in the second World War.  The family had no car so the only way to get to town was on foot. More...

Turkey shoot

Get your baster and carving knife ready, because it’s turkey season at the Allensville Volunteer Fire Department.  Under the light of a full moon, a crowd of over 50 people gathered behind the fire station for the Turkey Shoot, an annual e More...

Pickleball gains in popularity in Person

Some call it the fastest growing sport in the country that nobody has ever heard of.  More...

Bittersweet discovery

new favorite author

Every serious bibliophile knows the thrill of discovering a new author who writes in a way that makes both the mind and heart sing. I did just that a couple months ago, via Audible.  More...

Exceptional, interactive children’s book

Recently, when a shipment of new children’s picture books arrived at the library, Amanda Weaver, the children’s librarian, pulled an exceptional one from the stack and handed it to me. This book was possessed by a little monster.  More...

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Schools celebrate fall season

The last two weeks of October were filled with costumes, food, music and games, as Person County’s schools welcomed in the fall season.  More...

UNDEAD UPTOWN

Uptown Roxboro looked a little less alive on Thursday as local residents donned costumes and face paint for the annual Zombie Walk.  More...

Brewery preparing for uptown grand opening event on Friday

Good times are brewing in Uptown Roxboro, as Black Creek Brewery prepares for its grand opening on Friday at 4 p.m. The event will feature singer-songwriter Cameron Moore and 12 taps of eclectic beer ranging from a light kolsch to a dark stout.  More...

Fall at Mayo Lake

Fall at Mayo Lake Park means crappie season, bright red maple trees, whitetail deer and warm cabins.  More...

HOMECOMING 2017

Person High School celebrated its Homecoming last Friday with the annual parade down Main Street before the Rockets’ football game against Northern Guilford. More...

Chihuahua rescue group retrieves HARVEY DOGS

Eleven chihuahuas displaced by Hurricane Harvey were brought to Woodsdale Animal Hospital on Sunday, Oct. More...

Epps wears a lot of hats at PHS

Person High School is known for the Rock, the drill team, volleyball and Ronnie Epps. More...

Personian pens inspiring tale set during Harlem Renaissance

Signing slated at library today

Woodsdale native Karla Mitchell Diggs has penned a heartbreaking, heartwarming, ultimately uplifting and inspiring historical tale set in New York during the Harlem Renaissance.  More...

October story time offers hair-raising delights

Person County Outreach offers a hair-raising delight to preschool children with its October story time. More...

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YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN coming to the Kirby Oct. 13-15

The Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department, Person County Arts Council and Piedmont Community College have announced that Roxboro Little Theater’s Production of “Young Frankenstein” will be held on Friday and Saturday, More...

Triple Springs F.D. mends after loss

The Triple Springs Fire Department is facing the same issues as all the volunteer departments in the county — trying to maintain equipment with limited funding, and recruiting and retaining volunteers. More...

Ceffo’s needs run deep

Ceffo Fire and Rescue Chief Blake Whitt sat down at a table in the meeting room at the fire department and pulled a piece of paper from his pocket.  More...

Allensville Fire Department makes do with limited funding

All the volunteer fire departments in Person County are trying to get by with limited funding, and the same is true for the Allensville Fire Department.  Allensville is among the least funded, receiving $45,200 last year from the county, in add More...

Semora F.D. serves a district that includes two counties

Bobby Dodson has a relaxed look about him. But that may only be temporary. More...

Semora Fire Dept. dedicates new fire truck

Thursday was a celebratory day for the Semora community as firefighters and local dignitaries gathered to dedicate the department’s newest fire truck.  The department took delivery of the truck a few weeks ago, but has spent the time since More...

Woodsdale F.D. faces familiar issues

For the Woodsdale Volunteer Fire Department, there are two challenges which are as perennial as summertime heat — recruiting enough volunteers and maintaining the fleet and equipment with limited funding. More...

Moriah FD faces challenges

In 1982, a small group of people gathered at a church in the Moriah community to kick around the idea of starting a community watch program.  What they got was the Moriah Fire Department.  More...

Timberlake busiest volunteer fire department in Person

The Timberlake Fire Department is the busiest volunteer fire department in the county, responding to over 500 calls a year.  Most of the calls are not fire related, but first responder calls to medical emergencies or wrecks.  The fire distr More...

Hurdle Mills F.D. to enter busiest time of year

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories to run this month, which will feature each of Person County’s volunteer fire departments.  F ire departments across Person  County cover a lot of territory. More...

Library hosting Banned Books Week events

The Person County Public Library is celebrating Banned Books Week 2017, Sept. 24-30 through several events.  More...

AT THE LIBRARY

Labor Day Closure   The Person County Public Library will be closed Monday, Sept. 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. More...

Looking forward to Johnson’s 13th in bestselling Longmire series

If you haven’t yet read Craig Johnson’s Longmire series, go to the library or book store right now, and pick up all you can get your hands on. I promise, you will read until you’ve blazed through the entire dozen volumes.  More...

Longmire author in Raleigh

Craig Johnson, author of the bestselling Longmire series, will be at Quail Ridge Books on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The store is located in North Hills at 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road, Raleigh, 27609. More...

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PICKIN' BY THE LAKE

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Personality Festival 2017

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RENOVATIONS COMPLETE

Saints Mary and Edward Catholic Church celebrates end of project

Catholics across the state are celebrating the installation of the new Bishop for its Raleigh diocese next week, but in Roxboro, that celebration has to share center stage with another milestone.  Church members recently celebrated the completio More...

A Friday Night at THE ROCK

The Person High School football team opened its regular season last Friday against South Granville. Fans were treated to a close game before it was halted at halftime due to lightning in the area.   More...

Wild, fun and muddy

Catfish Crawl draws 250 participants

Photo and story BY BILL WILLCOX  It was wild, it was fun and it was very, very muddy, partly because it rained the night before. About 250 people turned out for the grueling, yet fun, Catfish Crawl Mud Run on Saturday, Aug. More...

Quadruplets Born to Roxboro Couple

Duke University Medical Center has been a home away from home for most of the last four months for Devin and Katlyn Edwards. It’s been the only home their newborn quadruplets have known.  More...

eclipse from coast to coast

Excitement is building for what is a once-in-a-lifetime event for people in this area.  On Aug. 21, skywatchers across the country will see the moon pass directly in front of the sun. More...

Tobacco farmer

Year’s crop ‘below average’

Tobacco farmer H.R. Carver started harvesting his 60 acres of tobacco at the beginning of August but shook his head when he talked about the challenging conditions he faced this year.  More...

So many books, so little time …

In case readers need to cram in some last-minute summer reading, instead of one big review, I’m going to offer tidbits about several books I’ve read this summer. More...

Woman who stutters writes books to help kids understand stuttering

Kim Block stutters. She has written a series of children’s books – Adventures of a Stuttering Superhero to help young children who stutter understand themselves, and to help others understand those who stutter.  More...

A Frog in the Bog

By Karma Wilson  Illustrated by Joan Rankin  Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, September 1, 2003  ISBN-13: 978-0689840814  More...

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Concord Church Road bridge to be replaced

New bridge construction to result in year-long detour

Motorists using Concord Church Road will soon be looking for a new route into Roxboro from the west side of the lake.  A 53-year-old bridge east of Williamsville is scheduled to be replaced starting later this month.   The N.C. More...

Roxboro Little Theater presents Fame JR

The Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department, Person County Arts Council and Piedmont Community College have announced that Roxboro Little Theater’s Youth Production of Fame Jr. will come to the Kirby stage Friday and Saturday Aug. More...

The Peter Pan of the bird world performs for young and young at heart

Birdman Dave, also known as Dave Gulick, along with his feathered friends, have been performing for young and young-at-heart audiences for a “long time — since the 70s,” he said last Friday morning, prior to his “Amazing Birds More...

LETTER LAND

Earl Bradsher Preschool held its third annual Letterland parade in June. Letterland is a phonic-based approach used to teach reading, writing and spelling to children ages three to eight. More...

‘silly old bear and his friends’ coming to Kirby this weekend

The Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department, Person County Arts Council and Piedmont Community College have announced that Roxboro Little Theater’s Youth Production “Winnie the Pooh Kids” will be performed on the Kirby s More...

Student tackles months-long robot build as senior project

For most high school or college seniors, the senior project calls for standing before a panel of judges and giving a speech. But Timberlake native Rene’ Jacques’ senior project was much more than that.  More...

BEAT THE HEAT!

The hot months are upon us, with many more weeks still to come of the notorious combination of heat and humidity that are a hallmark of North Carolina summers.  Many agencies offer advice on what to keep in mind to make the experience as comfort More...