Columnist: Jason Hawkins

Jul. 20, 2015 @ 09:15 PM

Casting poppers for bass worth trying

There is something soft and easy about standing by a pond or lake, during the transition between day and night.

Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Big idea got its start in a small nation

We still celebrate Independence Day with fireworks. Red, white and blue are the colors of our nation. And the idea of small town pride and small town charm is still special, even if small town is just a crossroads somewhere in America. Enter the annual Caldwell Fourth of July Parade in Caldwell, at the intersection of highway 57 and Guess Road.

Jun. 22, 2015 @ 03:42 PM

Tracking Chessie to teach us about sharks

Learn about sharks and their movements off the N.C. coast at

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:08 PM

In Hillsborough, it’s doing it the Woods way

Sometimes, it just feels natural to do what is natural. Such is the case for the Woods family in Hillsborough.

Jun. 08, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

In salt-water fishing, The Big Rock is the big dance

Sport's biggest competition is 30 miles off the N.C. Coast

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:51 PM

Jason Hawkins: You’re stronger than you think

Accomplishing personal fitness goals takes more than endurance, strength and willpower. There are moments that occur when the body and the mind are out of synch and in order to succeed, one must push through thoughts of quitting and weakness and overcome. For Maria Finnegan, being physically fit and healthy is not just a way of life. It’s a reason to live life.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:09 PM

Love of animals turns into a business

People sometimes need a good walk. The same can be said for dogs. Affectionately referred to as our best friends, living with a best friend is better when the best friend is allowed to stretch its paws. Enter Jodi Granata, of, Jodi’s Affordable Pet Sitting & Dog Walking service in Hillsborough.

May. 26, 2015 @ 04:43 PM

A moment with nature to watch and not catch

There is shade here. I am thinking about this, while looking into the deepest blue of a Carolina sky, that has obviously denounced clouds and wind and is boastfully, blue.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:04 PM

Annual Got Grit 5K set for Saturday, May 30

There are words we all use for motivation. Words such as drive, overcome, persevere, and endure. The words and mechanisms for motivating an individual are endless and personal. Yet, for those who line up for the 6th Annual Got Grit 5K on Saturday, May 30 in Hillsborough, the starting moment will be all about G.R.I.T.

May. 16, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

The Expedition School: An educational journey

Education is a journey. From the early days of kindergarten to maturation as a college and post-college graduate, the paths we take to farewell hugs, diplomas, and jobs are different. In Hillsborough, a town that is carving paths of change among well-traveled walkways, once such change occurring is the popularity of the new charter school, The Expedition School, located in western Hillsborough.

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:25 PM

Jason Hawkins: For George and all the victims

Everyone has been touched by cancer. We all know someone or have lost someone or are losing someone and we all know fighters who refuse to be lost or lose.

May. 02, 2015 @ 03:39 PM

Youngster shows understanding of wetlands

Sometimes it takes a different interpretation to bring an issue to light. Sometimes, it takes the inspired mind of a nine year-old to show the importance of a natural resource.

Apr. 20, 2015 @ 09:47 PM

Nature's rhythm provides solace in many ways

 I have absolutely no rhythm.

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 03:31 PM

Jason Hawkins: Music down by the river

The Riverwalk in Hillsborough has provided an ambience and appeal that is symbolic of the character of Hillsborough. On Saturday, April 25, the grassy area that traces Riverwalk downtown will be home to the inaugural River Park Concert.

Apr. 13, 2015 @ 07:38 PM

Fence yoga: The art of creeping your hunting spot

There is a fence ahead. As fences sometimes demand, there was a need to cross the fence, which, at 5:30 in the morning, when silence is needed and concealment is pertinent, created the opportunity for me to be neither silent nor concealed.