Writer – Phyliss Boatwright

Learning to go Beyond Barriers for My Health

By Phyliss Boatwright Almost four years ago, at the tender age of 60, I had ankle surgery that led to a major lifestyle change. A bad tendon and inflammation caused enough pain to make me seek help. When the doctor said I had a stability problem that could lead to a fall, I conceded to surgery. It was outpatient, so ...

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Hyco Craftsman Builds, Restores ‘Heirloom Quality’ Furniture

By Phyliss Boatwright Hyco Lake residents Chad and Chris Zuehlke successfully turned a long-time hobby into a business when, in 2012, they founded Rustic Restorations. Their beautifully crafted and restored furniture is also featured on the HGTV show Love It or List It. I asked Chad how his work came to be used on one of my favorite HGTV shows. ...

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Small Town Life can be ‘More Meaningful’ for Millennials

By Phyliss Boatwright In his book, Think Small, A Millennial's Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America, Matthew Hoagland offers readers great advice about how to live a full, successful, rewarding life in a small town. Matt is the planning director for Caswell County. His wife, Celia, owns and operates Caswell Flower Company in Yanceyville (Seeding Dreams from ...

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Cole’s Pharmacy ‘Where everybody knows your name’

Story by Phyliss Boatwright Photos by Mackenzie Clayton, RCS Senior “You want to go where everybody knows your name” -- that’s how customers and friends sum up the experience of visiting Cole’s Pharmacy on Main Street in uptown Roxboro. And if you want to get a true taste of Roxboro and Person County, just step inside the building on the ...

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Temporary Lumps

A Journey of Faith, Perseverance and Triumph by Sonja B. Vaughan Book review by Phyliss Boatwright Reading this Book is Like Sitting on the Porch, Chatting with the Author. Every now and then, I find a book that touches my heart in a way that is hard to describe. That’s exactly what happened when I read Person County native Sonja ...

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Cotton Club Princess

by Karla Mitchell Diggs Book review by Phyliss Boatwright Person Native Tells Powerful Story of 1920s Harlem in her Cotton Club Princess, Person County native Karla Mitchell Diggs, who grew up in Woodsdale, tells a heartbreaking, heartwarming, ultimately uplifting and inspiring historical tale set in New York during the Harlem Renaissance. The book won the 2017 Indie Human Relations Book ...

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Bowes Collision Became my Automobile 911

By Phyliss Boatwright For 12 years, I drove a white 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. I loved that car. Of all the cars I’ve had in the nearly five decades I’ve been driving, that Trailblazer was my favorite. And it was also the only vehicle I’ve ever owned that had to be repaired three times -- in the exact same spot. The ...

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Person County Senior Center Offers Activities, Involvement Year-Round

Story by Phyliss Boatwright Photos by Ken Martin The Person County Senior Center staff believes “you’re never too old to play,” and works hard to make sure Personians over age 50 have fun things to do year-round. Throughout the year, Director Maynell Harper and her staff offer opportunities for seniors and others to get involved, have fun, get fit, continue ...

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Botanist & Barrel Creates All-Natural Ciders, Wines

Story by Phyliss Boatwright Photos by Juli Leonard, at the News & Observer and Lyndon Smith An unassuming blueberry farm, located immediately off NC Highway 86 in the Cedar Grove community, just north of Hillsborough, is home to a unique business. Botanist & Barrel. A cidery/winery, is owned and operated by the brother and sister team of Lyndon and Kether ...

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Clarksville Station

Former Busboy Returns Iconic Roxboro Restaurant to Glory Story by Phyliss Boatwright Photos by Olivia Townsend, RCS Sophomore Bryan Day, who now owns and operates Clarksville Station Restaurant in Roxboro, essentially grew up in the historic establishment, working as a busboy, dishwasher and server while in high school and college. After college, Day moved away from his hometown for several ...

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