The fly fishing community is a small and transient one, though it only becomes apparent at times. Usually a loosely associated dichotomous web of cutthroat secret-keeping and good-natured exploration and camaraderie, just like the arrival of spring pulls blue gill up onto familiar beds and m…

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Even with all of the rain that spattered the Old Dominion this spring, and the chilly overall temperature of May, warming water temperatures are drawing the trout season to a close on all but the most resilient of Virginia’s mountain streams. Luckily, Virginia offers world class angling oppo…

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Avid squirrel hunters are quite fortunate in Virginia to enjoy a very long fall season that runs from early September through the end of February, following regulation changes in recent years. This week, the opportunity to pursue the coveted bushytails will be renewed, as hunters across the …

  • BY DIANA P. GEORGE | FOR THE RURAL VIRGINIAN
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Those who step inside Nina Monroe’s new shop will find an eye-catching collection of classy home furnishings, sterling silver and semiprecious-stone jewelry that ranges from simple to bold, and personal-care products made with natural ingredients.

  • By Langden Mason
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With gleeful cheers and whistles, children leave the horrid confines of school behind to enter that joyous three-month interlude known as summer break. There are no morning commutes, no bills to pay, no deadlines to meet, no dress codes, no meetings, and no groceries to buy.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Road weary and fish slime-crusted, I was chipping anxiously away at a newspaper column in the booth of a highway rest stop-associated-fast-food-joint somewhere in the small state of Massachusetts.

  • By Langden Mason
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There are lots of theories regarding our country’s declining economic situation. Personally, I think we’d see a rise in buying trends if more folks put their phones away and provided a little service.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Despite the general favoritism tossed the way of the largemouth and smallmouth bass, trout, and the ever-elusive musky in the state of Virginia, offer me a day of catching dozens of hard-fighting river fish weighing between one and five pounds on light tackle, and I, for one, wouldn’t finish my coffee before hopping in the truck, “glamour species” be damned.

  • By Langden Mason
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A few weeks ago I mowed the yard for the first time this season. You can’t really call the first spring mowing “cutting the grass” because there isn’t much grass to cut. You’re merely making sure the wild onions, dandelions, and all the other prolific, unwanted weeds are reduced to the same height.

  • By Langden Mason
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Miss Lynetta Purvis had the perfect yard for Easter egg hunts. It wasn’t one of those fancy topiary and rose garden filled lawns you see on a PBS murder mystery. Copious amounts of wild onions, flower beds, and lawn ornaments became perfect hiding places for plastic and hardboiled eggs.

  • BY LANGDEN MASON
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Spring cleaning translates to dragging junk out of the garage, basement and attic, looking at it for an hour, deciding you can’t do without any of it, and then dragging it back into the garage, basement and attic for another year.

  • By Matthew Reilly
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Trodding deliberately through an oak grove and the dynamic air of a fading season, swollen neck and tined, bone-white crown extended in hot-blooded search, the majesty of a mature, rutting whitetail buck commands a certain level of respect. 

  • By Langden Mason
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I have been feeling strange. Sluggish. Irritable. Disoriented. I have wanted to eat at odd hours of the day. Though the symptoms are synonymous with some pregnancies, after reviewing the chapter on reproduction in an eighth-grade biology book, I discounted that condition as an explanation. I…

  • BY MATTHEW REILLY | For The Rural Virginian
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On Nov. 28, 2016, a wildfire of unprecedented scale swept through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and spilled over into the surrounding community of Gatlinburg, claiming 14 lives and burning a total of 17,904 acres, and forever changing the lives of those in the greater park community.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At 31 and entering his 14th NBA season, eight-time All-Star Dwight Howard says his best basketball is ahead of him.

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