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May PineStraw

Feature Stories

Doing It Right

On the field, on the court, in life By Bill Fields Charles Waddell was only in elementary school, but he wanted to do things the right way. He wanted to stand out. He and his older brother, [...]

A Grave Question

On the trail of Flora MacDonald’s offspring By Bill Case If you are a Showtime viewer, odds are you are familiar with the show Outlander, a time travel odyssey in which the 20th century female [...]


By Ashley Wahl May is a blushing bride, lips sweet as plump strawberries, humming an ancient rhyme for luck. Something old (snakeskin), something new (four eggs), something borrowed (birdhouse), [...]


I Swear This won’t hurt. I’ll always love you. You’re perfect. I do. I will. I didn’t. It wasn’t — You’ve got it all wrong. I only want what’s best for you. This will be good for both of us. [...]

Story of a House

Time Warp A modern family flourishes in a century-old house By Deborah Salomon  •  Photographs by John Gessner At first glance, the interior of Ashley and David Johnson’s house bordering the [...]

Saturday, April 3

PAINTED PONIES AUCTION. The Painted Ponies Auction will be held live and online at
paintedponies from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Carolina Horse Park Foundation. Info:


Sunday, April 18

PLANT SALE. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Pinehurst Garden Club’s Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser will offer plant favorites such as geraniums, vincas and begonias. Green Haven Nursery, 255 Green Haven Lane, Carthage. Info: (910) 420-8214 or

Purple Hydrangea Flower in Early Summer

Saturday, May 1

DERBY GALA. 5:30 – 10 p.m. Join the St. John Paul II Catholic School in your most dapper derby attire. Enjoy an open bar, sit-down dinner, music, live stream of the Kentucky Derby race, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $125. Pinehurst Country Club, 1 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst. Info:

Kentucky Derby fashions

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