Colten McCranie gets his film career off on the right foot, but where does he go from here?

If you blink, you might miss it. But when the movie “Masterminds” hits theaters possibly later this summer, starring alongside Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis will be the lower leg of a 2011 Asheboro graduate.

That may not sound like much, but for a local man barely old enough to drink, it’s a foot in the door. A small step toward a dream career. An early leg up on a journey that’s three years in the making but hopefully has just begun.

This is the tale of the day Colten McCranie stood in for Zach Galifianakis. Continue reading Colten McCranie gets his film career off on the right foot, but where does he go from here?

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Q&A with Colten McCranie

HUB: Which actors have you met so far?

McCRANIE: I met really nobody big on my two Indie productions. David Lee was on “The Answer.” He was Krstic from “Get Smart.” The second production I worked on was called “There’s a New World Somewhere.” That had Agnes Buckner in it. She was Anna Nicole Smith for the Anna Nicole Smith Story, the Lifetime movie.

In “Max,” I met Lauren Graham, the mom from “Gilmore Girls,” and Thomas Haden Church, Sandman from “Spider-Man 3.” “Masterminds” had an A-lister class. Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig. It had Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Ken Moreno, all amazing people, super sweet, especially Kristen. Then out of “Paper Towns,” Nat Wolf, who is the blind kid from “The Fault in Our Stars,” he was the lead in this. Then Cara Delevingne, the super model, she was the female lead. The main guy from “The Fault in Our Stars” [Ansel Elgort] had a cameo on that one. Continue reading Q&A with Colten McCranie

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Trimming your dog’s long nails

QUESTION: My dog’s nails are too long. How do I trim his nails?

The basic answer to this question is to start with small steps and reward desired behavior.

First, get your equipment together: Nail trimmer, Kwik Stop styptic powder (to cauterize any mishaps) and lots of treats. Another set of hands to hold the dog and give treats is highly useful.  For extremely fearful dogs, you may have to “ante up” highly desired (but low fat) treats, otherwise I use Cheerios. I like to use the collar and leash I use when training for control and so the dog is expecting a training/rewards session. Continue reading Trimming your dog’s long nails

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Pudgy pets pose some problems for vets

Recent statistics show that more than half of dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 43 percent of dogs and 53 percent of cats are classified as overweight. Worse, an additional 10 percent of dogs and 19 percent of cats are considered obese.

These expanding numbers are a warning sign of pets’ expanding waistlines. Veterinarians and pet owners are showing concern over the increase in number of portly pets for several reasons Continue reading Pudgy pets pose some problems for vets

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Heart like a wheel: The love story of Emma & Odell Jones

Nancy Harding Klepacki
Nancy Klepacki-Harding

This is a romance worth telling, albeit a few days past the venerable celebration of Candy Hearts, Visits to “Jared” and possibly Michael Bolton. But, it’s no ordinary love story.

Yes, it begins with all the usual requirements: The meeting of a boy and a girl, friendship blossoming into something deeper, parental disapproval, eventual parental acceptance, marriage, children and so forth. This romance, however, merits a deeper look in that it’s a story of love and enthusiasm that came to envelope Asheboro and a large part of post-WWII Randolph County. Continue reading Heart like a wheel: The love story of Emma & Odell Jones

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Just give your son’s tattoo a pet name

Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.
Illustration by Melanie DeLoach.

Dear Aunt Lil,

My son came home with a big tattoo on his arm. I just cant understand why he did this. He says it is self expression. I know that tattoos and body modifications are more mainstream than they used to be, but I was still stunned to see this permanent challenge on his body. Help me put this in perspective before I say something I will regret.

Not-So-Hip Dad

Continue reading Just give your son’s tattoo a pet name

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