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Introducing Spring Décor into Your Home

By April Lewis

Spring is a season of rebirth. After the long winter months, spring eventually arrives with fresh sprigs of green grass, the trees are dotted with new buds, and specks of vibrant colors are popping up in flower beds all around. Follow along as I show you my favorite spring décor tips and be inspired to introduce spring into your home.
Simplify your Décor

SpringDecor-MantelLgCreate a calm peaceful look by removing the existing layers of your décor so you can begin your spring planning with a fresh palette. Now we can all admit that there is no greater feeling than a fresh start. Clear your mind and your space and get to work!
I love to start fresh with a neutral palette layered with various textures and tones. Vintage books, wood textures, and metal accents are all great elements to incorporate when you are decorating. Think outside the box and get creative with your décor, remembering to have fun and not to put too much pressure on yourself.

Build your Foundation

When planning your décor from season to season, always remember to build your foundation piece first. Your foundation is the base of any design. It’s the piece that grounds the look, whether it’s an antique window accented with a seasonal wreath or similar to the vintage floral china shown in this mantel shot.

This grounding piece to the design will allow seasonal décor, such as this ceramic bunny, to be incorporated into the design with little or no change to the overall look that you have created.

Think Green

There is nothing better than to see fresh hues of greens placed throughout your home. These may require an initial investment, but well worth it in the end. You can also use these pieces as a foundation season after season, implementing relevant seasonal décor items in between.

Faux flowers or fresh blooms are also wonderful to incorporate into your design. The soft hues of the blooms shown in this breakfast room shot create soft visual texture that brings a sense of romance to the design. You will also see that pops of green are strategically placed in the chic chandelier that hangs over the dining table and accented around the whimsical bunny plates that are placed at each table setting.

The table top design overall seems more interesting just by adding these few elements to the mix.

Brighten it up

Bring out the lighter tones in your spring décor and room design with soft whites or pastel color hues. Maybe this is the time to bring out the paint brush or can of spray paint and paint a few décor pieces, walls, or furniture items.

SpingDecor-tableTake a close look at the vintage candlesticks, dining table, and chairs in the breakfast room shot. These all were a dark stain and not very attractive. With a little TLC, these pieces look entirely different and work beautifully into the design.

Be daring and don’t be afraid of paint. Paint is always a perfect solution when you are on a budget and need a fresh new look.
It has been a pleasure to show you spring through my eyes and I do hope that you have been inspired to introduce spring décor into your home. As you begin designing your spaces, be sure to enjoy this process and remember the four design tips I shared with you on how to introduce spring décor into your home: simplify your décor, build your foundation, think green, and brighten it up!

April is a native from Davidson County and hase been an interior designer for over 9 years.  She currently works out of Greensboro, NC.  April is well versed in all design styles and never lets her personal style reflect on her clients home.  “The clients home should tell the story of their life and what they love.” – April Lewis.


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Wood for Sheriff

Hi everyone, I’m Greg Wood and I want to be your Sheriff here in Davidson County.

A lot of people ask why I believe I would make a good Sheriff. The answer is simple: I’m an honest hard-working family man, like many of you, who loves the Lord, goes to church, spends time with my family as much as I can, and has been a servant in law enforcement for over 37 years. And I’m the only candidate who has experience as a city police officer, a North Carolina Highway Patrolman and as a Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy.

greg wood touches peopleAs I go out into the community, I hear people in this county crying for a Sheriff that they will know and their children will know his name. They want him involved in their community, where they will see him and can share their concerns first-hand. And I want to do that. I want to be at community events and be there to know if there are issues and concerns.

My plan is simple – not just filled with false promises and big words. The plan is to bring the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office back to the people of this county and increase the morale of men and women who work there.

Anyone who’s ever worked with me will tell you I’m fair. I relate to the everyday man. I’m down to earth and I’m out working every single day to provide a better life for the folks in this county that I love.

I listen to what others are concerned about and what folks here are most worried about are drugs. Did you know that 95% of all crime here in Davidson County is related to drugs? Under my leadership as Davidson County Sheriff, we will reduce the drug flow into this county. Not only will that slow down crimes like motor vehicle break-ins, residential break-ins and larcenies, but it will reduce the overdose epidemic that is breaking the hearts of so many families.
That’s why as a pro-active leader, changes will be made and made quickly. What pro-active leadership does that mean? It means meeting problems head-on before they happen and not just sitting back and taking a report, as is the case today. Proactive Leadership will restore morale to our deputies and make our communities safer.

greg wood with young marinesLeadership that will not rule through intimidation and unfair disciplinary policies. Leadership that will not start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. but will be around the clock. Leadership that will instill in our deputies the desire to work hard to fairly enforce all laws; to seek out the rampant drug dealers and stop their illegal flow of drugs to our children and communities; to commit their time and resources to serve all citizens of Davidson County, no matter their religion or political beliefs and to bring respect back to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

So, let me tell you a little bit about Greg Wood. I was born in Stuart, VA, but raised just over the line in Sandy Ridge, NC, in Stokes County. I graduated from North Stokes High School in 1978.
In 1979 I began my career in law enforcement at the Mayodan Police Department as a dispatcher. In 1980 I was sworn in as a patrol officer and remained in that position until 1982 when I accepted a job with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. I was in the 70th Basic Patrol School. Over the next 17 years I was assigned to Wake County and Rowan County. In 1991 I was promoted to line sergeant and assigned to Troop I District 2 Interstate Enforcement team in Winston Salem. Troop I District 2 was comprised of 3 squads working I-85, I-40 and I-77. I was responsible for 9 counties, and at times supervised as many as 24 officers in 17 counties. We performed speed enforcement, drug and criminal interdiction work, and traffic accident investigations. I remained in this position until Troop I District 2 was dissolved in 1998, and I was transferred to Troop E District 3 in Rowan County, whereby I supervised as many as 15 Troopers.

In 1999 I left the North Carolina Highway Patrol and was hired by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office where I was assigned to the TAC unit doing drug and criminal interdiction work and motor vehicle violation enforcement. During this time, I was also assigned as a motor officer on the Sheriff’s Office motor unit. In 2001 I was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as the OIC of the TAC unit. In this same year I was transferred to the newly formed criminal warrant squad and supervised as many as 8 officers. I assumed command of the motorcycle unit in 2014 when my partner Sgt. Ronnie Foster stepped down due to health issues. I remained in the position of OIC of the warrant squad, and OIC of the motorcycle unit until my retirement on July 31st, 2017.

greg wood ronald reaganAs far as education goes, I attended Rockingham Community College, taking courses in Criminal Justice. I graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training program at Davidson County Community College in 1980. I then attended the North Carolina Highway Patrol School for basic training and graduated in 1982. I attended the 10-week Administrative Officers Management Program, at N.C State University, and graduated in 1992.I received the Advanced Law Enforcement certificate from the N.C Department of Justice in 1993. I went on to further my education at Guilford Technical Community College, where I received an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement Technology in 1995. At different intervals throughout my career I have continued my supervision training at various institutions.

And then there’s the love of my life, my wife Tiffany. I am married to the former Tiffany Anderson who is the owner of Love Blossoms Florist. We are the proud parents of seven children, ranging in age from 31 to 7 years, and we’ve been blessed with one grandchild. Our two oldest children are public servants in the field of nursing and education. We attend New Testament Baptist Church in Lexington, and Mayo Mountain Church in Stuart, Virginia.
And I also believe in serving my community.

I am a member, and past president, of the Lexington Downtown Lions Club since 1999. Since 2011 I have been an adult staff member of The Young Marines of Davidson County. I have volunteered with Hospice of Davidson County since 2008 on their Ride for Angels motorcycle fundraiser committee. As far as hobbies go, I love riding motorcycles, hunting, and spending time with my children.
Someone recently asked me, “What’s the best thing about law enforcement?” I said it was helping those who can’t help themselves.

Through implementing Proactive leadership, motivation and morale will increase dramatically; deputies will want to stay with this agency and others will want to join, thus reducing the vacancies which in turn will increase deputy response times and provide safer communities.

Please consider voting for me, Greg Wood, as your Davidson County Sheriff in the primary on May 8th.


Proactive Leadership
PROACTIVE LEADERSHIP… the type of leadership that will restore morale to our deputies and bring safer communities to our citizens. Leadership that will not rule through intimidation and unfair disciplinary policies. Leadership that will not start at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. but will be around the clock. Leadership that will instill in our deputies the desire to work hard to fairly enforce all laws; to seek out the rampant drug dealers and stop their illegal flow of drugs to our children and communities; to commit their time and resources to save all citizens of Davidson County, no matter their religion or political beliefs and to bring respect back to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.


Paid for by Wood for Sheriff


Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles

½ c. (1 stick) butter, room temperature
¾ c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ c. finely chopped walnuts or pecans
Colored candy chocolate melts of your choice for coating and decorating

In a bowl combine butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the flour, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until incorporated, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until firm enough to handle.

Shape mixture into 1-inch balls by rolling a spoonful in the palm of your hand. If the dough is too sticky, put your fingers into the flour to stop it from sticking to your fingers. Then shape dough balls into flat little ovals or egg shapes. Alternatively, you can roll the dough out to desired thickness, on a floured surface, about ½ inch thickness and use egg shaped cookie cutters to shape the dough to look like flat eggs. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until firm again.

Melt the candy melts according to the directions on the bag. Dip the cookie dough egg truffles 3-4 at the time into the chocolate, shake off extra and place on parchment paper. Let the truffles sit until hard, about 15 minutes. Once set, melt remaining candy melts. Place in a small baggies and cut a small hole in one corner. Carefully drizzle chocolate over truffles. Store in the refrigerator and serve cold. These can also be frozen for longer storage.


Pineapple Carrot Cake


2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
4 large eggs
2 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. vegetable oil
2 c. peeled and grated raw carrots (4 to 6 medium carrots)
1 c. raisins
1 (8-oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
1 c. coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
Cream cheese frosting (see recipe below)
1 c. shredded or flaked sweetened coconut



Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter three 9-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper and then butter and flour the cake pans. NOTE: You can also make this into a 2-layer cake.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, add eggs and beat on medium-high speed until light yellow or approximately 2 minutes. Slowly add the sugar to the eggs until well mixed and fully incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and beat an additional 1 minute.

Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add the vegetable oil. Once all the oil is added, beat the mixture for another 1 minute.

Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and blend in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the grated carrots, raisins, drained pineapple, and pecans or walnuts.

Divide the batter equally between the prepared cake pans. Bake approximately 40 to 50 minutes or until a long toothpick or wooden skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool on wire cooling rack for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Remove cake from pans and place on the wire racks to finish cooling. While cake is cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting.


Cream Cheese Frosting


8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
6 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract*
2 1/2 to 3 c. powdered (confectioner’s) sugar

* For additional pineapple flavor, substitute some of the pineapple juice that was drained off, for the vanilla extract.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.

To frost the cake, place one cake layer (flat-side up) on a large cake plate. Using a knife or spatula, spread the top of the cake layer with some of the frosting. Place the second cake layer on top (flat-side up) on top of the first layer and spread frosting over the top. Place the third cake layer (rounded side up) on top of the 2nd cake layer and spread the remaining frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Using your hands, gently press the flaked coconut on the sides of the cake.