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When opportunity knocks, open the door

There’s now such an empty feeling to walk out the backdoor of my home and stare at an empty driveway next door. I already miss ... Read more

Celebrating 100 years of voting

Not long after my 18th birthday, I remember my mother taking me down to the Board of Elections Office in Jackson to register to vote. ... Read more

Coping to get through this year

I was browsing WRAL’s website recently, and saw an article about a food blogger in Durham who’s been sharing restaurants that have helped her “get ... Read more

Hurricane season arrives in North Carolina

Right on cue. Although the 35th annual North Carolina Watermelon Festival was wiped off the 2020 calendar due to COVID-19, that event typically signals the ... Read more

At least the animals are having a good time

Imagine you’re at a hotel, minding your business and eating at the bar when someone comes along to snatch your food right out of your ... Read more

Put me down for a two

It’s Monday morning, July 27, 2020. Like all other Monday mornings for those gainfully employed, we arrive at work in a state of total confusion….our ... Read more

For everything, there is a season…

I write my column this week in the midst of a not-so-fun heatwave. Heat indexes in the triple digits are never, ever fun unless you’re ... Read more

A new way to remember Eliza Mae

I typically steer clear of using this space to give free advertising to a local business. However, a new one that is scheduled to open ... Read more

There’s only one place left to go

From the first time I heard him strike up his fiddle live on stage at Norfolk Scope back in the early 1970’s until I listened ... Read more

Know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses

People who’ve lived in North Carolina all their lives are used to the hot summer temperatures combined with humidity which is sometimes so high it ... Read more

Celebrating our freedom

To the Editor: As the nation recently celebrated “Juneteenth” that recognized the freedom of the last slaves that were held in Texas, there are more ... Read more

Let’s stop being obsessed with being the best

I think it’s fair to say that, as a society, we’re obsessed with being “the best.” It’s ingrained in our brains from every point imaginable. ... Read more

The time is now to invest in new schools

24 — a number sported by Willie Mays, Kobe Bryant, and Jeff Gordon. It is also the number of years since the state of North ... Read more

Desert dust is the least of our worries

Measuring roughly 3,000 miles from east to west, and approximately 1,200 miles from north to south, this place is as large as the 48 contiguous ... Read more

Simple steps to how to wear a mask

I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic isn’t over yet. Many would like to downplay ... Read more

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