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It’s beginning to be that time of the year when all the big news outlets parade out their flashy year-end reviews. You know, the one that fills up about five whole minutes of a half-hour news … more
My mother loved to decorate her house for every holiday and occasion, but never more so than at Christmas. I can still remember all sorts of variations of lights and manger scenes through the … more
My friend Peggie Shultz recently shared some examples from her family’s collection of Christmas traditions and anecdotes and left me with the feeling that I was in the past, enjoying them with her … more
Instead of going over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house, we traveled east this Thanksgiving. It was comforting to see that most of the furniture, downed trees and debris that had … more
Christmas is just around the corner, and while people around me seem pretty excited and in the Christmas spirit, it hasn’t quite hit me yet. This time of the year is tough for me. My mom’s … more
RALEIGH — Are you frustrated with our political dialogue at the moment? If your answer is no, you are in a distinct minority in North Carolina and beyond. For example, in an October poll … more
Voters and public officials are rightfully concerned how our election systems work. During the 2018 midterm elections, many news stories were produced about problems attributed to defective voting … more
Many consider the National Football League to be the most successful professional sports organization in the world. To many, having an NFL team is a signal a city and region have arrived and are in … more
As the persistent special counsel, Robert Mueller, divests some cases and converges others, he seems to have cast President Trump in a ring of wrongdoers. Included in that ring is the Trump … more
“The real mystery after half a century,” Wyndham Robertson says, “is why life at the top of large American corporations still seems so overwhelmingly male.” Writing in The New York Times … more
People have been wanting to know what students talk about in the school hallways. They want to know what is on the average student’s mind all day. After observing my peers, I have become aware of … more
Among my best childhood memories was the distinct smell given off by a live Christmas tree that permeated our house each year during the holiday season. We always had a live tree during those … more
The new year will come with a new look for Wilson’s main Walmart store on Forest Hills Road. “Walmart is focused on making the customer experience in our stores fast and friendly and providing … more
RALEIGH — In the January 1953 edition of the magazine If: Worlds of Science Fiction, a fan of the genre from Texas, Marilyn Venable, made her debut as an author. “Time Enough at Last,” … more
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” Sounds dire. A reaction to the National Climate Assessment published the day … more
It’s the time of year that brings a fond remembrance for folks of my generation and those from the generations slightly before. When we were younger, we were not blessed with the internet. We had … more
I wonder if Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar knew what they were getting us into 2,000 years ago. Those are the traditional names of the three wise men who decided it would be impolite to show up … more
‘Tis the season for Christmas parades in the area, and I get to cover a few of them as a reporter. It’s usually an easy, fun gig. People are happy and excited to see their friends and loved … more
As we observe Pearl Harbor Day, we remember North Carolina’s role in World War II. Our state boasts a large military presence today, most of which developed during the war. None of our historical … more
RALEIGH — In response to the toppling in August of the Confederate monument at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chancellor Carol Folt and other UNC leaders have proposed a … more
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