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It was a strange group of visitors looking down on the sweet potato processing line at Scott Farms in Lucama earlier this month. As they listened to a plant manager talk about everything from … more
We interrupt this impeachment hearing to bring you a message from Donald Trump: “Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.” That tweet, read on live television by House Intelligence … more
The first day of public hearings in the U.S. House impeachment inquiry took place in a far different political atmosphere from the 1973-74 Watergate hearings and subsequent House Judiciary Committee … more
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I, like a lot of other people, begin to take inventory of all for which I am thankful. Mine is a simple list. A lot of it is gratitude for family and friends and … more
This past week took one more step in society’s shift from tangible — and I use that word loosely these days — media to something that seems more akin to the spirit realm. For music, there … more
Thanksgiving, for many people, is not a single day but a season, a remembrance of heritage, a way of life. As we recall our American heritage, we think of how Native Americans were present at what … more
“Wasting resources, capital and income on stuff nobody really needs,” Charles Hugh Smith wrote in 2017, “is a monumental disaster on multiple fronts. Rather than establish incentives to … more
RALEIGH — When the Democratic Congress and the Obama administration enacted the Affordable Care Act a decade ago, the part that got the most attention was a set of insurance exchanges where … more
“Insanity,” said Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” What we are doing in public education isn’t working for many of North Carolina’s … more
I can’t stand being embarrassed. My embarrassment surfaces in a variety of ways, some of which could have been avoided had I stopped rushing, taken a little more time to prepare or heeded the … more
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I wanted to write in this week’s column, and it came to me last night. Before I start into the theme for this week, I want to preface this by saying it is … more
When the New York Federal Reserve began pumping billions of dollars a day into the repurchasing markets — the market banks use to make short-term loans to each other — in September, they said … more
Where do you go for pancakes or waffles in Wilson, besides Grandma’s house? Often, it is Cracker Barrel. Closer to home it is Denny’s. Or, Amy Jo’s. Waffle House serves up a great waffle … more
The amount of Christmas decorations already up at area businesses signals to me it’s time to get off my rump and make my New Year’s resolutions for 2020, so here we go. • Start smoking … more
Monday was a fairly nice day, sunny and with a mild temperature. If you didn’t have government business, it was easy to miss that Monday was also Veterans Day. The celebration was, let’s just … more
In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in Fairhaven, Massachusetts by pumping carbon monoxide into the cab of his truck. In a bench trial, a judge convicted Roy’s 17-year-old … more
Oh, boy, did I screw up my first attempt at covering a town council meeting. It was 1986, and I was spending the summer interning at a weekly newspaper in Nash County called the Spring Hope … more
Last weekend provided a cup overflowing with televised football games — Thursday and Friday night games between high school and college teams, more college games on Saturday with ever-expanding … more
Five days after his steepest fall from grace, Cam Newton was already plotting his comeback. Critics and commentators dogged the Carolina Panthers’ franchise quarterback and 2015 league MVP … more
We are entering my favorite time of year right now. It has my affection for any number of reasons, but this past week reminded me of one of the primary ones in the form of the meteorological shift. … more
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