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The Xtreme Football League announced April 10 that it had suspended operations and laid off all of its workers due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This spelled out the end of the spring football … more
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to fix campus kangaroo courts. But opponents are using COVID-19 as a convenient excuse to delay much-needed reform. Democratic senators, state attorneys … more
It’s strawberry season, and if you’re like me, you are taking advantage of the fresh fruit grown right here on Wilson County farms. I’ve already made a pie, shortcake, jam and strawberry … more
Needlework comes in many forms: knitting, tatting, embroidery, cross stitch, needlepoint, crocheting and many other styles. Ancient needlework arts are part of the heritage of most cultures, and they … more
RALEIGH — The 1930s had the Great Depression. The early 21st century had the Great Recession. Now, in the 2020s, we are suffering a Great Suppression. With hundreds of thousands of North … more
People are flocking to local newspapers to learn about the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on their communities. But public health restrictions designed to slow the virus’ spread have … more
What different times we are experiencing now! All of us can feel what Ariel referred to in Shakespeare’s last play, “The Tempest.” Ariel sang about suffering a “sea-change, into something … more
I always bake when a hurricane is brewing or a snowstorm is predicted. I bake when someone’s sick and needs some comfort. I bake when I need comfort. So, I’ve been baking the last week or so. … more
I’m tired. You would think with all this stuff about staying at home and not doing anything, I would be well rested. I’m not. Nowhere close to it. I truly believe that now that I am doing … more
The coronavirus threat has caused a panic unlike anything most of us have experienced. But who could have imagined the impact it would have on one of life’s most undignified yet necessary … more
I’ve noticed lately that when TV sports channels describe what old game they will be broadcasting, they sometimes reveal the outcome. For example, the description might read something like, … more
The grocery store parking lot seemed a bit more crowded than usual when I arrived to pick up a few items we needed last Sunday, but the crowding didn’t seem so unusual until I got inside and found … more
Eye on Health One day you are just sitting on the porch, enjoying a glass of tea. You look up to admire the afternoon light beaming through the trees and there it is; something just dashed through … more
Feeding the family has suddenly become a challenge for most of us as store shelves have emptied of food items we can usually find so readily: chicken breasts, ground beef, pork chops. Over the … more
As part of our society’s efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus through social distancing, people in our community are facing the prospect of working from home, many of them likely for the first … more
The news on our televisions, the articles on our phones, and our conversations all revolve around the coronavirus. This constant flow of information about COVID-19 can be overwhelming. Sometimes we … more
The handshake is something many of us perform, some more often than others. It’s a common practice we haven’t thought much about until recently, when it took on new significance. Wikipedia … more
This Nov. 3 will mark the 17th presidential election I’ve lived through, the 15th (beginning in 1960) that I closely followed, perhaps the most unusual and volatile election ever and the most … more
Many times recently I have moved from one denomination to another on Sundays. I might be Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal and even Catholic. Why the switches from my heritage? It’s because … more
Let’s review cataracts: What are they, and how can corrective surgery offer a significantly higher quality of life for the patient? If we compare the eye to a camera, a cataract … more
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