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When I think of the state of things, these words come to mind: chaotic, disgusting, outrageous, unacceptable, insanity, and on and on. It could continue, but words are only words. Talk is … more
It’s good to hear Republicans finally acknowledge the danger from white supremacy. But focusing on that motive alone is another way to talk around the main cause of mass shootings – easy access … more
A murderous madness broke out in America the weekend of Aug. 3, extending from El Paso, Texas, to Dayton, Ohio, 13 hours later. Two shootings, two inexplicable events. Many dead. This is a shock … more
The daily introduction to the rest of the world begins to unravel early for me, often even before the sun rises, depending upon the time of the year. And, that is seven days a week. In order to … more
As the fall sports at the local high schools have already kicked off, I couldn’t help but take a moment of reflection and think about what the last year was like. I never wrote an introduction … more
To the editor: It’s disappointing that the mayor of Mount Olive chooses to support an industry that is a major air polluter in our area. Joe Scott spoke in favor of the expansion of Sampson … more
As we enter into August, now is the time to start preparing for managing pecan weevils as they will soon be emerging from the ground and into your pecan trees. If you have already had pecans dropping … more
Whatever happened to the plum tree that grew wild and attracted every youngun in the neighborhood? The plums were once a major staple of a growing, wild and wooly child’s summer diet. The … more
For the lawn Late summer is the most effective time to control fire ants with baits. Treat lawns for grubs only if you find more than 5 grubs per square foot. August is the last month to fertilize … more
It was many, many moons ago when I learned to swim, and in those years of long ago it was not in a pool with a licensed instructor. It was at the confluence of the Neuse and Little rivers, and the … more
Nothing says summer like watermelons. Watermelons are often a must at our summer cookouts and are a wonderful treat during hot summer days. Watermelons are grown across the United States. The top … more
There have been meetings, a mirage of emails, endless phone calls and conversations, and any other means of communicating in the effort to secure state funding to make desperately-needed repairs to … more
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