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She was 12 years old and an active member of the Girl Scouts. Her obituary was in her hometown newspaper a few weeks ago. When we met it was an accident, and under some wild and daring … more
Old Saint Nick visits in three days. What has been your most memorable Christmas moment? About a month into my senior year of high school, we ordered graduation gear — caps, gown, tassel, … more
Is it just me or does it seem like Father Time mashes the gas pedal a little harder when Dec. 1 rolls around each year? Traffic has picked up in certain places. Drivers weave in and out of lanes, … more
When Bob Dole died Dec. 5 at age 98, America lost one of our great leaders. World War II hero, congressman, U.S. senator, Senate majority leader, Republican presidential nominee. We all know at least … more
What happened to the days when people valued their job, and when students graduated from high school, speaking an English language we all could understand? Today, half of our folks don’t … more
The General Assembly and Gov. Roy Cooper deserve an attaboy for passing and signing North Carolina’s first state budget since 2018. But they also deserve a few raised eyebrows for some of … more
The part of giving that always comes with Christmas came early to Mount Olive last week. It surfaced right in the face of what could have been a disaster at the worst time of the year. It was a … more
I keep my Christmas tree up all year in memory of my family since it was our favorite holiday. We’d spend Christmas Eve watching classic movies. On Christmas morning, the aroma of … more
The dubiously named “Build Back Better” or BBB legislation, passed by the House this month calls for buyers of electric cars, or EVs, to get up to $12,500 in tax credits. And a couple can … more
Some days are just easier than others. I can’t remember how many times I heard my parents say that. I definitely agree with them. We’re getting into the short rows of … more
The older one gets, the more thankful they become for merely waking up and participating in another day. Thanksgiving this year was a quiet and peaceful one for me, and a good day for … more
My first and only bicycle during boyhood days was a J.C. Higgins from Sears Roebuck. As the holiday season quickly approaches, particularly Christmas, boyhood experiences that grew into cherished … more
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