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OK, parents! It’s time to gear up and take control. The excitement is thriving and the anticipation is going strong — well, for the parents anyway. That’s right. It’s almost time for … more
On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends met to worship our Lord and to continue to pray for all those affected by the violence in this country and around the world. … more
Sundays growing up always meant church at either Floods Chapel Free Will Baptist or Gold Valley Methodist Church — the former before 16 years old and the latter until I married at age 21. It also … more
Long before 24-hour cable news channels started having panelists yell at each other, I presume in order to boost ratings, every now and then, a local station would foreshadow the conflict yet to … more
With the departure of Shelton Jefferies from the superintendent’s position, the Nash-Rocky Mount school board now faces the daunting task of locating a qualified new leader who fits in with our … more
Murder is a common subject these days. Just last week, killings occurred in El Paso and in Dayton. And if we don’t want to read about recent murders, we can just turn on the television and watch … more
On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family, and friends met to worship our Lord and pray for those lost and injured in the two mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas and the other on … more
Last week I had the pleasure of witnessing an adult patron in one of the local Nash County chain convenience stores simply acting foolish and well beneath his years. His behavior was so horrible I … more
The movie “The Lion King” has made lions popular again. In this endearing story, Simba, son of the ruling lion Mufasa, ultimately battles his evil uncle Scar for control of the Pride Lands of his … more
Who remembers the year 1984? I do. I graduated from Spaulding Elementary School in Spring Hope in the spring and started seventh grade at Southern Nash Junior High in the fall. The Oakland … more
The complexity of the U.S. health care system makes it hard to evaluate the various plans proposed by the Democratic candidates for president. The simplistic slogan “Medicare for All” masks … more
Remember growing up how you hated to hear your parents begin a sentence with “When I was your age?” Each week as I give thought to just what this column should be about, I find myself always … more
For many of us who are still blessed to have our parents with us here on earth, we are watching the time pass by and seeing them age terribly faster than we would want. As we once were the focal … more
Gov. Roy Cooper said the budget passed by both chambers of the General Assembly was an “astonishing failure of common sense and common decency.” I beg to differ. When I look at this budget, I … more
Does anyone remember the bookmobile? It would come to Stanhope Elementary and the teachers would bring in lots of books to supplement the very small one-room library we had. Well, that same … more
I was raised to expect a president of the United States to represent, or attempt to represent, the best of American virtues. The person holding the highest office in the land earned that right by … more
Days go by so fast it seems as we live our lives and deal with everyday obstacles with a disregard of the future. Often we make choices to suit our needs at the moment we are in without regard of the … more
For the last several years I’ve been writing a murder mystery. Such an endeavor has required me to answer a number of questions such as who was killed, why they were killed, who did the killing and … more
There are milestones in a child’s life that every parent looks forward to. Things like taking those first steps, the first day of school, watching them head out on that first date, graduation and … more
On Sunday, the Peachtree Baptist Church congregation, family and friends met to worship our Lord. The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God and present the wonder of His … more
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