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“Come along and sing a song and join the jamboree, M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E.” Some of you may recall these words as being part of the opening theme song for “The Mickey Mouse Club,” the … more
When President Trump visited North Carolina, he assured our state that the federal checkbook would be opened and that we would get almost anything we wanted from FEMA, the Federal Emergency … more
“Nobody has found any widespread instances of voter fraud.” That’s MSNBC host Katy Tur, expressing what passes for conventional wisdom on the Left. They constantly tell us that efforts to … more
A mobile groomer with a loyal following is laying down roots and expanding services with a new storefront on Airport Boulevard. “The reaction from clients has been positive. Definitely … more
If you don’t keep up with the happenings and goings-on around our capital city, you may have missed all the hoopla about Dix Hill.  The property, on which the Dorothea Dix Hospital (Dix … more
OK, I will say it before you do. I know that we just got over Grandparents Day and pumpkin spice lattes were just released, but here I am already talking about Halloween. However, if you are like me … more
SALISBURY — During a recent debate about one of six constitutional amendments on North Carolina’s 2018 ballot, General Assembly special counsel Brent Woodcox made an important observation: you … more
Hurricane Florence will likely go down as one of the most damaging storms to ever hit North Carolina. One estimate pegs the total cost at near $50 billion, which would place Florence as the … more
A lot of you have asked me about our “forced vacation” due to the recent hurricane, and what happened to Cooper during the storm. When we got the notice of mandatory evacuation, we … more
Thanks to the help of a number of people who have contributed information for this column for more than two years, a collection of installments is now available. The cover art of the collection … more
For about two years now, almost all the top news has been about some public figure doing something or saying something or having something revealed about him or her. The fallout has been a … more
RALEIGH — If North Carolina Republicans are to maintain solid control of both General Assembly chambers, they can’t just turn out the GOP base this fall. They also need undecided voters to break … more
There is a new meme circulating that Trumpistas have found very pertinent. It’s a stark black-and-white photo of a seated Trump. One elbow is on his left knee and his other hand is gesturing toward … more
“I’m not going to ruin Judge [Brett] Kavanaugh’s life over this,” Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News’s Chris Wallace last Sunday. “How much evidence is required to destroy a person’s … more
This week, a beloved figure from my childhood, Bill Cosby, was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison. Like many people, especially African-Americans, I am torn between appreciating content he created … more
As a kid, I stood and pledged my allegiance to the United States of America every morning at the start of class. That practice, usually followed immediately by singing the Star-Spangled Banner, … more
The course of my life was forever altered on July 31, 2007. A full-time internship kept me on my college campus that year instead of spending it in my hometown like previous summers, but I had a week … more
We want everyone in our community to know the signs of sepsis. Signs of heart attack and stroke are widely publicized, as the heart and brain are vital organs. It is just as important to … more
Union Point Park in New Bern was mostly underwater, barely recognizable. An extension of the Neuse and Trent rivers. But, watching on TV, we could tell it was — will again be — a … more
Hurricane Florence has come and gone, leaving massive property damage and 37 deaths in its wake. While that may seem like too many deaths, especially for the families whose loved ones are among … more
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