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SILVERBORO Incorporated in 1887 on the Wilson-Fayetteville Railroad. Its first mayor was Nathan Boyette and it has always borne his surname by local usage. SILVER LAKE In 1907 Roscoe G. … more
From what I have heard lately, dating in this era is a little different than it was when I was younger. I’ve been married for a long time, so not only is dating not something I am up to speed … more
My boss, so to speak, is coming to town tomorrow to preach and spend time with us here in Wilson. That is to say my Bishop, the Rev. Timothy Smith, bishop of the North Carolina Synod of the … more
In early June, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (“the gay wedding cake case”) soaked up most of the Supreme Court decision media limelight, even though (or perhaps … more
Graduation is here for our high school seniors. I want to take a moment to offer unsolicited advice to the young adults starting off on their next steps (and their loved ones who will hopefully cut … more
Every Saturday night, our family would gather round the black and white TV to watch the latest Perry Mason episode. Before the hour was over, Raymond Burr would have solved the mystery, always titled … more
Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians held primaries last month that decided their nominees for most offices in the November election. In June, our two new parties will hold conventions to … more
RALEIGH — Many political pollsters took it on the chin in 2016. Their surveys proved to be wildly off in the presidential race, among others. So as the 2018 midterms approach, will we all stop … more
There is no good time to have a flat tire. Regardless of when they occur, flat tires are almost always at the most inconvenient times. No one has ever uttered and really meant the words, … more
You did not get to a parade or service on Memorial Day. You can’t get to the Normandy beaches this week for the anniversary of D-Day. You are feeling a need to be in touch with the sacrifices … more
RALEIGH — Thank you for your generous donation to the Moravian Church’s mountain retreat and conference center. Sure, odds are you’ve never visited this facility in Ashe County, and you … more
What can lawmakers consider during the 2018 short session?  Not everything, because of limits imposed by the long session adjournment resolution. Important … more
RALEIGH — The recent legislative adjustments to North Carolina’s 2018-19 state budget produced two main political controversies that we’ll hear more about as we move through the campaign season … more
“The road is long, With many a winding turn That leads us to who knows where Who knows where…” … more
So, in last week’s column, I explained how “Avengers: Infinity War” can be viewed as a singular, stand-alone, self-contained conclusion to a decade of Marvel cinematic movies. (SPOILER ALERT … more
Today’s older citizens who grew up in the country had three full months of summer vacation. All of June, July and August were just good old summertime, those glorious days when school was a thing … more
PENDER’S BIRTHPLACE In 1834, Maj. Gen. William Dorsey Pender, C.S.A., was born in a house no longer standing on the right side of the road four-tenths of a mile north of Pender’s Crossroads, … more
We get a lot of magazines in the mail and some of them are those car magazines that guys used to get all the time but now only can be found on the coffee table at your local auto repair shop. They … more
How do you identify yourself? You might begin by stating whether you’re male or female, or the age group you are in. Or you might identify by race, sex, religion, where you live or your … more
There are a lot of important statistics that confirm just how out of whack the U.S. economy has grown during this modern Gilded Age we currently inhabit, but two factoids from a recent CNN … more
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