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With an election 18 months away, and the likelihood that it will be Biden vs. Trump a-g-a-i-n, my interest in the history of America’s presidents, inspired by a terrific high school history … more
Culture shock doesn’t begin to describe what I felt walking into that 8th-grade classroom in the middle of February. I was the new kid, just moved from California to Raleigh. It’s … more
It may be an old wives’ tale (as compared to what young wives would say), or maybe it’s an urban legend, or maybe it’s just not really so, but the old saying that “it takes … more
More and more lately, it seems, events are transpiring which convince me that truly I must be a fish out of water. Going along with those events is the vocabulary that goes along with them ... … more
Congratulations to Bill Horner III! Join me in celebrating his career at the Chatham News + Record. In a little over four years since he became publisher and editor, this newspaper has garnered many … more
Here I am, lying on my comfy couch, staring out the front windows at the trees, sunlight, crows swooping up and down amidst the dandelions. Chatham County doing what it does best, bursting with … more
How can any diverse group of people, including a community of faith, find common ground on abortion? North Carolina’s new “abortion bill” (Senate Bill 20) was passed strictly along … more
I was born and raised in Florida. I still return periodically to visit my roots and tend to the grave sites of my ancestors. My family’s history in Florida goes back to the 1800s. That may … more
Every year I buy the new edition of the World Almanac and Book of Facts. I like to check to see what the book is telling the rest of the world about North Carolina. This year’s Almanac had … more
OK, ‘fessing up. To what? Nothing salacious; sorry. I’m just feeling proud of myself. Well then, all the more reason to share. It really comes down to watching my fingers … more
During my young life on the planet, I’ve called several places “home.”   Born in Raleigh before it got too big for its britches.   Lived in Apex the first five … more
I’m more than familiar with small town festivals.   My dad works for Southern Bank in Mount Olive, N.C., and we always would spend the last weekend in April attending the Pickle … more
For years — I don’t remember how many — I’ve been hammering out columns for this newspaper. I do remember that day when my boss the editor — the late Alan Resch — … more
It happened to me back in 1991 when Clarence Thomas was nominated for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Thomas, although African American and coming from a poor background, was known to be very … more
Strange, strange, strange.  OK, out with it. What’s strange?  My unexpected learning curve, beginning with a golden oldie (the Beatles, the Stones?). No, no, this well-worn … more
North Carolina can add another item to its crowded shelf of accolades: According to a newly updated study, our state’s road system ranks second in the nation in performance and … more
What can you do when already-powerful politicians grab more and more power? The obvious answer is that you elect a new bunch of politicians. But how can that happen when those same power-hungry … more
This Thursday, May 4, is “Star Wars” Day — May the Fourth be with you! Around the world, fans will gather to watch movies, play video games and eat cookies in the shape of Yoda. … more
PITTSBORO — The crowd selfie has become a staple of many artists and performers. They fire up their smartphone on stage, point the front-facing camera toward the crowd and click as the crowd … more
President Biden recently kicked off his “Investing in America” tour with a visit to North Carolina. It’s no wonder why the state was selected as a showcase: already a regional … more
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