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I read a news story the other day about a gas station down east in North Carolina that’s a novelty in today’s world. Seems the little place in a rural northeastern county does more than merely … more
Working at a community newspaper like the News + Record, we handle a significant volume of news releases from agencies and organizations around Chatham County and simple news announcements from … more
There are things — death and taxes are the two most mentioned — we can’t change. And there are other things — the color of a front door is one — that we can. Compared to death and … more
There’s a scene in “Shazam!” when the crimson-clad hero and his nemesis scamper across a giant piano mat while barreling through a toy store. It’s an apt … more
April Fools’ Day, 2019, is in the past. And, as such, it doesn’t rank all that high on the calendar. As a matter of fact, some calendars don’t even note it. Others, like the one in my head, … more
Score it a big win for Chatham County Schools. Or to be more precise, two big wins. Twice in the last two weeks CCS has been recognized on a national level for notable achievement — … more
A year seems about the right amount of time to forget something. Not to erase memory completely, necessarily; but enough time to push some things into a recess of the brain where the particulars are … more
“What a disaster!” exclaims Alan Arkin near the end of Tim Burton’s “Dumbo.” As a critic, it’s tempting to cherry-pick this quote as applicable to both the burning … more
It wasn’t a rare occurrence, this thing I encountered — a jellyfish washed up on the sand of a North Carolina beach — but still, to me, it felt like it was some kind of omen. It was the … more
A debate over the value of recycling has been simmering for years; longer, probably, than I’ve been separating aluminum and glass and paper from the other disposable stuff our household sheds week … more
It was inevitable, I suppose, given the publicity surrounding the toppling of the Silent Sam monument on the UNC campus and the recent acts of vandalism done to other similar monuments, that the … more
Of all the things I can lay legitimate claim to being, an “Instagram influencer” isn’t one of them. My modest Instagram account isn’t over-burdened with followers, and that’s OK. Just … more
Rumors of a protest over Chatham County’s “Our Confederate Heroes” monument in Pittsboro ramped up last week and eventually spread like butter melting over a piping hot ear of corn — person … more
There was a story in a recent Sunday paper that hurt my heart. Seems, according to that piece, a bit of America is on the way out. It also went on to say that the movement had been going on for … more
On a late afternoon ride home after visiting family in Durham a few of weeks ago, we decided to delay the homecoming for a side trip. Taking our time, we turned left off of US 15-501 before … more
As a Chatham resident off and on since 1970 I have observed a lot change in our county — some good, some bad. That notion that depends greatly on one’s point of view. I will admit that it is … more
It’s Sunshine Week across North Carolina and the nation. And no, that doesn’t signify an end to winter and the rains that have hammered our region since the fall — although we can always hope … more
As I’ve had more birthdays, I’ve come to realize just how much my folks actually knew and just how much I miss them. See, years ago when I wore a younger man’s clothes and my parents were still … more
A few weeks ago, during the height of middle-school basketball frenzy, I went with some family members and friends to take in a game in which my 7th-grade grandson was playing. It was an hour or … more
Our long-suffering spate of cold and wet and nasty weather has gotten me thinking about, and craving for, something my wife occasionally cooks up as a special treat: borscht. If you’re not … more
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