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Years ago, a British poet by the name of Alfred Tennyson penned a poem entitled “Locksley Hall” in which he noted, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. Spring … more
There’s an entire subset of Seth Rogen’s film canon in which he plays schlubs who find themselves in romantic relationships with attractive women beyond their station. It began with … more
Soon, someone will take Walter Petty’s seat on the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. They’ll never, however, take his place. Petty, the board’s lone Republican, surprised his fellow … more
With a deadline looming last Monday morning, I wrote a column, quickly, about the whirlwind road trip my wife and I took the week before, that column focusing on the intrinsic value of maps. Fully … more
I fundamentally believe in the American free enterprise system. I believe if someone has an idea and the smarts and the energy and the desire and the hard work to make a go of a business or a … more
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Where would we be without maps? The obvious answer is: we wouldn’t have a clue. A long road trip — over my wife’s spring break from teaching last week, we traveled from home to … more
We got a jump-start on Easter traffic by leaving early last Thursday morning for Florida to visit our son Addison and his wife Charis. I love driving, and driving long distances, but a trip to the … more
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight and from looking backward through rose-colored glasses, I have come to believe even more every day many of the things my mother tried to teach me about life in … more
A few days ago, I was rummaging through the various drugstore aisles that contain the medicines and cures you can buy without a prescription. I was looking for a particular eyedrop that the eye doc … more
I’ve been a reporter professionally for nearly three years now — with a couple small breaks here and there — and no topic has fascinated me more than education, specifically public … more
Thunder! Lightning! Rain! None of it troubles me much. I sleep like a baby through most bad nighttime storms, which could be more indicative of ignorance than grit. But I know weather can pack … more
From time to time, I’ll use this space to share information and insights about the News + Record, to tell you about things we’re doing to make your newspaper better and, like today, to … more
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
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