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May 25, 2017

Wasn't that potato festival something?

The weather flipped in a short time on Saturday, going from steaming hot to rather cool.

People still had fun, though, either heading home for a jacket, finding a place to buy one or just toughing it out -- if you can call walking down the street eating a…

May 24, 2017

Every North Carolina author would give his or her eyetooth to get a mention at the top of the lead editorial in The New York Times during the week of a new book release.

It happened to best-selling author Jim Dodson on May 12. His new book, "The Range Bucket List: The Golf Adventure of a Lifetime,"…


May 21, 2017

(Part 3 in a four-part series)

My thanks go to Vann Evans of the State Archives of North Carolina, who kindly sent me copies of relevant court records.

The race riot of Sept. 9, 1940 was chaotic, as was the immediate aftermath.

The riot ended with the arrests of many, some of whom had done nothing…

May 21, 2017

USS Roanoke (ID-1695) was built in 1901 as the steel-hulled steamer El Dia at Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, Va. El Dia was 405 feet long, 48 feet wide, had a draft of 20 feet, displaced 7,000 tons, and had a speed of 15 knots. It was operated by the Southern Pacific-…

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May 20, 2017

In 1979 Ridley Scott directed “Alien,” an outer space horror film, described in the writer’s original notes as “ alien hunts crew through a spaceship.” In it, the crew of the starship Nostromo encounters an acid-dripping, double-jawed, toothy xenomorph. All puerile…

May 19, 2017

I can’t think of an easier flower to grow than zinnia. When I was a kid we always had the old fashioned tall growing types. I think my mom still has some pictures of my sister and I standing next to them and they were taller than either of us.

We never bought plants or seeds. All we did was…

May 17, 2017

Tuesday morning a few signs hinted at the big event coming to downtown Elizabeth City this weekend.

Lawn mowers and trimmers were humming. Some rides, still folded up in big rigs, were parked at Waterfront Park, and some RVs were set up on Riverside and Water streets as a staging area for the N.C.…

May 14, 2017

Taking a nation to war is one thing; fighting a war is another matter altogether. President Woodrow Wilson, and his administration, learned this lesson the hard way in May 1917.

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May 13, 2017

Think of this movie as the Arthurian legend with super hero overtones. Remember that Spider-Man mantra: “With great power there must also come – great responsibility”? Well, this fantasy film from Guy Ritchie (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking…

May 12, 2017


When we inspect our gardens we might notice small striped beetles on our cucumber, squash and melon plants. Sometimes they are spotted. These little critters are called cucumber beetles, and they are a double threat. Sure, they chew holes in the leaves, but they do much more than that.…

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