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March 16, 2018

It’s time to cut and plant those spuds. Potatoes are different than most vegetables we eat. They aren’t propagated by seed. Plants are grown asexually, meaning they are clones. All plants in a field are genetically identical to each other.

Few people would even give this a second…

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March 15, 2018

Many of you may already know about the late poet Robert Frost’s visit to Elizabeth City and some of you surely know more about it than I do.

The story has fascinated me, though, ever since I first learned about it. I don’t recall the exact source that first put me onto the story but I…


March 11, 2018

Adding to the contribution made by the people of Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County in the Project Zebra aviator training program during World War II, the city can take great pride in another Lend-Lease program that helped win the war.

Under the program, the Elizabeth City Shipyard built 30…

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March 11, 2018

In his fourth and final State of the Coast Guard Address, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft reflected on the service’s challenges and accomplishments over the last year, provided a current overview of the service, and outlined its priorities for the future.

He spoke about “one of…


March 09, 2018

 Many folks have noticed their lawn has suddenly turned green, and the grass is not coarse and ugly. However, this species of annual grass is the most difficult to control and most obnoxious weed in golf courses.

The culprit is called annual bluegrass. It grows voraciously in cool weather.…

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March 08, 2018

Thanks to new resources such as Internet archives and accessible DNA testing, genealogy is now hugely popular. People are learning more about their ancestry and discovering unexpected things about themselves in the process.

During the past decade I have learned a lot more about my own ancestry…

March 04, 2018


No known portrait exists. His exact birthdate remains a mystery. Nobody knows when he died. Yet, Peter Carteret played a pivotal part in the early history of the Albemarle.

Upon receiving their royal charter in 1663, the eight Lords Proprietors inherited a headache in the Albemarle. Prior to…

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March 03, 2018

In spy tradecraft it’s called a “honey trap,” using an attractive young woman (or man) to compromise an enemy target. It happens.

Think: Mata Hari.

Now a new movie titled “Red Sparrow” gives us a thriller based on this very précis.

Jennifer Lawrence (“The…

March 02, 2018

The first five days of 2018 saw low temperatures in the teens in Elizabeth City. Night temperatures hovered in the single digits the next three nights, one of them around zero. During that stretch daytime temperatures remained in the 20s. Mercury reached into the 70s four days later.


February 25, 2018

Most of the free African Americans of colonial Albemarle (now North Carolina) originated in Virginia where they became free in the 17th and 18th century before chattel slavery and racism fully developed as public policy in the United States.

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