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August 30, 2018

If this biographical movie about French convict Henri Charrière seems familiar, it should. This is a remake of the classic 1973 “Papillon,” which starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

How do you top star power like that?

You don’t. You cast the new version with Charlie…


August 30, 2018

Many of you have asked about my cantaloupe plants.

The short answer is they’re dead.

The longer answer is I tried but failed. At the start I was worried about giving the plants too much water (this was before the torrential rains stated) so I tried to water modestly.

In retrospect I believe I…


August 26, 2018

We are excited! Museum of the Albemarle had the highest percentage increase in visitation from FY2016-17 to FY2017-18 of any other state operated museum or historic site in North Carolina. This year 79,889 people experienced Museum of the Albemarle, compared to 62,243 last year.

The 28 percent…

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August 24, 2018

Most of our land is not prime farmland. Some places have problems with soil moisture, fertility or erodibility. We can’t grow row crops anywhere we want, and we usually can’t afford to fertilize places that may not provide a return on our investment.

Enter sericea lespedeza. It was…

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August 22, 2018

Oftentimes when I eat grits, as I did a couple of mornings ago and also one morning late last week, I think about the assumptions some people make about people who eat grits.

Eating grits is not only a satisfying nutritional experience, it’s also an integral part of a whole lifestyle…


August 19, 2018

Beat the heat, and come on over to Museum of the Albemarle to enjoy our air conditioning, and get your history on!

There are plenty of programs to take part in over the next few months, and they’re all FREE! Here are just a few of the programs the museum has coming up:

Sept. 5: History for…

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August 17, 2018

Mile 22 — that’s the distance to safety for an Indonesian policeman being targeted by a crime lord. There, a plane is waiting to spirit him out of the country. It’s up to some low-level CIA agents to get him there.

A gauntlet, you might call the plot.

Mark Wahlberg (the former…


August 15, 2018

I was minding my own business (and following the traffic signs) on Tuesday when I suddenly saw a car in my lane heading straight toward me.

Although I and my vehicle were where we were supposed to be, it was clear the oncoming vehicle had no intention of changing course so I moved over one lane to…


August 12, 2018

By the time the first newspaper was published in North Carolina in the mid-18th century, 11 other colonies already had publications.

Because it was a frontier colony, its population was widely scattered on farms and plantations. There were no large towns or well-defined community centers.…

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August 10, 2018

I still remember seeing my first 3-wheeler all-terrain vehicle. It was in 1973. The 4-wheeled variety didn’t come on the scene until 1982.

Back in the 1970s, if a person was willing to walk a couple miles through the Maine woods, trout fishing was incredible. I could catch one on nearly every…

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