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Thursday, June 25, 2020

A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

Many of us here in eastern North Carolina know and love someone who has a chronic disease like hypertension or diabetes. These, and other chronic conditions, are all too prevalent in our communities, especially in older people. As COVID-19 cases continue to escalate across the country it has…

Summer returned officially last Saturday evening at 5:43 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

I’d like to start this column by apologizing to Larry McLaughlin, owner of Old House Renovations. The name of his business was incorrect in an June 4 article on his work at the Hannibal Badham Jr. house on East Gale Street.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

I’d like to start this column by apologizing to Larry McLaughlin, owner of Old House Renovations. The name of his business was incorrect in an June 4 article on his work at the Hannibal Badham Jr. house on East Gale Street.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The tragedy this past week of the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer hits us all to the core. The lack of compassion shown by this defiant man was pure evil.

Poor Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, aside from having a name that won’t get you anywhere on the school playground, was not a lucky man. He was, as the great Soggy Bottom Boys sang, “a man of constant sorrow.”

Thursday, June 04, 2020

We’ve had more than our fill of bad luck recently. The Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures, with 40 million people losing their jobs, were bad enough. And then we got last Monday, May 25, in Minneapolis.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Many of us were forced to read The Lord of the Flies in high school or college. The story, by Nobel laureate William Golding, was also made into a classic black and white movie in 1963. That movie also was considered de rigueur in lots of lesson plans.

“Lord willing and the creek don’t rise” – this American slang expression implying strong intentions subject to complete frustration by uncommon but not unforeseeable events so appropriately describes what we, as your Chowan County Board of Commissioners, have been faced with on so many front…

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Thursday, May 07, 2020

Massage and therapeutic bodywork was put to a screeching halt during the coronavirus threat. (And it does make sense, as any sort of contact with another human almost deems it to be a flavoring of Russian roulette.)

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Thursday, April 23, 2020

My grandmother, momma’s mother, Jean Williams, taught school for 30 years. She taught generations of seventh graders and threw between one and 200 erasers in that time period. She has been gone from us three years this month, but I’m amazed at how much I am still learning from her.

We are cowering from fear of COVID-19, but quarantine is not a cure to end the virus.

By the time the Wuhan virus peters out, we will have lost many thousands of lives and we will be struggling to regain our economic balance after seeing so many businesses dissolve into bankruptcy.