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September 14, 2017

The Blount-Bridgers House in Tarboro is set to exhibit the paintings of recent Barton College graduate Benjamin Hawley.

Hawley received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Barton College in May. The Hobson Pittman Memorial gallery, situated on the second floor of the historic Blount-…


Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award

September 13, 2017

North Carolina Coastal Pines congratulates Ashlea Nicholas of Pinetops for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest and most prestigious achievement in Girl Scouting.

Awarded to fewer than 6 percent of Girl Scouts annually, Nicholas joins generations of young women who have earned…


Musings on a holiday weekend

September 11, 2017

Here we go again ...

After a decade at the beach, my wife said she hated to say goodbye to the sand and surf (and fresh seafood), but at least our days dealing with hurricanes were at an end. We were both relieved to be putting all that behind us when we moved to the Twin Counties.

Boy, were we…


No lost sleep over recordings

August 28, 2017

This old dog is learning new tricks.

In my professional and personal lives, I’ve changed my mind on two things I’ve been adamant against for years.

First, as a reporter, I’ve never recorded an interview. I always felt like a reporter who relies on recorded interviews isn’t…