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September 11, 2017

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University medical center complex stands immediately behind Milan Puskar Stadium, and the East Carolina football team probably should have been taken across the parking lot and admitted to have its vital signs checked on Saturday evening.

The Pirates got…

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September 10, 2017

I adore fall, but when I was young, summer reigned supreme among the seasons. Summer was the time for adventures and the highly underrated pleasure of goofing off. It was also the time for camp.

When my siblings and I refer to camp, we are not talking about some organized enrichment endeavor. To us,…


September 09, 2017

Well, here we are.

Tonight’s race at Richmond closes the book on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular season, which — to me, at least — seems to have flown by.

The field of 16 drivers for NASCAR’s 10-race playoffs will be set after one final 400-mile tilt at the 3/4-…


September 09, 2017

My mother has a clipping service she operates from home, and I am her only customer. During my 21 years of writing newspaper columns, she has never failed to cut one out and file it away.

For the nearly two years that I’ve been the column’s sole owner, Mom has helped me with making…


September 04, 2017

Around here, you don't have to look hard to find images of that spectacular September sunset over Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium from 2014.

They are still everywhere and right now, East Carolina football fans might be clinging a little more tightly than ever before to those not-too-distant memories.



September 03, 2017

I visited Albemarle last weekend to have lunch with my parents. It’s a trip I’ve made a handful of times but it was always just about getting where I was going as quickly as possible.

This time, however, my girlfriend and chief navigator requested that we make one small stop in Morrow…


September 03, 2017

On a weekend where NASCAR is once again going all out celebrating retro paint schemes at Darlington, it’s kind of fitting that perhaps the biggest news of this week is represented in one of the throwback cars that will be on the track tonight.

Hendrick Motorsports’ announcement this…

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September 02, 2017

The new community college president is youthful, fit, and extremely competitive. Any day now I expect he will challenge me to a race around the new mountain bike trail he helped establish for the college.

I wish I could claim the trail as my idea, but in truth I just thought of it, too.

About a…


August 29, 2017


Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m not really a baseball person.

I never have been. Growing up, I found it boring. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found a little more appreciation for the skill it takes to play it, but I still don’t care for it all that…


August 28, 2017

I remember as a child, barely 11, first learning about the events leading up to World War II. I read about the Nazi ideology and how it spread like wildfire across Germany and other parts of Europe. I read about the atrocities committed in the name of this ideology that defied everything humanity…

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