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November 10, 2018

Squirming around under a house has never been high on my list of things that cannot be postponed. I can never peer into a crawl space entry without hearing Gomer Pyle utter one of the greatest understatements of all time: “Could be spiders!”

Homebuilders and architects work continuously…

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November 05, 2018

The most important two-day stretch of the fall semester for East Carolina athletics came crashing over Greenville on Friday and Saturday.

The days represented separate, yet congruent and utterly important missions bound to mesh more and more as November progresses and December nears.



November 04, 2018


I saw something new Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum. D.H Conley’s volleyball team was trailing.

The Vikings may have surrendered a few points here and there in the beginning of a first set during the regular season, of course, but to be as deep as 20 points into a set and…


November 04, 2018

Why would I ask you to read from a column I wrote almost 30 years ago?

When I read that column, tearfully, at a recent family reunion, I knew I wanted to share it with you, just in case you missed it back in 1987.

That year was one of triumph for my mother.

In 1933 she finished college and left her…


November 03, 2018

One of my daughters did not get the record player she wanted for Christmas last year, which sounds more like a holiday disappointment from my generation.

She wanted a record player equipped with Bluetooth technology so that she could play her downloads as well as records.

“But you don’t…

Mark Rutledge 2

October 28, 2018

I grew up in a big, boisterous suburban neighborhood filled with young families and lots of children. There were sidewalks along every tree-lined street and houses were in close enough proximity that going door to door was as easy as tossing a Frisbee from one yard to the next.

The neighborhood was…


October 28, 2018

When H.G. Jones died on October 14, our state lost a key connection to its history as well as a prime and positive, but all too rare, example of dedicated and unselfish public service.

For many years Jones was my neighbor. I admired the fruit tree in his front yard across the street from my house…


October 27, 2018

Roaring through the neighborhood in my Chevy pickup is lately making me feel like a teenager again. I mostly resist the urge to squall the tires.

My father didn’t have a lot of money, but he managed to keep wheels under his children once we reached legal driving age. With his eldest son, the…

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October 21, 2018

It’s time to vote. The signs are sprouting all along the roadways, giving us pause to reflect upon our civic privilege and responsibility to take time to cast a vote for those on the ballot, willing to serve the common good of our community.

How do you choose a candidate? What makes one…

Bob Hudak

October 21, 2018

I am looking for iconic North Carolina eateries for a new book.

The dictionary defines iconic as “widely recognized and well-established” or “widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence.”

The iconic restaurants should be (1) widely known in North…

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