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March 11, 2018

Forty-some years ago, I had a bad nosebleed while anchoring a newscast at Greensboro’s WFMY-TV. Technical problems prevented going to a break, so I had to simply lower my head and continue reading the news.

The moment continued long enough for blood to begin dribbling off my lips and start…

Bob Garner

March 11, 2018

The last time I wrote about the need for some ritzy middle-aged housing in Greenville, I received enthusiastic support from several readers.

Now, I will admit that my supporters were other middle-aged people who liked the idea of a gym with mirrors that made you look thinner and a pet spa and…


March 10, 2018

Jeff Compher went all-in when it came to spending East Carolina's athletic dollars, but today he is just another expense for a university with a slew of them.

The director of athletics accepted a buyout to leave the school on Friday. The same ECU Board of Trustees that five years ago put him in the…


March 10, 2018

NASCAR's decision to issue standardized pit guns to all of its teams was and still is a noble concept.

Its implementation, on the other hand, has been suspect, and that's putting it lightly.

Three races into the season, every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race has been plagued with a slew of…

NASCAR Las Vegas Auto Racing

March 10, 2018

The Bradford pear tree, I recently learned, has gained an especially bad reputation as an invasive and destructive species that should be eliminated. Spreading nearly as fast as cross-pollinating pears is a recent horticulture column by South Carolina landscape expert Durant Ashmore titled…

March 04, 2018

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Kevin Harvick dominated at Atlanta last weekend.

Not only did he get his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at the track, but Harvick also dusted the field in the Xfinity Series race. Those wins are significant because they marked Harvick's 98th and…


March 03, 2018

I have one teenage daughter driving and two about to start. For at least the past four years leading up to this worrisome milestone, every trip across town with my daughters has been a potential lesson in defensive driving.

“Notice that I look both ways even though I have the right of way,…


February 25, 2018

When you work at a newspaper, one thing you can count on is an email box full of research studies.

That’s not surprising. Here in America, we seem to study everything. The cause of ice cream brain freeze? Got it covered. The top beaches in the United States? Done. States with the best dental…


February 25, 2018

The Daytona 500 produced a thrilling, controversial last-lap pass and a victory for an iconic number.

But if there’s one thing sports fans love more than a cool story and the extension of a legacy, it’s two guys throwing angry jabs at one another after an accident. Naturally, that means…


February 24, 2018

Cutting across Georgia last June on our way home from a week in Florida, we asked our GPS service to help us avoid Atlanta. That wound up being a major wrong turn.

Not the avoiding Atlanta part—for no one in his right mind should ever traverse that perpetual traffic jam of a city outside of a…

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