March 17, 2018

Long after I’m gone, there’s an excellent chance my daughters will have plenty of motion pictures to remember me by. Mostly song and dance routines surreptitiously recorded during brief periods of spontaneous silliness.

I have similar motion pictures of my father, but they live inside…


March 12, 2018


I saw it.

I've seen it a few times before, but this time it was different, and I knew exactly what it meant.

Nyjanique Langley came down the floor in the first quarter of Saturday's 2-A state championship game against North Wilkes, pulled up at the left wing behind the college 3-point…


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…

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