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October 22, 2017

Joe Albea's earliest childhood memories of the Tar River are the many times his mother told him to stay away from it.

It is the same for lifelong friend, business associate and fishing buddy Tommy Harrington. Luckily, they both disobeyed their moms at some point.

The two have spent their lives…

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October 22, 2017

With today’s race at Kansas kicking off the second half of NASCAR’s playoffs, some of the sport’s focus this week was on a race almost a year away.

The Monster Energy Cup Series was in Charlotte this week for the first test of the track’s infield road course that will be…

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October 22, 2017

When I was growing up in Michigan, Halloween was mostly a holiday for children. We tossed on homemade costumes, grabbed pillow cases (far superior to plastic pumpkins for carrying large quantities of candy) and roamed the neighborhood until people finally switched off their porch lights and shooed…

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October 21, 2017

Museum tickets are not the best way to hear traditional country music in downtown Nashville, but they might be the most dependable.

My friend and editor, Scott Batchelor, and I were in Music City last weekend for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and to soak up as much country music as…

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October 16, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – Scottie Montgomery wore a purple shirt with a big gold '70' on the front of it during practice last week.

It was meant to keep in the front of his players’ minds a prediction made by Central Florida wide receiver Dredrick Snelson that his team was going to hang 70 points…

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October 15, 2017

If you’re going to settle in and catch any playoff race this year, today is probably the day to do it.

NASCAR’s playoffs hit the halfway mark today at Talladega Superspeedway. The only restrictor plate race in the 10-race sprint to crown a champion is no longer the elimination race for…

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October 14, 2017

It was senior night on the high school volleyball court, and our oldest was playing hard. At the end of a point midway into the second game, she staggered a few steps and passed out.

She rebounded within minutes with no serious injury, but while she was in distress and whispering, “It’s…

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October 09, 2017

“No quarter.”

The red war flags bearing the East Carolina logo and those ominous, infamous pirate words became a unique tradition at the end of the third quarter of football games at the university 10 years ago.

As the flag was shimmied up the pole in the west end zone in Dowdy-Ficklen…

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October 08, 2017

It can be a little weird sometimes how much you’re unexpectedly affected by the death of someone you don’t even know.

That’s where I found myself Monday night when I heard former NASCAR team owner Robert Yates had died. His battle with cancer had been well publicized, but it…

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October 08, 2017

I had to have my photo taken recently. I generally try to avoid this sort of thing, aware as I am that time can be unkind to the middle aged face. Still, I am hoping to visit my sister who scored a job and Italy and that means I needed to renew my passport. A photo was a necessary evil.

I…

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