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March 20, 2019

When Andrew Gould began designing a sanctuary for Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Charleston, South Carolina, he started by creating an imaginary backstory for the parish.

Instead of beginning with a circle of Orthodox families and converts in 1996, the art historian and architect imagined that a…

Terry Mattingly

March 18, 2019

RALEIGH

Pitt County has firmly placed itself as one of the premier locations in tradition-rich North Carolina for high school basketball. Just take a look at the three teams that competed for state championships Saturday night.

South Central brought in an exciting team with a mix of youth and…

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March 17, 2019

Seven months ago, I wrote a column about discovering a serious vitamin deficiency that was at least one apparent cause of significant changes in my mood and behavior.

When I wrote it, I had just been sent home after three awful weeks in the hospital, and I figured the worst was behind me.…

Bob Garner

March 17, 2019

"Did tonight's meal kit get delivered yet?"

I'm trying to recall how many times I heard my mother say those words.

Oh, yeah, never. It's hard to believe that there was a time not so long ago when you had to go to a restaurant or to a friend's house to eat something you didn't make yourself in your…

JimMullen

March 17, 2019

One of the great joys of having siblings is living with the knowledge that they will never forget anything you ever have said.

Wait did I say, one of the great joys? I meant one of my biggest worries.

Sometimes it is actually quite fun to recall famous family quotes. My sister Nancy and I spent…

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March 16, 2019

The recent demolition of a nightclub complex near East Tennessee State University has stirred ashes, dust and memories of the old Tu La Fe. A new Christian coffee shop and worship center are planned for the site.

According to a recent report in the Johnson City Press, the metal building dispensed…

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March 10, 2019

I paid $70 to check two bags on a recent flight so I would be baggage-free. It was worth $70 not to watch after two bags while using the restroom or grabbing a bite to eat in a connecting airport.

There's a reason they call it luggage. You have to "lug" it. Many people don't think it's worth the…

JimMullen

March 10, 2019

One close election in the Ninth District led to 34 years of column writing

How did a close election in the Ninth Congressional District of North Carolina lead to this column?

It does not have anything to do with the recent contest between Mark Harris and Dan McCready that has gained national…

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March 08, 2019

A year ago, this space was used to launch a national awareness campaign highlighting the evil, invasive and destructive ornamental tree species known as the Bradford pear. The response has been both ugly and beautiful — kind of like the tree.

Last year’s column encouraged readers to…

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March 03, 2019

Do you remember the important North Carolina connection to “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” one of America’s most loved novels?

The book was written in North Carolina.

Although its author, Betty Smith, based the novel on her experience growing up in Brooklyn, she wrote the book in…

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