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May 21, 2017

When the Earth has a bad day, it leaves a fossil.

From long ago and far away, beside a dusty trail along a nondescript stream, in a state park so remote you leave your entrance fee in a lockbox by the gate, is just such a fossil.

There, above a thick zone of crumbly Cretaceous coal, on a Colorado…

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May 21, 2017

Sports editor Nathan Summers is taking monthly excursions to the Tar River to explore the river’s character and its characters as the seasons change.

Even before the floodwaters from the upstream stretches of the Tar River charged down to Greenville and my home launch at Port Terminal Road by…

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May 20, 2017

Watching Aric Almirola be extricated from his car last weekend at Kansas Speedway was a frightening reminder of the real danger still present in stock car racing.

My girlfriend, having never seen a driver be cut from a car, was understandably taken aback by the spectacle of safety workers and…

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May 20, 2017

On April 25, 2013, Nelson Cooper sent me a message on Twitter.

“Gordon’s golf and ski is on fire really bad. Looks pretty bad,” Cooper wrote.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the information at first, but I trusted Cooper because of our many conversations in the D.H. Conley…

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May 20, 2017

I transmitted a last-minute invitation to my twins — via text message of course — asking if they'd like to hear a young band performing in Johnson City. Both girls play instruments and I know they would have enjoyed the group.

I tried calling, but teenagers today typically do not use…

May 16, 2017

It is hard to ignore that this East Carolina baseball season has not gone as expected.

The Pirates, ranked No. 6 in the nation in the preseason, are 27-25.

But on this day, for the final home game of the season tonight against Campbell, it’s OK to ignore that.

Today is all about the…

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May 14, 2017

My little dog Einstein can be something of a fussbudget. Lately, he has been refusing to eat his supper unless I sit on the floor next to him.

There is no particular reason for this demand, although I suppose his canine brother Ollie’s slow sidle toward Einstein’s dish may be part of…

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May 13, 2017

This can’t be the way I’m sure Carl Long was looking to break back into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

If you’re not an ardent NASCAR fan, you may have never heard Long’s name, or possibly forgotten it. Saturday night’s race at Kansas Speedway was Long’s…

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May 13, 2017

There's a snapshot somewhere of my mother picking green beans in her garden with a white cat named Tinker Bell standing on her back. I wish I had that picture to use with this column.

This happens to be the season of maternal gratitude, but I'd be thankful for my mother and her garden this time of…

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May 07, 2017

Greenville Country Club will play host to the ninth annual Boys and Girls Clubs Golf Classic on June 1.

Tee times will be at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to support more than 1,200 youth who are served daily by the 11 clubs spread over five counties.

The entry fee is…

Woody Peele
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