BYH to the kind gentleman (customer) who helped me at Lowes yesterday.He noticed me struggling to tie something down on...


April 14, 2017

There’s an old saying: “It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.”

Teresa Williams is one of those somebodies, and she loves her job. Williams has been a welder her whole life and now teaches welding at Pitt Community College.

Yes, she admits, it’s a dirty job,…


April 14, 2017

Wearing a hard hat and a bright orange and yellow safety vest, Gina Shoemaker walked out into the middle of East Carolina University’s 10th Street construction site.

As giant cranes lifted heavy steal beams into place, cement trucks poured concrete and construction workers set rebar in place…

041517her Gina Shoemaker

April 14, 2017

Doing something illegal? You might be relieved if you find yourself in a room with Pitt County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Paula Dance or Greenville Police Department’s Lt. K.Z. Thomas. But don’t let their motherly and sisterly personas fool you.

Their “gift of gab,” as…


April 14, 2017

Having a hard time trying to figure out what to give the women in your life for Mother’s Day? Look no further. This Pinot Grigio is a great wine that can be very versatile. First and foremost this is a great wine to drink after a long day. It accompanies any savory dinner with flare. The bold…


April 14, 2017

When I think about tough ladies, I always think about my mother. In her ninety plus years, she experienced tragedy and loss, but seemed to keep her center.

She handled her own aging with grace and bravery, and managed herself financially and emotionally. Plus, she never left the house without…

April 13, 2017

The T-fal 7-in-1 Multi-Cooker and Fryer is a useful cooking device that enables you to prepare various styles and types of food in a time-efficient manner. The size of the cooker provides enough space to prepare a meal for about eight people, depending on serving size.

The cooker's upsides include…


March 15, 2017

A few years ago, I bought the New York Times best-selling book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. I hoped that within hours after reading the book, I would turn into a house-cleaning master; my house would be clutter-…


March 15, 2017

Growing up as the daughter of a hairdresser, Lorie Smith swore she would never do hair as a job. Now, after nearly two decades in the business, she can’t imagine doing anything else.


March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017

I grew up in a small town called Hobbsville. Most of the time when I tell people where I am from, they look at me like “What? Where?” So, I learned through the years now to say that I am originally from Gates County.

Honestly, people still look confused when I give that answer and I…

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