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September 21, 2019

Every now and then I catch myself thinking about buying a newer, more fuel-efficient ride for the daily work commute. Something always comes along to jolt me back to my senses.

The good news is that I’m not usually inside the vehicle during the jolt.

My old ’96 S10 pickup has rolled 260,…


It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road

September 21, 2019

At almost the same moment our state was boasting of a $900 million cash surplus, one important sector of state government was encountering serious shortfalls. Lawmakers should address the funding problems with the N.C. Department of Transportation before considering refunds to taxpayers or other…


WOODWARD: Oversized Navy numbers engulf ECU again

September 16, 2019

ANNAPOLIS, Md.

As Navy quarterback Malcolm Perry broke free for an 18-yard touchdown run less than four minutes into Saturday’s football game against East Carolina, sportswriters and ECU and Navy staffers in the press box naturally turned to Page 3 of Navy’s game notes to digest various…


Editorial: Now more than ever, Floyd should be the measure

September 15, 2019

It was daytime when the first bands of Hurricane Floyd began lashing eastern North Carolina and the Greenville area on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1999, 20 years ago today.

The Tar River was nearly 5 feet above flood stage already, thanks in good measure to two passes by Hurricane Dennis two weeks before.…