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October 01, 2016

Laurels

To East Carolina University for being named a 2017 Top 100 Best Value College in the Educate to Careers 2017 College Rankings Index. The California nonprofit organization studied labor market outcomes of college graduates with enrollments of more than 750 to reach its conclusions. ECU…


Rutledge: Missing Dad and the poem he would have written for Trump

October 01, 2016

I thought I had sifted through all of the papers, napkins and notebooks that contain my father’s songs, stories, poems and sermons. Another bundle has surfaced.

A storage shed on the farm is in the way of progress, so we’ve been conducting a family version of “American Pickers.…


As Aleppo burns, the U.S. hems and haws

September 30, 2016

"What Russia is sponsoring and doing" in the Syrian city of Aleppo "is barbarism,"U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Sunday. She's right: For days, Russian and Syrian planes have rained bombs — including white phosphorus, cluster munitions and "bunker-busters"…


Life sentence handed to all of Pitt County

September 29, 2016

The people of Pitt County and North Carolina cannot find full satisfaction with Monday’s jury verdict that found Willie Odell Whitehead guilty of three counts of murder. That’s because his sentence of three consecutive terms of life in prison without parole will not return Mokbel "Sam"…