October 23, 2016

Barring something dramatic (but not at all impossible) happening today at Talladega, Chase Elliott will likely see his shot at this year’s Sprint Cup championship come to an end.

Elliott enters the day 22 points behind the eighth-place cutoff spot in the standings and likely needs a win to…

Oct. 22 Darts and Laurels

October 22, 2016


To the 40 or so volunteers, members of Baptist disaster relief teams from Arkansas and Oklahoma who arrived here last week to prepare meals for flood victims from Rocky Mount to Grifton and beyond. The teams, whose headquarters is at Greenville’s Oakmont Baptist Church, are among many…

Rutledge: Praying and singing at the river

October 21, 2016

I visited my brother in Riegelwood, N.C., shortly after Hurricane Floyd ravaged the east coast in September 1999. Paul Lockhart and I hauled his boat over from Tennessee to do some saltwater fishing.

We had seen the devastating flooding on television. And I remember having heard Gov. Jim Hunt on…

The role of newspapers

October 21, 2016

National Newspaper Week was celebrated on Oct. 5 as a time to reflect on the role newspapers have played in their communities through the ages.

Over the years, the way the world has gotten its news has changed. From the time of the town criers shouting the news in the courthouse square all the way…