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July 24, 2016

When Ruthie Baker enters Kinston’s Fit 4 Life gym shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, she has already done more than some grandmothers do all day.

At the same time many people are heading to their favorite afterwork food and drink spots, Baker, a 54-year-old nurse in the…


Anders: Gordon's return feels a bit bittersweet

July 24, 2016

An athlete ending his or her career on top can be as rare as unicorns and seeing music on MTV.

For every John Elway, Ray Lewis and Peyton Manning, there are dozens of greats whose productivity fizzled as they neared retirement.

Jeff Gordon wasn’t able to close out his illustrious Sprint Cup…


Ona All-Stars playing for flood victims

July 24, 2016

Their town was not the hardest hit by the floods, but like pretty much everybody in West Virginia, the citizens of Ona felt the loss.

A natural disaster that claims 24 lives might not reverberate for weeks in bigger states with bigger cities, and even though the flooding occurred only a month ago,…


King wants RBs ready to play

July 23, 2016

Antonio King was at Derrell Scott’s final state championship game with Havelock High School; he knew about Shawn Furlow's prowess at nearby South Central and he watched enough East Carolina football games while coaching at Durham Hillside High to be aware of Anthony Scott's potential.

King is…