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As a newspaper reporter many years ago, I drove around rural East Tennessee taking pictures of church signs for a story about the often clever, inspirational or downright funny words posted by church staff. About 10 years later, someone published “The Great American Book of Church Signs.”

I still remember my very first day of school. I was brought to the cafeteria crying and asking for my mom. I ate a blueberry muffin that morning. I like to reflect on these experiences because they anchor me to this small rural North Carolina area. These are the experiences that we will carr…

The Senate of the United States of American recently passed in December a $1.7 trillion Omnibus Spending Bill to keep the government open until September 2023. The bill that was voted on was 4,155 pages. The bill voted on was brought to the floor for a vote before there was time to read, rev…

I was fortunate for most of the years I grew turkeys to work with an elderly black man whom I grew to love and respect. I learned a lot from Jessie Wallace. As it was with my grandmother, so it was with Jessie; the longer I live the smarter they become.

Since Republicans gained control of the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011 our state has enjoyed a steady economic recovery that is now in its twelfth year. Just last week CNBC announced that North Carolina finished as the No. 1 state in the nation for doing business. Many other publica…