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Rattlesnake wranglers: Dumb as a box of rocks

Rattlesnake wranglers: Dumb as a box of rocks

So you think you want to be a rattlesnake wrangler? You believe in your holy heart that you have what …

July 31st, 2015 |  

Social Security process can be a waiting game

Social Security process can be a waiting game

Last week in the Legal Corner, we began to discuss a few Social Security benefit programs available to the public …

July 31st, 2015 |  

Shaping N.C.’s budget with an eye to the future

Shaping N.C.’s budget with an eye to the future

Across North Carolina, the days are drawing ever shorter and fall is on the horizon (although you wouldn’t know it …

July 31st, 2015 |  

N.C. economy compares well on job growth

N.C. economy compares well on job growth

RALEIGH — Remember a couple of years ago, when North Carolina’s unemployment rate was falling rapidly? Critics of the Republican-led …

July 30th, 2015 |  

Vouchers to enrich secretive private schools

Vouchers to enrich secretive private schools

Several months ago on a public affairs television show, the host asked one of the two guests why he was …

July 30th, 2015 |  

Critics don’t see the real Richmond County

Critics don’t see the real Richmond County

Like so many others, I saw an opinion piece published by roadsnacks.net. Not the New York Times, Charlotte Observer or …

July 29th, 2015 |  

Keep summer picnic foods safe

Keep summer picnic foods safe

Picnics are a great chance to bring family and friends together. However, the excitement of one can cause distraction from …

July 28th, 2015 |  

Rep. Hudson’s policies would lead to poverty

Rep. Hudson’s policies would lead to poverty

This week a national tourism website, RoadSnacks, released a list of the 10 worst places to live in North Carolina, …

July 28th, 2015 |  

Cemetery visit inspires sweet memories

Cemetery visit inspires sweet memories

Recently I went to visit the cemetery where several of my relatives are buried. I know a lot of people …

July 28th, 2015 |  

When to apply for disability benefits

When to apply for disability benefits

If you or someone you know is suffering from a condition that prevents you from being able to work or …

July 27th, 2015 |  

Don’t disarm our heroes at home

Don’t disarm our heroes at home

It seems like tragedy is unfolding across the globe as barbaric savages like ISIS overtake the Middle East and murderous …

July 27th, 2015 |  

Hero on the wrong side of history

Hero on the wrong side of history

Can Atticus Finch still be our hero? After Harper Lee, who created the saintly Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” …

July 27th, 2015 |  

Attacks are a hint of things to come

Attacks are a hint of things to come

In recent weeks, I was ridiculed, harassed and belittled for my statement that I was the canary in the mine. …

July 25th, 2015 |  

Surviving the march and earning my stripes

Surviving the march and earning my stripes

In the Marine Corps of today, you have a 72-hour class that is called the Crucible — it is very …

July 22nd, 2015 |  

Film incentive cuts costing us jobs

Film incentive cuts costing us jobs

Isn’t it ironic that Republican governors in South Carolina and Georgia are boasting about the explosion their states have experienced …

July 22nd, 2015 |  

We must value the First Amendment

We must value the First Amendment

There was a time when one’s initiation into the fraternity of journalism included a profound indoctrination into the value of …

July 22nd, 2015 updated: July 22nd, 2015. |  

N.C. primary could be pivotal

N.C. primary could be pivotal

RALEIGH — After months of debate, North Carolina seems finally to have set a date for its 2016 presidential primaries. …

July 22nd, 2015 |  

A reminder of what’s at stake

A reminder of what’s at stake

The annual Kids Count survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that tracks child welfare in states was released this …

July 22nd, 2015 |  

Youths attend state 4-H Congress

Youths attend state 4-H Congress

North Carolina 4-H Congress is the premier annual educational event sponsored by North Carolina 4-H at N.C. State University and …

July 21st, 2015 |  

Sandspur push-ups and water survival

Sandspur push-ups and water survival

The weeks of training came and went. I think it was about week four or five and we were at …

July 21st, 2015 |  

Wagon wheels and a runaway slave

Wagon wheels and a runaway slave

Last week, I told of how two of the first white settlements in Anson County (Mount Pleasant and Grassy Island) …

July 21st, 2015 updated: July 21st, 2015. |  

Running the gauntlet and fighting for ice shards

Running the gauntlet and fighting for ice shards

The day I speak of came to me very early in our training, maybe the second week of training. In …

July 20th, 2015 |  

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