Shades of Grey: Gift

November 8, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Monks

November 8, 2013

Three monks decided to practice meditation together. They sat by the side of a shimmering lake and closed their eyes in concentration. Suddenly, the first monk stood up and said, “I forgot my mat.” He steeped miraculously onto […]




A Little Bit of History: Michael John Smith

October 25, 2013

(April 30, 1945 – January 28, 1986) Many of us remember January 28, 1986 well. We watched on TV as the Space Shuttle Challenger destructed after liftoff. Some residents of North Carolina knew that one of […]




Shades of Grey: Birthday Party

October 25, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




The Strange-ness: School Start Times can Harm Learning

October 25, 2013

Research from 1980 forward has shown that teenagers require adequate time for sleep. Learning and thinking improve for teens who get a good night’s sleep. Yet schools still start early in the day, average teens staying up later, and […]




Shades of Grey: Business

October 11, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Batty

October 11, 2013

A vampire bat came flapping in from the night covered in fresh blood and parked himself on the roof of the cave to get some sleep. Pretty soon all the other bats smelled the blood and began hassling […]




Shades of Grey: Too Grey?

September 27, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Moo

September 27, 2013

A man’s car stalled on a country road one morning. When the man got out to fix it, a cow came along and stopped beside him. “Your trouble is probably in the carburetor,” said the cow. Startled, the […]




Shades of Grey: School Requirements

September 13, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




Shades of Grey: Apps

September 13, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Kids

August 30, 2013

A very dirty little boy came in from playing in the yard and asked his mother, “Who am I?” Ready to play the game, she said, “I don’t know! Who are you?” “Wow!” cried the child. “Mrs. […]




Shades of Grey: Car Trouble

August 30, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Phone Lines

August 16, 2013

Jack took the day off from work and went fishing off of the pier. He took his cell phone along, and despite his hope to relax, he spent most of the morning answering business calls on his phone. […]




The Strange-ness: Dolphin Deaths Increase in 2013

August 16, 2013

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report on dolphin deaths in the mid-Atlantic region. Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for bottlenose dolphins in the Mid-Atlantic region from early July 2013 through August. […]




Shades of Grey: Checkout

August 16, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




A Little Bit of History: Quigless Clinic in Tarboro NC

August 16, 2013

Quigless Clinic Tarboro’s Main Street is home to a healthcare facility on the National Registry of Historic Sites: the Quigless Clinic-Hospital. Started in the 1940s by Dr Milton Douglas Quigless, Sr., the clinic served Tarboro’s African-American community at […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Raise

August 2, 2013

Mark walks into his boss’s office. “Sir, I’ll be straight with you. I know the economy isn’t great, but I have three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.” After a few […]




The Strange-ness: Tar River Banshee

August 2, 2013

The banshee, known as a messenger of death, is known for its wailing and shrieking. While its origins are mostly Irish, banshees have been reported in several countries including the US — and NC has one too. The […]




“First World” Problems

August 2, 2013

By Kay Whatley and Nicole Banks References to the “third world” bring to mind images of families living in crude dwellings, undernourished people, and poor-quality water supplies. This term has been used for decades and dates back to […]




Shades of Grey: Paperwork

August 2, 2013

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but […]




The Strange-ness: Cougars of Eastern NC

July 1, 2013

In our May 15, 2011, newspaper issue, we reported on the Glen Alpine NC search for a large cat seen repeatedly in the area by residents and police patrols. Reports from their local police described the […]




A Little Bit of History: Country Doctor Museum

June 1, 2013

Driving along US 264, a signpost announces the Country Doctor Museum. Locals and visitors alike may be intrigued by this sign, and decide to take the Bailey NC exit and check out this history museum. According to […]




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