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 […]




Shades of Grey: Shopping

February 1, 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 […]




Of Cabbages and Kale

February 1, 2013

Contributed by Connie Schultz, Extension Master Gardener/Composter (Johnston County Extension Services) “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to speak of many things; of shoes and ships and sealing wax, of cabbages and kings….” (excerpt […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Hearing Test

February 1, 2013

A man was talking to the family doctor. He said, “Doc, I think my wife is going deaf.” The doctor replied, “Well, we can do some testing. But here’s something you can try on her to test […]




The Strange-ness: Chemtrails

February 1, 2013

Contributed by Chris Chappell By now everyone has seen crisscrossing streaks of white clouds trailing behind jet aircraft, stretching from horizon to horizon, eventually turning the sky into a murky haze. Our gut tells us these […]




The Strange-ness: Fish Kill Reported at Masonboro Island

February 1, 2013

Released by Michele Walker, ncdenr.gov State environmental officials reported on January 11, 2013, hundreds of thousands of dead Atlantic Menhaden fish at Masonboro Island in Wilmington NC. The dead fish are along the Masonboro Island beaches and in the […]




Chuckle of the Issue: Grandparenting

November 1, 2012

The young boy opened his birthday gift from his grandmother, and discovered it was a water gun. He squealed with delight and headed for the nearest sink. The grandmother smiled, but the boy’s father was not so […]




Shades of Grey: Accident

November 1, 2012

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 […]




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