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 intense training. In my days on Parris Island it...

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 in televi...

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 the First Amendmen...

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.It won’t be in Febru...

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 week and couldn’t have come ...

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 planned by the State ...

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 the rifle range. I had been made first squad leader —...

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) got their start in the middle 1700s and...

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


LETTER: Veteran seeks meeting with Gov. McCrory

To the editor:I, Alfred Nicholson, a disabled U.S. Army veteran from Hoffman, am requesting an in-person meeting with North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory....

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 boot camp, from day one, you are taught to run everywh...

July 20th, 2015 |