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Mental Illness: Study and Stigma

By MICHAEL BILBRO  Mental illness.  Yes – illness.  It’s not a weakness, a flaw in character, nor an unfortunate imperfection.  It is an illness, treated ... Read more

Celebrating volunteerism

This year, during the week of April 12–18, we celebrate volunteers. In 1974, as a way to “recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers,” President ... Read more

Write Again … “The river calls to me”

Write Again … “The river calls to me” Bartow Houston     There are a lot of talented people here in Beaufort County.  Now, there’s ... Read more

Proud to be (very distantly) related to Dean

My dad, Dan W. Smith, long-time head of the local meat packing company that makes Old Tar Heel Sausage and the hot dogs Bill’s sells, ... Read more

Exercise: Easier than you think . . .

Exercise doesn’t have to be hard. You don’t need a treadmill, hand weights or even a pretty day to experience the benefits of exercise. I ... Read more