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Answering readers questions-what happened to Billy Weaver and other random thoughts

Those of you who have lived in the area for a while know better than to get too attached to your favorite local television news ... Read more

5 days ago by Steve Barnes.

Spreading the word across the pond-Underground Railroad Museum goes international

I was recently interviewed by the Guardian Newspaper and The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), both news service outlets in Great Britain. The purpose of the interviews ... Read more

5 days ago by Leesa Jones.

Calling both sides of the lucky coin

Vail Stewart Rumley wrote the original version of this column on Sept. 15, 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks.  I prepared to go to work ... Read more

1 week ago by Vail Stewart Rumley.

Washington’s storm-warning tower

123 years ago, coastal shipping was still an essential method of moving goods to market. The Federal government recognized that a system was needed to ... Read more

1 week ago by Ray Midgett.

Vaccinations, masks create safe learning environments

As a pediatrician serving eastern North Carolina, as well as a father to school-aged children, I truly appreciate the important role that in-person education has ... Read more

1 week ago by Vidant Health.

Cooler weather brings thoughts of exercise and football

I seem to be at my creative best while sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch. It’s a little cooler now, so I ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Steve Barnes.

Labor Day and Homecoming-reunions, skating and storytelling

Milt and I enjoyed the Labor Day weekend with friends.  We had a wonderful time remembering the good old days when we were students here ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Leesa Jones.

Birds are out even when it’s hot

Despite stultifying hot and humid weather, during the last two weeks of August, birders around the county observed over 90 species.  Adept piedmont birder Bill Hooker, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Betsy Kane.

Come for the art, stay for the beer

By Charles Thrasher  The impact of the 2020 census on rural America might best be summarized by a line from Bruce Springsteen’s song “My Hometown”: ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Staff Reports.

Pulling the fire alarm was a no-no

This column seems to have sparked a lot of fond memories for some of those who grew up in Washington many, many decades ago. I am ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Leesa Jones.

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