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Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

Above and beyond the call to serve

As a reporter assigned to provide coverage of crime and emergency situations, there is no disputing that the job of a firefighter or a police officer is much more than what meets the eye.

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 04:23 AM

What took so long?

Over two months after a spill along the Dan River affected nearly 70 miles of the water supply, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has a plan.

He announced his plan Thursday which includes closing or converting all 33 coal ash pits in the state — including those located at the Cliffside Steam Station.

Our question is: What took so long?

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 03:22 AM

Choice program deserves defense

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The Ever-Efficient Art of Movement

Earlier this week I received the assignment to take photographs and video that will accompany a really neat story that Stephanie Janard is doing for an upcoming edition of The Daily Courier.

Apr. 16, 2014 @ 04:18 AM

A man, a needle and some thread

I blame my grandfather, really, it simply must be his fault. He grew up through the Great Depression, and as a result, spent the rest of his life taking frugality to unheard of levels.

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 04:08 AM

What’s the issue?

In little more than three weeks voters will cast ballots in the May 6th Primary Elections. Despite a lot of noise from independent expenditure groups this has been a fairly quiet election cycle. What is the hot issue right now?

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Volunteers — you are making a difference and it shows

Volunteers arrived very early in my life in a preschool setting at church and later as Sunday School teachers and mission leaders.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 04:32 AM

Dad's not exactly dressing six-year-old for success

The shrill beep of the alarm jabbed at my ear as I struggled to sit up in bed. It was day two of a horrendous head cold and all I wanted to do was sink back into unconsciousness. But motherly duties called. With a herculean effort, I dragged myself out of bed and headed over to my son Sage's bedroom.

Apr. 13, 2014 @ 04:28 AM

The truth about “the magic pill”

When patients and customers tell me they are fatigued, have no energy or their libido is nil, my very first thought is that their adrenal glands are being over-worked or are already shot.

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Bring back baseball

If you read Travis Durkee's article about the Rutherford County Challenger Division in Sunday's paper, you know that the group is struggling to find enough athletes to play this summer.