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Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:40 AM

Happy birthday, to my person

Finding a life-long friend is a hard task sometimes. People fade in and out of your life for many reasons. You move away or you have a fight and one person or the other decides it isn't worth trying to keep the friendship alive. 


Apr. 17, 2015 @ 09:09 AM

Oakman: Thoughts from a chaperone of the ’32-0’ dream team

This past Saturday evening, I along with around 375 R-S Central students, faculty, alumni and friends enjoyed the premier of the “32-0”  documentary about the 1979-80 Hilltopper men’s basketball dream team.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 09:04 AM

PURCELL: My father’s 1959 tax return

I stumbled upon my father’s 1959 income tax return a few years ago. Oh, how I long for the simplicity he enjoyed when he filed his taxes that year.

Apr. 16, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

MULLIGER: Giving thanks for keeping us safe

Telecommunicators with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office 911 Communications field approximately 434 calls ever day. With the changing weather, that average increases to around 500 or more per day.

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

It's always something.

"It's always something." For those of you who watched the early days of "Saturday Night Live", that should be a familiar quote. Gilda Radner's famous character  “Roseann Rosannadanna” always ended her 'editorials' with that line.

Apr. 15, 2015 @ 08:36 AM

WAGNER: The Sculptor’s Best Hammer

A few years ago my family and I went through the hardest trial we had ever thus far known. There were days the stress was so overwhelming that I did not know if we would make it. We repeatedly cried out the most oft asked question of a child of God: why? There were tears, broken hearts and fears for the future.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 09:37 AM

JOHNSON: Mauna Kea and the TMT

Over the past week or so a news story has caught my attention, engrossed me in its developments and like most controversial stories has left me divided over which opposing side to stand on.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 09:34 AM

CAMPBELL: From Pepsi to Pepto: 60+ Shades of Graying

North Carolina has transformed from the Pepsi Generation to the Pepto population. In 1950, the median age in our state was 26.5 years. By 1981, it was almost 30 and the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services reports it as 36.9 years in 2009. In 60 of our 100 counties there are more people over 60 than under 17 years of age, expected to increase to 90 counties by 2025. The real explosion will be in those over 85 years old.

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 09:46 AM

GORDON: Home grown movies take us back a ways

These days in Rutherford County people are talking about movies — home-grown movies that depict Rutherford County in the late 1940s and in 1980.

Apr. 12, 2015 @ 08:50 AM

JANARD: The middle-aged energy crisis

Getting older is weird. At what point, for example, did I start plaintively telling people I am not a night person?