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Walk in my living room pretty much any day of the week, and the TV will almost certainly be tuned to a rerun of The Andy Griffith Show. Sometimes, it’s all I want to watch.The networks are pretty …

(EDITOR NOTE: Some of the descriptors contained herein are not “real words” as we know them, or as you know them. But “They” know them.)I have friends who are high-grade Meditation People. …

I’ll admit I’m biased in writing a review of Hillman Brewery. I absolutely love the place and have since the company established its second location in Old Fort.I’ve frequented that venue since …

So many of our fellow Burke County residents have lived significant, interesting, consequential lives and, too often, we don’t realize it. I hope this column will focus on some examples of those …

Tracy slipped through the cracks and never stopped falling. He was 51 years old when he died the morning of Dec. 20, 2022, in the hospital in which he spent his final 80 days, alone except for a …

This is our third edition. Three weeks in, and the response by all measurements from Burke communities, businesses, schools, leadership, athletics, and readers is sensational. Thank you for reading The Paper. We are just getting started. ...

I hope this story has a happy ending.How can a story that involves puppies and children and love and joy not have a happy ending, you ask?Well, that’s sort of up to us.But let’s go back about a …

Cows can’t get a break. It’s tough enough sitting atop the stupidity scale, but when scientists  claim you are doing more damage to the Ozone than an Abrams tank and start measuring your …

Burke County Public Schools established a 2023-2028 strategic plan that went into effect at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year. 

My Community College!! Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) wants this to be your first thought whenever you seek educational opportunities, workforce development solutions, or personal …

With apologies to the late Johnny Nash, I can see clearly now. The gas bubble is gone.Well, mostly gone, anyway. And, if I’m being honest, I can’t really see all that clearly. But things are …

I was an associate minister at First Baptist Church of Morganton. I was still single into my 30’s. I think the congregation was concerned. I heard that the Fidelis Women’s Sunday School class …

During my junior year in college, around 1977, I needed a second part-time job to pay for a  Honda CB 550 four-cylinder to careen and carouse across the country and back with a bunch of school buddies during spring break …

The new legislative session of the North Carolina Senate and House of Representatives began on Jan. 11. The opening business was for my fellow legislators and I to be sworn in for each of our …

One of my first “real” jobs was working at Economy Wholesale on Green Street in Morganton in the summer and weekdays after school circa 1969-70. Economy Wholesale was a warehouse that supplied …

MARTY QUEEN: I’m a McDowell County boy, born in Marion and raised in Nebo.I spent 30 years working at the newspaper in my hometown, so covering Burke County constitutes wading into uncharted waters for me. …

BILL POTEAT: The last column I wrote for a strictly Burke County audience was published on the morning of Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 1999. The piece was a loving tribute to my mother, Beatrice Poteat, and to my then mother-in-law, Patty Tarler. …

PAM WALKER: My arrival in Burke County was many years ago although it seems like yesterday (corny but true). My then 2-year-old now has a 2-year-old of her own and in a blink I qualify for senior discounts at restaurants. It was the early ’90s when we uprooted our family of five and left Henderson County ...

ANGELA KUPER COPELAND: Back in the land of lighting bugs, magnolia trees, and sweet tea. After living out of the Carolinas for more than 30 years, I have finally made my way back home. Like many people in the world, the COVID pandemic pushed me to reflect on what is important. …

The start of 2023 marked the beginning of a new Congress—the 118th—and a change for the people of Burke County. As has become habit in North Carolina, our state’s congressional maps were again …

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