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Growing up in the 1970s and ’80s was, for the most part, an enjoyable experience. We were largely a generation of relatively autonomous, latch-key kids, unsupervised more often than not, and left …

The Masters Golf Tournament is coming up and I am sure that I will watch some of the excitement if I have A LOT of time to burn.  I’ve never attended The Masters, but I have been to other …

Opening Day. Perhaps the two most magical words in the English language. For a diehard baseball fan (look for my picture beside the definition in Webster’s) is more exciting than Christmas, more …

Sometimes, a fella just needs to recharge. I’d been feeling that need for nearly two months, since being felled by COVID for the second time just after the first of the year and returning to work …

It was right about this time a year ago when I saw the dadgumdest thing. I was walking in the alley between The Paper’s downtown Morganton office and Wells Fargo on my way to work.  As I …

Bruce Ervin is one persistent fella. That is a fact that can be verified by anyone who has worked with him – or against him – on any of a host of community issues in which he has been engaged …

As punishment for a sinful midweek extravaganza in November 1980, a P.B. Scotts musical escapade that could be felt during a Friday morning staff meeting, News Herald Managing Editor Ted Hall …

The schizophrenic personality of late February was on full display last Tuesday in Morganton — frosty cold in the morning, warm and mild in the afternoon, cold once again as evening began to fall. …

(Publisher’s Note: There are two kinds of chili in the world. Mine and everyone else’s. The 2024 March Madness Chili Cook Off is a couple of weeks away and the staff at The Paper already is …

Explore a humorous take on why running for president isn't on the cards for our columnist, sparked by President Joe Biden's unforgettable mix-up during a recent press conference. This piece dives into the realms of political humor, memory mishaps, and the complexities of immigration policy, all wrapped up with a personal vow never to venture into presidential waters.

A giant, flashing sign beside the interstate blinked an insistent warning: “Caution: Wind Advisory in effect today.” As it is wont to do this time of year, winter – perhaps sensing the end is …

It was morning rush hour recently and I was barreling south on Hwy 181/Green Street towards Morganton to get to the office after a 7:55 interview on The Big Dawg, Burke County’s oldest, continually …

The house where my bride and I reside, just a stone’s throw from the Drexel Town Hall, is starting to show its age. That’s natural. The house is virtually the same age as I am. Construction on …

And so The Paper begins Year Two. Wow! What a journey it has been. Some highlights of the first year from the editor’s perspective. Friday, Oct. 21, 2022: Allen VanNoppen offers The Paper’s …

I am a window seat guy. When traveling on airplanes I prefer the window seat. You have a great view with a little private area all to yourself. You’re not fighting over both armrests. And you have …

On the planet Saturn, the month of January lasts approximately 896.7 Earth days — give or take a day or two. For that, the Saturnians can be most grateful, for here in Burke County the month of …

The Irmo Okra Strut had been an annual event for eight years by the time September 1982 rolled around. The accompanying parade on Saturday morning stretched all along St. Andrews Road, the main drag …

For those interested, we are in the midst of the NFL playoffs and championship games. Except for the Only-On-Peacock fiasco, the games have been good viewing. I got a close-up glimpse of the …

The Rev. Martin Luther King was cut down by a single shot from a high-powered rifle on the evening of Thursday, April 4, 1968 – just a few months short of 56 years ago. I was not quite 13 years old …

My wife, bless her heart, is a glass-half-full kind of gal. Sandra is able to see the positive side of nearly every worrisome situation. Car breaks down? No worries — it needed a tuneup anyway. …

The bright lights, the gifts, and the gaiety of Christmas now drop away in the rear-view mirror. Also in the past are the lassitude that marks the week between Christmas and New Year’s and the …

It’s January, and my Facebook feed is filled with lists my friends are assembling of “12 Books I Want to Read This Year.”  Maybe it’s because, as a journalist, I work with words all day, …

They, those wise scoundrels, say that the best, most generous gift you can give is your time. Maybe. But I think that if the winner of the $842 million Powerball took the time to endorse his ticket …

No New Year’s resolutions for this old man as 2024 begins. Such resolutions are the stuff of folly, for no matter how well-intentioned the person making the sacred vows to eat better, exercise …

My mother has friends in southern Florida and for decades she has driven herself down there from Morganton for extended stays. 

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