Community Owned. Local News. Burke County, NC.
Columns - Opinion page

Growing up I was always a daddy’s girl. No matter what my father did or said, he could do no wrong in my eyes. I’m very proud to have had the dad I did. He took care of his family and was a …

EDITOR’s NOTE: This is an American history educational moment of those who made a difference during the Revolutionary War era and how they served our country. Most people do not recognize his name, …

I’m not one to judge other people. Especially if they’re still within ear shot, are carrying weapons, or might be strong enough to twist me into a pretzel. But how can anyone with a brain larger …

The sun hadn’t yet worked up the courage to show its face on a frigid, stormy, fog-drenched, morning in early January, 2023, and I was absolutely terrified. Only days earlier, I had undergone a …

Even though I got to play 18 holes of golf with my dad and papa a few weeks ago and I'm outside kicking the soccer ball almost every day, I wanted to write about something different this week. We …

September 2004 – I’ll always remember that particular month in time. I was working then with Burke County Emergency Services as 911 Communications Manager. We were smack-dab in the middle of …

An Assassination at Rutherford College Beneath this arresting headline, the newspaper story: “The unusually quiet little village of Rutherford College, 10 miles east of Morganton, was the scene of …

Kurt Reid laid out the pathway to a secure financial future pretty simply for a class of social studies students at Patton High School one afternoon this week: Earn Save Invest Repeat. By the time …

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a short series of columns detailing Publisher Allen VanNoppen’s alleged recent vacation. My wife, known around the house as TheBeloved, or TB, and I have been …

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Rev. George Logan is pastor of New Day Christian Church in Morganton. You recently had an incredible trip to Ghana. What did this experience mean to you and to your ministry? This …

If you’re prone to speaking ill of today’s young people, don’t start spouting that negativity in front of Draughn High School’s reigning super-sub, 83-year-old Linda Huffman, ‘cause she …

Once in a great while, if you’re really lucky, you write a column that touches someone in a meaningful way. You never expect your words to actually save a life, so you can imagine how shocked – …

I’ve been awarded a few honors in my professional career. Hang around in any job long enough and somebody will say, “Hey, let’s give the old guy asleep in the corner a plaque.” I’ve …

I recall that many years ago, Bob Shepherd and I were returning from a cemetery, having finished the graveside portion of one of the many funerals that we shared in my early years as Senior Minister …

Editor’s Note: Publisher Allen VanNoppen is vacationing. In light of all the recent changes on the Broughton properties he felt a walk down memory lane was appropriate with this updated column from …

In the first part of this tale, I told of waving to a young lady in high school across a breezeway and getting no response. A few years later I saw her again and wrote her a letter making light of …

No species of wildlife in western North Carolina – or the entire western world, for that matter – is as reviled, misunderstood, and put-upon as snakes. That may be why I feel such an affinity for …

I typically spend about five minutes every morning looking through email. Delete, delete, delete is what occurs 90% of the time. Order something from a company one time and the deluge of daily and …

For as long as I have had the privilege of representing Burke County in the North Carolina House of Representatives, I have felt part of my responsibility is to be concerned with state institutions …

“We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God…we must not assume that our schedule is our own to manage, but allow it to be arranged by God.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German …

Welcome to Week 14 of The Paper.Thank you for reading The Paper. Your support and enthusiasm is pushing The Paper’s growth on all levels. There is a bright future for Burke County local …

Comedian Phyllis Diller famously said, “Comedy is tragedy revisited.” The word “tragedy” in this story is definitely used in a tongue-in-cheek manner; although to young people desperately …

I had a privileged upbringing.Not in a material sense; in that respect, my childhood was quite meager. But in terms of social enrichment, I had it all: I grew up in a barber shop.Actually, there were …

Like any old cranky crusty curmudgeon with one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, I spend about half my time reflecting on how great things used to be and the other half bemoaning how …

My dad was not exactly a “back to nature” kind of guy. His idea of outdoor recreation was sitting on the front porch, in his jockeys and white wife-beater T-shirt, smoking an unfiltered Camel, …

« Prev | 1 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 12 | Next »
Currently viewing stories posted within the past 2 years.
For all older stories, please use our advanced search.