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First, An Epigraph The "coastal grandmother" style is a fashion and lifestyle aesthetic. It gained popularity through social media, mostly TikTok. It embraces the serene lifestyle associated with …

TO THE EDITOR: Fresh upon return from the Free Market Medical Association’s 10 th Anniversary conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, I’m filled with hope that community-owned health plans can …

Elementary School Lunch Menu April 22 Hot Dog Cheese Stuffed Breadsticks Sunbutter and Jelly Sandwich April 23 Premium Smoked Ribs Chicken Alfredo Toasted Chicken Wrap April 24 Toasted Cheese …

I have known many interesting, unusual people in my life. Mr. Charlie G. has got to be one of the most outrageous. He could be irritating, irascible, and downright infuriating, but was consistently …

Saturday, April 13, 2024, was a darned-near perfect day in my life — right up until the moment the phone rang at about 7:45 p.m. My bride and I had made a quiet and uneventful drive from our home …

TO THE EDITOR: April is the month of the Military Child. Let’s remember the sacrifices that these children make each day as they send a parent off for deployment, move every few years, and make new …

Some dogs are made for walking with their human companions, and some are not. Some dogs contribute to an energetic walk, and some leave their humans exasperated. During a recent visit with my …

Recently, I have been churning out column after column, and most of those columns have been fairly negative, e.g. writing about broken youth sports, how poorly politics are treated in our schools, …

Public education has taken a bit of a beating in Burke County and in North Carolina in recent years. Here in Burke County, far-right extremists have accused our teachers and administrators of pushing …

I’ll call him Bill Joe because that is what my wife and her family call him. Most people say Billy Joe, as in Billy Joe Patton, the man who famously put Morganton on the map with his legendary Masters performance 70 years ago this week.

As a lad growing up in a small town in the North Carolina foothills, I dreamed of one day living in the magical cities of Atlanta or New York or Chicago. As a man growing older in the same small …

Rebecca Myrick Poteat is currently serving as Organist/Accompanist at First Baptist Church of Morganton. She has had extensive service in music ministry at a variety of churches before FBCM. Becky …

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will be held on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at the Collett Street Recreation Center at 300 Collett St., in Morganton. Volunteers are needed …

Last Monday, the Atlanta Braves celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary Hank Aaron’s 715th home run. Hank’s homer a half-century ago eclipsed Babe Ruth’s record of 714 dingers, a mark …

My culture has always been an important part of who I am. Recently someone asked me what makes me me. I responded by saying my culture. My Mayan parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. have …

Yes, we know the name of the franchise is “Hickory Crawdads.” And yes, we know that part of L.P. Frans Stadium, the home of the ‘Dads, sits in Catawba County. But we’re not afraid to claim …

I went to Morganton Day School, a K-8, tiny, private school. And by tiny, I mean microscopic. Everyone in the grade was always in one classroom together, and my grade was the biggest the school …

The Friends of the Library Author’s Luncheon will be on Thursday, April 18, at noon, at the Morganton First Baptist Church. The speaker for this year will be the publisher of The Paper, Allen …

One of the great things about my late-life return to newspapering is the pleasure of covering the Rutherford College Town Council. Want drama, tension, and a fair amount of fussing and fuming? Go to …

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the complete text of Dr. Gerald Nieters’ address at the Vietnam Veterans Day service held recently on the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Morganton. A story …

This might be a good moment to talk about The Drexel Barber Shop and its history in town. While much has come and gone in Drexel over the years, the barber shop has remained a constant. Lawrence …

College is a topic I have written about a couple of times in this column, possibly because of how soon I will apply (in the fall), or because seniors have just finished getting their decisions. I …

Burke County’s newest high school, Longhaul High, home of the Longhorns, is about to open. This badly needed expansion to our fine education system would not be possible without the support of our County Commissioners who voted in 2005 to purchase land for our campus. We extend our thanks. 

In what promises to be a memorable gala concert that she herself calls “a dream come true,” musical artist Alfreda Gerald returns to her hometown after a stellar performing career to headline the …

Burke County Manager Brian Epley has likened the development of the industrial megasite at the western edge of the county to a nine-inning baseball game. Right now, he says, we’re only in the …

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