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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

I’m hopeful that as of writing this column we’ve made the jump into spring. I’m done with cold but love these cool mornings and evenings. I can feel my cravings for richer, warming wines …

Occasionally, a generation will experience an exceptional person who has the needed innate talents for the time.  Such a person was Henry Knox.

Several church youth camping/rafting trips blend together in a kaleidoscope of images, some of them regrettable, but there is one I that will live in infamy. We had enjoyed a trip down the Nantahala …

Politics is a touchy subject. Everybody has ideas on how everything should be run, and generally, people are not especially kind to each other regarding politics. And we can all agree that, as a …

Morganton has always been a refuge for various cultures. From the Mayan population, the people I come from, to the Hmong people, Morganton has been a safe space for various cultures and races. Being …

A hero is someone who is recognized and celebrated for their achievements or acts of bravery. An unsung hero is someone who goes unnoticed for their contributions; someone not well known but who …

In my many years of youth ministry, I organized and supervised numerous youth-led mission trips: From the town in Pennsylvania where they play the Little League World Series to the town in New Jersey …

It was called the ‘Sunshine Protection Act'; a bill introduced in 2022 that would have made Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent. Unanimously approved in the Senate, the bill, however, did not pass …

This week's column marks one year since I started my job at The Paper. In this year, many things have changed in my life. From getting accepted to NCSSM, being put on city committees, and winning a …

I was planning on writing a totally different article this week. During my research for this other column, I stumbled upon vouchers. If you read my columns, you probably know that I am not a voucher …

“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.” — J. R. R. Tolkien Una Reep has had a full, interesting life. And don’t get her started on Burke County:  “My people are from here, the …

“This increase in the life span and in the number of our senior citizens presents this Nation with increased opportunities: the opportunity to draw upon their skill and sagacity. It is not enough …

Hello again, Burke County! As I said in my last column, I hope my name becomes familiar to you as The Paper has agreed to let me keep writing! Only the future will tell if this was a smart decision …

For the last several months, I’ve been pondering the age-old question “Do our pets go to heaven when they die?” My precious cat Lucy is nearing the end of her more than 19-year life because of …

It has been said many times that, really, local elections are the most important, and I agree – the effect on me day-to-day, local elections-school board, county commissioners, mayors, etc.-- …

I have always wanted to be active in my community. From a very early age, my parents instilled in me the values of hard work and service to the community. One of the ways I serve my community is by …

EDITOR’S NOTE: This vignette is an educational moment in American history.  It is about those who made a difference during the Revolutionary War era and how they served our country. Carter …

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