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October 18, 2018

I turned 55 last Saturday and I didn’t really feel any older than I did the day before.

I say that only because it’s something people say. I’ve never really understood the point of declaring that one does not feel significantly older as the result of a particular birthday.

After…

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October 18, 2018

Can it be true? That this is the last “Halloween” slasher film we’ll ever see?

I’m betting against that.

There have been 11 films in the series, the first being 1978’s “Halloween” — co-written, scored, and directed by John Carpenter. It marked the…

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October 14, 2018

Everyone loves a good ghost story this time of year. One of the best-known ghostly tales around here is that of the Shannonhouse-Lister house that was located in lower Weeksville.

The house was built in 1816 by Thomas Shannonhouse, and his son John inherited it. Among John’s 10 children was a…

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October 12, 2018

It’s October, and while summer temperatures keep holding on fall weather is inevitable. Pumpkins are also on display. They are major decorative symbols of both Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins find their way on nearly every port in the fall. Some are carved. Some are painted. Some become…

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October 07, 2018

“Do you think anyone would be interested in an Outlander-themed exhibit?”

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October 07, 2018

We were on vacation last week in Chattanooga, Tenn., and had every intention of visiting the Moon Pie museum while we were there.

But we didn’t make it.

That’s OK, I guess, because I expect we’ll be back — probably sometime next year — and will surely get to the Moon…

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October 05, 2018

When I was young I remember eating this strange hard candy. A few of my elderly newspaper customers usually had it around. Whenever I had a cough, this one lady always gave me some. You’re supposed to suck on the candy, but I usually chewed them, so I doubt they helped my cough much.

That…

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September 30, 2018

“Snooks, we are with you. We believe you’ve got the goods…But whether you make good or not, to us fellows here at home you are the same old Snooks…” −Edward Flora, 18 February 1921

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September 28, 2018

We know we are approaching fall when we begin noticing clumps of tall fluffy grass called broomsedge.

September 27, 2018

Hello, again.

I’ve been out of town all week but I managed to get this written before I left. By the time you’re reading it I suppose I’ll be on the way back to Elizabeth City.

Since I was going to be away this week I considered asking for a vacation from this column to go along…

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