October 15, 2018 - 3 minutes ago

It was easy to think back to East Carolina football’s successful run in Conference USA during Saturday night’s game against Houston at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The first reminder was Houston being the visiting team. The Cougars occupied the same visiting sideline Dec. 5, 2009, for a…


October 14, 2018

It is Octoberfest season in Germany (which never really ends), and the beer halls of Munich are awash with Lederhosen.

One hundred and fifty million years ago, those future beer halls were awash with brine in a lagoon adrift with Jurassic starfish.

Brittle stars, which still crawl the floors of the…

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October 14, 2018

I was a proud Boy Scout and Scout leader but had lost touch with the program.

However, my youngest grandson’s excitement over having just been signed up for Cub Scouts happened to open a window on some truly monumental changes in the Scouting world. Like me, you may have missed them.


Bob Garner

October 14, 2018

Last month’s flooding from Hurricane Florence brought such bad news to New Bern and its neighboring cities, towns and communities.

There is a little bit of good news for New Bern this month.

The town’s best-selling author, Nicholas Sparks, is releasing a new book, “Every Breath.…


October 13, 2018

For anyone not yet immersed in the world of essential oils, a house party is trying to find you.

Women used to attend house parties to learn about, buy and sell Tupperware. Today, similar parties focus on the medicinal values associated with essential oils. Before my wife went to one of those…

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October 08, 2018


Temple was working on a smooth opening drive against East Carolina on Saturday until Anthony Russo overthrew a receiver for an interception to a waiting Corey Seargent. It was the worst throw in the game.

By the end of the first quarter, however, Temple was looking to add to its…

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October 07, 2018

After years of stress and struggle, I have to confess, I am close to giving up the fight.

I hate to admit it, but I am not the boss of my hair.

I have battled with my flat, straight locks since I was a child. All I ever wanted was lovely curls.

Every year before school picture day, my mother would…

October 07, 2018

“You’d better be careful,” my wonderful seventh-grade teacher, Miss Winifred Potts, preached to my class more than 65 years ago.

Miss Potts had a set of strategies to encourage us to behave, in and out of class. To discourage mischief-making while she was writing math problems on…


October 07, 2018

It’s no surprise. The rest of the 2018 oyster season, extending on into 2019, will likely be a disaster for North Carolina natural harvesters and cultivators.

In addition to the loss of human life, loss of homes, and loss of any sense of normal existence wrought by Hurricane Florence, chalk…

Bob Garner

October 06, 2018

My wife has grown weary of my interest in roofs. I call it an interest. She calls it an obsession.

“He cannot drive past a metal roof without commenting,” Sharon has said to our daughters and anyone else who happens to be present.

It’s true. For months I have been noticing…

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