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“Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like …

Thanks to all who contributed to the Longest Day fundraiser sponsored by the American Contract Bridge League. Morehead City was expecting 45 tables to play at its event June 20. Several folks from here went down there to support their efforts, and many of our players sent checks.

Recently I stumbled across two interesting stories in the News-Argus written 53 years ago, March 20, 1966. One was a recap of the 1961 incident when a B-52G bomber crashed near the Faro community, leaving buried beneath the earth part of a nuclear bomb which remains to this day.

One of the most important legacies my siblings and I received from our mom was the reading and library “habit.” We saw our mother reading constantly — as a returning adult student and as a lover of the printed word for entertainment and escape. Yes, having four teenagers in the house at one …

Please help the American Contract Bridge League in its major fundraiser this week. For several years, it has sponsored a nationwide effort to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease, something that has struck many of our local players, including Sandy Kirkland, who died just last week.

There was a time reality that was a far reach and it took everything I had to reach for the concept of everyday life and still it didn’t work. When suddenly life is turned upside down by bad news or an unfortunate circumstance, it can send the mind on a journey unbeknownst to man, unless by …

Raymond Sugg has a heartwarming little story as to how he and his wife, Betsy Hellen, met. Seems she attended a baseball game in which he was pitching for the Goldsboro Goldbugs. After the game she introduced herself and told him she thought he was one sorry pitcher — in jest, of course, for…

We depend on many insects and birds as pollinators in our environment. The honeybee is probably one of the most well-known pollinators. As honeybees travel from flower to flower, they are spreading pollen that will pollinate flowers and result in fruits and seeds.

A favorite little book, “Why Do We Say It? The Stories Behind the Words, Expressions, and Clichés We Use,” reminds me that language results from many sources, also the theme for the website “A.Word.A.Day” at wordsmith.org which this week focuses on “People who have had multiple words coined …

The other day on my walk I was listening to a podcast where the speaker was talking — not entirely in jest — about handing out stickers with the message, “So it’s all about you ...” There are plenty of examples when this would be appropriate.

During these hot, humid summer days and nights, a movie theater offers a respite and sanctuary; a bonus happens if the film offers enlightenment and entertainment — as I recently experienced with the film “All Is True,” which may or may not be shown here.

In my column of two weeks ago, Raymond Sugg described the misery troops faced during the battle of Anzio, Italy. He had reason aplenty to portray it as “pure hell.” That battle has been described in brief historical accounts as follows:

Like many other places we visit, oftentimes as we enter the church organization, we come with our best faces permeating the atmosphere. However, to say the least, there are those who disregard this pretentious behavior all together and their faces speak multitudes and it spreads throughout t…

The club has lost another former member, Sandy Kirkland, who moved to Wake County seven years ago to be closer to her children. Sandy suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, like many of our other former players.

In every facet of life within organizations therein lies a cell, a circle, or click that heavily associates itself with one another more so than the whole of the organization be it because of the commonality of people or their status quo, whatever that entails.

The mentoring game last Thursday was a big success, garnering 11 ½ tables, the biggest game we have seen in years. Experienced players were matched with bridge students, all of whom had fewer than 100 master points. Many of the new players had no master points and had never played a sanction…

Over the last two days the 1969 graduating seniors of Goldsboro High School gathered in celebration of their 50th class reunion. Naturally, with this being the Sunday after, I cannot report on its success, but if anything like past years their gatherings proved to be enjoyable affairs.

One of my favorite websites always succeeds in adding to my awareness of the spoken and written word and increases my knowledge and understanding of the way English challenges speakers and writers. I refer to Richard Nordquist’s About.com Grammar and Composition at http://grammar.about.com.

With the start of June, we now welcome summer, and our gardens are now in full swing. With summer we have to keep our gardens watered regularly and keep an eye out for insect and disease problems.

Oftentimes, support systems pervade outside the walls of the church, structure of homes and the mindsets we carry that have caused us to think within. I often found my next best step came through an acquaintance in passing and a profound word that I couldn’t let go. Or as I’ve challenged mys…

Sixty-six years after American soldiers declared victory at Anzio, Italy, one of its heroes took time to pen reflections of that battle, one of the bloodiest of World War II. With his permission I share his thoughts. I think you’ll appreciate a little more what a fighting man faces in battle…

As I have the understanding that some things are in the process of manifesting, I’m reminded of the scripture that says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” (Matthew 6:33). As well, there are some things I know that are…

We discern in the lowlands the length of days, which are acquired by each second and minute that accumulates the hour. We are humbled by the process and a measure of understanding is added to our person. It is by the hand of God that we find ourselves in a place to be pruned by Him, the vine…

Monday was birthday Monday, and Gary Partin was all over it. He swears he comes only for the cake, and he got some good cake  Monday. Happy birthdays was in order for Tommy Bell, Linda Greenwood, Carole Ray and Peggy Seegars. Linda Greenwood was the only birthday girl present, besides Carole…

I shouldn’t have been surprised since the word—once shocking to hear and more outrageous to say aloud-- is bandied about in films, in print, and ubiquitous in some people’s ordinary conversation. But there they were--three book titles at our local bookstore all with a version of an expletive…

With warm, spring days now here, the thought of establishing a lawn often comes to mind. With the decision to establish a lawn comes the decision of what type of grass to select. Since now would be the time to establish a new lawn, it is a good time to do some research for choosing the right…

I wonder whether we, the local populace, realize how blessed we are to have so many wonderful military families attending and participating in our church services. They come to us as strangers, but our welcoming attitudes and their willingness to accept our invitations soon cast them as stra…

I hinted in last week’s get-together that I was about to divulge some aspects of the personal lives of Robert “Bobo” McDonald and Iris Price Kilpatrick, both with Seven Springs roots. I’m taking the liberty to follow through, and I’m doing it without their blessing or permission. Therefore, …

In our home library, sometimes we run across an odd book or two whose provenance we are unsure about: Where did this book come from? Did we find it among other old books? One such treasure copyrighted 1889 interests me because it is “prepared expressly for the use of teachers in reviewing fo…

Monday Sherry Owens brought a delicious chocolate on chocolate cake to celebrate her partner’s success in reaching Ruby Life Master status. Shelby Bizzell reached that pinnacle recently, and became only one of five members of the club to do that.

When we speak the word of God in response to those things that come against us, whether it’s words spoken against one, attacks on the physical man through sickness or a host of negativity that may present itself, we then remove ourselves from the battle. The spirit of God intercedes on our b…