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On May 3-5, Center Stage Theatre and the Paramount Theatre will present the Broadway musical adaptation of the play “Green Grow the Lilacs” by cowboy turned playwright Lynn Riggs. This play is better known by the name “Oklahoma!”

Adversities aren’t as adverse as they seem when we view them in its first response, which is not to look at what seems to be adverse but in the process of turning around. Oftentimes, we look at things in its first light or on the surface. However, I will venture to say every so-called advers…

Could you have been among the thousands who were academically influenced by Ralston Lattimore “R.L.” McDonald during your younger years in the Wayne County school system? Well, if you ever set your body down at a desk in one of the following institutions of learning, there is a good possibil…

Some time ago as I battled through depression, I learned not to withdraw from people but to put myself in different places because the subtleness of change is apparent. Whether it’s a smile, smell, song, place or person, it will ignite the senses and the soul ties of happiness.

Many take great enjoyment in growing tomatoes in their home garden. There is something special about growing tomato plants and reaping the benefits of eating a fresh, home-grown tomato. Unfortunately, many home gardeners run into disease problems when growing tomatoes. Once a tomato plant sh…

Much of Benjamin Dreyer’s humor in “Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style” resides in chapter five, “Foreign Affairs,” in which he addresses standard practices for writing foreign words and phrases. This chapter and subsequent ones on writing style, usage, spelling,…

OK, so she has done it again. Kitty Sauls, who makes excuses when she wins and acts like it was just a fluke, has finished first overall once again with Shelby Bizzell. The two tore it up with a 61-percent game last Thursday. Congratulations, ladies, and Kitty, put a lid on your humility.

When we’ve been in or have come from a place of adversity, we can spiritually discern certain behaviors one or others may exhibit. As well, we’re able to recognize certain behaviors of those we’re closely related to. Because of heavy association, we are able to put a tag on what they may be …

Attention all you language mavens out there — we have a new hero in Benjamin Dreyer, author of the recently published “Dreyer’s English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style” (2019). Evidence that Dreyer illuminates his book with humor lies on the cover with a period between the r a…

In my “April Fools” column of last week, I made some positive remarks about the North American possum. Now, right away some of you will think to yourself, “Oh no! Not more possum talk — that ugly creature — that nasty varmint — the king of road kill!”

After hearing Brent Lane’s recent lecture on the Lost Colony at Wayne Community College, I went back to Marjorie Hudson’s book “Searching for Virginia Dare,” first published in 2002 and updated in 2013. Lane, a professor of heritage economics at UNC-Chapel Hill, approached the topic from an …

There’s hope when we see what the problem is. The law of demand says when prices go up, consumer demand decreases, and when prices go down as they’re inversely related to each other, consumer demand increases. However, for some it doesn’t matter what the price is because their demand is for …

Congratulations to Kitty Sauls and Shelby Bizzell, who finished first overall at last Thursday’s game. Kitty always acts like she doesn’t know how to play and that any success she has is due to her partner’s performance, but we all understand that Kitty is an intuitive player who is self-eff…

Hopefully we will soon have springlike weather and can enjoy being outside in our gardens and landscapes. One common question that comes to our office is, “Can I fertilize my lawn now?” Even though warmer temperatures cause people to look for things to do outside, fertilizing the lawn too ea…

The thrills of screaming and rambunctious basketball fans would be silenced before the 1942 season could get underway. By the time the 1941 campaign ended in March, war was already raging in Europe. Hitler had made his declaration that Germany would eventually “defeat the entire world.”

The Foundation of Wayne Community College scored another hit this past Tuesday when it invited Brent Lane, UNC professor of heritage economics, to speak on the topic “Why We Search for the Lost Colony.” Lane led the audience to see that “lost” is a relative term, especially for a historical …

Every time a club gets 10 new members, it earns the right to have a club championship game. We have increased our membership lately with the addition of several of Sue Wilson’s bridge students, and last week our reward was a club championship game. The winners (Sue Wilson and Jeannie Exum) e…

We understand that getting in shape happens over the accumulation of our lives. It is an endeavor that is acquired over a lifetime, whether it’s physical or spiritual growth that shapes us into the image we desire to obtain. Getting in shape is a pursuit that requires patience, endurance, di…

The following headline is not one we are used to seeing throughout the several columns I have written about the Seven Springs girls’ dynasty teams: “Rosewood Girls hand Seven Springs 21-12 shellacking.”

Wherefore art thou, o Apostrophe? It does seem that we are losing the apostrophe, that up-in-the-air comma used to show possession. Either the apostrophe is omitted entirely where it needs to be inserted, or it is misused.

Florida betony or “Rattlesnake weed” is an aggressive weed in the lawn and landscape, and if you have dealt with it, then you know it is one tough weed. Once in the landscape or lawn, Florida betony can spread rapidly and is very difficult to control. Florida betony is native to Florida and …

When we receive Jesus Christ into our lives, we take on a new name and inheritance. We forsake the things of this world and cling to receive the living word of God. We take off the old and put on the new and our hearts are continuously molded as we are purged by the Holy Spirit to have the m…

Congratulations to Bill Allgaier and Ed Wilson, who finished first N/S at Monday’s game and second N/S at last Thursday’s game. These two have formed a successful partnership, gradually learning how to communicate, and now it is paying off.

Now I don’t want to start this column with a negative beginning, but before I get deeper into the season I must make a correction. This year’s photograph was captioned with an obvious mistake, but not of my doing: It read: “Undefeated in Eight Years.”

In this last look at Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated,” the Wayne County Reads selection for 2019, I want to consider the importance of memories as they inform identity, personality, and character. A memoir concerns itself with memory, and Westover takes care in several footnotes to clarify …

It is hard to even think about dealing with summer problems in the landscape when it is the first of March and it still feels like winter. There are probably not many people thinking about summer weeds, like crabgrass and goosegrass, which sometimes show up in their lawns. Believe it or not,…

There was one who said in a gathering amongst great women of God, “Everybody is different here so we don’t have queens, those that would think more highly of themselves as everyone is equally important. So we don’t have you,” referring to another as she’d chosen to walk a different path in l…

Goldsboro ended up with a good showing at the Cape Fear Regional a few weeks ago. Linda Greenwood and Linda Meyer had some success with several teammates; the Haverkamps won a knockout with their teammates; Joe Exum and his team won a knockout; Krishnaprasad and Gyl Olaffason won six gold po…

“Queens of Wayne County Cagers” was the title attached to the photograph of that fantastic Seven Springs team of 1938. Never- theless, we are about ready to say farewell to a cohesive unit that had, for years, outplayed and outscored every team they faced.

Many of you are familiar with the Stress Index or Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale, which psychiatrists Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe developed in 1967. Curious about the link between stressful life events and illness, they researched the medical records of more than 5,000 medical patients whom…

March weather usually gives us a little taste of spring, and gardens began to come alive as we near April. Below are gardening tips for March:

Much of what I’ve learned in life comes from TV commercials. It’s where I picked up such nuggets as, “When you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything,” “Don’t take your headache out on others” and “If he kissed you once will he kiss you again?”