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Welcome to fall. Perhaps this is the season of your favorite sport: golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cheerleading or the beloved football.

Last week my church held three nights of revival. According to Merriam-Webster, revival is “an act or instance of reviving: the state of being revived, such as a renewed attention to or interest in something.” Thus, it would seem quite appropriate for churches to hold revivals, to renew the …

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RALEIGH — A few weeks ago, the Associated Press and a nonprofit journalism outfit called The Markup released a dataset and news stories purporting to prove the existence of pervasive discrimination against racial minorities by mortgage lenders. The McClatchy newspapers in North Carolina (The…

Persistence is a personal characteristic worthy of acquiring. It is defined as a “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” That means there is a determination to keep pushing no matter what. It is necessary to be persistent if one is to achie…

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RALEIGH — I’ve been spending a lot of time recently in conversation with right-leaning leaders, policy experts, donors and activists. My purpose is to assess the health and trajectory of American conservatism at this critical moment.

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The next time somebody asks you to describe North Carolina, pull out and read aloud this quote from the beginning pages of Bland Simpson’s new book.

I have the great honor of working in an absolutely beautiful building. Every day I come to work and am awe- struck by the dignity, elegance and crafts- manship of the historic Halifax County courthouse, now home of County Administration.

RALEIGH — In the England of the early 20th century, there were no two writers more dissimilar than G.K. Chesterton and George Bernard Shaw.

MOUNT AIRY — Before The Andy Griffith Show, before nearby Pilot Mountain became the nucleus of a popular state park, Mount Airy had the Rock.

“Raindrops are falling on my head, and just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed nothing seems to fit. Those raindrops are falling on my head; they keep falling. So, I just did me some talking to the sun, and I said I didn’t like the way he got things done, sleeping on the job.

I am always interested in what people in our community say about Halifax Community College. Feedback from residents, community partners and customers is a valuable resource. It is a tool we utilize to guide planning for future initiatives and programs and to improve current programs and serv…

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Hello, Roanoke Valley. Thank you for so many positive comments and compliments through phone calls, texts, emails and personal contact about my very first column. It really warmed my heart to know you care.

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There are many days we will never forget: graduating, walking down the aisle, the birth of our children… maybe even the tragic loss of a loved one. Many of us have a collective memory of the day the world changed for all Americans.