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Community Columns

Latest Community Columns

Answering readers questions-what happened to Billy Weaver and other random thoughts

Those of you who have lived in the area for a while know better than to get too attached to your favorite local television news ... Read more

4 days ago by Steve Barnes.

Spreading the word across the pond-Underground Railroad Museum goes international

I was recently interviewed by the Guardian Newspaper and The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), both news service outlets in Great Britain. The purpose of the interviews ... Read more

4 days ago by Leesa Jones.

Calling both sides of the lucky coin

Vail Stewart Rumley wrote the original version of this column on Sept. 15, 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks.  I prepared to go to work ... Read more

6 days ago by Vail Stewart Rumley.

Washington’s storm-warning tower

123 years ago, coastal shipping was still an essential method of moving goods to market. The Federal government recognized that a system was needed to ... Read more

1 week ago by Ray Midgett.

Labor Day and Homecoming-reunions, skating and storytelling

Milt and I enjoyed the Labor Day weekend with friends.  We had a wonderful time remembering the good old days when we were students here ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Leesa Jones.

Birds are out even when it’s hot

Despite stultifying hot and humid weather, during the last two weeks of August, birders around the county observed over 90 species.  Adept piedmont birder Bill Hooker, ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Betsy Kane.

Pulling the fire alarm was a no-no

This column seems to have sparked a lot of fond memories for some of those who grew up in Washington many, many decades ago. I am ... Read more

3 weeks ago by Leesa Jones.

Here’s to a normal fall sports season-we can make a difference

The first volleyball matches are in the books. Soccer and cross country will have their first matches soon and football kicks off Friday night. None ... Read more

1 month ago by Steve Barnes.

Unnamed but powerful: the hurricane of 1913

Those of us that have lived in Washington for the past twenty or so years aren’t strangers to dealing with tropical storms or hurricanes. Our ... Read more

1 month ago by Ray Midgett.

Write Again…Maybe the time draws near

There are times when I really ponder if this column-writing avocation should be brought to a conclusion. Finis.  Oh yes, Such times have occurred in ... Read more

1 month ago by Bartow Houston.

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