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April 21, 2019

As a Rocky Mount resident, I was more than a little disturbed to see the name of the party booked for Good Friday at the Rocky Mount Event Center: Grown and Sexy.

Grown and Sexy? This didn’t sound like a wholesome sporting event or a family-friendly concert. Were my city tax dollars helping…

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April 14, 2019

If I were asked for words that describe Cuba, I’d list communist Russian pawn, Fidel Castro, boat people fleeing to Florida, cigars and vintage cars.

My perception of this country has been shaped from various experiences such as watching the 1962 Cuban missile crisis on a black and white…

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April 07, 2019

When nutritionists recommend eating fish a couple of times a week, they’re not talking about preparing it my favorite way: fried.

While grilled salmon is tasty and canned tuna mixed with mayonnaise makes a decent sandwich, there’s something extra tasty about battered, deep-fried fish.…

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March 31, 2019

After leaving recent City Council meetings feeling confused, chastised, exasperated and discouraged, I decided I needed a positive Rocky Mount municipal experience. Thus, I attended the March meeting of Preservation Rocky Mount.

The speaker for the night was Sam Johnson, a member of another…

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March 24, 2019

It was an outrage. Actresses Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) and Lori Loughlin (“Full House”), among other wealthy parents, paid vast sums of money to a college-admissions prep company that arranged for phony test scores or fake athletic credentials to get kids…

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March 17, 2019

Lindell John Kay’s recent interview with Andre Knight featured in the Rocky Mount Telegram was interesting, as comments from the councilman often are.

Mr. Knight wasn’t reticent about a lot of subjects, labeling the Community Council and Concerned Citizens Facebook groups a new Tea…

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March 10, 2019

I was scanning my email when an item in the Rocky Mount Academy weekly bulletin caught my eye.

It was an announcement for something called an Overnight Defy Gravity Trip. A bus will leave for Raleigh at 10 p.m. and return to school at 8 a.m. The trip includes midnight pizza and snacks followed by…

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March 03, 2019

Did you know that under North Carolina’s anti-littering law, “Intentional littering in the amount of 15 pounds or less is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $250 to $1,000 and up to 24 hours of community service?”

Yes, littering is against the law. Judging by the…

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February 24, 2019

Ah February, Cupid’s month.

Maybe you’re still picking through your Valentine’s Day box of chocolates from your significant other, searching for the peanut butter cream — or maybe you’re still looking for Mr. Right or Ms. Wonderful.

I’ve been married almost 42…

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February 17, 2019

Maybe it was because I referred to the Holy Hope Heritage Center, owned by the family of Councilman Andre Knight, as “Andre’s Church.” Or maybe it was the picture I posted of the structure sitting in the middle of the parking lot of the Rocky Mount Event Center, a fact I labeled…

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