Covering our first hurricane: Hot, dirty, exhausted and oddly satisfied

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The 25 year anniversary of Hurricane Bertha slipped past me the other day -- July 12 to be precise. That was my first journalism experience -- or any experience at all -- with a hurricane making a direct landfall. This one was at Topsail when I worked for the Jacksonville Daily News. At … Continue reading Covering our first hurricane: Hot, dirty, exhausted and oddly satisfied

Cool Papa Bell: New book looks for the man behind the baseball mythology

The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace and the Negro Leagues; By Lonnie Wheeler; 325 pages; Abrams Press, New York; 2021. In biographies written about professional athletes, especially baseball, there is typically a section near the bibliography and index outlining a player’s career statistics, usually listed year by year with team affiliations. … Continue reading Cool Papa Bell: New book looks for the man behind the baseball mythology

Tanner’s Wine Bar downtown will be a unique experience

UPDATE: Tanner’s is now open and taking reservations. Call 336-270-9536. Check out the website here. And now for something completely different. That’s the anticipated vibe guests are expected to find in early May when Tanner’s Wine Bar opens in downtown Burlington at 102-B East Front St., in one section of the former Mary Katherine’s building … Continue reading Tanner’s Wine Bar downtown will be a unique experience

Burlington Beer Works begins year three with optimism after a challenging 2020

Outdoor dining on Main Street in September at Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant. As Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant wrapped up a highly successful first year in downtown Burlington last March, its immediate future looked far less certain. The global pandemic was shutting down businesses – especially restaurants and bars – across the … Continue reading Burlington Beer Works begins year three with optimism after a challenging 2020

Count murals among new things to see in downtown Burlington this spring

The one-year anniversary of national shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic passed earlier this month. There were dire predictions about the survival of restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues when the shutdowns began and the case counts and fatalities grew. Many of those fears were realized. A lot of businesses couldn’t make takeout or delivery … Continue reading Count murals among new things to see in downtown Burlington this spring

Friends of the Alamance Libraries Spring Book Sale returns, with some modifications

Last year at about this time I was writing about preparations for the annual Friends of the Alamance County Libraries Spring Book Sale that was scheduled for March. I’m a volunteer for the organization, a member and serve on the board. I’m also a longtime sale customer. It’s a mark-the-calendar event in our household. I … Continue reading Friends of the Alamance Libraries Spring Book Sale returns, with some modifications