‘Black Coach’ revisited: Before ‘Remember the Titans’

“Black Coach”; by Pat Jordan; 1971; The Cornwall Press, Inc.; 248 pages. Late summer was dissolving into early fall the first time I walked into Burlington Memorial Stadium to watch a high school football game involving Walter Williams High School. The year was 1985. I began working as a sports writer for the Burlington Times-News … Continue reading ‘Black Coach’ revisited: Before ‘Remember the Titans’

In context: Still disconnected, by choice

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This post has been edited to reflect updated information available later on Wednesday. --- Do a Google search today for Alamance County Commissioner Tim Sutton. Make sure to add the Alamance County commissioner part in order to avoid confusion with the movie director of the same name. Here's what you find. He's famous. … Continue reading In context: Still disconnected, by choice

The disturbing disconnect of a county politician

Very little surprises me anymore. After all, I spent years upon years dealing with public officials of every kind: Small, medium and large; sober, drunk or stoned; and most frequently animal, vegetable or mineral. I spoke to hundreds, probably a few thousand, people on the phone who expressed variations of warped or circular logic. There … Continue reading The disturbing disconnect of a county politician

Throwback Thursday column: Son of a son of a son of a Confederate veteran

This is a newspaper column I wrote in the summer of 2014 when this issue of Southern heritage and Confederate flags and statues was raised. Yes, it comes up every so often and has for the past 120 years -- about the time the urge to put up Confederate statues began long after the Civil … Continue reading Throwback Thursday column: Son of a son of a son of a Confederate veteran

The Arts Place in Stokes County, new look for an old haunt (with photo gallery)

Nothing much changes in my hometown. With a few exceptions the Danbury, North Carolina of today doesn't look substantially different than it did 50 years ago. Some of the older houses are gone, a tragedy in terms of historic value. One is the old Taylor house, where my great-grandparents lived. My great-uncle let it run … Continue reading The Arts Place in Stokes County, new look for an old haunt (with photo gallery)