Saving and expanding Burlington’s downtown bookstore

Burlington will keep its downtown bookstore after all. Let me be the first to say, "Yay!" Some might remember that back in December I wrote about the looming departure of Persnickety Books, a used bookstore on Davis Street. The closing, set for this winter, was a shame because the enterprise is a successful one. And, … Continue reading Saving and expanding Burlington’s downtown bookstore

Book review: ‘Football for a Buck”; or, how Donald Trump killed the USFL

'Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL'; by Jeff Pearlman; 2018; Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt Publishing Co.; 366 pages. Near the end of "Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL," author Jeff Pearlman's 366-page lament about the brief three-season life of a professional football … Continue reading Book review: ‘Football for a Buck”; or, how Donald Trump killed the USFL

Burlington: Where the sidewalks end and development begins

Two items on today's (Feb. 7) Region section page of the Burlington Times-News got my attention. One was the print headline: "Council tables townhouse decision." Online the headline on the same story is: "Again, Burlington Council holds off on Garden Road development." Under either headline I'm bitterly opposed to this project and I'm glad the … Continue reading Burlington: Where the sidewalks end and development begins

Picking Cotton: A story that endures

I saw the news yesterday when my wife sent over a link via email to the website Deadline Hollywood. The headline was very specific, unlike those wedged into small newspaper spaces: "Sidney Kimmel to finance & produce Jessica-Sanders-directed 'Picking Cotton.'" The names of the people involved didn't immediately mean much to me. But the title, … Continue reading Picking Cotton: A story that endures

UPDATE: Congressman Walter Jones: Humility in a town of arrogance

UPDATE: I first posted this on Jan. 28 after learning that U.S. Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina was placed in Hospice care. Today he passed away, his family announced. Rest in peace Walter. My condolences to the family and friends of Rep. Jones. Peace to you all. ------------------------- I saw over the weekend that … Continue reading UPDATE: Congressman Walter Jones: Humility in a town of arrogance

When it comes to blown calls fans have long and bitter memories

New Orleans Saints football coach Sean Payton declared on Sunday that his team will never get over what happened in the Superdome earlier that day when a missed call by  game officials opened the door for the opposing Los Angeles Rams just enough to force overtime and ultimately defeat the Saints in the NFC championship … Continue reading When it comes to blown calls fans have long and bitter memories

The worst crime in Stokes County history remains a source of fascination

The first thing you notice is how small the headline is. The publication date was New Year's Day 1930 in the primary weekly newspaper covering Stokes County in that particular time. It's from the now former Danbury Reporter, founded by the Pepper family in Danbury. Today it's known as the Stokes News. It's how things … Continue reading The worst crime in Stokes County history remains a source of fascination