Blanche Moore: Not the biggest story but the toughest I was involved in

Last fall I sat down with two Elon students for coffee at The Oak House, a popular spot downtown across from the main campus for coffee by day and something a little more potent at night. I was meeting them as part of their newspaper internship with the Burlington Times-News. Elon's School of Communications requires … Continue reading Blanche Moore: Not the biggest story but the toughest I was involved in

Just a phase: What’s reopening and how in downtown Burlington

A few hours after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper unfurled the new and slightly confusing "Safer at Home" phase two plan for reopening the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and other impacted businesses in Alamance County began their own rollouts for how to serve customers safely in the weeks and months ahead. And it's … Continue reading Just a phase: What’s reopening and how in downtown Burlington

From the Wayback Machine: Tribute to a true sports writing legend

The other day I wrote about the sad departure of Burlington Times-News sports editor Bob Sutton after 25 years due to corporate layoffs related to the merger of GateHouse Media and Gannett. I noted then that I had worked with the best sports editor in the newspaper's history -- the late Bill Hunter -- and … Continue reading From the Wayback Machine: Tribute to a true sports writing legend

Bob Sutton: The hardest working man in journalism is looking for what’s next

When I returned to the Burlington Times-News in 2007 as executive editor, one of the first people I wanted to meet was Bob Sutton, the sports editor. Bob was hardly new to the job then. His dedication, commitment and work habits were already the stuff of legend. And if I recall correctly, he had just … Continue reading Bob Sutton: The hardest working man in journalism is looking for what’s next

Book Review: ‘Deacon King Kong’ is a rollicking romp

"Deacon King Kong"; By James McBride; 2020, Riverhead Books; 270 pages. In devouring every delightful sentence or poignant passage in "Deacon King Kong" it is impossible to believe that author James McBride didn't have a grand time writing each and every word. That's how much fun it is to visit this slice of south Brooklyn … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Deacon King Kong’ is a rollicking romp

Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant quietly marks first anniversary

A little more than a year ago I sat across a table from Tracy Schmidt for the first time. It was also my first time inside Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant, which was preparing to open after years of planning, fundraising and preperation. Schmidt had just returned from Raleigh with the state license to … Continue reading Burlington Beer Works Brewery and Restaurant quietly marks first anniversary

Book review: ‘Every Drop of Blood’ — an astonishing look at Lincoln’s second inaugural

"Every Drop of Blood: The Momentous Second Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln": By Edward Achorn; 376 pages; Atlantic Monthly Press, 2020. By itself the premise looks almost impossible. How does an author go about producing a book around one presidential inaugural speech that numbers only 701 words given by arguably the most chronicled and discussed figure … Continue reading Book review: ‘Every Drop of Blood’ — an astonishing look at Lincoln’s second inaugural