I had my first car accident at 15, a few months after I got my license. An elderly man ran a red light and hit me in my mom’s car near the front passenger side.

It was in Seagrove, or Norman, or Ellerbe, or it could have been one of the other small North Carolina communities that we passed though on our trips to Virginia.

It is the “Last Frontier,” “the land of the midnight sun,” Seward’s Folly, the 49th state in the union – Alaska. Where better to spend an anniversary but cruising a bay with glaciers that feed it, seeing a whale breaching the water and American bald eagles flying over your head and diving for a fish?

If you were to have a conversation with an assistant principal, faculty or support staff member who was a part of our team of educators at Wilson High School between August of 1987 and June 30, 2005, ask one or more about “The Tree.” The first response you might get is “Oh, Lord”!

Unless you follow golf closely, you might not realize that the PGA Tour has a new schedule this year. The biggest changes involve the moving of the Players Championship from May to March and the moving of the “PGA Championship” from August to May.

Summer is here, and it’s time to enjoy fun in the sun! But do we really enjoy summer vacations?

What's a Brexit? On one hand, it’s easy: It’s the slang term for the British exit from the European Union. But, on other hand, nobody really knows. And for sure, as of today, nobody knows how to “do it.”

The First Amendment to our Constitution grants us the right of free speech. As has been proved in our courts, that does not necessarily include freedom from punishment for the harm caused to others when we speak, or write, erroneously about others. We all have the responsibility to ensure our communications are totally accurate.

For years I've dusted around an old jewelry box. When I'm not sliding it from side to side to get underneath it, it sits in the middle of my dresser as decoration, unbothered. I purchased it more than 15 years ago from a yard sale, and I've been tossing things in it ever since.

I was planning on a Father’s Day column, extolling my own dear, departed daddy, when a dear friend, a mentor and deacon in our church finally succumbed to the cancer he had fought quietly for so many years. I was invited to give a eulogy at his funeral home service, which I did with great honor and love.

I am reminded of a song that says “There will be hills and mountains to climb.” Without a doubt, the writer was referring to the challenges that all of us will face sooner or later in life.

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A week ago, my son walked across the stage as an honor graduate of South Florence High School. I was so excited, and I am very proud of him!

You know the Gospel passage about Jesus being “lost” in the temple. Of course, he wasn’t lost at all. At 12 years old, he just took it upon himself to stay behind when his family departed Jerusalem so he could interact with the elders in the temple.

She has been here for a few months now, and nothing tells me that she is going to move out anytime soon.

Another Memorial Day has come and gone. One of my questions to all: “How did you spend that long weekend?”

We quietly climbed the old staircase to the B Flat at 221 Baker St., but still the stairs creaked.

Approximately one month ago, I signed up for my first 5K. The Run for the Heroes walk/run took place Monday on Memorial Day. I wasn't prepared mentally or physically to push myself beyond my usual one-mile run, but my goal was to get there.

I come by my gardening abilities quite naturally. My father grew up on a cranberry farm in Massachusetts, skating on flooded and frozen bogs in the winter and harvesting the tough red fruit in the fall with wooden boxes with teeth on the front that could strip the ripe berries off the bushes.

One would find it difficult to not come to the conclusion that some parts of our world, nation, state, county, city and neighborhood need to make some major adjustments. Relationships in some instances have deteriorated to the point of almost being irreparable.

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump has warned China that it must respond "humanely" to the protests in Hong Kong if it wants a trade deal, for the first time suggesting that the United States would impose costs on Beijing if it launched a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown on the city. It's about time.

At The Heritage Foundation, we’re always thinking about ways to talk to new and nontraditional audiences about how conservative principles can create the greatest freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society for the American people.

President Trump has repeatedly promised, "America will never be a socialist country." Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism.

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Recently, the State Department revised its definition of anti-Semitism to include "drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis" – an apparent response to the rise of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanctions) movement whose supporters routinely make such comparisons.

Executives at QVC in Florence kicked off Florence County Disabilities Foundation’s annual giving campaign with a generous gift! Several ladies served by the Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs Board were on hand to accept the $6,000 gift on behalf of the Florence County Disabilities Foundation.

Summer is almost over, and the new school year is set to begin next week in Florence County. On Monday morning, school buses will be rolling, school speed zone lights will be flashing and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office will be out to enforce the laws designed to keep children safe as they travel to and from school.

The demented motives of shooters in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, go back much further than racial rhetoric from President Donald Trump and U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. These young men have long been isolated from society, and through the dark, evil websites, they have become self-radicalized to hatred ideologies.