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April 10 Varsity Baseball Princeton at Southern Wayne, 5 p.m.   Varsity Softball Princeton at South Johnston, 6 p.m. Smithfield-Selma vs Wilson Prep, 4:30 p.m. Corinth … more
As we celebrate Independence Day weekend, it may be a good time to discuss a few ways in which our country survived due to the outdoorsmanship of our founding fathers and early settlers. Without this … more
There have been lots of stories about animal encounters recently. In one that gained national coverage, Travis Kauffman went mano a mano, or actually mano a pata (hand to paw) against an attacking … more
I am an outdoors columnist and a freelance photographer. If you have read this column more than a couple of times, you know I like to reminisce about days in the past while getting to the point of my … more
Not long ago I was in Des Moines, Iowa for a commercial photoshoot. Driving to the location, I noticed a little park and knew immediately I wanted to stop there once the shoot was over for the … more
I came home from a trip to Des Moines, Iowa to find my oldest son shredding nylon rope. Using a pick, he would insert it between the threads and comb out the fine fibers, making what looked like the … more
Sometimes life gets in the way of our passions. Since this is an outdoors column, we are going to place outdoors activities such as hunting, fishing, camping and hiking amongst others as our passion. … more
Wednesday, May 1 Varsity Girls Soccer North Johnston at Farmville Central, 6 p.m. Smithfield-Selma vs Cleveland, 6:30 p.m. West Johnston vs South Johnston, 6:30 p.m. Clayton vs East … more
The 31st edition of the North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament will return to Smithfield’s Community Park on July 13-14.  The entry fee for the slow-pitch event, which features four-man … more
Area Calendar Wednesday, March 20 Varsity Baseball Princeton at James Kenan, 5 p.m. Smithfield-Selma vs Eastern Wayne, 5 p.m. Varsity Softball Princeton at James Kenan, 6 … more
The second Johnston County Wrestling Camp, put on by the Neuse Charter School wrestling program, was held July 8-11 at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. Neuse Charter wrestling coach … more
As I write this, I am appreciating the cooler air that graced the Carolinas recently. Sadly, as I write this I am in Miami, where the temps are bouncing along the 90-degree line. One of the most … more
Just how important a role should sports hold in our lives? The bombshell news that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck effectively retired before the age of 30 has opened up all sorts … more
KENLY—Sisters and Kenly natives Kelly Holland and Stacy Holland were inducted into the Methodist University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov.1 as part of a ‘team of distinction’ … more
Sixteen members of the Johnston County-based Evolution Track Club qualified for the upcoming AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field National Championship after strong showings at the North Carolina AAU … more
I don’t know if I could handle big cities for more than a few days. The concrete jungle just wears me down. I know, a lot of people would disagree and think large cities are great. They like … more
Maybe 35 years ago, my family took a short vacation toward the coast of North Carolina. I was allowed to take one of my friends, who happened to be one who accompanied me on many of these types of … more
Accomplished junior golfer Ella June Hannant has not only resumed her par-busting tear but is now starring in a sisters show in the sport. A Drive Chip and Putt national champion in 2018, the … more
As Labor Day comes and goes, it brings about a wonderful time of the year. It marks the entrance to the hunting seasons. Whitetail deer, Canadian geese, small game, bear and other waterfowl. Yes, … more
The night can be a wondrous thing. Especially when the nighttime sky is unfiltered with artificial light. I have written many times about dark skies and the glory that they can hold. From … more
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