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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
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
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
We live in delicate times. There is no doubt. There is also no doubt that we can become alarmists with exaggerated threats as well. I have been wandering around on this planet for nearly 50 years … 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
Turkeys are the bane of me. Not quite like the hated ticks, although as turkey season comes in, ticks tend to open ‘human season’ it seems. Turkeys are more like a love/hate relationship, … more
There is some good news regarding our deer and elk herds in North Carolina. In 1999, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission began testing for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) amongst our … more
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
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
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 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have been known to push the limits as an activist group in the past. Advertising campaigns featuring young actresses and models in the nude in protest … 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
This time of year used to bring a new kind of adrenaline rush for me. The last couple of years, things changed a bit due to work and health, leaving other things on my mind. This year however, a new … more
I’m sorry. I know what I will be writing about for a good part of the coming year, and it may get old. Therefore, I must apologize in advance. You see, my oldest son came into the room last … more
I have defended, or at least argued, a case for more information many times when the public becomes outraged at a hunter or angler. Many times, it is due to the angle of the story where certain … more
A friend’s New Year’s resolutions read the following: Bowfish more. More bowfishing. Bowfish a lot. Always bowfish. Make time for more bowfishing. That is dedication to a passion. For … more
When my oldest son was in school, his science teacher explained to the class that the Milky Way is the galaxy we live in. One student asked how the Milky Way got its name, and Turner spoke up saying … more
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is roughly 70 miles of coastline area amongst several barrier islands in North Carolina. Congress authorized it in 1937 as a first of its kind, and later in 1940, … more
I was reading a social media post from a friend of mine that lives in Michigan this weekend about a buffalo squirrel making all kinds of noises. I had never heard of a buffalo squirrel, so I had to … more
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