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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
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
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
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
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
FOUR OAKS — South Johnston won the Tar Heel Leagues 15-and-under Baseball State Tournament on July 28, topping Jamesville 13-1 in the final game to take the title. South Johnston went … 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
It was tough. Climbing mountains is hard work, especially during the summer in a North Carolina climate. Yet here we were, scaling the fourth-highest peak in the mountain range. Our muscles aching, … more
Don’t let the hollow yellow bat and plastic ball fool you — the competition that takes place every July at Smithfield Community Park is serious. With fields measuring only 140 feet to the … more
SMITHFIELD — Returning to the game he loves in the 2019 North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament has been a blessing for Jordan Adams. “Every day I’m blessed,” Adams said. “I’m blessed to … 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 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
Fifteen campers took part in drills during North Johnston's first-ever Youth Tennis Camp held June 17. The camp was run by North Johnston tennis coach David Anderson and Panthers players, West … more
I grew up right beside a pond and a lake. It made life great as a youngster. It also created some interesting times. Before I dive deep into this scene, it must be noted that 50 years ago, times … 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
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
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