Columnist: Stanley Peele

Mar. 01, 2014 @ 09:29 PM

A whirling dervish – but, a role model?

On Feb. 23, the Syracuse basketball team came down to Durham to play Duke. 

With less than 20  seconds left in the game, Duke was leading, 60 to 58.  Syracuse had the ball.  With only 10.5 seconds left,  the Syracuse forward, C. J. Fair, drove in for the basket.   He collided with Duke player Rodney Hood.  A referee blew a whistle, and for a few brief seconds, many fans held their breath.  Was it a charge against Syracuse or a block by Duke?  A referee ruled it was a charge by Syracuse

Feb. 15, 2014 @ 07:25 AM

The ruination of a home

f you stand at the northernmost end of Merritt Mill Road at its juncture with West Franklin Street, you will see a street that goes in a southwest direction.  This is Brewer Lane -- which leads to Hargrave and Eugene streets.

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Plant and animal protection: Time to wake up

A man in Alamance County discovered an unusual animal in his backyard.  It was about the size of a large cat, had an elongated snout, small ears and a long, ringed tail.  It ate a tomato from his garden and disappeared. He did not know what it was. 

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

A contempt of court case

In 2011, Bibian Nwanguma, hereafter called BN, was charged with trespass in Durham County District Court. She was found guilty, and appealed the decision to superior court.

On Aug. 21, 2012, her case was scheduled in superior court. She appeared in the morning with her attorney. After the morning session, Judge Abraham Jones directed her to appear back in court at 2:30 p.m.


Jan. 04, 2014 @ 08:29 AM

A little dog named Dewey

Whether we are in splendid health or are seriously ill, our lives have moments of delight.  Here is a story that will illustrate that fact.

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

The troubled UNC athletic program

Most of the people of North Carolina are partial to the University of North Carolina system.  Whether they prefer the UNC at Chapel Hill or N.C. State, or some other UNC institution, they are proud of UNC.

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

The hardy captain of the clean water fund

North Carolina's Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) was created by the General Assembly in 1996.  It has done a lot of good things for our environment.

Nov. 07, 2013 @ 08:58 AM

The garbage collector and life’s truths

Joe was a garbage collector.  Working alone, he would drive his truck up to the curb, put the brakes on, swing out of the cab, step over to a garbage can, grab it and swing it up into the truck.

Oct. 26, 2013 @ 10:05 PM

Euthanizing geese wrong in Gaston County

A large flock of Canada Geese took up residence at Dallas Park in Gaston County.

Rebecca Duffeck used to visit them nearly every day.  In June of this year, she went to see her beloved geese. To her astonishment, no geese were there.  Instead, hundreds of geese feathers lined the banks of a lake.

Oct. 16, 2013 @ 03:57 PM

To drink or not to drink

The Herald-Sun newspaper of Oct. 8  had two articles that showed opposing attitudes about college drinking.
The first article was about a dorm on the campus of Troy University in Alabama.  The students living in the dorm adhere to a strict non-drinking policy.  They also do community service work and must have a minimum grade-point average.  It is called the Newman Center.

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 07:54 AM

Tips for hospital patients

No one enjoys being admitted to a hospital as a patient.  However, once you are there, you can do some things to make your stay more pleasant.

Sep. 14, 2013 @ 06:51 PM

The demise of a Louisiana village

Have you ever heard of the village of Bayou Corne?  

It is in a swampy area in south-central Louisiana.  Last year it had a population of about 360 people.

Aug. 31, 2013 @ 08:46 AM

A horse named Charlie

Once upon a time, there was a horse named Charlie.   People thought Charlie was unruly and contrary. He was skinny, undernourished and with spots on his coat.

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

We must not hide from feelings of loneliness

Do you ever feel way down deep inside a loneliness that makes no sense?

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 02:43 PM

The death of the Racial Justice Act

In 2009 the N.C. Legislature passed the "Racial Justice Act" (RJA), which deals with death sentences.  It was amended in 2012.   It states, among other things, that a death sentence will be set aside and replaced by a sentence of life without parole if the defendant proves that race is a significant factor in the use of peremptory strikes by the district attorney, either in the county or the prosecutorial district.