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  • Burns: Lottery tickets can even make losers feel rich for a while

    January 10, 2016 - 10:26pm

    It’s 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. I am at a swim meet, where I spend many Saturdays because my younger daughter swims competitively year-round.

  • Burns: Dad’s wishes 18 years later

    November 29, 2015 - 10:26pm

    It started when my wife and I were on the couch in the living room watching television on a Sunday night in November 1997.

  • Burns: City bond pushes forward

    October 24, 2015 - 9:29pm

    The $15.85 million bond referendum on the ballot as part of Greenville’s ongoing municipal election will raise money for significant improvements to the city’s transportation systems.

  • Burns: Become ultimate voters

    October 18, 2015 - 9:27pm

    During election season, The Daily Reflector works hard to learn everything about candidates and issues in a quest to become something like the ultimate voter.

  • Burns: Debates, voter resources

    October 4, 2015 - 9:27pm

    Voting for the municipal elections in Pitt County begins in just a little more than two weeks, and The Daily Reflector has several resources to learn about the candidates and issues.

  • Burns: Nature thrives for gardener

    September 20, 2015 - 9:27pm

    I am less of a gardener than a manager of weeds.

  • Burns: Good news for local economy

    September 6, 2015 - 9:27pm

    A story in today’s paper reports on the closing of Greenville’s Kmart store, which shuttered for good Sunday after 38 years in business.

  • Burns: Former player impresses

    August 23, 2015 - 9:29pm

    Every now and then I will be somewhere and hear the words “Hey, Coach Bobby.

  • Burns: News moves fast

    August 9, 2015 - 9:27pm

    The news moves fast. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to move fast enough, and on occasion we at the newspaper mess it up.

  • Burns: Series introduces volunteers

    July 26, 2015 - 9:27pm

    The most personal contact I’ve had with my volunteer fire department is the barbecue I eat a couple of times a year from its fundraisers.

  • Burns: Confederate past secures future

    July 12, 2015 - 9:28pm

    I am directly descended from at least one Confederate veteran. His name is Robert Marsh Burns, born Oct. 19, 1835, in Chatham County.

  • Burns: Winning isn’t everything

    June 28, 2015 - 9:27pm

    I started coaching soccer when my daughter was 7. It was not my intention to do so.

  • Burns: No fault in teen’s tragic death

    June 14, 2015 - 9:27pm

    When I was a teenager, there was a place in Chesterfield, Mo., called the rope swing.

  • Burns: Pedestrians at risk

    May 31, 2015 - 9:28pm

    Most people who try to cross the road simply want to get to the other side. In Greenville, that is not an easy thing to do.

  • Burns: The war on teen drinking

    May 17, 2015 - 9:27pm

    The story we published in Sunday’s paper about a party bus transporting some intoxicated teens to a high school prom hopefully was a conversation starter for families with school-age children.

  • Burns: Package no cause for alarm

    May 3, 2015 - 9:28pm

    A suspicious package showed up on my desk last week while we were in the middle covering the news about threats, heightened security and an evacuation at ECU. It was box about the size of a brick, wrapped in brown paper.

  • Burns: Most sights clearer with glasses

    April 19, 2015 - 9:27pm

    I updated the head shot that goes with this column a little while back because the old picture didn’t look so much like me anymore.

  • Burns: Cat is his own man

    April 5, 2015 - 9:28pm

    I wrote a story in Greenville Magazine recently about making oyster stew that featured several photos taken in my kitchen, including one of a big gray and white cat.

  • Burns: Flu season is not over yet

    March 22, 2015 - 9:27pm

    As I write this I am in my sixth day of suffering from the flu.

  • Burns: Realm of freedom, meanness

    March 8, 2015 - 9:28pm

    Most people who read The Daily Reflector in print every day know that they may go online and type in comments at the bottom of our stories.

  • Burns: All relative in family, tech

    February 22, 2015 - 10:28pm

    One of our loyal readers called Friday because he could not get his e-edition to work.

  • Burns: An appreciation of cheerleading

    February 8, 2015 - 10:27pm

    I would not have believed it if anyone had told me five years ago that I would one day be a veteran spectator of cheerleading.

  • Burns: Statuary rich, Aycock and all

    January 25, 2015 - 10:27pm

    As ECU continued the debate about renaming Aycock Hall, I had the opportunity last week to visit Washington, D.C., and see the statue of the dorm’s namesake in the Capitol building.

  • Burns: Bus system a driving force

    January 11, 2015 - 10:28pm

    It’s hard to put a dollar value on the GREAT bus system, but with few exceptions it is priceless to the riders we interviewed for a recent series of stories and with little doubt an important cog in the region’s economic engine.

  • Burns: Gift will help blood pressure

    December 28, 2014 - 10:27pm

    This year for Christmas I asked for and received a kit to check my blood pressure. It’s pretty cool.


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