Burns: Lottery tickets can even make losers feel rich for a while
January 10, 2016 - 11:26pm
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 - 11:26pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:27pm
I am less of a gardener than a manager of weeds.
Burns: Good news for local economy
September 6, 2015 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:29pm
Every now and then I will be somewhere and hear the words “Hey, Coach Bobby.
Burns: News moves fast
August 9, 2015 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:28pm
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 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:27pm
When I was a teenager, there was a place in Chesterfield, Mo., called the rope swing.
Burns: Pedestrians at risk
May 31, 2015 - 10:28pm
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 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:28pm
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 - 10:27pm
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 - 10:28pm
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 - 10:27pm
As I write this I am in my sixth day of suffering from the flu.
Burns: Realm of freedom, meanness
March 8, 2015 - 10:28pm
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 - 11:28pm
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 - 11:27pm
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 - 11:27pm
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 - 11:28pm
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 - 11:27pm
This year for Christmas I asked for and received a kit to check my blood pressure.
It’s pretty cool.