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  • Clark: We’re returning to Jura

    February 20, 2016 - 10:29pm

    This summer, after some 212 years, we’ll be returning to Jura.

  • Clark: Saluting racial pioneers

    February 6, 2016 - 10:29pm

    I received an email recently announcing my 50th high school reunion later this year.

  • Clark: A ‘most important person’

    January 23, 2016 - 10:29pm

    My moments as a most important person in Pitt County were brief, but not without some drama and a laugh toward the end.

  • Clark: People love Mark Rutledge

    January 9, 2016 - 10:29pm

    I quit counting how many times this has happened: I am walking through the grocery store and a passerby recognizes me as someone who works at the paper.

  • Clark: A quiet smile of generosity

    December 26, 2015 - 10:29pm

    This Christmas season recollection is dull, even dark.

  • Clark: The Force and my memory

    December 12, 2015 - 10:29pm

    Star Wars returns this week, after what seems like an eternity — then again, did it ever leave?

  • Clark: Gratitude among the shells

    November 28, 2015 - 10:29pm

    Years ago I wrote about a family trip to Cape Lookout, where on a crystal morning my wife and I and our two sons took a boat ride out to a stretch of the beach down from the lighthouse near a rock jetty.

  • Clark: Coach’s last lesson

    November 14, 2015 - 10:29pm

    Fifty-one years ago this month we began basketball practice for the 1964-65 season at Hickory High School.

  • Clark: Nightmare on 10th Street

    November 1, 2015 - 10:27pm

    The nightmare on Greenville’s 10th Street didn’t begin on Halloween — but it arrives early the next morning every year with the end of Daylight Savings Time.

  • Clark: Lawson celebration next week

    October 17, 2015 - 9:29pm

    Each year, crisp fall nights suggest images of campfires sending smoke into a sky black as onyx ­— long lost campfires, whose smoke has wafted into obscurity.

  • Clark: The paper will surprise you

    October 3, 2015 - 9:29pm

    For a time in Greenville, S.C., during the 1980s, I would finish my copy editing shift in the newsroom and head down to the loading dock in back of the plant.

  • Clark: Election news requires judgment

    September 19, 2015 - 9:29pm

    The second Republican debate this week at times sounded less presidential than it did like a cat fight taken to “the next level.

  • Clark: Reminded of our own vulnerability

    September 5, 2015 - 9:29pm

    Though we often are insolated by time and place from the tragedies that play out before us in print, online and on the air, they connect with us in subtle yet powerful ways, reminding us of our own vulnerabilities.

  • Clark: New pup teaches this old dog

    August 22, 2015 - 9:29pm

    The kindergartners gathered again this week for more training on how to sit, stay, wait and walk — and “no bite.”The room was full of innocents, and innocence.

  • Clark: Case of lost innocence

    August 8, 2015 - 9:29pm

    Hushed murmurs and louder cries swiftly followed Pitt County District Court Judge David Leach’s announcement of a $25 fine without court costs for a young man whose heavy-duty pickup truck smashed into a car on a rain-slicked Greenville street in May 2013, killing a 20-year-old university student.

  • Clark: Semi-retirement stretches stay

    July 25, 2015 - 9:29pm

    In April 1990, my wife and I traveled to South Carolina from St.

  • Clark: Cause for caution, not alarm

    July 11, 2015 - 9:29pm

    I was again reminded last week of how we are only transients at the places we have adopted as home, that other inhabitants have held this ground long before us with languages we scarcely recognize.

  • Clark: Bull Run flows on

    June 27, 2015 - 9:28pm

    When I first learned about the Civil War in elementary school, what stuck with me was the name of a small creek that meanders through the northern Virginia countryside.

  • Clark: ‘Jetsons’ still no help

    June 6, 2015 - 9:29pm

    A column I wrote back in January 1993 began like this:“Recently I was enjoying an episode of “The Jetsons” with my two boys, ages 3 and 5, when there appeared a revealing incident relative to the newspaper business and the future....”I’m revisiting the 1960s cartoon because it remains relevant in its lighthearted way.

  • Clark: Duke's coal-ash fiasco

    May 23, 2015 - 9:29pm

    I should feel satisfied and hopeful that Duke Energy has now faced the music and agreed to make reparations for the disastrous coal-ash spill last year that sent tons of sooty waste into the Dan River.

  • Clark: Life is short; pictures help

    May 9, 2015 - 9:29pm

    With children, you vaguely see these things coming even when you plan for them, then suddenly they’re past you — a wedding, a first job, a graduation.

  • Clark: History along the road

    April 25, 2015 - 9:29pm

    I couldn’t have guessed such a short drive north on a Saturday would put us squarely in the middle of Perquimans, “the land of beautiful women.” But we quickly found the old land’s history equally surprising.

  • Clark: Daunting and costly task

    April 11, 2015 - 9:29pm

    The recent Rolling Stone magazine retraction of a major investigative story about a young woman being gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity party gives cold chills to any journalist, but even more does it spawn waves of incredulity.

  • Clark: Recalling ‘wild onion’ days

    March 28, 2015 - 9:29pm

    I expect the green sprouts have sprung up at the old golf course in South Carolina my friends and I called the wild onion country club.

  • Clark: Editor’s words were hard

    March 14, 2015 - 9:29pm

    My assignment that day was to cover a fundraising event, an obligatory report with the usual quotes from local luminaries. It went fine, I thought.


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