Clark: We’re returning to Jura
February 20, 2016 - 11:29pm
This summer, after some 212 years, we’ll be returning to Jura.
Clark: Saluting racial pioneers
February 6, 2016 - 11:29pm
I received an email recently announcing my 50th high school reunion later this year.
Clark: A ‘most important person’
January 23, 2016 - 11:29pm
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 - 11:29pm
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 - 11:29pm
This Christmas season recollection is dull, even dark.
Clark: The Force and my memory
December 12, 2015 - 11:29pm
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 - 11:29pm
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 - 11:29pm
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 - 11:27pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
In April 1990, my wife and I traveled to South Carolina from St.
Clark: Cause for caution, not alarm
July 11, 2015 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:28pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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 - 10:29pm
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.