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Cavanaugh: Dream home to house from hell

I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:

July 19, 2014 | Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Cavanaugh: Adventures in Elizabeth City

One of the advantages of being an older baby boomer is that your mind can easily wander back to days of your youth and every detail of those experiences can be seen as clearly as if you were still that age.

July 12, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Short-lived service with Uncle Sam

With trouble brewing big time in the Middle East again, it got me thinking of a time when we had similar issues in Asia.

June 28, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


The Miracle of Mary

For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we've had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.

June 21, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | OPINION


Father’s Day for father figures

One of the issues facing you if you're a baby boomer is something that pills and exercise won't help. If your parents are still alive, they're still 18-plus years older than you.

June 14, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


15 minutes of fame with no O.J.

I read someplace that everyone at one time or another has his or her 15 minutes of fame. I don't know if that is true or not but I did have a moment in the national spotlight once and of all the good things that I have ever done which could have brought that famous 15 minutes into my life, I earned mine for just having fun.

June 07, 2014 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


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Proud

We are proud today to salute the teachers, students and parents of Middle Ridge Elementary School here in Newton County.

September 26, 2013 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Our Thoughts


Sensational 'Sister Act'

It is always fun to attend a play or a concert at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, and the award-winning, direct-from-Broadway "Sister Act" is no exception to that stance.

April 25, 2013 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Nuns and Doo-Wop

It's always fun to attend a play or a concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. So it made it doubly fun to be able to attend opening night of the award-winning play "Sister Act," direct from Broadway.

April 25, 2013 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | ENTERTAINMENT


Oxford Youth Singers don’t disappoint

I have to admit I don't know too much about the Oxford Youth Singers, but having spent a thoroughly enjoyable Sunday afternoon watching their performance of my favorite production, "Les Miserables," I am now a fan.

April 23, 2013 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


A clearer understanding of Obama

Two weeks ago, I told my wife Molly that I wasn't going to spend the weekend doing Honey Do's especially around the yard. Honestly, I should say I requested this, since I was still suffering from a poison ivy infection on my feet received from picking up sticks in the woods from the weekend before. Molly is very particular about our woods.

She suggested that we go to see the movie "2016" based on the award winning book "The Roots of Obama's Rage" by Dinesh D'Souza.

August 30, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Oh, what a night

I remember in 1971, Frankie Valli, who had been singing on his own, had just reunited with the Four Seasons and they were touring the country.

On a warm Saturday in June, a friend and I went to Carowinds, an amusement park located in South Carolina, and joined 5,000 other devoted fans and sat through one of the most enjoyable concerts I had ever attended. During the middle of the concert, a horrific summer rain storm struck, and for 15 minutes, it rained so hard that you could barely see the covered stage and not one person left.

May 31, 2012 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Christmas Memories

I have always loved Christmas and its traditions; even as I have grown older, I find that really deep in my heart I still believe in Santa Claus and the spirit of the whole season, and I just can't wait until I see the "Frosty the Snowman" and "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" re-runs at this time of year with the grandchildren.

December 24, 2011 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Tears on Veterans Day

I am still not quite sure whether it is the result of the open-heart surgery I had 13 years ago or the fact I have gotten older, but it seems that I can well up with uncontrolled tears these days due to the strangest things.

November 11, 2011 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


News industry continues to evolve

This year marks a half-century for me in the newspaper business.

June 26, 2011 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Cavanaugh: Mom made the man

Today is Mother's Day, and just like most of you, Molly and I have dispatched flowers and candy to my mother to tell her we were thinking about her and to show our love.

May 08, 2011 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Sports editor didn’t “en-deer” himself

After all these years in the newspaper business and being in areas where natural disasters, murders and community political misbehaving's have taken place, it still catches me off guard and amazes me what type of story will really get readers' attention and that will get legs and be transported around the country.

October 24, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


Rotarians fill onion orders

Operation onion:

May 25, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | LOCAL


Touching the Blarney Stone: Grandma taught me to walk

My Grandmother Cope would have been 112 this year. I miss her and everyday I thank her for the strength and character she gave me. To this day when I fall short, I feel I have disappointed her.

She was born in Charlottesville, Va., in 1898. Her father, my great-grandfather was a hauler. He was killed when she was very young when a wagon he was fixing rolled over him. My great-grandmother died soon after that.

May 09, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | News Columnists


Kissing the Blarney Stone: Schools should focus on educating

The people who pay taxes in this county and all of us who have children or grandchildren have every right to be concerned with what is happening to our school system.

April 25, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


In mourning

I have always been proud to be a Baby Boomer. Being born in the fall of 1946; I was actually in the first wave of that group.

March 24, 2010 | T. Pat Cavanaugh | Columnists


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