Bobby’s first song published, fearful storm Friday, memorable 17th birthday

Roving For the benefit of those who didn’t read this column last week, my oldest of four sons, Bobby, passed away suddenly April 16 from ischemic heart disease at age 59. The number of cards, messages, flowers and meals have been a humbling tribute to his Christian life. He was...

Bobby loved his church, family, guitar, writing songs, football and Camaros

Roving I never thought I would be writing this column. I guess I always imagined my son Bobby, at 59, would outlive me. Bobby took it hard when his mother Peggy passed away suddenly 8 1/2 years ago. Tears would often fill his eyes when he talked about her. It was a family concern...

About Palm Sunday and a tribute to a best friend

Roving Around by Bob Allen Palm Sunday is always a special time for most people including me, for as long as I can remember. But judging from attendance at churches, it makes me wonder if others share the same sentiment. This is not to say most churches didn’t have good...

Raising four sons challenging while attending to growing newspaper

Roving Around Raising a family was exciting in the early fifties, although my wife Peggy and I often wondered if our four sons were a bit much for us. Well, I really think it was mostly me. We were in the middle of growing pains with our newspaper which required constant...

Obsession for garaging vehicles started with early bicycle days

Roving I don’t know what possesses me to always want a garage for my car (or cars) ever since I had my first car. It goes way back to even my bicycle days, when I wouldn’t ever leave my bike outside all night instead of in our garage. This was quite a contrast from some of my...

Sapped of all energy for three days; getting used to humbling flattery

Roving First off, I want to apologize for a brief column this week. Something took hold of me late Friday night and really squeezed all my juices. I won’t go into detail about this, but it really sapped all my energy and I was one miserable soul. Mavis and I had attended and...

Recovery progresses nicely; many favored sayings

Roving My close friend Mavis is recuperating nicely after breaking her right shoulder and right wrist from a stairway fall on January 4. In fact, she now wants to get more exercise and we walked the 5-mile Greenway System Trail from Burlington Mill Road to the long bridge over...

Comedy night draws big crowd; A yesteryear trip with funnies

Roving Thanks to my close friend Bill Brown, Mavis and I attended the fourth annual Night of Comedy in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre Saturday. He gave us two tickets courtesy of Michael Minotti of Edward Jones in the Renaissance Center who had reserved a half table. It was...

Few things can compare to thrill of winning top N.C. press awards

Roving The suspense waiting through the long ceremony was enormous as individual press awards were announced for numerous newspapers before the long-awaited, coveted general excellence winners were named last Thursday evening. Our Wake Weekly group of seven attending the 2014...

Unforgettable Shirley Temple and Ralph Waite leave their marks

Before Michael Jackson there was Shirley Temple. Not only was she a renowned singer, she was also a talented actress and dancer who began her career at the unusual age of three. With her infectious charm and her age near mine, she had me “falling in love with her.” Her blue eyes...

Koinonia auction, grits, salt, ice and singing are week’s highlights

Roving It’s always a thrilling experience to attend and participate in the annual Koinonia Cares Charity Auction held at The Forks Cafeteria. Saturday night was no exception as the 20th gathering had a record attendance of 200. Another exciting experience is looking over and...

Publisher makes wise decision; Super Bowl score a big surprise

We had plenty of warnings about the impending snowfall predicted for our area late Tuesday afternoon of last week and our publisher, Todd Allen, put on his thinking cap Sunday and decided we would move everything up one day to be on the safe side. It meant that Monday turned into...