Category: Noted

WALTER’s Top Stories of 2023

From sports to sharks to spots to grab coffee, readers love knowing what makes Raleigh tick. Here are this year’s most-clicked articles.

A Jolly Raleigh Puzzle

Keep an eye out for festive answers that only a local would know in this custom crossword puzzle.

December Poem: Reduced for Quick Sale

These stanzas encourage us to reflect on the real spirit of the holiday and to resist the urge to get carried away with gifts and events.

25 Christmas Eves

A writer reflects on a holiday tradition with humble beginnings that’s grown and flourished — and in some ways, remained the same.

November 2023 Poem: Elsewhere

This poem is dedicated to George Moses Horton, an enslaved poet and the first Black American to publish a book in the South.

A Day in the Life of UNC’s Rameses XXII

Find out what Otis, the Dorset Horn sheep who’s a mascot at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, does in his role on game day.  

Simple Life: A Cure for the Blues

After losing his beloved canine companion, this writer’s wife knows that he needs a best friend — and finds him a new dog.

Character Portrait: Meet Etaf Rum

This novelist based in Rocky Mount is forging her own path through her writing, teaching and a community bookstore and coffee shop.

A Farewell to Golf

Reflections on a decades-long friendship and fairway rivalry, sparked by a beautiful fall evening.