MORE THAN A NEWSPAPER. A COMMUNITY INSTITUTION SINCE 1896.
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There is an old stereotype of the man who writes for a newspaper. He is grizzled and tired, graying at the temples and possessing a five o’clock shadow so coarse it could sand even the hardest wood. His shirtsleeves are rolled up and his … more
Now and then we see a list or passage describing words, phrases or pronunciations that were used in years past, adding interest and spice to local language. Some people may find these expressions funny or amusing, yet they reflect the way many … more
RALEIGH — Visit your old neighborhood and you might find most things look the same. The trees may be taller, there may be a new porch or a repainted house, but there’s enough physical similarity to evoke old memories. It’s … more
In my short lifetime, I have witnessed many things through the news and my surroundings. I have seen fighting for world peace but starting war instead, hunger and poverty close to home and far away and limited education for the homeless and poor … more
Many of you may be wondering what we are doing here today. Not in the sense of why we gathered here today, but wondering what is the exact purpose of our lives, our souls and existence, as an entity of this earth. If we were to place ourselves in … more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a profound leader. He inspired others to speak up, join in and take a stand for what they believe in, and his legacy continues to inspire today. Dr. King was able to peacefully take a stand for equal rights — and … more
Trips to our Anson County grandparents’ house were always a treat for my siblings and me, but the midwinter visit had its own charm. We usually left Wilson on a late-January Saturday and arrived in time for a noon meal, which we thought was … more
I heard someone comment the other day about their daughter, who is a student at a pretty prestigious university. Their daughter was the valedictorian at her high school, snagged a scholarship to the university that provided a free pass for all four … more
RALEIGH — Here’s the good news: North Carolina’s state budget is solidly in the black. From July to December, the first six months of the fiscal year, General Fund revenues are up 4 percent over the same time last year. At the … more
RALEIGH — School officials say they need more money to fulfill an unfunded mandate from the legislature so, to exert political leverage on lawmakers, they’re citing the dreadful cuts they’ll have to make without a new infusion of … more
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