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We did not expect the necessary higher salaries for annual sessions would come up before the General Assembly goes on a trial annual basis. Speaking with one of our highest state officials against annual sessions, which we oppose and he approves, … more
In a victory for free speech, the Confederate battle flag won’t be banished from public schools in North Carolina’s Orange County. Despite pressure from the Northern Orange County NAACP chapter and local students and parents, school … more
THUMBS UP to a new customized course at Wilson Community College that will equip students with the know-how to land jobs as skilled farmworkers. WCC is offering the 16-week AgriTech certificate course through its continuing education division … more
It wasn’t too long ago when athletes who had their “bells rung” would be taken off the field, given some time to “clear the cobwebs” and return to the contest. That isn’t the case anymore. Now athletes, … more
Bill Ellis casts a long shadow in Wilson — from the pulled-pork palace that bears his name and draws diners from across the country to the thousands of anecdotes, stories and treasured memories he leaves to posterity. “Larger than … more
North Carolina voters may have the chance to impose term limits on state lawmakers — if they also agree to extend terms in the General Assembly from two years to four. Rep. Harry Warren, R-Rowan, introduced a bill that would place a … more
In the N.C. General Assembly, both Democrats and Republicans believe government should grant special protection to select groups of people. The only difference is who the parties seek to shield. Democratic lawmakers want to add protection for gay … more
THUMBS UP to the John William Pope Foundation, which awarded the Wilson-based Wesley Shelter a much-needed $100,000 grant this week. Foundation Chairman Art Pope and President John Hood presented the six-figure check on Wednesday and stuck around … more
President Donald Trump doesn’t want to kill Big Bird. He just thinks it’s time this 47-year-old dependent left the nest. A White House document obtained by the New York Times indicates Trump will consider eliminating nine federal … more
North Carolina could be part of a historic effort to reestablish constitutional checks and balances on runaway federal power — or we can sit on the sidelines as other states carry the torch. Resolutions filed in the N.C. House and Senate on … more
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