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A clinical term for skin helped Nathaniel Barnes win the Wilson County Spelling Bee by a hair. In the 70th round of Thursday’s marathon spell-off, Barnes correctly recited the letters in “epithelium” to claim victory in the … more
Evacuations, lockdowns and bomb squad searches are becoming nearly as commonplace as pop quizzes at Wilson County public schools. With a couple months of calm in between, a string of three bomb threats this week followed a rash of seven violent … more
THUMBS UP to a fleet-footed Nash County sheriff’s deputy who set a positive example of community policing and earned his department some admiring attention throughout the United States. Deputy Cody Williams and Sgt. Eddie Moore were working … more
On average, one in every three women has been a victim of domestic or sexual violence, but a stigma of shame leaves many to suffer in secret. Barton College students and Wilson community leaders took part in One Billion Rising, a national effort … more
Even gambling’s fiercest opponents have to grudgingly tip their cap to the innovators who power North Carolina’s video sweepstakes industry. State laws are written and rewritten in futile attempts to shut sweepstakes centers down. … more
Wilson City Councilman Donald Evans shifted the House Bill 2 debate from the philosophical to the practical. During a Friday legislative breakfast hosted by the Wilson Economic Development Council, Evans preempted the arguments for and against … more
Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is ready to place campus censors on academic probation. The second-term Republican announced plans this week to work with state lawmakers on a bill to be titled the Restore Campus Free Speech Act, which would reverse a … more
You’ve heard about the nanny state. How about the pet-sitter state? An unnecessary if well-intentioned bill filed Wednesday in the N.C. General Assembly would outlaw driving with a live animal in your lap. Rep. Garland Pierce, … more
If pro is the opposite of con, so goes a popular political jab, then Congress is the opposite of progress. Just 19 percent of Americans approve of the job our federal legislative branch is doing, according to a Gallup poll taken last month. … more
The goal is still within reach, but time is ticking away. State lawmakers are facing renewed pressure to repeal House Bill 2, the unenforceable transgender bathroom ban that’s cost North Carolina an estimated half-billion dollars, before … more
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