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Not only have North Carolina's new legislative districts not been set in stone, they're yet to be inked in. But the framework lawmakers will use to draw the maps suggests a lurch to the left for … more
The tipping point, we believe, was reached on Saturday. About 500 Nazis got exactly what they wanted, which was attention and then violence, but to their regret they might have circled Aug. 12 as … more
A gruesome crime cast a pall over Christmas Eve in Wilson County. As Wilsonians settled in for yuletide celebrations, many saw news stories online and on TV reporting that sheriff's deputies had … more
Barton College provides students with a top-flight education on a stately campus and offers abundant opportunities for personal growth outside the classroom through athletics, student government, … more
If newly named White House Chief of Staff John Kelly succeeds in bringing some order to the Trump administration, we hope he'll get the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ponder this: … more
The need is staggering, but the surge of support is heartwarming. About 3,000 students will receive backpacks loaded with school supplies today as Darden Middle hosts Wilson County Schools’ annual Operation Backpack … more
College students buying back-to-school gear can trade in their muzzles for a megaphone. When the fall semester begins at North Carolina’s public universities later this month, a long-overdue state law protecting students’ free speech … more
Rep. George Holding’s reluctance to hold town hall meetings has made him an easy target in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s crosshairs. The fundraising group launched a website, HoldingTownHallWatch.com, keeping tabs … more
Complex rules designed to prevent risky lending at the nation’s trillion-dollar titans of “too-big-to-fail” finance likely cost Wilson its only locally owned community bank. Rocky Mount-based Providence Bank plans to acquire … more
In late 2015, High Point and Elon universities conducted important polling for a commission established by N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin. The findings made a sad statement. Eighty percent of respondents believed the wealthy receive better … more
Neckties, pantsuits and lapel pins have replaced the flowing robes and tassels, but modern-day Pharisees are as comfortable in Raleigh as their predecessors ever were in Solomon’s temple. Like the Jewish authorities who held sway in … more
A popular policy slashed from the state budget five years ago was good for individuals but neutral or bad for North Carolina as a whole, a new study argues. A July 25 report from the Tax Foundation think tank says sales tax holidays like the … more
At the General Assembly’s summer school, playing hooky can postpone the final exam. Pivotal override votes on four bills Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed could be delayed during today’s special session due to lawmakers unable to attend. … more
When it comes to soaring health care costs, U.S. senators aren’t feeling your pain. They don’t mind dallying, dithering and dragging their feet. Unlike millions of Americans, they don’t have much to lose if the status quo … more
North Carolina taxpayers will no longer be forced to support corporate boycotts of the United States’ strongest Mideast ally and the only true democracy in the region. Gov. Roy Cooper has signed his name to House Bill 161, which will … more
The Rowan County Board of Commissioners all but established Christianity as an official religion. A federal appeals court recently said it went too far. “For years on end, the elected members of the county’s Board of Commissioners … more
Joseph Bullock might still be alive today if a defendant facing an attempted murder charge had been unable to make bail. After his New Year’s Eve arrest, 35-year-old Rashemell Freeman spent more than three months in the Wilson County … more
It won’t achieve the notoriety of Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere,” but as a symbol of pork-barrel spending at the state level, this one is tough to beat. Tucked away in North Carolina’s 2017 budget is a $30,000 downtown … more
In May, Middlesex Mayor Lu Harvey Lewis ejected her from a town meeting. In November, Becky Strickland will try to unseat him at the ballot box. Strickland, an outspoken critic who has jousted with the Board of Commissioners since moving to … more
The Duke lacrosse rape case that unraveled a decade ago taught state officials about the dangers of tunnel vision. Attorney General Josh Stein seems to have missed the lesson. Stein was a top lieutenant in Roy Cooper’s N.C. Department … more
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