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The assessment by the National Institute of Correction couldn’t be anything but harsh after a bloody escape attempt at a North Carolina prison left four employees dead last year. Credit the N.C. … more
Some people in government want to hide what they’re doing from you, the public. Others understand that government exists only to serve you. With that, we present this week’s champion of the … more
It was only a few years ago that there was still ferocious — and often sarcastic — debate about the presence of female soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division. Women, they said, have no place … more
In the future, your car might not start if you’ve had too much to drink. Would that development give too much power to a machine, or justify itself by saving lives? The day for that policy … more
Frederick Douglass High School occupies a prominent place in Wilson County history. Passing the Douglass name along to the elementary school that replaced it will preserve that history for future … more
This looks like one of the worst kinds of legislative give-and-take: Give state funding to a family business of a former state legislator who’s a titan of the hog-farming industry and a generous … more
A hunter who took down a deer somewhere on the wing from Lake Wilson unwittingly caused a bald eagle’s untimely death. Miller Robbins discovered the listless bird in front of his London Church … more
North Carolina’s Republican lawmakers tout how much they have cut taxes, but they’ve also quietly allowed an increase in what are essentially hidden taxes — state fees. From the 2011-12 … more
Wilson residents who serve on the city’s appointed boards and commissions deserve gratitude, not guff. And they need reinforcements. That’s the message Mayor Pro Tempore James Johnson … more
Donald Evans had a road-to-Damascus moment Thursday night. The District 5 city councilman initially opposed a tweak to Wilson’s unified development ordinance with a grandfather clause that would … more
Broadband access is a critical resource for all Americans to participate in today’s technology-driven society. Access to educational information is vital. It is imperative for educators, students … more
Will the Wilson City Council earn widespread praise for saving an artist’s work from destruction? We may find out this evening when the council is scheduled to consider the fate of artist Dave … more
They’re as popular as they are controversial, they’re growing like kudzu in eastern North Carolina and local governments struggling to regulate them first have to grapple with what in tarnation … more
Not many people in North Carolina have more reason to be disappointed than Darrell Frye. He has ramrodded Randolph County’s effort to assemble land for an industrial megasite — which was not … more
One of the affinities this region feels for Martin Luther King Jr. is that he was a Southerner. He was Georgia-born and educated, a top Baptist seminarian who went on to guide congregations in … more
Eleven large letters and hundreds of intricate illustrations served as the eye chart in a public policy vision test this week. Six members of the Wilson Planning and Design Review Board flunked … more
Wilson County history was a labor of love for Hugh Johnston Jr. The Atlantic Christian College professor pored over dusty deeds, moth-eaten marriage licenses and all manner of vital records to … more
It wasn’t the typical Legislative Building protest march. When hundreds of demonstrators gathered Saturday in frigid weather on the mall outside lawmakers’ offices in Raleigh, they were there … more
Investigative reporter Carl Bernstein learned journalism fundamentals at his high school newspaper. But today’s teenage scribes are more likely to learn lessons in censorship than the kind of … more
Shakespeare first posed the question more than 400 years ago, and everyone from philosophers to spin doctors has been repeating it ever since: What’s in a name? While it’s true that “a rose … more
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