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The Statue of Liberty holds her torch aloft, but it's the blindfolded, scale-hoisting Lady Justice who will soon be asked, "Got a light?" Steamed smokers sued the U.S. Department of Housing and … more
Legislators seeking to display their commitment to public education should look to Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed budget for a good starting point. Talk all they want about how much education … more
The most surprising thing about the toppling of “Silent Sam” on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus Monday night was that it took so long to happen. The statue of a Confederate soldier, standing with his … more
While the furor continued over the Confederate monument Silent Sam, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is quietly changing the plaques on its football stadium. Good for them. Kenan … more
What’s going on in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District? An election certification is being held up. The person behind the delay is being a bit coy about it. The public is in the dark. … more
Monday should have been an ordinary day for Trooper Daniel Harrell. He put on his uniform and badge, holstered his sidearm and went to work. Harrell began his shift behind the wheel of his N.C. … more
Goldsboro High School’s principal is under the microscope after some say he required more than a dozen teachers to list examples of white privilege they observe in their daily lives and in the … more
Imposing stiff penalties for drug dealers whose customers suffer overdose deaths might sound like justice, but addiction treatment advocates warn that such laws carry unintended consequences. The … more
We learned their names on Sunday. There were 11 of them, trapped and slaughtered in their house of worship, victims as old as 97. They died 500 miles away in Pittsburgh, and chances are that no … more
We have a New Year’s resolution for the Wilson County Board of Commissioners, but it’s ultimately up to you whether it’s a pledge our governing body will keep. January 2019 marks a full decade since county commissioners began charging pet owners a yearly animal registration fee … more
Not long ago, measles was virtually extinct in America. Now the disease is back and spreading fast, and we have our own willful ignorance to blame. Consider “The Brady Bunch.” Some … more
When all of the state’s living former governors, including Pat McCrory, and all of the state’s former chief justices, including arch-conservative I. Beverly Lake Jr., come out against something … more
The people, not the politicians, are the intended governors. The people govern by electing representatives to manage our civic affairs. When the people do not vote or when the impact of voting is … more
Rep. George Holding and Sen. Thom Tillis say they want to work themselves out of a job. The Republican pair sponsored legislation last week proposing a constitutional amendment that would limit … more
President Trump’s big reveal last Monday night introduced much of the country to his Supreme Court nominee, federal judge Brett Kavanaugh, whom Trump hopes will replace retiring Justice Anthony … more
In many ways, the world starts over Monday morning as students head back to the classroom for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. As we look forward to the crisp days of autumn, to a return … more
The Wilson County Animal Shelter is “crumbling,” and county commissioners have no timeline to replace it despite collecting a full decade’s worth of pet registration fees to fund a new shelter. … more
It’s sorely tempting to criticize Harnett Central High School Principal Cindy Gordon after she reportedly kicked a student out of a football game for wearing a Donald Trump shirt. But examining … more
Half a billion dollars could buy a lot of new highway construction around the state. Or it could instead go to more than 500 landowners who had their property rights hijacked by a state law that was … more
Buses will arrive and school bells will ring Monday, but the first Wilson County Schools homework assignment for the 2018-19 term will be one for the parents. In late May, your Wilson County Board … more
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