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Voting in state legislative contests won’t be conducted by the “shrug and select” method this November. Most races will have at least two names on the ballot. When the dust settled on the … more
This probably won’t surprise you: Most Americans are overweight and out of shape. We eat food that’s not good for us and we eat too much of it. We don’t, however, tend to overdo our exercise. … more
This isn’t really about guns. It’s about citizenship. President Donald Trump has suggested raising the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21, perhaps in a calculated concession … more
As Black History Month came to a close, Rep. G.K. Butterfield was focused on writing history’s next chapter for African-Americans. The Wilson congressman released a report this week titled … more
We are glad that the Pitt County Board of Education and school system administrators are talking about safety and security, but we don’t think they should do it in secret. The school board on … more
State Rep. Cody Henson already believed taking public notices out of newspapers and relegating them to little-used government websites was the wrong choice for North Carolina. A memorable email … more
Could state employees and retirees make North Carolina a leader in health care price transparency? State Treasurer Dale Folwell is betting that they can - and he's looking for a few hundred … more
On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. “Tonight,” he began, “I want … more
With school safety measures in the spotlight, House Speaker Tim Moore says North Carolina already has the ability to place more sentinels on guard. A 2013 state law allows retired law enforcement … more
The General Assembly finally passed a bill to at least ease North Carolina’s class size crisis, and overall, it’s pretty good. It does not solve a lot of long-term problems, though, and it … more
Opioid addiction is plaguing our community, but when stakeholders band together, we can help Wilson County residents reclaim their independence from prescription painkillers. Distributed with … more
Seventeen people lost their lives, and before the bodies were cold, partisans were mining the tragedy that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for political talking … more
John Blust delivered his own political epitaph in emotional remarks to his state House of Representatives colleagues last Tuesday. “I think I stood strong a lot of times when it was … more
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was recently in Fayetteville to look at damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016, to see what’s been fixed and what hasn’t. Nearly … more
Attorney General Josh Stein has the right idea when it comes to forced arbitration — we just wish he’d take it further. Stein joined fellow state attorneys general early this week in calling … more
Black History Month is sometimes treated like an unwanted stepchild. There are those who argue that the contributions of African-Americans should be honored all year, not segregated into a page of … more
Amid the uncertainty and tumult over the shape of North Carolina congressional and legislative districts, whether some elections might be canceled and even who will administer elections, it is rather … more
Have you given some thought to what Wilson County can do today to attract the jobs of tomorrow? Maybe it’s time to throw your hat in the ring for a seat on the Board of Commissioners. Has your … more
After hearing recently that the 20 members of the new board placed in charge of Cardinal Innovations voted unanimously to accept a state-mandated corrective plan, we’re cautiously optimistic. Now … more
If the Powerball lottery announced that its $560 million jackpot was being awarded to a woman in another state whose identity was withheld, would you believe that was on the up-and-up? In this age … more
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