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Preparing To Remove Hurricane Leftovers

Area communities are now in cleanup mode for the leftovers from Hurricane Florence and the damages left in her wake. Town crews across the area are setting guidelines for residents who wish to …

Sampson’s Judge Kirby To Speak At NAACP Banquet

The Harnett County NAACP 48th Freedom Fund Banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dunn Community Building. Tickets are $25 a person. Children younger than 13 are $12.50 and those younger …

Old Bluff Church Celebrating 260 Years

The reunion which is held each year to celebrate the founding of Old Bluff Presbyterian Church in 1758 is still on for this weekend. Hurricane Florence could not stop the annual event which will …

Town Of Coats Trash Pickup

Crews from the Town of Coats began collecting hurricane debris Wednesday morning. There are no major restrictions as to weight, but town Public Works Director Rodney Pleasant did ask residents to …

Free Hot Meals For Those In Need

Hurricane Florence, the storm that just would not go away, has finally left the area after days of wind and rain, leaving a path of flooding and destruction in her wake. Even before the rain had …
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Free Airplane Rides For Kids
A Young Eagles Rally will be held at the Harnett Regional Jetport, 615 Airport Road, Erwin, on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. until 2 …
Safety First When Cleanup Begins
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, residents have one thing in mind, clean up and move forward. When the cleanup does start, keep …
Lillington Cancels Festival
The Lillington Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will cancel its annual fall event because of the effects of Hurricane …
Benefit Concert Set For Friday Night
A local singer/songwriter is doing her part to help in the recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Angier entertainer …
New Medicare Cards Being Mailed Out
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey reminds people who have Medicare health insurance to check their mailboxes. Their …
Sports
South Johnston Returns To Practice
Hungry and eager. That’s how South Johnston Football Head Coach Matt Riggsbee described his team prior to Wednesday’s …
The Gridiron Jury Week 5
Quote: “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” — Vince Lombardi, professional football player …
Campbell Football Hosts Shaw
Campbell hosts Shaw for its second of four consecutive home games Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Barker-Lane …
Buies Creek Astros Win The Carolina League Mills Cup Championship
The Buies Creek Astros have cemented their place in history among the Carolina League after besting the Potomac Nationals in the 11th …
FBS Coastal Carolina Defeats Campbell 58-21
Coastal Carolina scored seven unanswered touchdowns, topping Campbell 58-21 Wednesday afternoon at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies …
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Business
Hwy 55 Recognized As Four Oaks Business Of The Month The Four Oaks Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Hwy 55 as September’s Business of the Month. Hwy 55 was nominated for Business of the Month in recognition of their contributions to the Four Oaks …
Erwin Chamber Welcomes New Administrator The Erwin Area Chamber of Commerce has a new administrator and she has hit the floor running in preparation of the town’s upcoming Denim Days Festival. The 54th annual fall celebration will take …
Former Co-Workers Meet For Reunion Former employees of Guilford Mills met Aug. 25 at the Indigo Room in Erwin for a time of reminiscing with old friends and colleagues. Guilford Mills of Fuquay-Varina closed its doors in 2008 …
CCCC SBC In Harnett County To Offer September Seminars The Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center in Harnett County is offering the following September seminars. To register or for more information about these seminars, call …
Josephine’s Flowers And Gifts Presented Beautification Award The Four Seasons Garden Club of Lillington chose Josephine’s Flowers and Gifts as the recipient of the club’s Beautification Award for the third quarter of 2018. The business was recognized for …
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Letters to the editor
To the editor: The Case Of The Missing Senator(s) We are in a slow, steady decline of American democracy. Sen. Thom Tillis makes no time to hear constituents’ concerns in North Carolina — unless you’re …
To the editor: Tillis Disappoints Constituents Once again, Thom Tillis and his office staffer, Austen Nowell, disappointed his constituents. He won’t meet with them anywhere so some of us decided to meet with …
To the editor: Latest In Long Line Of ‘Progressive Liberals’ It is not clear when the DNC/Old Media bestowed the term “liberal progressive” upon their constituents. A hundred years ago “liberal …
Editorials
Keeping Perspective — Conditions Improving ... But Not For All As circumstances improve for more people, it will be important to remain mindful of the ongoing critical needs of tens of thousands of our fellow Tar Heels. In a column [this week], Tom Campbell …
One Store Condones, Another Condemns Post-Florence Looters A tale of two lootings might start this way: It was the best of responses. It was the worst of responses. The contrast between break-ins at a Family Dollar store in Wilmington and a family-owned …
Let’s Do What We Can To Help Carry Each Other One thing that will be absolutely essential is patience, especially in the next several weeks as emergency and life-threatening conditions persist. How much destruction and misery can one region …
Benson Knows How To Take On Mother Nature Want to know how to stay ahead of a storm like Hurricane Florence? Plan and invest. This is exactly what the Town of Benson did in anticipation of massive floodwaters that normally accompany a …
Not All Heroes Wear Uniforms Citizens of Harnett and surrounding counties have come to expect excellent service from public servants during emergencies. The men and women of the law enforcement, fire and rescue departments once …
Columnists
Sam Bell Early this past summer, I had the honor and privilege to undergo a series of interviews with Samuel Bell. Mr. Bell, who taught and coached at Harnett Central for over 30 years, passed away on …
The Power Prior to her arrival, the East Coast watched as Hurricane Florence took her leisurely stroll across the Atlantic, building power as she progressed, until it was projected to reach North Carolina as a …
Supreme Court Nomination While questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about abortion during his Senate confirmation hearings, Sen. Dianne Feinstein grossly misstated statistics about abortion deaths before Roe v. …
Perseverance During The Storm It’s been nearly a week since Hurricane Florence blew its wrath onto North and South Carolina. The velocity with which Florence blasted ashore our coastline continues to wreak havoc as the storm …
Memory Lane Might Be The Best Road There are many things that have been lost to time, history and technology, never again to be seen as they were, only as they had been. Gone are dial telephones, TV’s without remote controls and …
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