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Local celebrates birthday today

Today marks a significant day for one area man who continues more than a century of good living at a local nursing facility. Walter Drake, known affectionately as Mr. D, turns 106 years old today …

Guard stabbed at prison

The North Carolina Department of Corrections and the Lillington Police Department are now working together to investigate the stabbing of an officer at the Harnett Correctional Institution Tuesday …

Angier Chamber honors its best

The Angier Chamber of Commerce gathered at Barclay Villa for their 63rd annual awards banquet Tuesday night to celebrate their successes and the people behind those successes. Chamber board of …

It’s not too late to volunteer for the area-wide initiative Rise Against Hunger

Over 792 million people in the world don’t get the food they need to lead a healthy life. As many as 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the world. It is not too …

Man dies in late-night crash

One man was killed and a woman seriously injured in a late-night crash outside Angier Tuesday night. While there are reports neither victim was wearing a seat belt, alcohol was not believed to be a …
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Willis named to North Carolina Community Foundation statewide board of directors The North Carolina Community Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Mary Willis to the statewide board of directors, according to James Black, NCCF board chair. Ms. Willis is the CEO, …
BBB: Enjoy the Madness, avoid the scams RALEIGH — March Madness is finally here and several North Carolina teams have been chosen to participate in the NCAA tournament, which begins this week. Every year, the NCAA holds their tournaments …
Lisa Hildebrand joins Fidelity Bank Fidelity Bank announced that Lisa Hildebrand has joined its team as assistant vice president and business solutions officer. In her new position, Mrs. Hildebrand is responsible for analyzing the …
New nursing officer named at Harnett Health Harnett Health, which operates two hospitals and medical clinics around the county, has announced it has named a new chief nursing officer. The health system has announced Marleigh Zacek has been …
Harnett Health to open orthopaedics and sports medicine clinic Get ready Lillington, Harnett Health is bringing full-service orthopaedic and sports medicine care to town. Harnett Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is set to open Monday at 716 S. 10th …
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Letters to the editor
Thank you Dr. Gregory To the editor: Betty, Deana and I wanted to extend our appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Sam Gregory, a superlative dentist who has served us almost 40 years. As Dr. Gregory winds down his …
Thank you, NC Sen. Jim Burgin To the editor: Recently, I was invited to sit in at a meeting of concerned parents in Harnett County. The meeting was hosted by Brandy Brown, executive director of 1 Voice Inc., and was attended …
Who is pipeline really for? To the editor: As an impacted landowner from the Atlantic Coast Pipeline I have just a few questions for Duke Energy. You say that your pipeline will bring industrial development to parts of …
Editorials
Read Thom Tillis’ lips Remember those bold pronouncements from U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis about standing up to an abuse of power by President Trump? Never mind. He takes them back. Misspoke. Didn’t mean …
College bribery scandal is lesson in terrible judgment, values The college admissions bribery scandal disclosed by federal prosecutors touched off national outrage on the juicy topics of elite education, privilege and celebrity criminal allegations. Wealthy, …
Politicians feeding the fire To recklessly throw around claims of voting fraud is to play a dangerous game that could do lasting harm to our democracy. Yet politicians from the White House to the local level are indulging in …
Why we keep losing the War on Drugs Perhaps they didn’t get word earlier. Maybe they missed the news stories. Whatever happened, it’s clear that some members of the General Assembly need to know this: America lost the War on …
No guns in classrooms There is no other way to put this: Arming teachers in North Carolina classrooms is as bone-headed an idea this year as it was last year. And the year before. Small wonder a number of public school …
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My market value You hear a lot of talk these days from politicians touting the $15 per hour minimum wage. It’s a huge talking point for politicians who pretend to care about your well-being while trying to …
Liberal fascists ambush Chelsea Clinton I recently joined the board of the Leadership Institute, which sponsors Campus Reform, an important website for college news. Campus Reform is a “watchdog to the nation’s higher education …
College cheating scandal Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people involved in cheating and bribery in order to get their children admitted to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities such …
Well, one down, one to go For those of you who aren’t familiar with my eyes, they are bad. And last week, I had the first of two cataract removal surgeries. And let me tell you — pun intended — it was an eye-opening …
How’s this year looking so far? Well, we’re now encroaching on the 78th day of 2019, so let’s be honest. Who’s still hitting the gym? Who is still counting carbs, calories or steps taken? How many have kicked the nicotine …
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