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Dunn man facing child abuse charges

A Dunn man is now in the Harnett County Jail on a $1 million bond following multiple child abuse and related charges. Gregory Jordan Yost, 20, of East Pope Street in Dunn is charged with one count …

Laser program at CCCC offering bright future for grads

For anyone who has ever given the least little thought to a career in the tech industry, there’s a program being offered at Central Carolina Community College in Lillington which might, at the very …

Elections veteran likely to lead board

Local Democratic leaders say when the confusion of changing state election laws at the state level subsides, a popular former member of the Harnett County Board of Elections will likely lead the …

Thanks to donors, after-school program saved

Thanks to corporate and private donors, grant money and a scaled-back fee structure, the Dunn Police Athletic League After-School Program has avoided the ax. The program was in dire straights …

County gets first certified swift water rescue team

One local fire department is now certified to provide a desperately needed swift water rescue team that will be able respond throughout the region. The Buies Creek Fire Department Chief Justin …

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TSWDB launches grant for incumbent workers SANFORD — The Triangle South Workforce Development Board (TSWDB) is launching a grant for incumbent workers called T3 — Training Today’s Teams. The TSWDB provides funding through its T3 …
Lillington facility recertified as SHARP participant The N.C. Department of Labor recently recertified Saab Barracuda in Lillington as a participant in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP). The program recognizes companies for …
Two major economic projects coming to Johnston County The Johnston County Board of Commissioners has approved two requests for local incentives in support of major investments in Clayton and Selma. Dollar General plans to assume 320,000 square feet …
Program provides educational and vocational assistance Kyle Davis was referred to JCI by Johnston County Behavioral Health Services for assistance in developing employment skills. Through the partnerships with JCI, Harnett County Vocational Services, and …
GREAT grant application period closes The application period for the 2018 GREAT Grant program will close Friday at 11:59 p.m., Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and State Chief Information …
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‘Dear Abby’ needs to stay To the editor: My mom subscribes to your paper and shares each paper with me. I was born in Erwin in 1958, then moved to Wilmington in 1984 due to a job opportunity. Love The Daily Record. Keep up …
Silent Sam not for Harnett To the editor: I am writing to express concern over the suggested movement of the Silent Sam statue to Harnett County. The Confederates were nothing more than domestic terrorists who took up …
Keep hate out of Harnett To the editor: It is abundantly clear that our freshman N.C. Sen. Jim Burgin has so soon lost touch with the people of Harnett. Perhaps the drive from Harnett to the North Carolina General …
Editorials
A year after Parkland, hope for gun law sanity A year later, we know that the shooting that killed 17 students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., really was different from the other mass shootings that all too …
It’s time to close N.C.’s health insurance gap All of a sudden, Medicaid expansion is a big topic in Raleigh. Senate Democrats are pushing a bill, and New Hanover County’s Sen. Harper Peterson thinks it’s a good idea. We do too. Even …
Don’t just praise Rep. Walter Jones — emulate him On Sunday, journalists’ inboxes overflowed with politicians’ statements of admiration for the late U.S. Rep. Walter Jones and his consistent independence from party. On Monday, this headline …
Bipartisan success Believe it or not, politicians in Washington can work together in a bipartisan way to get good things done. Sure, we just had the longest government shutdown ever. And a repeat might be in our …
Big changes for BB&T The announced merger of BB&T Corp. and SunTrust Banks Inc. of Atlanta is a seismic shocker for Winston-Salem whose lasting effects are, at best, uncertain. While Mayor Allen Joines and the …
Columnists
Katiedid vs. ... “What’s your pleasure practice?” my friend Lynn asked. We were sitting in a cafe having coffee together. And by “together,” I mean I was drinking coffee, which practically landed on her …
Socialism has already hurt America President Donald Trump was principled and politically astute to address, in his State of the Union, the horrors taking place now in Venezuela, and then to declare: “Tonight we renew our resolve …
Worldwide apology tour Frankly, the last thing my family will want to see from me this week is another political-related column. Unfortunately, life for me has been pretty dull over the past couple of weeks. Whenever life …
Two of the greatest events are forever entwined in history For what it’s really worth, I inch just a little closer to the sixth decade of my life later this month and it sets my mind to thinking about what I’ve seen, read or heard over the last five-plus …
Growth still drives worker pay RALEIGH — If the most important factor determining the welfare of workers is the growth rate of the economy, that has policy implications that free-market conservatives, among others, will …
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