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On your mark, get set, shop

With the Thanksgiving holiday straight ahead, so are the thoughts of the busiest shopping day of the year — Black Friday. Shoppers will find the usual sales promotions across the gamut of …

Harvest Train returns to Falcon

The long-standing tradition of the Harvest Train continued Tuesday when the residents of the Falcon Children’s Home were bombarded with candy, stuffed animals and mostly joy. The annual parade …

Family loses home two days before Thanksgiving

Mike and Angela Singleton got a call Tuesday morning no one wants to get. They were both at their respective work places when they learned their home was on fire. Mrs. Singleton was the first on …

Salvation Army seeking assistance

Harnett County, the Salvation Army wants you. One of the most recognizable groups during the holiday season is in need of assistance from Harnett County residents. They are seeking volunteers and …

Coats kicks off holiday season with tree lighting

The Town of Coats was the first to host the celebratory lighting of the Christmas tree Sunday officially kicking off the holiday season. Prior to the 5 p.m. ceremony, a grand re-opening reception was …

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Take a carriage ride in Downtown Dunn
Downtown Dunn will host “Christmas on Broad ... and Beyond” on Sunday. Local eateries and merchants will begin opening at 11 a.m. …
Selena McKoy, a native of Nash County, is the new agriculture and horticulture agent with the Harnett County Cooperative Extension Office. She is looking foward to expanding workshop offerings and reaching out to new residents in the area.
Stormy times greet new Harnett horticulture agent
When Selena McKoy started her new job as agriculture and horticulture agent with the Harnett County Extension Office, she had no idea …
Pedestrian killed on I-40
A pedestrian was killed after being struck by a semi-truck on Interstate 40 Monday morning in what appears to be an intentional act, …
Local Lions helping area students
Children of all ages have issues involving their eyes but many go undiagnosed for a variety of reasons. A local civic club is …
Farm Family of the Year will be named at banquet
The community will once again come together to celebrate agriculture and life on the farm with the annual Farm City celebration this …
Sports
Triton’s Muniz has a promising future
Tatiana Muniz started playing softball, not T-ball, when she was just 4 years old. The other kids were much older and much bigger, but …
Harnett County Tipoff report
Basketball is officially back in Harnett County as local high school teams compete in the 2018 J.E. Womble & Sons Southeastern …
South boys start off strong against Midway
The three ball fell early for South Johnston, and the Trojans never looked back as they went on to win 66-42 over Midway in their …
Midway girls mow over South
Midway girls basketball team started off the year the way any coach can hope for, showing both signs of promise as well as room for …
Harnett Central softball star Ansley Lee, shown at center, signed a scholarship offer from Garnder-Webb University Wednesday. She is now in her senior year at the school. Shown here, front from left, are Dewayne Lee, Ansley, Kim Lee and sister Ashton Weaver..Back, from left, are Harnett Central High School Principal Catherine Jones, Harnett Central High School Athletic Director Will Gage, Ashlee Crewe, Chelsey Cabe, Tony Williford, Don Ladd and Jody Frailey.
Central softballer inks scholarship
Years of sacrifice, practice and hundreds of games finally paid off for a Harnett Central High School senior as she officially signed …
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Business
Two residents pass CPA exam A pair of area residents have successfully passed the North Carolina Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. Passing the exam were Katherine Elizabeth Fitchett of Dunn and Matthew John …
Betsy Johnson Hospital earns top grade for patient safety Betsy Johnson has earned an A grade for patient safety. The grade was announced this month in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score biannual ratings survey. The ratings system is considered …
Candle maker sparks new flame in market From a hobby to a growing business, Brandy Mutchler of Angier has taken the candle market to a new level. While a veteran in the dental industry, Ms. Mutchler wanted to expand her realms and went …
Lillington Papa John’s recognizes five-year employment of JCI client JCI client James Peoples has been working at Papa John’s located at 101 W. Cornelius Harnett Blvd., Lillington, for five years as a box maker. Store manager Jeff Peters presented James with a …
New business works to help animals A new business that opened last month will provide alternatives to pet owners and will provide another important service to the community. In addition to selling supplies for animal lovers, the …
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Letters to the editor
Here’s two reasons against the pipeline To the editor, Atlantic Coast Pipeline, is it safe? One may ask why are families against this pipeline? Well, here are two reasons: Corrosion. The coats on these pipes is supposed to reduce …
In Defense of Sam To the editor: Recently Orange County District Judge Scarlett compared Silent Sam to Hitler and by extension the human suffering of slaves to that of the Holocaust. Based upon her remarks, it is …
To the editor: Appreciates Kindness During Evacuation I write you while sitting in the wonderful, new Hampton Inn in Benson. My wife and I arrived here on Wednesday, Sept. 12, after evacuating our home in …
Editorials
Thanksgiving Proclamation Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and — Whereas …
What’s next for voter ID After years of trying to pass laws to require photo IDs for voting, the Republican-led legislature finally succeeded grandly on Nov. 6 when its proposed constitutional amendment requiring such passed …
Disrespecting the vote and the voters Here’s the most important thing to understand about the vote counts and recounts taking place in Georgia and Florida: This is how the process plays out. It’s normal, and necessary. It’s how we …
A shot to save grandma A natural disaster is bearing down on our country, one assured to take the lives of thousands and hospitalize tens of thousands more: the annual flu epidemic. Last year’s strains were particularly …
Voter ID plan must be free of politics Members of the N.C. General Assembly will get some legislative exercise to help burn off their Thanksgiving calories this year, returning to Raleigh for a late-November special session that will, …
Columnists
It must be tough being a turkey this time of year Things can certainly be difficult if you happen to be a turkey this time of year. And I mean really difficult. First you must look over your shoulder at all times to see if an ax-wielding maniac …
Fruits of college indoctrination Much of today’s incivility and contempt for personal liberty has its roots on college campuses, and most of the uncivil and contemptuous are people with college backgrounds. Let’s look at a few …
Don’t backtrack on school choice RALEIGH — When it comes to giving parents more control over where their children attend elementary and secondary school, North Carolina has become a national leader. Now that Republicans no longer …
Tales from the road I renewed an old relationship this week. No, I’m not one of the thousands of men my age going through a midlife crisis who found a long lost relationship via social media. I once again enjoyed a …
Persuasion, power and fraud In a free democratic republic, public policy should be a matter of persuasion. That is, those running for elected office are supposed to propose the policies that they espouse and convince the voting …
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