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Angier hosting NCDOT informal meeting

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed improvements to the N.C. 55 Corridor from south of Oak Grove Church Road (S.R. 1532) in Harnett County to N.C. 42 in Wake County.

Benson gets first look at proposed roundabout

Residents of Benson got their opportunity to see firsthand the state’s plan to alleviate traffic issues at one of the town’s busiest intersections. The North Carolina Department of …

Harnett Community Foundation awards grants

The Harnett County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, hosted its annual grant reception at the Howard House in Dunn. Eight deserving nonprofit …

Family dispute leads to tragedy

Details of how a family dispute turned deadly Monday night are beginning to emerge. A dispute which left three victims dead and one hospitalized. Armando Martinez, 40, is accused of killing …

Governor stops at local primary school

North Carolina’s top executive took time out of a busy schedule to stop at an Erwin school Tuesday as he signed a statewide proclamation and saw how the school has recovered from damage caused by …

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Johnston voters give green light on school spending
Voters across North Carolina were given their chance to decide not only who represented them in government, also what they wanted from …
Recast I-95 expansion meeting set for tonight
After a delay caused by Hurricane Michael, Benson area residents will get their chance to see the proposed widening of Interstate 95 …
Two dead after fiery collision
Two people, including an Angier teenager, were killed after a fiery crash on Abbattoir Road near Coats. According to North Carolina …
Deadline to apply has been extended by a month
North Carolina homeowners and renters who sustained property damage or loss caused by Hurricane Florence will now have an extra 30 …
Amendment calls for stricter voter ID procedures
This is the fifth in a series of articles offering explanations to voters of the six proposed amendments to the North Carolina …
Sports
E.J. Bethea is this week's Student Athlete of the Week. Bethea led Cape Fear Christian Academy's boys basketball team in scoring in each of the first two games this season. Bethea also sports a 4.3 GPA.
CFCA’s Bethea is off to a hot start
E.J. Bethea is all about giving extra effort. He’s been hooping since he was 5 years old. From Triton, to Fayetteville Academy, and …
Lady Hawks full of vets and newcomers
Triton’s girls basketball team will have lots of two things this year: experience and inexperience. The Hawks return an …
Shiheem Strickland lays it in during a drill at Triton's Friday practice at Erwin Elementary. Triton boys have been practicing at Erwin Elementary since their gym was damaged by Hurricane Florence. Deputy Superintendent Brooks Matthews said Triton's gym is hoped to be ready to use for the start of the regular season.
Triton boys have big shoes to fill
Triton’s boys basketball team is still trying to figure out its identity heading into the 2018-19 season. The Hawks will try to …
Campbell players pose after winning the Big South championship on Sunday.
Camels claim Big South soccer championship
Gideon Betz scored the game’s only goal in the 99th minute to lift Campbell to the Big South Conference men’s soccer title Sunday …
Jonathon Jacobs gives instructions to sophomore attacking midfielder Jared Sanchez during Thursday night's loss at Voyager Academy. Sanchez will continue to be a crucial part of Hobbton's team next season.
Hobbton’s soccer season ends short
In the end, Hobbton was just a bit overmatched against Voyager Academy on Thursday night. The Wildcats fell 3-0 in Durham in the third …
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Business
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 …
Take a carriage ride in Downtown Dunn Downtown Dunn will host “Christmas on Broad ... and Beyond” on Sunday, Nov. 25. Local eateries and merchants will begin opening at 11 a.m. and there will be horse-drawn carriage rides, wine …
Morganite, ECS reunion planned Nov. 10 All former Morganite, ECS employees are invited to the yearly gathering to be held Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Western Sizzlin’ in Dunn. The meal is Dutch treat.
South River EMC appoints new director James W. “J.W.” Simmons will fill the unexpired term of Francis Clifton on the South River Electric Membership Corporation Board of Directors. In order to ensure that the best representative …
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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
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, …
North Carolinians made some smart choices for state Voters handed the leadership faction in North Carolina’s General Assembly a couple of black eyes last Tuesday. First, two proposed constitutional amendments — which would have turned court …
It could have been here A false alarm about a mass shooting in a nearby school should still be a signal to us: gun-law reform is long overdue. There was significant trepidation in the Triad early Friday morning as …
Thank You How can we say thank you For everything that you’ve done; Defending our rights and freedom In the wars you’ve fought and won. How can we say thank you For leaving families and …
Players, fans must remember that it’s still only a game Hotheaded student-athletes and spiteful spectators gave the high school sports scene a black eye this week. Wilson County Schools leaders sidelined Hunt and Fike high schools from postseason play …
Columnists
Football or Bride Night No doubt in recent weeks we have had our share of noteworthy news stories in America with the bulk of the media attention focused on the mid-term elections, and allegations of voter suppression and …
Republican opportunity with young blacks Buried in the mounds of data fleshing out what happened in the midterm elections is an interesting take on blacks. Nationwide data on black voting in this election cycle do not point to much …
Watch out for scams while you’re shopping online We’re heading into holiday season, which means lots of shopping for many of us. I enjoy buying gifts from local stores, but increasingly people shop online. Shopping online can be convenient but it …
We have an identity problem According to a recent report in The New York Times, Health and Human Services Department officials have been circulating a proposal to define sex. Their memo says, “Sex means a person’s status as …
Nursery rhymes and Thanksgiving What does a nursery rhyme have in common with Thanksgiving? When you read this, you may say, a whole lot. Sarah Josepha Buell Hale — the first female editor in America — is credited for having …
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