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1973 Harnett murder case officially reopened

The investigation into a 1973 slaying of 18-year-old Phyllis Bradford has been reopened, but authorities have nothing yet to present to prosecutors. Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats told The …

Angier board member seeking fifth term

The senior member of the Angier town board filed Friday to seek a fifth term of service representing the town’s fourth district. Craig Honeycutt filed his paperwork to return to the seat he has …

Harnett trooper re-assigned in midst of investigation

The North Carolina Highway Patrol is not saying whether the reassignment of a first sergeant at its Harnett County office is related to an evolving scandal that has embroiled troopers in the Troop B, …

Sheriff’s office names suspects in fatal drive-by shooting

The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office has identified two of three men wanted for a weekend drive-by shooting that claimed the life of a 15-year-old and wounded another. At 1:39 a.m. Saturday, …

Chemours, DuPont battle over Cape Fear River chemical cleanup

RALEIGH — A 64-page complaint filed by Chemours against its parent company, DuPont, reveals a battle between the two companies over which one is responsible for cleaning up long-term contamination …
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Harnett Health forms partnership with Falcon Children’s Home Harnett Health and Falcon Children’s Home have officially entered into a partnership in which Harnett Health family medicine residents will provide medical care for children that are living at, or …
Free seminars available at Small Business Center in Dunn The Central Carolina Community College Small Business Center at Triangle South Enterprise Center, 600 S. Magnolia Ave., Dunn, offers a number of free classes for business owners and prospective …
Business brief 7.11.19 Community Appreciation Day set at Bleecker Bleecker Automotive Group, located at 1200 E. Cumberland St., Dunn, will host a Community Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The public is …
Erwin Chamber hires new administrator Chris Baucom, a recent graduate of East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal/organizational communications, has been named administrator at the Erwin Area Chamber of …
Cape Fear Farm Credit announces 11th annual Ag Biz program FAYETTEVILLE — Cape Fear Farm Credit is now accepting applications for the 11th class to participate in e-learning financial and business planning courses. The Ag Biz Basic and Ag Biz Planner …
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Border treatment doesn’t fit principles To the editor: The separation of children from their families is a part of genocide and has been exhibited in these lands already with the cultural genocide of Native Americans, in situations such …
Why I like Trump To the Editor: My lawyer asked me this question back in 2015, “Why do I like Trump?” I supported Donald Trump since the day he came down the escalator. I knew he was a winner. I knew all …
RECORD FORUM The word ‘spying’ angers Democrats To the editor: Attorney General William Barr testified Wednesday [May 1] in front of the Senate Judicial Committee on special counsel Robert Muller’s …
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#MeToo puts justice within reach for victims brushed aside The most thunderous booms of the #MeToo movement have come when clusters of women all point at the same powerful men. A chorus of allegations rises from a Chicago music studio or a Palm Beach …
Don’t hobble hemp over shoddy science in law enforcement State lawmakers might hamstring North Carolina’s ascendant hemp farming industry because police can’t yet reliably tell the difference between hemp and marijuana. The 2019 farm bill has been …
Ross Perot captured America’s imagination Ross Perot’s legendary list of lifetime achievements should start with “captured the imagination.” Brilliant in business, generous and demanding, driven, quirky and colorful, Perot was as …
Help the feds stop this scourge of robocalls Robocalls come in all manner of teeth-gnashing manifestations. One of the latest: We answer a call, but suspecting a robocall, we say nothing. After a moment’s pause, a voice says, “Hello?” …
Sunlight required when public boards pay private lobbies GUEST EDITORIAL If your tax dollars are paying to lobby North Carolina lawmakers on their behalf, local governing bodies should make sure you’re seeing a return on the investment. In a laudable …
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Epstein case shows corruption in the legal system runs deep Fresh on the heels of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and amidst the #MeToo movement the scandal spawned, the story of financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is in the headlines again. Epstein is …
Brought to my knees It finally happened last week. I was brought to my knees by a force more powerful than myself, my concern for a beloved pet. I came to this realization when, all of a sudden, I found myself inside …
Why target DHHS? In a year when our state is stashing more than $700 million into surplus funds, the recent state budget appears to target the Department of Health and Human Services for punishment. The budget fails …
The call that changed everything Twice rang my cellphone, and in the instant in which I answered, my life was forever changed. My daughter, Emily, was abruptly ushered into her earlier-than-expected existence, on the afternoon of …
Small changes make big differences Do you ever notice how many people have a go-to look, or something about them that stands out? This might be a feature that is the first thing that people tend to notice about that person. Or it …
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