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Residents complain about trash on area road

Residents who use a road between Dunn and Coats are complaining about trash that continues to accumulate on the heavily used route running between the two towns and are looking for help with the …

Trump administration official visits Campbell

An official with the United States Secretary of State’s office joined a roundtable discussion at Campbell University to show students new opportunities for international education that are coming …

Eric Woodall feels like he’s come full-circle

Eric Woodall chose his path in life early when he had his parents drive him back and forth from Benson to Raleigh. It was at age 9 he knew he wanted theater to be his bread and butter — and all …

Raven Rock to start work on new campground

The Mountain Laurel Bike Loop at Raven Rock State Park in Harnett County is closed to all users for the construction of a new campground. The loop will re-open near the end of the year when the …

New man in charge at EMS

A familiar face is now leading the Harnett County Emergency Services department and he hopes he can continue a tradition of excellence established by the men who preceeded him in office. Longtime …
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Eleven One earns Four Seasons Beautification Award The Four Seasons Garden Club of Lillington has chosen Eleven One Studios as the recipient of the club’s Beautification Award for the first quarter of 2019. The business, located at 10 W. Front St., …
Chamber to host new member breakfast The Dunn Area Chamber of Commerce will host a new member breakfast Thursday, Feb. 28, at 8:30 a.m. at Broad Street Deli & Market, 129 E. Broad St., Dunn. New, current and prospective members are …
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 …
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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
Southern Baptists coming to terms with sexual abuse Now it’s the Southern Baptists’ turn. After two Texas newspapers published detailed reports of 20 years of sexual abuse allegations involving Baptist clergy and volunteers, denominational …
A new chief justice Cheri Beasley follows some formidable footsteps as the first African-American woman and second African-American to serve as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Greensboro’s Henry …
Conservation bill is a positive step The news of a sweeping public lands conservation bill passed by the U.S. Senate last week sounds good on its surface — and it is. But it’s only one part of a larger environmental picture that …
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 …
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Katiedid vs. ... My high school friends were all in a group text on Valentine’s Day. Those of us with kids began it around 8 p.m. because, well, we weren’t doing anything. The married ones joined in around 9:30, …
Fire the gatekeepers A few weeks back during the last government shutdown, I predicted the shutdown would end soon and the president would feel the pressure to accept a deal that would absolutely do nothing to secure our …
In health care, we need less government, not more In a new Gallup poll, 35 percent say government is the worst problem facing the U.S. In the 55 years that Gallup has asked the question — “What do you think is the most important problem facing …
Is it a hoax or honestly an attack? We have all heard what appeared to be repeated, horrifying accounts of an alleged attack of a Hollywood actor in Chicago on Jan. 29. We sat contemptuously as “Empire” star, Jussie Smollett, …
Sometimes self-reflection can be caustic or soothing There are times in everyone’s life when they try to make the best out of the worst, and I’m no exception. Trying to make up for it when things go sour, on the other hand, can often do more damage …
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