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Military musicians stop at Coats-Erwin

A group of local middle school music students got the rare experience last week of joining their instruments with a group of soldiers who make their living entertaining. Coats-Erwin Middle School …

It’s all ‘Burlap & Lace’ at the Coats Senior Center

Delayed a month because of weather, the Coats Senior Center’s dinner variety show is on go for the end of this week. “Burlap & Lace,” originally set for Sept. 14, was postponed due to …

Cameron man charged with abusing child

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cameron man Thursday and charged him with taking indecent liberties with a child. Roy Randolph Wright, 79, faces charges of taking indecent …

Time again for Angier Senior Health Fair

If it’s the third week of October, then it must be time for the 21st annual Angier Senior Health Fair. The event brings together area seniors with many healthcare-related vendors to provide …

Funeral services held for former Erwin woman

A former Erwin woman who was shot to death in Robeson County was laid to rest Monday in Dunn. Ingrid Dawn House Odom, 43, of Raeford died Monday, Oct. 8, at Southeastern Regional Hospital. The …
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Principal working at same pay at central office
The Harnett Central High School principal who reportedly made a controversial decision to ask a student remove a shirt with President …
Off-duty Fayetteville officer shot
Details are still limited in the shooting of an off-duty Fayetteville Police officer in Sampson County Monday evening. According to …
Municipalities accept county’s offer for SROs
Funding for school resource officers in Harnett County Schools has become clear as all but one municipality chose to accept an offer …
Controversial principal remains employed with school system
The principal who reportedly asked a student to change a shirt with President Trump’s name on it at a recent football game remains …
Harnett Central principal out
Harnett County Schools announced Friday a principal accused of asking a student to take off a jersey with President Donald Trump’s …
Sports
Basketball registration period opens
Dunn Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for basketball for ages 5-13. The registration period will close Nov. 14 at 5 …
Central volleyball celebrates seniors with 3-0 sweep over Triton
Harnett Central sent out its seniors with a bang Monday as the Trojans trounced Triton 3-0 on senior night, winning 25-16, 25-20 and …
Trojans spoil Hawks’ senior night with 4-2 win
Revenge is a dish best served cold, and the Harnett Central soccer team got a taste of it Monday night. The Trojans picked up a …
Maggie McCormick is this week's Student-Athlete of the Week. McCormick is Harnett Central's top girls' runner and won both the Jungle Run and the Hagan Stone XC Classic this season. She carries a 4.16 GPA.
Central’s McCormick is finding her stride ahead of conference and state meets
When Maggie McCormick first joined the cross country team at Harnett Central, she thought of it as just a social activity — …
Midway Middle beats Roseboro-Salemburg
In the football season opener, Midway Middle School defeated Roseboro-Salemburg 12-8 in a defensive slugfest on Wednesday at Lakewood …
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Business
McDonald’s opens with a fresh look Visitors to Dunn’s westside McDonald’s have noticed major changes inside the store following a complete renovation of the interior. The lobby of the McDonald’s on West Cumberland Street …
Johnston Health honors education department secretary as Ambassador of the Month Phoebe Allen, the secretary for the education department at Johnston Health, has been named Ambassador of the Month. During a recent presentation, CEO Chuck Elliott said Mrs. Allen sets a bright …
Veterinary Hospital additions includes something for the kitties Lillington Veterinary Hospital has doubled in size and the staff wants to show off its new additions. An open house will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to welcome humans in the area to …
CCCC will host National Manufacturing Day SANFORD — Central Carolina Community College’s Industry Training Center will participate in National Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 5. An open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at …
New owners buying gold in Dunn The ownership and the name have changed but the manager of a gold sales business in Dunn says he wants to use his experience to provide a service to the community. Averasboro Gold is now operating …
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Letters to the editor
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 …
To the editor, You Need To Have A Will The death of a loved one is hard for any and everyone affected by it but what’s even harder is dying and not knowing who or where your possessions will go to. It is …
To the editor: The Case Of The Missing Senator(s) We are in a slow, steady decline of American democracy. Sen. Thom Tillis makes no time to hear constituents’ concerns in North Carolina — unless you’re …
Editorials
Representative democracy fails when citizens don’t participate The people, not the politicians, are the intended governors. The people govern by electing representatives to manage our civic affairs. When the people do not vote or when the impact of voting is …
Billy Barfield will be remembered for his service Dunn suffered a loss with the death Saturday of Billy Barfield. Mr. Barfield was 79, but you couldn’t tell it with the amount of service he performed, service he performed for others. First and …
Trump shirt flap calls for state law on student speech It’s sorely tempting to criticize Harnett Central High School Principal Cindy Gordon after she reportedly kicked a student out of a football game for wearing a Donald Trump shirt. But examining …
Life after the storm The rains from Hurricane Florence have ended, and much of the flooding has receded. But the effects of this disaster, especially in the poverty-stricken eastern part of our state, will persist for …
We are not one another’s enemies Our country has lost its collective mind, and it is time honest, hard-working, moral men and women did something to reverse the trend that is quickly spiralling out of control. Notice we said men …
Columnists
And the deluge continues ... really You would think in this day and age of technology and such, we could all be less bothered with junk email. Before you say anything, I know you can unsubscribe to the various lists, but that’s …
Cold, but happy fall, y’all ... When it comes to Southerners, most love transitioning from scorching, summer temperatures to autumn. I’m not one of those people. When I see signs inscribed, “Happy Fall, Y’all,” I want …
Electoral College Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of …
Democrat voters I am trying to put myself in the shoes of Democrat voters, not those in hysterics, screaming obscenities and pounding on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court, or those mindlessly chanting like …
Fair foods keep getting worse There is no one who likes fair food more than I do. I have literally made trips to west Raleigh in mid October just for fried dough and roasted turkey legs. Recently, however, it seems we have become …
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