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Unemployment surpasses records

COVID-19 continued its assault on the unemployment record books as jobless numbers soared to unprecedented levels. More than six million Americans filed for unemployment in the week ending on …

AG: Scammers, price gougers exploiting coronavirus crisis in NC

North Carolina residents should keep a watchful eye out for coronavirus-related scams and price gouging, according to the office of N.C. Attorney General Josh Stein. “Our office has received …

Cape Fear Valley provider tests positive for COVID-19

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State Health Plan to waive costs associated with treatment of COVID-19

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State considering early inmate release amidst COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 found its way into North Carolina prisons this week as inmates at two facilities tested positive for the coronavirus. The Department of Public Safety on Wednesday reported an offender at …

Commissioners formalize access plan for next two meetings

The Harnett County Board of Commissioners has released plans for public access to its next two regular sessions.

Arson suspect taken into custody

The woman suspected of starting a fire last month was taken into custody and now awaits a first court appearance.
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It’s now our time to support small businesses During this trying time facing the coronavirus pandemic, our small businesses are faced with more than just social distancing. The backbone of our communities are the small businesses we see in our …
SECU ready to assist members facing income loss due to COVID-19 RALEIGH — State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) stands ready to help members financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of unexpected, large scale business closures, loss of jobs and …
Funeral homes limit visitations, stream services online as world copes with COVID-19 Nearly every industry has been affected in some way or another by the cornoavirus (COVID-19), and the funeral service industry is no exception.
Weapons becoming hot commodity during COVID-19 crisis With the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19), there seems to be almost no industry, business or field immune from some kind of shortage or, at the very least, short supplies. The same holds …
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Expansion needed for mental health care services To the editor: As a registered nurse, I am writing to voice my concerns about the mental health care shortage in North Carolina as related to the coronavirus crises. With the coronavirus …
RECORD FORUM Give the ‘gift of life’ on Jan. 8 To the editor: Let me introduce you to my husband, Jonny. He was a husband, father, brother, Christian, friend, farmer, mechanic and Harley rider who …
Be thankful for this country To the editor: The beauty of the flag of the United States of America, and of the meaning of the pledge of the United States of America is something we the people of this great United States of …
Editorials
To wear a mask or not to wear a mask I wore a face mask outside for the first time Tuesday morning. It wasn’t a new one; I purchased it last summer to clean out a critter infestation. In the last few weeks, as the coronavirus …
Stay-at-home order a danger for some kids As children across the country adjust to their new normal of school at home, we’re reminded that for many of them, schools provided their only refuge from their struggles at home. Districts have …
Couch time and weight gain If you’re reading this at 11 a.m. and you already maxed out your recommended calories for the day, we feel you. Stay-home orders from state and local governments should come with refrigerator …
US must come to the rescue of health providers There is no question that health providers are the front-line heroes of the coronavirus pandemic. The integrity, selflessness and sheer bravery needed to deliver care in the midst of a highly …
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Katiedid vs. ... confessions from the bathroom Confession No. 1,039 Topic: Coronavirus Dearest Porcelain Goddess, I bow before you, or rather, sit upon you with earnest gratitude for the physical separation you afford me from my children. …
Free people take responsibility and solve problems Several months ago, before anyone imagined the current crisis, I read a book called “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. Frankl was a Jewish Viennese psychiatrist who was captured by …
25 years and counting Despite being deemed inessential and asked to stay home by the American politician this week, on April 1 my wife and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. With the outbreak of the …
Managing a disaster I’m not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. …
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