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Superintendent to commissioners: We need $8.8M to avoid layoffs

Johnston County Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Causby appeared before Johnston County Commissioners on Monday formally requesting $8,874,429 to meet a shortfall in the current 2019-20 …

‘Violent fugitive’ found in Harnett

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man accused of kidnapping and raping a young woman at “multiple locations,” after a tip led them to a home where he was reportedly hiding out on …

Angier parade draws one of the largest crowds

Bright sunshine and cold temperatures greeted one of the largest crowd’s in recent memory at Angier’s annual Christmas parade Saturday morning. The popular event once again crossed the town on …

Man holds would-be burglar at gunpoint until police arrive

Robert Jordan, of Dunn, is grateful for the quick wit of a dispatcher and the quick response of deputies after he says he caught Sean Tyndall trying to break into his storage shed Sunday afternoon. He held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

Harvest Train sets records while telling compassionate story

Last Tuesday, Falcon Children's Home hosted thier annual Harvest Train.  Harvest Train is a nearly 75 year tradition which residents of the Children's Home line the main street of Falcon as …
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Young entrepreneur celebrates one year in business She’s 31 years old, a mother of three and now a successful business owner. Meet Stacey Aman who is celebrating her one year in business at Stacey’s, a Dunn restaurant known for its country …
New doctors, care added to Benson Area Medical Center Benson Area Medical Center celebrated its 40th anniversary Tuesday night, announcing that it has added more doctors and mobile healthcare services to provide more care to a growing region. “We …
SECU Foundation provides grant for new women’s treatment center Samaritan Colony, a nonprofit residential treatment facility for men with chemical dependency, received a boost of support from the SECU Foundation to help facility administrators further their …
Coats native named named Cape Fear Valley medical services director FAYETTEVILLE – Allison Taylor has been named service line director for medical services at Cape Fear Valley Health. The Coats native has more than 15 years of nursing leadership experience and …
Tractor Supply raises money for 4-H As part of ongoing efforts to support 4-H youth nationwide, Tractor Supply Company customers and team members raised $967,681 for the National 4-H Council during this year’s Fall Paper Clover …
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Letters to the editor
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 …
Hunters can help change lives To the editor: North Carolina deer hunters have a unique opportunity this fall to make a real difference in the lives of their neighbors. North Carolina Hunters for the Hungry (NCHFTH) makes this …
Two additional pilots remembered To the Editor: Enjoyed reading the article “Airports in Dunn, 100 years ago” [“Into the Past” Dunn Area History Museum column, Sept. 24]. I was familiar with some of the locations and two …
Editorials
Your medical information should be yours to control Few things are more private than a person’s medical history. Yet without the consent of patients or their doctors, America’s second-largest health care system and Google are cooperating to share …
Zimmerman is suing — everyone. Why? George Zimmerman burst back into the news on Wednesday, just in time for the holiday season. You remember Zimmerman? He was acquitted in the 2013 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon …
The rural health gap A recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raises important concerns for residents of North Carolina’s rural communities. It found that these residents are seeing …
Lawmakers want to hide where they live It was bound to happen. After years of eroding the public’s right to know with more than a thousand loopholes, Florida lawmakers now want to amend the public records law to make information …
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The season for giving Were you among the crowds rushing to stores for bargains on Black Friday or did you wait for Small Business Saturday? Perhaps you joined those spending a record $9.4 billion on Cyber Monday. As …
Face of health care is changing RALEIGH — While the health care debate has usually focused on questions of insurance coverage and finance, the composition and delivery of medical services have been changing significantly. Some of …
Katiedid vs. ... 5-minute motel “You have five minutes after checking in to ask for a refund. Requests after five minutes will not be granted.” Blinking, I read the sign again as the motel cashier charged my credit card. …
Surrendering America Well it’s officially December now, and my hometown of Erwin will have held its annual Christmas parade on Monday night, officially kicking off the Christmas season for the residents of Erwin. Each …
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