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Food trucks get green light in Dunn, under conditions

Dunn City Council amended an ordinance pertaining to the operation of food trucks in downtown. Assistant City Manager Mathew Boone outlined the new parameters prior to last week’s public …

PAL Black History Program set for Monday night

The Dunn Police Athletic and Activities League is offering its annual Black History Month program on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the PAL Fitness Center, 610 E. Johnston St. This year’s theme …

Capturing the first snow of the season

A dusting to nearly 4 inches of snow fell on the area Thursday night ­— the first snow of the season ­— prompting snowman creations and even a music video in celebration. Staff and …

Fleming outlines school construction plans

LILLINGTON — Student redistricting and school construction entered 2020 as top priorities for the Harnett County Schools Board of Election. After listening to public concerns regarding the …

HCS teacher attrition rate improves

LILLINGTON — Harnett County Schools, as recently as three years ago, lost nearly one in five teachers to attrition. Teacher retention became a priority for the system and new statistics show …
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Audentes selects Sanford for new facility SANFORD — Audentes Therapeutics, an Astellas company based in San Francisco, California, will open a new facility in Lee County, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday, Feb. 18. The life-sciences …
Employers needed for March 18 job fair FAYETTEVILLE – Employers are invited to participate in the 21st annual Cumberland County Department of Social Services March to Work Job Fair, which will be held March 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at …
Four growers recognized at annual Gold Star Growers meeting RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Labor presented special awards to four North Carolina growers during the 26th annual Gold Star Growers meeting held Feb. 7 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. …
Central Carolina president selected for Aspen New Presidents Fellowship Dr. Lisa M. Chapman, president of Central Carolina Community College, has been selected by the Aspen Institute to join the 2020-21 inaugural class of the Aspen New Presidents Fellowship, a new …
Harnett Health receives first Cuddle Cot bassinet On Monday, Betsy Johnson Hospital in Dunn, Harnett Health Labor and Delivery staff received Harnett County’s first Cuddle Cot Bassinet. The Cuddle Cot was donated by Ashlee, Marcus, and their son, …
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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 …
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 …
Editorials
Boy Scouts must use bankruptcy for moral purpose, not just financial The declaration landed with a thud. The 110-year-old Irving, Texas-based institution we know as the Boy Scouts of America declared bankruptcy this week in what is a very messy fight over sexual abuse …
A free society cannot function without a vibrant professional press A free society cannot function without vibrant professional newspapers. In light of that truism, the latest dire news for the news business — that McClatchy newspapers, publisher of The News & …
Thoughts should be on airspace safety No one will ever know for sure what transpired in those minutes before the helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven other people plummeted into a hillside in Calabasas, …
Online voting: Washington experiment is worth watching The problems with an online app that led to an embarrassing delay in tabulating the results of the Iowa caucus votes for Democratic presidential candidates should serve as a not-so-subtle reminder …
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The bad news about news Last week’s news that McClatchy newspapers were declaring bankruptcy wasn’t a complete surprise. There have been rumors, but that organization isn’t alone, as industry ad revenues have …
Court decision should produce budget deal RALEIGH — For many months now, Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper and the Republican-led General Assembly have been at an impasse. The legislature enacted a state budget plan for the 2019-20 fiscal year …
Katiedid vs. ... whistle while you carpet clean As I sit here, on my bed, we are having our carpet cleaned in the other room. The carpet cleaner, a man we will refer to as CeeCee, knocked on our door a little past 9 a.m. He has the mustache of …
Life is too short Anytime I decide to skip the important topics of the day to write about myself or events in my own life my most beloved critics give me the third degree about the fact no one reads this column to …
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