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Friends Fighting Cancer will turn the city pink

Dunn City Hall was bathed in a soft pink light Tuesday night in honor of an upcoming event set to turn the city pink for those who have battled breast cancer. “Cancer is an insidious disease …

Dunn Public Safety Day replaces National Night Out

Tyler Park will be full of police, kids and other organizations on Saturday, Oct. 19 as Dunn Crime Stoppers brings Dunn Public Safety Day to the park. The event will replace the National Night Out …

Many remains still a mystery after relocation for I-95

When a Department of Transportation project to widen Interstate 95 required the relocation of Taylor Cemetery, a number of unmarked graves turned up during the excavation. Ella Radcliff and Marie …

Ex-pastor faces more child sex offense charges

SMITHFIELD — A former Johnston County pastor faces additional sex charges and the possibility of life in prison if he’s convicted of statutory rape. Steve Morris, 61, was pastor of Oliver’s …

Family acquaintance accused of raping teen

A 20-year-old man, who had been on the lam for more than a year, was arrested in Dunn during a traffic stop on Friday, Oct. 11. James Marcus Alex Holliday was accused of statutorily raping a …
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Harnett PA among health professionals recognized The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation recognized public health professionals and local health departments from across the state for excellence and innovation in child health care. The awards …
What do you do when they say you’re ‘overqualified’? After a period of time in the workforce, valuable work experience and transferrable skills are acquired. This is a great accomplishment and something of which you should be very proud. But, if …
City wins 8th honor for annual report The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Dunn for the eighth year in a row. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United …
Harnett Health installs new 3D mammography machine The Harnett Health Breast Care Center in Dunn announced that it has recently installed a new Hologic Selenia 3D mammography imaging machine. This 3D mammography imaging machine is equipped SmartCurve …
Tractor Supply campaign supports 4-H youth Tractor Supply Company has launched its Fall Paper Clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser in partnership with National 4-H Council to provide scholarships for 4-H members. The Paper Clover …
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Councilman serves with integrity, honesty To the editor: The city of Dunn municipal election is on Oct. 8 and early voting has already started! You have the opportunity to cast your vote for your city council representative. I want to …
This is government-controlled insurance To the editor: From the time that the Affordable Care Act was passed until the present, North Carolina Republicans have broadcast their policy that the government should not control health …
Appreciates help from good Samaritans To the editor: My friend, Carly, and I are writing you on our way home from Oak Island to Washington, D.C. On our way, we had some car trouble off of the highway and pulled off just in time for …
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FBI shouldn’t snoop on Americans’ chats with foreigners When Congress reauthorized a controversial program last year that allows the government to scoop up the emails and video chats of foreigners abroad with possible connections to terrorism, it included …
Focus on healing, not punishment A deadly, fast-moving fire ripped through a mobile home east of Peoria, Illinois, in April, hollowing out a family through the loss of three children and two adults. The fire left surviving relatives …
News media and 5 First Amendment freedoms For centuries, citizens have turned to their local news publication for local breaking and investigative news, as well as to learn about hot-button issues in their communities. In the last 15 years, …
Newspapers protect your First Amendment rights With just 45 words the founders guaranteed five — no six — basic freedoms, fundamental American rights. “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting …
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Will the Supreme Court decide for education freedom? The Supreme Court, in its new term, will hear a case that could remove a major barrier that stands between what our nation is today and what it can and should be. The case is Espinoza v. Montana …
We all are capitalists After spending a few days in the mountains of North Carolina attending my oldest daughter’s wedding I have to admit getting back in the working groove has been really tough. I truly enjoyed my …
Intolerance in academia If you need an accurate update on some of the madness at the nation’s institutions of higher learning, check out Minding the Campus, a nonprofit independent organization. John Leo, its editor in …
The strongest woman I’ve ever known Born on a Nebraska prairie in 1923, Mellicent Mae Stalder grew up like most rural kids of her generation: Self-reliant, comfortable with hard work, not expecting the world to give her …
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