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Week One is in the books
Week One is done. The first five days of school for the 2015-16 year are a memory. And by all accounts a decent memory. The beginning of a new school year always produces anxieties and a few mistakes, ...



A murder case no one gave up on
It took Ernest Melvin 24 long years to get a sense of justice for his sister. “I never gave up on my sister,” he told us in an interview this week. On Aug. 2, 1991, his sister, Adrian ...



Crime Lab: Legislature needs to end the backlog
It’s understandably frustrating for everyone involved: The prosecutors. The defense attorneys. The accused. And the family of the victim. They’re all waiting on evidence from the State Cri ...



It's the double-standard that troubles us
You might recall back in the spring of last year that many convenience stores across our part of North Carolina received unexpected visits from state authorities. They weren’t there to buy anyth ...



Proposals have a definite trend
Don’t look now, but planet Earth is under attack. From Raleigh. And resistance is futile. Or so it seems. It all began with a tiny leak — as in a 2013 bill sponsored by one of our ow ...



Prejudice, bigotry and pure laziness
Prejudice, bigotry and pure laziness Intolerance was the key word in Carl Hinson’s letter when he sought a definition for prejudice. Let’s try something a little more basic. Pre-Judg ...



Passing stopped buses: Lawsuits another weapon
It’s a costly lesson — but it could have been so much worse. A Forsyth County judge approved an $81,000 settlement in a case involving a man who hit a 7-year-old girl in 2013 as she boa ...



Leading, reading and schools
Leading and reading. Those were two of the major themes we picked up on at this week’s kick-off events for the school year in Wilson County. Two words with just one letter changed. But they a ...



Costly delay leaves many in limbo
Got an extra $1.13 million lying around? The state legislature must think so. That’s what its delay in passing a two-year budget has cost taxpayers as of Thursday, The Associated Press report ...



Schools made right call on difficult proposal
Ever have to deal with pediculosis capitus? Would you want to admit it if you knew what that was? Well, pediculosis capitus is the formal name for what most all of us call head lice. It’s not ...



'Everything Old is New Again'
Back in the 1970s the song-writing team of Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager gave the world “Everything Old is New Again.” The title is now engrained as an American idiom. We use it wh ...



State Health Plan: Ugly glitch unacceptable
Computer problems last week were causing trouble for hundreds of retirees and new hires in North Carolina state government. We hope those problems have been fully corrected by the time you read these ...



Invest now and reap later
Gov. Pat McCrory has stepped onto almost any available soapbox in recent weeks promoting his plan to let voters decide whether to incur bond debt to fix and upgrade North Carolina’s highways and ...



60th high school reunion and still counting
On Sept. 11th and 12th the 1955 graduating class from Charles L. Coon High School will be celebrating our 60th class reunion. Initially we will meet at Parkers BBQ Restaurant for a special historical ...



News covers spectrum of emotions
While the title of the 1966 western film is “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” for our purposes we’re going to change up some of the words to include sad and worrisome. The Good ...



Any decision by town will upset someone
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the acronym NIMBY came into existence in the early 1980s — still a relative youngster in the coined-terms business. NIMBY stands for “not in my ...



Budget slowdown leaves everyone in limbo
State lawmakers have a complex job description. But there are two fundamentals that underlie all of it: Set policy and appropriate the money needed to run the state. We’re getting a textbook ...



The frustrating, uncertain budget
Could you imagine being in the shoes of administrators at Wilson County Schools right now? The academic year is about to begin and they have no precise instruction on how many teachers the state will ...



New DHHS leader must put agency on right track
The resignation Wednesday of Dr. Aldona Wos, the embattled secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, was as overdue as it was unsurprising. What was surprising was that Gov. Pat ...



Judge's leniency betrays victims
A man who confessed to raping an 8-year-old girl found an unlikely advocate in the Moore County judge who accepted his guilty plea. Zachary David Thomsen had agreed to a minimum 25-year prison sent ...



Modified motel bill appears headed for passage
The Wilson County Tourism Development Authority is now one step closer to getting the hotel/motel tax increase it wanted, even if the revenue sharing plan wasn’t exactly what members had in mind ...



Rate relief on the horizon
The long-awaited relief seems to be on the horizon. No, we’re not talking about cooler weather. We’re talking electricity. In a couple of weeks, members of the Wilson City Council will ...



We must do more for our children's future
Every year we anticipate the KIDS COUNT Data Book, which provides thorough, evidence-based information about the lives of children across the country. Every year North Carolina makes a little gain in ...



Wilson County lost a treasured friend
With a nickname such as “Bull,” someone unfamiliar with Ray Tomlinson might have thought of him only as a rough, tough man. And while it is true that Bull was tough, he was also tender- ...



Schools hurt by budget indecision
For many of us, the calendar’s turn to August means our attention turns to planning for the upcoming school year. But for school administrators across North Carolina, such planning comes with a ...




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