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Frightening challenges in today's world
There’s an old Scottish prayer that goes “From ghoulies and ghosties and long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!” Today is Halloween. It ...



Battle brewing over school grading scale
You are probably familiar with the notion that some courses in schools are considered an “easy A.” Students believe they won’t have to put much work into that particular class becaus ...



Outside money pushes campaigns
By the time the votes are counted, North Carolina’s Senate race will have cost at least $100 million. Regardless of one’s political preference, that figure is nothing less than obscene. ...



A time for perspective on Ebola
It’s been said quite a bit, but undoubtedly it’s not been said enough: the hysteria surrounding Ebola is far worse than the reach of the disease — at least for now and most likely fo ...



More on education, teaching languages
More on education, teaching languages Although Mr. Haitema, as I would expect, contradicts my common sense opinion on educational priorities, I do appreciate his kind words to Mr. Biddle and myself ...



UNC and the way back
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a school revered for courageously confronting the biggest issues of our times, spent too much time cowering from the issue in its own yard: the pursuit ...



Advertising makes a difference
RALEIGH — I know my editors will appreciate it, but I promise I’m not pandering when I say this: advertising gets results. Although academic scolds and professional worrywarts have been ...



WCC gets a green light to grow
One of the problems of having wrapped presents under the Christmas tree for days prior to Dec. 25 is that their contents go unused for all that time. The gifts are in sight, but at the same time out o ...



Make your voice heard
Pumpkins and falling leaves are giving way to pink ribbons. And purple ones. And blue ones. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Preventio ...



'The rest of the story'
“Hello, Americans!” For more than 30 years, Paul Harvey opened each broadcast with that line. Harvey charmed radio listeners on the ABC network with his smooth voice and his knack for tell ...



So what is your priority?
This year, millions of dollars have been funneled into North Carolina. And for what purpose? To inundate our airwaves with attack ads. When is the last time you watched a local commercial television s ...



Profit sharing, appeals and politics
When a power company gets a tax break, are its customers entitled to share in it? Yes, the N.C. Utilities Commission said in May. No, it said last week, reversing itself over the strenuous objec ...



Congratulations to Barton College
Congratulations are certainly in order for Barton College, located right here in Wilson. The school made a dean’s list of sorts. Actually, two of them. Both the Princeton Review and U.S. News ...



A tough, essential lesson
Many of you reading this editorial likely first took the wheel of an automobile before the age of cell phones. Many others took driver’s education prior to the popular use of text messages with ...



There are health issues near and far
We certainly welcome news concerning all the preparedness work here in Wilson County concerning the Ebola virus. In light of the glaring errors made by health care workers in Texas, undoubtedly offici ...



How are lawmakers going to fix this?
Energy costs have a big impact on families’ bottom line. A difference of a few pennies may not seem like a lot, but psychologically it can be. When the price of gasoline goes down it frees up mo ...



How did we get here and there?
Memoirs by a former defense secretary and a former ambassador to Iraq raise serious new questions about President Obama’s candor and sense of direction in the foreign challenges now facing the n ...



The toll of domestic violence
After a string of domestic violence news related to the National Football League during September, Pitt County sadly had plenty of its own history to carry into Domestic Violence Awareness Month. D ...



Guns dominate headlines, spark debate
RALEIGH – Sometimes the news of the day begs for a broader discussion of important issues. That happened one day last week on an always polarizing topic. Scrolling through Twitter, news websi ...



Ebola precautions key, not panic
Boone-based Christian relief agency Samaritan’s Purse sent off a 747 loaded with supplies for Ebola-stricken Liberia Oct. 1. The next day, U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis called for a travel b ...



Meaning of majority also rewritten
Meaning of majority also rewritten Forty-seven years ago as a ninth-grader I took civics. We were taught that in a democratic society, if a vote was taken, the majority was the winner. Not only has ...



Assessing our crime rates
Did you feel any safer last year? According to the Annual Summary Report of 2013 Uniform Crime Reporting Data released this week, crime rates across North Carolina dropped 7 percent from 2012 to 2013. ...



Nothing wrong with challenging your taxes
America’s cowboy philosopher of the 20th century, Will Rogers, quipped “The only difference between death and taxes is that death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” ...



Event spread great message but included troubling decision
Regardless of one’s political leaning, this week’s Moral Monday rally here in Wilson yielded some sage advice: “It’s time for a moral march to the polls.” We agree. Vo ...



Be an informed voter
Have you had your fill yet of U.S. Senate television ads for Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis? Countless times throughout the day, you see Hagan questioning Tillis’ commitment to education as N.C. spea ...




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Questions linger in fatal wreck; children recovering
Victims identified; Lewis released in courthouse investigation; courthouse open
Sheriff vows to keep it positive
Susan Martin is the better choice
District hires 9 teachers; 5 teachers resign
Zaxby's restaurant opening pushed to mid-December
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HAPPY HOMECOMING
Area calendar, Oct. 31-Nov. 1
An opinion from a former Wilson County commissioner
K&W offers veterans free entrées Nov. 11
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