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Departure will leave UNC system in flux
The School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill is going to get a top-notch addition to its faculty. That’s where Tom Ross expects to land after he’s pushed from his post as UNC system pres ...



Help honor some local folks
Grammys. Golden Globes. Oscars. It is award season. But here in Wilson we have our own awards to present honoring local heroes who have made a direct impact on our community. The Human Relat ...



Saving the middle class
President Obama pulled off quite the stunt in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night: He helped the middle class by offering a dead-on-arrival plan to help the middle class. Republican leaders ...



A fitting honor for the Knetens
During the next few months we expect to hear of several accolades and awards honoring the retiring president of Barton College and his wife. But perhaps it is most fitting that the first major honor t ...



New program holds promise in Wilson
Are leaders born or are they made? You’ve probably heard someone described as a “born leader.” But is that really the case? Could it be that leadership qualities are reserved for tho ...



College changes abound locally, beyond
As 2015 kicked off earlier this month, we noted that the year would see two new faces leading our local institutions of higher learning. The presidents of Barton College and Wilson Community College e ...



In wake of death, icy roads deserve special attention
It was a nightmare: An EMS captain had stopped to help motorists who had slid off the road in ice, only to be hit by another motorist who slid on the same ice. It’s a tragedy and a major loss fo ...



Coal ash plan: Pair restrictions, compensation
As the state and Duke Energy begin to implement plans for cleaning up the coal ash ponds that have caused so much distress in North Carolina, constant monitoring and thorough review is required. This ...



Reflecting on the work of Dr. King
We Americans love our holidays. That’s not to say people in other countries don’t enjoy their holidays – they do. Today, as you undoubtedly know, is a federal holiday honoring the ...



Politics and literature come together in one column
Is my weekly column supposed to be about books or about politics? I get this question sometimes from editors and readers. In fact, one newspaper editor stopped using my column about a year ago. He ...



A welcome change nears in city policy
As we all know, the wheels of government can turn at a painfully slow pace at times. Our own perception of whether slow wheels are good or bad depends entirely on the impact any change will have on us ...



Don't leave pets out in the cold
SDLqIf you’re cold, they’re cold.” So goes the slogan seen now on social media, reminding pet owners that recent severe temperatures – and those to come – can affect thei ...



Board right to keep bias out of history lessons
We all want our state’s children to receive an education that imparts to them a sense of civic pride and responsibility, but we don’t want them to be indoctrinated in any particular politi ...



Upcoming bill deserves support
All North Carolinians deserve to know when their local governments hold special meetings or plan public hearings. State lawmakers have a unique opportunity this year to preserve that right and save ci ...



Farming is challenging, but key for Wilson
It can be easy at times for those of us who are “city folk” to forget the importance of agriculture in Wilson County. When we think of economic development our minds first go to manufac ...



You cannot murder ideas
Undoubtedly you’ve heard the adage “the pen is mightier than the sword.” Depending on which source you believe, the saying goes back to the 1830s in a play about Cardinal Richelieu o ...



New clinics at least offer hope
The Department of Veterans Affairs isn’t out of the storm. Far from it. The federal agency remains under hard-earned dark clouds of heightened scrutiny. VA records were doctored and some who wer ...



Revaluation a waiting game for residents
Evaluation. It’s a word that provokes mixed emotions. Some people appreciate or even crave evaluations. Other people dread them. Just the words from your boss that “it’s time for you ...



Cheers to finishing our greatest hiking path
North Carolina’s Mountain-to-Sea trail is ambitious – for those who want to create it, those who want to map it out and especially those who want to hike it. We’re proud to see the p ...



In other opinion: Charter school programs
State law until 2011 held publicly funded but privately run charter schools to just one in each North Carolina county. More than 20 new schools have applied to open in each of the last two years and 1 ...




Let’s clean up our act People of a certain age recall the public service announcements where an American Indian had a bag of trash thrown at his feet and he shed a tear deploring the litterin ...



Preparing for the flurry of new bills
When the North Carolina General Assembly convenes later this month, a flurry of new bills will flood House and Senate committees. Some would add pages to the state’s already voluminous lawbooks, ...



Investigation deserves our attention
While we all know that the brain controls our thinking, sometimes other parts of our body metaphorically give it a boost. We often let our hearts tell us what to do. And we often rely upon our guts to ...



More states setting their own minimum wages
The new year swiftly approaches with its annual opportunity to start fresh — or not, depending on your state of mind or maybe just your state. Here in North Carolina, the calendar shift will ...



2014 proved to be an eventful year for Wilson
January, as you may know, gets its name from the old Roman god Janus. It was believed that Janus was the deity of doorways and was depicted has having two faces on his head — one looking forward ...




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