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THUMBS UP to the volunteers, donors and community groups who came together to feed an estimated 1,500 Wilsonians during the OIC of Wilson’s quarterly food distribution Wednesday morning. The massive outreach program ensures those living in … more
Storefront by storefront, block by block and street by street, downtown Wilson is roaring back to life. City officials toured the tree-lined streets of historic Shelby last week to talk shop and trade ideas with other downtown developers at the … more
Federal judges will begin deciding today whether elected officials can lead the public prayers that often open town, city and county government meetings. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia is scheduled to hear oral arguments … more
Low-skilled workers aren’t earning enough to provide for themselves and their families. The way we see it, there are two ways to remedy this. First, you can increase the minimum wage, requiring higher compensation for tasks that may not … more
How far can a parent go to discipline his or her child? That question made its way to the N.C. Court of Appeals in a case involving a Lee County resident and his 10-year-old son. Dean Michael Varner was charged with child abuse after striking his … more
As eastern North Carolinians thawing out from this week’s cold snap can attest, the warm glow of sunlight is welcome even when it arrives later than expected. Officials in Wilson and Middlesex passed on the opportunity to show their support … more
James Randi raises the bottle of sleeping pills to his lips and drains it as if it were a shot glass. There are no paramedics on standby to rush the stage, and no one dials 911. Audience members smirk, chuckle and applaud. It’s a routine … more
Most elected officials will extol the benefits of open government — after all, transparency is a bipartisan goal, and secrecy doesn’t poll well with the voters. But how many will vote to hold themselves accountable to the public they … more
A state panel’s egregious violation of North Carolina’s open meetings law could lead legislators to enact criminal penalties for government officials who slam the door on the public they serve. Sens. Bill Cook, R-Beaufort, and Norman … more
If you want accountability, change the law. That’s the takeaway from a North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling handed down last week that upholds a superior court judge’s decision to keep nearly 45 pages of minutes from a school … more
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