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In many ways, the world starts over Monday morning as students head back to the classroom for the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. As we look forward to the crisp days of autumn, to a return … more
Buses will arrive and school bells will ring Monday, but the first Wilson County Schools homework assignment for the 2018-19 term will be one for the parents. In late May, your Wilson County Board … more
THUMBS UP to Advance Auto Parts’ decision to open a regional parts distribution center in Elm City, which could help pave the way for more commercial growth in northern Wilson County. The center … more
The most surprising thing about the toppling of “Silent Sam” on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus Monday night was that it took so long to happen. The statue of a Confederate soldier, standing with his … more
When demonstrators pulled Silent Sam from his perch Monday night, the University of North Carolina joined an ignoble list of colleges where peaceful protest gives way to lawlessness and mob … more
News from the front lines of the war on drugs is unchanged: We’re still losing. And despite the introduction of a few new weapons in the war — which dates back to the Nixon administration — … more
In Tom Fetzer’s defense of his recent actions as a member of the UNC Board of Governors, he was right about one matter: Secrecy is not paramount in the search for a new chancellor at one of our … more
Local businesses, nonprofits, families and individuals came through for Wilson County students, and the proof is on display this morning in the Fike High School auditorium. Wilson County Schools … more
It is remarkable when five former governors of the same state, three Democrats and two Republicans, stand shoulder-to-shoulder and sound the same message. But that is what happened on Monday when … more
State Auditor Beth Wood has found a big problem with the state’s wholesale and retail liquor distribution agency. Nearly $14 million worth of problem. And if this state’s … more
North Carolina’s Prohibition-era government monopoly on liquor sales may face its most formidable challenge in decades after last week’s scathing state audit showed widespread waste and … more
The back-to-school countdown has begun. Two weeks from Monday, the annual rite of passage will commence: students will board buses, pile into minivans and clamber into cars … more
The tug-of-war over construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has dropped in the direction that we believed it always would, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission last week giving the … more
Wilson County’s economy isn’t out of the woods yet, but local leaders are convinced we’re on the right path. That path has more twists and turns than we’d like, considering that a recent … more
In a role reversal rich with political irony, Tar Heel Democrats are scoring populist points by scolding the state’s Republicans for raising taxes. The North Carolina Democratic Party slammed … more
So far, Smithfield Foods is 0-for-3 in lawsuits filed against it by neighbors of its industrial-scale hog farms. Given juries’ reactions to the evidence they’re heard in each of the three … more
In courtrooms in Raleigh this week, judges are hearing arguments they shouldn’t have to hear. Gov. Roy Cooper, the NAACP, Clean Air Carolina and a couple of judicial candidates — one for the … more
The numbers are troubling and on the edge of embarrassing — 2,386 North Carolina elementary school teachers have failed the math portion of their licensing exam since 2013. So says a report … more
Half a billion dollars could buy a lot of new highway construction around the state. Or it could instead go to more than 500 landowners who had their property rights hijacked by a state law that was … more
A Winston-Salem surgeon tired of seeing his patients saddled with sky-high bills for diagnostic tests decided to do something about it — he opened his own imaging center and cut the cost of MRI … more
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