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Answering readers questions-what happened to Billy Weaver and other random thoughts

Those of you who have lived in the area for a while know better than to get too attached to your favorite local television news ... Read more

4 days ago by Steve Barnes.

Spreading the word across the pond-Underground Railroad Museum goes international

I was recently interviewed by the Guardian Newspaper and The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), both news service outlets in Great Britain. The purpose of the interviews ... Read more

4 days ago by Leesa Jones.

Calling both sides of the lucky coin

Vail Stewart Rumley wrote the original version of this column on Sept. 15, 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks.  I prepared to go to work ... Read more

6 days ago by Vail Stewart Rumley.

Washington’s storm-warning tower

123 years ago, coastal shipping was still an essential method of moving goods to market. The Federal government recognized that a system was needed to ... Read more

1 week ago by Ray Midgett.

Vaccinations, masks create safe learning environments

As a pediatrician serving eastern North Carolina, as well as a father to school-aged children, I truly appreciate the important role that in-person education has ... Read more

1 week ago by Vidant Health.

Cooler weather brings thoughts of exercise and football

I seem to be at my creative best while sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch. It’s a little cooler now, so I ... Read more

1 week ago by Steve Barnes.

Politicians hurt students with a teacher shortage; they must fix this now with a better state budget

By DIANE MITCHELL and DEE GRISSETT If you sat down in the dentist chair, you would think it crazy if the receptionist barged in to ... Read more

1 week ago by Guest Editorialist.

Letter to the Editor: Ivermectin isn’t benefitting you

To the Editor, “You are not a horse; you are not a cow.  Seriously, y’all.  Stop it!” says the Food and Drug Administration. Why would ... Read more

1 week ago by Letters to the Editor.

Labor Day and Homecoming-reunions, skating and storytelling

Milt and I enjoyed the Labor Day weekend with friends.  We had a wonderful time remembering the good old days when we were students here ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Leesa Jones.

Letter to the Editor: Pay attention, drivers

To the editor, School buses are running again in the mornings and afternoons. Safety for our students who ride the NC school buses should be ... Read more

2 weeks ago by Letters to the Editor.

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