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One twist of the knob and the microfilm rewound itself onto the plastic reel. The microfilm reader light went dark. An adjacent computer screen that showed documents scanned and printed was … more
This is my last column. It closes out a 60 year career for me, and is also the official end of this newspaper. It has served the Mount Olive and surrounding area since 1904. I have been writing … more
It’s defeating to see a newspaper you tried to save die on your watch. But as I look back at the many issues of this periodical, I don’t see defeat. I see unwavering community coverage … more
In a couple of weeks our nation will celebrate its 246th birthday. That is a lot of years of hearing the bells of freedom ring and although the loudness of that sound seems to have faded a little … more
Sunday was tough. I lit a candle in memory of my dad and headed out the door to his favorite restaurant. Already packed before noon, I found a table and sat down. “Hey, how are you … more
RALEIGH — When I first began covering state politics and public policy in the late 1980s, North Carolina families dissatisfied with the quality of education provided by their local school … more
Last week, the North Carolina Senate passed House Bill 755, the “Parents’ Bill of Rights.” Among its provisions: A pathway for parents to request materials related to in-class … more
Technology is amazing. It’s annoying, too. Remember when phones with a rotary dial hung on the wall? If you made one mistake, you had to hang up and start over. Third-party and free … more
Remember when your mama used to say, “I’ll slap you into next week?” She meant it, and the first time I ever heard it, I was convinced when the day was done. Mamas in earlier … more
Protecting one’s self, family and property is essential in the American way of life. It has seen us through three centuries and more. It is just as important today as it was the moment … more
The next two weeks are special for high school students throughout Wayne County. You will turn your tassels and enter into the “real world.” You’ll experience a journey full … more
Ideas. Some days, they flow freely. Other days, they’re jumbled into pieces like a jigsaw puzzle. You try to find the corner pieces and work your way inside. It’s a myriad of … more
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