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Newspaper life isn’t easy.

We journalists at community publications have to contend with social media — those who want to publish the news first despite its accuracy.

Here at the Tribune, we pride ourselves on first-hand news that is factual and informative to our readers. Whether it’s town government, county education, crime or sports, it is our responsibility to make sure it’s correct.

We hold ourselves accountable in that regard.

Within the coming weeks, we plan to tell you about a new business that has come to downtown Mount Olive and a well-established restaurant in southern Wayne County.

There’s an expansion taking place at a local medical facility that has outgrown its current building.

Kenney Moore is getting closer to opening a state-of-the-art Highway 55, ironically on N.C. Highway 55, that will serve both dine-in and drive-thru customers. He just recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of his creation that offers mouth-watering cheesesteaks, burgers and milkshakes in multiple states.

Tractor Supply has started construction on its building at the intersection of Northeast Church Street and Breazeale Avenue.

Five advisory committees set up by Mayor Ken Talton are working diligently to improve this 5,000-resident, history-rich town. They’ve got some great ideas that are certain to draw visitors and hopefully create some much-needed traffic in the downtown area.

There’s a lot going on, folks.

I and my co-worker, Mr. William Holloman, feel grateful that we’ll be able to share these community-based stories with you.

But there’s more out there.

And I’m asking for your help, reader.

Tell us about that neighbor or friend who goes above and beyond to help anyone they can.

I know parents are taking their kids fishing on either the Neuse River or a private pond somewhere in the county. Where are those “first fish” photos?

What kid wouldn’t want to see their name and picture in the paper?

Youth leagues are active again.

Travel ball teams are seeking players to fill positions. If you’ve got a local team, send those team photos and let us know how you did in tournament play.

These are just a few things that help local newspapers thrive.

Someone recently told me that more content leads to more advertising. In a sense, that person is right. But the truth is ad sales help determine page counts, which ultimately determines the number of printable pages in each edition.

The more ads, the more room for content.

Mount Olive and surrounding communities, the Tribune is YOUR newspaper.

It’s time to become more active and support the town’s oldest business that’s existed for 117 years.

Rudy Coggins is assistant editor of the Mount Olive Tribune. He can be reached at


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