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North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dropped from the 10.9 percent 2010 high we experienced following The Great Recession to 4.0 percent in October. But that’s not uniform across the state. The … more
GUEST EDITORIAL The grim numbers from Samoa ought to end ill-informed notions circulated by anti-vaccine activists that measles is a harmless, passing rash. The small South Pacific country is … more
I sat several feet away from newly-elected Mayor Kenny Talton as he took the oath of office to his new post. Talton’s lovely wife, Carrie, and daughter, Emma, stood by his side as State Sen. Don … more
Poinsettias are a very common site during the Christmas holidays. You can find them in a wide range of colors from reds, pinks, marbles and whites. With proper care, poinsettias will provide color … more
The pleasure is mine to live on one of the few dirt roads still left in the county, or elsewhere in Eastern North Carolina. I certainly do not want to leave the impression of being against … more
GUEST EDITORIAL Our lawmakers are developing some of the bad habits of their cohorts in Washington. This would make amusing theater — at least, for folks who find the impeachment hearings … more
Ornamental grasses are sometimes overlooked as plants that can add interest to a landscape, but the foliage and flower plumes they produce will add a pop. Most ornamental grasses have arching foliage … more
There is an air of excitement in Mount Olive, and it is much more than the arrival of the holiday season. Foremost, of course, is the real kickoff of the holiday season with the Dec. 6 annual tree … more
Ol’ Man Winter came a little earlier this year when he roared in like a young man last week with his emphatic announcement — “I am here!” He arrived with full bag — a little frost, a … more
For many people in our area, the first fall frost of the season usually means that it is time to include collards with our fall meals. There is something about that first frost that people say makes … more
The frequent sounds of gunshots. Physical or sexual abuse by a parent or close relative. Watching a family member shoot up heroin. The anxiety of worrying about mom or dad in prison. Sadly, children … more
Now is the time to start planning for next year’s garden. The first step in those plans should include getting a soil test now so that you can have your soil prepared and amended by the time spring … more
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