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Big Sweep: Annual cleanup campaign should be unnecessary

The annual Big Sweep campaign will be running this week and next, with volunteers collecting garbage from along highways and waterways across the county. The work the volunteers do is a great public service, but it is something that shouldn't...

The debate: Let's hope there is more than just mud slinging

More than 100 million people are expected to tune in Monday night to watch the first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. A lot is riding on how well each candidate performs. With Clinton's lead in...

Fall, finally: Summer has disappeared from the landscape

It might not seem like it at first glance, but fall is upon us. The calendar marked the first day of autumn this week, and although the days might still be warm and muggy, there is no doubt but...

Trump on the stump: Candidate delights rowdy crowd in Duplin County

Donald Trump came to Duplin County on Tuesday, and he did not disappoint the thousands of supporters who turned out to hear his message. Trump promised the largely white crowd that he would bring back jobs from overseas, tighten border...

Trump in Duplin: GOP candidate should feel right at home in Kenansville

Donald Trump is coming to Duplin County today and likely will receive a warm welcome from the thousands of rural voters who are expected to overflow the Duplin Events Center near Kenansville. Political experts say the decision to make a...

J.D. Evans: Late county commissioner to be honored with portrait

Everybody, it seemed, liked J.D. Evans. The late county commissioner had an outgoing personality and a congenial manner about him. It made him many friends. But Evans was more than just an affable politician. He was an educator who wanted...

HB2 at home: Local school officials are working on developing policy

Much has already been said about the effects of House Bill 2, the state law that requires people to use the public restroom of their natural gender and not the gender they identify themselves with. But so far the discussion...

Helping hand: Salvation Army food pantry in need of goods

The Salvation Army is asking the Wayne County community to step  up once again and help restock the shelves of its pantry, which are almost bare. We fully believe this community will come through as it has in the past....

Sage advice: 4th Fighter Wing leader has good ideas for community

Col. Christopher Sage, commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, does more than just ensure that his jets are battle ready. Sage is acutely aware of the base's role in the Wayne County community, and...

NCAA pullout: Removal of championships is biggest test yet for HB2

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has decided to remove seven championship sporting events from North Carolina because of the state law that requires transgender people to use the restroom of their anatomical gender rather than their gender identity. The move...

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