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Funds lost: Lottery's original promise one that should be honored

The Wayne County commissioners and the state county commissioners association are not the only ones who should hold the legislators in Raleigh responsible for the use of lottery funds in the state. The voters should, too. County leaders are...

A solution: Special Olympics dilemma a chance to do something good

People in glass houses should not throw stones. This is a principle the county commissioners should keep in mind as they continue to navigate yet another rocky community shore. If they do, they might actually be able to avoid another...

High honor: Emily Weil's commitment to her community is unmatched

The old saying goes that behind every successful man is a woman. If you asked local businessman David Weil if that phrase applies to the 2015 Cornerstone Award recipient, he would likely say no. He would say his wife,...

Wagons ho: Partnerships like new WCC center will set the right course

There is no question that one of this county's biggest assets is located on Wayne Memorial Drive. And now, that influence is expanding. The decision to purchase the Cooper Bussmann facility to create an advanced manufacturing center for Wayne...

What's next? President Obama laid it out; now we will see how it plays out

So the gauntlet has been thrown -- and while there were bits of conciliation and a hint that perhaps there might be some shared goals -- the country needs to buckle its seatbelts. It is going to be a...

State of Union: President's message tonight seems to be about legacy

It is an annual tradition that some see as just another chance for politicians to pontificate without actually meaning anything they say. And that goes, by the way, for both Republicans and Democrats. But the State of the Union...

Remember: Take time today to really read Dr. Martin Luther King's speech

We talk about it every year about this time. We quote some of the most famous lines from it. But how many people have really read the whole text of the speech that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave on...

Prayer call? Unity doesn't come from force-feeding

Duke University officials might have thought they had good intentions with their decision to offer Duke Chapel for a Muslim prayer call every Friday. The idea was to spread tolerance and to encourage campus unity. Well, you see how...

Good news: Another day, another announcement. Let's be positive.

When there is good economic news in a community, it is easy to catch yourself waiting for the other shoe to fall. But in Goldsboro in the last 12 months -- and really all over Wayne County -- there has...

Heroes to all: Firefighters don't just put out fires, they also save lives

It might seem like a small thing to some -- a missing dog in the face of a fire that heavily damaged a family's home. But it did matter, not just to one of the women who lived there,...

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