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One at a time: Educator's gift to college a lesson in effecting change

Wayne Bryant Roberts knew he could not help -- or save -- every child. Yet, he knew that there were a lot of them out there who did not have the means to pursue a college education. So, he...

A special tribute to Nelson Bland

Published in the Wednesday, Aug. 26 issue of the Mount Olive Messenger. (Award-winning newspaper reporter, photographer and columnist Nelson Bland died Monday afternoon, Aug. 24 following a period of declining health. Bland, 70, spent more than 40 years in...

Eyes on crime: Local residents are joining forces to put an end to shootings

You won't see their names here -- mostly because many of them have to live in the communities they are trying to protect. But they are as important to ending crime in Goldsboro and Wayne County as the officers...

Strong: Service members' actions in Paris reminiscent of Sept. 11 heroes

 When we talk about  Sept. 11, 2001, we most often focus on the victims -- the nearly 3,000 people who died that day. But what is often an afterthought is a plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field. On Flight...

The real stars: Teachers change lives every day, and they are district's MVPs

If you saw yesterday's News-Argus, you saw a rather touching exchange between a little boy ready to start first grade and his kindergarten teacher from the previous year. Ethan Jenkins wasn't too sure about his new class and new...

Give a gift: Tickets to annual wine night help teach neighbors to read

The best times are when you get the chance to enjoy a wonderful evening and you can help someone else in the process. And that is exactly what will happen if you purchase a ticket to this year's Reading...

Making lives really matter: Center scrutiny around those pulling the trigger

There is a movement afoot -- and it is getting louder. The group's goal? To advance the call, "Black Lives Matter," and to point to what they say are the violence against and unfair targeting of young black males...

Women's vote: Who is really the villain in the women's health debate?

It is campaign season so the claims have begun again and we are left to try to decipher who is for women's health and who is not. To borrow a phrase from Bill Clinton's infamous defense of his dalliance...

Scary reveal: Iran nuclear deal should be about safety, not legacy

There are times when you have to look beyond the public face to the motivation behind the scenes. And while on the surface the Iran nuclear deal is being pitched as an instrument for peace in the Middle East, there...

Live from New York ... NBC executives have a reason to love the latest White House race

Most of us remember Phil Hartman in a sweatsuit -- jogging into a D.C. McDonald's for a bite to eat with his "constituents." And we can still hear Will Ferrell's call for "strategery" and Darrell Hammond's assurance that just...

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