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Smart strategy: Wayne County commissioners use common sense in budgeting

The Wayne County Board of Commissioners finds itself in the position of having to wait on the legislature to decide on a state spending plan before it can set a county budget. Commissioners this week said they might have to...

Expensive decision: Judge rules in favor of state retirees over health insurance

A judge's ruling that the state of North Carolina owes money to retired workers who were forced six years ago to start paying premiums for health insurance coverage could cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars. The 2011 law...

High court and districts: Supreme Court rules against N.C. congressional boundaries

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the boundaries of two congressional districts in North Carolina, saying they were drawn to contain too many black voters. The apparent purpose, the justices said, was to reduce black voter turnout in the...

Grants vital: Community Development Block Grant program in danger

Thousands of communities across America, including many right here in Wayne County, have benefited from a federal grant program that President Donald Trump would eliminate. The Community Development Block Grant program has helped improve the lives of millions of Americans,...

Tragedy: Arnold Jones' fall fits the true meaning of the word

The true definition of a tragedy is not a natural disaster or other fatal event. A tragedy occurs when someone is the cause of one's own downfall. A hurricane or a fire might be disasters, but they are not tragedies...

Young hero: Private Dan Bullock finally getting recognition he deserves

Marine Pvt. Dan Bullock was a real American hero. The Goldsboro youth was the youngest American killed in combat in the Vietnam War. He was only 15, having lied about his age in order to enlist. He was killed when...

Loose lips: President needs to keep secret materials secret

President Donald Trump apparently revealed classified information to Russian officials last week, setting off a firestorm that broke this week when it was reported in the Washington Post. The White House denied the report, saying that any information that Trump...

Opioid abuse: Tuesday event at WCC aimed at educating public about dangers

The latest drug addiction problem to strike our society is that of opium-based painkillers, or opioids. Many people who have developed an addiction to these drugs started out using prescribed painkillers that are opium-based. Authorities say the problem has become...

Budget calls for tax cuts: Senate budget bill would cut state taxes by $1 billion

The state Senate rolled out its proposed budget for the coming year last week, and it differs sharply from the one previously put forth by Gov. Roy Cooper. The Senate version calls for more cuts in taxes that would help...

Arts funding: Federal budget includes money for arts, PBS

The new federal spending bill approved this week would spare funding for three arts-related agencies that President Donald Trump had proposed eliminating: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities....

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