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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

We can’t wait: Danger of gang activity cannot be ignored

The issue of gangs in Wayne and Duplin counties is not a new one. Local law enforcement officials have been discussing gangs, and the crime that usually goes along with them, for more than a year — and even longer...

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Vote for access: Choose judges who understand public’s right to know

You might wonder why you should care about your newspaper’s ability to access records about the dealings of your government and other public entities. After all, that’s our job to dig up secret information that public officials would rather we...

Friday, October 27, 2006

Eastern focus: Would-be legislators better keep region as priority

There is a phenomenon that happens to some legislators at the state and federal level when they get into office — they forget where they came from. For some, this manifests in all sorts of decisions that puzzle their constituents....

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Caring for others: WATCH nurse made health care for everyone her mission

Kathy Johnson is not someone whose name you will hear in everyday conversation. But if you are a client of the WATCH van services, you probably know her well. And if you have been involved at all with the organization...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

THE CHARGE — Resegregation is a battle cry; let’s talk cause and solutions

Sometimes when officials really don’t want to deal with an issue they throw around words meant to startle, cajole or otherwise shame a public body into taking some action — any action — whether it is the right one or...

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Volunteer heroes: Medal of Honor recipient one of many who choose to serve

Jack Lucas is a hero. At a very young age, the now-78-year-old Medal of Honor recipient decided that saving his comrades in arms was much more important than worrying about his own safety. So, without thinking too much — there...

Monday, October 23, 2006

No vote, no voice: Keeping quiet on Election Day no way to run a country

The new prediction from the ever-vigilant political pundits is that many Americans — in this case, primarily Republicans — will not be heading to the polls this November to protest what they see as a total failure to meet objectives...

Saturday, October 21, 2006

It’s too quiet: Time for earnest conversation about school facilities

Hear the sound of crickets? That is the only noise that is accompanying the deafening silence that has followed the weeks of talk about school facilities needs in Wayne County. After traveling to six high schools across the county, members...

Friday, October 20, 2006

Yes, take a look: Parents can help stop sex crimes before they happen

Another day and another potential child sex crime stopped because of an investigation by a local law enforcement agency. And, what makes it so scary, is that this is not just one — but one of many. There is a...

Yes, take a look: Parents can help stop sex crimes before they happen

Another day and another potential child sex crime stopped because of an investigation by a local law enforcement agency. And, what makes it so scary, is that this is not just one — but one of many. There is a...

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Who is willing? A few are leading the many when it comes to volunteering

Visit any of the local boards or volunteer organizations in this county and you will likely see many of the same faces. That’s the way of the world these days. With increasingly busy schedules, many people find themselves barely getting...

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Talking schools: Listening to concerns and acting will change future

Although in Wayne County the discussions have focused primarily on facilities and the Duplin County School District’s meetings dealt with more than just bricks and mortar, the efforts by both districts to listen to their communities’ concerns could be key...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Reason to worry: Rogue nations and nuclear weapons just don’t mix

These days, hearing threats against the United States and its “imperialistic” and “aggressive” attempts to rule the world are nothing new. So, sometimes when another rogue nation like North Korea threatens us or announces its decision to reject United Nations...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Safe not sorry: Knowing how to handle tragedy is best defense

No one wants to think about a shooting happening in Wayne County. A nice community like this, a parent would be justified in thinking, shouldn’t have that sort of violence. That is a worry for a larger county or...

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Higher standard: Perhaps we need to care about what really matters

Another day and another 25 minutes of nothing about what actor Mel Gibson might have said to a police officer on a traffic stop after having had much too much to drink. You would think by the way the national...

Friday, October 13, 2006

Your team: Sunday is Wayne County’s chance to see airmen fly

The Home Team. When you read that’s what the members of the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base F-15E demonstration team consider themselves, it should make you feel kind of proud. This group of men has been working pretty hard to...

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Big bucks tossed: High-dollar campaigns are sign of need for reform

Are you sitting down? There is actually a race for a North Carolina seat in the U.S. House of Representatives that has already cleared the multi-million dollar mark in donations. That’s right, we said millions. Incumbent Rep. Charles Taylor, a...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The real story: Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry tells story from the trenches

Over the next few months, there will be a whole lot of finger-pointing, blame-throwing and all manner of posturing about what is succeeding and what isn’t in the Bush administration’s policies in the Middle East. And although, for now, Iraq...

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

More than fish: Wayne County Shriners offer hope for children

You might not know Katie Walker, although if you ever hear her voice, you would never forget her. And if you bought a fish lunch or dinner from the Wayne County Shriners last week, you probably helped fund a program...

Monday, October 9, 2006

Another success: Wayne County’s fair crew deserves pat on the back

As Wayne County residents made their way around the Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair this past week, they might not have realized just how much work went into making sure fun was had by all. Fair manager Milton Ingram, his staff...

Sunday, October 8, 2006

Your responsibility: Before entering voting booth, get to know the candidates

The date is drawing near when Wayne County residents are going to have to get out and choose whom they want to see in some key positions in their county. Although there are only a few major races on the...

Friday, October 6, 2006

Multiple offerings: Cultural aspect is important for Wayne County, too

Now that the decision is final that city officials will be building not only a new Paramount Theater, but also a community building for local residents, it might be time to think about developing something else for Goldsboro and Wayne...

Thursday, October 5, 2006

Remembering: Violence we have seen can help us stop future tragedies

Few of us probably have forgotten the day that two high school students took guns into Columbine High School in Colorado and opened fire on their classmates in a library. We were shocked then, surprised that something this horrible could...

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Sad day for all: Town’s loss is being handled with a faith to be admired

For the people of Lancaster County, life will never be the same. This week, one of their own, a man they went to church with and whose children were beside theirs in school, took a gun and shot six Amish...

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

There’s still time: Come out and see what’s going on at your county fair

As busy as families are these days, sometimes they do not take the time to appreciate what they have right here at home. That’s what makes this week’s Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair such a can’t-miss opportunity. And it is not...

Sunday, October 1, 2006

Hindsight for sale: Woodwar’s Iraq book arrives during campaign season

Forget for the moment whether you think former reporter Bob Woodward really has the scoop on the real truth behind the war in Iraq. You could be excused, however, if you were sort of hoping that a man who has...