It’s been about 25 years since I first came to the South. I say I have lived in the South all my life. But the first 30 years or so living in “Southern” California doesn’t seem to sit well with traditional Southerners.
The North Carolina Department of Commerce prepares 10-year projections of employment for nearly 90 industries and 800 occupations statewide and 16 sub-state areas. These projections, started in 2017, are an estimate of the future demand for workers based on historical employment data and var…
Two closed sessions of public bodies are being considered this week. So, we think this is an excellent time to remind the elected officials, and board attorneys, just what state law says about conducting the people’s business behind closed doors, away from the public’s eyes.
It has come to my attention that a few misunderstandings exist with items that appear in your News-Argus. Specifically, I am talking about the differences between news and sports pages and the opinion page.
Wayne County public schools are closed today so that teachers and staff could attend an education rally in Raleigh. Or, that’s how it was reported. In a statement over the weekend, Wayne County Public Schools officials — specifically Superintendent Michael Dunsmore — said that the expected h…
You are not going to read much about sports in this column. Sports is fantastic. I love reading about it and watching it. However, I’ve never been much of a sports writer and had little success on any field of competition as a youth.
People usually do not salute road project planning. It seems widening a roadway brings about grimacing in many who do not want to see increased traffic in their area, stormwater problems or the right-of-way erosion of their property.
An attorney representing a city council must be well-versed in many aspects of state law to ensure the people and clients are appropriately protected.
Business leaders know firsthand that a strong workforce is essential to North Carolina’s economy. We also know that employee health is a big contributor to the strength of our workforce. That’s why the NCEast Alliance Chambers supports a solution to closing the health insurance coverage gap …
Spring is a period of renewal, return and resurrection. It is fitting, then, on this Good Friday before the Easter holiday that we contemplate these aspects of the season and how they relate to us.
One of the perks of my job is getting a chance to meet good people daily. The downside, at times, is that some people can be quite rude and not so good to experience.
Several years ago I sent out a political campaign mailer with this question in bold print: “Did you ever think in your wildest imagination that we would have to define marriage?”
The 33rd annual North Carolina Pickle Festival opens its two-day run today. And as they like to say in Mount Olive, “It’s kind of a Big Dill!”
I’ve been wearing a beard for about 15 years. Even though I have had to shave it off a few times, and that it has turned undoubtedly gray, I prefer it. The beard has become a part of who I am. Some may call it my identity. I don’t. I say: I wear a beard, it’s not who I am.
As a pediatrician who has spent most of the last 42 years working with state and federal government leaders to improve children’s access to comprehensive health services, I find our General Assembly’s stance against Medicaid expansion totally unacceptable.
Goldsboro has a council- manager form of government. The mayor and city council, therefore, set policy and hire a city manager to implement those policies. A manager is given specified statutory authority, including hiring and firing of employees. With more than 400 employees within the City…
You might remember a few weeks ago my writing about Jack, our dog, who was diagnosed with lymphoma and given just a short time to live. Well, that short time was about six weeks. Jack died two weeks ago today sitting in my wife’s lap as the two of them decided to take a nap. Life passed from…
We accept that meetings that have gone on between Wayne County commissioners and county school board members have been done above board. We also do not doubt that the “backroom meetings,” as schools’ Superintendent Michael Dunsmore calls them, were held legally.
People helping people is a crucial element to life in Wayne County. Four Norwayne Middle School students decided to practice this firsthand when they built a “blessing box,” which helps people help each other by providing canned food, toiletries and other items to people in need.
Recently the North Carolina House and Senate leaders announced their agreement on how much they would appropriate in your next state budget.
Children excited about education is a wonderful thing. And when an organization steps up to fever students’ interest in learning, it is doing something great. It is starting a lifetime of learning.
The Herman Park Recreation Center will soon have a whole new look. In fact, it will be a whole new building, complete with two gymnasiums, as the existing center is razed to make room for the new one.
In films, dating back to when pictures were still silent, police officers have been portrayed as lying in wait — many times hidden from sight — for an apparent criminal-type reckless driver or speedster. In films, these are referred to as “speed traps,” and that name has carried over to our …
I am going to walk out on a ledge and say something that I know to be true and that many people may find unbelievable. Here we go. Are you ready? “Anyone in Wayne County who wants to work can work.”
The competition among eastern North Carolina cities and towns is high pressure when it comes to development and redevelopment dollars. Buildings that lie idle only spoil the overall look and function of a downtown or urban area; they also place a drain on public resources due to the need for…
Frequently over the past several decades there has been regular and sometimes sensational attention in the public square directed toward all levels of government claiming violations of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
For several years, overall school performance in North Carolina has been graded differently than student performance. Some school districts have used a 15-point scale to grade performance rather than the 10-point scale required of students.
When it comes to plans for redistricting, the Wayne County Public Schools Board of Education needs a reminder that a horse will pull but not push a cart; so putting the cart before the horse will get you nowhere.
We believed we would be hard pressed to find anyone who disagreed that controlling 2 tons of metal and plastic polymers at 60 mph requires anything less than the operator’s full attention.
This past week, I was having a slightly rotten day. Trust me; these bad days don’t affect me that often. And even when one does, my mom used to say, “No matter how bad things get, smile through them. It may not make them better, but it makes the day more tolerable.”
Gov. Cooper has been on several farms in Eastern North Carolina over the last few months attempting to show concern for the plight of our farmers as a result of the recent hurricanes.
It was 1971 when we were all introduced to Iron Eyes Cody, dressed as a Native American, openly shedding a tear in a public service announcement over what he saw as the destruction of America’s natural beauty due to people’s thoughtless littering. Everywhere around Cody in the commercial was…
Encouraging public transportation benefits everyone, whether they are bus riders or not. So, the idea that the Goldsboro City Council sees a need for new bus shelters is an admirable one.
The Goldsboro City Council’s decision to allow free use of the T.C. Coley Center is a good one. For one year, not-for-profit groups seeking to use the center will do so at no cost while the city looks for a viable nonprofit to take over the facility.
The Fiscal Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly has published its General Fund Revenue Update, and I will share some of the highlights presented in that report.
I arrived in Goldsboro in August and started my job as the editor on Aug. 6. It didn’t take long before I was thanking God that the former News-Argus owner, Hal Tanner III, thought enough of me to bring me in to run his newsroom. I have been an editor for more than 20 years and was a reporte…
The people of Eastern North Carolina will have a new voice in the North Carolina Senate this year. My longtime friend, mentor and senator has decided to step away from politics, and it could not be more bittersweet. Louis M. Pate Jr. is a man who dedicated his life to not only Eastern North …
State Sen. Lewis Pate (R-7th) has left the General Assembly. This is not news. Pate made it clear in October that if elected to a fifth term in November it would be his last.
Flooding and ruined roads still plague Wayne County after Hurricane Florence, and now this past week with Tropical Storm Michael. Many people still need assistance, and we continue to follow cleanup efforts, property repair and aid getting to those the storm affected.
As I approached the keyboard to begin this article, the muffled sound of the generator outside of our house served to remind me of the stormy conditions associated with Hurricane Florence.
Exploitation of people in North Carolina comes in many forms — from forced labor to commercial sex — and it is with great disappointment that I must say the General Assembly has rescinded three words from a mandate that could save victims from it.