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With renovations going on throughout the heart of the city, including the conclusion of the streetscape project, the downtown Goldsboro area is a bustle of activity.

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City Council seats in Goldsboro are becoming a hot commodity, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

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Newspapers are powerful sources of news, information, entertainment, learning, social gathering, event planning … I can easily keep going ad infinitum.

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With the Fourth of July sandwiched between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the six months from May through November make up the most patriotic times of the year. Throw in Flag Day, Constitution Day — usually Sept. 17 — and Election Day, and people would be hard-pressed to drive down any Main …

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The use of an inhalant — or “huffing” — likely was the cause of death for a Wayne County man found dead in April in a Goldsboro parking lot, according to an autopsy the News-Argus reported on Wednesday.

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As a third-grader more than a half-century ago, democracy was one of the words on my spelling list to study. Back then, studying meant we had to write out the word four times and then use it in a sentence.

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I’ve said for years that I am “office-equipment challenged.” Don’t get me wrong; I have stayed right on top of all the technological advances of the past 30 years. The problem is that after something new has come out, I have difficulty remembering how we did the old.

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The state budget, as it stands, may bring as much as $36.4 million in state funding to Wayne County, including $19 million in school construction, renovation and repairs.

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Filing for a chance at winning public office is just around the corner with municipal election filings starting July 5.

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Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina could mean more jobs, about 37,000 statewide, and health insurance coverage for some 365,000 people.

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The little computer that most hold in front of themselves is transforming lives. It seems that in our hands — in our cellphones — lies more information than any of us could ever absorb. In another two or three generations, people may function more like cyborgs, fictional characters with mech…

Police Chief Mike West believes the public treats his officers with the Goldsboro Police Department better than they did in the recent past. From what we have seen in incident reports and from news reports in the News-Argus, we say we believe it, too.

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What is to become of the Edgewood Community Developmental School? No one knows. Or, they are not saying. Wayne County Public Schools has been waiting on funding assurances given some federal cutbacks, decisions on grade and student placement and now the results of a lead paint inspection.

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While eating a bowl of ice cream, memories from my early years zapped my brain. The thoughts were so bright; it was as if I was 12 years old again sitting on the curb outside a convenience store eating a can of Franco-American spaghetti.

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Someone told me once that I have a teacher to thank for being able to do the work I do. That’s true, like my high school English teacher my sophomore year who introduced me to a book called “Word Power Made Easy.” I loved that book. It showed me a world of words I had not yet seen, the roots…

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About 15 states and the District of Columbia are looking at a way to ensure a national popular vote selects the president of the United States rather than the use of the Electoral College.

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The long-favored folk classic from 1974 “Cat’s in the Cradle” brings pause to many people, especially parents, when it compellingly starts, “My child arrived just the other day. He came to the world in the usual way …”

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Coming up next year, an ID will be required before a voter can receive a ballot. North Carolina is among the nearly 35 states requiring some form of voter ID. The law in N.C. first will be applied to the election in March.

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Over the past 243 years, Americans have had a love/hate relationship with their elected officials. Whether electing officials to a national office, a statewide concern or a local seat, the one thing all of the people could count on is that some constituents have had high expectations of thei…

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Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Belushi, Chris Farley, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, River Phoenix: This is just a handful of famous names of people who died over the past 50 years from some form of opioid abuse.

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Americans are consumers, no doubt about that. And when it comes to quenching our thirst, we don’t seem shy about dropping some dollars to do so.

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Officer Krupke couldn’t prevent the fated youth-gang fight between the Jets and the Sharks in the classic “West Side Story.” But as an officer spending time working the neighborhoods, walking a beat, his influence was felt.

This Memorial Day, like all of them before, is dedicated to remembering and honoring those military men and women who gave their lives, dying in defense of our country — what it stands for across the globe — and the rights and privileges this nation enjoys.

As we are coming upon the Memorial Day holiday, the proverbial beginning of the summer vacation season, it is best to remember the service of others. Monday, itself, is reserved for military men and women who paid the ultimate price to defend our great nation.

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.

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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…

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Property fraud is a real business for those who seek to take things from their victims illegally.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Guest Columist

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 …

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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.

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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?”

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.

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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.

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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…