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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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…

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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.

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…

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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.

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As many of you may know, the opening day of the 2019-20 biennial session of the North Carolina General Assembly was Wednesday.

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.

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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.

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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.

We of the pre-internet era can recall going to the encyclopedia or phone book for information. We remember the obnoxious sound of dial-up Internet connections, logging on to AOL, having learned to use email, then instant messenger -- arguing with people in chatrooms long before there were su…

Many of the elders who spoke at Tuesday's march for justice regarding the unsolved murders in the city spanning as far back as 1995 put the onus on themselves more so than the police department.