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.
Some of you reading this article will remember how neighbors would coordinate the scheduling of hog killings, corn suckings, wood cuttings and tobacco barning.
The admonition to “follow the money” has long been the advice given to those wishing to understand the motives of people pursuing certain courses of action.
The community is no less safe nor less secure without them, not because they are so easily replaced but because the legacy they leave behind is ingrained in each and every officer they have mentored over their illustrious careers.
We sincerely hope, with the steps taken against Syria and the Bashar Al-Assad regime in the wake of the recent chemical attacks, that a new era is being forged in the Trump presidency.
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.
It is still a couple of weeks away, but to learn that two Thursdays from now the Patriot Guard will be escorting home the remains of an airman shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War has us thinking.
David Berkowitz shot and killed six people and wounded several others between the summers of 1976 and '77, because a barking dog told him to do it. He is dubbed a serial killer.
Anyone willing to donate more than half a million dollars to fund a literacy program benefiting the poorest population of a county clearly knows the true value of money.
In one regard, if in no other, the National School Walkout demonstration in which students left their classrooms for 17 minutes on Wednesday to mark the 17 lives lost a month prior in Parkland, Florida, was nothing short of a success.
County commissioner Joe Daughtery said Tuesday that he and other commissioners were "shocked and disappointed" at the school board's recent 5-2 decision to begin implementing class size reduction measures despite a recent reprieve fought diligently for and won by our locally elected state re…