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Jan. 7 Darts and Laurels

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Cornell Powell reads to second-graders in Greenville in 2013. The former Rose star will play in the college football championship on Monday.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Laurels

To the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina for the continuing efforts of staff and volunteers to find homes for cats and dogs. Success at the Humane Society is measured by saving animal lives through adoptions, and the center’s professionals and volunteers had 743 reasons to celebrate the departing year. That’s how many cats and dogs were adopted there in 2016, a record-shattering accomplishment. That's news worth a tail wag or two.

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To Pitt County’s anemic job market. The unemployment rate dropped slightly in November, but local and regional job growth continues to show little change, once again lagging behind state and national levels. The seasonally adjusted rate was 5.4 percent. The trend of slow growth and regional disparity shows no signs of changing any time soon, ECU economist Jim Kleckley said. One bright marker that bodes well for the county and region was the recent “future interstate” designation of U.S. 264, he said.

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To the N.C. Baptist Men who have helped rebuild the homes of two families in Martin County. Charlie and Lisa Silverthorne and their neighbor, Bill McCombs, lost everything when flooding from Hurricane Matthew damaged their residences. The Baptist Men gutted and rebuilt them, all at no charge. These volunteers come from across the state, using donated materials and their own labor to help people when they need it most. As Lisa Silverthorne said, "It's just such a blessing."

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To Jarvis Memorial United Methodist Church's ongoing efforts to help victims of flooding from Hurricane Matthew. The church already has reeled in more than $21,000 in donations and is hosting a fish stew fundraiser on Friday to add to that total. About 71,000 homes in eastern North Carolina received some type of damage from the flooding. The community's support is helping neighbor's stay afloat.

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To the death of a Beaufort County 6-year-old killed in shooting accident. An 11-year-old boy was showing two girls a shotgun he got for Christmas when the gun went off. The incident serves as a painful reminder that parents must not allow children to handle weapons without close supervision and that all firearm owners take precautions. This includes pointing the muzzle in a safe direction, engaging the safety and keeping firearms unloaded when they are not in use. Ignoring the rules leads to tragedy.

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To student athletes who were honored for their hard work on the field Thursday when they were named to the Associated Press all-state high school football team. Writers from 23 newspaper chose D.H. Conley quarterback Holton Alhers and J.H. Rose running back E.J. Harris for the honor. And kudos to former J.H. Rose star Cornell Powell, who will be in college football’s national championship game Monday between Alabama and Clemson. Sorry Tide fans, we will be pulling for Clemson.

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To anyone who hits the road without an urgent reason during winter weather. A low-pressure weather system is expected to bring snow and bitterly cold temperatures to the area throughout the weekend and likely will make driving conditions extremely hazardous. Let road crews do their job, and stay home until the any roadway accumulation melts. Don’t make the weekend a nightmare for yourself and our first responders who will have to be out there with you.


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