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July 28, 2016

The members of Greenville’s Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church have a big vision for the the design and construction of the city’s planned memorial to the historic church once located on the Town Common. They should aim high, but be prepared for the landing.

Albi McLawhorn of…


N.C. Court of Appeals ballot not very appealing

July 27, 2016

Sometimes the worst corruption doesn’t happen when laws are broken, but when they are made. 

Case in point: Court of Appeals races are supposed to be nonpartisan, in that parties don’t nominate judges. But legislation, passed along party lines by the Republican majority in the…


Varner stands tall in McPhaul's memory

July 27, 2016

East Carolina men’s golf coach Press McPhaul remembers several things about his first recruiting trip to watch Harold Varner III play.

The tempo of Varner’s swing stood out, but so did some obvious flaws in how the Gastonia native hit the ball. McPhaul, who stands several inches north…


Enough of officers being killed for wearing a badge

July 26, 2016

Only a few hours had passed since police-involved shootings of armed suspects in Louisiana and Minnesota before social media lit up with calls to kill and murder law enforcement officers.

Elected officials like Governor Mark B. Dayton (D) of Minnesota were quick to judge the tragedy as motivated by…