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July 29, 2016

There is something especially insidious about the latest addition to the nation’s addiction and overdose list: powerful painkillers such as OxyContin that are known together as "opioid" drugs. Unlike street drugs, these prescription drugs were once marketed as a breakthrough in treating pain,…


Can a congregation's faith move a city council?

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…