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August 19, 2017

The plight of rural North Carolina, like the weather, generates lots of talk but little action. Conditions in the rural east and west continue to deteriorate while urban and suburban areas are thriving.

UNC’s Carolina Population Center reports that between 2010 and 2016 nearly 75 percent of…


Aug. 19 Darts & Laurels

August 19, 2017

Laurels — To a group of community-minded Girl Scouts. The fifth graders from Belvoir Elementary School decided to work on a beautification project as part of their “Be A Friend First Girl Scout Program.” They worked with teachers, staff and parents to clear grass and…


ANDERS: BKR shutdown another blow for Trucks

August 18, 2017

This seemed inevitable.

Brad Keselowski’s announcement Thursday that he will be shutting down Brad Keselowski Racing, which fields two full-time Camping World Truck Series teams, at the end of this season is a big one for many reasons.

For one, it shakes up the driver lineup for that series…


Rutledge: English composition skills might help build a house

August 18, 2017

My wife and I have, for more than a year, been telling people we are building a house. So far, bees are the only ones breaking ground on our plot.

I hate bees, and they certainly have no love for me or the Scag mowing machine I use each week to smash their little homes. A day later, the bees have…