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Eastern North Carolinians on Friday will have access to data that shows whether local marine recreation areas meet federal safety standards, and it will include three popular Pitt County locations that tested as having a lower concentration of fecal bacteria than a year ago.

As summer approaches, officials with North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services want residents to be aware of algal blooms, bacteria, drowning and other dangers that can turn a peaceful day on the water into tragedy.

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A Greenville pair struck gold at the badminton competition at the Senior Games National Championships, which wrapped up recently in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Jacob McCann is a senior on the D.H. Conley lacrosse team and recently signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academics and athletics at Lincoln Memorial University.

It seems as though everyone is suffering the effects of inflation. So what is the problem? What is the cause? We can blame Biden, blame Putin, blame the war, blame the supply chain, blame the pandemic, blame the Democrats, blame the Republicans. But money doesn’t disappear.

Democrats are fighting over the Biden Administration’s antidumping investigation of Chinese solar manufacturers, and it’s a revealing brawl. Progressives want cheap and abundant green energy that boosts U.S. manufacturing, but they’re discovering they can’t have it all.

As most voters have shown they understand, Gov. Roy Cooper has been one of the best governors in modern North Carolina history. He’s a skilled lawyer, pragmatic politician and a caring and committed progressive who believes in human rights and building a fairer and more equitable and sustain…

BYH to the media for making Biden look heroic in getting relief for the baby formula shortage. The poor judgment of his administration is what caused the shortage in the first place. Just another fiasco of the month for Biden and the DNC. Bless your heart to anyone dumb enough to support a D…

As the world shifts its focus towards mourning the victims of senseless violence directed at racial and religious minorities, we should recognize that the Supreme Court actually has an opportunity to show the world where America really stands on racial diversity and race relations.

Happy Memorial weekend. Make it safe. Wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, keep your distance, consider taking a fast COVID test before you join a group of people and change your plans if you test positive — even if you have no symptoms. Get vaccinated and boosted, please.

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