New and returning members of East Carolian University’s Board of Trustees are ready to tackle the job of growing the university and transforming eastern North Carolina.

WINTERVILLE — Pitt Community College will hold a number of special, “Fall Into Registration Day” events within the next few weeks to give students opportunities to meet with academic advisors and sign up for fall classes in-person.

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After winning 3A state championship most outstanding female swimmer as a sophomore and most recently securing two more state titles her junior year, Madeline Smith has one more school year to rack up medals and records as a J.H. Rose High School swimmer.

Kevin Hamilton was one of the athletes who shined frequently during the COVID-19-altered scholastic sports calendar, excelling for J.H. Rose High School in basketball and football as those seasons nearly overlapped in February.

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“There’s nothing good going on after midnight that you need to be part of,” my momma repeatedly told me. She was right. Our legislators would do well to heed that advice. No legislation passed after midnight is good for most of our state. Exhibit A is House Bill 951, passed by a 7-vote margi…

Since the new wave of race consciousness that has been sweeping our country, precipitated by the graphic video of the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin, something very strange has happened.

BYH ECU and PCC for not requiring vaccination against COVID. Are you offering a Things Not to Do During a Pandemic 101 class?

BYH, Town of Winterville. We haven’t seen the street sweeper in our neighborhood in more than a year. Monday morning I saw a City of Greenville street sweeper cleaning up the Sam’s parking lot. Maybe you should contract with them to keep our streets clean.

Thirteen of our American 50 states have passed so-called “vaccine freedom laws.” These 13 states comprise the Benighted States of America (BSA). Thank goodness that the other 37 states have not passed such laws.

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Last week, 39 million American parents began receiving a monthly child allowance ($300 per child under 6 years old, $250 per child ages 6-17). It’s the biggest helping hand to American families in more than 85 years.

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My friend Steve has a new neighbor downstairs. She threw a loud party right after moving in. Apartment walls are thin in New York City. It was like being trapped in an echo chamber.

This week, you are about to go on a journey of realization. You have to understand that reality is not always what it seems.

Right now, there is an abundance of delicious, fresh summer produce that awaits you. Grill it, chill it or eat it by itself, you can’t go wrong.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Healthcare Association announced on Thursday that several of the state's largest hospital systems will require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to continue working at their facilities.

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As a $26 billion settlement over the toll of opioids looms, some public health experts are citing the 1998 agreement with tobacco companies as a cautionary tale of runaway government spending and missed opportunities for saving more lives.

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The yearslong effort by state and local governments in the U.S. to force the pharmaceutical industry to help pay to fix a nationwide opioid addiction and overdose crisis took a major step forward Tuesday when lawyers for local governments announced they were on the verge of a $26 billion set…

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Most Americans who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19 say they are unlikely to get the shots and doubt they would work against the aggressive delta variant despite evidence they do, according to a new poll that underscores the challenges facing public health officials amid soaring infe…

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CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) — The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was returned to his hometown Friday for a private funeral amid heavy security following violent protests and fears of political volatility in the Caribbean nation.

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TOKYO (AP) — Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics finally opened Friday night with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to match a unique pandemic Games.

By triggering $1,400 stimulus checks for millions of people and expanding the child tax credit for many families, the pandemic offered a clear takeaway for some officials: That putting tax dollars in people’s pockets is achievable and can be a lifeline to those struggling to get by.

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