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The number of new coronavirus cases grew by smaller margins in Pitt County early this week as the Memorial Day weekend drew to a close and officials continued to urge residents to take precautions.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Pitt County grew by 22 over the weekend as more business began to reopen while enforcing strict measures to control the virus’ spread.

Many community events are canceled or rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus response. Please email cancellations to community@reflector.com along with any outreach related to the response and continuing community activities that are not affected.

People stood on their front porches, driveways and backyard decks on Monday and in less than 45 seconds played the 24 musical notes that honor the United States’ war dead.

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Regional foes East Carolina and Old Dominion are set for six more football games — three at home for each team — during a span of 2022-2031, according to a joint announcement by the schools Wednesday.

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The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is hoping school teams can conduct non-contact workouts in mid-June, but that reality and the details of it will depend on continued guidance from Gov. Roy Cooper and state health officials.

East Carolina athletes Ryan Davis (track and field) and Alec Burleson (baseball) earned All-America status for this year, according to separate announcements Tuesday.

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East Carolina decided to eliminate all of its tennis and swimming and diving programs, but the process involved almost all Pirate teams being evaluated financially and for future sustainability.

A noted local outdoor television producer and conservationist hopes a lawsuit set to be filed in less than 60 days will start a conversation to help push large fishing trawlers out of the Pamlico Sound and back into the ocean.

Is it important to have racial or sexual diversity in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Heather Mac Donald suggests that some think it might be in her City Journal article “Should Identity Politics Dictate Vaccine Research?”

Bless everyone’s heart! I just want people to be nice again. This virus has made people angry and mad. I feel like people are looking for reasons to argue about something.

During the month of April alone, North Carolina lost 572,000 jobs, or 12.5 percent of the state’s total employment. That’s a higher rate of job loss than any of our neighbors experienced. Among the 12 Southeastern states, only Kentucky and West Virginia fared worse.

It’s not difficult to find bad policy examples from government-enacted lockdowns due to coronavirus, yet virtually none are worse than the idea of the federal government bailing out the states.

Tip for COVID-19. Please remember to wash your hands often, do not touch your face, social distance and when in public wear a face covering. Stay safe and be well. A spokesperson from the Clorox company said their wipes can be used to disinfect non-porous plastic packaging. Do not allow the …

As we stay home during the pandemic I’ve realized I need people. I need hugs. I crave conversation. I need to meet up with friends over a glass of wine at a packed bar. I need to sit at a crowded restaurant with friends breaking bread together. I need to be social. And you may be realizing, …