WASHINGTON — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first black secretary of defense.

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from Nov. 26-Dec. 2. Each $2 in revenue stamps is equal to $1,000 in valuation. (No fee required.)

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Dec. 21-25 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide additional assistance through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), expanding eligibility for some agricultural producers and commodities as well as updating payments to compensate …

Commendations to the health providers, law enforcement, military and helpers for such an orchestrated procedure for vaccines for COVID prevention at the Pitt County clinic on Friday. I was very impressed.

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Down to eight scholarship players available to play and without head coach Joe Dooley, East Carolina's basketball team was not able to hang with talented Memphis on Sunday in Minges Coliseum in an 80-53 loss to the Tigers.

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East Carolina’s baseball season will begin with attendance at Clark-LeClair Stadium limited to two family members per each competing student-athlete and coach.

RALEIGH – It took 50 years and one ounce to break the current state record for a channel catfish, but John Stone, of Pinehurst, now holds the new record after catching a 23-pound, 5-ounce catfish from a private pond in Moore County last September.

Commendations to the health providers, law enforcement, military and helpers for such an orchestrated procedure for vaccines for COVID prevention at the Pitt County clinic on Friday. I was very impressed.

BYH to residents and nonresidents driving through Brook Valley. This is an active neighborhood with no sidewalks and lots of children, walkers and bike riders. When passing these folks please move way over. If there is a car coming in the other direction please wait instead of trying to sque…

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President Trump is now former President Trump. With Joe Biden now President Biden, Democrats control the White House, the House and the Senate. An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the new Democratic administration. And yet there are signs that some Democrats’ obsession with Donald Trump — the…

Spokesmen from Dominion Energy and Smithfield food have touted the program being developed to collect methane gas from swine farm lagoons as an “eco-friendly” alternative to the current practice of releasing methane directly into the atmosphere.

The late year 2020 was a face-off year. 2021 begins likewise. We turned off our faces, tucking them away behind paper and fabric. We have steadily grown grim about the mouth and hide our scowls behind masks. It is, as Herman Melville put it, time to quietly take to the ship. Come, sail away …

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor has signed a revenue-sharing agreement with the Catawba Indian Nation that clears the way for Las Vegas-style gaming to be offered at a planned resort in Kings Mountain, officials said.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese state media have played up questions about Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine and whether it could be lethal to the very old. A government spokesperson suggests the coronavirus could have emerged from a U.S. military lab.