The Making Pitt Fit Community Garden yielded a wellspring of bounty last year during the pandemic, and what was grown in the garden became just as important as what grew out of it, the site’s coordinator said.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating eight separate reports of vehicles being tampered with or broken into in neighborhoods off Black Jack-Simpson Road.

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed June 7-11 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

AYDEN — A journey to find more natural products led Dancia Carter to open Yellow Flower Boutique in Ayden. On June 18, the Ayden Chamber of Commerce celebrated the new business.

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CARY — Friday’s Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview served as yet another offseason opportunity for third-year East Carolina football coach Mike Houston, if he wanted, to maybe learn something new about Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice.


CARY -- Check out a photo gallery from our Ronnie Woodward at the 18th annual Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview featuring in-state college football coaches and Ayden-Grifton's Alphonso Boyd as a $10,000 scholarship recipient Friday.

One of the final moments for Alexis Hastings as a multi-sport standout at South Central High School was one of her most significant, when she won the triple jump event at the 4A track and field state championship meet. She took first place with a mark of 37 feet, 9 inches.

Moses Tufts was the leading scorer and go-to player for the South Central High School boys’ basketball team, which enjoyed a clean 13-0 regular season before COVID-19 protocols caused the team to forfeit in the first round of the state playoffs.

As a physician assistant in Greenville working to promote COVID vaccination, I was dismayed to read a Public Forum piece in the Saturday-Monday Reflector minimizing the impact of the virus, questioning the vaccine safety and efficacy and promoting conspiracy theories.

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It’s clear how the two political parties want to define the debate in next year’s elections, in North Carolina and nationally. Republicans want to argue about race and culture. Democrats want to argue that government can work and can help people.

BMH, I set my alarm extra early to be sure I have enough time to lie there being angry about having to wake up.

On Wednesday March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — North Carolina voters were led to believe that the people they elected to the state House of Representatives voted 119-0, approving legislation making it easier for applied behavior analysis therapists to practice in North Carolina. It is a therapy…

Fear of COVID. Fear of food shortages. Fear of global warming. Fear of gas shortages. Seems like life today revolves around fear. My greatest fear is that my wife will finally throw me out. Of course, I doubt it will be while I am getting that extra $375 a week extra unemployment check. She …

KENANSVILLE — Family and friends gathered last Friday to celebrate a special day in Kenansville, as Edith Hall Garrett celebrated 102 years of life. Commissioner Jesse Dowe, Duplin County Board of Commissioners presented Garret with a proclamation letter in honor of this special day.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The number of North Carolinians in the hospital due to COVID-19 has doubled in the last two weeks, the 14-day rolling average of new daily cases has increased by nearly 200% and the share of tests coming back positive is at its highest level in more than five months.

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — Brenda Williams remembers moving into the House of Mercy in Belmont nearly nine years ago and immediately wanting to leave. She had lived in her own apartment in Gastonia for 11 years and was used to the life she had there.

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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CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man accused of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was pleading guilty in Cherokee County on Tuesday, hoping for a sentence of life without parole to the first four of the shooting deaths.

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TOKYO (AP) — Angelina Melnikova, a celebrated gymnast from Russia, was gliding around the parallel bars when breaking news started rocketing around the world: her competitor, American superstar Simone Biles, was scratched from the competition.

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