The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Registrar of Deeds from Dec. 17-23:

The following new corporations in Pitt and neighboring counties filed Dec. 14-18 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

Black families are a source of empowerment, and racism needs to be exposed and removed at its source, a speaker told audience members during Pitt Community College’s ninth annual MLK Scholarship Tribute.

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East Carolina slipped from a three-way tie with Houston and Tulane in the American Athletic Conference women's basketball standings when it lost 66-56 to Houston in Minges Coliseum on Saturday.

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East Carolina announced its full baseball schedule, beginning Feb. 19 and including eight four-game American Athletic Conference weekend series in addition to nonconference matchups versus North Carolina, Duke, St. John’s and Appalachian State.

Despite dropping the first set, the first-seeded D.H. Conley Vikings secured a 3-1 victory over Cedar Ridge in the second round of the 3A state volleyball playoffs, advancing to the third round of the bracket and spoiling Cedar Ridge’s perfect season.

Pitt Community College athletics director Dawn Manning announced this week PCC canceled its basketball and volleyball seasons due to concerns over playing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while taking a wait-and-see approach to upcoming outdoor sports baseball and softball.

The Pitt County DA and his ADs need to get to work along with local law enforcement officers. 2020 was an awful year for murders. 2021 is not off to a good start with a shooting at the mall. Did we implement community policing already or what? Has the DA won a case or does he stay in the com…

BYH to the people giving the COVID vaccine. Maybe we should have Chick-fil-A administer when we finally get enough. They have the system of moving people through down pat.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — These North Carolina lotteries were drawn Sunday:

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BEIJING (AP) — China eked out 2.3% economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled with rising infections.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's arrest as he arrived in Moscow after recovering from his poisoning with a nerve agent drew criticism from Western nations and calls for his release, with Germany's foreign minister on Monday calling it “incomprehensible.”

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court handed him a two and a half-year sentence for his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal that spurred massive protests and ousted South Korea’s then-president.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — After sprinting ahead in the race to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the international drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine.