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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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.

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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.

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.

BYH Greenville for having more people buying and using bikes here than ever before yet still failing to add even a single share the road sign, protected bike lane or even any signs telling the safe way to cross railroad tracks. Be more like Farmville that has many of these and where my famil…

Recently, I was considering the process of initiating a petition to drive a statewide ballot Initiative. I am aware that this process exists in other states so I just assumed we as citizens of North Carolina have that same process in place.

Did you know that three countries on Earth refused to allow the COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed within their countries? Did you also know that the Haiti president, the Tanzania president and the Burundi president are all now dead!

Bless your heart, City of Greenville. What has happened to grass mowing in the city? Just look around at all of the nearly knee-high grass on city property and roadsides. Tacky!

As the last presidential election approached, one could sense that something was wrong with the polls. The race felt tighter than the polls indicated, and specifically, Joe Biden’s solid lead in the polls felt less solid than the surveys suggested. As they had in 2016, pollsters appeared on …

An old spiritual, “Mary Don’t You Weep,” has the following lyrics: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water but the fire next time.” The line is taken to mean that unrepentant humankind would not be destroyed again by flooding but rather by fire. These days, though, twin catastrophes s…

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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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Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86.

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INDIAN FALLS, Calif. (AP) — California's largest wildfire merged with a smaller blaze and destroyed homes in remote areas with limited access for firefighters, as numerous other fires gained strength and threatened property across the U.S. West.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday.

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ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A bus swerved off a highway and crashed in Croatia early Sunday after the driver apparently fell asleep, killing 10 people and injuring at least 44 others — some of them seriously, authorities said.

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