The Greenville Police Department reported a decrease in both property and violent crimes in 2020, but noted homicides in the city more than doubled during a year the police chief called “an anomaly.”

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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 East Carolina women’s basketball season might have been at a crossroads when ECU trailed by 10 points during the third quarter to UCF in Minges Coliseum on Wednesday night.

East Carolina’s men’s basketball game for Wednesday at Cincinnati was postponed because of a positive COVID-19 case within Cincinnati’s team and contact tracing of student-athletes.

COVID-19 is raging. More and more school districts are making decisions not to return students to in-class instruction until early spring; some will not return for the remainder of the school year, even though the numbers of students contracting the virus aren’t alarming. We understand the s…

The push to develop vaccines for COVID-19 was called Operation Warp Speed, but the delivery of two vaccines approved so far might be called Operation Hurry Up and Wait. The delay is especially pronounced in North Carolina, which late last week ranked 42nd in the nation in the percentage of i…

This plus 75er also gives kudos to the Vidant COVID vaccine rollout. It was a well-oiled machine, and all the staff were so helpful and so nice.

No Bless Your Heart to whoever took the baby Jesus from the nativity at First Presbyterian Church.

To the folks who keep quoting Benjamin Franklin, your civil rights don’t include spreading a deadly disease. Freedom always comes with responsibility.

Year after year, thousands of Americans attend the March For Life — marching past the U.S. Capitol in late January, close to the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.

One reader asked why I start each column with a reminder to eat healthy, be physically active and follow the three Ws. “You would think we would all know it by now,” he said. I said, looking around, we all need gentle reminders.

Winter is chicory season. Chicories are the often-labeled bitter greens, which include radicchio, endive, puntarelle and escarole. Bunches and heads of chicory are prolific throughout the season, difficult to miss with their with dramatic frilly, spiky and cone-headed leaves. And while their…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump’s supporters massed outside the Capitol last week and sang the national anthem, a line of men wearing olive-drab helmets and body armor trudged purposefully up the marble stairs in a single-file line, each man holding the jacket collar of the one ahead.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina public health officials on Thursday unveiled an updated coronavirus vaccine distribution plan that prioritizes adults 65 years or older, while removing college students as a priority over the general public.

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Hospital staff and relatives of COVID-19 patients rushed to provide facilities with oxygen tanks just flown into the Amazon rainforest's biggest city as doctors chose which patients would breathe amid dwindling stocks and an effort to airlift some of them to other states.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan to end “a crisis of deep human suffering” by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic’s prolonged economic fallout.