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This past year was one of tremendous challenges, but there were also incredible strides made in the world of wireless technology that have changed the way we live, work and play — all for the better.

People throughout Eastern North Carolina will have a chance to hop on board a new career as the North Carolina Ferry Division teams up with NC Works to host a series of four career fairs to find qualified applicants to staff its ferries, terminals and shipyard.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Cornelius Blanding, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, have signed an agreement to continue a partnership between the USDA and the nonprofit organization.

The following deeds of trust were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from Dec. 2-8:

The following deeds were recorded with the Pitt County Register of Deeds from Nov. 11-17. 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. 13-17 with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office:

BYHs parents. Does anyone watch the national news and see how many children are now seriously ill with COVID in hospitals across the country? Extend your knowledge base past the local news banter about trivial, menial dribble and become informed. Masks keep the school board, teachers, custod…

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FARMVILLE — Farmville Central led from start to finish on its way to a commanding 90-57 victory over visiting Greene Central Friday night in a key Eastern Plains 2A Conference clash.

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Several dozen people from J.H. Rose High School and the Greenville community gathered at Elm Street Park Thursday afternoon to celebrate Rampants’ legend Marvin Jarman’s 75th birthday.

BYHs parents. Does anyone watch the national news and see how many children are now seriously ill with COVID in hospitals across the country? Extend your knowledge base past the local news banter about trivial, menial dribble and become informed. Masks keep the school board, teachers, custod…

From July 2020 to July 2021, there was a net inflow of 637,729 Americans into these top-five destination states: Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. During the same period, there was a net outflow of 918,443 Americans from these top-five exporter states: California, …

A few years back, during an interview for a management position (that I did not get at the time), a senior vice president, who I highly admire, gave me some great advice: “You have to do the job that you have.” It made me think of how I could use “job crafting” as a powerful tool for re-ener…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina congressman said an effort by voters to block his candidacy by citing a constitutional amendment preventing insurrectionists from serving will fail and is part of a scheme to target “America First patriots” who backed former President Donald Trump.

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge on Thursday granted a request from the police chief of a North Carolina city to release body camera video recorded in the aftermath of the shooting death of a Black man by an off-duty sheriff's deputy.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The legal fight over North Carolina's redistricting plans shifted quickly to the state Supreme Court the day after trial judges refused to throw out the new maps. By Wednesday, nearly half of the justices had been asked by lawyers to stay out of upcoming deliberations be…

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper gave former North Carolina Chief Justice Cheri Beasley his full-throated endorsement for the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, attempting to secure a smoother path for her to become the Democrats' nominee to wrest a seat held by a Republican since 2005.

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judicial panel refused Tuesday to throw out redistricting maps drawn by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, rejecting arguments that the lines were illegal because they were politically stacked for the GOP.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Novak Djokovic was heading home to Serbia on Monday after his deportation from Australia over its required COVID-19 vaccination ended the No. 1-ranked men's tennis player's hopes of defending his Australian Open title.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — To some, it seemed a cloud had been lifted from the Australian Open. To others, Novak Djokovic still was almost palpably present, the name on everyone's lips on the opening day of the first major tennis tournament of the year.

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COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — A rabbi who was among four people held hostage at a Texas synagogue said Sunday that their armed captor grew “increasingly belligerent and threatening” toward the end of the 10-hour standoff, which ended with an FBI SWAT team rushing into the building and the captor…

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BEIJING (AP) — China’s economy expanded by 8.1% in 2021 but Beijing faces pressure to shore up activity after an abrupt slump in the second half as the ruling Communist Party forced its vast real estate industry to cut surging debt.