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GREENVILLE – The harsh reality of having two undefeated teams meet in the first round of the state playoffs is one will continue on and one’s season will end.

After watching the now-graduated quarterback Nick Hamilton lead the D.H. Conley football team to a conference championship in 2019, junior Bryce Jackson had some big shoes to fill in his first season as the starter this year.

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Juan Powell was a true freshman starter in the East Carolina football secondary for the final game of the 2019 season, and he might be a starter for this year’s opener Sept. 2 versus Appalachian State, but he definitely will still be a freshman.

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Virginia just became the first state in the South to abolish the death penalty, significant because Virginia was the first colony to execute someone in 1608 and second only to Texas in the total number of executions.

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Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas raised ire from conservatives for vetoing legislation passed by the Arkansas state legislature that would have banned “gender-affirming” medical treatment for transgender minors.

It would be understandable if some wished that we could return to stricter sequestration. Not only because we’d be safer from the risk of COVID, but because, especially at this time last year, several societal problems seemed blessedly diminished — including gun violence.

Somebody once called me fat and lazy. If this person would quit smoking, maybe they would gain some weight. Wake up America, smoking kills you. It should be a thing of the past since the surgeon general told us that in 1964!

Bless my heart, it’s been such a joy to be at home all day for the last several months, it gave us a chance to catch up with all the things I’ve done wrong these last 30 years.

Members and friends of Phillippi Missionary Baptist Church in Simpson last weekend honored Pastor Barry Keith Berryhill Sr. on his pastoral anniversary with a two-day celebration for five spiritually productive years.

BURGAW — In keeping with the Governor’s Executive Order on Mass Gatherings, the NC Blueberry Festival Association announced that the 2021 NC Blueberry Festival will be canceled. “This decision is very difficult to make, but we do it to keep our vendors, volunteers, and visitors safe,” said P…

Catholic leaders often whisper about “Christmas and Easter Catholics”: people whose names are found on parish membership rolls, but who are rarely seen in the pews — except during crowded Christmas and Easter rites.

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Breakfast for many is the most important meal, a chance to fill up with delicious food to get through the day. Villa Verde Dos, located at 2247 W. Arlington Blvd. next to Vidant Medical Center, is Greenville’s newest morning filling station. We all know and love Villa Verde for lunch or dinn…

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

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Members of Indianapolis’ tight-knit Sikh community joined with city officials to call for gun reforms Saturday as they mourned the deaths of four Sikhs who were among the eight people killed in a mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse.

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — As protests intensified in the Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright, a group of Black men joined the crowd intent on keeping the peace and preventing protests from escalating into violence.

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TORONTO (AP) — Ontario's premier retracted restrictions Saturday that banned playgrounds and allowed police to require anyone not at home to explain why they’re out after a backlash from police forces, health officials and the public.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who smashed windows, burglarized businesses and set fires during demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, caused significant damage, and authorities urged downtown businesses to review security video to help police apprehend more rioters.

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CHICAGO (AP) — A prosecutor who implied in court that 13-year-old Adam Toledo was holding a gun the instant he was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer was placed on leave a day after a video showing the boy's hands were empty was released to the public.