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Greenville Utilities Board of Commissioners on Thursday unanimously voted to declare its former Mumford Road Operations Center surplus property, the first step towards selling the land.

A public art tour along the route of the Emerald Express Trolley is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Emerge Gallery & Arts Center announced.

WINTERVILLE — Police officers, firefighters and public works staff sounded their vehicles’ sirens and honked their horns for the children attending a touch-a-truck event at Winterville’s first Market on the Square of the season on May 12.

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North Pitt Middle School (featuring players from Wellcome, Pactolus, Bethel and Stokes) triumphed over Chicod School in the Pitt County soccer championship match played on May 12.

Rob Maloney was named director of athletics for Pitt County Schools on Wednesday, according to an announcement from PCS Superintendent Ethan Lenker.

Receiving a good education is more than performing well in school. Students need to be given the skills to be able to adapt to any environment or life destination. There needs to be more emphasis on analyzing, deciphering and utilizing the information learned effectively.

President Biden likes to tout his role as “Sheriff Joe” in the Obama administration, where he helped distribute and monitor billions in recovery aid in response to the Great Recession. But another key part of the cleanup from the 2008 financial crisis was tighter regulation of Wall Street ba…

Bless your heart to local businesses that took big advantage of COVID funds. I am all for helping those that need help but some are way better off than before. New houses, new cars, all the best and all since COVID funding. Guess I need to open a business that I can funnel money through. Mus…

Pundits and politicos like to talk about “mainstream” or “main street” Republicans, as if they made up a significant percentage of today’s GOP. But make no mistake, the May 17 primary election proved beyond doubt that the Trump cult (and there’s no denying they are a cult) is firmly in contr…

“There are few better ways to spend a cloudy, dull Sunday afternoon than sitting in the cinema tucking in to a nice comforting slice of Downton Abbey. ‘Life is like a twisting, turning novel,’ one of the characters says wistfully, and that’s one of Downton’s charms; nice pithy little pearls …

Naomi Judd thought she understood the ties that bind country music stars and their audience — then one aggressive fan went and joined the Pentecostal church the Judd family called home.

This fantastic flower was produced on a tree at what we here in Columbia call the Belser Arboretum, a 7-acre (or so) tract of forested land pretty much in the middle of the city, and two blocks from my home.

I’ll repeat last week’s COVID tip. If you want to wear a mask, do so. There may only be a few of you in a crowd that do, but Americans still are getting sick and some are dying every day. Eat healthy (most of the time), be physically active, wash your hands often and mind your distance.

Tabbouleh is a bulgur salad; in fact, it’s also a very green salad. It consists of an abundance of fresh garden herbs, jumbled together with bulgur, citrus and olive oil, which paint this salad an unmistakable green. You might also call tabbouleh a very greedy salad, since there seems to be …

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