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KENANSVILLE – The first two cases of the monkeypox virus in Duplin County have been confirmed by the Duplin County Health Department. Currently there are 188 confirmed cases in the state of North Carolina.

Adams Publishing Group on Tuesday announced Robin Quillon will retire as its regional president in eastern North Carolina effective Aug. 31.

MOUNT OLIVE — Several high school FFA members and agriculture teachers from all across NC recently participated in a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Camp at the University of Mount Olive. Participants traveled from as far north as Tarboro, as far south as Fayetteville, as far east a…

KENANSVILLE — Duplin County recently announced it’s partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) to participate in Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative.

WALLACE — U.S. Senate candidate Ted Budd visited Wallace on Monday, Aug. 8 to speak with constituents during a private event at the River Landing. Congressman Budd has visited all 100 counties in North Carolina in an effort to learn about the people’s needs in each community.

Sports Stories

HARRELLS – Anyone who believes the head coach of a football team is responsible for the program’s success is likely a person who feels like they could call the plays, despite having never played the game.

HARRELLS – The Harrells Christian Academy football team has just two returning starters after consecutive appearances in the state finals of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletics Association.

BEULAVILLE – Jerry Simpson, the “first great athlete at East Duplin High School,” who played in the North Carolina Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Game nearly 60 years ago, died last week at the age of 77.

The Duplin County 12U All-Stars won a Dixie Youth state softball championship and will be playing in the World Series in Louisiana, which starts July 29. The team consists of: Bennett Holley, front row from left, and Grace Higginbotham; second row: Kinsley Sloan, Presley Powers, Sadie Castee…

Opinion Stories

In nearly all North Carolina communities with bus systems, ridership is significantly lower than it was just a few years ago. In Greensboro, for example, there were 1.9 million passenger trips on city buses last year, down approximately 60% from the total in 2014. Over the same period, Winst…

Donald Trump is in most ways a bigot, including, in private if reports are to be believed, toward gay and lesbian people. But one paradox of his political career has been that even at the same time he campaigned on racism and restricted transgender rights, he tended to dial back the LGBTQ-ba…

It’s been said North Carolina is politically a purple state, a mixture of red (Republican) and blue (Democrat). Now we might have to add green to the mix, since the Green Party has petitioned to gain statewide ballot access in this November’s general elections. The feud that’s erupted over i…

The contest for U.S. Senate in North Carolina features a stark contrast in personalities. In temperament, background and ideological intensity, Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd, each their respective party’s standard-bearer, are dramatically different people with different ideas. Their respective …

The contest for U.S. Senate in North Carolina features a stark contrast in personalities. In temperament, background and ideological intensity, Cheri Beasley and Ted Budd, each their respective party’s standard-bearer, are dramatically different people with different ideas. Their respective …

Over the holiday weekend we experienced the traditional red, white and blue salutes to our nation, along with tributes paid the patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence. The 56 delegates to the Continental Congress were well-educated, wealthy and influential in their respective co…

Features Stories

James Sprunt Community College has much to celebrate with the success of our current summer semester. However, we are full steam ahead as we prepare for our upcoming fall semester. Enrollment for fall classes is currently open for students interested in taking online and seated courses. The …

MOUNT OLIVE –Associate Professor of Animal Science Dr. Heather Glennon has earned the honor of University of Mount Olive (UMO) Dr. Thomas R. Morris Professor of the Year. She was one of two UMO professors to earn the prestigious title.

In my not so distant past, I embarked on the journey that all of us must take as we transition into adulthood — that of independent decision-making.

Jocelyn Teoyotl-Rayon of Albertson was among the students who graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University at the conclusion of the spring 2022 semester. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work.