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Monday, Sept. 19

KENANSVILLE — The Board of County Commissioners held their second monthly meeting last week. George Futrelle, Assistant County Manager and Airport director, presented a resolution recommended by the Duplin County Airport Commission (DCAC) to honor of Robert H. Quinn Jr. for serving as the DC…

MOUNT OLIVE — Several important projects were discussed at the September town hall meeting in Mount Olive. Mayor Kenneth K. Talton discussed time limits for public forums. Anyone on the agenda was given 10 minutes to speak. Town Attorney Carroll Turner explained that town ordinances concerni…

Sports Stories

HARRELLS – North Raleigh Christian Academy had a long-overdue debt to pay last Friday when its football team made the trip to Murphy-Johnson Field.

WARSAW — The late Stanley Broadie was a three-sport all-conference athlete at James Kenan High in the mid-1970s, excelling in football, basketball and track.

KINSTON – Avery Gaby is likely the best pound-for-pound high school football player in Duplin County, and perhaps in all of southeastern North Carolina.

TABOR CITY – James Kenan charged back from its first loss of the season with a devastating running attack and rolled South Columbus 55-19 last Friday night.

Opinion Stories

Although North Carolina continues to be one of the nation’s fastest-growing states, the number of students in our district-run public schools has been shrinking. Total enrollment in the 2021-22 school year was about 4% lower than a decade earlier, translating into roughly 60,000 fewer studen…

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people live and contribute in every single community in the state of North Carolina. They are not always welcomed, or even tolerated, as who they are. They have been persecuted for years and may be again in the future if the Republican Party atta…

This year’s U.S. Senate race in North Carolina is shaping up to be a highly competitive and expensive one — which should surprise no one who’s lived in our state or watched our politics for more than an instant.

A party that has struggled as consistently as the North Carolina Democrats requires a new approach. For decades, the state party has hewed to the classic Southern-Democrat formula of tacking as far to the political right as possible while taking no risks and attempting to pull off a victory …

The usual summer lull in political activity has turned out, this year, to be more of a spike. Democrats, having entered the humid season deep in a funk, now sense that because of a series of transformative events, their future political prospects may be far less dire than most of them had im…

Bells are ringing across North Carolina as some 1.5 million children start another school year. Can you remember your back-to-school experiences? There was always a bit of anxiety and excitement to learn who would be your teacher and what friends were in your class.

Because I am an inveterate optimist who likes to think the best of other folks, I’m going to assume for the sake of the following argument that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and former governors Jim Hunt, Mike Easley, and Bev Perdue sometimes sign documents they’ve not closely read.

Various top rankings for North Carolina’s business climates have predictably — and once again — been the cause of partisan tug-of-wars in our state. When the state scores highly under one party’s control, the ruling crowd trumpets vindication and the out-party waxes dismissive. But the truth…

One of the consequences of writing a syndicated column on politics and public policy for more than a quarter of a century is that I am constantly told what I think and why I think it.

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…

Features Stories

Chris Jackson, a patrolman II with the Kenansville Police Department, who wrestled under the name of Cueball Carmichael, and lived through the rewards and trials of both careers, takes us through the ropes as he reflects on his journey from being a professional wrestler with its pageantry an…

KENANSVILLE — The wildly popular Muscadine Festival is back and ready to kick off Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m at the Duplin Events Center located at 195 Fairgrounds Drive in Kenansville. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m.

Some 15 years ago, a group known as the Knights of Columbus in Wallace started playing a golf competition at River Landing to raise money to support Exceptional Students in the local schools. Bill Lord was one of the original group of golfers and sadly two years later he passed away. At that…

Melinda Peeden graduated from James Sprunt Community College in 2015 with a Practical Nursing Diploma. When Peeden began her journey with JSCC, her two boys were eight and two. As a single mother, Peeden valued the grace and understanding her instructors showed her as she achieved her educat…

The Duplin County Department of Social Services staff held a Fall Festival on Friday, Sept. 16 at the DCDSS parking lot in Kenansville.