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When you visit the James Sprunt Community College website and the first words you see are “Join Our Family. Build Your Future.” This is what JSCC believes in as an educational institution serving the Duplin County community. That’s why Emily Smith, Marketing and Public Information Officer at…

With our continued focus on the imperatives of quality, experience and finance, ECU Health’s transplant program at ECU Health Medical Center has consolidated their treatment and office spaces into the newly renovated 3 South. The area is now known as the 3 South Transplant Clinic.

KENANSVILLE — After approving the consent agenda at the June 20 Board of County Commissioners meeting, the floor opened for public comments. Warsaw Mayor A.J. Connors addressed the board with concerns about animal control.

“Rural Development” and “Reginald Speight” have become the buzz words of progress and hope across Duplin County–for a good reason. In May, Mayor Pro-Tem Wannetta Carlton invited North Carolina’s USDA Rural Development Director, Reginald Speight, to visit the town of Wallace. Speight said he …

KENANSVILLE — Join the Independence Day festivities at the Duplin County Events Center this July 4, from 4-10 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public.

The senseless attack at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas killed 19 students and two staff members, making it the third deadliest American school shooting. School administrators, public officials and law enforcement need to act immediately to prevent this from happening again in our schools.

KENANSVILLE – A big blow for Kenansville as the town looses a second leadership official with the resignation of Chris Roberson, Kenansville Town Manager. Roberson announced his decision at a special town board meeting on Wednesday, June 22, after nearly eight years serving the town. Roberso…

KENANSVILLE — The scene was buzzing with excitement at the Duplin Events Center as the gates opened for a concert featuring country stars Travis Tritt, Kameron Marlowe and Larry Fleet on Saturday, June 25, with approximately 3,000 people in attendance.

ROSE HILL — The Town of Rose Hill held a brief meeting on June 14 at the Town Hall Building. The meeting began at 6 p.m. and there were three attendees in the audience. Several items were up for discussion in the approved agenda.

Sports Stories

FAISON – Matthew Scott is a single father of two boys who had his ah-ha moment a few years ago with the revelation that he found the perfect place to call home.

MOUNT OLIVE -- University of Mount Olive (UMO) senior Maxwell Quinn is having the time of his life interning with the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Massachusetts. For Quinn, the chance to work at Fenway Park every day is a “dream come true.”

BEULAVILLE – The pulse of the East Duplin baseball team during a program-best 23-1 season came from three sources: head coach Brandon Thigpen, No. 1 pitcher Nick Cavanaugh and catcher Chase Pierce.

BEULAVILLE – There’s a new American Legion baseball team in Duplin County that has some very familiar looks.

Opinion Stories

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the word balance. We refer to a well-balanced life as one with equilibrium between work, family and recreation. A well-balanced diet includes a proper mix of the food groups. In government we talk about the balance of power, indicating that the three branches…

For years, the United States has been divided into two nations, with one of them smaller than, but dominant over, the other. Nowhere has this imbalance been on clearer display than in the area of gun policy. Tragedy after tragedy has transpired without government action to prevent future mas…

Although North Carolina has become a demonstrably freer place to live and work over the past 10 years, our state remains grossly out of step with the rest of America in a key respect: we unnecessarily restrict the freedom of workers to enter new occupations and the freedom of consumers to pu…

HB755, also known as the Parents’ Bill of Rights, isn’t the most egregious legislation to ever pass our General Assembly. That crown will forever belong to HB2, the so-called bathroom bill. That one cost us conventions, new industries, nationwide embarrassment and Pat McCrory’s re-election a…

I remember when, in about 2010, Republicans began putting pictures of assault rifles in their campaign advertisements. The response from most observers amounted to “Wow, that’s crossing a line.” Now, every Republican from Lauren Boebert to Bo Hines brandishes an AR-15 at any opportunity. The…

Entrepreneur and civic leader Algenon Cash is the host of “Locked In,” a program on Greensboro radio station WTOB. I appeared on a recent episode along with former Gov. Pat McCrory, who’d just lost the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

A couple of months ago, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted to keep the system’s admissions process “test optional” through the fall of 2024. University leaders said that to do otherwise in the aftermath of COVID-19 would be unfair to students and harmful to UNC’s const…

Bob Gibson was in the second wave of troops storming Normandy’s beaches on D-day. Now 100 and wheelchair-bound, NBC Nightly News filmed his return 78 years later. Bob reminisced about the estimated 4,400 Americans who died on June 6, 1944.

For the first time in at least a decade-and-a-half, union activity is crackling across the country. Workers at such firms as Amazon, Starbucks, and other, less prominent companies are asserting their right to form collective bargaining units to claim a more just share of the profits that the…

Features Stories

Visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York recently — which included a day trip to Niagara Falls — I realized two things: Water is not the only falling matter for which they give you a free poncho, and I should have done this family vacation decades ago. (Sorry, Dad.)

Over the last month, I was able to get 43 Duplin County educators to comment on their stance on gun reform. About 67% of respondents believe that the U.S Congress should pass some sort of gun reform. Among them, universal background checks outperformed with 60% support.

MOUNT OLIVE — University of Mount Olive MBA student Libby Hennen knows a thing or two about change. She is proof positive that if you open yourself up to change, it can be utilized to become better, more versatile, and open the door to new opportunities.

KENANSVILLE — On June 19, 1865 the very last state in the country, Texas, received General Order No. 3 by the Union Army under General Gordon Granger, letting them know that all enslaved people in Texas were now free. This took place almost two years as the Emancipation Proclamation was orig…

WALLACE — Children from K to 8th grade participated in an art camp at the Wallace United Methodist Church from June 13-24 and enjoyed a special visit by watercolor artist Charles E. Williams.