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KENANSVILLE — Clifford’s Law, a bill that passed into law last September, requiring the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to establish visitation protocols that will become effective during an emergency or disaster declaration resulting in a facility’s suspension of the …

WALLACE — The Duplin County Historical Society will feature Andrew Cole as the guest speaker for the Aug. 6 meeting at noon at the Rose Hill Restaurant. The meeting is open to the public.

WALLACE — At the July town hall meeting in Wallace, Tasha and Felix Arthur Herring shared plans to bring back the Back Street Festival on Aug. 13 at 208 SE Railroad St.

WALLACE — Members of the Stanford-Duplin Extension Cooperative Association have been busy bees. Wanda Bell, North Carolina State University Administrative Assistant NC Cooperative Extension, Duplin County shared some of the most recent club accomplishments and activities.

Editor’s Note: This is a first-person account from Duplin Times contributor Curt Simpson about his time as a volunteer role player during active shooter training with the Wallace Police Department.

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

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…

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…

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…

For much of the past year, housing markets were ablaze in many parts of North Carolina. Motivated buyers were flush with cash and armed with low-rate loans. Agents were desperate for inventory to sell. Sellers gasped and smiled as competing offers soared upward. Builders broke ground on as m…

Features Stories

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.

Dewight Garner of Mount Olive, NC and Maegen Hering of Faison, NC are among the more than 1,200 students named to the Western Carolina University Spring 2022 Dean’s List. To qualify for this honor, students must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher while completing 12 or more credit hours.

If most of what they knew about aviation was that airplanes fly and that pilots fly them, the middle and high school students enrolled in Lenoir County Public Schools’ Ace Academy sharpened that 10,000-foot perspective considerably last week.