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The Golden LEAF Foundation announced applications for 2022-2023 academic year are available at CFNC.org and are due on March 1. A total of 215 Golden LEAF Scholarship awards will be offered to first-time recipients from qualifying rural and economically distressed or tobacco-dependent counties.

The Town of Greenevers held its monthly town board meeting on Monday, Jan. 10 at the Greenevers Community Center located at 494 Clinic Circle Drive. Meetings are temporarily being held at the community center. There were four community participants at the meeting.

Monday, Jan. 10

BEULAVILLE — The town of Beulaville has been selected to take part in the N.C. Department of Commerce’s CERRI program. CERRI — Community Economic Recovery and Resiliency Initiative — is a program of the Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division, North Carolina Main Street …

KENANSVILLE — The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced that candidate filing for the 2022 primary elections will resume on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 a.m.

Sports Stories

WARSAW – James Kenan has been the king of East Central 2A Conference soccer for the past three seasons, and will no doubt be an overwhelming choice to remain on that throne with a rising senior class that includes six players on Duplin’s Elite 2021 all-county first team.

Opinion Stories

During the Donald Trump presidency, suburban areas were a goldmine for Democrats. Across the Sun Belt and into the North and West, well-educated suburban voters moved sharply toward the Democratic Party. It wasn’t just a one-cycle reaction in midterm elections, either. In 2020, college-educa…

If asked to identify a symbol for justice, most of us would picture a blindfolded Lady Liberty holding aloft a balance scale in one hand and a sword in the other. The sword declares that justice is worth fighting for, the scale demonstrates justice is balanced and the blindfold signifies tha…

When I set out a couple of years ago to write my first novel, a historical fantasy called Mountain Folk, I decided to set most the action during the American Revolution. It’s my favorite period in American history. After all, I’m a native North Carolinian — which means I grew up surrounded b…

During the Donald Trump presidency, suburban areas were a goldmine for Democrats. Across the Sun Belt and into the North and West, well-educated suburban voters moved sharply toward the Democratic Party. It wasn’t just a one-cycle reaction in midterm elections, either. In 2020, college-educa…

Thanks to state Sen. Jeff Jackson bowing out of North Carolina’s Democratic primary, the 2022 field for U.S. Senate is coming into focus. We now have a likely nominee (Cheri Beasley) facing one of three prominent Republican candidates: Pat McCrory, Ted Budd, or Mark Walker.

Having lived through the past couple of years, you will no doubt agree with the 1983 Anne Murray song, “We Sure Could Use a Little Good News Today.” I’m happy to oblige with some.

Political scientists believe that when a democracy finds itself in dire straights, populism comes to the fore. In a healthy political system, voters elect officials who adhere to basic rules and norms that guide democratic governance; for example, the principle that political parties respect…

On a recent road trip through western North Carolina and North Georgia, I had occasion to stop at service stations, restaurants, hotels, and small businesses. Each establishment had a sign on the door conveying the same message: help needed.

Features Stories

The Duplin County NAACP hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration this past Saturday, Jan.15, at The Duplin County Events Center inside the Lois Britt Agriculture Building. The 3-hour event included a host of activities and a full program inside the Ed Emory Auditorium.

KENANSVILLE — The start of a new semester is always an exciting time at James Sprunt Community College. Despite a global pandemic, JSCC still managed a 6% growth in 2021. Trends appear to continue for the 2022 school year. The Spring term appears to be another record-breaking season in refer…

One thing that the new documentary series “The Beatles: Get Back” chronicles well is that it takes a lot of cigarettes to create really great music. That’s not true, of course, but the Fab Four sure liked their smokes.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. prepared for the Birmingham campaign for civil rights, his second book was published. Strength to Love is a collection of sermons that display his theology and his commitment to equality and social justice.

KENANSVILLE — Duplin County Schools officials announced that Duplin County Schools Universal Mask mandate will remain in effect until Duplin County achieves below 5% COVID-19 positivity rate for two consecutive weeks, based on the numbers reported by the Centers of Disease Control and Preven…

Entering high school, my goal is to be a leader and leave a legacy of change by showing others that education can be power. Education can be the path to discovering your voice and the strength behind it. With education, there is no limit to what you can do if you are willing to put the time,…

The North Carolina School Boards Association designates January of each year as School Board Appreciation Month. According to NCSBA, more than 700 board members representing 115 school districts “contribute hundreds of hours each year leading their districts. Whether it be crafting policies,…

Maybe you’ve read the comic book “The Secret Service“ by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons – maybe not. But likely you’ve seen the movie spinoffs, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014) and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017), both starring Taron Egerton as a newly recruited British spy and Colin…